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9 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Utility

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 Utility

We like to mix things up a bit with photo contest prompts, and this one is a little bit out there but should yield some awesome results. This week we're looking for pictures that represent the word "utility" in some way. Show off pictures of tools, utensils, anything that helps you get things done. It could be a tractor, a bike rack or textbook — just make sure its a picture of something that has some utility to it.

We'll be picking out the two best photos this week and offering up a prize to each one — this week's prize is a TYLT VU QI Wireless Charging Pad.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (August 5) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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9 hours ago

Motorola Roadster Pro Bluetooth Speakerphone review

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Motorola Roadster Pro

A premium product with a premium price

If your car doesn't have built-in Bluetooth of some sort, and you don't want a Bluetooth dongle hanging off of your ear, the Motorola Roadster Pro Bluetooth Speakerphone may be just what you're looking for.

In most places it's illegal to use your phone while you're driving, and chances are (Boomsound notwithstanding) the tiny speaker on your phone isn't going to cut it. You need something that's loud, but also easy to use. A few extra features never hurt, either.

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10 hours ago

Coffee date with Google's Eric Schmidt will cost a pretty penny, but it's all going to a good cause

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is offering to give 30 minutes of his time in New York City to the highest bidder via an online auction where the proceeds will go to charity.

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10 hours ago

The Amazon Fire Phone review

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Amazon Fire Phone

The best phone you probably won't want to buy

Of course we got interested when Amazon finally showed off the Fire Phone. Rumors had been flying for quite a while, but once we actually saw what Amazon had to offer, we had to take a look at it. It's Android at it's core — though not in a way we're used to seeing — and that's what we do here.

So is the Fire Phone more than Amazon Prime in your hands? With features like Dynamic Perspective and an a very custom user interface — and a complete lack of all Google services — the Fire Phone has it's work cut out.

Let's see what makes this thing tick.

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11 hours ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Dots' winners!

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This is one of those weeks where we had a bit more of an abstract photo contest prompt, dots, that really brought out a variety of different pictures. People took this one in many different directions, and we love to see the differences and creativity with each entry. We had multiple pages full of good entries, but could only keep around two to win the prizes. Read along and see this week's winners.

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12 hours ago

Motorola shuffling around executive team

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Changes are afoot at in the Motorola leadership. The company is in a state of transition, poised to be transferred from Google to Lenovo in a multi-billion-dollar deal, and gearing up for the rumored launch of the Moto X+1 smartphone and the anticipated launch of the Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear. But some changes are happening in the company's upper echelons as well.

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12 hours ago

Shamu and the Minis — a musing on device sizes

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Smartphones come in all shapes and sizes...

We keep having this same conversation — but "smaller" phones have got to stop skimping on specs

Size matters. That's all there is to it.

We've seen quite a bit of talk about phones and the sizes they come in, particularly as those sizes have increased over the years. We all have our opinions on how our phones seem to be blurring (or outright obliterating) the line between phones and tablets. And more recently there's been quite a bit of discussion on phone sizes with reports of a Motorola Nexus device, code-named Shamu, and if a Nexus phablet is a good idea.

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12 hours ago

Yahoo Finance redesign will satiate your stock market cravings

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Yahoo's Finance app for Android devices has received a major update today that brings with it a revamped user interface along with some new features for financial news and information junkies to check out.

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12 hours ago

TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case for Galaxy S5

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TYLT Energi Galaxy S5 Sliding Power Case

It isn't the most efficient or price-conscious way to keep your Galaxy S5 powered up, but it will be a great choice for specific users

TYLT makes some great accessories, and is probably best known for its chargers, batteries and cases. Its latest product, the Energi Sliding Power Case for the Galaxy S5, combines a couple of those categories in hopes of reducing the friction involved with keeping your phone charged up at all times.

Sure there are external battery packs out there, as well as rapid wall chargers and even replacement batteries on devices such as the Galaxy S5 that can swap them on the fly, but all of those solutions have inherent compromises. If you need a case that can protect your phone and then quickly move to keeping it charged without powering down or fiddling with any parts, the Sliding Power Case may be one choice for you. Read along and see what this case is all about.

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12 hours ago

64-bit Chrome desktop browser now available in beta

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If you're hankering to live on the bleeding edge, a beta version of the desktop Chrome browser for 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems is now available. No need to uninstall your existing version of Chrome, this one will haul in all of your existing settings painlessly.

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