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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: No Filter


Show us the best picture you can take right out of the camera with on edits

If you've spent any time on Instagram you're likely familiar with people using #nofilter to indicate that they didn't edit the picture (whether they're always being truthful is another thing) before posting. In our usual weekly photo contests we encourage editing and filtering because photography can be a creative experience even after the picture is taken. This week, however, we're making our prompt "no filter" — you can take pictures of anything you want using any Android device you want, but we aren't allowing any editing or filters this week.

When you enter your unedited photo, you'll be in the running to win one of two BlackBerry Music Gateways (yes, they work with Android!) — another great prize just for getting out there and taking pictures.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (March 25) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Motorola Assist updated - you can now choose which calendars to monitor


Motorola Assist can now ignore those "meetings" that aren't important

The Motorola Assist app has received a nice little update this afternoon. As part of the Assist package, your phone can monitor your calendar and mute itself during meetings. That's awfully handy, but people with multiple calendars — for instance those with work and personal data on the same phone — can now choose which calendars to monitor.

You'll find it in the settings overflow while looking at the meetings section of the Moto Assist app.

Source: +Mark Rose

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3 years ago

Sprint's HTC One has a small stability update ready


Sprint has a small update ready for the HTC One, and you can go grab it today.

The update to version 4.06.651.9 went live sometime this morning, and is available for customers to manually retrieve via their device settings. The listed changelog simply says "System stability improvements," so we don't imagine there are any user-facing changes or issues to contend with.

The update will push to all customers starting March 24, but as mentioned a quick trip through Settings > System updates > HTC Software update should get you hooked up today.

Source: Sprint. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Google Keyboard now improves suggestions by looking at your other Google services

Google Keyboard Prediction Settings

New feature is on by default, but just as easy to turn off as any other setting

The Google Keyboard was updated today with the same changelog as the last version, but one thing that's definitely new about the input method is personalization of suggestions from your Google account. After updating the Google Keyboard, the bar above your keyboard that usually shows predictions will now remind you that the predictions will be improved by data Google has related to your activity in other Google apps.

Predictions are already improved by your own dictionary of words and your contact list, but this takes things to a whole new level by looking at the way you type across other apps as well. This isn't anything new — it's one of the big features of SwiftKey — but it should improve the typing experience for anyone that wants to go with Google's keyboard option.

For anyone who doesn't want this enhanced prediction, the setting is easy to find and uncheck — the first time you see the notice after updating there's even a quick button to head into the settings and disable it. And if you're like me and turned off the predictions even prior to this update, you won't even see these word suggestions in the first place. If you're a Google Keyboard user you may want to give it a look before judging though — you can do so at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Google Search update enables direct-to-camera voice actions

Google voice actions

OK Google, take a photo

Google has rolled out a back-end update for Google Search that enables you to start up the camera using voice actions. Fire up Google Search by saying "OK Google" from the homescreen of your Nexus 5, or from the Google Now interface on other KitKat phones, and tell it to start the camera.

To take stills, you can say "take a photo" or "take a picture." "Capture a photo" and 'capture a picture' work as well, if you want to be all fancy and technical. To take video, you simply say "take a video."

This seems to be working on all KitKat phones, in both the states and in the U.K. You'll need to open Google Now on your Moto X and bypass Motorola's own voice actions, but it works on the Moto X as well.

Edit — we've confirmed that it also works with Jelly Bean devices.

As mentioned, this is all done server-side so you'll not need to wait for an app update. Now you're ready for our upcoming photo contest, without having to tap any icons at all.

Source: +Google

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3 years ago

EE experiencing widespread outage


UK carrier EE is experiencing some widespread downtime this evening, with many customers reporting they've been unable to connect to the network since around 7pm UK time. Curiously, the issue seems to be SIM-specific, with some accounts with multiple SIMs seeing an outage on one, but not the other. EE says it's aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

The 4G-centric operator isn't the only major UK operator to experience service outage recently — both O2 and Three have experienced similar problems for the past year.

If you're on EE, hit the comments and let us know if you're affected by today's outage.

More: @EE

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Light and Shadows' winners!


Dozens of fantastic entries were submitted, but we had to pick five that stood out from the rest

We gave you the task of taking photos that followed the prompt of "Light and Shadows" this week, and the entries we received hit the nail on the head across the board. We saw dozens of fantastic entries that filled up five full pages in the forums, and it's unfortunate that we could only pick five winners out of the group.

The winners came out with something a little extra special to be picked this week, though, and you can see all of the winning entries below.

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3 years ago

Moto 360 confirmed to work with Android 4.3 and above


Will work with any device with a compatible version of Android

Motorola just got done with its Meet Moto 360 hangout and we learned a little more about what makes it tick. In particular, Motorola's Jim Wicks, confirmed that the Moto 360 will work alongside any Android device that runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above.

That's great to hear, especially given the interest Moto's new Android Wear powered smartwatch has generated in just its first 24 hours alone. We've still got nothing better than Summer to go on for launch, so we're going to have to try and be patient and wait it out to get one.

More: Which Android Wear watch is worthy of your wrist?

