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1 week ago

BBC Sports Android app adds Chromecast support and more

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The BBC Sports app for Android has been updated today with a few new features, most notably a way for the app to connect to a Chromecast HDMI dongle for the first time so that live and on-demand video from the app can be streamed from a smartphone or tablet to a big screen television.

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1 week ago

Android 4.4.4 update now available for Moto G on Verizon

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Android 4.4.4 is now available for the Motorola Moto G on Verizon. It comes as part of a larger software update for the Verizon Moto G, which brings the device's software to version 210.12.41. Motorola devices began receiving Android 4.4.4 earlier this month.

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1 week ago

Facebook's new save feature lets you get to that quiz later

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Facebook will soon let you save your favorite things from Facebook. Not a local save, mind you, more of a Pocket for Facebook, and only in Facebook. With the save feature a tap or two will let you save a link, place, or bit of linked media (movie, TV show, or music) for later reference. Those hilarious (or incriminating) status updates and photos? You still can't save those — you'll still have to resort to a screenshot for that.

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1 week ago

Google gives a few details on the enterprise management tools coming in Android L

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Managed apps in the launcher

One of the less sexy but more important announcements at Google I/O last month was that Google is adopting part of Samsung's enterprise (as in corporate) security system into the L release of Android. The short version is that it'll be easier than ever to have your work data on your phone alongside your personal data, but the two will be secure and completely sandboxed. (You can get an early look at it now in the L Developer Preview, if you're so inclined.)

Today, Google and Samsung have dropped a little more info on exactly what's going on.

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1 week ago

HTC One E8 versus M8: What's the difference?

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HTC One E8 vs M8

The HTC One E8 is upon us, and we've got our hands on the lighter, polycarbonate version of HTC's flagship targeted at Russia, India and parts of Asia. As we've pointed out in our coverage so far, the E8 is essentially the internals of the HTC One M8 in a plastic case with a different camera. But beyond that there are actually quite a few smaller differences to get to grips with. For instance, only one has an IR blaster, and there are some LED flash differences too.

Check the table below for the full E8 vs M8 breakdown.

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1 week ago

Samsung says that overheating not to blame for warped Galaxy Tab S back covers

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A number of Samsung Galaxy Tab S users have been reporting that the backs of their devices were becoming deformed, which is apparently due to defective back covers. While it was initially speculated that the deformation was the result of overheating, this appears now that this is not case. Samsung has apparently already solved the problem, which affected a limited number of devices. A Samsung spokesperson had this to say:

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1 week ago

Yahoo Mail review

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This week we're going to be taking a deep dive into some of Yahoo's Android apps. Sure, Google trounced them in search in the early days, but Yahoo has managed to stick through it with a couple of bruises.

As it turns out, Yahoo has some pretty great apps. First and foremost, Yahoo Mail delivers some extremely sharp visuals thanks in no small part to the strong theme support. While looking through the inbox and other e-mail views, the background is blurred out, but as soon as you pop into a menu, you get a striking wallpaper and assigns a complementary highlight color through the rest of the interface. A similar set-up is available on the web, but unfortunately the two don't sync. Besides that, the icon set is flat and minimal, just the way we like it, and transition animations are smooth.

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1 week ago

Get online while abroad for just £2 a day with O2 Travel

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If you're looking for a sweet deal with regards to using data abroad on this year's holiday, O2 may well have the right bundle price at just £2 a day. We've all been in that situation, looking at pricing and being stunned by just how expensive roaming can be, even when travelling within the EU. UK mobile operators are attempting to tackle the issue of high charges (as is the EU, which hopes to have said charges abolished by 2015).

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1 week ago

Android is the favorite platform of app developers

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It's not easy to make it as an app developer. That's the key takeaway from the latest State of the Developer Nation report from Vision Mobile, pulling together data from more than 10,000 mobile developers (including some of you) across 137 countries. With that many developers they were able to get a broad view of what's popular and (more importantly) what's successful in making great apps.

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1 week ago

How to set a sleep timer in Sonos

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Sonos Play 1

If you've got anything at all from Sonos — be it the smaller Play 1 speaker, or the room-filling Play 5, or perhaps a Soundbar — you're going to want to use it as much as you can. For one, Sonos is excellent. It sounds great and is one of the easiest ways to stream music wirelessly through your home. But it's also not inexpensive, and so I'm making a point of using it whenever I can.

When I was a kid I'd fall asleep listening to the old-school CNN Headline News on AM radio. (And that says more than a few things about me.) CNN has changed more than a bit since then. But then again so have I. And I'm now making it a point to put on something relaxing as I'm passing out.

To that end, there's a sleep timer available in the Sonos app, but it's a wee bit buried. Here's where to find it.

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