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3 days ago

LG TabBook 11 brings together Intel, a keyboard, and Android in unholy matrimony

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LG is showing off a new Android tablet, with specs you wouldn't ever expect to see in an Android tablet. The LG TabBook 11 runs Android, but features a sliding keyboard and laptop internals — an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD for internal storage. The addition of two full-size USB 3.0 ports and HDMI as well as an 11.6-inch IPS display out round out the specifications. All this is running Android 4.2.2, and LG says the experience should be "optimal."

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3 days ago

How to use Android Wear as a stopwatch

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Android Wear stopwatch

Using the stopwatch in Android Wear is dead simple once you find it

There's a simple stopwatch feature built into every Android Wear device — that includes the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 and LG G Watch — that let's you time just about anything. It's accurate (compared to "official" timers at the local drag strip) and has a no-nonsense interface. If you need to time any single event, it will do exactly what you need it to do.

Let's take a look at where to find it and how to use it.

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3 days ago

Win a Moto G and Chromecast (two, in fact) from Android Central and Republic Wireless!

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Chromecast and Moto G

What do you get when you take one of the best affordable smartphones around and pair it with an innovative operator? You get the Motorola Moto G on Republic Wireless' $10 plan, which includes unlimited Wifi calling, texting and data. (And all that Wifi goodness means you're calling and texting and the like for free when you're abroad.) That's what.

And Republic Wireless is serving up a couple Moto Gs for us to serve up to you fine folks. What's more is that they're throwing in a Chromecast for each as well.

To enter to win one of the sets (you can't win both), all you need to do is leave a comment in this post and tell us what you'd do with all that money you'd be saving if you were on a $10 a month plan. Just one comment — multiples won't help you any. Also, since the contest is sponsored by a US carrier, this one is only open in the US. We'll take entries through 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 29. Good luck!

And you can check out more on Republic Wireless' affordable plans here.

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3 days ago

NPR One is the one-stop shop for public radio on Android

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When it comes to public radio on your phone, your search might just get to end with the new NPR One app. Released today into the Google Play Store, NPR One pulls together public radio stations from across the United States and works to automatically curate stories you'll want to listen to. It is, as NPR notes, "public radio made personal."

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3 days ago

LG G3 versus HTC One M8

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LG G3 vs HTC One M8

Metal or plastic? Ultrapixels or lasers? QHD or 1080p? It's time to choose between two of the hottest Android phones out there

This is one of the big questions we find ourselves being asked by smartphone buyers — which is better, the LG G3 or the HTC One M8? Both of these high-end Android phones have captured the imagination of enthusiasts and technology fans since their announcement, and now both are widely available to buy in the U.S. So there's no avoiding the issue any longer — the Android Central editors are going to have to choose between the G3 and the M8.

Join us as we break things down and make our decisions ...

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3 days ago

Sony Xperia Z1 in Canada gets an update to Android 4.4.4

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The Sony Xperia Z1 on Rogers in Canada is getting an update to Android 4.4.4. The Xperia Z1 has been certified for an update to 4.4.4 since last month with unlocked phones getting the update then, but it's now Rogers' turn.

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3 days ago

The Rhythm of Fighters review

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The Rhythm of Fighters for Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

SNK Playmore's King of Fighters series is a long-running and fairly well known series of fighting games that prides itself on huge and ever-changing character rosters. Now the game itself has changed genre in the new spin-off The Rhythm of Fighters for Android.

ROF is a rhythm game featuring music from a variety of classic SNK games. As you tap along to the music, your character will slug it out with an opponent in a unique combination of the fighting and rhythm genres. With a lengthy arcade mode and 14 songs for the initial price of 99 cents, plus extra song packs available via In-App Purchase, this game will keep SNK fans a-tapping for some time to come.

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3 days ago

Hilton's HHonors app could open hotel rooms for customers in 2015

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings is prepping for a major technology update in its 4,200 hotel locations that could allow customers to do things such as open their hotel rooms with an Android smartphone app as early as 2015.

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3 days ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 28, 2014

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Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...

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3 days ago

The 2015 Cadillac ATS adds Powermat wireless charging

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And GM's quiet about it, but the CUE system also supports the Qi charging standard

Update: Cadillac has confirmed to Android Central (and a tip of the hat to Slashgear here) that the wireless charging system we're talking about here also supports the Qi standard, which explains why there's a Nexus 5 in the video. It also explains why it wasn't mentioned in this Powermat-specific press release. Original follows.

Powermat and Cadillac today announced that the 2015 Cadillac ATS (and the 2014 Escalade as well) will have Powermat wireless charging installed when the car launches this fall. That is, you place your phone on a rubber pad, and it charges. No having to plug it in, and you can charge while connected to your car via Bluetooth. Which is nice.

Or, rather, it would be nice. If you actually had a device that used the Powermat standard.

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