1 hour ago

Enjoy the party with new Minions Paradise game


Minions Paradise, the latest game from EA Mobile and Illumination Entertainment is now available on your Android devices, and it introduces you to a new Minion, Phil. The new character means well, but is a bit clumsy, and creates some crazy situations for those around him.

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1 hour ago

How to get better battery life on the Moto X Pure Edition


If you want your Moto X Pure Edition to last longer, you're going to have to give a few things up.

The Moto X line of phones has never had stellar battery life, but for most users these phones will last the day with no problem. This is especially true of the Moto X Pure Edition and its 3,000mAh battery. You're trading battery life for features with this phone, and that means it's not hard to stretch your battery beyond your initial experience if you know where to look.

Here's a few quick tips on getting more battery out of the Moto X Pure Edition.

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1 hour ago

Spotify can now use Chromecast, with some caveats


Support for audio-only half of Google's new Chromecast lineup has for some reason been kept behind Spotify's paywall.

One of the biggest holdouts for Chromecast support — that'd be Spotify — can finally take advantage of Google's excellent streaming protocol. But it's not quite as simple as it could be (or should be, perhaps), as there are a few caveats to how things are going to work.

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1 hour ago

LINE Messenger adds 'Letter Sealing' feature to make your messages even more secure


LINE Messenger, a popular cross-platform messaging app has added a new security-focused feature, Letter Sealing. The idea behind the new feature is to further protect messages as they are being sent, and prevent any unauthorized access during the message delivery phase.

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3 hours ago

Win a $200 Android Central store shopping spree!


ver wanted to just go crazy in the Android Central Store and buy a whole bunch of new accessories? Or maybe stock up on presents for the family, or just splurge and buy something really nice that you wouldn't normally get for yourself? Well, here's your shot at doing just that, on us!

We have something for all sorts of Android users in the store. Need a new case? Whether it's a rugged OtterBox-style case, slim skin case or a simple bumper case, we've got you covered. Maybe your headset could use an upgrade? We hear you! How about something to make your commute a bit safer, like a hands-free car kit? You can find all of this and more in the Android Central store.

To enter to win a $200 shopping spree at the Android Central store, just log in and leave a comment below. Tell us what you'd buy if you were given the $200 and who knows, maybe your wish will be granted! This contest is open worldwide, so everyone can enter. One entry per person please! If we catch you spamming you will be eliminated from the contest, and no one wants that to happen. We'll leave it open until October 26th, and post the winner sometime after that here on the blogs.

Good luck, everyone!

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4 hours ago

The Playboy Android app: It really is (mostly) about the articles

Playboy Android app

Ed. note: This review originally was published in May 2014. We're floating it back up amid the news that Playboy's print magazine is doing away with its nude photos.

OK, there are pictures, too. Of girls. But there's one big difference between the app and the magazine. Or at least there used to be.

In another life, some 15 years ago, I had a subscription to Playboy. As in the magazine. I'd returned home from the University of Florida, moved out of my parents' house and in with a few friends and, well, why not. I was a bachelor in my early 20s. It was time to do something (else) Mom and Dad (well, Mom, certainly) wouldn't approve of.

A couple things I remember from that era:

  1. The nudie pics all sort of looked the same. No real long-term gratification there, ya know, at least when it came to the nameless, airbrushed pictures. (Known celebrities was another matter, though. I'll never forget that first magazine that arrived, with Brooke Burke, and we'll never let the one roommate live down hoarding the issue with Belinda Carlisle, who was north of 40 when she posed — twice our age.)
  2. Never mind the timeless "I read Playboy for the articles" line — there truly was (and continues to be) some fantastic writing in there.

I'm married now. (To a woman 6 years older than me and who's also north of 40, which is just one reason why I'm smiling as I'm writing this, thinking back to that Belinda Carlisle issue. But I digress.) I have two daughters. That old stash of Playboys has long since been tossed out. (If I remember correctly, my friends and I had some sort of ceremony. Perhaps even a viking funeral pyre. But we matured.)

And now we have an official Playboy app on Android.

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4 hours ago

Moto G 2015 available from Republic Wireless on October 27 starting at $199


Republic Wireless has announced that it will begin offering the Moto G 2015 to its customers on October 27. Offering both the 8GB and 16GB models, Republic is pricing the smartphone at $199 or $229 respectively.

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5 hours ago

Sprint expands its Direct 2 You service to include several more US cities


Sprint's recently launched phone delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, has now expanded to several new cities in the US, including Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City. These new additions for the service means that 27 major metropolitan areas in the US now have access to Direct 2 You.

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5 hours ago

Twitter to lay off up to 336 team members, or 8 percent of its work force


Twitter will be laying off a number of its workers as part of an overall restructuring of the social networking company. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, it said that it plans to lay off up to 336 team members, or about 8 percent of its total work force.

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8 hours ago

Sprint to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 New York City subway stations


Sprint will be giving the millions of daily New York City subway system commuters a better way to keep in touch with their smartphone. The carrier plans to deploy 4G LTE service in 279 underground New York City subway stations. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.

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21 hours ago

Reviewed: Chromecast and Chromecast Audio for 2015


Our favorite smartphone accessory gets even better in 2015, gains an audio-only cousin — and keeps its $35 price tag.

Rare is the gadget that gets out of the way and just works. Even rarer is for that to be true when you're talking about using more than one device to stream content. We're all used to the simple-but-not-really process that is Bluetooth. Wifi Direct maybe is closer — one device talking to another directly via the Wifi protocol.

But Chromecast is different. From the first time in the summer of 2013 that we used Google's HDMI not-quite-a-dongle, it was clear it had something going. Whereas Miracast tried (and mostly failed) to push high-definition content from a phone or tablet to a display, Chromecast cut out the middleman. Your phone would initiate the stream, in a sense, telling the Chromecast what to play, and controlling the playback. But that's it. Everything else was going straight from the Internet to your TV, and not through your phone.

It worked. And what's more — it did so on the cheap. Just $35 for what has become one of Google's more innovative products. And it's sold more than 20 million of them. And it also works with iOS, and with Chrome on Windows.

But two years is a long time for one product. And so in 2015 we finally have a Chromecast refresh. In fact, we get a second, audio-only Chromecast — aptly named Chromecast Audio — to go along with Chromecast prime.

Here's our review.

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22 hours ago

Magellan announces the eXplorist TRX7, its Android-based off-road vehicle navigation unit


Magellan has announced the eXplorist TRX7, its Android-based off-road vehicle navigation solution. Featuring a 7-inch weatherproof LCD touchscreen display, the TRX7 is IP67 certified to keep you safe in the less-than-ideal conditions you may face off-road.

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23 hours ago

CloudPlayer by doubleTwist picks up Android Auto and Android Wear support


DoubleTwist's CloudPlayer, an app that turns your favorite cloud storage service into a streaming music locker, has received an update that brings along a double-whammy of improvements with Android Auto and Android Wear support.

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23 hours ago

Google Cardboard now available across 100 countries in 39 languages


Google Cardboard is now available in 39 different languages across 100 countries on both Android and iOS devices. Additionally, Google has released its developer documents in 10 languages, making it easier for developers to read and take advantage of the tools provided.

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