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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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1 week ago

Kenwood is now shipping its new aftermarket Android Auto receivers to retailers

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Kenwood has begun shipping the new DDX9902S and DDX9702S aftermarket Android Auto receivers to retailers. The company previously unveiled the new products at CES 2015.

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1 week ago

Your Qi charger will soon support 15W fast charging

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Wireless charging is about to become just as capable as wired charging.

An update to the Qi charging spec has been announced by the Wireless Power Consortium, and it's all about more power and backwards compatibility. Qi chargers will soon be able to fully utilize 15W charging device, more commonly known as Quick Charge 2.0 chargers. Qi platters will be able to pass the power to devices that support this new wireless fast charging spec, which will effectively make it so wireless charging will be just as capable of getting your device from 0 to 60 in 30 minutes as your regular charger.

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1 week ago

Google scales El Capitan to bring first vertical Street View images

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Google has released a set of images that lets you climb up the side of El Capitan at Yosemite national park without leaving your computer.

Instead of traversing down streets, Google Maps takes you up on the vertical journey. For those with a fear of heights or are simply unable to make the expedition can now get a taste of what the climb is like.

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1 week ago

Todoist receives huge Material Design update with easier task creation

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Todoist received a significant update that brings the task management app in line with Google's Material Design guidelines.

Also new in the update is the introduction of natural language processing for tasks, which allows you to create tasks — single or recurring — by entering phrases like, "Buy groceries tomorrow" or "Go to the park every Saturday."

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1 week ago

Moto Hint can be yours for only $99.99 until the end of June

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If you enjoy using Motorola's handy voice features, you've probably looked at the Moto Hint Bluetooth headset. Motorola really wants you to buy the Hint and has taken $50 off the original asking price, making it yours for just $99.99.

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1 week ago

32GB LTE Nexus 9 now available for just $379 from Expansys USA

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Expansys is selling the 32GB LTE-enabled variant of the Nexus 9 for just $379 for a limited time, $220 off the regular retail price of the tablet.

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1 week ago

The Korea-bound LG Band Play brings the jams to life with premium speakers

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LG has unveiled a new entry into its smartphone lineup that puts the focus on music.

The LG Band Play is a new smartphone for the Korean market that puts the focus on the camera and speakers. The smartphone features rich set of 1W speakers, a 13MP rear camera with laser auto focus, and a 5MP front facing camera.

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1 week ago

Periscope frees replays from their mobile shackles, now available on the web

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Periscope will now let you relive the livestream action with replays on the web.

Twitter-owned Periscope is bringing one of the most useful aspects of its mobile apps to the web: replays. Now, when a stream ends, you'll be able to watch it again from a web browser for up to 24 hours after it concludes.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are agreements between streaming services and the artists being streamed important to you?

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Streaming and screaming

Contracts and money are important to the people signing contracts and making money, but do you care about any of it?

I know most of us watched the drama about Apple Music not wanting to pay artists for folks using their upcoming service during the trial period. Especially when it came to its glorious head — Taylor Swift, representing the struggling musicians, versus Apple, representing ducks that swim in a vault filled with gold coins.

Whether it was an oversight from Apple, a well-choreographed PR stunt, or just part of the business, it made us stop and think — do we really care about any of this when we fire up our favorite streaming service and listen to some tunes? Tell us in the poll, and we'll talk about it in the comments.

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1 week ago

US Cellular begins pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

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Android 5.1.1 is being pushed out by US Cellular for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, bringing a number of fixes along with it.

If you are sporting a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge on US Cellular, you will want to check your devices for an update. The carrier is now pushing out Android 5.1.1 to both devices, but unfortunately it has not released a proper change log for the update.

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1 week ago

Android 5.1 soak test begins for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular

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Motorola has started the soak test for Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X for U.S. Cellular.

2014 Moto X owners on US Cellular, there's some good news afoot. Motorola has started soak testing the Android 5.1 update for the 2014 Moto X on US Cellular, which means a full rollout shouldn't be too far off.

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1 week ago

Android Central is now on Twitch!

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Sometimes working hard means playing video games. At least that's what we're telling the boss.

Gaming has always been a huge part of the Android ecosystem, and with the next generation of tablets and Android TV boxes supporting all kinds of new forms of gameplay it's only going to get better. Just about every week one of us is talking about a new thing we can't put down in our weekly app picks, keeping us tethered to one device or the other.

It's fun for us, and we're going to start sharing more of that experience with everyone. The best place to do that, for now, is Twitch.

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1 week ago

How to take a screenshot with the ASUS ZenFone 2

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ASUS ZenFone 2 taking screenshots

Taking a screenshot on the ASUS ZenFone 2 is easy, once you know a couple tricks.

There are three ways to take a screenshot on the ASUS ZenFone 2. One of them is the standard Android method of pressing power and volume down, like every other Android phone running Jellybean or higher. We all know that drill.

But when you put buttons on the back of the phone (and they are awesome when they are back there) doing it that way sucks. LG knows this, and so does ASUS. When you give us the glorious back-mounted buttons, you've gotta give us a better way to capture our screen.

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1 week ago

Large Android tablets are finally becoming fun to use

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Hardware manufacturers are finally taking large Android tablets seriously, just in time for the software to complete the picture.

Android tablets have a long and storied history of not being very good. Despite dozens of options available to consumers, the overall experience — by which I mean third-party software, battery life, and hardware quality — has struggled. The combination of race to the bottom pricing and lacking software made the 7-inch tablet significantly more popular, and as a result the larger tablet market slowed for a while.

This year, things are on a noticeable upswing for Android tablets. Several manufacturers have released promising options, software has improved noticeably, and there's a roadmap for the future that makes owning a larger tablet something that makes sense.

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