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2 weeks ago

Sonos beta brings more features for Spotify users

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Sonos is rolling out some long-awaited features for Spotify users to its beta app.

Sonos users are getting some much-needed improvements to the Spotify streaming experience with an update to the Sonos beta app on Android. The Sonos 5.4 beta now includes some long overdue features for Spotify streaming, like genre and mood recommendations, Spotify Radio access, and featured playlists right in the Sonos beta app.

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2 weeks ago

Marvel Mighty Heroes takes on Hydra in the latest Age of Ultron episode

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Hydra is ratcheting up its efforts to exploit Ultron in the latest Marvel Mighty Heroes event.

Marvel fans that have been playing along with Marvel Mighty Heroes have some new content to look forward to the next time they boot the game up. The co-op brawler has just started up its second Age of Ultron themed episode, set to run through June 24.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube will verify video from breaking events and make content discovery easier with Newswire

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YouTube is rolling out three new initiatives, all aimed at bringing viewers the most relevant content to the breaking news topics they are looking for.

When breaking news happens, there is often tons of user footage that gets uploaded to the Internet and YouTube. Realizing that this trend is growing, with more than 5 million hours of news video watched daily on YouTube, the company is rolling out some new initiatives to "support the discovery and verification of eyewitness news."

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2 weeks ago

Twitter's Project Lightning will keep you up to date on important news

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Later this year, Twitter will roll out what is currently known as Project Lightning, which will deliver curated, event-based information to users.

Twitter's Project Lightning is built to deliver information about interesting events, both scheduled events like awards shows, as well as breaking news and current events. The experience will be curated by Twitter, and prominently feature photos and videos from these events.

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2 weeks ago

How to make sure you get the fix for the Samsung keyboard exploit

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Two days after word of an unlikely-but-real exploit involving the stock keyboard in a number of current Samsung smartphones was revealed, we're getting more details about the fix.

Samsung in a blog post today has further explained what to expect in regards to upcoming software fixes to the way its stock keyboard updates itself. As was disclosed earlier this week, it's theoretically possible for an attacker to piggyback on the language packages as they're updating, if you (and the attacker) are on the same unsecure network. It's unlikely — and Samsung today says "there have been no reported customer cases" of phones being compromised by this exploit since the June 16 announcement — but it's still possible.

New security policy updates will push out "in a few days," Samsung says in the post, "to invalidate potential vulnerabilities caused by this issue."

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2 weeks ago

Stories, Movies and more: Traveling with Google Photos

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The new Google Photos wants to help you sort though and share your memories — and for the most part it's pretty good. However the Stories and Movies features aren't without their frustrations.

When the new Google Photos update landed on my LG G4, I'd just stepped off an 11-hour flight to China to begin a two-week stint in Asia. I'd be covering a couple different events for Mobile Nations — first Lenovo TechWorld in Beijing, then Computex in Taipei — but I'd also have the chance to explore a part of the world I hadn't seen before. Naturally, I'd be taking a lot of photos. So this ended up being a good real-world test of Google's new photo service, which aims to deliver everything you need for photo management, cloud backup and sharing.

Head past the break for a quick primer on using Google Photos' cloud backup, stories and movies features to document your travels, as well as potential pitfalls to watch out for.

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2 weeks ago

Big Android BBQ site goes live, Google Developers officially on board

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A quick heads up if you're considering attending this year's Big Android BBQ outside Dallas in October. The new website — www.bigandroidbbq.com is now live, and Google Developers are now officially on board!

Early bird tickets are $55 for the two-day event.

For a taste of what to expect, check out what we learned in April at the Big Android Meat and Greet in Washington, D.C.

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2 weeks ago

OtterBox's Symmetry Case for Galaxy S6 edge is slim, solid, and slippery

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Recently announced from OtterBox, the Symmetry Series Case for Galaxy S6 edge sports excellent protection against drops in a slim form factor. But, does its smooth finish leave us even more paranoid of dropping our device than before? We want to say no, but our hands say yes. Hit the break for the complete lowdown.

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2 weeks ago

We've updated our top pick for best Android Wear smartwatch

There are seven Android Wear smartwatches in the wild today — five of the them still available for purchase. But which one's the best? We'll help you narrow down your pick — and take a look at what's coming up in the future — with our updated list of the best Android Wear watches you can get.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung's Blue Topaz Galaxy S6 and Emerald Green Galaxy S6 edge launch in UK on July 1

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Samsung's two latest flagship smartphones will get some new color options in the UK starting on July 1.

Samsung previously announced that it would introduce a new Blue Topaz version of the Galaxy S6 and an Emerald Green edition of the Galaxy S6 edge. Today, the company revealed both versions will go on sale in the UK starting on July 1.

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2 weeks ago

Google's Clock ticks its way to Google Play

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Google has brought its Clock app to Google Play to provide users with faster updates, and it is now available for everyone to download.

The Clock app from Google is now available in Google Play, bringing all of its great features to everyone. Previously the Clock app was only found baked into the OS, but it is now a standalone download for anyone. Google has brought a number of its core apps to Google Play to be able to update them independently of the OS.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel Idol 3 available in Canada June 30

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Alcatel has announced that the Idol 3 — we say it's one of the best values in mobile today and one of our top winners from Mobile World Congress — will be available Canada-wide starting June 30. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM along with a 1.7GHz processor, the Idol 3 delivers a high-end experience at a budget price. Alcatel lists the Idol 3 as compatible with the following carrier mobile networks: Bell, Telus, Rogers, Virgin, PC Mobile, Solo, Saskatel, Koodo, Public Mobile, Fido and Chatter

We aren't yet given a price, but the US model retails for $249 so we can guess the Canadian model will be priced comparably. The Idol 3 will be available both in-store and online from Bell, TELUS and Videotron.

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2 weeks ago

Google adds Pride parade accessories to Androidify, starts #andproud campaign to celebrate

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Google is pulling out all the stops for a global online Pride parade this year, with hashtags and celebrities and colorful Androids everywhere.

There are few companies out there as vocal and supportive of marriage equality as Google. The company has a long history of offering internal support for fellow LGBT Googlers to socialize, and externally we've seen everything from Android shirts with rainbow flags to uniquely public statements from the company in support of marriage equality. We've even seen the occasional gay couple in Android ads, which caused something of a stir when they aired.

This year Google is kicking things up a notch, and the company is going above and beyond the "Be together, not the same" message we've seen over the last year. In support of a global online Pride parade this year, Google has outfitted the Androidify service with appropriate accessories and worked with several celebrities to kickstart a new hashtag campaign — #andproud.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi sells 10 million units of the Mi 4, slashes price to ₹14,999 in India

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To commemorate 10 million global sales of the Mi 4, Xiaomi has slashed the price of the 16GB model to ₹14,999 ($233).

Xiaomi has reduced the price of the 64GB variant of the Mi 4 over the course of the last month, bringing the device from its launch price of ₹21,999 ($342) down to ₹19,999 ($311). With the 16GB version now selling at ₹14,999 (down from ₹19,999), both models are competitively priced.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung launches LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab A in India, Galaxy Tab E coming later this month

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Samsung controls a lion's share of the tablet market in India, and is looking to continue its strong showing with the launch of the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E in the country.

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