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4 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Libib, Fleksy, Project Fi and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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4 days ago

Wear Rider for Android Wear is a real road trip

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Not all apps or games on Android Wear blow you out of the water, especially with the hundreds upon hundreds of apps available in the Google Play Store. Wear Rider from Teensy Studios is a free game that has a lot of promise to be an awesome, engaging and fun game. The issues that it has are enough to almost make it not worth it though.

Wear Rider has a simple premise, made to be played for fun. You ride a motorbike down the highway, weaving through traffic to avoid the other vehicles on the road. If you run into one of them, the game will end. It's simple, but definitely addictive even with the issues that the app definitely has.

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4 days ago

Alcatel OneTouch is now the Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner of the LA Galaxy and StubHub Center

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Alcatel OneTouch is now the new Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner of five-time MLS champs the LA Galaxy, and their home stadium, the StubHub Center.

Starting with today's match against New York City FC, fans will have an opportunity to test Alcatel's products hands-on at home games in the StubHub Center, and have chances to win products through in-game and social media promotions. In addition (and more importantly), Alcatel has pledged support for LA Galaxy's community engagement programs in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.

The multi-year partnership also gives Alcatel promotional and experience rights to one LA Galaxy player, with details to be announced in 2016.

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4 days ago

How to take a screenshot with the OnePlus 2

If you're moving from the OnePlus One to the OnePlus 2, or this shiny new heavy hitter is your first OnePlus phone, there's a good chance OxygenOS is a new experience for you. That means not every button is in the exact same place, which can be frustrating when you need to quickly screenshot something to share with a friend or to report a bug in something.

With that in mind, here's a quick rundown on the ways you can take a screenshot on the OnePlus 2.

Taking a screenshot with the OnePlus 2

Method one — Volume down and power

This first method works on just about everything, including the OnePlus 2. Hold volume down and power buttons at the same time, and you'll see the screen flicker and notification appear in your tray to confirm the image was captured.

Because the volume down and power buttons are right next to each other on the OnePlus 2 you can probably do this with a single finger, which is kinda cool.

Method two — Power menu screenshot

If holding down volume and power isn't for you, the screenshot function baked into the power menu will do the trick. Hold down the power button, and underneath power off and reboot you'll find the screenshot button. Tapping this causes the screen flicker and notification in your tray, letting you know the screenshot is now sitting in your Gallery.

It's not really all that different from the first method, but the option is there if you need it.

OnePlus 2

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5 days ago

The Moto G 2015 and SD cards - everything you need to know

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Moto G 2015 SD card

Your new Moto G 2015 has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. That's not exactly uncommon to see in an Android phone, though other makers are moving away from the practice. It's also going to become more important when Android 6 brings new (and arguably better) support to let external memory become more integrated into the system itself.

This is a perfect time to learn a little bit more about SD cards, and specifically how they work with the Moto G 2015 and what to look for when buying one. Let's take a look!

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5 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: Note 5, BlackBerry doing Android, and Apple Music: The Book

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

It's been a great week in mobile tech, and this is your look back at it all!

Last week saw the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and this week saw Android Central's definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and as you might expect, it's a great device for the Android crowd. But the more interesting Android news came out of the CrackBerry camp, with new renders that all but confirm that BlackBerry's upcoming Venice slider will run Android — in the same week as the BlackBerry 10-powered Passport Silver Edition saw its own review. It's a mad mad world.

On the other side of things, iMore released the comprehensive guide to Apple Music. And as Windows 10 hits millions more PCs around the globe, Microsoft unleashed a new preview build of upcoming improvements on the world and a Slack beta for Windows Phone finally got a wide release.

There's all that and more in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

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Android Central — Galaxy Notes of Note

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

We're getting into the silly season now, where the news comes hot and heavy, the fall devices are waiting in the wings, and a major new release of the Android operating system looms on the horizon. In the form of, erm, a fluffy tasty treat. Here's what you missed in the past week of Android:

CrackBerry — Venice (and Android) cometh

BlackBerry Venice render

Another week and another batch of BlackBerry 'Venice' slider leaks have sprung. This week, we got a look at some new renders that show off some pretty clear hints we'll see an Android version, plus a sneak peek at the keyboard it'll arrive with. Finally, we take a mini-review look at the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition.

iMore — All Apple Music, all the time

 The Ultimate Guide

It's the calm before the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus storm, coming our way September 9. And, oh yeah, there's that whole iPad Pro thing in the wings as well… While we wait, we've shipped iMore's first eBook, all on Apple Music and available on both iBooks and Kindle.

