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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Left brain, right brain ...

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I'm spending the first hour or so of Father's Day in the usual position — hunched over a keyboard while at least one of my kids is buried in a tablet. I know that's not the best way for either of us to spend a Sunday morning. But it's also familiar. And like all things in moderation, it's probably not too bad for either of us. Kid No. 1 is fixated on her screen, playing some awful freemium game, no doubt. (I do have her at least give me a cursory look at what she's playing. But after a while all these crap games tend to look alike.)

In the time it's taken me to write this, she's since retreated to her room, face now buried in phone. I can summon her more quickly over Google Hangouts than I can by voice.

These are first-world parenting problems, for sure. Failure? Success? Both, I think. And I'll take it. Happy Father's Day.

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2 weeks ago

Google Fit Integration, and why you want it

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A central point for your fitness data has arrived.

Fitness apps have been around for years, showing us how to workout more efficiently and helping us to track everything from steps to calories burned. Google wants in on the action, to show us what fitness data should do. Google Fit is the solutions the company have some up with so far, designed mostly to be a central hub for all sorts of health-related data points. We've been playing with the app for a few weeks now, and have the details you need before deciding if Google Fit is right for you.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel OneTouch is now the Official Smartphone Partner of the Toronto FC

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Alcatel OneTouch is now the new Official Smartphone Partner of the Toronto FC, a Canadian-based soccer club.

With this new partnership, Alcatel OneTouch will focus on pre-game fan experiences, social and digital media campaigns, in-game brand advertising and much more. The deal is a multi-year partnership, and for Alcatel it is the first of its kind as it shows the company's major brand investment in Canada.

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2 weeks ago

Smart Cleaning on the LG G4 - what is it, and do you need it?

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LG G4 Smart Cleaning

Know what is going to happen before you tap that button, or you might regret it.

There are a lot of tools and utilities in the LG G4's settings pages. Some are simple, and the same you would see in any other Android phone or tablet, while others require a bit of thinking before you go and tap on buttons. Smart Cleaning is one of the latter.

The idea is a good one. You will likely have files on your storage that you don't want or need, and Smart Cleaning is a one-touch solution to get rid of a few of them. But there is also the potential to delete things you don't want deleted, like camera raw files and even applications you haven't used recently. Let's take a look at exactly what Smart Cleaning does when you tap the button.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the Nextbook Ares 8

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The Nextbook Ares 8 is a $78 tablet that runs Android 5.0, but at less than $100 is it even worth a look?

Nextbook, a company that makes affordable Android and Windows tablets, has some relatively new Android based tablets available, and we got to see what it was all about.

In the past, it was a general rule to avoid any cheap Android device, but over the past year things have started changing. We have seen more and more affordable Android devices that are worth checking out, and it appears as though that trend may be moving towards tablets as well.

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2 weeks ago

Render of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 surfaces, shows off possible touchscreen

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Renders have appeared online for what could be the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, and this year it may feature a touchscreen as well.

Xiaomi has had stunning success with its Mi Band fitness tracker, having already shipped more than 6 million of these $15 units. The Mi Band was originally released back in July 2014, nearly a year ago, so it would make sense that the company is already working on, or close to releasing, a successor for it. New renders have surfaced, showing off what could be the Mi Band 2.

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2 weeks ago

2013 Moto X Android 5.1 update begins rolling out in the U.S., Brazil, and Canada

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2013 Moto X owners, your wait is finally over: Android 5.1 Lollipop is on its way.

Motorola's David Schuster once again took to Google Plus today to announce that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the 2013 Moto X is now rolling out for U.S. and Brazil retail devices, along with the Rogers variant in Canada.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central 241: Phil's Fault

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Audio-only stream below

On this week's show — we break down the Great Samsung Keyboard Exploit Of 2015 That You Probably Don't Really Need To Worry About, check in on Jerry's time with the, erm, Pebble Time, weigh in on the awfully named Dell Venue 10 7000 Series, and we answer more of your questions live on air!

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2 weeks ago

Google to honor requests to remove 'revenge porn' from search results

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Google is taking giving users an option to remove "revenge porn" from search results.

Google has announced that it is taking a stance against revenge porn in its search results. The search giant is implementing a way for victims to request that explicit images shared without their consent be removed from search results.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon launches Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 Developer Preview

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Amazon is giving app makers an early look at the company's next operating system update with the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview.

Amazon will likely launch some new versions of its Fire HD tablets later this year, and it's already preparing for that day with the release of the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview.

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2 weeks ago

ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader gets unlocked unofficially, let the fun begin

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The ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader has been unofficially unlocked, but folks should still proceed with caution before attempting to unlock their device.

One of the great things about Android is just how customizable it is, and the doors open even further when people can start messing around with custom ROMs and kernels. This level of customization is not for everyone, but those who enjoy tinkering with their device will be pleased to see the bootloader unlock for the ZenFone 2.

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2 weeks ago

Free App of the Week in Google Play: Toca Hair Salon 2

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Toca Hair Salon 2 is this weeks Free App of the Week in Google Play, something the company recently introduced in its new Family section.

Google is back again with another Free App of the Week, this time bringing you Toca Hair Salon 2 free of charge. The app, which is normally $2.99, lets you become a virtual hair stylist. This family friendly app will let your kids get creative, as they can cut, style, shampoo, blow dry and much more right from the app.

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2 weeks ago

Twitter begins testing two new features for discovering more about products and places

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Twitter aims to make it easier to find more information about the products and places others are talking about, as it launches two new features to assist.

Often times on Twitter, people are talking about products they are interested in, or places they want to visit, but finding information about those topics generally requires leaving the app. Twitter is now testing two new features that would aid in the discovery of places and products, and even give you a way to buy the product.

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2 weeks ago

Review: Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

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Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

The first convertible laptop running Android you should ever even think about buying.

Large Android tablets are hard. Most apps aren't formatted to take advantage of the extra screen size, and the frequent implementation of 16:9 aspect ratio means using anything with a screen larger than eight inches is cumbersome at best. The best we've seen from these devices is a focus on gaming or media consumption, but when these devices enter the $400+ price range it becomes more than a little difficult to justify the price against the feature set.

It turns out all we really needed was a fresh perspective.

After nailing the 8-inch tablet design, Dell set their sights on something that functionally bridges the gap between tablet and laptop. In the Windows world these machines are often called convertible laptops, and if the Venue 10 7000 Series were running Windows that's exactly what it would be called. In the Android world, however, it represents something new. An Android tablet focused on productivity without giving up any of the things that make using an Android tablet fun, and in some ways even managing to improve on basic tablet ergonomics through yet another seemingly awkward tablet design. It's a series of ideas that, while separately have all been done before, come together in this device to simultaneously set an impressive new bar for Android hardware and point out some positively hideous flaws in Android as a software platform.

Here is our review of the Dell Venue 10 7000 Series.

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2 weeks ago

Cricket Wireless has several Android phones on sale until July 9

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If you are looking a getting a cheap, no-contract smartphone, Cricket Wireless has discounts on several of its phones from now until July 9.

AT&T's no-contract subsidiary Cricket Wireless has started a new promotion that cuts the prices on several of its Android smartphones from now until July 9.

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