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1 week ago

Music from 'Galavant' is hitting Google Play Music All Access weekly

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If Arthurian-ish musical comedies are your thing, and lets be honest they probably should be, you had better be watching Galavant. If you're anything like me, however, just watching the episodes isn't enough. The four week musical treat that has taken up residence on Sunday nights over at ABC can be purchased song by song on Google Play, but the songs are being doled out week by week as they air on television.

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1 week ago

Smart lock screen security options in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Smart Lock Settings

Smartly unlock your device

When Google first showed off what would become Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, they gave us a sneak peak of what it had in store for the new Smart locks. During the keynote presentation the Trusted devices Smart lock was shown off. Now that we have the official builds of Lollipop on our devices, we can use the three new Smart Lock options — Trusted face, Trusted places, and Trusted devices.

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1 week ago

Sony launches the first Folding@Home beta app for Xperia Z smartphones

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Sony has launched the first beta version of its Folding@Home Android app for all of its Xperia Z smartphones. The app is designed to use a smartphone's idle processing power to help simulate the unfolding process of proteins for medical research.

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1 week ago

Razer's 24-hour sale will save you up to 50 percent off nearly everything they sell

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Razer is celebrating the numerous awards and accolades it received during CES 2015 last week, including our own for the Razer Forge TV, with a special 24-hour sale. The event will cut the price of all of its peripherals and accessories. such as its many headphones, earphones and speakers, by 50 percent. Its PC systems will also be discounted by 30 percent during the sale.

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2 weeks ago

Automatic Smart Driving Assistant adds 'Works with Nest' integration

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The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant now works with the Nest Thermostat. With the new integration, users can create new rules for their Nest Thermostat based on their car's activity. The integration has several filters for things like location, time of day, and day of the week.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 820, Desire 620 to be available from Mobiles.co.uk in January

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Two of HTC's more recent devices are headed to British phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk: the mid-range HTC Desire 820 and Desire 620. The Desire 620 will be priced between £15 and £20 per month, while the 820 will cost between £18 and £22 per month.

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2 weeks ago

Buy a Chromecast from Best Buy, get up to $66 for Google Play and Hulu

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At $35 the Google Chromecast is a hell of a deal, but Best Buy's sweetening an already sweet pot. Right now if you buy a Chromecast it comes with 2 months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of Google Play Music All Access, which is $46 worth of content — but if you buy a Chromecast from Best Buy they're throwing in $20 worth of Google Play Credit so you can stream a movie or two to get comfortable with your new little dongle. Add it all together and you get $66 worth of free subscription and download content and a Chromecast for just the $35 cost of the Chromecast.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook discussed investing in Xiaomi, ended up not doing that

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A new report claims that Facebook held investment discussions in late 2014 with China-based smartphone company Xiaomi. However, those talks did not result in a formal deal between the two companies.

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2 weeks ago

Third-party Twitter app Falcon Pro returns to the Play Store with a Material makeover

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The developer behind the popular Falcon Pro Twitter app, Joaquim Verges, today announced that version 3 has been submitted and published on Google Play Store. The app has been completely rewritten from scratch and better integrates with Google's Material Design framework, found in Lollipop 5.0.

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2 weeks ago

Google's Translate app will soon support live translation

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Google is set to update its Google Translate app to support simultaneous translation, a feature Microsoft recently implemented into Skype. According to The New York Times, the functionality will recognize and convert detected speech input to text in a chosen output language. It's especially handy for those who require convenient access to immediate translation support.

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2 weeks ago

CyanogenMod now officially available for Android One devices

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Cyanogen has announced official support for Android One devices. CyanogenMod 11 builds based on Android 4.4 KitKat can now be installed on Android One handsets, with an update to Lollipop-based CM12 in the works.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's ultra-thin Galaxy A7 is official: 5.5-inch 720p display, octa-core CPU and LTE

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Samsung Galaxy A7

Samsung has officially launched the third device in the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A7. Targeted at a younger audience, the Galaxy A7 has a metal unibody, 5 MP wide-angle front camera and is just 6.3 mm thick, making it Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Trivia Crack, Destiny Public Events, Crossy Road and more

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Apps of the week

These apps help make the most of your Android

Happy App Day (Sunday) everyone!

We're back with another week's worth of applications we think are excellent enough to get our seal of approval, and here's where we share them with the class. We've got games, apps to make other games better (for real, Fallen Walkers stand no chance when Russell's around), utilities to brighten your life and even an app you probably forgot all about.

Have a look, then be sure to share your favorite app of the week in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

What's weird at CES 2015? Pretty much anything and everything

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A bunch of the curved displays from the new LG G Flex 2, because why not?

You don't have to go far to find something weird at CES. And we're not necessarily talking bad weird. Just weird weird. Simple fact is there's a market for everything. Or, rather, the companies here in Las Vegas are hoping there's a market for whatever it is they're selling.

So I gave the Mobile Nations gang a simple task. You have 20 minutes. Bring me back the weirdest thing you can find.

Let's see how we did.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Phil's best of CES

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Phil Nickinson

A few (more) thoughts on the boss' favorites

We survived another one. Another week in Las Vegas. Another week at CES and forced narratives and crazy awesome tech that many of us won't ever be able to afford, right alongside crazy (crazy) tech that will never see the light of day once it's shipped back from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

That, friends, is CES, at least from the tech side.

For those of us on my end of the business, it's also one of the few times a year we see our work friends, folks spread out all over the world. We compete, sure, but that just makes us all better. And on occasion we sit and we eat and we drink and we talk about how lucky we are to get to do this in the first place, one-upping each other as we go.

And we get to put faces to readers. It's cliche, and it's absolutely an ego stroke, but I still love it when strangers come up just to say hi. It's important to remember that we do this for people and not just for readers. And seeing faces flips that switch. You remember that people care not just what you say, but that it's you saying it. When we forget that is when we tend to get in trouble and lose our way. So please don't ever be too shy to introduce yourself.

A few other thoughts on the CES that was ...

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