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6 days ago

You can catch Phil on TWiT's Tech News Today episode 1100!

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While we all get the opportunity to see Phil do his thing on the Android Central Podcast each week, he was also a guest today's Tech News Today show on the TWiT network. Phil was on the program this morning to talk about HTC's upcoming announcements and a whole bunch of other things.

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6 days ago

Latest Verizon update tightens security on Droid DNA

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Verizon is starting to roll out a new software update for the HTC Droid DNA, which brings a number of performance improvements and the update also patches some security flaws. In particular, Verizon says that "device root vulnerability has been resolved" with the latest software patch, suggesting that users who need root access may lose that capability once the update is applied.

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6 days ago

Google updates Distribution Agreement, gives devs 3 days to respond to inquiries

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Google Developer Distribution Agreeement

Google today announced changes to the Developer Distribution Agreement that should make things a little easier on us, the paying customer.

Three things of note:

  • Developers who offer paid applications or in-app purchases will have three business days to respond to customer support inquiries, or 24 hours if it's something "stated to be urgent by Google." Contact info must also be correct, and Google now has more leeway to pull apps that are deemed security risks. That could get interesting. (Section 3.6)
  • Google's updated some of the marketing language, crossing the i's and dotting the t's — wait, reverse that — so it can promote apps and introduce new features more quickly and easily. (Section 5.1)
  • And Google's updated some of the language regarding the VAT tax for customers in the EU. It'll now handle VAT tax for apps and content — devs won't have to do a thing on that end. (Section 3.4)

You can read the full Developer Distribution Agreement here.

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6 days ago

Sony sends out invites for Oct. 9 NYC event for possible Xperia Z3 announcements

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Sony has sent out invites to select members of the media to attend a press event in New York City on October 9, where the company will likely have some US-based announcements for their new Xperia Z3 smartphone family.

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6 days ago

Nest thermostat and Nest Protect now on sale in Belgium and the Netherlands

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Nest Labs has now expanded the reach of its Nest connected thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector devices to include the countries of Belgium and the Netherlands via the Google Play Store.

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6 days ago

Archos launches budget themed Platinum Android smartphones starting at $99

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Archos continues to offer consumers new smartphones that don't have a high price tag. Today, the company revealed that it has started selling two new Android KitKat devices from its Platinum brand; the previously revealed 50b Platinum model and the new 45c Platinum smartphone.

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6 days ago

Moto X available from Verizon starting tomorrow

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The new Moto X will be available for Verizon Wireless through Moto Maker beginning tomorrow, September 26. The new Moto X was initially available in the U.S. to customers purchasing the phone from AT&T or buying the GSM unlocked version.

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6 days ago

The Angry Birds Transformers gameplay trailer is all kinds of awesome

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The most awesomely epic Angry Birds variant is on the way and will be arriving on iOS October 15th and Android on October 30th. Today we get a look at the official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds Transformers — a side-scrolling, run-and-gun style game that pits you again towers of nasty pigs, only this time you get way more firepower than just a simple slingshot.

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6 days ago

Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch now available in 'Stone' leather from Best Buy

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A new "stone" leather version of the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch is now available for sale on Best Buy's website for the device's regular price of $249.99.

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6 days ago

Moto X (2014) Review

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Android's most unassuming smartphone gets even more impressive in its second iteration

There's nothing overly surprising about the new Moto X. Let's just get that out of the way. There's no one real whiz-bang feature that you're going to see repeated in commercials, or hear heralded by bloggers.

No, truth be told, the new Moto X — same name as last year's model — is one of those rare phones that is a near seamless transition from one model to the next.

And you know what? That's not a bad thing at all.

And that's not to say that we don't have a lot to talk about. Because we do, both good and bad. So let's jump into it. This is the Android Central review of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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6 days ago

CreditCards.com's new WalletUp app makes sure you get the most out of your purchases

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The number of different rewards credit cards out there is astounding, and CreditCards.com and Wallaby are hoping to help you manage it with a new app called WalletUp. Tapping into the services of both companies, WalletUp aims to make it simple to choose which credit card to use for each of the purchases you make every day to get the most rewards. Whether you're getting cash back on purchases of gas, travel points on flights or extra coupons from an online store, WalletUp will have you covered

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6 days ago

Ingress Missions let you create your own real-world treasure hunts

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Ingress users will soon get an awesome update, adding in new Ingress Missions. With the new update, players will be able to create their own missions (scavenger hunts) that include a start point, waypoints, and an end point. Missions will start at existing Ingess portals, but can include waypoints based on Field Trip locations.

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6 days ago

How to make a video highlight reel on the new Moto X

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Moto X video highlights

The Moto X can turn your pictures and video into a little something special

Video highlights aren't exactly new to smartphones — HTC has made a big deal out of them, and Samsung has dabbled in the past as well. And now Motorola has added the feature to the new Moto X, and with it you can take your still photos and videos and have them automatically compiled into a cool little montage, completely with soundtrack, that you can share with your friends.

Here's how it works.

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6 days ago

Two new Humble Bundle deals offer big savings on Android games

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The Humble Bundle team has not one but two new deals that it launched this week that will be of interest to Android gamers who want to save some big bucks on a bunch of titles.

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6 days ago

Fight for the forest in Animals vs Mutants

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Netmarble is South Korea's largest mobile game publisher, but they've never had much of a US presence – until now. The newly-formed Netmarble US has just released its first game: Animals vs. Mutants. It's available for free on both Android and iOS.

Sure, Animals vs. Mutants is a different name for a game. But not that long ago, you'd have said the same about Plants vs. Zombies. The concept is sound – an evil scientist has started experimenting on woodland critters, turning them into malicious mutants. Only the player can rescue the remaining animals, by fighting it out on foot and summoning animal helpers to aid in the battle.

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