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6 days ago

Tips for taking good panorama shots on Android

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A wide, sweeping shot can do wonders for perspective. But panoramas also can take a little practice. Here are a few tips.

A big part of the fun that is Android photography is being able to more than your typical point-and-shoot camera. It's a camera lens strapped to a computer, after all. And one of the easiest (and coolest) shots to shot is a panorama.

For the uninitiated (we know you're out there — it's OK), a panorama really is a series of images stitched together to form a single wide-angle shot. It's generally found as an option in your camera application, and you take a panorama by moving your phone so that it's able to capture much more than just a single field of view. Panoramas are fun, but they can take a little bit of practice.

Here are a few tips for getting the best panorama shots you can.

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6 days ago

Nexus Player completes voyage across the pond, now available in the UK for £79.99

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The Nexus Player is now officially being sold in the UK for £79.99.

After only being available in the US, Japan, and Canada, the Nexus Player has made its way into the UK and is now available for purchasing. Priced at £79.99, the Nexus Player is available from the Google Store, Amazon UK, as well as in stores like Argos.

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6 days ago

Five things you need to know about your new Chromebook

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Getting started with a new Chromebook? Here's where to begin.

So you just got a new Chromebook? Awesome! They make for a great little laptop, and are a favorite of many of us here at Android Central. We use them both for work and play (I'm writing this on one) because they are ultra-portable, easy to use, and make for a great portal to everything the web has to offer.

But there are a few things you'll need to know while you're getting started. A Chromebook is not your regular laptop, and it's pretty different from that Windows-powered ThinkPad you may be using at work.

We've assembled five things you need to understand about your new Chromebook so that you have a better handle on what it can do, how to do it, and why you'll love it!

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6 days ago

Nexus 6 now on sale in six more countries via the Google Store

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Google's Nexus 6 smartphone is now available for purchase in six more countries via the company's Google Store site.

The new markets for the 6-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone are Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Portugal.

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6 days ago

This is pretty much the last way we'd ever charge our phone

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Neck pillows with batteries. Is nothing sacred anymore? (And were all the renders newer than the HTC Desire taken?)

Behold, the PowerUp Pillow. Currently going for a $25 pledge on Kickstarter.

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6 days ago

Verizon announces April 1 pre-order for HTC One M9, April 10 in-store

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Verizon announced today that it will begin pre-orders for the HTC One M9 on April 1, with the device set to become available in-store on April 10.

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6 days ago

CNBC brings live streaming video to its Android app

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In a recent update to its Android app, CNBC has enabled TV Anywhere, allowing users to catch up on the latest financial news from their mobile devices.

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6 days ago

MLB Manager 2015 lets you micromanage your way to baseball victory

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In MLB Manager 2015, you'll guide your favorite Major League Baseball teams through their seasons with careful micromanagement. Set rosters, trade players, and more as you try to bring victory to your franchise.

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6 days ago

Using Google Play Books for all of your reading

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Reading with Google Play Books isn't just convenient, it's easily one of the best color ebook experiences out there.

Now that the Google Play Store has established itself as a compelling one-stop shop for movies, music, book, and apps, it's easy to find yourself getting all of your entertainment from this one source. More than just offering a compelling retail experience, Google's Play Books service exists as a highly functional ebook reader as well. Google has worked hard to bolt on features wherever appropriate, and as one of the flagship apps for the new Material Design UI scheme it's easy to get sucked into this service as an Android user.

Using Google Play Books doesn't take much in the way of effort, but getting to know the features within may not be a priority if you're already embedded in another platform. With that in mind, here's a quick tour through what makes this ebook reader stand out.

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6 days ago

32GB Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have just over 23GB storage free

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Samsung chose to drop the SDcard slot from its latest flagship phones, but the bump in internal storage available on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge should help remedy the worries.

As we all know though, the amount of storage you actually have access to in the end is smaller than the number on the box. On the 32GB models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — in our case T-Mobile versions — which are the base models of each, you'll find about 23.5GB available on first boot. That's after signing into a Google account and updating all of the pre-installed apps from the Play Store, which presumably anyone who opens up a new Galaxy S6 will do.

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6 days ago

Fight the Empire with Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions on Android

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Yet another Star Wars game for Android, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, has just been released for free with in-app purchases.

The game, now available from the Google Play Store, is based on the current animated TV series on Disney XD that tells the story of the early days of the Rebellion between Episode III and IV.

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6 days ago

App developers can now slam on the brakes should a staged rollout go bad

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Here's a small but extremely important little feature that's been added for developers in Google Play. Should a bug be found in the middle of a staged rollout, you can immediately halt said staged rollout to keep the bad code from hitting any additional devices while you work things out.

In other words, an emergency brake. It won't roll things back for those who have already received the update, but it'll keep anyone else from downloading it.

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6 days ago

Don't be left out ... Nuzzel will show you the articles your friends are sharing

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Finding the articles that your friends have been sharing is now as simple as opening an app, thanks to Nuzzel.

Nuzzel for Android makes it quick and easy to see what your friends are reading and talking about on social networks. After having great success with their iOS app, Nuzzel is now available on Android. Nuzzel is a simple way to see news that your friends are sharing to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, without having to open those apps.

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6 days ago

The Olio Model One is a slick and stylish smartwatch starting at $595

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A new start up company, Olio Devices, has just launched pre-orders for a limited run of its first product, the Olio Model One.

It's a very slick looking smartwatch that's compatible with Android smartphones, with prices beginning at $595.

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6 days ago

Relive classic RPG moments in Final Fantasy: Record Keeper

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Last week Square Enix announced that their popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Final Fantasy XI will be coming to mobile in 2016. Mobile Final Fantasy fans need not wait for next year for a new Final Fantasy game, luckily! Final Fantasy: Record Keeper from DeNA and Square Enix has just launched on Android and iOS.

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is the first mobile Final Fantasy game to bring classic moments from the entire series to life. Think of it as a greatest hits release, with players able to recruit famous Final Fantasy heroes like Cloud and Lightning and participate in battles from beloved games in the series. Record Keeper is free to play and quite a lot of fun for RPG fans. Read on for our quick impressions!

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