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2 days ago

Judge requires more information in Android antitrust suit filed against Google

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U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freemon has decided on Thursday that consumers suing Google in an Android antitrust suit must submit additional factual information and amend their complaint for the suit to continue. At the heart of the suit is whether Google had used its Android OS to give its apps and services an advantage over competing offerings.

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2 days ago

A look at the new Android 5.0 Lollipop quick-settings panel

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Lollipop quick-settings

A fast and easy way to change your most often used settings

The idea of easy shortcuts to settings you use often isn't new. HTC had them in early versions of Sense, and Samsung and LG have mastered them in the most recent versions of their Android interface. They are definitely handy, and something most of us probably appreciate and use. Whether you want to turn off Bluetooth or stop your screen from rotating to portrait — or much more — you'll be glad there's a better way to do it than digging through the device settings.

Google has included quick settings in Lollipop, and a double swipe-down gesture (or a two-finger drag) of the notification shade brings up the new panel. While much of this settings window looks familiar, it's worth a closer look.

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2 days ago

Verizon now lets you text Starbucks to your friends

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Verizon is helping users give the gift of Starbucks this holiday season. Through the Verizon Messages app, users can send an Starbucks eGift card of $5, $10, or $15 to virtually anyone on any U.S. carrier. The cost of the card is billed to the senders account, and the recipient simply needs to scan the barcode at any Starbucks location, or add the gift to a Starbucks card.

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2 days ago

Tales from the Borderlands hits the Google Play Store

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Hold onto your Butt Stallion, Tales from the Borderlands is now available on Android. It offers the familiar dialog-heavy adventure style as Telltale's other games, while lathering on the distinctive cel-shaded art and over-the-top antics of the Borderlands series of shooter games.

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2 days ago

Minecraft: Story Mode coming out in 2015 from Telltale Games and Mojang

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In a major surprise, Telltale Games announced today it was teaming up with developer Mojang to create Minecraft: Story Mode, an episodic game series that will be released sometime in 2015 that's based on Mojang's hugely popular sandbox game.

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2 days ago

GTA: Chinatown Wars drives onto Android devices

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GTA: Chinatown Wars has been available on iOS for quite some time, but now makes a grand appearance on Android as well. Built specifically for mobile devices, GTA: Chinatown Wars has you taking the roll of Huang Lee on a mission to deliver an ancient sword to your uncle — but as you'd expect — there are many objectives to tackle in the process.

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2 days ago

Exiles sci-fi RPG now available on Android

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The fine folks behind fantasy role-playing game Ravensword: Shadowlands have released a sci-fi counterpart called Exiles today. It features the same large-scale open world and stellar 3D graphics, but swaps out broadswords for laser rifles and full plate for mech suits. You'll find vehicles, a rich back-story, plenty of quests, different classes to try out, giant, ugly aliens to blow up, and not a single in-app purchase.

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2 days ago

Santa Phil Day 4 — Win an ASUS ZenWatch!

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ASUS ZenWatch

We've reached Day 4 of our holiday giveaway, and I'm pretty excited about this one because it's Android Wear smartwatch I've been wearing for the better part of a month now. (Well, not the exact same watch, this one will come still sealed in the box, all nice and new.) I'm talking about the ASUS ZenWatch. Our ZenWatch review will be out tomorrow, but I can easily say that it is of the two best Android watches you can buy.

And, so, it's time to win one. Here's how.

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3 days ago

Verizon XLTE hits 10 new markets inlcuding Charleston, Watertown and Eureka

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Verizon has today expanded their XLTE service to 10 new markets, making the total number of XLTE markets over 400 across the country. The service, which offers double the speed of standard 4G LTE, is available on various Verizon devices including the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3.

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3 days ago

The acclaimed console and PC RPG Lords of the Fallen is coming to Android in 2015

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Lords of the Fallen, the acclaimed fantasy role playing game that was released for current generation consoles and the PC earlier this fall, will be making its way to mobile devices, including Android, sometime in 2015

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3 days ago

Amazon launches Prime Now to deliver essential goods to your doorstep within the hour

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Amazon is rolling out a new service called Prime Now through which the retailer will offer one-hour deliveries of essential goods when ordered via the dedicated Prime Now app. The service is exclusively available to current Prime subscribers, and is live in Manhattan, with more cities to follow in 2015.

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3 days ago

UK operators will invest £5 billion in infrastructure to solve network 'not-spots'

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The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.

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3 days ago

Micromax's Yureka unveiled in India: LTE, 64-bit CPU and HD display for under $150

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Micromax unveiled its first smartphone in the Cyanogen OS-powered Yu series, dubbed Yureka, at a media event in New Delhi today. With a price tag of Rs. 8,999 ($142), the device is aimed at the entry-level segment, and will be available for sale exclusively on Amazon India from December 19.

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3 days ago

Fitbit Surge now in stock at REI online store

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After initially being offered up to a select few preorder customers, and then making an appearance on Amazon, it looks like you can officially grab a Fitbit Surge of your own from at least one more store. The Surge appears to be in stock from the outdoor-enthusiast store REI (at least online) for a cool $250.

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3 days ago

Google adds virtual reality to Google Maps Street View

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As a secret feature tucked inside the Google Maps update for Android, Google announced that you can now use Google Cardboard to get a 3D virtual reality view of Street View in the app. To get the feature, you need to launch Street View in Google Maps, double tap the circle with the arrows in the lower right, and then pan around.

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