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Android Central 229: Living on the Edge

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If you've got questions about the latest major Android releases — that'd be the Galaxy S6 and GS6 edge, and the HTC One M9 — we're going to have answers for you on this show. Plus, Aaron Kasten joins us to talk about the Big Android Meat and Greet. And we'll be answering more of your questions live!

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1 day ago

Your top Galaxy S6 questions from the forums answered!

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

We have a Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in the house, and that means we spent the last two days in the forums answering all of your burning questions on the phones.

As we expected, questions flooded in by the dozens, and before we knew it there were nine pages of questions and answers in a single Android Central Forums thread. That's pretty awesome, as it both answers your questions specifically and also gives us a feel for what you all want to know about these phones going forward. While there's a big wealth of information in that forum thread now, we wouldn't blame you if you didn't have time to read through every page.

That's why we're going to break out some of the most common questions members asked yesterday, and answer them completely right here and now. Read along and see your top Galaxy S6 questions from the forums answered.

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1 day ago

Google fires back over recent reporting on leaked FTC documents

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Google has fired back at The Wall Street Journal today over what it says are inaccuracies in its recent reporting on a leaked FTC document.

At issue is a Wall Street Journal report from last week based on an inadvertently released FTC document that detailed the agency's conclusions in a 2013 antitrust case against Google. In its response, Google's SVP of Communications and Policy, Rachel Whetstone, argues that the report contained several inaccuracies concerning both the FTC's final decision and Google's efforts to influence legislation in Washington.

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1 day ago

How the AC editors use (or don't use) their Chromebooks

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Chromebooks

The one where we ask ourselves if a Chromebook works for us.

We're pretty bullish on Chromebooks around here. Even though they may not fit our lives quite right, we know that for plenty of folks a good, sturdy and inexpensive Chromebook is just the ticket for the things they need. We've talked about the pros and cons since Google first sent out the CR-48 units as a pilot. We'll continue to talk about the pros and cons, because we think the idea of a Chromebook is a great one.

Today we're going around the table to see how we use our Chromebooks. Or why we don't use a Chromebook. I have a feeling that our personal needs and wants will mirror what plenty of our readers think, on both sides of the argument.

Sit back and have a read to see how we do it.

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1 day ago

Using Amazon's Kindle app to read all the books

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Amazon has built an empire, a big part of which is giving you everything you need to never want to leave.

The original Kindle experience was the spark that took ebooks from a cool thing that one friend of yours did to make all of their books digital to a global phenomenon that has threatened the very existence of brick and mortar book stores. Amazon created an experience where all of the books you could possibly want to read were easy to access, reasonably priced, and offered a simple yet powerful user interface.

A lot has changed since Amazon's first attempt at the Kindle, including the expansion beyond their own ereaders. The Amazon app is one of the most popular digital reading experiences out there, due largely to those same core values that made ebooks cool in the first place.

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1 day ago

Snag the Android Auto compatible Pioneer AVH-4100NEX for just $570 from Amazon

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Amazon currently has a pretty good deal going on the recently-released Android Auto-sporting Pioneer AVH-4100NEX — dropping the price of the unit to just $569.95.

While the unit carries an MSRP of $700, Amazon's deal marks it down from its previous list price of $849.99. While it's still a tad expensive, the discount makes it a bit easier to get some Android Auto into your car.

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2 days ago

Here's how you can be one of the first 30 people in the U.S. to get an ASUS ZenFone 2!

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ASUS ZenFone 2

Fifteen hard-core Android Central Forums members are getting a first crack at reviewing ASUS' newest flagship phone. Now we're looking for the next 15.

ASUS is gearing up to release the ZenFone 2 this spring. But that's really just the beginning of the story of this phone. And we'll help tell that story, for sure. But the first chapters are going to be written by you, the members of Android Central.

