21 min ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 31


Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom. Today Amazon's got a great deal on $115-worth of apps now available for free. Definitely check that out.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments. Happy Halloween!

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26 min ago

Amazon Fire Phone's latest update was just for bugfixes


For the two brave souls who asked, the 3.5.2 update for the Amazon Fire Phone was just bugfixes. Nothing in the changelog about buyer's remorse at all.

Source: Amazon Thanks, DiVirus and Scott!

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Freaky Friday Sale: LG G3 slim hard cases for only $14.95!

This custom hybrid case is designed to guard your LG G3 against impacts with a inner TPU core underneath a durable polycarbonate exterior. The shell features a glossy UV coating that prevents color fading and wear. You even have the option of separating the skin from the shell if you want to swap colors on the fly!


48 min ago

It's Halloween tonight — let's put down the phones and concentrate on driving

Google Doodle Halloween 2014

A quick reminder, folks, that it's Halloween tonight. The kids are going to be out and about, wearing all sort of stuff that they can't see out of or walk well in, and worrying more about how much candy they get than whether they're wandering into the street. And so it's more important than ever for those of us in cars to put down the phones and keep our eyes out the road.

Repeat: Please. Put. Down. Your. Phone.

I thank you. My kids thank you. And their friends thank you.

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1 hour ago

Sprint plans to lease you the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $20 a month


Sprint has today announced a new program customers will be able to take advantage of. For those who desire either the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Sport, you'll now be able to lease the smartphones at $20 a month for 24 months. And if you qualify, Sprint will also charge you absolutely nothing at lease signing for the chosen handset.

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2 hours ago

BBM update will bring Message Retraction, Timed Messages and more


BlackBerry's instant messaging service BBM will be seeing an update across all OS platforms in the next few days. It has been available through BlackBerry Beta Zone for some users from a few weeks now and it now ready for everyone. The most notable new feature is Timed Messages which allows users to send a 'secret' message to a contact for a pre-set duration of time. You will also be able to retract any accidentally sent messages. We've all been there, so that may be a handy addition.

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3 hours ago

HTC struggles to remain profitable against strong competition


HTC has published its business review for Q3 2014, highlighting revenue at NT$41.9 billion for the previous quarter. While HTC isn't quite out of the woods just yet, it's positive to see the troubled company maintain profitability after turning things around back in Q2.

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11 hours ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy A3 and A5 for that social networking millennial in your life


We've seen the leaks pointing to "Galaxy A" series devices from Samsung, and now the Galaxy A3 and A5 are official. Targeted at the younger crowd, the Galaxy A3 and A5 are both metal unibody devices that are just 6.9 and 6.7mm thick, respectively, and come in six different flashy colors.

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15 hours ago

Andy Rubin, former head of Android, is leaving Google

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android division at Google after his company was acquired in 2005, only to move after many years to head up robotics efforts at the company instead. Sundar Pichai has led Google's Android efforts since Rubin made the move in 2013.

Since moving to lead the robotics "moonshot" at Google Rubin oversaw the acquisition of multiple robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, to strengthen its efforts in the field.

Rubin is leaving Google to start his own company focused on technology hardware (and you can bet robots are somehow involved), though Google is still staying committed to robotics after he leaves. James Kuffner, who works in Google's robotics group, will take over Rubin's position at the top.

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16 hours ago

Cut the Rope: Time Travel cruises back to the Industrial Revolution in latest update


Cut the Rope: Time Travel is expanding once again, this time with new levels that take Om Nom back to the Industrial Revolution. Along with a nice new icon indicating that new levels are afoot, you'll be able to dive into the "industrial age" as the 10th available level in the game after this update. The new content is unlockable with 390 stars collected (yes, that's a lot), or you can unlock all of the levels right away with a $3.99 in-app purchase.

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18 hours ago

Google Calendar on the web gets smarter with real-time updates, back button support


It isn't the flashy Material Design upgrade we've been seeing on other Google properties, but Google Calendar on the web is getting a little smarter with a few subtle upgrades. Starting today if you use Google Calendar in a web browser you'll notice real-time updates of information without refreshing the page, meaning you'll never miss a meeting time change or updated details.

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18 hours ago

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition takes you on a Dungeons & Dragons-styled adventure


Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been launched for Android, bringing a whole new generation of players to the game. Leveraging the Dungeons & Dragons style of game play, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is set in the Wizards of the Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms where you'll journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains and encounter fearsome beasts.

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19 hours ago

Verizon's official Droid Turbo TV ads feature James Franco and a Bendgate nod


After posting two "viral" videos featuring actor James Franco earlier this week, Verizon Wireless has unleashed its full one minute TV ad featuring the man who cannot say "No" to a gig using the just launched Motorola Droid Turbo. A second ad also has a nod to the recent iPhone 6 "Bendgate" controversy.

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19 hours ago

Instagram finally flips the switch on video ads, launching with big names on board


Instagram announced that it was bringing advertisements to users last year, and now the first full-on video ads are starting to arrive. The first ad spots, which land between eight and 15 seconds long, come from big names like Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW, and are shown sparingly in user's Instagram feeds.

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19 hours ago

Hands-on with the brand new Microsoft Band


Microsoft is in the wearable game and supporting Android. Here's a first look

Last night – in a somewhat bungled outing, no less – Microsoft officially joined the wearable market with the Microsoft Band. More a fitness band with benefits than a smartwatch, the Band is perhaps best compared with the Samsung Gear Fit that launched earlier this year. The big news for us is, is Android support. Through the Microsoft Health app for Android – also for iOS, Mac and Windows – you can pair your Band with your favorite smartphone.

We haven't seen it yet, but our buddy, Daniel Rubino, over at Windows Central sure has, and he's unboxed it and given it a thorough hands-on.

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