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6 days ago

How to use battery saver on the LG G3

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LG G3 battery saver

LG has some built in tools to help you string out your battery life a little further

All the major high end Android smartphones from this year have some way to try and extend your battery life when things get low, and the LG G3 is no exception. While it doesn't go as far as something like the ultra power saving mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5, battery saver on the G3 can certainly help you to get more life when you're running close to empty.

Let's take a look at what it does and how you use it.

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6 days ago

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy arrive on Android

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Tieing in with the launch of the movie of the same name, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Android for $4.99 from the Google Play Store. Despite the tie in, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an original storyline and falls into the 'action role playing game' genre.

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6 days ago

Microsoft considers shifting Nokia X product designs to Windows Phone

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In an email to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the software giant would trim its global workforce by 18,000 over the course of the year. The first batch of layoffs will begin later this year, and will see over 13,000 employees leaving the organization.

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6 days ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor, and it might actually be useful

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It has already been confirmed by Samsung that the Galaxy Note 4 will have an ultraviolet (UV) sensor, but there wasn't much information available. Now, according to a report over on SamMobile, we have some idea as to what consumers can expect to see from the built-in functionality. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung's S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

Is it gimmicky? Sure. It's Samsung, the home of the smartphone heart-rate monitor, but it is cool at the same time.

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6 days ago

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet arrives on Verizon

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available on Verizon's LTE network. Customers can get Sony's slim and waterproof new tablet for $599.99 up front. However, if you're willing to sign a two-year contract, you can knock $100 off of the price, grabbing the Xperia Z2 Tablet for $499.99.

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6 days ago

Official Android Wear watch face API coming later this year

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Android Wear LCARS

Google's wearable OS also will shift over to the L release once ready

It was sort of a surprise — and a bit of a disappointment, to be perfectly honest — when Android Wear launched without a properly supported way to add custom watch faces to the likes of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and, eventually, the Moto 360. We've talked a little bit about how custom watch faces were coming, however, and indeed they have — as standalone apps. But that obviously was a workaround, as there's no real API available for custom watch faces.

Overnight, Wayne Piekarski, a senior developer advocate at Google, explained what's up with custom watch faces on Android Wear. The short version is that, no, there's not an official API yet, and watch faces are a little complicated because of the way they interact with the card stream and are contained inside another process. An API is coming, however, and we should see it along with the L release later this year.

And, yes, that (unsurprisingly) means Android Wear will be running L.

Writes Piekarski:

Custom watch faces are activities running inside another process. However, they have some special considerations due to interactions with the stream and always-on ambient mode--including using a shorter peek card, moving the status indicators for battery and mute, and rendering the faces differently in ambient mode. Right now, without an official API, making a really great watch face currently takes a fair bit of tweaking.

We are working to make this as simple as possible for you so that it's easy to make good-looking faces that work well across multiple form factors, conserve battery, and display the user's card stream nicely. Some of these changes won't be ready until we migrate Android Wear to the Android L release later this year, but don't fret: they're coming!

Piekarski recommends that developers not just publish standalone watch faces to Google Play wholesale, but instead to use the beta and alpha channels, and that watch faces cobbled together today might well not work once Android Wear shifts to L.

You can read Piekarski's full post here.

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6 days ago

Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

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Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past.

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6 days ago

Hitman Go Airport update adds 15 levels, new game mechanics

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Square Enix's turn-based puzzle game Hitman Go has received a new update that adds 15 levels along with new enemy types and gameplay mechanics.

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6 days ago

Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service

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Snapchat may be looking to monetize by launching a mobile payment service, according to trademarks filed earlier this week. The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments.

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6 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Reflection

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 Reflection

While there are plenty of great opportunities to take pictures throughout the day, sometimes you need to think outside the box to find some really interesting subject matter. Looking for shiny surfaces that reflect light and colors from other areas can be a good way to go about it, and that's why we're making this week's prompt "reflection." Show off your best photos taken this week that implement some sort of reflection, and they'll be in the running for the contest.

We're picking out two winners this week, and each one will receive a pair of RevJams Xec On Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (July 22) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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