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2 days ago

Court finds Motorola infringed on MMS patent

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A U.S. jury found today that Motorola has infringed on a patent relating to multimedia messaging held by patent holding company Intellectual Ventures.

Intellectual Ventures also accused Motorola of infringing on a second patent relating to wireless bandwidth, but that patent was invalidated by the jury.

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2 days ago

A quick look at ebook stores for Android

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ebooks for everyone

Choosing an ebook retailer can be as simple as choosing what is right in front of you or checking the prices and content selection across the ecosystem. It's up to you.

One of the amazing things about ebooks right now is the wealth of options available to users. Massive ebook libraries now exist from multiple sources, and these books range wildly from top-shelf best sellers to indie short stories written by folks in their free time. Impressively, each of these digital bookstores offer something significant that separates them from one another in a way that makes it so none of these services are going anywhere anytime soon.

If you've already settled into a preferred ebook retailer, you may be missing out on the features that make the competition special. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at the more popular apps in this space and see what service works best for you.

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2 days ago

Best Buy to carry Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition starting March 27

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Best Buy will begin carrying the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition at select locations throughout the US on Friday, March 27.

As part of a push to put their virtual reality headset in the hands of more people, Samsung, Oculus, and Best Buy have teamed up to bring the Innovator Edition for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to select stores. On March 27, 100 Best Buy locations will have the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition in-store priced at $199, with more stores added throughout the year.

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2 days ago

Google Keep gets labels for easy organizing and recurring reminders

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One of our favorite Gmail features — labels — has at long last arrived for Google Keep.

The addition of labels means that you can now tack any number of labels you want onto a task in Google Keep, grouping tasks by whatever grouping you desire. Priority tasks, project tasks, daily to-dos, the honey do list, and so forth.

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2 days ago

App installer exploit affects older versions of Android but isn't as scary as it sounds

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A scary-sounding exploit and scary-sounding headlines about half of Android devices being probably are more bark than bite. Again.

A new(ish) exploit has been published today by the folks at Palo Alto Networks that describes how a bug in the Android package installer could potentially infect older phones with malware. The exploit works against versions of Android older than Android 4.3 and doesn't affect apps installed via Google Play. It's still something that needs to be talked about, as plenty of users could be affected.

But that doesn't necessarily mean you need to worry much — even though roughly half of all currently active Android devices are sub-Jelly Bean. Here's what's up.

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2 days ago

The Fitbit mobile app now lets you sync multiple trackers to your account

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File this one under first-world problems but if you are like us and own multiple Fitbit trackers (collect them all!) you no longer have to decide which to wear. In a backend update, Fitbit has thrown the switch to let users synchronize multiple Fitbit Trackers to their account through the mobile app.

Previously, if you owned the more rugged and full-featured Surge and the leaner Charge HR, you would have to pair only one to your account. The other device would essentially be kicked out from tracking until you repaired it.

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2 days ago

Will fingerprint security be worth using on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge?

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Samsung's new fingerprint tech is only really new to the platform, so there's some things you should know.

One of the best bits of news to come from Samsung announcing the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was the new fingerprint sensor. The days of swiping your finger across the pad and hoping things worked out are gone, and in its place we find a single press scanner that promises to be both easier to use and generally more secure. This new tech raises some interesting questions, and our forums have had a lot to say about what is expected with this new tech. Whenever we get to talking about security here at Android Central, we have to make it clear that there's an ocean of difference between totally secure and relatively secure.

While Android 5.0 and the new Galaxy S6 tech work together to make you a great deal more secure, we're still basically talking about being relatively secure, and a lot of that has to do with how you choose to use your phone.

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2 days ago

We have your first look at Tivo's massive, amazing Android update

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Tivo for Android

The folks at Tivo are making software a priority, which is great for everyone.

As a longtime Tivo user, the experience had with the Android app to date has been just shy of absolutely miserable. The first release was little more than an iOS port that didn't scale correctly when using larger screens or devices with higher than what was considered normal resolutions at the time, and when the app did finally improve enough that it was usable on all devices the UI was outdated and sluggish. It didn't matter what device you used the Tivo app on, scrolling through the Guide with a finger flick was inviting pain.

That was then. This is now. This is the new Tivo for Android.

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2 days ago

How to use multiple accounts on your Chromebook

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Multi accounts on Chromebook

The little slogan for a Google Account is 'One Account, All of Google', but sometimes one account isn't enough to get you by.

Some of us need personal accounts, joint accounts, professional accounts, work-controlled accounts... really, it's enough to make your head spin. And while Chrome OS using your Google Account login is blissfully simple, it leaves many users confused as to how they use all of their Google Accounts on one machine, preferably at the same time.

Well, let's clear some things up: you can absolutely log into more than one Google Account at a time. Here's how.

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2 days ago

Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has announced Messenger Platform for developers at their F8 developers conference. The platform allows developers to tie their apps into Facebook Messenger.

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2 days ago

Google I/O 2015 rejection emails are going out

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Alas, the Google I/O invite selection process can seem a cruel and uncaring beast. The insane demand for I/O tickets, combined with the random lottery for successful applicants, means that not everyone who wants a ticket will be able to go. A few days ago emails started going out to the lucky few who were invited to purchase a ticket, and today Google's contacting the rest of us to let us know we've been unsuccessful.

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2 days ago

Facebook wants to dramatically simplify the process of sharing to Facebook

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At today's Facebook F8 developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled that they're working to make sharing to their network simpler and better.

The new "share sheets" that Facebook is working on will unify sharing across the primary Facebook apps, including Facebook Groups and Messenger. The idea is to bring "the best sharing experience" to all of Facebook's apps instead of having multiple experiences to deal with varying experiences.

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2 days ago

A Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile will come with a free year of Netflix

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Samsung's always thrown in a bunch of free apps and subscriptions with their phones, but T-Mobile's throwing in some freebies of their own.

If you were planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile, it'll come with a year's worth of Netflix.

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2 days ago

Kyocera to fund long-distance phone calls for military with new 'Take Back' recycling program

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Kyocera's new phone recycling program, 'Take Back', will take old phones and turn them into long-distance calling time for deployed soldiers.

A new partnership between Kyocera and SecondWave Recycling will turn your old cellphone into paid calling time for deployed soldiers. Kyocera's 'Take Back' recycling program will accept phones in any condition, working or not. For every four phones recycled, Kycoera will donate $1 to Cell Phones for Soldiers, who provides free long-distance calling cards for soldiers.

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2 days ago

UltraTuner brings precision musical tuning to your Android phone

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The popular UltraTune app has arrived for Android, bringing ultra-precise musical tuning right to your phone.

UltraTune will allow precision tuning for your musical instruments right from your Android device. After having some great success with it's app on iOS, IK Multimedia is now bringing easy tuning to Android device. Knowing that accuracy is the most important part of tuning, UltraTuner boasts that they are able to deliver accuracy of +/- 1/100 of a cent, which is 10 times more accurate than a conventional mechanical strobe tuner.

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