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1 week ago

Pebble announces million-dollar fund to bring smartstrap ideas to life

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Pebble will put their own money in backing smartstrap ideas to help turn them into products.

When the Pebble Time Steel was announced Pebble also announced smartstraps - an open hardware accessory platform. Since then there has been a lot of buzz in the developer community about smartstraps, which allow sensors to be added right into the bands. To help these ideas grow into actual products Pebble has just announced that they are putting 1 million dollars into funding the development and support of smartstraps.

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1 week ago

LG making the next Nexus smartphone, Korean press reports

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LG Nexus 5

There's much speculation each year surrounding who Google will pick to manufacture the next Nexus phone or tablet. And while in recent weeks rumors have swirled around the possibility of a Huawei-made Nexus, a report from a Korean publication claims this may be LG's year.

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1 week ago

Ubisoft's Driver Speedboat Paradise will splash onto Android this April

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Ubisoft announced today that the next entry into its line of Driver games will be bringing speedboat racing to Android in April.

Titled "Driver Speedboat Paradise," the game puts players in the shoes of a young speedboat racer as he is enlisted to combat the mafia... by racing speedboats.

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1 week ago

Chrome Remote Desktop becomes stand-alone Chrome app

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After a long wait, Chrome Remote Desktop is now available as a stand-alone app for Chrome.

Remote desktop apps provide the ability to access other computers, or your own, without needing to be in the same location as the computer. Thanks to Chrome Remote Desktop this access can be done through a Google Chrome app. With Chrome Remote Desktop users can, regardless of platform, establish short-term or long-term connections between two devices.

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1 week ago

Reading text on the sides of the Galaxy S6 edge

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Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung's subtle features make the Galaxy S6 edge interesting, but the ability to use your regular apps without side effects is a legitimate concern.

The big change Samsung implemented when moving from the Galaxy Note Edge to the Galaxy S6 edge wasn't the addition of a second curve over on the left. The big change was the single panel with a single purpose. The edge of the phone wasn't a separate experience that sometimes played nice with the rest of the interface anymore, and that's a huge deal when you think about it out loud. This experience is going to apply to every app, from movies and games to ordering your next meal to thumbing through your favorite book. While having that display just sort of melt off the side into your hand looks great in the videos and seems like a natural companion to all of the fly-in panels we see in Material Design nowadays, it was recently pointed out in our forums that this experience could easily disrupt reading if not handled correctly. While none of us have been able to flip through an entire novel on the Galaxy S6 edge just yet, we've got a reasonable idea of how this whole experience is going to pan out.

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1 week ago

How to switch accounts on the Google+ app

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Whether you're trapped between Google Apps and regular Google accounts, helping maintain a Google+ Page, or you're running an intricate multi-user text-based RPG through a G+ Community, switching accounts is one of those things that tends to make your digital life much easier. It hasn't always been easy to switch between accounts on Google's services, but the company has worked hard over the last couple of years to make that a priority. There can be no finer example of this progress than Google+, where it is positively effortless to switch between several different kinds of Google accounts in order to participate in Google+ in many different ways. The quick two-click switch offered on the browser version of Google+ is second only to the ease with which you can perform the same function in the app.

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1 week ago

Relax, your smartphone and smartwatch won't — and can't — give you cancer

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Your smartphone can't cause cancer — physics won't allow it

Repeat after me: your smartphone is not giving you cancer, and neither is your smartwatch.

We in the Mobile Nations family tend to be tech-obsessed. We get the newest smartphones with the biggest batteries and most powerful radios, we strap on the latest in fitness bands and smartwatches, and we spend our days interacting with laptops and tablets and all other manner of technology. And rarely at the front of our minds are the potential health impacts of these devices. Sure, there are things to be said for our psychological state of mind, and our chiropractors probably have something to say about our heads-down smartphone posture. But neurologists, oncologists, engineers, and scientists universally agree: the radios in our gadgets cannot, do not, and will not cause cancer.

That doesn't stop otherwise reputable outlets from publishing fear-mongering pieces, like this one yesterday from the New York Times titled "Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?" (and since retitled to the much less alarmist "Health Concerns in Wearable Tech"). It's not just embarrassing, it's also the latest in a string of pseudo-science quackery about technology and your health.

It's high time we cut down to the science about of radiation, biology, and technology.

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1 week ago

Android Auto app drives its way into the Google Play Store

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Google's released the Android Auto app, a vital component to sending data from your Android smartphone to your car... assuming you have a compatible head-unit.

Back at Google I/O 2014 we first heard about Google's plans to put their operating system inside vehicles through Android Auto, but it's taken a while to actually get the system working out in the public. Getting Android Auto working in your vehicle will require two components. The first piece of the puzzle is an Android 5.0 or higher device running the just-released Android Auto app, the is a compatible head-unit in your car.

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1 week ago

Huawei to launch its next big thing on April 15 in London

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Huawei has begun sending out invites for the launch of its next major smartphone, which is set to take place in mid-April.

The Chinese manufacturer is inviting press to an event in Central London on April 15, and all eyes are on a possible successor to last year's Ascend P7 as Huawei looks to expand its presence in the European market.

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1 week ago

Acer announces the Iconia Tab 10, featuring a full HD display for $249

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Acer has just announced a new 10.1-inch tablet with a full HD display, alas it runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

The new Iconia Tab 10 features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display with a Zero Air Gap touch panel and Corning's Gorilla Glass 4. The results in an expanded 170-degree viewing angle to the device, while allowing for great contrast and sharpness from the scratch and damage resistant screen. It's not the widest viewing angle, but it's better than most cheap tablets. On the display Acer has also added a fingerprint-resistant coating in hopes of being able to keep your screen as clean as possible.

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1 week ago

Final Fantasy XI is coming to mobile next year

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Role-playing game fans can find plenty of mobile Final Fantasy games on the market, with several more like Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius and Final Fantasy Legends: The Space-Time Crystal due out this year. On the whole, they range from re-releases of classics to mash ups of characters from various games to original titles bearing the Final Fantasy name. But there has never been a mobile Final Fantasy MMO in the vein of Final Fantasy XI and XIV… until now.

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1 week ago

You can now track your Android devices from your wrist

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Support for Android Wear in Android Device Manager is rolling out now, and is expected to be available to all Wear devices within the next few weeks.

Adding Android Wear support to Android Device Manager will allow users to find their missing devices right from their wrists.

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1 week ago

The Acer C910 Chromebook gets faster with an Intel Core i5 processor

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The previously-launched Acer C910 Chromebook is getting a hardware upgrade with a faster 5th generation Intel Core i5 processor being put inside.

The previous versions of the 15.6-inch Chromebook that launched in January had slower Intel Core i3-5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processors. The new version has the Intel Core i5-5200U chip that Acer claims offers the "fastest performance in a commercial Chromebook to date."

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1 week ago

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff kicks off a Star Trek-themed event

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has started a new, Star Trek-themed event with today's update.

The Quest for Stuff event sees the crew of the USS Enterprise enter the game, travelling back in time to 2015 in order to protect Stewie Griffin, the genius baby of the Griffin family from the Borg.

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1 week ago

HTC + Robert Downey, Jr. = insanity that somehow is promoting the One M9

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HTC asked Robert Downey, Jr. to star in a series of short promo videos for the HTC One M9, and the result is ... interesting.

In the past HTC has done quite a bit of work with Robert Downey, Jr. to promote their devices, and they are back again for the HTC One M9. The ads that come from the joint efforts have been rather different over the years, and the newest set of short-films is no different.

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