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2 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: Think of the children ...

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Phil and Mia

Wherein I struggle with the issue of online protection versus education

My kids are starting back to school this week — one in third grade, the other in pre-K. And as crazy as it seems, apparently 8 years old is where we start having the serious cell phone and Internet discussions.

Now Mia, my eldest, has used an iPhone 3G has a makeshift iPod for some time. It's not hooked up to Wifi, however, so it's basically been music and a bunch of blurry, grainy pictures of who knows what. (I'm actually a little afraid to look.) More and more, though, she's asking about "getting Internet on my phone." And despite my job being what it is and my knowledge of mobile and the Internet and the good and bad that come with both, my wife and I really don't know yet what we want to do there.

Does an 8-year-old need unfettered access to the Internet, in the palm of her hand, at all hours of the day? Probably not. Do I want my kid to learn about all the great stuff that's out there, and grow up with this technology in a mature, responsible way? Of course. And do I want her to be able to use all these great toys that I'm extremely fortunate to play with for my job? You better believe it. Being a nerd is fun.

But I struggle with the practicalities, too.

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2 days ago

Google and the cloud: all your things in one place

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One Account, All of Google

One Account. All of Google.

I love that phrase. "The cloud." It's something we all see, some of us everyday, and yet we don't quite grasp the full meaning of those words. And that meaning is important. It's a very large part of Google's strategy and it is tantamount to understanding several of the 'grievances' that many users seem to have with Google and its services.

But above all, it's about Google's cloud and what it does for you, your data, and Android.

Let's take a look at what it really means.

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3 days ago

Best Android games of the week: Surgeon Simulator, Unpossible, and more!

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Surgeon Simulator

It was a great week for Android games with lots solid ports from iOS. We've got some strategy releases, a twitchy action title, and a little something for the casual gamers out there.

If you're looking for something other than games, be sure to take a look at our favorite new Android app releases this week. Otherwise, forge on to our top five new Android games.

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3 days ago

Xiaomi introduces flatter, more colorful MIUI 6

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Xiaomi has announced MIUI 6, the latest version of their Android-based smartphone UI, which features a major design refresh, better security, and more. The overall look of the UI is flattened, and color plays a more prominent role. While the update is in beta at the moment, it is expected to make its way to Xiaomi's devices soon.

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3 days ago

LG G3 Cat. 6 video walkthrough

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LG G3 Cat 6

The beastly LG G3 Cat. 6 might not be officially launching outside of South Korea, but that hasn't stopped us checking out this turbo-charged, Snapdragon 805-powered version of LG's flagship smartphone. Alongside our full review, you'll also want to take a look at our video walkthrough of the G3 Cat. 6, which you can find after the break!

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3 days ago

HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 update hits India, also brings 4G LTE

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Good news for HTC One M8 owners in India — the Indian M8's Android 4.4.3 update has started rolling out, adding the various fixes and improvements seen in other countries, while also enabling 4G LTE support.

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3 days ago

Samsung Olympic partnership extended through 2020

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Longtime Olympic sponsor Samsung has announced that it has extended its partnership with the IOC through to the 2020 Olympic Games. The move, confirmed at a signing ceremony in Nanjing, China today, will see the Korean electronics giant sponsoring the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Summer Games in the "Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment" category.

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3 days ago

Verizon now offering $60 single line plan with unlimited talk and text, 2GB of data

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If you happen to be looking for a new smartphone plan and don't need a lot of data and only have one line to worry about, Verizon has now dropped a new plan that might be of interest to you.

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3 days ago

European HTC One M8 receiving small GPS improvement update

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The European HTC One M8 has started to receive a small update that serves to improve the performance of GPS on the device. Noted as version 2.22.401.5, the update comes in at only 44.74MB and is being delivered OTA.

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3 days ago

How to change screen brightness on Android Wear

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Android Wear brightness settings

Making your Android Wear screen as bright (or dim) as you like is easy

Much has been written about how bright (or dim) the screens on both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are. It seems like most people wish they were brighter while outside on a sunny summer day, and most people also think things are pretty blindingly bright in the dark. Both are true, and I'm in both camps. Things get even more fun when you add the fact that the two currently available Android Wear devices don't have any method to control brightness automagically.

Luckily, screen brightness is dead simple to change.

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