Windows Central — Windows 10 rolls forward

Windows 10 color options

In the late weeks of August, things are slowing down a bit as Windows 10 lands on more computers. The latest reports suggest that the new OS is on more than 50 million computers already. Even more interesting is that the Insider program saw a new release of the OS for members of the Fast Ring. Build 10525 brought with it a new memory management model and the ability to add color to Title bars for apps. That memory management change also revealed that Google was playing fast and loose with Microsoft's 64-bit API breaking Chrome.

A new rumor that backs up our sourcing suggests that Microsoft is holding a massive launch event in October. The new Surface Pro 4, two new flagship Windows Phones, Microsoft Band 2 and maybe even something Xbox related are all on tap. Combined with the flagship NYC store opening and Windows 10 'wave 2' and October is going to be a very exciting month for Microsoft.

Finally, Slack released their beta app for Windows Phone and so far, it is looking very promising.

Kicked

This week on Kicked we look at a portable kitchen, along with an artificial intelligence device, a high-tech dog collar, and more! Plus, Drew and Kim are left puzzled by Patrick's encounter with a dog.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly

This week on all things connected we took a look at the Coolest Cooler, a state of the art cooler packed with a ton of technology. A tether quadcopter that can take drone-like aerial shots while controlled from a leash. We saw announcements of the OnHub Google router, Samsung Gear S2, an improved Samsung Smarthings Hub, and 2nd generation Tile trackers. We also show you the best Bluetooth Earbuds money can buy and break down the best Crowdfunded projects of the week. Lastly on the mobile front we check if the OnePlus 2 really is the flagship killer it claims to be, and if the upcoming iPhone 6S suffers from gate bend.

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5 days ago

TYLT ENERGI Battery Case for Galaxy S6: Is battery life worth the bulk?

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TYLT's ENERGI Battery Case keeps the Galaxy S6 going for the long haul, but man is it mammoth.

Battery cases aren't for everyone. While they can more than double the amount of use you get from your Galaxy S6, these cases are built to pack power that generally doesn't come in a small package — and the TYLT ENERGI Battery Case is a prime example. Those seeking the extra protection and battery life, however, may find just what they're looking for with this battery case.

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5 days ago

Stay on schedule using Alarm for Android Wear

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Not all of us have what you'd call 'great time management' skills, and everybody has lost track of time here and there. Still, it's generally a frustrating experience, and one that can be helped. Alarm for Android Wear brings a well designed alarm to your Smartwatch. With multiple alarms, the ability to add, modify, and delete alarms, and all from your Android Wear device.

Alarm for Android Wear is definitely a handy app, and it does decently job of making sure that alarms are set when—and how you need them. When you open the app on your Smartwatch you are greeted by a plus sign in a circle at the top of your screen labeled New Alarm. Above it is a horizontal navigation bar. Everything about this app is fairly cut and dry, with what you need laid out intuitively.

Swipe left from the main screen, and you'll get the config menu. This is where you can adjust things like your alarm duration, snooze delay, and adjusting from a 24 hour format to a 12 hour format. Each option will open up it's own screen so that you can make sure the alarm settings are to your preference.

Alarm for Android Wear is a solid purchase for anyone who needs a little bit of extra help to keep you on schedule.

Tap the plus sign on the main screen to add a new alarm, and you're launched into a new menu. First you need to set the time for your alarm. The The current time is displayed on the bottom left, the bulk of your screen is dominated by two dials. One for minutes, and the other for hours. Swipe vertically to rotate to the correct time, tap to select and then you can swipe left. The next screen over has your options for alarms, and there are quite a few available.

You can choose which days the alarm will go off on, the vibrate pattern of the alarm, the wake type for each alarm. If you swipe left again you'll see your last screen which lets you set the alarm for your Smartwatch, Smartphone, or both.

Alarm for Android Wear is available for $0.99 in the Google Play Store and it is a solid purchase. If you're ever losing track of time, this can easily help keep you on track. The alarm goes off as a vibration which can easily serve you alert you, without being particularly obtrusive to the people around you. Being able to access everything you need from the app directly from your Smartwatch is an added convenience as well.

