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5 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Who hasn't upgraded their phone in 2014?

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The LG G2 is still one hell of a phone

Sometimes, you just love what you already have

We're more than halfway through July, which means we're more than halfway through the year 2104. We've seen some amazeball new phones from all the big names, and sales predictions and analyst speak aside, millions and millions of new Android phones have already been sold in 2014. Chances are, about half of the folks reading this were part of it, and have a shiny new Android in their clutches. Congrats on such a good choice, no matter which one you chose.

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5 days ago

Internal FBI report sees autonomous cars as rolling bombs that obey the rules of the road

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Driverless cars are still very much works in progress and several years out from being a reality you in which can ride away from the dealership, but that doesn't mean the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation isn't conducting their own threat analysis on the future of automated automation. The internal report states that "Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today."

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5 days ago

Magic 2015 brings dueling wizards to Android

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Magic: The Gathering fans will be able to get in on card-by-card deck customization in the latest iteration of the classic strategy card game. Magic 2015 launched on Android today and brings familiar one-on-one card duels in either single-serving practice games, long-term campaign, or online multiplayer matches. Check out our hands-on with the iPad version at E3 for a closer look.

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5 days ago

Scheme your way to power in Game of Thrones Ascent

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Game of Thrones Ascent is now available on Android. Previously available only online and on the iPad, Ascent puts you in the role of a noble in Westeros, the setting of George R.R. Martin's books. You can work with or plans schemes against other players as you plot your way to the top.

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5 days ago

How to use battery saver on the LG G3

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LG G3 battery saver

LG has some built in tools to help you string out your battery life a little further

All the major high end Android smartphones from this year have some way to try and extend your battery life when things get low, and the LG G3 is no exception. While it doesn't go as far as something like the ultra power saving mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5, battery saver on the G3 can certainly help you to get more life when you're running close to empty.

Let's take a look at what it does and how you use it.

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5 days ago

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy arrive on Android

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Tieing in with the launch of the movie of the same name, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Android for $4.99 from the Google Play Store. Despite the tie in, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an original storyline and falls into the 'action role playing game' genre.

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5 days ago

Microsoft considers shifting Nokia X product designs to Windows Phone

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In an email to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the software giant would trim its global workforce by 18,000 over the course of the year. The first batch of layoffs will begin later this year, and will see over 13,000 employees leaving the organization.

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5 days ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor, and it might actually be useful

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It has already been confirmed by Samsung that the Galaxy Note 4 will have an ultraviolet (UV) sensor, but there wasn't much information available. Now, according to a report over on SamMobile, we have some idea as to what consumers can expect to see from the built-in functionality. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung's S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

Is it gimmicky? Sure. It's Samsung, the home of the smartphone heart-rate monitor, but it is cool at the same time.

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5 days ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet arrives on Verizon

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available on Verizon's LTE network. Customers can get Sony's slim and waterproof new tablet for $599.99 up front. However, if you're willing to sign a two-year contract, you can knock $100 off of the price, grabbing the Xperia Z2 Tablet for $499.99.

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5 days ago

Official Android Wear watch face API coming later this year

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Android Wear LCARS

Google's wearable OS also will shift over to the L release once ready

It was sort of a surprise — and a bit of a disappointment, to be perfectly honest — when Android Wear launched without a properly supported way to add custom watch faces to the likes of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and, eventually, the Moto 360. We've talked a little bit about how custom watch faces were coming, however, and indeed they have — as standalone apps. But that obviously was a workaround, as there's no real API available for custom watch faces.

Overnight, Wayne Piekarski, a senior developer advocate at Google, explained what's up with custom watch faces on Android Wear. The short version is that, no, there's not an official API yet, and watch faces are a little complicated because of the way they interact with the card stream and are contained inside another process. An API is coming, however, and we should see it along with the L release later this year.

And, yes, that (unsurprisingly) means Android Wear will be running L.

Writes Piekarski:

Custom watch faces are activities running inside another process. However, they have some special considerations due to interactions with the stream and always-on ambient mode--including using a shorter peek card, moving the status indicators for battery and mute, and rendering the faces differently in ambient mode. Right now, without an official API, making a really great watch face currently takes a fair bit of tweaking.

We are working to make this as simple as possible for you so that it's easy to make good-looking faces that work well across multiple form factors, conserve battery, and display the user's card stream nicely. Some of these changes won't be ready until we migrate Android Wear to the Android L release later this year, but don't fret: they're coming!

Piekarski recommends that developers not just publish standalone watch faces to Google Play wholesale, but instead to use the beta and alpha channels, and that watch faces cobbled together today might well not work once Android Wear shifts to L.

You can read Piekarski's full post here.

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