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Viewranger GPS for Android Wear makes sure you never get lost in the woods

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Spending a few hours hiking, or biking through the woods can be a fun and relaxing way to get a great workout. Getting lost because you're bad with maps is not. For a while now we've seen fitness apps of various kinds make a name for themselves, but Viewranger GPS does it differently. Offering tracking stats on time and distance, fantastic maps, and detailed information on position, this is the app for anyone who enjoys spending a great deal of time outdoors.

Viewranger GPS for Android wear is a fantastic app rife with features that we haven't seen too much of. Most of your options, the settings, and all of your map options are available exclusively on your phone. While you can't edit anything from your smartwatch, you do still have access to plenty of information.

You have four basic screens, each of which you can get to by opening the app and swiping to the left. You can start, pause or stop a trip, which will trigger the app to open your phone and start tracking you. The fourth screen is labeled Details, and if you tap it, you'll get all the details of your current trip and location.

You start off on the Tracking screen. It gives you some elevation information, how far you've traveled during your trip, and how long your trip has taken. The Position screen includes your map coordinates, along with elevation information. The third screen in on the watch is Heading, and from it you can see wind conditions along with a compass. All together they form an invaluable tool for anyone who hates carrying a physical map around with them when they're on the go.

If you decide to give the route from your smartphone, you'll get access to one more feature available on Android Wear. The Navigation option gets it's own screen in details. It gives you a compass arrow that continuously points the way to your next waypoint. It also gives you a running countdown of how far you need to go to get to your next waypoint.

Viewranger GPS is definitely an app that keeps the outdoorsy set in mind. With access to maps, GPS coordinates, along with tracking and position info, it's a great addition to your arsenal. This app is a fantastic way that fitness and technology have continued to merge, letting you slim down when you hike or spend your day in the woods.

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1 day ago

YotaPhone 2 won't actually make it to the US, despite successful Indiegogo campaign

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The YotaPhone 2 won't be making its way to the US, even after the company successfully funded the mission on Indiegogo. In an update sent to backers, Yota Devices has revealed that the logistics of getting the phones in the hands of the US backers would take far too long.

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1 day ago

Fruit Attacks has invaded, so get ready to blast some fruit

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Fruit: it's an important part of a healthy diet. But like anything else, too much fruit can be bad for you. Especially when the fruit turns against us, as in the new action puzzle game Fruit Attacks from En Masse Entertainment.

In Fruit Attacks, an army of alien fruit is slowly descending towards the earth. Players will have to blast the fruit invaders out of the sky with the help of cute creatures called SATIs. With a unique two-touch aiming system, vibrant art, and lots of stuff to collect and upgrade, Fruit Attacks might be freshest puzzle game you've played in ages. Read on for details!

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1 day ago

Cricket Wireless to add unlimited calls and texts from Mexico and Canada to the US in August

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The no-contract carrier Cricket Wireless will offer customers on its $50 and $60 a month plans unlimited calls and text messages from Mexico and Canada to US starting in August. Cricket already offers those customers unlimited calls and text from the US to Canada and also from Mexico.

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1 day ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, July 2015

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Mobile Nations Community Update

July has come and gone (well, it's almost gone), and that means it's time for the Mobile Nations Community Update! This month we take a look at the best contests, recent happenings, hottest forum threads, and more from Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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1 day ago

EE launches new Euro Pass to let you use 4G abroad from just £3 per day

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EE has announced a new Euro Pass for customers who wish to take advantage of unlimited calls, texts and data allowances abroad. From just £3 a day, you'll be able to call and text all your friends while lying on the beach, accompanied by up to 100MB of 4G per day. This new add-on is available in 39 European destinations.

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1 day ago

NVIDIA recalls some Shield Tablets because of possible fire hazard

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NVIDIA today announced a voluntary recall of some of its 8-inch Shield Tablets because of a concern over the battery overheating and possibly causing a fire.

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1 day ago

Microsoft wins patent court battle against Google to lower licensing fees

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Microsoft has scored a victory against Google in the courts. Redmond won an appeals court ruling that could lower the rates numerous electronics makers pay to license technology for smartphones and personal computers. The appeals court in San Francisco upheld a $14.5 million jury verdict against Google for unfairly demanding excess amounts from Microsoft for patents covering Wi-Fi and video downloads.

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1 day ago

Razer CEO talks OUYA, Forge TV and upcoming game streaming service in AMA

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In an AMA session on Razer's website, CEO Min-Liang Tan answered questions regarding the future of OUYA, whose software and publishing wing was acquired by the accessory maker earlier this month. Tan revealed that OUYA's platform will be integrated into Razer's Android TV offering, Forge TV, by Q4 2015:

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1 day ago

Google defies French request to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally

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Last month, French privacy watchdog CNIL ordered Google to delist "right to be forgotten" requests globally and not just from Google's European properties. Google has now issued a blog post stating that it would not comply with the French regulator's demands:

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Samsung teams up with MasterCard to launch Samsung Pay in Europe

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Samsung is trialling its contactless payment service, Samsung Pay, in South Korea, and is set to launch the service Stateside with its next wave of flagship phones. The vendor announced today that it would be extending its partnership with MasterCard to bring Samsung Pay to Europe.

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NVIDIA rolls out Android 5.1.1 update to the Shield Tablet, fixes audio issues

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Android 5.1.1 update is rolling out to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, with the OTA coming in at 767MB. According to the release notes, the update brings stability and performance improvements, along with system-wide optimizations and audio fixes.

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2 days ago

OnePlus 2 reservations pass million mark

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The new OnePlus 2 was just unveiled earlier this week, but it's already showing signs of momentum that blow its predecessor out of the water. The waiting list for an invite to purchase the OnePlus 2 has surpassed one million people just days after its unveiling. From OnePlus:

In comparison, the original OnePlus device has sold over 1.5ql million units to date, an extraordinary testament to the growth of the brand since its founding December 2013. Following the global success of last year's OnePlus One, the launch of the OnePlus 2 reaffirms the brand's commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today.

At the time of this writing, the reservation list stands just a hair above one million. No matter what you think of the invite system, those are some impressive numbers for a still relatively small company just days after the smartphone was announced.

Have you already thrown your name in the hat for a OnePlus 2 invite? Let us know in the comments below, and also be sure to check out our hands-on with OnePlus' latest "flagship killer" at the link below.

More: The OnePlus 2: Hands-on with the well-hyped Android smartphone sequel

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2 days ago

How to use Tasker to shuffle your playlists on Sonos by voice

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If there are two things we love in the modern home, it's Tasker and Sonos. Tasker is an absurdly powerful Android app that can fire off actions when certain triggers are met. Sonos is a polished lineup of connected home speakers that talk to each other seamlessly and plug into every streaming music service out there.

Without an IFTTT channel, it can be a little hard dealing with your Sonos using anything but the official apps, but with a bit of elbow grease you can get Tasker to play nice with your beloved sound system. Here we'll break down how to get a fresh, random playlist started with the bare minimum of fiddling with your phone.

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2 days ago

Android Central's summer accessory guide

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The best summer accessories

Gear up for the summer!

We've spent a little over a week diving into phone accessories that are perfect for the summertime. Now we're ready to wrap it all up. There's been a big focus on rugged and waterproof accessories to handle your extreme adventures, though you're likely to find many of these useful year-round.

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