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1 week ago

Jawbone to begin shipping UP3 on April 20, revises water resistance expectations

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Jawbone has announced today that its UP3 fitness tracker will finally begin shipping to pre-order customers in the US on April 20.

Though the UP3 was originally announced in November of last year, pre-order customers have been left waiting several months for the fitness tracker to ship. In a blog post today, Jawbone explained that the delay was mainly caused by issues with achieving consistent water resistance levels during manufacturing.

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1 week ago

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land mobile game delayed until fall 2015

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The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, an ambitious mobile game based on the hit AMC zombie TV series, will now be coming out this fall, instead of early 2015.

The news about the game and its delay comes as part of a new feature from Entertainment Weekly.

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1 week ago

Android Wear on iPhone: How it might happen and what it'll mean

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Android and Apple

The slow trickle of rumors surrounding iOS support for Android Wear came to a head today, with a report from The Verge stating that Google is a "close to finishing the final technical details" involved with getting its wearables to work with Apple's phones.

On the face of it, it seems surprising — an unholy union of Apple and Android. The mere possibility of Android Wear support coming to the iPhone with the Apple Watch imminent raises several questions, not least how Apple might react to an Android-branded thing encroaching on its ecosystem. Will Cupertino block the companion app because it's Android Wear? Will the company throw up roadblocks simply because it's a competitor?

We'll examine these questions and more after the break. Read on.

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1 week ago

Google announces enterprise-focused Chrome Live event for April 22

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Google has announced Chrome Live, an online event that will focus on Chrome in the enterprise.

Chrome Live will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. EDT. It will focus not only on Chrome, but also Chrome OS devices like Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

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1 week ago

The ultimate guide to Android photography

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Android Photography

All you need to know about using the camera on your Android in one place.

For many people, the camera is one of the deciding factors when buying a new phone. Some phones have better cameras than others, but chances are the Android you have now (as well as the next one you buy) is capable of taking very nice pictures, once you learn a bit about how it works and ways to tweak the performance.

We have a full Android Photography hub filled with great articles about pictures and taking them with your Android, but we also wanted to group the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your camera in one place. You've found that place.

Have a look through this great set of tips — from beginner to expert — and get on the path to taking better pictures with your Android.

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1 week ago

Google said to be close to getting Android Wear watches to work with iPhones

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Sure, the Apple Watch is just around the corner, but that's not going to stop Google from continuing work on getting Android Wear to work with iOS.

It's been rumored and reported for a while now that Google was working to get Android Wear to be properly compatible with the iPhone, and it appears that they're rapidly approaching the point of actually seeing a release.

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1 week ago

The Galaxy S6 bloatware's not bad, it's just misunderstood

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Galaxy S6 applications

(Actually, it is bad. It's just that by the time you get to it, it's too late to really do anything about it.)

We hate bloatware. Let's stop mincing words. Most everyone hates it, and every time a new phone is released the topic comes up, because the folks making the phones and the carriers selling them all like to put "value-added" applications on the phone before they sell them. Some of these preloaded apps are useful to some of us, but those useful ones can just as easily be downloaded through Google Play by the people who actually want them. Heck, I install the same Yellow Pages app on my phone that AT&T forces on me. It's the forcing we all take issue with.

Recently, folks have been talking about the bloatware on the Galaxy S6 (and, yes, the edge model, too) and how you can't really remove it. While that's an issue of its own — once paid for you own the phone hardware — some are concerned about these apps taking away space for your own applications.

But it doesn't really work that way. We'll explain.

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1 week ago

Snapseed 2.0 adds new filters, tools, and non-destructive editing

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Photo editing app Snapseed has hit version 2.0, adding a number of new editing tools to help you get the most out of your photos.

Snapseed received its last major update in October 2013. Version 2.0 adds a number of new tools, including a non-destructive editing feature called Stacks.

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1 week ago

Amazon Prime Music Stations now available on Android

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Android users can now enjoy unlimited ad-free access to Amazon Prime Music Stations.

Amazon has made Prime Stations, part of the Prime Music platform, available for Android users. Members of Amazon Prime will now be able to get unlimited access to Prime Stations, which offers an ad-free internet radio.

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1 week ago

Unnecto Air 5.5 — a dual-SIM phone for the US

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Unnecto Air Collection 5.5

Unnecto's latest smartphone isn't the best or the prettiest, but it serves a purpose not many other US phones bother with.

The sub-$200 smartphone market has never been more interesting than it is right now. We've seen impressive offerings from manufacturers big and small over the past year, and news that Qualcomm will be partnering with Cyanogen for the next wave of QRD offerings means the software is about to get a lot less awful for a lot of these inexpensive devices.

That doesn't mean the current offerings aren't compelling, and there's no greater example of this than the latest from Unnecto. The Air 5.5 is a surprisingly functional $169 smartphone built to be sold as a dual-SIM smartphone in the US, but it's not totally clear whether or not that's something useful here yet.

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1 week ago

Grab a refurbished 32GB HTC One M7 today only for $150 on eBay

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Today's Daily Deal on eBay is a refurbished HTC One M7 for the low price of $149.

If yesterday's technology doesn't bother you, eBay is offering an amazing deal on the HTC One M7. For April 9 only, you can score a 32GB HTC One M7 for only $149.99. The deal is for refurbished, factory unlocked One M7's in your choice of blue, black, or silver.

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1 week ago

Sprint releases Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Edge users on Sprint are beginning to see the Lollipop update hitting their devices.

Sprint is the latest US carrier to begin pushing out the Lollipop update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note Edge, joining AT&T and T-Mobile who have already rolled it out. The update, which brings Android 5.0, will have Google's Material Design along with revamped notification handling, and various other enhancements as well.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 sales on T-Mobile nearly double that of the Galaxy S5

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We suspected that the Galaxy S6 would be a strong seller for Samsung, and the latest news from T-Mobile confirms just that.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 officially launches on April 10, but pre-orders and online presales of the device have rocketed it up above its predecessors. According to T-Mobile, the Galaxy S6 on at least that carrier has sold at twice the rate of the Galaxy S5.

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1 week ago

Dunkin Donuts and Seamless add Google Wallet support for faster checkouts

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Google has announced that both Dunkin Donuts and Seamless have integrated Google Wallet for quick and easy payments when on your Android device.

Ordering food and drinks from your mobile phone is becoming more and more popular, and Google is working to make payment for these items even easier with the use of Google Wallet. Starting today users can refill their Dunkin Donuts cards, as well as pay for their Seamless order without having to enter credit card information.

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1 week ago

Top 5 chargers for HTC One M9

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Need help finding the best chargers for HTC One M9? We've got you covered with 5 favorites that will do the job.

We know for certain that the HTC One M9 comes packed with Quick Charge 2.0, which is awesome. But, why not include a quick charger with the device to make the most of that feature? Instead, HTC's provided a standard 1.5A charger — which still has us scratching our heads — but there it is.

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