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2 weeks ago

LG G4 review

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LG G4

LG needed an exceptional flagship this year, and the G4 is exactly that.

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2 weeks ago

Prime Stations strum their way to the Amazon Echo, putting hundreds of ad-free stations a voice command away

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Amazon's Echo got yet another new feature, and this time it is the addition of Prime Stations, which brings tons of ad-free music to the device.

Recently the Amazon Echo has been getting integration with a bunch of new services, and the most recent is Prime Stations. It wasn't that long ago that we saw Prime Stations become available to Android users, and now the service is available on the Echo, allowing music to be controlled without needing to touch a thing.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus One owners in India can keep receiving Cyanogen over-the-air updates

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OnePlus One owners in India now have the option to keep receiving updates to the smartphone if it has the Cyanogen OS installed.

The Indian office of OnePlus announced today that the company's previous legal issues with Micromax have been resolved, allowing OnePlus One owners in that country to keep getting over-the-air updates to the Cyanogen OS.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now available for all of Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones

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Sprint has begun a rollout of an update for its non-Spark version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to that device.

Sprint previously updated the version of the Galaxy S4 that supported its Sprint Spark LTE network to Lollipop few weeks ago.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 Gear VR Innovator Edition now available online, in-store May 15

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The Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is available for online purchasing from Best Buy and Samsung for $199.

Best Buy and Samsung are now accepting orders for the Gear VR Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy S6, but you will need to wait until May 15 to get one in-store. Samsung first announced the Galaxy S6 version back at the beginning of March, and pre-orders went live towards the end of April for the device.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop now hitting Dell Venue 8 tablets, forcing encryption during update

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Dell Venue 8

We're no strangers to Lollipop updates around here, but Dell adding encryption during the update is something new.

One of the big topics to come up during the launch of Android 5.0, especially after using the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, was the inclusion of full disk encryption to the platform. Nexus users quickly discovered they had little say in the matter, but most manufacturers have left encryption as a choice in both updates and new device releases. During the update to Android 5.0.2 today, Dell Venue 8 users will notice a step in between agreeing to reboot and start the update and the "Android is upgrading" screen. This sleek little Intel tablet is encrypting the device during the update process, and it's happening without user consent.

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2 weeks ago

Goat Simulator GoatZ brings goats and zombies together for Android

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Coffee Stain Studios isn't done with their popular, and very odd, Goat Simulator game series. This week, the team launched Goat Simulator GoatZ for Android

The game, developed by Gone North Games, is a stand alone expansion to Goat Simulator for $4.99. As the title suggests, it combines two things most people love to see: goats and zombies.

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2 weeks ago

Speck CandyShell Grip Case for HTC One M9

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Speck CandyShell Grip Case

Designed for those who need extra grip to prevent the slip, the CandyShell Grip Case for the M9 packs plenty of flavor without bulking your device's waistline.

It's been a while since I've sported anything from Speck, and using this dual-layer case on the M9 makes me appreciate that they're still keeping it simple without skimping on design or quality. Unlike our recent run with Qmadix's X-Series Cover, the CandyShell Grip has complete fusion going on, blending both its sleek polycarbonate frame and smooth TPU.

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2 weeks ago

You can now order food directly from Google search results

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The new service lets you conveniently order food directly from Google search results.

When you search for nearby restaurants, you'll now find an option called "Place an order" that directs you to build your order a food delivery service, all without having to visit the restaurant's website.

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2 weeks ago

Nintendo's first smartphone game launching this year, five titles to debut by 2017

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Nintendo's CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced in an earnings call today that its first smartphone game — developed in collaboration with DeNA — will launch by the end of 2015.

The company plans to release five titles by 2017, and has made the necessary personnel additions to develop games tailored for smartphones.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola announces Android 5.1 soak test for the 2014 Moto X in Brazil

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Motorola officially announced that it has started rolling out Android 5.1 update to the second-gen Moto X as a soak test for users in Brazil today.

In a blog post this evening, Motorola officially announced the rollout of Android 5.1 Lollipop update to the 2014 Moto X as a soak test for users that bought their devices from retail partners in Brazil, signaling that a wider rollout can't be too far off. Additionally, Motorola announced that the update will bring a new "chop twice for flashlight" Moto Action as well.

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2 weeks ago

Expedia makes finding local activities and booking car rentals much easier in latest update

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Expedia has updated its Android app today with new sections for booking local activities and ground transport.

In today's Expedia for Android update, the popular trip-planning service has added the ability to browse and book tickets to shows, themeparks, and tours, as well as secure transport from the airport to a hotel through the new "Activities" and "Cars" sections.

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2 weeks ago

Google reportedly considering putting app permissions in the hands of users

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Google is reportedly working on bringing the ability for users to manage individual app permissions on their devices.

According to a new report out of Bloomberg, Google may soon bring the ability for Android users to select what aspects of their device an app can and cannot have access to before downloading from Google Play.

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2 weeks ago

What to do if the Android 5.0.2 update sends your Nexus 9 into a bootloop tizzy

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Nexus 9 factory reset

The Android 5.0.2 update apparently is breaking some Nexus 9s. But it's possible to reset your way out of it.

Strange things are afoot with the Nexus 9. The Android 5.0.2 update that started rolling out a couple days ago — that's the one ahead of the Android 5.1.1 update that'll drop any time now — has been sending some tablets into a bootloop tailspin. That's absolutely not the sort of thing anyone wants to see happen with an update, and it's sure not something you expect from what's supposed to be the most unadulterated Android experiences.

There have been a number of reports of "bricked" Nexus 9 tablets in Google's support forums, our own forums and other online watering holes. (In fact, my Nexus 9 went into bootloop limbo as well.)

The good news is that there are options should your tablet be soft-bricked (that's as opposed to actually dead) after taking this update.

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2 weeks ago

Straight Talk gets generous with data, gives users 5GB instead of 3GB going forward

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Customers who use Straight Talk as their carrier will now receive an additional 2GB of high-speed data for the same price they were paying before.

Straight Talk has increased the data allowance included with their plans, from 3GB up to 5GB, and the increase comes at no extra charge. Last year Straight Talk increased the data allowances by 500MB, but this year's offer is far more generous.

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