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5 hours ago

How to use your Android to prepare for severe weather

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The ice storm cometh!

Severe weather takes many forms.

Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, even haboobs can turn a regular day into a disaster, and if you're not prepared, it can turn from disastrous to downright dangerous. While you're stocking up the liquor cabinet, boarding up the windows, and collecting the games/movies from around the house to keep any little ones happy and distracted, don't forget to prepare your phone for the rough road to come. There's a lot more to preparing your phone for severe weather than just charging it up.

Be prepared.

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7 hours ago

The Huawei Watch gets shown off in two official videos

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The Huawei Watch, based on Android Wear, gets demoed in two official videos found on their YouTube channel.

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8 hours ago

AC editors' apps of the week: YouTube Kids, Scholly, SoundHUD and more

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AC editors' apps picks

Our weekly app picks

Appday Sunday is on Saturday this week, because we expect a wee bit 'o news from Barcelona to start up on Sunday the first. They have phones and stuff at Mobile World Congress, ya know! Anyhoo, we're here to share our favorite apps with everyone. Apps we use and love. Apps we want to showcase because we think they are just that good.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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11 hours ago

We're live from Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2015!

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Greetings from Barcelona, Spain! We're back in town for the annual Mobile World Congress. And to say that this year's show is going to be insane wouldn't get anywhere close to doing it justice.

But this year's show is going to be insane. Trust us.

Coming up Sunday: We'll be liveblogging the HTC event at 10 a.m. EST. And at 12:30 p.m. EST we'll have Samsung's Unpacked event.

And even as big as those two events are, they're just a fraction of the news that's going to drop. Just leave our Mobile World Congress page open for the next few days. You're don't want to miss a thing.

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11 hours ago

Spacetime Studios to launch MOBA game Call of Champions for Android

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Spacetime Studios, creators of hit mobile MMORPGs like Arcane Legends and Pocket Legends, have announced their next game titled Call of Champions. It will be a free-to-play MOBA-themed fantasy game and, what's more, it will be released sometime this year.

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1 day ago

Sprint announces new $75 wireless plan offered exclusively through Best Buy

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Sprint announced today that it has partnered with Best Buy to offer an exclusive unlimited plan, fittingly called the "Best Buy One Plan," through the retailer starting at $75 per month with a leased Android device.

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1 day ago

Military Masters launches its real-time vehicle combat on Android

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Military Masters is a new battle tactics game for Android devices that centers on tactical vehicular combat. You'll build a collection of land, sea, and air vehicles to help you take on your friends in real-time PVP combat.

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1 day ago

How to get weather information without downloading an app

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Asking questions is a great way to learn, especially when your apps listen to voice commands.

'OK Google, what's the weather like?'

Weather is important, but sometimes you don't need a full two week forecast with barometric pressure and the exact phase of the lunar cycle. Sometimes, you just need to know if it's warm or chilly outside. Sometimes, you want to know the weather, but you just don't have your hands free.

Sometimes, you just need Google.

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1 day ago

MLB At Bat scores Material Design touches ahead of the 2015 season

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We're inching ever-closer to the start of the 2015 baseball season, and the MLB At Bat app for Android has been updated accordingly with a some Material Design touches and Spanish language support.

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1 day ago

Huawei posts ads for unannounced Android Wear watch at Barcelona Airport

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Huawei Watch advertisement

'Timeless design' and 'smart within' frame Huawei's unannounced wearable for Mobile World Congress.

As journalists and industry members alike start hitting Barcelona Airport for MWC 2015, they'll be greeted by a large number of ad placements from Huawei for a watch that, frankly, we weren't expecting just yet. The "Huawei Watch," as the ad calls it, is circular and shown off in three distinct styles on the billboard – silver with a silver mesh band, gold with a brown leather band, and black with a black sports band.

The billboards read "Timeless design. Smart within.", with a sophisticated-looking model wearing a nice suit and the silver watch. The "timeless" portion of the pitch refers to the classic design – this is a round watch, of course – and "impeccable craftsmanship," while the "smart" portion lists state-of-the-art wearable technology and Android Wear as features.

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1 day ago

YouTube for Android will let you trim your videos on the go

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The Android YouTube app is being updated to make it easier for creators to edit their videos on the go. The update will give users fine control over where their videos begin and end

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1 day ago

Google's proposed new headquarters looks like a futuristic city

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Google Campus Outside

Google unveiled its proposal for a new campus located at its Mountain View, California headquarters that looks like something from a science fiction movie. The proposal is being submitted to the Mountain View City Council for their approval.

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1 day ago

How to disable encryption in Android Lollipop

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Lollipop Encryption

So it turns out encryption wasn't exactly what you wanted.

Encrypting your smartphone or tablet is a great way to add a passive layer of security to your device, something that doesn't require a lot of work on your end and could actually protect your data if your device is stolen or you've somehow managed to become a target of some kind. It's far from an impenetrable shield in terms of security, but as long as its not getting in your way there's certainly no harm in having the protection, right?

Truth is, sometimes Full Disk Encryption can get in the way. Performance hits, especially when combined with the workload some power users (you know who you are) put on their devices, can be too much to deal with. The good news is it's pretty easy to turn off encryption on most devices, even the new encryption offered in Android 5.0. In most cases all you really need is 20 minutes near an outlet and some know how. In other cases, most notably the Nexus 6, things get a little stickier.

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1 day ago

Seidio Spring Clip Holster for the Motorola Droid Turbo

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There are belt clips and then there are belt clips. This is the latter, and that's a good thing.

Not wanting a case on your Droid Turbo is one thing. Not wanting any protection at all on your shiny new Android phone is another. With its slick woven Kevlar backing (or ballistic nylon if that's your thing) it sure looks like it could survive a drop or two on its own, but that doesn't mean you should test fate. Seidio's holster for the Droid Turbo offers a spring loaded clip that locks the phone in place when its not in use, providing just enough protection in the process to give you some extra peace of mind.

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