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Retrica review

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Retrica

Filter fanatics will enjoy this simple app, but serious photographers will have to look elsewhere

There are plenty of ways to put funky retro filters on your photos, but many focus on tweaking after the fact rather than doing it on the fly. Retrica is one camera app that's picked up a sizable following for offering a huge set of neat and artistic filters that are applied to the viewfinder live as you're taking photos, and letting you quickly share them out to any service you choose.

Working with photos this way creates a different dynamic than snapping a picture and laboring over filters and tweaks later, but for some people the live filters of Retrica will offer a more spontaneous and fun experience. Read along for our full review of Retrica, another choice in a full stable of camera apps on Android.

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Google Sheets gets Excel-friendly while Drive adds Activity Stream

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Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane.

You can also change view, comment, or edit permissions from the mobile app now. Meanwhile Google Sheets now allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files. You can also view charts, insert formulas, and use find/replace throughout your spreadsheets.

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OneNote app for Android updated with full tablet support and more

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Microsoft has released a major update for its OneNote note taking app for Android devices in the Google Play Store, offering tablet owners a full and native experience for the first time, along with other features.

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1 day ago

Verizon-exclusive HTC One M8 with Windows Phone is official

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HTC One M8 with Windows Phone

As was widely rumored in recent weeks, HTC and Verizon Wireless have today unveiled the HTC One M8 with Windows Phone 8.1. This new flavor of M8 has Microsoft's mobile OS running the show, with the same specs and all-metal chassis we know from the original Android HTC One M8, and it'll be carried exclusively by Verizon. That means you've got a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, 2,600mAh battery and UltraPxel rear camera, backed up by HTC's depth-sensing Duo Camera. To sweeten the deal Microsoft's also throwing in 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

This one's a Verizon exclusive, and it'll be available Aug. 20 for $99 on contract.

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1 day ago

How to upload your own file to Google Play Books

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Google Play Books upload hero

Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books

One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or EPUB varieties. The files you upload should also be DRM-free. DRMs are things that allow sellers to control what you do with their product to some extent. You can get DRM-free files from different sources, like Project Gutenberg.

Google Play Books actually makes a pretty decent eReader. One thing I think makes it pretty solid is it syncs notes, highlights, the place you leave off and more across all the devices on which you use Play Books. The syncing takes place with your Google account.

Let's talk about how to get these files uploaded. In this case, I just saw The Giver and I'd really like to check out the book and see how the book and the movie compare to each other. Join me on my journey as I upload a PDF.

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1 day ago

Sharp's stunning new Aquos Crystal with almost no bezel is heading to Sprint for $239

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Sharp just yesterday unveiled their Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone with stunningly-slim bezels, and today we're getting official confirmation that the phone is coming to US carrier Sprint and its prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. We don't yet have an official release date for the phone, though we do now at least have pricing: $239.99, off contract.

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1 day ago

Contest winners: a OnePlus One, Patriot charger or battery, and Lloyd hats!

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Whether you were looking for a non-spammy and non-sexist contest to enter to win a brand new OnePlus One, or you needed a new Lloyd hat to cover your head, Android Central was the place to be last week. We had contests, and now we have winners! Let's find out who they are.

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1 day ago

ASUS teases something about time (i.e. a watch) for IFA 2014

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Asus CEO Jerry Shen told an investors' conference earlier this month that the company could reveal an Android Wear smartwatch at IFA, and today its Twitter account this morning offered a teaser that likely points to such an announcement in just a few of weeks.

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Top app, device and accessory sales for August 19, 2014

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below.

As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 day ago

iFixit carefully dismantles Google's futuristic Project Tango tablet

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Google's Project Tango is an interesting venture by the company to produce advanced hardware. These devices are capable of creating a 3D model of the surrounding environment and enable software to interact with both motion and available space. Previously, iFixit took apart the smartphone prototype, but the folks haven't halted and are back with the tablet counterpart.

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