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14 hours ago

Google may take some burden of Apple lawsuit against Samsung

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Previous contractual obligations may see Google getting involved in the current patent lawsuit trial between Samsung and Apple. According to testimony by a Google lawyer today, the contract associated with bringing Google apps to Samsung's devices has Google pick up some of the defense associated with patent lawsuits that go against Samsung.

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16 hours ago

Link Bubble updated with stability fixes, new translations and Pro feature trial

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Link Bubble is an awesome app that helps you surf the web better. In a nutshell, it can preload links from other applications so you aren't waiting for things to load in the foreground. We went over it all here, be sure to have a look if you're not familiar.

Today's update makes a great app even better.

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17 hours ago

The Google+ Photo Sphere community is a work of art

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Surround shot

Get immersed in Photo Spheres

We love Photo Spheres. They're fairly easy to take, and with the right subject and a little careful planning they can be spectacular. And now that even more phones can take them — thanks to OEM solutions and the Google Camera app — there are even more people taking and sharing them.

A great place to check them all out is the Google + Photo Sphere community. You'll find pictures from amateur and pro photographers, and spend hours looking at the images. As a bonus, there's a great Tips & Tricks section to get you on the way to being a contributor.

So grab your new phone, or your old phone with a new app, and hit the Photo Sphere community up. If you like to take pictures, we promise you'll be glad you did.

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18 hours ago

Verizon Droid DNA to get Android 4.4.2, Sense 5.5 starting Thursday

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Welp, dedicated Droid DNA owners, here it comes. Quite possibly the last major update you'll get for the Verizon Droid DNA. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 are incoming and should be available starting April 24. (That's this Thursday.) Also on board is Sense 5.5. Not a bad update for an aging phone. Enjoy, folks.

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19 hours ago

LG G3 UI reportedly leaks - flatten all the things

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These are supposedly screenshots from the upcoming LG G3, showing a flat and bright user interface. Procured by Digital Trends, we also can see a new element they're calling LG's "concierge" that suggests things like an umbrella when rain is in the forecast. The images themselves were originally 2,560 x 1,440, which would seem to also confirm the QHD display rumored to be coming with the G3.

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19 hours ago

Google Glass updated to XE16.1 with no noticeable changes

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Following up on the big jump from XE12 to XE16 last week that brought Google Glass up to running KitKat, a small bugfix update to XE16.1 is now hitting the wearable. We have no official word on what the update brings, but given the relative instability we've noticed on Glass since the XE16 update we're not surprised that a quick point released bugfix update was required. As far as user-facing changes go we don't immediately notice anything, so let's hope there are some good under-the-hood changes being made.

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19 hours ago

Withings Pulse O2 keeps tabs on your oxygen levels

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Withings has announced a new health band called Pulse O2. It does all of the usual stuff, like monitor steps, heart rate, elevation, distance traveled, sleep habits, and estimates calories burned, but the really cool feature here is the ability to monitor the oxygen level in your blood. That information is estimated from the infrared heart rate monitor, then beamed to your phone through a companion app. The device itself can be mounted in a wrist strap, a clip, or carried around separately.

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20 hours ago

Nest Thermostats now available through Google Play

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Nest Thermostat

You can now buy a Nest Thermostat through Google Play. Price is the same as other retail outlets — $249 — and it'll ship in 1 to 2 business days, Google says. And for every thermostat sold today, Google will plant a tree. Because Earth Day. It's also available in the UK for £179.

The Nest Thermostat is a "learning" device that connects to the Internet (and other Nest products). It's got a 1.75-inch display, controlled by a metal ring on the outside of the thermostat. Nest learns your temperature preferences, when you're home or away, and is aware of the outside weather, and adjusts itself accordingly. It's not a cheap device, for sure, but promises to pay for itself in savings.

Not available still is Nest Protect, which was pulled from market because of software issues with the combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

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20 hours ago

How we'd 'fix' the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 FIXIT

The HTC One M8 is a great phone, but it's not perfect. And we, in our infinite wisdom, have some ideas.

There's no such thing as a perfect phone. You can justify this, defend that. Some flaws are subjective, others are like a bad scab in an unfortunate place, unable to be ignored. Fortunately, today's high-end phones are more good than bad. But, no, they're not perfect. And for as much as we love the HTC One M8 — and make no mistake, it's right up there with anything else we'll recommend this year — we've got some ideas about how HTC could "fix" its flagship device for 2014.

If you've yet to come across the phone — we're sure these people exist somewhere — here's the rub: The HTC One M8 continues the design trend we first saw 2013's HTC One M7. That is, aluminum unibody design with some sweeping curves. Large, 5-inch, 1080p display. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and is running Android 4.4.2 with HTC's Sense 6 user interface atop it. It's got a relatively low resolution "Ultrapixel" camera — just 4 megapixels — but you get a bunch of cool features to play with after you've taken the shot.

And with that, here's how we'd "fix" the HTC One M8.

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21 hours ago

MetroPCS and T-Mobile announce affordable LG Optimus L70 and L90

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As expected, MetroPCS and T-Mobile has taken the wraps off two affordable LG handsets: the Optimus L90 and the Optimus L70. We had an inkling that we’d be seeing these two hitting store shelves soon. The L90 will be available on T-Mobile starting April 30 for free with $9.95 monthly installments, while the L70 is on MetroPCS right now for a scant $49.

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