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3 days ago

Moto 360 update lightens your mood, brings better battery life, displays accurate time

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Just like the LG G Watch, Motorola's smartwatch is also getting an update that brings some improvements to Android Wear while being more battery efficient in the process. With the new Moto 360 update, a Smart Battery Saving feature automatically turns off ambient mode after your battery drops to 15 percent. Other features include more accurate time, mood lighting while charging, and a new gesture to see the full watch face without dismissing the notifications.

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3 days ago

Expansys lists mid-range Xperia E3 for $139.99 unlocked

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Looking for a deal on an unlocked mid-range Android device? Online retailer Expansys has just listed the Sony Xperia E3 for $139.99, discounting the handset from its original $199.99 price point.

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3 days ago

Eye Experience coming to Verizon HTC One M8 owners as early as tomorrow

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Verizon owners of the HTC One M8 will be getting a new firmware update for their phones as early as tomorrow. HTC's Mo Versi had let followers know on Twitter that the Eye Experience software update is getting technical approval and could launch as soon as tomorrow at noon. The software brings some of the camera features that debuted on the HTC Desire Eye.

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3 days ago

Android Wear version 4.4W.2 rolling out with subtle notification tweak, building blocks for future features

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A new version of Android Wear, 4.4W.2, is rolling out to watches with some extremely subtle tweaks. The new update (software KNX01Q on our LG G Watch) honestly doesn't seem to change much, but there are two user-facing features that are of note — the ability to "dismiss" the top notification from your watch face, and a new "Play Music" command. There are also a couple of back-end changes that hint at future features.

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3 days ago

Earth View from Google Maps for Chrome

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The Chrome browser is an ever-changing window into the internet, but the browser itself can look kind of… well… bland, sometimes. Lots of white. Well, Google seems to have noticed, or at least the Google Maps team has, and they released an extension to help mix it up a little.

Enter Earth View from Google Maps.

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3 days ago

Mario Queiroz waxes poetic on the future of Chromecast

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Remember that FCC filing for a new Chromecast? If that wasn't enough evidence for you, a second iteration of the device was just hinted at by Google's VP of product management, Mario Queiroz.

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3 days ago

We're raising money for kids hospitals with NVIDIA and Gameloft, and you could win a Shield tablet!

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Extra Life

This weekend I'm participating in Extra Life, a fundraiser by avid gamers to raise money for local children's hospitals. It's a bit of a marathon, whereby participants play games (board games, video games - whatever you're into) for 24 hours straight. Last time I did this, I hauled my PC gaming rig to our group's headquarters for the event, but this year I'm traveling light and playing mobile games exclusively. We've partnered up with Gameloft and NVIDIA for the event, so I'll be playing titles like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5, and Order & Chaos on the Shield Tablet for the whole event. If you're one of our top ten contributors, you'll have a chance to win a SHIELD portable with carrying case, or a SHIELD tablet with controller and cover. As a cherry on top, both come with a $15 Google Play Store Gift Card.

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3 days ago

The first 5 things to do with your new Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Shiny things! Wait, let's get the basics out of the way first

So you went out and bought a Galaxy Note 4, and now you've got a brand new toy to play with. There's a lot going on here, and a ton to take in the moment you take it out of the box that can make you lose focus and forget a few of the basics. We've all been there, and eventually you'll get around to handling "the basics" after you check out all the headline features of the new phone.

To help get you started in the right foot, these are the first five things you absolutely need to do with your new Note 4 — at least before you get too carried away using this great phone. Read along for our full list of recommendations.

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3 days ago

FotoSwipe makes sharing photos between Android and iOS devices incredibly easy

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Officially released today, FotoSwipe makes it incredibly easy to share photos between Android and iOS devices. The app lets you share photos by swiping your finger from one device to the other (both devices must have FotoSwipe installed). I've successfully tested it out across the various Android and iOS devices I have laying around my office, and in all cases it works seamlessly. Simply open the app on both devices, tap and hold a photo, swipe to the device you'd like to send the photo to... and you're done. Easy. The app doesn't require users to register, and you don't need to be on Wi-Fi.

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4 days ago

Oppo breaks out camera tech in new N3 teaser, possible fingerprint sensor

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Looks like Oppo is still all about the teasers. On its Facebook page today, the company gave us a new look at the optics on the Oppo N3. The teaser reads "Precision Optics," and features a blown-out view of the N3's camera and sensors.

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4 days ago

Inside car mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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We're all aware of the dangers of using a smartphone behind the wheel, but as they're ever more the center of our connected lifestyles there are several things it can do for you. Music, navigation, hands-free communication, for example.

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4 days ago

Connectedly: Here's why I implanted an NFC chip in my hand

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I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

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4 days ago

Google Play Music integrates Songza in Material Design update

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<img src="/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/large_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/10/google-play-music-md-songza.jpg?itok=gv9ChWW_" alt="Google Play Music Songza update"  class="image-large_wm_brw aligncenter image-large" />  ##Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback  [Google Play Music](/google-play-music) today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding

Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback

Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired earlier this year. Songza's claim to fame has been its wealth of curation, which offers up playlists based on activities — from "ballroom dancing" to "getting lucky" to "yoga' — and moods — "aggressive," "earthy," "visceral" and the like — to custom fit what you're listening to.

When All Access subscribers open the updated Google Play Music app, Google says today in a blog post, they'll see that Songza integration and be asked if they want music for a particular time of day, mood or activity.

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4 days ago

Our pals at WPCentral are now our pals at Windows Central!

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Fun fact: Android Central (along with CrackBerry) is one of two Mobile Nations sites that still has its original name. It's also one of the two sites that I've properly worked for. The other, of course, is our all-things-Microsoft site — formerly WMExperts and WPCentral — which today has been reborn as Windows Central.

All the Windows (Phone) news you've come to know and love, with an extra helping of tablets and laptops and the like. Go give 'em a new look, and let 'em know Android Central sent ya!

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4 days ago

Google steps up web security with USB Security Key

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Google is stepping up security for its services on the web, adding a new physical key method of verifying your identity with the Security Key. Security Key is a USB drive that allows you to verify your login in Google services like Gmail or Google Drive as you would with standard 2-step verification, but without the need to enter a code.

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