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2 weeks ago

Qualcomm expects Snapdragon 820 to drive improvements in chipset business

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As part of its statements in its Q1 2016 earnings report, chip maker Qualcomm says that it expects to see its chipset business improve in the second half of 2016 thanks to strong traction from the Snapdragon 820.

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2 weeks ago

Get organized with these great planning and to-do list apps for Android

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Let these apps help you keep up with everything in your life.

Trying to stay organized can be a hassle even if you're only keeping track of yourself. Add in children, roommates, your partner, friends and co-workers and it can become downright impossible. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps out there to help order the chaos of everyday life. Whether you need to be able to edit your To-Do list on the run, or see the schedules for everyone in your house at a glance, you're covered.

We've put together a short list of the best organization apps available on Google Play. Let's take a look!

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2 weeks ago

Sony's Marshmallow Concept shows how Android should be in 2016

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Meaningful differentiation, speedy performance and fast-moving updates.

Every Android phone maker has a different approach to software. Some, like Samsung, go all out with a highly customized interface that touches every corner of the way Android looks and works. Others, like Motorola, stay true to the visual style of "vanilla" Android. Then, somewhere in between, you've got companies like Sony.

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2 weeks ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Concrete

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As perhaps one of the most abundant building materials, you encounter various types of concrete every single day. Whether it's in its raw form, covered up, painted, integrated with something else or not yet formed and in use, there are plenty of interesting angles to see concrete from that are worth taking pictures of. We want to see your best shots of concrete for this contest.

We'll be picking out three winners for this contest, with each winner taking home a new Chromecast!

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2 weeks ago

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gain collaborative commenting feature on Android devices

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The Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Android apps gained collaborative commenting, which allows multiple users to add comments to keep everyone on the same page. The new feature, which will work on both Android and iOS devices, will allow co-workers to easily manage documents, make revisions, and ensure everyone is pleased with the outcome. New teammates can be added to the conversation by typing their name in a comment.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: History' winners!

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In our latest photo contest we put out the call for your historical photos — not necessarily old pictures themselves, but of old subjects — and you all responded with some great offerings.

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2 weeks ago

Tapp wants your fingerprint to open its padlock instead of a key

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Tapp is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo to bring its fingerprint-enabled padlock, TappLock, to market. That's right, you unlock this with your fingerprint instead of a key, combo or smartphone. Constructed from 100 percent steel, it will be solid and ensure that your valuables are well protected.

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2 weeks ago

Google partners with Movidius to put machine intelligence in your phone

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Google has teamed up with Movidius, a company specializing in machine vision and deep learning technology, to bring more intelligence to mobile devices. With this partnership, the hope is that more aspects of machine intelligence will be able to run locally on a phone, rather than needing to rely on cloud processing.

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2 weeks ago

Exploring and socializing with AltspaceVR on the Samsung Gear VR

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There's a deeply social aspect to VR, you just have to know where to look.

Samsung Gear VR users know that almost everything you do in that environment happens in the Oculus Store unless you sideload something, and currently the list of things worth sideloading are either seriously underdeveloped or deep in Adult Content territory. The one noticeable exception to this right now is the Altspace VR beta, an alternative VR experience that focuses on a deeply social experience.

Here's a quick look at AltspaceVR Beta on the Samsung Gear VR.

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2 weeks ago

Google: 5 million Cardboard viewers shipped, 25 million VR apps downloaded

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Google has announced that it has shipped more than 5 million Cardboard VR viewers — this milestone comes just 19 months after the project launched. The company also notes that its seen 25 million installs of Cardboard apps from Google Play already, which shows that people are definitely interested in experimenting with them. The top five apps are Chair in a Room, Vrse, Lamper VR: Firefly Rescue, Caaaaaard-board! and Proton Pulse.

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2 weeks ago

You can now 'thumbs up' individual app reviews in the Google Play app

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If you've wanted a way to show someone that their review of a particular app helped you, you'll be happy to see that you can now 'thumbs up' a review from the Google Play app. That's right, if you come across a review that you find worthy of being thanked, or liked, or acknowledged positively in some fashion, you can now do so right from your phone. To find helpful reviews, you can sort them by most helpful first, newest first or have the highest rated show up first. Previously, you were only able to use the button on the web, so it's great to see that make its way to the mobile app.

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2 weeks ago

Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino to star alongside Alexa in Amazon's first Super Bowl ad

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Amazon is hopping onto the advertise at the Super Bowl wagon that other companies have taken full advantage of. The online retailer has released a preview for its upcoming advertisement featuring Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino alongside Amazon Echo and personal assistant Alexa.

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2 weeks ago

Buy one LG or Samsung phone from T-Mobile, get half off a second

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T-Mobile is offering a buy one get one half off deal on select smartphones that could save you some big money when upgrading or adding lines. That's right, if you purchase a qualified smartphone, you can get a second one at half price, but there are a few catches. You will need to purchase both phones from the same manufacturer, so if one person is getting one of the latest Samsung smartphones, you'll only be able to save on another Samsung smartphone.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon launches Prime Stations in the UK to get you jamming

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Amazon has launched Prime Stations in the UK. The online retailer previously rolled out the feature – enabling those with Prime to take advantage of personalized genre-driven music stations – in the U. S., but now those in the UK will be able to tune into their favorite genres and enjoy. The feature is available to Prime members through the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android, Mac, PC, as well as the web.

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2 weeks ago

Lenovo Vibe X3 with Snapdragon 808 launches in India for ₹19,999

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Lenovo has launched the Vibe X3 in the Indian market for ₹19,999 ($295). For that price, you're getting a phone with a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD slot.

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