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Weekly Photo Contest: Neon

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 Neon

Whether you want a flashy light-up sign or just want to be noticed with some bright colors on a something you wear, we're all aware of how neon can stand out. No matter the time of year or hour of day you can always get attention with neon colors, and this week we're hoping it attracts the attention of your cameras. We want to see the best "neon" shots you can take with your Android phone.

For their efforts we'll be handing out prizes to two winning entries this week, each one taking home a ZENS Qi Wireless 4500mAh Power Bank!

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 (November 26) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 Lollipop build LRX210 factory image now available

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Nexus 6 Lollipop factory image now available

Looky there, just like that the first Nexus 6 factory image, labeled as build number LRX210, has just shown up on Google's developer site. That's a newer build than what is currently available on the Nexus 6, and though we don't know the complete set of changes in store here we do know the radios have been updated.

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1 week ago

Sony gives away 3 free movies to owners of Xperia Z3 family

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If you own a Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, you make be eligible for three free movies as part of Sony's giveaway. The movie titles include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The offer is presented to owners of the Xperia Z3 family in select regions, including the UK, France, Spain, and the U.S.

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1 week ago

Smartphone encryption could lead to death of a child, government claims

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The U.S. government is fighting back against new encryption technologies on smartphones made by Apple and those using Google's latest version of Android. With a strongly worded argument, an official at the U.S. Department of Justice plainly stated that without access to a suspect's phone, a child could die in cases such as kidnapping.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Glass' winners!

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We can see through glass, but we couldn't see past all of the great entries in this week's photo contest. We had three full pages of photos int he forums, all hitting the topic perfectly. It was tough to pick out just two winners, but we narrowed it down — read along and see the winners this week.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile will sell its LTE Nexus 9 sometime in early December

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T-Mobile revealed today that their 32GB LTE wireless version of Google's Nexus 9 tablet will go on sale sometime in early December. The carrier will charge customers $25 a month for 24 months for the 9-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet.

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1 week ago

AT&T GoPhone prepaid now throttles instead of capping data, adds new $45 plan

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AT&T GoPhone plans have had a bit of an update today by way of a new $45 plan that offers 1GB of data. That settles in between the previous two-tier plan approach with $40 for 500MB and $60 for 2.5GB, which have the same data allotments. Perhaps more importantly, for the $45 and $60 plans AT&T will now just throttle speeds to 128kbps after the high-speed data allotment is up, rather than cut off data as it did previously.

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1 week ago

Google acquires Mac app-maker RelativeWave, gives away $80 Form app for free

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RelativeWave, the team behind the Mac app Form, has announced that it is now part of Google. As part of the acquisition, Google has made the $80 prototyping and design app available as a free download on the Mac App Store. The RelativeWave team will continue development of the app under Google.

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1 week ago

How to add a dedicated number row to the Google Keyboard

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Google Keyboard number row

It takes a few steps, but the Google Keyboard has some useful options tucked inside

Here's one of those things that's been around for a little bit, but well hidden. If you're a fan of the stock Google keyboard but would love to have a dedicated number row — particularly given the size of many of today's smartphones — you can do it. It's not just an Android 5.0 Lollipop feature, so you're able to do this on the Nexus 6 or LG G3 or HTC One or whatever.

You will, however, have to do a little digging in the keyboard settings.

Here's the deal:

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1 week ago

You can now share Drive files directly from Hangouts video chats

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Google is making it easier than ever to share your Drive files today. The company just announced a new feature coming to Hangouts video calls that allows users to instantly share links to files stored in their Google Drive directly from the chat window.

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1 week ago

Meizu brings 2K display to MX4 Pro, puts 'Retina' in your ears

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Meizu is teasing their next smartphone, the MX4 Pro, boasting a new 20nm A15 octa-core processor, mTouch fingerprint scanner, and "Retina Sound", whatever that means. It's probably a speaker so sublime it makes your eyes pop out of your head. We're still trying to figure that part out.

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1 week ago

Withings updates its Health Mate app with a new Material Design look and more

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Withings, the maker of fitness smartbands such as the recently-released Pulse O2 has updated its Health Mate app, which not only supports Android 5.0 Lollipop but also has a new user interface inspired by Lollipop's Material Design. The app even throws in some new features as well.

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1 week ago

Motorola Keylink fob pairs with your phone so you can always find it

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Motorola has launched a handy little Bluetooth accessory that pairs up with your Android or iOS device so you can find your keys or your phone with minimal hassle. Hit the button the Keylink and your phone will ring, or tap the button in the app for the Keylink to ring.

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1 week ago

Iterate 78: Google designers talk Material Design

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 Google designers talk Material Design

Iterate brings together the best designers and app producers in the business to talk user interface, human interaction, icon design, and user experience from concept to implementation. On this episode — Richard Fulcher, Nicholas Jitkoff, designers at Google, talk to Marc, Seth, and Rene about the origins, development, and implementation of Material Design on Android and the web.

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1 week ago

Amazon starts shipping its Fire TV Stick to early buyers

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Amazon has launched its first shipments of its recently announced Fire TV Stick dongle, but the early birds who jumped first to get the $39 device are the lucky ones. Amazon's listing of the Fire TV Stick shows they won't get anymore in stock until at least January 15.

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