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The best weather radar apps for American users

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Radar apps for Android

For more than just 'is it raining?'

Most weather apps come with radar, but it can leave something to be desired, especially for those who are a little more dependent on the weather's wicked wiles. For storm chasers, meteorologists, and weather enthusiasts looking for more advanced radar on their Android devices, we've looked through the cream of the crop with KXXV-TV Meteorologist Conley Isom and we've arrived at the best three for your Android. And just our luck, each one suits a particular niche for a particular type of user.

A note on location before we begin: due to the differences in meteorological services between countries and continents, we've limited this article to Level 3 radar apps for the United States. Our apologies to our international readers.

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5 days ago

YouTube reportedly considering new ad-targeting system after failing to post profit in 2014

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According to a new report today, Google is looking at implementing a new ad targeting-system for YouTube. The new system would seek to make YouTube more profitable after years of struggling to generate significant revenues.

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5 days ago

Hands on with the new Moto E with LTE

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Moto E 2015

Motorola's bottom-rung budget phone — the Moto E — has gotten a much-needed upgrade to keep up with the times.

Motorola surprised us this morning with a shiny new upgrade to its least-expensive smartphone, complete with an itty bitty cardboard press conference and everything we need to get to know this new budget phone. Like its predecessor, the new 2015 Moto E isn't meant to compete with the heavyweights in Android land. It's a $150 no-contract experience designed to offer a better experience than the often aging and outdated models that fill this space. Last year's model blew us away by how great the experience was at such a modest price tag, and now that Motorola is boasting a quad-core processor and an LTE variant (which is the model we're using) there's an expectation of greatness despite the admittedly meager offering.

Now that we've had the phone for several hours, however, it seems unlikely that this new Moto E is going to live up to that expectation.

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5 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Information

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Information is all around us, whether it's in text, colors or designs, but it can sometimes be hard to capture it with just a single photo. This week's photo contest, following the prompt "information," is asking you to do just that — and we're certain you can all take great pictures that follow the lead this time around.

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5 days ago

Google reportedly will reveal Android Pay API at I/O conference in May

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A new report says that Google has plans to reveal a new payments API, Android Pay, as part of their 2015 I/O developer conference in late May. This rumor comes after the company announced it was acquiring some technology from another payment system, Softcard.

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5 days ago

Microsoft's Keyboard for Excel app makes it easier to type numbers on tablets

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Microsoft released an experimental Android app today called Keyboard for Excel in the Google Play Store. As the name suggests, it's been developed to make typing easier for the Android version of Excel easier, but it can work with any app.

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5 days ago

Possible Galaxy S6 model shown off in leaked images

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New images of an alleged Galaxy S6 have leaked out today, detailing an AT&T prototype model featuring a glass back and front with metal sides.

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5 days ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Smooth' winners!

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Another Weekly Photo Contest has come and gone, this time filling up the forums with all of your photos that fit the prompt of "smooth." We received dozens of great entries from a variety of scenes and subject matter that fit the prompt, but we had to narrow it down to just two winners. Read along with us and see the winning entries.

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5 days ago

Alternatives to Google Maps on Android

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Android mapping apps

Google Maps is known for its fantastic mapping data and location database, but there are also great alternatives out there.

Google Maps

Just because Google Maps comes pre-loaded on your phone and tablet doesn't mean that it's the only choice for you to use when it comes to mapping. Google has put a lot of time and money into making Maps one of the best navigation apps out there, and has incredibly detailed mapping data and extra features like Street View and satellite imagery. It doesn't, however, have some often-requested features like true offline map downloads and multi-stop navigation. There are several other apps out there that do have these features, though, and many of them are even free. Let's see the alternatives for Google Maps on Android.

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5 days ago

AT&T begins Android 5.0.2 Lollipop soak test for 2014 Moto X (updated - not just a soak test!)

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Update: According to these release notes, it looks like this rollout is full blown, not just a soak test. Happy updating!

Original Story: As promised a few days ago, AT&T has started a soak test for the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for invited owners of the 2014 Motorola Moto X.

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5 days ago

Google Calendar's latest update adds several user-suggested features

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A new update for the Google Calendar app will be rolling out over the next few days that brings some useful new features. Many of these features, such as the new 7-day week view with pinch-to-zoom, have been added thanks to feedback from Google Calendar users.

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5 days ago

Google officially launches Android for Work to make enterprise push

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Google has announced today the official launch of an initiative called Android for Work. Through the program, Google has teamed up with several partners to integrate enterprise-level security into the Android platform.

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5 days ago

Google Play Music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

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Google Play Music is expanding the number of songs that you can upload and store for free. The service now allows users to store 50,000 songs for free, up from the previous cap of 20,000.

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5 days ago

How does Android Lollipop's encryption affect me?

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Lollipop Encryption

More than ever before, personal security is a delicate balance between convenience and functionality.

Being secure is all about adding layers in between the thing you want to keep safe and everything else, even you (and in some cases, especially you). Personal information, like the stuff we all routinely load our smartphones with, doesn't actually want to be secure. You have to put some work into keeping your information safe, and every step you take adds some small layer of inconvenience. In Android 5.0, Google made Full Disk Encryption something you can either enable yourself or enjoy because your smartphone or tablet has shipped with it enabled by default. Before you flip that particular switch, however, lets take a look at what you gain —and lose — through the use of this feature.

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5 days ago

Seidio DILEX Pro Case with Metal Kickstand for the Droid Turbo

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Some people don't want a case for their phone, they want armor plating with a built in cinema mode.

Big phones and kickstands go hand in hand, especially if you're the type to watch video on your lunch break or while waiting in the car for soccer practice to be over. The folks at Seidio are far from new at putting kickstands in their cases, but their DILEX Pro line take keeping your phone and go kinda nuts. It's a two-stage case that puts a rubbery interior in between a rigid plastic casing that adds some significant bulk in the process. It's also the first of the Droid Turbo cases with rubbery bits we've played with that doesn't flex inappropriately near the speaker grill at the top, which means you're way less likely to get sand or pocket fuzz where it shouldn't be with this case, but in exchange you have to live with the rigid plastic being a fingerprint magnet.

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