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1 day ago

UK retailer Phones 4U looks set to close its doors

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UK's Phones 4U looks like closing the doors on its 720 outlets after EE becomes the final carrier partner to terminate its relationship with the retailer prompting administration. The decision to shutter its stores will affect almost 6,000 employees though private equity owner BC Partners assures that "employees will continue to be paid until further notice."

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1 day ago

AC editors' apps of the week: TED, Run Forrest Run, Over and more

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Apps of the week

Apps you need to try

Everyone here at AC is back home and resting their feet after a couple weeks of the usual globetrotting that comes with being a tech-blogger every now and then. That means we're spending time playing on our phones and tablets using some of the great apps you'll find on Google play.

Have a peek at the ones we recommend you give a look at this week.

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1 day ago

Pre-orders start Tuesday for Moto X, Moto Hint, Turbo Charger

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Moto X

Motorola today announced that the Moto X, Moto Hint and the Turbo Charger for quick charging will go up for preorder this Tuesday, Sept. 16.

You'll be able to pre-order either the AT&T version of the Moto X, starting at $99 on contract, or the Moto X Pure Edition, a version of the device without any carrier-installed software. The Pure Edition will be available for $499. The "Pure Edition" also comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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1 day ago

I dream of a $350 Moto 360

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Moto 360 Tardis

Motorola's watch is great, but it could be so much more

Motorola's first Android Wear device is great. I mean really, really great. Visually it is by far the most attractive of the smartwatches we have seen so far, including LG's perfect circle G Watch R, in my opinion. I like the screen. I like the way the watch sits on my wrist. And I like that it didn't break last night when my wrist glanced off the door to the gas station hard enough to make the guy behind the counter visibly cringe. Seriously, not a scratch.

My point is, Motorola has nailed the design and build materials for this watch as far as I am concerned. That said, there are several other parts of this watch that I wish had gotten the kind of love that likely would have resulted in a price increase.

Yes, I want a more expensive Moto 360.

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1 day ago

From the Editor's Desk: 10 years ...

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Hurricane Ivan

For as fast as we tend to move forward around here, the past few days I've caught myself looking back. Back an entire decade — something that I (usually) still don't feel old enough to be able to say. (Never mind that I'm easily feeling dated thanks to the sleeping wife, aching feet, two loud-but-adorable kids, and bacon traded for yogurt.) Ten years is a long time for some things, and a short time for others.

This week in Pensacola, we're remembering Hurricane Ivan, which devastated our little stretch of the Gulf Coast on Sept. 16, 2004. I'll never forget my then-fiancee, a Yankee transplant, asking a day or two before landfall what it was going to be like. "People will lose their houses. People will die." In fact, Ivan had already killed dozens in the Caribbean before it even got to us. It killed 14 in Florida. Ninety-two when all was said and done.

Shannon and I got married two days after Ivan hit Pensacola, 10 years ago this week.

One of the crazy things about a storm like that is communication. Landlines were all out. Cell service was gone, too, rendering my sleek little Samsung SPH-A500 useless. It took a few hours for it to be safe enough to venture the three miles to my parents' house to see how they fared. And then we walked another half-mile to my grandparents' house to check on the old folks. A day or so later we found a pay phone that still worked and called the essentials — ministers, photographer, organist and, most important, the cake lady — to tell them the wedding was still on. I don't remember how they actually got the messages, but it worked. I also remember calling to change our flight to California to another nearby airport — again, from a pay phone.

The operators all hardened their towers since that insane hurricane season (and the one the next year as well). Networks are a lot different now, and backup generators are the norm, but thankfully we haven't had to test them. And hopefully we won't have to for another 10 years.

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2 days ago

Samsung pokes a little fun at Apple's move into bigger iPhones in latest ad

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Samsung has been having a bit fun in light of Apple's announcement of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and their latest ad doesn't hold back in any way.

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2 days ago

Red Bull Air Race gets it wings on Android

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Red Bull Air Race gets it wings on Android, EVGA Tegra Note 7 tablet

Red Bull, the company that produces the best-selling energy drink in the world, has a soft spot for videogames. The drink maker has attached its name to several games for Android and even Xbox 360, since it happens that gamers like yours truly often enjoy sweet, life-giving energy drinks. It's easy to write these software titles off as nothing but advertising tools, but sometimes they actually stand up well as games.

Take Red Bull Air Race – The Game, which has just launched on Android. The game comes from Canadian developer Roadhouse Interactive, who you might know as the creator of the excellent Warhammer 40K: Carnage. This time Roadhouse has crafted a 3D airplane racing game, based on the real-life Red Bull Air Races that also happen to involve airplanes. With great production values and lots of races to fly, Red Bull Air Race is a surprisingly solid free-to-play aerial racer. Read on for impressions and hands-on video.

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2 days ago

The best Android apps and games of the week: Spider-Man Unlimited and more

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Google Hangouts Dialler

We had a great week full of new Android apps, even among all of the iPhone 6 hubbub. We've got an old-school RPG this week, an unexpected game from Cisco, and an awesome app from Comedy Central with support for full episodes.

We've got five new games and five new apps for your consideration, and as always, we're eager to hear what you've been able to dig up in the Google Play Store. If you're ready to get downloading, here are our picks from this week.

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2 days ago

First Android One smartphone already on sale in India ahead of Sept. 15 press event

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Ahead of Google's September 15 press event in India, the online retailer Flipkart is already selling one of the Android One-based smartphones devices expected to be officially revealed at that press conference.

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2 days ago

Using tap-and-pay in Google Wallet

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We've heard a lot this past week about tap-and-pay being introduced to the iPhone 6. But it's also been a longtime feature available to Android devices, and for many of us it's a quick and easy way to pay for all sorts of things.

Of course, it's not available worldwide, and not every merchant accepts it. But its usage is growing, and Apple getting into the game should only make it more prevalent.

Let's take a look at using tap-and-pay on Google Wallet on Android.

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2 days ago

Crazy Taxi: City Rush gains a new district, new taxis and more in latest Android update

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Crazy Taxi: City Rush, Sega's recently released free-to-play arcade driving action game for Android, got its first big content update this week that adds a new district to drive around in, new taxis and much more.

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3 days ago

64-bit Chrome web browser for OS X to officially launch in November

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Google will launch the official, non-beta, 64-bit version of its Chrome web browser for OS X in November, a few months after an early build of the browser was made available on its Canary and Dev channels.

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3 days ago

Android Central 202: Jerry's Moto X Conundrum

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Audio-only stream below

We've got our pals JR Raphael and Russell Holly on hand this week as we continue our journey into the Moto X and Moto 360. Plus more on Samsung's newest lineup, where things stand with the new Google Hangouts and Google Voice integration, we nail down what Apple's latest means for Android — and we answer more of your questions live!

Hop in, folks. This one's a biggie.

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3 days ago

Weekly sidebar poll results: Try something before you hate it

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Moto 360

We like to touch things

Results for this week's poll are in, and I'm happy to say that most of us want to have a look at all this cool new stuff and decide for ourselves whether we love it or hate it. While the Moto 360 garnered most of the attention (naturally, since it was actually released this past week) we all discussed the merits of the new things from Samsung, Sony, LG and others. Most importantly, collectively it appears that we all know opinions are like something something and everyone has one — and it may not align with our own.

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3 days ago

Chromebook's college tour lets students try before they buy

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Google is hoping to get students hooked on the affordably priced Chromebooks and the simplicity of its Chrome OS by taking the Internet-connected laptop on a tour of colleges across the U.S. Google is creating a Chromebook Lending Library where students can check out a Chromebook to check out the features, explore the usability, and try out Chrome apps for free.

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