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1 week ago

Marvel: Contest of Champions tips and tricks

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Marvel: Contest of Champions has a serious draw, bringing in fans of Marvel and fighting games alike. With plenty of ways to play, social aspects, and more marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, it's easy to see why it's so popular. It's easily addictive, and has enough bells and whistles to keep you coming back for more.

While this game is, at it's core, a fighting game, there is definitely more to it than just button mashing and hoping for a good outcome in the end. There is definitely some strategy involved, especially when leveling up your characters, or choosing which quest to pursue next. With all of that in mind, we've put together some handy tips and tricks to help you save the galaxy.

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1 week ago

Let's talk about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its microUSB port

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Galaxy S7 microUSB port

Some thoughts on why Samsung may have skipped USB Type-C in its 2016 flagships — and how it might actually make sense.

The recent leakage of apparent press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, along with corresponding hardware specs, have given us plenty to think about. Sure enough, the physical design of these two closely resembles what we've seen out of Samsung for the past 12 months. And for the first time it seems we're getting new Samsung flagships in two screen sizes — and with significantly larger batteries to address one of the GS6's biggest pain points.

However there's one hugely important detail hidden away in the bottom right corner of these Galaxy S7 renders. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are pictured with what appears to be a plain old microUSB port, as opposed to the newer USB Type-C connector.

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1 week ago

Reminder: Songza is shutting down on Jan. 31, but it lives on in Google Play Music

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Things may look a little different, but they still sound the same.

So, Jan. 31 is the day. Songza is no more. It is now completely integrated into Google Play Music, and in fact has been for quite some time. (Since October 2014, in fact.) The only difference is starting today you'll actually need to shift over to Google Play Music if you haven't already. (And chances are you have, because Songza has been prompting you for some time.)

So what's the big deal? What's the difference between Songza proper and its migration to Google Play Music?

We'll walk you through it real fast.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile teaser for its Super Bowl 50 ads is a look back at classic commercials

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T-Mobile will once again run commercials during this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The carrier has posted up a teaser for those ads that looks back at classic commercials that have debuted during the big NFL game.

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1 week ago

Here are our Honor 5X winners!

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It's time to announce who the winners of our Honor 5X contest are! We had almost 100,000 entries, so it's clear that you guys are excited for this new offering from Huawei, and we're not going to waste any more time wrapping this contest up. Let's see who the winners are!

Big congratulations to Usman A. (username wizfan94), Holly L. (username hleichtman), and Kenny S. (username Deadpenguins)! You have each won a brand new Honor 5x phone! I'll be in touch soon to get your shipping info and get those phones sent out to you.

Thanks for entering everyone! Be on the lookout for the next hot contest from Android Central!

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1 week ago

Android Central 272: Rumors and allegations

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Even we're not immune to the siren call of what may (or may not) be.

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1 week ago

Possible Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge designs shown off in leaked renders

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A new set of renders shown off by prolific leaker Evan Blass give us a look at what we may expect from the upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which are expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress in February.

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1 week ago

Sony's new flash drive features dual connectors for USB-C and full-sized USB-A

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Sony has introduced a new portable flash drive that can be used with both traditional USB-A connectors, along with newer USB-C ports. This flexibility makes the new drive, the USM-CA1, a great tool for moving files from your older computer to a new Chromebook Pixel.

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1 week ago

Marshmallow update imminent for Sprint HTC One M8

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It looks like HTC One M8 owners on Sprint have a fluffy sweet treat to look forward to, as the Marshmallow update should be headed out to the device imminently.

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1 week ago

Amazon Echo gets new alarm tones from Alec Baldwin and Missy Elliott

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Amazon has once again updated its Echo connected speaker with some new features, this time with some new alarm tones and more.

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1 week ago

Three months with the Nexus 6P

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How has the top-end of Google's Nexus line held up after three months?

It's been awhile since the Nexus 6P was released. That new-phone smell has gone away, and all of us here at Android Central have had plenty of time with it in our hands. That means we need to revisit things and see how the 6P has held up.

Each of us have a 6P of our own, and they get a lot of use. Even if we don't enjoy everything, we have to stay up-to-date on the things Google does with Android, and a Nexus phone is how we do that. It's a tool to do our job, and we have to be familiar with it. While you may see us using the Nexus 6P when talking about updates and apps, this time it's 100 percent opinion. Have a click or two and see just what we think about the Nexus 6P.

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1 week ago

Android 6.0.1 update headed to Sprint HTC One A9

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Just over a month after its unlocked counterpart, the HTC One A9 on Sprint is all set to receive its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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1 week ago

Google Calendar adds smart suggestions for more languages, 54 new holiday calendars

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Google is rolling out an update to its Calendar app that brings support for 30 new languages with smart suggestions when setting up events.

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1 week ago

LG's 'White Card' universal payments card reportedly set for March unveiling

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LG is said to be jumping into the universal payments card game with their new "White Card". The idea, as with startups Coin and Plastc, is to put all store your various magnetic strip cards on just one card, equipped with a small display, controls to switch cards, and a reprogrammable magnetic strip on the back — all packed into a credit card-sized package that's barely heavier or thicker than a single plastic card.

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1 week ago

The New York Times' latest VR film takes you on the campaign trail

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The New York Times has published a brand new virtual reality film about the current U.S. presidential campaign. Now available in the NYT VR app, you can grab your Google Cardboard headset and hit the campaign trail.

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