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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak narrows the bezels and brings on the metal

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha — or S5 Prime, if you will — has shown up in several leaked images, giving us a better look at what could be a mid-generation refresh of the flagship. The Galaxy Alpha, as it's called in the latest leak, looks like a Galaxy S5 but with less-rounded edges (reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 3), small bezels and purportedly has a metal chassis rather than plastic.

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4 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Reflection' winners!

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When we posted last week's photo contest with the prompt of "reflections" we knew folks would come up with something good. The pages full of entries in the forums did not disappoint, and we were greeted with dozens of fantastic pictures to choose from. In the end we had to narrow it down to just two winners, who will each take home a prize for their photography skills. Read along and see the winning entries this week

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4 days ago

HTC on that watch in that video: It's not a real product

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Here's HTC's response to an obvious watch showing up (look for it about 35 and 44 seconds in) in that design video from July 9:

"HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!"

So, yeah. It's a watch. Or a design of a watch. Either way, not a real product. The good news is we can still expect some Android Wear fare from HTC, as it's still an official partner. We just don't know when, or what, we'll eventually get.

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4 days ago

Modern Combat 5: Blackout blasts onto Google Play, no in-app purchases in sight

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The latest in Gameloft's Modern Combat series is now available in Google Play, and it's actually hitting a day earlier than we expected. Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers a new unified character progression system that ties together the single player and multiplayer games, along with four distinct character classes, new vehicles and improved visuals.

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4 days ago

Which Moto 360 band do you plan to brandish?

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Moto 360 bands

As we're all not-so-patiently awaiting the Moto 360 — which some 61 percent of more than 12,000 of you said you are holding out for — let's take another look at its aesthetics. Specifically, the watch strap, or band.

While we're still missing any real official details, Motorola's been showing off its Android Wear watch from the start with a metal links band, as well as a leather strap. (It was the leather variety that we got to take a look at a month ago.) Both have their merits. Leather tends to be a little more comfortable for some. The links certainly look more sophisticated, though. But then there's the issue of hair pulling, and sizing it to fit in the first place.

And so we ask you: Which one are you planning on rocking? Leather? Or links?

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4 days ago

Google Play Store now tells you when albums are in All Access

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All Access in Google Play

One of the many cool things to come from Google's Material Design update to the Play Store app, which now features big beautiful images and colorful icons when you select just about anything, is a huge deal for All Access subscribers. After this update hits your phone or tablet, you'll be able to check and see if an album is a part of your All Access subscription thanks to this single line toward the bottom of the page.

This is a huge step towards fixing the somewhat clumsy relationship Google has created between All Access and regular Album shopping on the Play Store. Previously, the lack of clarity could lead to accidental or unnecessary album purchases because there wasn't just an "add to Play Music" when you were subscribed to All Access. While that button still doesn't exist, because buying albums is still a cool thing to do sometimes, this new notification lets you know that all you need to do is search for the artist in the Play Music app in order to add their work to your existing playlists.

We're sure to be finding many more of these subtle little gems in the update Play Store, so be sure to sound off in the comments if you see something even cooler than this.

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4 days ago

PuppyPOP is the first game for the LG G3 Quick Circle case, because why not?

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If you've ever looked at your case-ensconced smartphone with its windowed flap and thought, "Man, if only I could play a game on this," then you should take heart in the fact that someone at LG thought that too. Just released into the Google Play Store is PuppyPOP, which is the first game that is designed to be played through the circular window on the LG G3's Quick Circle case.

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4 days ago

Sprint will offer Google Apps for Business with a real 24/7 support line

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Sprint is partnering with Google to offer Google Apps for Business. The carrier wants businesses to see them as the only place they need to go for their mobile-centric, cloud-based office needs.

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4 days ago

How to send a text message in Android Wear

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Android Wear send a text

Sending an SMS in Android Wear is as easy as telling it to text someone

Sending a text message with your Android Wear smartwatch — and it doesn't matter whether you've got the LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear Live or the Moto 360; it works the same on all three — is just a matter of speaking a few words.

And it's smart enough to figure out what it is you're trying to do even if you say it differently than someone else.

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4 days ago

The next version of Skype will make it easier to find the people you actually want to talk to

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Microsoft has announced that an upcoming version of Skype for Android smartphones will allow its users to connect to their phone's address book for the first time.

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