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1 week ago

Technology makes your workout easier to track

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Fitness apps and mobile technology have already come a long way. Now with Android Wear, they're going even further. The Wear Fitness Personal trainer is an intuitive app that actually counts your reps for you while you are mid-workout. That's not all either, this app comes packed with all the features to make your workout seamless with technology. So if you've been looking for a way to find tracking your workout easier, then we may have found the app for you.

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1 week ago

Weekend fun: 5 free and fun puzzle games

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Free puzzle games for Android

A lot of us use our Android phones for important things. Serious bizness and stuff. We need to stay in touch with our people, keep up with our calendar, listen to our boss deflate our spirit and destroy our dreams over Slack and other things that aren't nearly as fun as we want them to be. It's a necessary evil, and part of being an adult and having a job.

But there is always time to squeeze in a little fun when nobody is looking. (Don't look, Phil.) And there are plenty of games that you can play for just a few minutes at a time to get that fun injection. Whether you want a relaxing way to power through a bathroom break, or pass the time while your significant other is shopping for things you can't be bothered to care about (there's a reason they put benches in the mall), here are five great little apps that will help you pass the time.

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1 week ago

New life from leather: Does a new back make the LG G4 a new phone?

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LG G4 leather

I've been using a leather-backed phone for the better part of a year, now that I think about it. The 2014 Moto X started it all, with its Horween leather options. (And how could I not user a leather phone, right?) Plastic and metal are boring. Anyone can use those. Leather's just different. So when LG started teasing leather options on the LG G4, I knew what I'd be using.

But all leather is not created equal. And from the get-go we knew that what we had in the Moto X would not be the same as what we had in the G4. And that's not a deal-breaker by any means. Those are two very different phones. The G4 has as removable back and a number of leather options. So I figured at some point I'd be swapping things out. It was a matter of when, not if.

Two months. Not even two months, actually. That's how long it took me to spend too much money on a replacement leather back for the LG G4.

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1 week ago

This is the XShot Selfie Stick Deluxe with Bluetooth Remote

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Great for group and solo shots, this selfie stick's remote connects via Bluetooth for quick and easy capturing.

Fully extended, the XShot Selfie Stick Deluxe reaches 31-inches and collapses to a compact 8-inches — perfect for storing in a backpack, cargo pocket, or purse. If you really want to get crazy, keep it inside the fanny pack at your waist for the complete getup and embrace your awesomeness.

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1 week ago

Make sure your phone is never lost again with Wear Aware

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Wear Aware is here to save those of us who constantly are losing our phones. Whether it's putting down your phone and walking away, leaving it in the car and heading into the house, or forgetting you put it down in public, nobody likes the feeling of not being able to find their phone. That's where Wear Aware comes in, it's here to make sure you never walk away from your phone — and it doesn't walk away from you.

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1 week ago

Amazon Echo adds more sports scores

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The folks at Amazon continue to add small but cool new features to its Amazon Echo connected smart speaker. The company has sent out word that users can now ask, and receive, the latest sports scores and team schedules from the WNBA women's basketball league. They can also ask to listen to live concerts and events via TuneIn.

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1 week ago

Hands-on and first impressions with the Oppo R7

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Oppo R7

Chinese phone makers — Oppo included — are really starting to get their collective games together and are making stuff worth noticing.

The R7 is one of its latest, and while it's not targeting the absolute highest of the high end, it's wrapped up in a very premium looking — and feeling — package.

Here are our first impressions.

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1 week ago

Android Central 245: All Things Virtual

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Audio-only stream below

This week we dive deep into the Matrix and discuss the state of virtual reality and Android, and where things stand going forward. And that includes Russell's interview and Google Cardboard demo with the one and only Bill Nye The Science Guy!

Plus: Motorola and OnePlus have launches on the horizon, and we answer more of your questions live!

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1 week ago

Boost Mobile launches the Boost MAX+ by ZTE for $200

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If you're looking for a large device without a hefty price tag, Boost Mobile's latest offering might be worth a gander. Following up on last year's Boost MAX, Boost Mobile has launched the 5.7-inch Boost MAX+ by ZTE for a cool $200.

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1 week ago

How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

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How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

Google Photos has turned into a wonderful repository for every photo you take, and also works as a nice stand-in gallery replacement app on many phones. A gallery app isn't just about holding photos though, it's also about editing pictures before sharing them out anywhere you want.

Astute Google Photos users will recognize its editing powers aren't as strong as those found in Google+ previously or in many favorite editing apps, but that doesn't mean there isn't value to be had from making quick edits in Photos. Let us show you how.

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1 week ago

2014 Moto G starts receiving Android 5.1 in China

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Motorola has announced that it has started rolling out Android 5.1 to the second-generation Moto G in China. The news comes from a Google+ post from Motorola's David Schuster.

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1 week ago

Google expands free Google Play content to Sudan

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Google announced today that it has expanded access to free apps on Google Play to users in Sudan for the first time, allowing even more users to check out what Google Play has to offer.

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1 week ago

Microsoft: Cortana for Android beta will launch 'publicly in the next few weeks'

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A few hours after a private beta of Cortana for Android was leaked to the Internet, Microsoft has now sent out a new statement saying that the official public beta for the digital assistant will be made available for Android owners sometime "in the next few weeks".

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1 week ago

The latest Alcatel Idol 3 update promised a better camera — and it delivered

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A recent update for the Alcatel Idol 3 — one of our favorite budget-friendly Android phones of 2015 — came in to address some minor issues like double-tap to unlock sensitivity, and general performance. Like many minor (this one was only 46MB in size) updates, it also told us to expect "refinements to camera performance."

I'm usually pretty skeptical when it comes to mystery updates that claim to make the camera better. But this time, I was pleased to be wrong. The update really does make the Idol 3 camera better.

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1 week ago

Microsoft's Hyperlapse for Android is out of beta

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Microsoft is letting all Android users access its Hyperlapse video app in the Google Play Store. The app was previously offered as a closed beta in May.

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