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1 week ago

Toyota won't be using Android Auto in its US vehicles, favors its own system

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Toyota has confirmed that it will not be adopting Google's Android Auto system inside its U.S. vehicles. The automobile maker will instead stick with its own Entune system for its in-car technology plans.

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1 week ago

Google launches new YouTube app for kids

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YouTube (and the internet in general) can be quite the daunting place for parents to have their kids roaming free on. Google has released a new YouTube app, specifically developed for younger audiences. It's a new portal for parents to have their children learn about various topics and discover exciting resources.

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1 week ago

Next-generation Pebble smartwatch with color screen found on company's servers

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This might just be what the next-generation Pebble smartwatch will look like. The render of the smartwatch was found on the company's servers, hidden away with its wider design and color screen. Pebble is expected to officially announce the device Tuesday, February 24, at 10 am Eastern time, which is when the current countdown on their website reaches "zero".

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1 week ago

SIM card manufacturer Gemalto says its products are secure following NSA hack

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Digital security vendor Gemalto has announced that its products are "secure" following a report last week stating that the NSA and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the vendor's SIM cards.

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1 week ago

16GB OnePlus One variant launched in India for Rs. 18,999

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After the launch of the 64GB OnePlus One in India late last year, it is now time for the 16GB storage variant to make its debut. The 16GB edition, which will be available in Silk White, is set to go on sale in India from February 24 for Rs. 18,999 ($305).

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1 week ago

T-Mobile, AT&T tease 'edge'-like Galaxy S6 phones

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A pre-release e-mail signup page usually is only good for spam. But T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S6 pre-release page give us perhaps our clearest look at the next big thing.

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1 week ago

LG announces its new mid-range phones ahead of MWC

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Continuing its modus operandi of announcing ahead of time what it's going to show off at Mobile World Congress, LG has unveiled the mid-range Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy.

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1 week ago

Weekly poll results: do you have a quick-charging phone?

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quick charge

Quick charging is indeed something a fair number of us have.

This week's poll may seem a bit simpler than most, and the same holds true for its results, which show that a majority of the responding users — what 4,500 of you responded this week — said that you did have a quick-charging phone. This comes as a small surprise to us, as relatively few phones in the last few months have come with it, however, many of the phones packing it are quite popular devices like the 2014 Motorola Moto X and the HTC One M8. Quick-charging has especially been promoted on phones with larger batteries like the Motorola Droid Turbo and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

This travel-sized quick charger hides the pointy parts, keeps the bulk

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Qmadix Quick Charge Travel Charger

Our chief complaint about quick chargers is that they're not small. In fact, they're big. Travel chargers should be smaller, right?

So if you're going throw a quick charger in your gear bag, you're either going to have to choose carefully (and that's assuming you've got more than one brand on you, and most folks won't), or you're going to want to possibly consider a travel charger.

We've picked up one from Qmadix — which is on Qualcomm's official list of quick-charge accessories — and are taking it for a spin.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Dropzei, Man Eats Fish, Sisters and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Google Maps and Google Earth: What's the difference?

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Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways.

Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier when you're juggling Maps and Earth apps on Android. Google Maps contains all of the navigation, lightweight mapping power and points of interest with just a small hint of satellite imagery, while Google Earth has complete 3D satellite data and just a small subset of information on places, without any point-to-point navigation. In the end there are pretty clear roles for when to use each one — let us explain.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: MWC in T-minus 7 days ...

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The clock is ticking. We're now a week away from one of the busiest days of the year, both as fans of newfangled smartphones as well as of the extremely lucky press corps that gets to cover them.

And if you'll allow me but a brief second of complaint — it'll be a miracle if we survive March 1. That's a good thing, of course. (And chances are I say it every year.) But I wish I could share what our calendar looks this time next week. And that's still a day before Mobile World Congress even opens in Barcelona.

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1 week ago

AT&T sends out Lollipop soak test invites for 2014 Moto X

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It looks like AT&T is preparing a soak test for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the 2014 Moto X. Some Moto X owners are reporting receiving survey invites asking them to participate in the test.

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1 week ago

Seidio DILEX Pro case with metal kickstand for the Nexus 6

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Seidio DILEX Pro

Stylish protection for your Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a big beautiful phone. Chances are you'll want to keep it beautiful and free from dings and scratches with the right case, and I think we've found the right case with the Seidio DILEX Pro. It's easy to put on and take off, allows for full use of all the features, and the soft-touch finish (in multiple colors) looks and feels great in your hands.

Have a read and see if the Seidio DILEX Pro is the right case for you, too.

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1 week ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on the web

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Google location history

It takes some time, but you can completely control the location history Google collects from your devices.

Google Maps

We've already covered how to remove individual locations and history items from Google Maps on Android, but when you need to access and manage all of your location history, you need to hop onto the computer. As the old saying goes, "knowledge is power" — and we're going to give you all of the tools necessary to know what information Google knows about your location, and how to clean it up or stop further reporting.

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