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4 days ago

Google gives developers a new 'Desktop Head Unit' for Android Auto emulation

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Google today announced a new emulator tool for developers who are getting into Android Auto. The Desktop Head Unit will allow devs to properly work on Android Auto-compatible apps entirely in the virtual sense, all on your computer. You'll still need to connect your phone, but this will give a much better sense of what drivers will get from the app — all without having to actually get behind the wheel for testing.

Says Google:

The Desktop Head Unit (DHU) enables your development machine to emulate an Android Auto head unit, so you can easily run and test Android Auto apps. The DHU runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux hosts and replaces previous Android Auto simulators, such as the Android Media Browser and Messaging simulators.

The Desktop Head Unit also supports day and night modes, and you can test with voice input as well.

More: Google Developer Blog
Also: Desktop Head Unit help

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4 days ago

HTC RE wins design award at the 35th International Design Excellence awards ceremony

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HTC's handheld camera, the RE Camera, has won a design award at the 35th International Design Excellence awards ceremony. The camera beat out more than 1,700 other entrants to come out on top, and will be featured in the fall edition of Innovation, the annual yearbook of International Design Excellence Award winners.

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4 days ago

Apple's Sept. 9 event streamable on Safari and Windows 10's Edge browser — but not Chrome

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Apple's doing things on Sept. 9 in San Francisco — our pals at iMore will be there and all over that one. For those of us not at the event, it'll be livestreamed. But unlike previous events, you won't have to be using Safari to watch it.

Yes, Apple has finally done the right thing and increased its livestream support to another browser. One other browser.

And it's not Chrome.

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4 days ago

Instagram adds landscape and portrait formats, showcases with new Star Wars mini-trailer

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Instagram has added support for showing landscape and portrait images and videos in its popular photo sharing app. This will offer users a couple of extra options to show off their images and clips besides the current square format.

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4 days ago

Swype adds tons of new emoji and themes, including 19 Star Trek inspired options

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Swype, one of the popular third-party keyboard options on Android, has announced that it's added hundreds of new emoji, along with a bunch of new themes. Of note in those themes, is the addition of 19 Star Trek inspired choices that feature all different characters.

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4 days ago

Honor 7 officially launches in the UK

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Today at an event in London, Huawei's Honor brand has officially launches its latest handset, the Honor 7 for the UK. The phone, which steps up from the Honor 6 with a faster processor and bigger screen, along with a new metal chassis and fingerprint scanner, will become broadly available in September.

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4 days ago

Honor 7 review

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Honor 7

The latest from Huawei's Honor brand boasts phenomenal value — but with a few familiar caveats ...

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4 days ago

The Turing Phone will begin shipping on December 18

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We have seen some pretty unique designs on Android phones in the past, but the Turing Phone is likely the craziest in recent memory. Turing Robotic Industries, the company behind the Turing Phone, has announced that Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the smartphone, and shipments will begin on December 18. That date sound familiar to you? That's because it's Star Wars day, and the company is huge fans.

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4 days ago

Wren V5US Wireless Home Speaker System Review

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The Wren V5US isn't your average portable wireless speaker. It's designed for multi-room audio with a handful of options for easy connectivity.

Sure, this speaker is portable, but it still takes two hands to safely tote it from place to place. It measures 16.75 x 4.25 x 6-inches, making it more ideal for entertainment centers, or elevated shelves for an optimal audio experience. It's mostly made of a ½-inch thick medium density fibreboard (MDF) that's been laminated and reinforced to eliminate resonance and discoloration.

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4 days ago

Verizon is now selling the HTC Desire 626 for $192

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Verizon is now selling, as promised earlier this month, the mid-range HTC Desire 626 smartphone. The The full price for the phone is $192, or Verizon customers can pay $8 a month for 24 months.

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4 days ago

New Moto 360 gets pictured in both a small and large size

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The upcoming second-generation Moto 360 has been spotted a number of times already, and the latest images reveal what is said to be two different variants of the smartwatch. This time around, Motorola may be releasing both a small and large version of the watch. Having two different sizes of the same would be a first for Android Wear watches, and would be similar to Apple's approach to the Apple Watch.

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4 days ago

Samsung Pay beta begins in the US, you can sign up to become a tester now

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If you happen to live in the US and own a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or Note 5, and want to get in on the beta of Samsung's upcoming payment system, Samsung Pay, you can now sign up to be a tester. At this time, Samsung is only taking beta testers in the US with a qualifying card from Bank of America, Mastercard, US Bank, or Visa. As for carriers, you will need to be on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular.

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4 days ago

Acer launches the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410 in the US

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Acer has announced two smartphones for the US, the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410. Both smartphones support 4G LTE connectivity and offer 64-bit processing power for improved browsing, streaming and app experiences. Expect to see the new Jade Z in stores now and the Liquid Z410 in September.

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4 days ago

Former Apple CEO John Sculley-backed Obi Worldphone launches sleek sub-$250 smartphones

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John Sculley-backed Obi Mobiles has morphed into Obi Worldphone, launching two smartphones aimed at developing markets. Dubbed SF1 and SJ1.5, both devices are set to launch in the month of October and feature interseting design elements that distinguish them from the sea of entry-level phones currently available.

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4 days ago

Lara Croft GO launches on Android, opening up a gorgeous diorama world to explore

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Lara Croft GO is a brand new turn-based puzzle title by the same company that brought the world Hitman GO. Taking the same experience and art direction of the previous GO title and mashing it together with Tomb Raider has resulted in a beautiful take on Lara Croft. Prepare to be immersed on the diorama board with plastic figures as you work alongside Croft to uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.

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