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1 month ago

Certificate errors bring down the Gmail app for some

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Gmail's having some trouble being Gmail right now…

If you're having trouble getting mail to load in the Gmail app on your phone, you might not be alone. Google is reporting an issue affecting "a majority of users", and that issue is rooted in an invalid certificate.

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1 month ago

OnePlus releases OxygenOS for the OnePlus One

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OnePlus's own take on Android — OxygenOS — is now available for the OnePlus One

As promised back in February, OnePlus has released their replacement for the CyanogenMod OS: Oxygen OS for the OnePlus One. OxygenOS is a rather light take on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, keeping with the standards of Material Design.

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1 month ago

Google Wallet update makes it easier to find where and when you made your purchases

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Google Wallet has scored an update today that makes it a bit easier to keep track of your purchases with the addition of a search tool and maps showing the location of each transaction.

Besides being able to more easily track down old transactions, the obvious advantage with these changes is to more easily keep track of potential unauthorized purchases. If you're checking out a receipt from a tap-and-pay transaction, you'll now see a Google Maps widget showing the exact location of the purchase.

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1 month ago

Editor's Roundtable — how we enjoy reading

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Everyone reads a little differently, especially when technology is involved.

One of the cool things about ebooks is the sheer number of ways you can consume a book. Whether you're jumping between device with cloud sync, ePaper all the way with a nice standalone device, or you lay across your bed with a Chromebook tilted on its side (hey, no judgement here), the ability to access all of your books wherever you are is an incredible feeling. At the same time, having a physical book to hold is a timeless experience that doesn't require power or internet. Since we're all pretty much plugged in 24/7/365, it seemed kind of obvious that the AC editors would all use some kind of gadget to get some reading in, but there's some impressive variance in how we all get access to and read our books.

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1 month ago

Amazon Prime Video now works on Android tablets

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Amazon has released an update to the Amazon Prime Video app which introduces support for playback on Android tablets.

Previously the Amazon Prime Video app only worked on Android phones, but Amazon has been expanding compatibility and now Android tablets will work as well. Recently Amazon expanded playback to the Fire tablet as well as iOS devices, but Android tablet users were still not able to play videos on their devices.

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1 month ago

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 starts receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 owners, it's time to do a happy dance: the carrier has officially started rolling Android 5.0 Lollipop out to the device today.

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1 month ago

Amazon Echo now supports Pandora, MLB and MLS scores and schedules

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The Amazon Echo is now even smarter thanks to the addition of Pandora as well as scores and schedules for the MLB and MLS.

Amazon has added some new services to the Amazon Echo including Pandora and new sports information. The Echo can now play your favorite Pandora station with just a voice command.

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1 month ago

Google cut Android malware installs by nearly half in 2014

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Despite the constant concerns, Google shows just how safe — and safer — Android is in the Android Security State of the Union 2014.

The Android Security State of the Union for 2014 provides an in-depth look into the security of the Android platform, analyzing billions of data points that are gathered daily to take a deeper look at what is really happening behind the scenes. Google takes security very seriously, and they know that they are not perfect. This year we have already seen stricter measures put in place for the app review process, and we will likely see more.

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1 month ago

Android apps for 3D Printing — hit or miss but tons of fun

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There are limits to how much you can get done on a 3D Printer with just Android apps, but those limits aren't necessarily technical.

It turns out 3D Printing isn't only simultaneously incredibly cool and wildly frustrating, it's uncontrollably addictive. If you're a big fan of playing with new things, and you get a 3D Printer, you pretty much spend anything that closely resembles free time thinking about what to do next with that 3D Printer. Designing new things to print in your head, browsing forums for fun new ways to get the most out of your hardware, shopping for filament, and the list just keeps growing. You are limited by your imagination and your wallet, and really those limitations are more likely temporary road blocks.

Naturally, being Android users, it seemed only right to take a look at the apps that are out there to get the most our of your printing experience. There are a ton of apps out there that are related to the 3D Printing experience, but as is often the case with this technology the best apps are either hidden or have a bit of a learning curve.

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1 month ago

Blinkfeed now part of HTC Sense Home on Google Play, brings themes and more to older devices

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HTC has made Blinkfeed part of HTC Sense Home, which brings several features from the HTC One M9 to previous generation devices.

Some of the big new software features of the HTC One M9 are now available for older HTC devices, like the HTC One M8, thanks to HTC Sense Home. HTC Blinkfeed has been renamed to HTC Sense Home, which rolls Blinkfeed, HTC Themes, and the Sense Home widget together in one app.

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1 month ago

Skype update makes your emoji bigger and better than ever

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Skype for Android has been updated, adding a new chat layout and support for large, animated emoji in chats.

This new Skype update will add a number of improvements to the chat experience. The new bubble chat layout brings the Android app interface in line with those on desktop and iPhone.

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1 month ago

Skype Qik app update adds new video effects based on Minecraft and more

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Microsoft is rolling out an update today to its Skype Qik video messaging app for Android, which adds some new video effects that can be applied for some fun interaction with friends.

One of the effects turns a person's face into a Minecraft version of themselves.

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1 month ago

Control matter with Tetrobot and Co., now available on Google Play

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Tetrobot and Co. is a new game for Android in which you use blobs of matter to help move your character around.

Tetrobot and Co. is a new puzzle game that has just pieced its way on to Google Play, testing your scientific knowledge and your strategic thinking. In the game players will be able to collect and use blobs of matter to help move the character, Psychobot, through the various levels.

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1 month ago

Mobile scanner app Scanbot gets new UI, integration with Slack and Wunderlist

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Scanbot is a fully-featured mobile scanner app that allows you to scan documents up to 200 dpi and QR codes, with the latest update bringing a Material Design UI and added functionality.

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1 month ago

Microsoft adds new address book and calendar features to Outlook for Android

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Microsoft has rolled out an update to Outlook for both Android and iOS. This latest release introduces some new features to improve the People and Calendar experiences.

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