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3 years ago

Moto 360 to feature 'secret' charging method

Moto 360

During today’s Moto 360 Hangout-on-Air, the subject of charging came up. With no visible USB connection on the 360 body, many smartwatch fans — and potential new smartwatch fans — were wondering just how we will charge the thing.

Turns out it's a secret for now.

We can take that as some manner of kinetic charging, or wireless, or something we haven't seen before. Whatever it is, we hope it doesn't require a giant dock of some sort. We'll know more soon, we imagine.

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3 years ago

Huawei says it isn't doing a dual-OS smartphone after all


We're neither surprised nor disappointed

Recently it came out that Huawei was planning to release a dual-booting, unholy union device that would have both Android and Windows Phone 8 pre-installed. Now, in a statement to FierceWireless, Huawei says that Android is the focus, and any talks of a dual-booter are no longer correct.

"Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers. However, most of our products are based on Android OS, [and] at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future."

It seems like Huawei has flip-flopped on its original plans, though if this is the case we're not likely to find out what might have prompted it. So at least for now, it's business as usual.

Source: FierceWireless via Windows Phone Central

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3 years ago

Motorola Gallery updated to fix some quirky issues, adds new timeline photo view


App will remember your view choice, brings back the notification bar on Droids

When Motorola pulled its Gallery app out into the Play Store, we knew that it would mean frequent updates would be coming. The first big update since its release is today, and it brings fixes for a few different issues and a new feature for viewing your photos. There are two main fixes — the app will now remember if you prefer the "album" view for your photos when you re-enter the app, and the notification bar will no longer be constantly hidden on Droid devices (in fact, Immersive Mode still isn't an option at all).

On the new feature side, there's now a new "timeline" view for showing off your photos — access the new view by grabbing the blue scroll bar and sliding in either direction through the history of photos. The app is of course still only available for the Moto X, Moto G and newest line of Droids, and you'll need Android 4.4, but if you check those boxes you can grab the latest update to the app at the Play Store link above.

Via: +Punit Soni

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3 years ago

Chromecast and BT Homehub might not play nice, but there is a fix


Smart Setup needs to be turned off first

A quick heads up for new UK Chromecast buyers that might be using it with a BT Homehub. The two might not initially play nicely together, with the Homehub prompting a "Smart Setup" wizard to display on the TV. There's no way to deal with it on the TV, but as the folks at Pocket-Lint point out, there's an easy fix.

You just need to jump into the admin menus for the Homehub and find the option to turn off Smart Setup. Once you've done that, you shouldn't have any more issues and be free to cast away to your hearts content. If you need a little direction on how to do this, hit up the source link below.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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3 years ago

Acer C720 Chromebook now available from Google Play in 4 new countries


Canada, France, Germany and U.K. can now get their hands on the entry-level 2GB RAM model

Availability of the Acer C720 Chromebook from Google Play is expanding outside of the U.S. for the first time since its launch, heading to four new countries as of today. Now Chrombook buyers in the U.K., Canada, France and Germany have a new option for buying the $229 / £199 laptop, building on hit-or-miss availability from other retailers like Amazon.

For your money you'll be getting the same C720 as the other retailers are pushing — that means the standard non-touch screen and 2GB of RAM paired with a 16GB SSD and an Intel Celeron processor. You'll still have to head out to another retailer if you're interested in having 4GB of RAM or 32GB of storage and a touchscreen (that model's called the C720P).

But if you don't care much about the specifics and want what is still one of the best Chromebooks out there, you can now get the C720 straight from Google.

Source: Google Play Support

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3 years ago

GDC 2014: Dungeon Link mashes up RPG and puzzle games


Another title we saw from Gamevil at GDC 2014 was Dungeon Link. It takes the tried and true puzzle mechanic of Flow, whereby you trace a line between two same-colored dots without overlapping with other lines, and tosses in a few role-playing mechanics. Instead of simply connecting the two points, players are trying to trace their paths through monsters peppered on the board. Every color represents a character you've chosen, each with their own attributes. gear, and abilities. If you manage to attack all enemies with all of your heroes in the same turn, you get a combo bonus on damage.

It's a neat, light twist on a familiar genre. It reminds me a little bit of Nimble Quest in that sense, but I think Dungeon Link is very much going to stand out on its own. This free-to-play title will be out around Q3 this year.

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3 years ago

GDC 2014: Zenonia Online updates classic mobile RPG as an MMO


Gamevil was at GDC 2014 showing off a whole bunch of upcoming Android games, including the next iteration of their well-known RPG series, Zenonia. Zenonia Online, as you might expect, adds a whole layer of massively multiplayer mechanics to the core action gameplay. In addition to hacking and slashing your way through a rich fantasy world, players can now party up co-operatively to take on particularly challenging raid bosses, or turn on each other in player versus player content.

It's great to see Gamevil approaching the mobile MMO space, since right now it's almost exclusively occupied by Gameloft's Order & Chaos Online and Arcane Legends by Spacetime Studios. Zenonia Online is already out in Korea, but will release globally some time this year, and like all Gamevil titles, it's going to be free-to-play.

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