5 min ago

The Chromebook Help app: Why you can safely give your parent a Chromebook


Chromebooks are supposed to be 'made for everyone', but that doesn't mean it doesn't take adjusting to.

Just as there's some adjustment to using any new computer — even one with the same operating system — Chromebooks take a little fresh thinking and a little time to get the hang of for most users. While it may not seem like much of a difference to you, if you're getting ready to give a Chromebook to a friend of family member who isn't a huge fan of changes in their technology, you can expect things to get a little bumpy in those first days and weeks while they're essentially re-learning how to use a computer. And while you may not be able to take every single call from them about how to do this or that, there is someone who is there all the time to help.

It's called the Chromebook Help app, and it's here to — you got it — help.

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3 hours ago

Doing all of your reading through the Nook app


The last major bookstore chain wants to be all things to all people, but it turns out that's not easy to do.

It's not uncommon to hear someone refer to their ereader app as being a bookstore on their phone or tablet, but the folks at Barnes & Noble get about as close as you can towards making that statement literal. The Nook app is much more than just an ereader app attached to a store, it's an access portal for movies, television shows, newspapers, magazines, and even puzzles and toys that are sold in physical B&N locations. A content portals go, the Nook app is perfectly capable of delivering a tremendous amount of content to your mobile device. Whether or not that means you want to use this app as your primary reading mechanism is another matter entirely.

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5 hours ago

From the Editor's Desk: Black and white and bored all over


Is there anything more boring than a wireless operator in the United States? Here we are again with the virtually simultaneous releases of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 — two phones that give us a lot of reasons to be excited. But the colors available here in the U.S., sadly, are not one of them.

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7 hours ago

HTC One E9+ gets official in China with 5.5-inch 2K display and plastic body

HTC One E9+

HTC's first Quad HD phone is a plastic-bodied HTC One for China.

Just like that, HTC has updated its Chinese site with an official listing for a new high-end handset for that country — the HTC One E9+. Drawing on HTC's high-end One design language and that of its more affordable Desire series, the E9+ brings premium specs to a mainstream plastic-bodied phone. Color options include "meteor grey," "classic rose gold" and "gold sepia," in a two-tone style similar to HTC's flagship One M9.

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21 hours ago

Sony Xperia Z3 + Z2 owners, how's the Lollipop update treating you?


Sony's first Lollipop updates are starting to trickle out — how have you been getting on?

Sony's first batch of Lollipop updates landed this past week, bringing the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact up to Android 5.0.2. The updates have been a long time coming, arriving a couple weeks outside Sony's original target of February. Next up is Sony's late-2013 Z1 series.

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1 day ago

HTC One M9 preorders ship starting March 30


HTC has sent out emails to people in the U.S. who have pre-ordered the HTC One M9, informing them that the first shipments of the smartphone should begin on Monday, March 30.

Android Central received the following email from HTC concerning the shipment status of the HTC One M9

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1 day ago

Hands-on: Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case for the HTC One M9

HTC One M9 Amzer Hybrid Case

Good protection adds a kickstand to make better use of the screen and those speakers.

Here's a quick look at the Amzer Hybrid Case for the HTC One M9. It's got a soft silicone underlayer that fits up against your phone and protects the back, sides top and bottom while still giving full access to the ports and buttons. And on top of that goes a rigid plastic shell for the more serious protection.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receive 177MB OTA with bug fixes, performance improvements


When T-Mobile customers receive their recently-purchased Galaxy S6 and S6 edges, they'll be in for an OTA update as soon as they start them up.

A heftily-sized 177MB update is hitting both phones on T-Mobile, with a very generic changelog listed indicating that there are bug fixes, performance improvements and potential feature enhancements. The software makes the jump to build number UVU1AOCG, but of course that doesn't really matter as much as what's actually been changed that users will notice.

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1 day ago

Future Shop in Canada to end, some locations to rebrand under Best Buy


Future Shop parent Best Buy is consolidating, with some stores closing, other rebranding.

Best Buy outlined its plans in a statement released today, saying it had conducted a review of its Canadian operations before making these changes. Roughly half the locations will survive the cuts.

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1 day ago

T-Mobile begins shipping Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge


T-Mobile has sent emails to people who have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, alerting them that shipments have started for the smartphones.

Android Central has received a tip about these shipments from one of our readers and we have independently confirmed T-Mobile has started shipping the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

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1 day ago

A closer look at the ZTE Blade S6


While many of us are excited about the Samsung Galaxy S6, there's another S6 phone worth talking about. During a media event last night in New York, the ZTE Blade S6 caught our attention. It's powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It's currently available online globally in selected markets for $249.99 USD.

Let's take a look.

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1 day ago

Where's the flashlight app on the Galaxy S6?


A dedicated "flashlight" app is gone on the Galaxy S6, but that doesn't mean it isn't easy to access that function on your phone.

Our phones are most often the easiest way to quickly deploy a flashlight in dark situations, and the Galaxy S6 will let you quickly light up its camera flash to provide that with a simple tap. Rather than use a dedicated flashlight app or a key command, you can use a quick launch icon in the notification shade to do the job.

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1 day ago

HTC One M9+ shown with Duo camera and fingerprint scanner in latest leak


A leaked render of the 'HTC One M9+' could give us our clearest look yet at the rumored M9 variant.

This past week HTC sent out invites to the Chinese press for an event in Beijing on April 8, in which it clearly teased a new One M9 variant with an M8-style Duo camera. And now a leaked render from a usually reliable source appears to give us a closer look at what may be the HTC One M9+.

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1 day ago

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API


It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.

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