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1 week ago

Google now translating 100 billion words a day, rolls out video to showcase Google Translate

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Google has made significant additions to Google Translate that introduced real-time translation of words and text, with the service now processing over 100 billion words a day.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: What do you want to see us do on Periscope

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The results are in, and apparently Persicope is out.

Over the past two weeks we've been walking everyone through the basics of Periscope, Twitter's live video app with a mildly irritating affection for vertical video on mobile devices. It's a powerful platform, and we here at AC quickly found use for involving you in some of our day to day operations without really needing to stop and break out the real camera and editing gear. It's quick, live, and downright narcissistic in many situations.

Apparently, it's also something a lot of the folks who participated in this week's sidebar poll wish we'd stop doing altogether.

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1 week ago

Why do I care if my phone is SIM unlocked?

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SIM tray

Would you buy a car that can only use the right lane?

SIM unlocked, or network unlocked, phones aren't a big deal for many of us. We're using a network provider that works well in the places where we spend most of our time (or should be), and using a phone that was designed to work on that particular network. Everyone is happy, everything just works, and we don't take time to think about it.

But we should.

While we're just fine with the status quo described above most of the time, there are three really good reasons why you would want a network unlocked phone. Let's have a look at them.

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1 week ago

Choosing between a Chromebook and a large Android tablet

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Google now has two platforms for desktop-class computing, but which experience is up to the task of being a standalone laptop?

While it may be easy to look at Chromebooks and mock them for being "just a browser" or look at an Android tablet and call it "just a big phone," it turns out there's not a lot of truth behind the derision. We've entered an era where the browser is the platform for a lot of work and play, and apps come in all shapes and sizes. That's not to say there's no need for high-end computing machines, especially for folks who need that hardware for games and resource-intensive tasks, but it does mean there are lots of options out there now for web-focused and casual users.

It also means Google has a pair of platforms for you to choose from, and we took a look at why you might consider one over the other.

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1 week ago

Acer's all-in-one Chromebase available this month in the U.S. starting at $329

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Acer's new all-in-one Chromebase will be available this month starting at $329.99.

Acer's latest entries into its Chrome OS lineup is available starting this month. The all-in-one non-touchscreen Chromebase will be available this month for $329.99, while the touchscreen variant will be available in July at $429.99.

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1 week ago

Swarm taps into Foursquare's roots, rolls out Mayorships again

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Swarm, the check-in app from Foursquare, has just reintroduced a feature that many have missed since its release, Mayorships.

Part of what made Foursquare so much fun, aside from telling everyone where you were, was the ability to claim Mayorship of a specific location, and that has come back to its Swarm app. People would fight over Mayorships, everyone wanted to be Mayor of all the places they visited, and now users can get back to fighting the good fight.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 2 will have a USB Type-C port for charging

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The upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will have a USB Type-C port for charging the device.

Last week, OnePlus revealed that it's next smartphone, the OnePlus 2, would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor inside. Now the company has revealed that the successor to the OnePlus One will have a USB Type-C port for charging the smartphone.

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1 week ago

Grab a 128GB Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile for the price of the 64GB model

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T-Mobile is back again with a familiar promotion, giving customers the chance to purchase the higher storage Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge without dishing out any extra cash.

We have already seen T-Mobile offer a similar promotion, in which it offered customers the 64GB model for the price of the 32GB, but now it is including the 128GB model this time around. Customers who are interested in either of Samsung's latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, can get the larger storage model for the same price as the smaller one.

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1 week ago

This new Google Play collection brings 17 new Android Wear watchfaces

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Android Wear watchfaces

17 new looks that bring elegance and fun to your wrist.

Google has released a new Google Play collection, and for those of us using Android Wear it's a great one. In addition to the over 1,500 watchfaces already in Google Play, this collection promises to bring faces for your Android Wear watch to 'match any outfit, mood, or occasion."

Including pop icons like Angry Birds and Hello Kitty, as well as iconic brands like Bang and Olufsen and amazing artists like Kevin Tong, these look beautifully done and you're sure to find at least one you enjoy.

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1 week ago

Google wants some video creators to test out its Jump VR video hardware

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Google is looking for some people to try out its ambitious Jump virtual reality camera hardware this summer.

Google introduced the world to its Jump virtual reality camera hardware at Google I/O in late May. The company now is looking for a few good video creators to test out Jump later this summer.

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1 week ago

Android M Developer Preview now available for some Sony Xperia devices

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Developers can now flash the Android M Developer Preview on some of Sony's Xperia smartphones and tablets.

Google launched the Android M Developer Preview in late May during Google I/O, but only for a select number of its Nexus devices. Sony has enabled the preview to be flashed onto a number of its Xperia smartphones and tablets that are a part of its Open devices program.

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1 week ago

Google introduces News Lab to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs

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Google has introduced a new initiative, News Lab, in an effort to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media.

News Lab is a new effort from Google, in which the company hopes to get its data and tools in the hands of journalists around the world. In News Lab, Google will post short written and video tutorials, along with case studies show off some of the best practices from newsrooms around the world. Resources will be updated regularly as Google continues to develop new products that are relevant.

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1 week ago

Pebble Time Best Buy Pre-orders are now live for $200

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The Pebble Time is now available for pre-order in the US at Best Buy. The retailer has red, white and black variants listed and ready to be reserved.

As previously covered, Best Buy has scored exclusivity rights over pre-orders in the US for the new Pebble Time. Today's the day for non-backers to begin pre-ordering the accessory for their bare wrist.

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1 week ago

LEGO Minifigures Online launching on Android later this month

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LEGO Figurines Online will be launching on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android hardware on June 29. Players will be able to play in the consistent world cross-platform, meaning you'll be able to join friends no matter what device they happen to be rocking. The online title will launch as a buy-to-play title on both desktop and mobile platforms, similar to the likes of Guild Wars 2.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z3+ now available for purchase at Clove and Unlocked Mobiles

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UK retailers Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have the Sony Xperia Z3+ ready for order in both black and white. Previously listed for pre-order, the smartphone can now be yours for £499.

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