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StumbleUpon Android app updated with new Activity Center and more

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The Android app for the web page discovery service StumbleUpon has just received a major update today in the Google Play Store, with a host of new features, including a new Activity Center, along with some UI changes.

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How to remove notification tray brightness and volume controls on the LG G3

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LG G3

Notification tray space is at a premium, reclaim some of it by getting rid of those control sliders for volume and screen brightness

Notification tray space is at a premium on the LG G3, especially when – on some models, at least – there are slider controls for brightness and volume pre-activated in there. With these on, even that giant 5.5-inch QHD display has only about half the total space left available for, well, notifications.

Fortunately, if you don't want them, you can make them go away. Unfortunately on some of the U.S. carrier variants things are a little different to the unlocked, international model. Let's take a look at what's what.

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Poll: If the Moto 360 only has one day of battery life, will you still get it?

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Moto 360

The first couple of Android Wear smartwatches — the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live — are only getting about a day of usage off a single charge. That's not completely unexpected given that they're (mostly) full-fledged Android devices, with full-color displays. But it's still something we've had to learn to live with.

Right or wrong, expectations continue to mount for the Moto 360. Some believe it'll have better batter life. Some don't care, given that it's supposed to have Qi charging built in. And nothing changes the fact that technical details — to say nothing of pricing and availability — remain a bit of a mystery.

And so we put it to you. If you're waiting on the Moto 360, would a mere day of battery life be a deal-breaker for you?

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1 day ago

Motorola offering 10% off their accessories just because

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Motorola is offering a 10% discount on most of the accessories sold through their online store using the checkout code JUSTBECAUSE10. You can apply this to anything that isn't already on clearance, and if you get $75-worth of gear, you get free shipping. That might be easy considering the Moto X is currently $125 off and Moto X cases are 50% off now too. The promo is running until the end of August, so you've got some time to take advantage.

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1 day ago

SwiftKey kicks off summer sale with new themes, price cuts

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Third-party keyboard SwiftKey has been updated, adding new themes, as well as fixing bugs. Several exisiting themes for SwiftKey are also on sale for a limited time.

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How to keep your kids (or anyone else) from buying on your Google Play account

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Google Play purchases

Passwords, passwords, passwords

Have we mentioned lately the importance of using a password? Whether it's on your device itself, or any of your accounts, you've got to keep things behind a password. And that goes for making purchases from Google Play as well.

Android Central University — SecurityA more recent bone of contention has been with keeping kids from racking up big bills on their parents' credit cards by haphazardly downloading anything and everything. That it's so easy to download apps and music and books is a good thing — but it also means it's easy to little ones to do so, ignorant of the cost — or the consequences.

But it's also pretty easy to protect your Google account so that there's a check in place before anyone else spends your money.

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How to set a reminder on Android Wear

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Android Wear reminders

Google Now has supported reminders on Android and on the web for some time, but with the advent of Android Wear, making sure you don't forget important stuff is easier than ever. And there are a few different ways to go about setting a notification on Android Wear — including on the LG G Watch, Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live — which we'll dig into after the break.

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1 day ago

Nokia's last hurrah is a 4G version of the Nokia XL

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The Nokia X family is destined for the chopping block, but that hasn't come in the way of Microsoft launching a 4G enabled version of the Nokia XL in China today. The device comes with upgraded hardware and Chinese D-LTE and TD-SCDMA LTE network compatibility.

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1 day ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 29, 2014

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Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...

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1 day ago

Outlook.com Android app gets offline access while OneNote beta begins

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Microsoft has updated its Outlook.com app for Android, which finally adds a way for its users to check out their emails while offline. Also, the previously announced OneNote Android beta program has begun with its first release.

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