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3 days ago

Android Central 194: Bearded Men of Genius

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Audio-only stream below

We're live! With beards! (Well, some of us are.) This week on the Android Central Podcast: We get our hands on the HTC One E8, the LG G3 is finally available in the U.S., and more thoughts on Android Wear. Plus we answer your questions live!

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3 days ago

NVIDIA SHIELD gaming tablet allegedly coming July 29, starting at $299

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NVIDIA has a Shield gaming tablet based on Android coming out very soon. We just saw an image of the device leak yesterday, but today we're getting all the details on the tablet. Ready for an 8-inch 1200p tablet with a Tegra K1 SoC? Yes you are. Read on for full details and specs on the SHIELD tablet.

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3 days ago

Industrial design finished for the Recon Jet HUD glasses

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We've been covering the Recon Jet HUD glasses for a very long time. It was over a year ago they were first announced, but a few delays have pushed the launch date back. It was seven months ago that the hardware was redesigned, and production was set to ramp up. However, a email blog post from Recon CEO Dan Eisenhardt says that the industrial design has now finished.

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3 days ago

Glympse and Kik team up to help friends share their location

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Popular location-tracking service Glympse is announcing a partnership today with Kik Messenger that will bring offer time-limited location sharing between friends. Now you can share your location or request that a friend share their location using Glympse straight from a Kik conversation, found right from inside the app.

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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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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