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Lync 2013 gets updated for Android with new anonymous join feature and more

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Microsoft has released an update for its Lync 2013 business messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds a way to join an online meeting without a Lync account, along with some other new features.

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1 week ago

Vodafone U.K. starts Android Lollipop update for LG G3

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Vodafone users of the LG G3 in the U.K. should start seeing an update being pushed out to their phones. According to our readers, the LG G3 on Vodafone U.K. is now being updated to Android Lollipop. News of Lollipop arriving in the U.K. follows LG's push of the software out in Poland about a month earlier.

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1 week ago

Nexus 5: Past, present and future

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Nexus 5

A year on — and with an all-new version of Android — how does Google's 5-inch handset measure up?

I've used the Nexus 5 — Google and LG's last Nexus collaboration — on and off for the past year. The phone never quite managed to become my daily driver, mainly due to underwhelming battery life and the arrival of newer, shinier things in the earlier part of the year. Regardless, the N5 has never been too far from my side. This summer it was the first phone to get a sneak peek at Lollipop through the "Android L" preview, and it was among the first to get Android 5.0 proper last month.

Unlike previous years, Google's keeping the older Nexus handset around for the time being, selling it alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the same price point it launched at in November 2013. (Though Play Store availability remains sporadic.) So the Nexus 5 isn't quite dead yet. But how does it compare to other handsets running Android 5.0? Is it still worth the money twelve months on? And might we see another smaller Nexus handset in 2015? Read on for our take on the Nexus 5, twelve months on.

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1 week ago

Nexus 9 with LTE now on sale in the Google Play Store

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Just a few hours after T-Mobile began selling the LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet, the device is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store as well.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry updates its BBM app with support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and more

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BlackBerry has released an update for its BBM messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds, among other things, support for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices.

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1 week ago

Motorola Droid Turbo or Moto X (2014): Which should you buy?

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Droid Turbo and Moto X (2014)

Motorola's flagship and the latest Droid are cut from the same cloth, but each excel in their own areas

Since Motorola took over the job of making all Droid phones for Verizon, it has put customers on the carrier in an interesting position of choosing between the leading Droid device and the latest Motorola flagship. This year that's the Moto X (2014) and the Droid Turbo, which are clearly based on a similar platform but diverge in outward appearance, features and point-by-point specs.

If you're on Verizon and interested in the top phones on the carrier, there's no doubt you'll have both the Droid Turbo and Moto X on your short list — we're going to help you make the final decision between the two. Read on and see which is best.

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1 week ago

Google Play Newsstand expands its reach to Mexico and three more countries

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Google continues to expand its Google Play Newsstand so it can be offered in more places around the world. This week, the online magazine store went live in four more countries, including Mexico.

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1 week ago

Google Maps adds highway lane guidance for several European countries

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European users of Google Maps now have a new update that offers voice-guided lane navigation for highways located in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.

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1 week ago

HTC is now selling the Nexus 9 Magic Cover for $39.99

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The new Nexus 9 tablet may be branded as a Google hardware product, but its made by HTC. Now the company has quietly added the Magic Cover accessory for the tablet that combines the features of a cover with a stand.

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1 week ago

AmazonFresh grocery delivery now requires Prime membership in Seattle, expanding confusing strategy

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We all begrudgingly came to terms with Amazon Prime increasing its yearly fee to $99, but now if you're an AmazonFresh customer in the Seattle area you'll likely be okay with the price bump. In a message sent out this morning, AmazonFresh — the grocery delivery service run by Amazon in select cities — informed Seattle-area customers that they will now be required to have a Prime membership in order to take advantage of the service.

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1 week ago

Plex updates its Android app with support for mobile playlists and more

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The Plex media streaming app for Android has been updated this week in the Google Play Store with a number of new features, including support for playlists in its mobile layout and more.

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1 week ago

The Best Straight Talk Phones

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We’re assembling the absolute best phones available on Straight Talk so you can figure out which you want to grab as quickly as possible. You’ll find everything from high-end to affordable prepaid phones here.

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1 week ago

The Price of Fame is a new Android game from Lindsay Lohan

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Lindsay Lohan has released a game for Android called The Price of Fame. The game focuses on elevating the star you create to the top of Hollywood.

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1 week ago

HTC Desire Eye reviewed

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Selfie. The first time I heard the word I paused. Do we really need a term for taking a photo of yourself at arm's length with a crappy front-facing camera? (I may have used stronger language). That was a few years ago. Today the term has exploded in use, and smartphone cameras aren't quite so little and crappy anymore, but I still hate even reading the word, much less using it. It's spawned dedicated social networks, a horrible (and blessedly short-lived) ABC sitcom, and now the HTC Desire Eye smartphone. There's more than the front-facing 13-megapixel camera at play here, but it's the defining feature on the face of this device.

It's a sign of the times that a manufacturer like HTC would feel compelled to release a phone with what should be a high-quality, high-resolution a camera dedicated to taking pictures of the user. But that commentary on the state of our society is probably for another day. Seeing somebody taking a selfie today isn't a surprising thing. Walking through Times Square or the Champ de Mars you'll see selfie-taker after selfie-taker. It might prompt an eye roll or two, but it's not a crazy, narcissistic thing anymore.

The HTC Desire Eye, however, is a surprising and kind-of crazy phone. The big center-mounted circular lens at the top dominates the face of the phone, like the eye of a cyclops. It's so dominant that you don't even notice that the phone's ringed in red, or how the the speakers are artfully hidden, or that there's a dual-LED flash up with that front-facing camera. For better or worse, the HTC Desire Eye is the selfie phone, and this is our review.

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1 week ago

Photo of a Samsung Galaxy S6 prototype has reportedly leaked

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