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Monument Valley update will bring 'Ida's Dream' expansion to all players for free on June 25

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Monument Valley players will score the Ida's Dream expansion for free with an update coming June 25.

Wildly popular puzzle game Monument Valley is preparing for a pretty nice update this week. On June 25, players will get an update that includes the Ida's Dream expansion for free.

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1 week ago

Medium for Android sheds the beta tag, now available to all

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Medium for Android has shed its beta skin and is now out in the wild for everyone to enjoy.

Popular blogging platform Medium hes emerged from beta and is now on Google Play for everyone to enjoy not too long after launching a public beta earlier this month.

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1 week ago

Getting to know Twitch for Android

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Twitch is one of the big places to be for gaming, both for players and observers.

Whether you're checking out gameplay to decide whether you want to make a new purchase, watching someone play through an area you've been stuck in for a bit, or you've decided you want to share your gameplay experiences with the world, the Twitch community has something great for you. The Twitch broadcasting tools on PC and consoles are fantastic for those who want to just jump in and share, with more complex tools available from third parties for when you want to up your production quality and go pro. Everything else, be it watching or participating in the chatroom, happens in the Twitch app.

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1 week ago

Opera for Android's latest experimental build lets you install web apps on your home screen

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Opera has released a new labs build of its browser for Android that will let you add web pages and web apps to your home screen.

Opera has released a special labs build of its Opera browser for Android that lets users add web pages and web apps to their home screen. This allows you to quickly access sites with the press of a single button.

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1 week ago

Here are our I Am Cardboard viewer winners!

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Google Cardboard

It's time to see who has won a Cardboard 2.0 viewer!

You've heard about Google's new version of the Google Cardboard viewer, seen the cool things you can do with one, and learned where you can buy one. Now it's time to see who has won their very own Cardboard 2.0 viewer in our giant giveaway!

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1 week ago

Amazon deal cuts the price of the Fire Phone to £99 in the UK

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Amazon has cut the price of both Fire Phone models down to just £99 for folks in the UK.

Amazon apparently really wants those in the UK to pick up a Fire Phone. The company has slashed the price of both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the device down to just £99 in the UK.

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1 week ago

Google updates its Play Developer Program Policies in an effort to maintain a positive experience for all

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Google has rolled out a few changes to its Play Developer Program Policies, which are aimed at keeping the Play Store experience a positive one.

In an effort to maintain a positive experience in the Play Store, some changes have been made to the Google Play Developer Program Policies to provide some additional guidance to developers.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 active review

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Samsung Galaxy S6 active

The Galaxy S6 active matches the standard GS6 in many ways, and even bests it in some crucial areas.

The quick take

The Galaxy S6 active takes a proven great device in the Galaxy S6 and beefs it up just a tad. Metal and glass are replaced by rubber and plastic, giving the GS6 active water, dust and shock resistance while only adding minimal thickness and weight. The extra space also gives the active a dramatically larger battery, which fixes one of the main issues with the original. You'll lose a fingerprint sensor and some of the sex appeal of the GS6 if you choose to buy an active, but the only real downside to be found here is that the phone is exclusive to AT&T.

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1 week ago

Google introduces new 'Chromebox for meetings' hardware bundle for $1,999

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Google offers businesses a way to add more people to their video conferencing sessions with a new "Chromebox for meetings" hardware bundle.

In February 2014, Google first launched "Chromebox for meetings", a service which combined a Chromebox with a camera, speakers and other hardware and software for small businesses to quickly get into video conferencing. Now, the company has launched a new 'Chromebox for meetings' hardware bundle designed for larger businesses to hold their own video session.

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1 week ago

The genius of Google Play Services: Tackling Android fragmentation, malware and forking in one fell swoop

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Google Play Services

In Play Services, Google has a silver bullet with which to combat some of Android's greatest weaknesses.

If you pay close enough attention to these things, you've probably seen Google Play Services updating from time to time on your Android devices. If you follow the more technical side of Android, you'll know it was announced a couple of years ago to introduce new APIs and features in a way that doesn't require a firmware update. You could be forgiven for dismissing it as a dry and technical part of the OS, but in reality it's a crucially important part of the way modern Android works.

Developers get important APIs which work across the vast majority of the active Android user base. Users in turn benefit from this, through new features and security fixes even if they're not running the latest OS version. And for Google, Play Services acts as insurance against the rise of "forked" Android.

Read on to see how Google Play Services is a formidable weapon against some of Android's (and Google's) greatest foes, and how any discussion of Android security or "fragmentation" is flawed without an understanding of it.

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1 week ago

You can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account

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Users can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account, as the company has changed the process to now allow for phone number registration.

All you need is a phone number and a picture to get started on Facebook Messenger now. The company has dropped the previous requirement, which was a Facebook account.

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1 week ago

Top 3 favorite Spigen cases for LG G4

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Top 3 Spigen Cases for LG G4

After careful consideration, we've selected our 3 favorite Spigen cases for the LG G4 that have the looks, grip, and protection that most users can appreciate.

Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these cases for LG G4 are crafted with compatibility for both the plastic and leather doors in mind. Whether you're a fan of the completely clear look, or prefer the extra layers that can handle impacts when the going gets though — these selects cover the basics with a couple additional perks. Take a closer look at the Ultra Hybrid, Slim Armor, and Rugged Armor cases from Spigen past the break.

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1 week ago

ZTE prepping a new 'Axon Phone' for the U.S. this summer

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A new Android smartphone that seemingly is coming out of nowhere in fact is from a very familiar place.

Those of us who wade through press releases for a living have recently found ourselves bombarded with mentions of an upcoming "Axon Phone." We hadn't given it too much thought — there are hundreds of random phones out there fighting for attention. But it turns out there's a little more to this story. PC Mag's Sascha Segan uncovered that this "Axon" thing actually comes from phone manufacturer ZTE.

So, things are a little more interesting now. And the phone itself doesn't look horrible, with Google services, 4GB of RAM and a promise of excellent audio. It's sporting dual cameras on the back, for that refocusing stuff that we've seen come (and go) on other phones.

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1 week ago

PSA: That chip on your battery is not for government surveillance

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NFC

No one is using a little sticker hidden on your battery to spy on you, no matter what Facebook tells you.

It's easy to get confused by the inside of a smartphone, even if you're reasonably familiar with a lot of the technology that goes in to these devices. NFC chips are particularly curious, as their size makes it easy to sneak them in just about anywhere, and most folks outside of the tech bubble have no idea what NFC is or why we need the tech on our phones. In fact, all it would take to get someone worried about NFC is a reasonable-ish theory about government surveillance and a narrative that suggests the technology is being hidden from you somehow.

That's exactly what is happening on Facebook right now, thanks to a video making the rounds detailing a "disturbing discovery" under a Samsung battery.

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1 week ago

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps for Android smartphones now live in Google Play Store

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Android smartphones can now download and use full versions of Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps.

After just over a month of beta testing, Microsoft has now updated the Android versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps in the Google Play Store to include support for smartphones.

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