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6 days ago

How to add a U2F Security Key to your Google Account

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Pretty blue key to a pretty sweet account

Security class in session

Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way, even if your password is cracked or — god forbid — stolen, any would-be trespassers have to obtain this secondary piece of verification in order to do anything. For most of us, that second step is provided by Google Authenticator, but Google has given us another method: U2F Security Keys.

Ready to unlock your key to the kingdom?

Let's rap.

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6 days ago

Doctor Who Legacy celebrates its first birthday with lots of plans for new content

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Tiny Rebel Games, the developers behind Doctor Who Legacy for Android, are celebrating the game's first anniversary by offering a look at what's coming up next.

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6 days ago

Android One phones reportedly not welcome at many Indian retailers

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A recent report claims that many brick-and-mortar retailers in India have refused to sell the three current Android One smartphones, because Google and its hardware partners decided back in September to give online sales a head start.

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6 days ago

HTC Desire 820: The Android Central casual review

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Desire 820

HTC's second 'mid-range flagship' this year is a solid improvement in almost every area

The past year has seen the HTC Desire range — the Taiwanese manufacturer's line of mid-range handsets — expanded to cover everything from the super-cheap Desire 510 to the selfie-centric Desire EYE. And with it, HTC has introduced a new, unashamedly plastic design language, while keeping software performance and features mostly in line with the flagship HTC One.

Earlier this year we checked out the Desire 816, finding it to be a solid mid-range flagship with just a couple of minor flaws. For late 2014, the 816 has been succeeded by Desire 820, a revamped incarnation of this compelling mid-ranger boasting upgraded internals and a sharp new design. On the outside, the new two-tone chassis introduces bolder colors into the mix. And on the inside there's a faster 64-bit capable CPU, along with upped storage and RAM, and a significantly upgraded camera setup.

We'll dive deeper after the break, in a casual review of the HTC Desire 820.

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6 days ago

Samsung showcases S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4 with a little help from Reggie Watts

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Samsung has already shown off the features of the Galaxy Note 4 in its "Do you Note?" commercials, and this time around the vendor has recruited Reggie Watts to bring some beatboxing into the mix to highlight the features offered by the S Pen. Samsung also rolled out three other commercials that show how the phablet holds up during everyday tasks.

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6 days ago

OnePlus One Indian launch imminent, Amazon gets exclusive rights

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Earlier this year, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the vendor was looking to launch the OnePlus One in India in December, with country-specific invites available to consumers interested in buying the device. A teaser posted on Amazon India today indicates that the retailer will have exclusive rights to sell the handset in the country. While Amazon did not mention the device by name, the teaser corresponds to the Sandstone Black version of the OnePlus One.

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6 days ago

Soak test invites going out for the 2014 Moto X on Verizon

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Owners of the 2014 Moto X on Verizon are beginning to receive soak test invites. We've gotten tips from several Android Central readers users that the invites are starting to roll out, and although there is no mention of what the soak test is intended for, it is possible that a Lollipop update is imminent.

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1 week ago

Sprint's offering a serious discount on a Galaxy S5 for loyal customers

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Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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1 week ago

Android Central 212: Beards and Bugs

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Audio-only stream below

It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we answer your questions live on air!

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1 week ago

Motorola's replacing AT&T's Nexus 6 stock due to bad software

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The Nexus 6 hasn't been out on the market for very long, but apparently the AT&T version has run into some issues… at least some of them have. Apparently at least a few devices had issues with bad software (the phone is one of the first to run Android 5.0 Lollipop), displaying a blank screen when turned on. As you can imagine, that makes the phone hard to use.

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1 week ago

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner updates with better search, brings your recipes along

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Food community Allrecipes has updated their Dinner Spinner Android app to include a number of important new features, making it easier to find new dishes, and giving you quick access to your own recipes. The app has also added video playback and social integration.

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1 week ago

The European Parliament is considering a call to break up Google

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Google is a big company, perhaps too big, according to the European Parliament. By far the dominant player on the internet thanks to its leading search engine, Google's size and power is reportedly worrying the European Parliament to the point that they're considering a draft motion that would call for Google to be split into multiple companies.

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1 week ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EST!

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Android Central Podcast

OK, folks. Here we go. It's been a bit of a big week as Android 5.0 Lollipop updates start hitting devices of those who might not have hopped on board first thing. And that's caused a bit of a problem for some folks. We'll discuss what's going on, and what you can do about it. Plus, our Galaxy Note Edge review, the latest Android Wear watches, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EST — that's 9 p.m. again in London — as we get this thing done.

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1 week ago

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact support MirrorLink out of the box

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The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced that Sony's Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are both MirrorLink-enabled. Like Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, MirrorLink lets you connect your smartphone to compatible vehicles to use certain features like maps and music while driving.

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1 week ago

Here's how you make your Galaxy Note 4's display usable in direct sunlight

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We usually like to have control, but in this case Auto Brightness is the key

It's no secret that Samsung made some serious steps forward in display technology with the Galaxy Note 4, boosting resolution, colors and brightness to the highest levels we've seen from one of its phones. The 5.7-inch QHD display is quite gorgeous in any setting, and the bevy of display modes in the settings helps you tune it to you liking. But the most mundane of settings, Auto Brightness, is one that you want to have checked if you plan on using your phone out in the sun.

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