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1 week ago

Dropbox and Deutsche Telekom to pre-load app on lots of smartphones

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Dropbox has announced a new partnership with the wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom that will see the Android app for the cloud storage service pre-loaded on millions of smartphones in some central and eastern European countries.

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1 week ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 review

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Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch)

A laptop with a premium price that doesn't offer a premium experience

When it comes to making Chromebooks, Samsung was there from the very beginning. Following in the Google CR-48's footsteps, Samsung entered the market in mid-2011 with the first Chromebook from a third-party manufacturer, the Series 5. This 12-inch laptop weighed over three pounds, had a woefully under-powered Atom processor and cost far too much for anyone's consideration at the time. Samsung kept at it, following up with a revamped Series 5 and all-new ARM-powered Series 3 a few months apart in 2012, making clearer value propositions as Google's Chrome OS came into its own. And that was it, Samsung didn't make another Chromebook again for well over a year.

Coming out of nowhere, really, Samsung announced two brand new Chromebook models — simply dubbed "Samsung Chromebook 2" — in February of this year. The laptops are nearly identical to one another but come in 11-inch and 13-inch (which we have here) varieties, showing no physical similarities to past Samsung Chromebooks, instead borrowing design elements from its recent Windows laptops and the faux leather from the Galaxy Note 3. They sport higher-resolution screens, large trackpads and all-new Exynos octa-core ARM processors under the hood.

Those changes also bring bumped up prices, too, with the 13-inch model coming in at $399 — a price that tops all available Chromebooks aside from the Pixel. Samsung's definitely going at the "premium" Chromebook market in a real way this time around, but can it succeed with its first device in well over a year? We dive into that question with our full review of the Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch).

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1 week ago

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket on Android phones, tablets requires no satellite dish

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In a bold move supporting cord cutters, satellite provider DirecTV is allowing users to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games to their personal devices without requiring a satellite dish in the process. Streaming will work on compatible Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Macs and PCs, as well as Microsoft's Xbox gaming console depending on the package you sign up for.

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1 week ago

Doodles return to the tab page with Chrome 36 for Android

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Chrome for Android will be updated to version 36 (36.0.1985.122) in the coming days. This release is notable for improving text rendering and more.

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1 week ago

Your next Qualcomm processor could be Samsung inside

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Leading mobile device processor company Qualcomm is reported to be contracting Samsung to produce their chips. Qualcomm holds a majority of the mobile device market and is found in nearly all high-end smartphones, but has no manufacturing facilities of their own. Instead the partner with other companies, including Taiwan's TSMC and GlobalFoundries. But with increasing demand for their Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm is apparently turning to Samsung to help bolster their production.

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1 week ago

Visa gives digital payment a reboot with Checkout

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Visa is giving its digital payment a reboot with a new Visa Checkout feature that is aimed at paying for your online shopping spree much simpler and safer on the web, including mobile devices. The Checkout initiative isn't meant as a mobile wallet for paying in physical retail stores, like at your local grocer, but instead is meant to compete against services like PayPal, Amazon, and Google.

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1 week ago

Chrome for desktop updated with rich notification improvements

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The Chrome browser has been updated to version 36.0.1985.122 with a handful of notable features, plus a swath of 26 security fixes. Here's what's new.

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1 week ago

Google reportedly planning huge Android One advertising push in India

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In an effort to bolster the chances of success for the cut-down low-spec Android One platform, Google is reported to be planning an enormous marketing effort in India. With a population of more than 1.2 billion and very low smartphone penetration, Google views India as a market where they can establish Android One and fend off Apple before they make a serious push. In a nation with a per capita income of around US$1500, high-end smartphones have struggled, and that's where Android One is supposed to come in.

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1 week ago

Destiny Companion app for Android released ahead of Thursday's beta test

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Game developer Bungie has released the Destiny Companion app for Android via Google Play, one day away from the start of the beta test for the long awaited sci-fi first person shooter.

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1 week ago

Winning Kick review: Kick some soccer balls for charity

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This year's World Cup ignited an unprecedented love of soccer/football in normally apathetic places like the USA. If you're a lapsed or casual fan of the sport, then serious soccer games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer might be too complex to pick up and play. Luckily, Global Gaming Initiative and React Games have a footie game that anyone can learn in seconds: Winning Kick.

Winning Kick is a free arcade soccer game that can be played with just one finger. Besides the simple and approachable gameplay, it features a great retro pixel art style that evokes memories of NES games like Nintendo World Cup. And best of all, in-app purchases support a charity called Charity Ball that provides soccer balls to children in developing nations.

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