11 min ago

Facebook's new Reactions help you express yourself


Facebook is beginning to test a new way for users to express themselves beyond the standard "Like" or comment. Now users can express their feelings using a variety of Reactions, little emoji characters that they can place on posts.

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2 hours ago

Verizon to raise price of grandfathered unlimited data plan by $20 for those not under contract


Verizon may soon be raising the price of its unlimited data plan for those who are grandfathered in if they are not under contract anymore. This report, which comes from The Verge, states that Verizon will be hiking the cost of the plan up to $49 a month, up $20 from the current $30 a month fee.

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5 hours ago

Moto X Style launches in India for ₹29,999


Motorola has launched the Moto X Style in India, pricing the phone at ₹29,999 ($450) for the 16GB model, and ₹31,999 ($485) for the 32GB version. The handset will be up for sale exclusively at Flipkart starting October 15.

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8 hours ago

Gionee Elife E8 with 6-inch QHD display, 24MP camera now official in India


Chinese manufacturer Gionee has launched the Elife E8 in the Indian market. The differentiating feature of the phone is the 24MP camera, which can stitch photos together to produce a final image that has a resolution of 120MP. The camera comes with a six-element lens with sapphire glass, OIS, lossless zoom up to 3X, 4K video and phase detection autofocus that can detect objects as fast as 0.08 seconds. There's also a dedicated camera shutter key on the left hand side, dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP shooter at the front.

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19 hours ago

Swapping out straps on the Samsung Gear S2 is quick and easy


Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch is now available, and while it doesn't support a standardized watch band connection it is designed for easy swapping if you do have a properly-designed replacement. Whether you just want to switch between the two sets of bands — large and small — included in the box or have a different style to use, it's a simple process.

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20 hours ago

Amazon reportedly considering move into live TV streaming


According to a new report, Amazon is looking into building out its own live online TV service.

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20 hours ago

PSA: Be smart when you name your Cast targets


My list of targets to which I can send content via Chromecast is growing. And it's growing quickly, especially now that Chromecast Audio is available.

But look at my list here. I actually only have two video targets, and I have four audio targets. You just wouldn't know it from the icons in the list here. Chromecast Audio stands out, of course. So the kitchen and solarium are covered. But confusing things a tad is Sonos, which still has the "old" Cast target icon. (One of the "Bedroom" entries and the "Living Room" entry are Sonos speakers.)

This is very much a niche problem, of course. First you have to have some Sonos hardware — and even then you'll only see this issue in the Google Play Music app. Outside of GP Music and things are a little more standard. Icons are the same for all targets, but you also get a description of what kind of target it is — but even that layout isn't universal.

In any event, it's a good reminder to name things appropriately and a bit more descriptively.

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21 hours ago

Samsung says attack on LoopPay limited to an office network


Earlier today a report from The New York Times said that LoopPay, the company that Samsung acquired to help power its Samsung Pay mobile payments service, had been the target of a recent "sophisticated" hack. However, Samsung has now responded to the article noting that Samsung Pay was in no way compromised, and the hack was limited to LoopPay's office network and was quickly addressed.

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22 hours ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Clock


Keeping up with what time it is is pretty important. Some of us have an inherent feel for what time it is, and others need to glance down at a watch, a phone or a clock regularly to keep up with the day. For our latest photo contest, we want you to capture any kind of time-telling mechanism. Whether that's an ornate clock in a city square or just a standard kitchen wall clock, we know you can take a great photo of it.

We'll be picking three winners, and each one will receive a new Chromecast!

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 (October 20) night at 11:59 p.m. ET, and announce them on the blog with the next contest.

Enter the latest Android Central Photo Contest

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22 hours ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Ornate' winners!


Our latest photo contest was looking for the most intricate and ornate photos you could take, and we can definitely say you all delivered. The forum thread was filled with a good number of entries, and we had a great time narrowing things down to the two winners.

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22 hours ago

WhatsApp gains Google Drive backup for chat history, voice messages, photos and more


Google and WhatsApp have teamed up to bring Google Drive support to the popular messaging app. The new feature will be rolling out over the course of the next few months to all of Whatsapp's 900 million users. With Google Drive integration, you'll now be able to create private backups of your information to keep safe, and even be able to restore it if you move to a new device.

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22 hours ago

Save the earth from collision with Wear Orbits on Android Wear


Everybody wants to be a hero, well, usually at least. Now there is a game that can let you save the Earth right from your Smartwatch. Wear Orbits on Android Wear is a simple but fun game. Help the Earth to continue trucking along by adjusting your Orbit to avoid other planets, and celestial bodies. It's fun, and a bit addictive as well.

Check out the details below.

Wear Orbits is a fun, and simple game that will play out easily on your Smartwatch. When the game load up you'll see a number of planets on circular rings, in orbit around a planet. Your goal is to keep your planet in orbit, without having a collision. To achieve this, you need to jump between the rings of orbit avoiding anything in your path. The controls are simple, tap closer to the middle of the screen to jump inwards a ring or towards the edge of the screen to jump to an outer ring.

For the most part the gameplay is easy to grab onto, tap to move when you need to and avoid collision. It gets a bit trickier as you continue on because the rings will turn red before reversing their direction of orbit. You can also get caught by other planets catching up and overrunning you. There aren't really levels, but your score will increase the longer you stay in orbit. One of the few irritations was the fact that sometimes the game would time out mid-game if waited too long before jumping between the rings of orbit.

Wear Orbits is a really simple but engaging game. It's available on The Google Play Store for free and it's honestly a real steal. The game is fun, works well, and is fairly unique against the other games on Android Wear. If you're looking for a new fun game to try, this one might catch your eye.

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23 hours ago

Hands and eyes on View-Master for Google Cardboard


Mattel is wielding nostalgia to spectacular effect, but this is also a well-made Cardboard kit.

Just in time for holiday sales, Mattel's kit for Google Cardboard is starting to hit shelves. The View-Master Virtual Reality box takes the classic design from our childhood, makes some room on the inside for a phone, and offers a unique content ecosystem alongside Google's increasingly popular Cardboard platform. It's a fantastic combination of virtual reality, augmented reality, and a universally appreciated hardware profile.

Let's take a look.

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1 day ago

Google denies Motor Trend report claiming Android Auto sends it driving data


Google is now formally denying a report from Motor Trend that Android Auto collects and sends driving data from cars that have the vehicle technology system installed back to the company's servers.

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