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6 days ago

Keyboards on Android Wear can exist, just not like this

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You'll likely need something other than voice input on your watch — here's one way it could work

Keyboards on Android Wear smartwatches are just not a good idea. But voice only isn't the answer either. There's a middle ground to be found here, and the first developer who figures it out wins.

It didn't take long to form an opinion regarding Minuum's attempt at an Android Wear keyboard. It's bad, I mean really and truly not a good experience. Now, in Minuum's defense this is basically an Alpha release of a keyboard that has already been released on other, more traditional platforms — phones and tablets. Things like the settings menu being basically unusable can be ignored for this first effort, but the keyboard itself isn't really going to change because it's the same keyboard on every other platform Minuum supports. Minuum is probably the closest thing we'll ever see to a full digital keyboard on such a small display be even a little functional, and that has a lot to do with how insanely good their prediction algorithms are. Their keyboard for regular ol' Android is pretty great, if you haven't already checked it out.

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6 days ago

Dead Trigger 2 gets major update with new weapons, story content and more

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Developer Madfinger Games has released a major new update to their free-to-play zombie first person shooter Dead Trigger 2, adding in a ton of content such as new weapons, more of the game's story campaign and additional features.

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6 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Green' winners!

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Another fantastic Weekly Photo Contest is over and done with, yielding several pages of great photo entries in the forums. We saw plenty of lush greenery from around the world, as well as some more abstract entries that took the "green" prompt to interesting places. Three winners were picked this week, so be sure to read along and see the winning images for yourself.

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6 days ago

Updated Google Wallet knows your gift card balances, lets you ask for money

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Your Google Wallet app is about to get even better. Today, Google has just announced that several new features are coming to the Google Wallet app on Android and iOS. These new features will make it easier to shop in retail stores and get cash from family or friends. Full details on the upcoming changes down below.

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6 days ago

Dropbox and Deutsche Telekom to pre-load app on lots of smartphones

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Dropbox has announced a new partnership with the wireless carrier Deutsche Telekom that will see the Android app for the cloud storage service pre-loaded on millions of smartphones in some central and eastern European countries.

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6 days ago

Samsung Chromebook 2 review

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Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch)

A laptop with a premium price that doesn't offer a premium experience

When it comes to making Chromebooks, Samsung was there from the very beginning. Following in the Google CR-48's footsteps, Samsung entered the market in mid-2011 with the first Chromebook from a third-party manufacturer, the Series 5. This 12-inch laptop weighed over three pounds, had a woefully under-powered Atom processor and cost far too much for anyone's consideration at the time. Samsung kept at it, following up with a revamped Series 5 and all-new ARM-powered Series 3 a few months apart in 2012, making clearer value propositions as Google's Chrome OS came into its own. And that was it, Samsung didn't make another Chromebook again for well over a year.

Coming out of nowhere, really, Samsung announced two brand new Chromebook models — simply dubbed "Samsung Chromebook 2" — in February of this year. The laptops are nearly identical to one another but come in 11-inch and 13-inch (which we have here) varieties, showing no physical similarities to past Samsung Chromebooks, instead borrowing design elements from its recent Windows laptops and the faux leather from the Galaxy Note 3. They sport higher-resolution screens, large trackpads and all-new Exynos octa-core ARM processors under the hood.

Those changes also bring bumped up prices, too, with the 13-inch model coming in at $399 — a price that tops all available Chromebooks aside from the Pixel. Samsung's definitely going at the "premium" Chromebook market in a real way this time around, but can it succeed with its first device in well over a year? We dive into that question with our full review of the Samsung Chromebook 2 (13-inch).

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6 days ago

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket on Android phones, tablets requires no satellite dish

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In a bold move supporting cord cutters, satellite provider DirecTV is allowing users to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games to their personal devices without requiring a satellite dish in the process. Streaming will work on compatible Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Macs and PCs, as well as Microsoft's Xbox gaming console depending on the package you sign up for.

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6 days ago

Doodles return to the tab page with Chrome 36 for Android

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Chrome for Android will be updated to version 36 (36.0.1985.122) in the coming days. This release is notable for improving text rendering and more.

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6 days ago

Your next Qualcomm processor could be Samsung inside

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Leading mobile device processor company Qualcomm is reported to be contracting Samsung to produce their chips. Qualcomm holds a majority of the mobile device market and is found in nearly all high-end smartphones, but has no manufacturing facilities of their own. Instead the partner with other companies, including Taiwan's TSMC and GlobalFoundries. But with increasing demand for their Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm is apparently turning to Samsung to help bolster their production.

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6 days ago

Visa gives digital payment a reboot with Checkout

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Visa is giving its digital payment a reboot with a new Visa Checkout feature that is aimed at paying for your online shopping spree much simpler and safer on the web, including mobile devices. The Checkout initiative isn't meant as a mobile wallet for paying in physical retail stores, like at your local grocer, but instead is meant to compete against services like PayPal, Amazon, and Google.

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