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4 days ago

Project Athena is the Chromium team's experimental redesign of Chrome OS

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Material Design is Google's attempt to unify design across its products. We've seen the first of it with Android L, but it won't be too long before it shows up in other products. A screenshot for an upcoming experiment of Chromium OS, called Athena, shows what it might look like with a touch of Material Design.

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4 days ago

HTC One E8 hands-on

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HTC One E8

Turns out an M8 in a plastic shell is still a pretty awesome phone.

A couple of months after the launch of the HTC One M8 came word of a new plastic-clad variant aimed at emerging markets — the HTC One E8. Looking like a mashup of various HTC designs from the past year or so, the E8 aims to translate the core of the M8's high-end experience into a less expensive package. Right now HTC is targeting markets like China, Russia and India with the E8, so there's no indication of any wider international launch. Nevertheless, we've got the device in-hand, and we've given it the full hands-on treatment.

And as it turns out, transplanting the M8's guts into a soft-touch plastic shell makes for a pretty compelling smartphone.

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4 days ago

Google Glass takes wicked road show to Boston July 26

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There are only a few places in the world where you can try out Google Glass in person without having to plunk down $1500 to own one first — and on July 26th one of those places will be Boston, Massachusetts. The Google Glass road show is hitting up Boston later this month, camping out at the The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts for one day.

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4 days ago

Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

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US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only available in Europe, which makes sense as Philips is a Dutch company. The switch has no batteries and is powered through kinetics simply by pushing the buttons. Yep, buttons — there are four three smaller round affairs and one big button that comprises most of the face.

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4 days ago

How to customize the lock screen on the LG G3

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LG G3 lockscreen

LG lets you tweak the G3 lock screen to get it just how you want it

As far as lock screens go LG has long made some of the better OEM efforts. That trend continues with the new G3 and it doesn't end with what you see out of the box. There are a bunch of different options available to tailor your G3 lock screen experience from wallpapers to widgets via app shortcuts.

It's incredibly simple to change up what's on your lock screen. Everything is contained within one handy menu, and to get at it you'll need to head into Settings > Lock screen. Then the fun stuff can begin.

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4 days ago

Podcasting. Live. This afternoon. 4 p.m. EDT.

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We can't. Stop typing. Like Shatner.

Join us this afternoon at 4 p.m. for the latest edition of the Android Central Podcast, recorded live and right before your eyes, in living color. We've got many a U.S. LG G3 in our hot little hands, so we'll see what's up with the latest from South Korea. Plus we've got another week's worth of Android Wear on our wrist, and we'll see if it's still worth a buy, or if we need to keep waiting. And we'll be answering your questions live, without a net.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — at this link. It's gonna be a good one.

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4 days ago

Stock Talk: Google earnings show there's still plenty of room for growth

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But if there's one company it needs to look out for, it's Facebook

Google on Thursday reported its second-quarter results for fiscal year 2014. We already posted a brief summary of the numbers, and now it's time to dive a bit deeper. Let's the the disclaimers out of the way: I'm a Google shareholder and have been for many years. I'm optimistic on the company's outlook and while I will continue to hold my shares (probably for many more years), I'm not recommending any specific actions to anyone else.

While Wall Street loves to micro-analyze quarterly results. I prefer to look at them in the context of long-term growth. From the angle of an investor (rather than a stock trader) I am quite satisfied with the company's performance and opportunity set going forward.

Analysts expected Google to post $15.6 billion in revenue compared to the $16 billion it actually reported. So that's a small positive surprise. But on the earnings line, analysts thought Google would post $6.24 earnings per share (EPS) while it actually posted $6.08. This is about a 3 percent shortfall relative to the best guess of the analyst community, so it's hardly a big miss. What matters to me is that Google posted 22 percent growth year-over-year. Google has been posting results like this quite consistently, which tells me Google continues to be well-managed in a world where there is plenty of opportunity for the company to take advantage of.

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4 days ago

Using the LG G3's gesture controls

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Gesture controls are becoming increasingly common in Android phones — being able to control certain features by moving or flipping your phone dates back to the early days of HTC Sense. However it's easy to overlook the LG G3's gesture controls if you're not aware of them, and there are a few useful time-savers included.

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4 days ago

First trailer for the new Hunger Games movie will premiere first on Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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Samsung has teamed up with Lionsgate to announce that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will see its first official trailer premiere on Galaxy Tab S hardware. The trailer will go live on July 25 at the Samsung Galaxy Experience during Comic-Con, presented by cast members from the popular movie. Fans will be able to enjoy the trailer outside of the massive convention too, heading down to a local Best Buy or downloading the movie pack app for Android.

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4 days ago

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

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Amazon Kindle App

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.

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