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2 weeks ago

Google brings a new look and feel to the weather experience in its Search app

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Google is trying to make it a little bit easier to stay current on the weather conditions, as the company begins rolling out a new weather experience for Android phones and tablets. Finding out the current weather conditions has always been a voice command away, but Google is looking to make this information even easier to access.

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2 weeks ago

My SwiftKey Stats heads to SwiftKey beta to show your signature emoji and more

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The latest SwiftKey beta introduces a new stats panel for users to find out even more information about their usage of the keyboard. You've been able to see how many keystrokes you've saved, and some other details, but now the company is looking to provide even more insight on usage habits.

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2 weeks ago

Charge up your USB-C phones and tablets in a hurry with these USB-C power banks

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Your USB-C devices deserve a power bank that can provide the proper 3-amp output, but pickin's are slim — even at this stage of the game.

There are a plethora of power banks with Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside, allowing many current smartphones to power-up significantly faster than the norm, but even that's not enough for what's in store for 2016. As devices continue to adopt USB-C as the new standard, the selection of compatible power banks that can push 3 amps is still minimal. We've dug-up a couple available options that will definitely meet your need for USB-C speeds.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft's Mimicker Alarm for Android helps to wake you up with games

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Microsoft wants to help people who have issues waking up in the morning with a new app called Mimicker Alarm. The Android-exclusive app includes three games that users can complete after they hear their alarm go off on their smartphone so they can be more active in the morning.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon publishes strong report for Q4, adds 1.5 million new postpaid lines

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U.S. carrier Verizon released the network's financial report for Q4, showing some solid performance and higher-than-expected earnings. The company brought in $34.25 billion in revenue, which is slightly higher than the previous quarter of $33.2 billion, and a further 1.5 million new postpaid customers were signed up.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M10 said to have Snapdragon 820 and MediaTek variants, likely to launch after MWC

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According to a new report, it appears as though HTC won't be announcing the HTC One M10 at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and instead plans to have its own event to unveil the phone. The information comes from LlabTooFeR, who has a pretty solid history with HTC leaks.

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2 weeks ago

These are the top Xiaomi phones you need to know

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The manufacturer you may have rarely heard of is making some great devices.

Xiaomi is a smartphone manufacturer that is growing in stature day-by-day, despite having virtually no physical presence outside of Asia. Sales of its phones in territories including its native China and India have propelled the relatively young OEM into the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world. Impressive, certainly, and sees Xiaomi going toe-to-toe with the likes of Apple and Samsung at the higher reaches of the league table.

And yet while so many have heard the name, the phones are still relatively alien to many in the west. Xiaomi has a reputation for building devices that are extremely good value for money without cutting corners on the specs. If you're interested in picking up a Xiaomi phone or just interested in the brand, these are the phones you'll need to know about.

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2 weeks ago

Google wants to take you up Mont Blanc with Street View

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Google is using Street View to take the general public to places they've never visited before, and we're not talking about human settlements here. The latest to be explored by the company's interactive exploration platform is Mont Blanc, which features one of Europe's highest peaks.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung launches the Gear S2 and Gear VR in India

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Samsung has launched the Gear S2 in India, with the smartwatch set to go on sale starting later today at Samsung retail stores around the country. The Tizen-based smartwatch is priced at ₹24,300 ($367), and buyers in the country will also be able to get their hands on the Gear S2 Classic edition, which will retail for ₹25,800 ($390).

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2 weeks ago

Latest Samsung Pay ad follows Hannibal Buress to Katz's Deli for a mobile payment lesson

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Samsung is really pushing the selling point that Samsung Pay is accepted just about everywhere your standard credit and debit cards are, and the latest ad for the service has comedian Hannibal Buress to show you how it works in the real world.

Katz's Deli, a New York City institution historically thought of as "cash only," is too busy offering up some of the best food in the city to bother with mobile payments, but its employees were surprised to see that Buress had no troubles using his Galaxy Note 5 to make a purchase.

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2 weeks ago

What you need to know about the CONFIG_KEYS Linux kernel vulnerability

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A new security issue (CVE-2016-0728 for those who like to keep track of these things) was announced on January 14 by Perception Point, a security research team. The bug affects kernels compiled with the CONFIG_KEYS kernel configuration switch set to "on," and has been present in all Linux kernels since version 3.8. The exploit allows root escalation by cycling a 32-bit integer back to zero. Perception point claims that "approximately tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers, and 66 percent of all Android devices" are affected.

Google's Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security, has responded, saying the exploit has been patched and released to open source as of January 20.

As always, there are still plenty of questions. Let's talk about them.

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2 weeks ago

Link Bubble goes open source, to be rebranded as 'Brave'

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Link Bubble, a unique Android browser that was sold off by developer Chris Lacy late last year, is now open source after having received a number of updates in the past few months.

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2 weeks ago

Uber reportedly will launch food delivery app and service in 10 U.S. cities in March

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Uber is reportedly making big plans to expand its company from ride-sharing to food delivery. A new report claims that Uber will launch its UberEats app and food delivery service sometime in late March in 10 U.S. cities.

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2 weeks ago

HP introduces the rugged Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition for $199

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Chromebooks have found a huge audience in the U.S. in schools, and HP wants to join that trend with the launch of its new HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition. The latest Chromebook from the PC maker will be priced starting at $199 when it goes on sale later in January.

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2 weeks ago

No, developers can't delete your app review

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Google Play app review

Someone brought this up in our comments recently, and it's worth a quick mention here. As far as we know, there's no way for developers to delete your review of their app in Google Play. They can reply to your review, but not delete your review. And that makes sense for any number of reasons.

Developers do get a little extra information when you leave a review, however. And that's a good thing for when it comes to troubleshooting. In particular they'll receive:

  • Application version code: That's a separate, internal versioning system that you don't actually see in the app listing. (For instance the Android Central app is currently on version 50.)
  • Version name: This is the one you're more used to and see listed in Google Play. Currently we're on v2.3.7.
  • Device: Devs get the general model — "Nexus 6" — plus its individual codename, such as "shamu." As of the time of this writing there are more than 11,500 individual devices supported in Google Play. The Android Central app supports more than 9,700.
  • OS: The version of Android you're running. Android 5.1.
  • Screen density (dpi): In dots per inch, can help with troubleshooting and knowing which platform you're on.
  • Manufacturer: Samsung. Google. Whomever.
  • Native platform: This saves the dev from more guesswork. x86, armeabi-v7a, armeabi, etc.
  • OpenGL ES version: Again, helps with troubleshooting.
  • Device type: Phone? Tablet? Animal? Vegetable? Mineral?
  • Screen size: It's resolution, not size, but you get the idea.
  • Device language: English, Spanish, whatever. More info.

And here's what it looks like in the developer console.

That's it. A little bit of useful information when responding to reviews and troubleshooting problems. But nowhere is there a way to delete reviews.

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