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1 week ago

Google Play gift cards now available in six European countries

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After having been listed as coming soon, Google has finally made its Play Store gift cards available in six European countries. The Google Play gift cards are available for shoppers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Denominations for the cards vary based on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden carry 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards while the 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are offered in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.

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1 week ago

VoLTE support arrives on AT&T Galaxy S4 Mini with new OTA update

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AT&T has just released a new firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini that delivers support for voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling. Though the update could be downloaded over the air, you'll need to be connected to a WiFi network to do so. In addition to VoLTE support, the update also supports emergency 911 calling without requiring a SIM card to be present.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you giving the gift of Android this holiday season?

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It's the time of year where people of all faiths and beliefs get together and celebrate. Part of that for many is exchanging a gift or two. It's a great time of year for just about everyone.

If you're getting together and giving some gifts (it's all about the giving) to friends and family, are any of them running Android? I might have a couple presents wrapped up that run our favorite operating system (forget it kids, I'm not telling) waiting to go to their new home, how about you?

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1 week ago

Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft finally battles its way onto Android tablets

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Good news for you Blizzard fans out there: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft has finally landed on Android tablets! Blizzard announced today that it has officially launched the game on Google Play — and though it was initially limited to those in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand it's now widely available.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here's how you (might be able to) fix them

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let's do that.

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1 week ago

Google says Text-to-Speech no longer needs high quality voices in latest update

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Google has recently updated its Text-to-Speech app on the Play Store to take away features. With the update, you can no longer download the high quality voices on the Text-to-Speech app, and this isn't exactly a bad thing. According to Google, the standard voice engine "now surpass[es] the quality of the high quality voices from our previous release."

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1 week ago

Brazil's new app content ratings make a little more sense than ours

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Brazil does (at least) a few things better than us here in the U.S. Beaches for one (and I say that as a Gulf Coast native, albeit one for more casual nudity and fewer beer bellies), soccer for another (though we're getting better on that front) — and now Android app ratings. Google today announced that Brazil gets is own "Brazil-specific rating" when it comes to apps in Google Play.

Developers don't actually have to do anything — these new ratings will live side-by-side with the existing ratings. They just make a little more sense.

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1 week ago

Chromecast support comes to Lyve, Fitnet, and musiXmatch

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Google announced today that a few new apps have picked up Chromecast support. You can now look forward to slinging music, pictures, and workouts to your big screen from musiXmatch, Lyve, and Fitnet respectively.

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1 week ago

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes its Android tablet debut for $9.99

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BioWare's classic Dungeons and Dragons-based roleplaying game sequel Baldur's Gate II, first released way back in 2000 for the PC, has finally arrived for Android tablets via the Google Play Store. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is now available to download for $9.99.

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1 week ago

Google Drive adds 'OK, Google' voice search to help you find files

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Google is rolling out an update to Google Drive that will hit Android devices in the next week or so bringing additional features to the cloud storage app. The new update upgrade Google Now search so you can command "OK, Google" to search for your files without having to launch the app. Additionally, custom maps can now be shared and accessed via the Drive app as well.

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1 week ago

Motorola brings holiday cheer with big savings

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Motorola is offering up a pretty sweet deal for the holidays. You can currently land some huge savings by purchasing directly from the company's online store. What kind of savings, you ask? How about $50 off purchases of $350, or $100 off purchases of $500 or more.

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1 week ago

Google Stars: bookmarking gone material

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Bookmarks are something that we somewhat take for granted. We click, click, click away on them like there's not tomorrow. I think I used 20 bookmarks today, and that's not counting personal browsing. They're not exactly classy, but they're there for us when we need them. Heck, they even follow us from device to device with browsers like Chrome.

Well, Google's looking to finally breathe a little more life and color into boring old bookmarks with Stars bookmarking manager. It's by no means a finished product, but it's certainly a step forward.

Let's take a look.

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1 week ago

Cheating at Android games? Your scores can now automatically be squelched

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Google today gave word that developers can now use automatic leaderboard tamper protection "to automatically hide suspicious leaderboard scores." That'll keep cheaters from seeing their scores shoot to the top faster than they should. (Though obviously my Sky Force 2014 process is legit among my small circle of friends.)

Google notes that tamper protection doesn't work if you're using shared iOS or Web implementations, so it's not perfect. But it's one more good tool for Google Play Games Services.

More: Google Play support

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1 week ago

The Sprint Cup is no more — after 2016

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Sprint today announced that it no longer will be the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier racing circuit at the the conclusion of the 2016 season. Sprint cited "a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities" in a press release today.

The Sprint Cup Series has been in existence since 2004, a following a year of NEXTEL CUP Series (Sprint bought NEXTEL), and that followed 32-year sponsor Winston, whose name adorned the highest level of stock car racing from 1971.

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1 week ago

How can this be real? Free wireless internet and 80% off a nationwide hotspot [sponsored]

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FreedomPop has been upending the market as the nation's first totally free 4G internet and phone provider. And now as a special to Mobile Nations readers they're offering their Nationwide MiFi 4082 Hotspot for 80% off for the holidays.

They’re tossing in a 2 GB premium data trial (normally worth $19.99), a free portable 2000 mAh power bank, and free shipping to boot! With a one-time purchase of a Nationwide Hotspot from FreedomPop, you can enjoy 100% free 4G wireless internet on any device.

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