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3 days ago

Google, Microsoft and Twitter scramble to fix latest security vulnerability in Flash

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Everyone's favorite bug-ridden plug-in is back in the news, this time with a new critical security flaw that can be leveraged to steal user data. A Google engineer named Michele Spagnuolo was able to create a Flash exploit tool engineered to steal cookies and user data using malicious .SWF files.

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3 days ago

Download the Android Central App today!

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Android Central App

Have you been looking for a new way to get all the great content Android Central has to offer? Want fewer ads, quicker commenting, and full access to the forums in one place? Look no farther than our official Android Central App! Plus you'll find photo galleries, all our podcasts, every single one of our videos, and so much more.

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3 days ago

Gameloft's 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' launches on July 24

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Gameloft latest entrant in the highly anticipated Modern Combat series, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, is scheduled to hit the Play Store on July 24.

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3 days ago

Google pushes workaround to enable paid apps on Android Wear

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Google has a dedicated section on the Play Store that highlights all Android Wear apps, but thus far, users have faced issues when installing paid apps on their devices. An encryption bug was found to be causing the issue, which prevented paid content from transferring via Bluetooth to devices like the G Watch and the Gear Live.

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3 days ago

Closed captioning support now available for Chromecast

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The Chromecast platform has been updated today to support closed captions across the board, coinciding with an update to the Google Cast SDK that lets developers include closed captioning in their apps and cast-able media. With the updates today, those who properly provision their media to include closed captioning can offer the option to users of turning on the text during media playback — so long as the Chromecast and app are both updated to support it.

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3 days ago

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact finally for sale in the US

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The unlocked version of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now for sale on Sony's US website. The device (see our review) is available in black, white and pink and comes with a hefty $549.99 price tag. The unlocked U.S. model seems to be the same as the internationally available D5503, and according to the listed specifications has LTE band support for bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 20.

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3 days ago

LG G Watch gets first Android Wear custom ROM

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We all knew it wouldn't be long, and now the first custom Android Wear ROM is available for the LG G Watch. Because the bootloader is unlockable and the G Watch uses fastboot, developer jakeday was able to whip up the Gohma ROM instead of spending time worrying about how to unlock the device and get access to the system.

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3 days ago

Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

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The Google Play store is now only listing three varieties of Google Play edition phones left for sale. It's unclear if the latest clearing of inventory is to make room for the arrival of new devices, but at this time those interested in a Google Play edition can select from the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Motorola's Moto G.

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3 days ago

The LG G Watch review

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LG G Watch

It's not at all flashy, but LG's first entry for Android Wear ends up being a solid buy

There's an argument to be made — and this isn't a hard one to make — that the watch isn't the most important part of Android Wear, Google's Android offshoot meant for the wearables space. Instead, it's the software – the simplified user interface running atop a full build of Android — that makes Android Wear so important. Anything else is just a delivery system.

All that is true and epitomized by the LG G Watch, one of first hardware offerings in the Android Wear space. It's a simple device, but a good platform on which to become acquainted with Android Wear.

We've given the LG G Watch a thorough break-in. Is it the right Android Wear watch for you? Let's discuss.

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3 days ago

The Samsung Gear Live review

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Gear Live

Samsung's third smartwatch — its first for Android Wear — looks a lot like its others

Behold, The Samsung Gear Live! It's been about a year since we first heard rumors of Google jumping into the smartwatch race, and two of the devices are already trickling into the hands of consumers — the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. We've had plenty to say about both, as well as the platform as a whole, and there will be even more to come. Android Wear will bring Google and Android to an entirely new class of devices, and it will be a big deal — with plenty to talk about.

Right now, we want to talk about the Samsung Gear Live and give a comprehensive look at the hardware, and what you can expect from it should you be purchasing one. While Samsung is no stranger to smart watches, this is a new breed and an introduction to a new platform.

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