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8 hours ago

This week's sidebar poll: Will you unlock your phone now that it's 'more' legal?

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Unlock your cell phone

Cell unlocking is now easier than ever, but is anyone going to do it?

A bill has been passed that will once again make cell phone unlocking legal and easy for people who don't want their several-hundred dollar piece of equipment forced to use a particular carrier. As Chris explained late last week, this law is one of those that needs examined and evaluated by lawmakers every few years, as it's technically covered under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. That sounds a bit silly, but that debate is best left for another time. We're here to ask how many of us are really going to do it?

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8 hours ago

The TV Show 11: Doctor Sorry. So sorry...

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 Doctor Sorry. So sorry...

The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching from the Chromecast in your living room or streaming to your Android phone or tablet, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene talk Doctor Who season 4, marrying the Doctor's daughter, thinking through your anti-life plans, the end of the beginning of River Song, bionic companions, Time Lord bonds, and non-ginger regenerations.

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11 hours ago

Motorola Shamu rumored to be the Nexus 6

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Nexus

A day without a Nexus rumor is like a day without sunshine

There's been a rash of rumors the past few days about an unannounced 5.9-inch phone from Motorola (see Android Police and The Information for their excellent coverage of all of this), and most of them say that this device will be the Nexus 6. What you've probably heard is that the Motorola Shamu, based on an entry in Google's bug-tracker system, is the next Nexus, and ready to take on the also unannounced iPhone 6, and we will see it shortly after the Apple announcement.

Like most rumors, this is surely based on some sort of proof, but a lot of it just doesn't make sense and we're not yet ready to declare anything as the next Nexus.

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11 hours ago

Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat

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It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days.

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14 hours ago

Beats Music for Android updated with verified badges, sentence history and more

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Beats Music for Android has been updated to version 1.2. The update brings some changes to recommendations, the Sentence, and the social system.

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14 hours ago

Lenovo Yoga Tab 10 HD+ review

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Lenovo's Yoga Tab proves that tablets haven't reached their ultimate form factor just yet.

For as fast, powerful and portable as they've become, tablets haven't necessarily been on the cutting edge of hardware innovation. In terms of developing fresh, exciting form factors and features, manufacturers typically focus on smartphones with which to step outside of the box. With tablets, on the other hand, they have found their comfort zone – outside of Samsung's push for more and more size options and software features, we haven't really seen that much innovation, at least in terms of hardware, since Android tablets entered the market a few years ago.

Enter the Lenovo Yoga Tab, a device that bucks that trend. Lenovo first introduced the Yoga Tab back in 2013 and since then it has undergone a few revisions before landing at the latest iteration, the Yoga Tab 10 HD+.

Yoga Tabs are known for what Lenovo calls their "Multimode Design" – in short, rather than housing its battery behind the display, the Yoga Tab features a battery cylinder and kickstand. This not only keeps the Yoga Tab remarkably thin, but it also allows it to take on various forms, from "Stand" for watching movies and video to "Tilt" for typing and gaming.

I spent a month with the Yoga Tab 10 HD+ and found that a tablet doesn't have to be jam packed with bells and whistles and top of the line specs to be truly innovative.

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14 hours ago

LG TabBook 11 brings together Intel, a keyboard, and Android in unholy matrimony

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LG is showing off a new Android tablet, with specs you wouldn't ever expect to see in an Android tablet. The LG TabBook 11 runs Android, but features a sliding keyboard and laptop internals — an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for internal storage. The addition of two full-size USB 3.0 ports and HDMI as well as an 11.6-inch IPS display out round out the specifications. All this is running Android 4.2.2, and LG says the experience should be "optimal."

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15 hours ago

How to use Android Wear as a stopwatch

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Android Wear stopwatch

Using the stopwatch in Android Wear is dead simple once you find it

There's a simple stopwatch feature built into every Android Wear device — that includes the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 and LG G Watch — that let's you time just about anything. It's accurate (compared to "official" timers at the local drag strip) and has a no-nonsense interface. If you need to time any single event, it will do exactly what you need it to do.

Let's take a look at where to find it and how to use it.

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16 hours ago

Win a Moto G and Chromecast (two, in fact) from Android Central and Republic Wireless!

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Chromecast and Moto G

What do you get when you take one of the best affordable smartphones around and pair it with an innovative operator? You get the Motorola Moto G on Republic Wireless' $10 plan, which includes unlimited Wifi calling, texting and data. (And all that Wifi goodness means you're calling and texting and the like for free when you're abroad.) That's what.

And Republic Wireless is serving up a couple Moto Gs for us to serve up to you fine folks. What's more is that they're throwing in a Chromecast for each as well.

To enter to win one of the sets (you can't win both), all you need to do is leave a comment in this post and tell us what you'd do with all that money you'd be saving if you were on a $10 a month plan. Just one comment — multiples won't help you any. We'll take entries through 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 29. Good luck!

And you can check out more on Republic Wireless' affordable plans here.

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16 hours ago

NPR One is the one-stop shop for public radio on Android

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When it comes to public radio on your phone, your search might just get to end with the new NPR One app. Released today into the Google Play Store, NPR One pulls together public radio stations from across the United States and works to automatically curate stories you'll want to listen to. It is, as NPR notes, "public radio made personal."

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