Alarm for Android Wear is a solid purchase for anyone who needs a little bit of extra help to keep you on schedule. It's got plenty of features to customize your alarms, and even goes so far as to let the alarms go on multiple devices — to really ensure you remember.

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5 days ago

ASUS announces 256GB ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition for Brazil

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ASUS has announced a new variant of its ZenFone 2, the Deluxe Special Edition. The phone, unveiled in Brazil, is for the most part the same as the Deluxe Edition launched earlier this month, with one major difference: an option for 256GB of internal storage.

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6 days ago

Motorola Gallery on the Moto G 2015

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Moto Gallery

Motorola Gallery is a simple, yet powerful photo viewer and editor, and it's already installed on your Moto G 2015.

Motorola has included their full-screen immersive gallery application in the Moto G 2015 software. While the Highlight Reel feature is not included (it's left for the more high-end devices) the app itself is still feature rich and offers most anything you would want from a photo gallery.

Let's dive in and take a look at how the Motorola Gallery app works.

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6 days ago

Android Central 250: Famous Marshmallows of Note

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Audio-only stream below

It's a milestone podcast! Well, insofar as it's one more since last week. We've got CrackBerry.com editor-in-chief Chris Parsons with us to talk the latest on the BlackBerry Venice leaks. Plus we dive deep into Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new Android Wear update, what's wrong with the Galaxy Note 5 (ZOMG!) — and we answer more of your questions live!

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6 days ago

Street Art Watch Faces bring a different aesthetic to Android Wear

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If you've ever spent much time in a city, you've probably seen murals or other street art that breaks up the monotony of building after building. In cities all over the world, artists turn brick and mortar walls into works of art. With that in mind the Google Art Project has given us the Street Art Watch Face for Android Wear.

The Street Art Watch Face revolves around the pieces of art developed by a variety of artists. The watch face moves from one piece to the next at the beginning of the hour. While the app isn't filled with tons of options, you can see the care that was put into what is available. The colors of the actual time display stand out from the artwork, without taking away from each individual piece.

There are three distinct ways to display the time on your Smartwatch. The default is to have an analog display, clean and easy to read with a hour, minute, and second hand on the clock. The digital display gives you bold numbers at the bottom of your screen. Your third choice is a minimal display. You get a simple circle for your clock, with two beads to display the hour and minute. It might take an extra moment to decipher the time, but it's definitely minimal enough that you can easily enjoy the artwork.

The option to display the date is defaulted to on, and it appears as nothing more than number. Depending on which time display you choose it will appear near either the center of your screen, or over to the right. You can also easily turn off the date by opening up the app on your phone. When your screen switches over to the next artist, you'll get a peek card with info about the face the next time you look down. These cards will give you the name of the artist, and the name of the artwork. It isn't much, and can easily be swiped away, but it's nice to see the artist info displayed so easily for each individual piece.

Unfortunately at this time you can't change the watch face, but considering that each one is only around for 30 minutes at a clip, this isn't a huge deal. There are over a dozen different faces for you to check out, so disallowing you to choose between them might be a bid to make sure you see each one. Available now for free in the Google Play Store

With its gorgeous artwork at the center of the Street Art Watch Faces, you should definitely be taking a look. It doesn't have tons of options, but it does have the ones you need to be able to clearly read the time while admiring each piece. Even better, the app is 100% free.

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6 days ago

Google takes top spots in July for digital media, search, and video

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Google's sites were the top digital media properties in the US during July 2015 according to the latest data from comScore. The company's various sites saw 234.3 million unique visitors during July across both desktop and mobile. Looking strictly at desktop usage, Google sites still come out on top with 202.5 million unique visits. On desktop, Google was followed by Yahoo, while second place on mobile was taken by Facebook.

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6 days ago

Amazon Echo scores support for SmartThings hardware

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Amazon has updated the Amazon Echo with some more new features today, this time bringing along support for Samsung's SmartThings, allowing you to control just about anything in your house with just your voice.

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6 days ago

Pebble Time update brings enhanced notification support to Android users

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The Pebble Time app for Android has been updated with some enhanced support for notifications. With this update, Pebble has added a notifications app which allows you to act on any notification that has not been dismissed from your paired phone. Additionally, notifications dismissed on your phone will now dismiss on your watch.

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