We're giving you a chance to get your hands on the ZenFone 2 before just about anyone else. Fifteen of our most prolific forums posters will be among the first to get to take the ZenFone 2 out for a test run. They'll get to know the ins and outs of the phone and give the skinny before anyone else. But they're not the only lucky ones. We're looking for 15 more to give the ZenFone 2 a go. That's where you come in. So that's 30 lucky winners testing out a top-end ZenFone 2 — with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage! — before just about anyone else.

Think you have what it takes? Read on for the details.

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2 days ago

Slack launches two-factor authentication following unauthorized database access

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Slack, has enabled two-factor authorization for users, following unauthorized access to their database which stores user profile information.

Slack, the popular team communication app, had the database which stores user profile information accessed without authorization, and to ensure account security they have rolled out two-factor authorization for all accounts. A very small number of accounts were found to be affected by suspicious activity, and Slack has already reached out to those users.

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2 days ago

Planning ahead: HTC One M9 cases

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We've narrowed down our top cases for the HTC One M9 that should serve well in shielding against damage

With all the buzz around the HTC One M9, we're just sitting here, thinking ahead about how best to protect the device. Skins, hard cases, side pouches, hybrids — we're not biased. But we are taking our selections into serious consideration before hitting the streets with a brand new device.

Jump past the break and check out which cases for HTC One M9 made the list.

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2 days ago

LG G4 rumored to launch late April with a curved display

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LG is rumored to be launching the LG G4 with a curved display towards the end of April.

LG may be bringing the curved display from the G Flex line to their next flagship smartphone, which is rumored to be launching towards the end of April. Their next flagship, which is probably the LG G4, is said to feature a Quad-HD display somewhere around 5-inches in size that is also curved, according to The Korea Herald:

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2 days ago

Vine now supports 720p video viewing from the Android app

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Vine now supports higher-resolution 720p video as viewed from the Android app, with video uploads for that same resolution coming soon for those users.

Vine announced the new higher-resolution videos in a blog post, adding that they will be viewable on both their iOS and Android apps "over the coming days".

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2 days ago

Moving from an iPhone to the Galaxy S6? You need to know these things

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iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 edge

It only takes a few minutes to move in to your new smartphone, as long as you push the right buttons.

Switching phones has always been kind of a pain, and smartphones didn't so much make things easier as create different problems along the way. If you're an iPhone user planning to grab a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, it's not going to take you long to notice how moving from one ecosystem to the other isn't exactly as simple as entering in a username and password. Not to worry, though, we've got everything you need right here.

The biggest challenges when moving from iOS to Android is making sure you're not jumping through hoops on the simple stuff. Contacts, email, social networking, and any photos or files you want to move over. As long as you still have your iPhone nearby, all of this stuff is a breeze once you know what buttons to push.

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2 days ago

SmartEyeglass, Sony's augmented reality glasses, now available in 10 countries for $840

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Sony's SmartEyeglass is officially available in 10 countries around the world, priced at $840.

Sony SmartEyeglass is their take on a Google Glass type product, which changes the way you interact with your surroundings is now available for purchase. The device will connect to compatible smartphones, allowing text to be rendered, and symbols and images to be shown in your field of view. Back in February we saw pre-orders for the device begin for developers and enterprise customers.

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2 days ago

We're podcasting live at 4 p.m. EDT!

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Android Central Podcast

Coming up at 4 p.m. EDT! We're podcasting live with our pal Aaron Kasten, who's going to weigh in on the thermal properties of phones he's never touched. (Which pretty much makes him an expert, right?) Oh, and he'll give us the lowdown on next weekend's Big Android Meat and Greet in our nation's capital. Plus, we'll weigh in on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, now that we've had more time with them and you can finally, ya know, order them.

Plus, we'll answer your questions live on air. Join us at this link at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 8 p.m. in London — as we do this thing!

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2 days ago

PSA: Galaxy S6 heart rate sensor still causes issues with Google Fit

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Is your Galaxy S6 heart rate sensor lighting up whenever you touch it? Incompatibility with Google Fit is to blame, and there's an easy fix.

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