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Android Central Photo Contest: Rust

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Whether you live in an area with lots of sea water or not, you're likely to encounter your fair share of rust. And when you do, we want you to take the best possible picture of it for the latest Android Central Photo Contest. No matter what the rusty situation is or what Android you're currently carrying, you have a chance to enter and win a prize this week.

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How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos

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I love sharing photos on Instagram, and 300 million other users feel the same, but I don't like the fact that my Twitter followers can't preview the images directly from my timeline. They need to click the Instagram link to view the photo. It used to work a couple of years ago, but Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. The good news is that there's a workaround.

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1 day ago

5 always-on apps for Android Wear

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The ease and accessibility of being able to stay up to date with Smartwatches is something we've talked a lot about. However many of the apps that we use to keep up to date can be a serious drain on battery life. Which is where the new update for Android Wear comes in, always on apps. These apps continue to supply you with data even after they pop over into ambient mode.

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Exclusive look at the next big update for cross-platform strategy game Cloud Raiders

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International software publisher Game Insight recently invited a handful of mobile gaming journalists to its Innowate research and development studio in Riga, Latvia to preview the company's upcoming lineup of mobile titles. That's a long way to travel, but we saw some cool games that I look forward to sharing with you in the weeks to come.

While visiting the studio, I couldn't resist checking in on one of my favorite Game Insight titles: Cloud Raiders. A free to play Clash of Clans-style game, Cloud Raiders has a huge feather in its cap: cross-platform multiplayer between Windows, Android, and iOS platforms. And as luck would have it, the game will soon receive a major update that increases the maximum Stronghold and player level, adds new offensive units and defensive towers, and much more.

Read on to learn what's coming next to our favorite cross-platform competitive raiding game, complete with hands-on video!

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1 day ago

ZTE Axon Pro review: A phone that gives more than you paid for

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ZTE is a name that's been around a long time in the mobile industry, but the Axon Pro came as a bit of a surprise. The issue is that the few times we've heard their name crop up in North America was when we were talking about phones not many people were buying, and didn't have any "pizazz" factor. Good solid phones built for Boost Mobile are important, but that's a tough way to carve out a reputation among fickle consumers.

The Axon Pro is clearly the way ZTE is going to try and break out of that mold. It's big, it's flashy, it hits the spec sheets right where it counts and it was clearly designed to garner interest from folks using AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States — the network support is not only present, but it performs really well.

I love unlocked phones. Especially ones that come at us with a price that makes them a value. At $450, the Axon Pro checks in a good bit less expensive than others, but a bit more than a "budget" model. It's a tough category to compete in.

Let's dive into the ZTE Axon Pro, and see how she stacks up.

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Facebook starts testing M, the virtual assistant that lives inside Messenger

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Facebook has started testing M, a new virtual assistant that lives inside its Messenger app. Rolling out first in the San Francisco Bay Area, M's artificial intelligence in trained and supervised by people. One of the big selling points of M is its ability to do things for you in the course of completing a task.

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV arrives in the Google Store for $199

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The latest addition to the Google Store lineup is the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. Google is selling the 16GB variant of the Android TV for $199, while the 500GB version is only $100 more, at $299.

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YouTube Gaming goes live for Android, web portal to launch later today [Update: website is live]

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Update: The YouTube Gaming web portal is now live as well. Google has also announced the service will only be for US and UK residents at first, with more countries to be added later.

Original story: Google is finally making its move to battle Twitch in the popular live game streaming market with the previously announced launch of YouTube Gaming. The new service aims to put the power and reach of YouTube into the hands of game streaming content creators and fans.

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Pocket 6.0 introduces Recommendation, lays the foundation for future features

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Popular read it later service Pocket has been updated, adding recommendations for users. Recommendations are meant to focus on "high-quality content", offering you interesting or important stories that you may have missed.

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Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Clouds' winners!

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The latest photo contest was looking for your best "cloud" pictures, and the quality of entries was certainly up in the clouds. We had a tough time narrowing things down to just two winners, but in the end we were able to do it. Read along to see the winners this week.

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Amazon drops the Fire Phone pricing to $130, but you likely still aren't interested

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Amazon's Fire Phone never took off as the company had hoped, but that has yet to stop the retail giant from attempting to entice buyers with it still. The latest attempt drops the price down to just $130, with free shipping. Considering the Fire Phone comes with a free year of Amazon Prime, a $99 value, the company is basically selling the phone for just $30.

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Amazon Underground app offers $10,000 worth of apps and games 'that are actually free'

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In a slightly odd series of events, Amazon has ended its Free App of the Day promotion and introduced a new app, Amazon Underground. The new app brings over $10,000 worth of apps, games and even in-app items that the company states 'are actually free.'

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Samsung's upcoming wireless speakers can be controlled by the Gear S2 smartwatch

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Samsung will launch three new models in its lineup of Wireless Audio 360 speakers. The R5, R3 and R1 models, which will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015, can be controlled by a smartphone app or via the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 pre-orders begin in the US

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is now becoming available for pre-order, should you reside in the US. The tablets should hit select retailers and carriers on September 3, with 9.7- and 8-inch variants available for those who are picky about size. You'll be able to place an order for the new tablets on Amazon, Samsung's own official store and Best Buy for $499.99 and $399.99 respectively.

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1 day ago

List of phones with Stagefright patches

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"Stagefright" is the latest vulnerability to bubble to the surface of Android, and while updates are still coming for millions of phones, some have already been patched. If your phone is not listed below, you can still protect yourself from Stagefright by disabling auto-retrieve for MMS. Google has also said that there are security measures like ASLR in place to help protect your data from being exploited.

We'll be refreshing this list as more updates arrive..

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