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22 hours 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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22 hours ago

U.S. Galaxy Gear owners can now make the switch to Tizen

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Samsung has announced that U.S. owners of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch now have the option to switch their operating system from Android to Tizen.

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23 hours ago

Android Central University: QR Codes for fun and profit

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Our planet is covered in tiny squares filled with a curious arrangement of shapes that mean absolutely nothing to the naked eye. They are on posters, billboards, business cards, cereal boxes, and so much more. For the most part we ignore them, because there's no reason to interact with these little squares unless specifically told to. They are called QR Codes, and once you figure out how to fit them into your life they can become an incredibly useful tool.

QR Codes are not a new technology, in fact they have been around since 1994 and were originally used to track components during vehicle assembly. Today you can find tiny QR Codes on components for tons of different things, as many companies still use this tracking method during assembly. For those of us who aren't building a car, these little squares are used mostly for presenting links to websites and apps in a way that doesn't require manual input.

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1 day ago

Groove smartwatch-fitness tracker with Android app seeks Indiegogo funding

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Groove is a new fitness-tracking smartwatch, curently seeking $200,000 of funding via Indigogo, that focuses on helping you find the balance necessary to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Groove, which will also have a companion Android app, can calibrate to your personal fitness level, and track how your daily activity contributes towards your overall fitness.

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1 day ago

Sprint LG G2 update brings on the knocking

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Sprint's LG G2 is finally getting an update, and it's bringing along with it LG's famous Knock Code. The update, which brings the build version to ZVD (at least according to Sprint's nomenclature) also brings a few other improvements.

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1 day ago

Beamly aims for the big screen with upcoming Android TV app

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Beamly, the television-themed social network interaction app for Android and iOS, has just announced it will support Android TV, allowing its features to be incorporated directly on TV screens that use Google's recently announced operating system.

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1 day ago

LG Pulse, Unify join the HTC Desire 816 and ZTE Emblem for Virgin Mobile US

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A handful of mid-range Android smartphones are making their way to Virgin Mobile USA, according to the latest leak by @evleaks. The Twitter handle has published an image showing the LG Pulse, LG Unify, HTC Desire 816 and ZTE Emblem all slated for release on the US mobile operator.

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1 day ago

Alleged successor to the Moto G pictured

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Motorola caused quite a stir with the Moto G last year, with the handset going on to become the manufacturer's most successful smartphone to date. If the image above is legitimate, it looks like Motorola is planning to launch a successor to the device soon.

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1 day ago

Google lets you easily create reminders via the search box

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Google Now's reminder feature is nifty if you're looking to create quick alerts for events, and with the latest update, Google is making it easier to create new reminders. You can now create reminders directly from Google Search by entering a query along the lines of "remind me to collect contact lens at 11 am" in the search box.

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1 day ago

Huawei unveils special edition Ascend P7 for avid Arsenal fans

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Huawei today unveiled a new Ascend P7 in the sporting colors of UK-based football club Arsenal. The 4G Android smartphone comes packed full of exclusive treats for purchases, all presented in a sleek, black metallic finish. The Arsenal club crest is also mounted on the rear under touch Gorilla Glass 3, which covers the aluminium case for added protection and a unique look.

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