5 hours ago

SwiftKey monthly users jump 54% after popular keyboard goes free


SwiftKey's move to drop the price tag of its keyboard offering in Google Play from $3.99 to free was a popular one among would-be users, and it turns out a good number went ahead and made the install after the price drop. Since going free back in June, SwiftKey has seen a 54 percent boost in monthly users, something that just wouldn't have happened at this point in its life if it had kept the paid-only model around.

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5 hours ago

Motorola confirms Android 4.4.4 rollout is well under way


We've covered the rollout of Android 4.4.4 to various Motorola devices, including the Moto E, Moto G and latest Droids, but Motorola has come out and named all of the devices and regions that are currently receiving the update. Taking to its blog, Motorola explained that the Moto G is currently getting the 4.4.4 update in both Brazil and India, while the Moto E is picking it up in Brazil, France, Canada and Asia.

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6 hours ago

Kyocera testing sapphire crystal-covered displays for future phones


Kyocera is in reportedly in late stages of development with sapphire crystal-covered smartphone displays, which could give its well-known rugged phones even more toughness in the future. According to a newly leaked Kyocera testing video on YouTube that's being corroborated by CNET, Kyocera is producing sapphire crystal display coverings in smartphone sizes and testing them up against traditional impact-resistant glass found in current smartphones.

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7 hours ago

How to use the Heart Rate Monitor on the Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

One of the big hardware advancements that Samsung included in the Galaxy S5 is its built-in Heart Rate Monitor, letting you keep up on your health with no additional accessories required. Even better, Samsung integrated its heart rate sensing technology into the same housing that holds the camera's LED flash, keeping the device slim at the same time.

Whether you're just curious about your heart rate from time-to-time, or you're considering getting more involved with your fitness and want to get solid readings while you're working out, the Galaxy S5's integrated Heart Rate Monitor is a great place to start. Read along with us and learn a bit about how it works.

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8 hours ago

Sony updates SmartWatch 2 to display custom wallpapers


Sony has rolled out a new firmware update to its SmartWatch 2 to bring custom wallpapers to your wrist. The firmware update also brings support for more languages.

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9 hours ago

Underworld Empire RPG launches free-to-play on Android


Kabam has just announced that its huge crime-based MMORPG, Underworld Empire, is now available and free-to-play on Android. The game that already has millions of players on its iOS version is now open up to folks on Android, letting you experience the seedy crime underworld for yourself in this action-packed role-playing game.

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9 hours ago

9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area


Don't cut the cord just yet on your home phones! FCC data reveals that 9 out of 10 emergency calls made with a cell phone in Washington, D.C. lack accurate location information, making it harder for emergency workers to respond in a crisis. The data was collected in the first half of 2013 and only covers the D.C. area in the U.S.

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10 hours ago

Acer refreshes C720 Chromebook with Intel Core i3, 32GB storage


Acer has announced an updated version to its popular C720 Chromebook, this time around with Intel's fourth generation Haswell Core i3 processor. Starting at $349, the updated model provides faster performance, more base storage and delivers more battery life than last year's C720 that were powered by Intel's Celeron processors.

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11 hours ago

Plague Inc. update ties in to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Plague Inc. has been updated with a new disease that players can use to wipe out humanity, that also ties in to the upcoming release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters. The new pack, the Simian Flu, costs $1.99 as an in-app purchase

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11 hours ago

Samsung Apps finally rebranded to 'Galaxy Apps' to help with platform confusion


Though Samsung claimed the change would come several days ago, the Samsung Apps store has just rebranded itself to Galaxy Apps with an update to the application. Coming with the rebrand to the "Galaxy" name is a slight change in visual styling of the app to darker shades of blue and a few new animations, though the app overall performs much the same as it did before.

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