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Weekly Photo Contest: Vintage

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 Vintage

Liking the look of old things isn't just for hipsters — it's okay to appreciate the past and integrate some of those items or looks into your life today. Whether you're a fan of the old world charm or have more of an eye for modern conveniences, you can appreciate vintage items — and that's why this week's photo contest prompt is "vintage."

For their winning pictures this week, two entries will receive an Arkon Mobile Grip 2 Universal Smartphone Flexible Mini Tripod Mount, which should really help with mobile photo taking going forward!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (January 27) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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1 week ago

WhatsApp now has a Chrome web client

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About a month back, there were rumors that the Facebook-owned and very popular messenger service WhatsApp would soon be available on your computer via the web. Today, the folks at WhatsApp have pulled it off.

The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It's simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you'll be able to send and receive messages via the WhatsApp service right from your PC.

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1 week ago

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides updated with more desktop-class features

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The mobile apps for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are increasing in power with each update, and today's releases now support more desktop-class features. Google Docs gains real-time spellchecking as you type and edit, while Sheets now lets you hide specific rows and columns and Slides gains the ability to group shapes in your presentations.

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1 week ago

How to transfer files between your Nexus 6 and computer

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Transferring files is easy for most of us

Most of us reading here have a computer of some sort. Maybe it's at home and you use it to play games or to surf the Internet, or maybe it's at work and you do things that aren't nearly as fun as playing games and surfing the Internet. But if you do have a computer, chances are you'll want to copy some files between it and your Nexus 6.

While the Nexus 6 doesn't use a file system that most home computers can recognize natively, it does make use of MTP (the Media Transfer Protocol) to be able to send and receive files to and from almost every computer out there. The best news is that it's all pretty simple.

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1 week ago

Nexus Player's Google Cast Receiver updated in Google Play

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A quick heads up for you folks rocking a Nexus Player: The Google Cast Receiver — that's the part that does all that Chromecasting stuff — has been moved into Google Play (or at least updated, as folks are pointing out) for easier updating. So make sure you update it forthwith. Or whenever.

Just go into the Google Play Store on your Nexus Player, swing on over to updates and then, erm, update.

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1 week ago

Trouble sending MMS on the Nexus 6? Here are a couple solutions

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Problem lies with Google Messenger and APNs used by some carriers

Mobile communication might be shifting more towards data-based services all the time, but the humble text message (SMS) and multimedia message (MMS) aren't going away anytime soon. Both are vital functions of any smartphone, and so when one of them's not working on your device, it's no small deal. Recently we've discovered an issue affecting the stock Google Messenger app loaded on the Nexus 6 on some carriers.

Specifically, we've found that out of the box, the Nexus 6 (and Nexus 5 on Lollipop, should you download Google Messenger) fail to send MMS messages on certain carriers, including EE in the UK. (Receiving MMS seems to be unaffected.) It's a frustrating problem, but fortunately there's an easy fix.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Travel' winners!

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We're in between major travel sessions here at Android Central, so it was fitting that we had a photo contest that focused on your own travels. This week's contest drew in four full pages of entries in the forums, and in the end we narrowed it down to the two that are taking home prizes. Read along with us and see the winners.

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1 week ago

Using Smart Lock on Lollipop? Use this trick to manually lock in an instant

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Using Smart Lock on Android 5.0 is a great way to balance security and convenience, using a trusted location, Bluetooth device or NFC tag to bypass lock screen security without entering a PIN or lock pattern. However it's possible you might not want your phone completely unlocked all the time, which is why there's a simple way to manually lock your device — requiring your PIN, pattern or password to unlock — with just a button press from the lock screen.

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1 week ago

Curious about Microsoft's Windows 10 event? Here are some handy links!

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We've got more than a few Windows users among us here at Android Central, and today's a pretty big day as Microsoft's got its Windows 10 event going on in Redmond. And our pals at Windows Central are covering the heck out of it.

A couple links to follow this morning:

We'll be keeping an eye on this, too, to see what's what from an Android standpoint.

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1 week ago

FreedomPop offers unlimited access to its Wi-Fi network for $5 a month

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Budget carrier FreedomPop is now offering Android smartphone owners unlimited talk, text, and data over its Wi-Fi network for $5 a month. The service is available via the company's FreedomPop App which can log into 10 million hotspots in the US, some of which are not available for the general public.

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1 week ago

MetroPCS now offers unlimited LTE data plan for just $50 a month

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T-Mobile's prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS is now offering customers a chance to get unlimited 4G LTE data for just $50 a month. This promotional deal is being offered for a limited time.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 set for MWC debut, reports Korean press

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As the first rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 start to swirl, we're beginning to hear the first hints of when we'll get to see the upcoming Samsung flagship. Today the Chosun Ilbo reports that like its predecessor a year ago, the Galaxy S6 will make its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this March. Specifically, the Korean publication mentions March 2 as a possible launch date.

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1 week ago

Upcoming BBC News update will provide a personalized news experience for readers

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The BBC has today announced a major overhaul of both the Android and iOS News apps will be rolled out at some point this week. The broadcaster will offer a more personalized news experience for readers, allowing them to select from a choice of specialized feeds, which include apps, technology, genetics and even Taylor Swift.

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1 week ago

Acer launches two Chromebooks built to withstand the classroom

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Acer has launched two Chromebooks targeted at the education segment. Available in 15-inch (C910) and 11.6-inch (C740) versions, the Chromebooks feature durable shells that can withstand up to 130 pounds of force and survive 18-inch drops without any damage. Both models also come with reinforced hinges, with the more portable C740 getting extended metal hinges that ensure the Chromebook doesn't twist under stress.

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1 week ago

Report says that Samsung won't use Snapdragon 810 in Galaxy S6, overheating issues to blame

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Over the last few years, Samsung has stuck to a release model for its flagships that sees the inclusion of Qualcomm chips for LTE markets, and Exynos-based variants in South Korea and emerging markets. That may change with the Galaxy S6, as a report out of Bloomberg states that Samsung won't offer a Snapdragon 810 variant of the Galaxy S6 on grounds of overheating issues.

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