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5 days ago

Hitman Go Airport update adds 15 levels, new game mechanics

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Square Enix's turn-based puzzle game Hitman Go has received a new update that adds 15 levels along with new enemy types and gameplay mechanics.

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5 days ago

Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service

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Snapchat may be looking to monetize by launching a mobile payment service, according to trademarks filed earlier this week. The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments.

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5 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Reflection

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 Reflection

While there are plenty of great opportunities to take pictures throughout the day, sometimes you need to think outside the box to find some really interesting subject matter. Looking for shiny surfaces that reflect light and colors from other areas can be a good way to go about it, and that's why we're making this week's prompt "reflection." Show off your best photos taken this week that implement some sort of reflection, and they'll be in the running for the contest.

We're picking out two winners this week, and each one will receive a pair of RevJams Xec On Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (July 22) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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5 days ago

LG G3 Beat brings familiar styling with mid-range specs

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LG G3 Beat (left) and the LG G3

LG tonight announced its expected mid-ranger of the year, and it's got a familiar name. The LG G3 Beat — that's its Korean name; in Europe and the CIS it'll be known as the "LG G3 s" — brings along a 5-inch display at 720p, an 8MP camera — and a lower price. It also carries with it the looks of its big brother, the LG G3. (You can see both in the image above.)

The G3 Beat sports a 2,540 mAh battery — only about 15 percent less capacity than the G3 proper — and is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the same UI.

The G3 Beat will be available July 18 in South Korea. It'll make its way to Europe at the Commonwealth of Independent States nations (again, as the G3 s) in later weeks, at which time pricing also will be announced.

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for AT&T hands on

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 arrives on AT&T's shelves in a matter of days boasting LTE connectivity and an affordable price tag.

We're here in New York at AT&T's annual holiday preview where the carrier is showing off its latest wares, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, available online beginning July 15 for $269.99 with a two-year contract, or for $369.99 outright.

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5 days ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire 610 for AT&T

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It's plastic, it's made by HTC, and we experienced it firsthand at tonight's AT&T 'Hands-On.' Meet the Desire 610.

Just hours after its formal announcement, the HTC Desire 610 made its first stateside appearance this evening at tonight's AT&T "Hands-On" holiday preview here in New York City. The budget-conscious device, which packs a 4.7-inch qHD display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 8MP camera and LTE connectivity, will arrive on the carrier's shelves on July 25 for the cool price of $200 with no annual commitment. We spent a bit of time with the 610 and while it doesn't match the higher-end HTC One M8 in style or functionality, it still packs a hefty punch.

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5 days ago

Pebble Locker updated to support Android Wear

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Update: A second update — version 2.8.1 — has been pushed out to address crashing in the previous version.

It looks like third-party Pebble app Pebble Locker has been updated on Google Play to add support for Android Wear. The app, now in version 2.8, brings some bug fixes and adds the Android Wear compatibility in addition to working with the non-Android Wear Pebble smartwatch.

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6 days ago

Amazon's Instant Video launch for Android said to be 'imminent'

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It looks like Amazon is set to debut its Instant Video app on Android phones outside of the company's Kindle Fire ecosystem. An Amazon spokesperson is said to have confirmed of the app's launch to a broader array of phones running Google's mobile operating system but declined to give specifics as to which models will be supported and when.

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6 days ago

PayPal update makes it faster, adds loyalty cards

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As Google is updating its Google Wallet app to include gift cards, PayPal is now rolling out an update to its mobile payments app. If you're a PayPal user, you'll definitely want to check out the app as it makes logins faster as well as adds the option to store and use loyalty cards.

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6 days ago

Keyboards on Android Wear can exist, just not like this

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You'll likely need something other than voice input on your watch — here's one way it could work

Keyboards on Android Wear smartwatches are just not a good idea. But voice only isn't the answer either. There's a middle ground to be found here, and the first developer who figures it out wins.

It didn't take long to form an opinion regarding Minuum's attempt at an Android Wear keyboard. It's bad, I mean really and truly not a good experience. Now, in Minuum's defense this is basically an Alpha release of a keyboard that has already been released on other, more traditional platforms — phones and tablets. Things like the settings menu being basically unusable can be ignored for this first effort, but the keyboard itself isn't really going to change because it's the same keyboard on every other platform Minuum supports. Minuum is probably the closest thing we'll ever see to a full digital keyboard on such a small display be even a little functional, and that has a lot to do with how insanely good their prediction algorithms are. Their keyboard for regular ol' Android is pretty great, if you haven't already checked it out.

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