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6 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which navigation app do you use?

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Let's go places... how do we get there?

Maps can be tricky things...

One of the most important devices our smartphone has replaced is the GPS navigation unit. Being able to search for a restaurant, tap one and be directed straight to it without having to type it into a separate device is just wonderful. Being able to send someone a location in a text message, or to pull a location from an email and have my phone automatically pull up the route was liberating, to say nothing of the fact that GPS units were unwieldy, expensive, and had to be updated via computer or SD card frequently, but not frequently enough that it would stop directing you to closed stores or trying to drive you over destroyed bridges.

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6 days ago

Sony accidentally reveals Xperia Z4 Tablet ahead of March 3 unveiling

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It looks like Sony accidentally let a few details about an upcoming Xperia Tablet slip today. According to an appearance on the official Xperia Lounge application, the tablet is (predictably) called the Xperia Z4 Tablet and features a 2K display, along with an "ultra fast processor."

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6 days ago

Early backer Kickstarter pricing for Pebble Time increased to 30,000 watches

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Due to the insane interest and backing that Pebble's latest endeavor, the Pebble Time, has received, the company has issued an update announcing that it has decided to increase the number of units it will ship in May from the $179 tier to 30,000. In addition, the Pebble team says that it will open up a new reward tier with a June ship date after the current tier is full.

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6 days ago

Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

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Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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6 days ago

Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps

Google Maps is a powerful tool, so make it work for you with some of these clever tips and tricks.

Google Maps

If you haven't noticed by now, we're lined up a pretty great series of getting to know Google Maps. We've covered everything from the basics down to more intricate uses, and now we wanted to round up the top tips and tricks for using Google Maps on your Android.

Some of these are big time savers, while others simply give you more options in configuring Maps to work the way you want it — in any case they'll help you be a master of mapping on your Android.

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6 days ago

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Droid Turbo

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Generally speaking, people who want a case on their phone that doesn't add a lot of bulk are at a disadvantage from the start.

The Droid Turbo is not a thin phone by any stretch, but Motorola worked hard to make it comfortable to hold despite the bulk added by the battery. It's a great device on its own, which makes putting a case around it complicated for some. Adding even more bulk, especially with a case that doesn't offer the same grip points on the sides and back, makes the phone noticeably less enjoyable to use. Case makers have to be careful with the finishing textured used in Droid Turbo cases if they want happy customers, and that's clearly what Amzer was aiming for with their Pudding TPU case.

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6 days ago

HTC One M9 gets shown off in leaked promo videos [Update: gone!]

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Update: Looks like the videos have been removed from YouTube now. It was good while it lasted. Update 2: Added a gallery of screenshots from the videos.

Original story: After letting loose some images of the device earlier today, Upleaks has now leaked 3 promo videos for the HTC One M9 ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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6 days ago

What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

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Lollipop encryption

Keeping your bits and bytes as safe as possible through encryption is a complicated affair.

There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it is bad information, and plenty of it is just repeated snippets of speculation. While this makes for good conversation — and FDE is something worth talking about — we wanted to break down the finer points into an easy-to-read discussion.

This isn't meant to be the be-all end-all document on Android encryption. Google has already posted that one. We're going to tackle the consumer-oriented questions we keep hearing. As always, use the comments for discussion so we all can learn a little something.

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6 days ago

HTC One M9 leaks show an iterative design

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More images of the HTC One M9 seem to have leaked ahead of the HTC flagship's expected reveral at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The design is rather iterative, building on the curvy all-metal language established by the One M7 and One M8 before it.

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6 days ago

The best weather apps for Android

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There's quite a few ways to get the weather on your phone.

We can always talk about the weather … and weather apps. And these are some of the best weather apps for Android.

Unless you happen to live in a holodeck or maybe a climate-controlled biodome, the weather has ways of encroaching on our lives if we're not prepared for it. Maybe you should've grabbed a jacket before that cold front blew through. Maybe today's line of storms weren't the best time to wear a white top. Maybe you should've shoveled the driveway now before the last cold blast blew through and froze your driveway solid. Save yourself from an ice slick, or a cold wind blowing through your thin shirt, and keep a weather app handy. Your phone may have come with a weather app or widget, but that should never stop you from checking out the competition.

And so while we're about to showcase apps that will vary drastically in bells and whistles, keep in mind that if the weather data that app provides isn't accurate enough for your particular place, then you should keep looking for something that does.

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6 days ago

Microsoft announces new OneDrive API for all of your devices

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Microsoft has announced a new API for OneDrive that will make it easy for developers to integrate the company's cloud storage service into their apps. The API supports all major platforms, including the web, Windows, iOS, and Android.

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1 week ago

Here's what parents need to know about YouTube Kids

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YouTube Kids

Being a tech-forward parent presents its own unique set of challenges, and letting your kids use YouTube is one of the best examples of this.

I have trouble believing that YouTube is safe for adults most days, which is why I'm often hovering over my children to ensure whatever they are watching on Google's video service is safe. It's not even that YouTube is bad for children — the service just plain wasn't built to cater specifically to little heads, and that can cause problems. User-targeted pre-roll ads and algorithm-generated "what to watch next" videos aren't great for youngsters, to say nothing of the toxic wasteland that your average comments section tends to resemble.

To resolve this, Google has released YouTube Kids. It's an entirely separate app with its own set of rules, and if you're a parent looking at this as a potential solution to YouTube proper for your kids, here's what you need to know.

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1 week ago

This is Pebble Time: Color e-paper and weeklong battery life

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Kickstarter darling Pebble is back with a new, color, crowdfunded e-paper smartwatch. Meet Pebble Time, crowdfunding for $159.

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1 week ago

Pre-order the LG G Flex 2 at Carphone Warehouse and receive a free Bluetooth speaker

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has just announced that pre-orders for the LG G Flex 2 in black are now available. Previously slated for February 28, the G Flex 2 can be yours when taken out with plans starting from £24 a month (accompanied by a down payment of £310 for the phone). To help sweeten the deal, you'll receive a free Bluetooth speaker and QuickCircle case.

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1 week ago

Samsung brings back the mute button in latest Galaxy S5 software update

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Samsung has released a post-Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5, re-introducing the silent mode (or rather, the mute button). It's a feature that was missed by many once updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. As reported by SamMobile, the G900F variant of the Galaxy S5 is currently receiving the build (G900FXXU1BOB7) in the UK. The mute button has been placed among quick settings, just below the notifications tray.

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