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Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has announced Messenger Platform for developers at their F8 developers conference. The platform allows developers to tie their apps into Facebook Messenger.

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Google I/O 2015 rejection emails are going out

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Alas, the Google I/O invite selection process can seem a cruel and uncaring beast. The insane demand for I/O tickets, combined with the random lottery for successful applicants, means that not everyone who wants a ticket will be able to go. A few days ago emails started going out to the lucky few who were invited to purchase a ticket, and today Google's contacting the rest of us to let us know we've been unsuccessful.

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Facebook wants to dramatically simplify the process of sharing to Facebook

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At today's Facebook F8 developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that they're working to make sharing to their network simpler and better.

The new "share sheets" that Facebook is working on will unify sharing across the primary Facebook apps, including Facebook Groups and Messenger. The idea is to bring "the best sharing experience" to all of Facebook's apps instead of having multiple experiences to deal with varying experiences.

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1 week ago

A Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile will come with a free year of Netflix

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Samsung's always thrown in a bunch of free apps and subscriptions with their phones, but T-Mobile's throwing in some freebies of their own.

If you were planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile, it'll come with a year's worth of Netflix.

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1 week ago

Kyocera to fund long-distance phone calls for military with new 'Take Back' recycling program

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Kyocera's new phone recycling program, 'Take Back', will take old phones and turn them into long-distance calling time for deployed soldiers.

A new partnership between Kyocera and SecondWave Recycling will turn your old cellphone into paid calling time for deployed soldiers. Kyocera's 'Take Back' recycling program will accept phones in any condition, working or not. For every four phones recycled, Kycoera will donate $1 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, who provides free long-distance calling cards for soldiers.

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1 week ago

UltraTuner brings precision musical tuning to your Android phone

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The popular UltraTune app has arrived for Android, bringing ultra-precise musical tuning right to your phone.

UltraTune will allow precision tuning for your musical instruments right from your Android device. After having some great success with it's app on iOS, IK Multimedia is now bringing easy tuning to Android device. Knowing that accuracy is the most important part of tuning, UltraTuner boasts that they are able to deliver accuracy of +/- 1/100 of a cent, which is 10 times more accurate than a conventional mechanical strobe tuner.

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1 week ago

BT returns to the mobile phone market with new 4G LTE plans

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After a decade has passed since the company was involved in the mobile phone market, BT today announced new 4G LTE plans for the UK.

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1 week ago

Best Buy 4-day sale cuts Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pricing by at least $100

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The latest four-day sale from Best Buy includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, dropping the price by at least $100 depending on carrier.

Best Buy is offering a sale on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through March 29, which brings a cost savings of at least $100 to the device on contract. AT&T and Sprint models are discounted by $100, dropping the price to $199 on contract. The Verizon model is discounted by $200, making it only $99 on contract.

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1 week ago

HTC sends out April invites for 'More than One' event in Beijing

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Rumors of a more powerful variant of the HTC One M9, dubbed the HTC One M9+ for China have today been backed up by an official press invitation to a Beijing event in April.

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1 week ago

TomTom re-launches its mobile navigation experience for Android

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TomTom today announced the re-launch of its mobile experience for Android hardware. TomTom GO Mobile offers the company's premium navigation functionality.

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1 week ago

Join us at the Big Android Meat & Greet!

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Developers and enthusiasts alike will soon descend upon Alexandra, Va for a day of Android and delicious food, so naturally we'll be there.

The folks behind the Big Android BBQ have been working hard to expand their unique combination of social event and technical conference to the left and right coasts of the US. These events, dubbed Big Android Meat & Greets, exist as a small sample of the huge event that happens in Texas every year, but are significantly easier for some folks to get to. This year is the first East Coast event, and since it's happening in Jerry and Russell's backyard you can rest assured we'll be there to experience both the educational and entertainment aspects of the celebration.

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1 week ago

Leaked image of alleged HTC One E9 reveals glossy back

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HTC is once again set to offer a flagship-level smartphone with a plastic chassis.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi may launch its smartwatch along with a new mid-range phone on March 31

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The Chinese handset manufacturer has announced that it will launch new products on March 31 to commemorate its five-year anniversary.

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1 week ago

YouTube to reportedly take on Twitch with game streaming push later this year

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Google is reportedly planning a reinvigorated push for its live streaming platform that will go live later this year and focus on game streaming and esports.

Called YouTube Live, the service would go up against popular streaming service Twitch, which has already amassed the lion's share of the game streaming market.

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1 week ago

When to use HDR for photos on your Android

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HDR camera interface

Shooting in HDR isn't a cure-all solution, but it can definitely make up for shortcomings in your camera.

It's clear to see smartphone cameras have come a long way in just a couple of years, but what you may not realize is that a lot of the advancement can be attributed to software. When dealing with small camera sensors and lenses, like those on your Android, it takes finely-tuned processing to get a great-looking image from the data collected. It's true for casual snapshots in auto mode, but it's particularly true for HDR photography.

While HDR can't fix every problem with taking photos on your Android phone, it can certainly help your little camera produce appealing images that you'll really want to show off. HDR isn't a silver bullet, though — it really needs to be used in moderation for the best results. Let us show you when to flip the switch to HDR and when to go natural.

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