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6 hours ago

Facebook is down! Facebook is back!

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Facebook

Update: It seems that Facebook is back online both in web browser and the Android app. You are free to carry on with your day.

In the meantime, feel free to perform your own mood experiments.

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7 hours ago

The Nexus family — a smartphone retrospective

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Nexus phones

We take a look back at the five Nexus smartphones that captured our nerd hearts

As debate continues over whether we'll ever see a Nexus 6, or whether it'll be replaced by something else, like the rumored "Android Silver" program — and such conversations seem to happen around this time each year — it's time to take a trip down memory lane. We're prone to declaring "the best" of whatever around here. But when it comes to Nexus phones — those holier-than-everything-but-never-perfect smartphones we nerds obsess over every year — it's sort of hard to pick a favorite. We can't really declare one a winner over another.

Or can we? Nexus means something different to all of us. Maybe it means "developer phone." Maybe it means it's something you can tinker on without really breaking anything. Maybe it means "pure Google" and little else. Maybe it means a way to have a kick-ass smartphone without having to deal with the hell that is the U.S. carrier system.

We've all lived and loved our Nexus phones. Let's light a candle, turn on some soft music, and take a look back what made (and make) them mean so much to us.

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9 hours ago

Google Now Launcher support appears to be coming to more devices

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Update: It's now officially available on any device running Android 4.1 or higher.

The Google Now Launcher has received a small update today, and while there's nothing obviously new in the app itself, we're seeing some interesting changes to the launcher's compatibility listings on Google Play. While the changes still seem to be rolling out, we're now seeing compatibility for devices like the HTC One M8, One E8, One Mini 2, Desire 816, Huawei Ascend P7 and LG G3, among others. Android Central readers on Twitter have said they're seeing compatibility with phones the LG G3 and Verizon Galaxy S5, too. Previously the Google Now Launcher, which brings Google Now to users' home screens as an extra panel, was limited to only Nexus and Google Play edition devices, though it was easy enough to sideload on many other phones and tablets.

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10 hours ago

HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

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HP is jumping into the smartwatch game, but they're partnering with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt to make one that looks good. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they're aiming to have it work with iOS and Android — nope, it's not Android Wear — and that there will be companion apps for both platforms that allow users to customize the watch's interface.

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12 hours ago

Sony Xperia T3 available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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Announced mid-July, the svelte Sony Xperia T3 is now available exclusively in the UK at Carphone Warehouse, with monthly plans starting at £22.50.

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22 hours ago

Chromebook reviews: Find 'em all here!

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Chromebooks!

A one-stop shop for all your Chromebook review needs

We're all Google all day around here. We can't get enough when it comes to Android, and Lloyd happens to have a place in his heart for Chromebooks, too. We're big fans, and we just love seeing a platform like Chrome grow — and stumble — as it matures. We know that plenty of you guys feel the same way, and it's great that we can get together and talk about things knowing that we all share some common interest. It makes our jobs fun.

While we love having fun, we also are pretty serious about looking at new Chromebooks and sharing what we think. This helps us stay up-to-date on what companies like Acer and Samsung are doing in the space, and it helps everyone know a little bit more about these products before money leaves our wallets. It doesn't hurt that more than a few of us here at AC just freaking love our Chromebooks, either.

Here's a list of all of our Chromebook reviews. We're going to keep doing them, and we'll keep this list updated.

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23 hours ago

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 gets KitKat update

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Though many may have forgotten that the device exists, Verizon has just started pushing out an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the LG G Pad 8.3. The update that started rolling to unlocked G Pad 8.3 customers back in April is now on the Verizon model, bumping things to KitKat, changing the visual styling of the interface (including Immersive Mode) and adding the Knock Code lockscreen option.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 also receiving nondescript VoLTE-related update

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 3 seems to be picking up the same update treatment as its Galaxy S5 did earlier today, with two different updates hitting devices depending on what version of software they're currently on. For those who were in a VoLTE market and received the first update to enable that service, a 25.79MB update is coming to bring you up to the most recent version, N900TUVUDNF4.

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1 day ago

Amazon Appstore now in more countries

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Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and restrictions on certain apps and content. However, for consumers, this will be another venue to purchase and download apps, which will be especially beneficial to BlackBerry customers who rely on Amazon's Appstore to deliver Android apps to their devices.

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1 day ago

'BadUSB' malware highlights the danger of plugging random mystery drives into your computer

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New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the firmware that controls the basic function of USB devices. The researchers claim that it's not a problem that can be patched, saying that they're "exploiting the very way that USB is designed," but in the end all they've done is highlight that you shouldn't go around plugging USB drives, devices, or whatnot that you don't trust into your computer.

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