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Google Play update hits Pixel 2015 and Acer Chromebook R11

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We're hearing reports that the Pixel 2015 and Acer Chromebook R11 Chromebooks have a Dev channel update that brings support for Android apps and the Google Play Store. The two devices will join the ASUS Chromebook Flip as part of the testing platform to get the stable channel of Chrome OS ready for the Play Store. When the program comes out of beta, many current and future Chromebooks will be able to install and run your favorite Android apps from Google Play with no trickery or difficulties.

To get Google Play up and running on your Pixel or Chromebook R11, make sure you're on the latest Dev channel build and look for "Play store" in your settings. See here for full details.

Read: These are the Chromebooks that will get Google Play support

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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1 week ago

This Pokémon NO Chrome extension will catch 'em all (and kill them)

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Pokémon is everywhere. Here's how to put a stop to it.

So all the cool kids are playing this Pokémon Go thing. It's likely the most successful launch of any mobile game in the history of mankind, and it's infected lovingly found it's way into a bazillion websites on the internet. I get it. Popular is popular, and the people enjoying the game like to read about it and discuss everything. That's what the internet was made for. After porn.

But some of us need to take a break from Pokémon. It's not the little monsters' fault, it's us. We just need some time apart. That's where the Pokémon NO Chrome extension comes in.

Install it on your Chromebook or in the Chrome browser on any other computer. Click OK. Say goodbye to Pokémon. Thanks, developer.

Download: Pokémon NO (Chrome only)

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1 week ago

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How to find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go

How do I find wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

People familiar with the classic Pokémon game franchise may remember that wild Pokémon were easily found in the tall grass located throughout the land; however, in Pokémon Go, wandering through tall grass will probably get you more bug bites than Pokémon.

Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to track your location, and all you have to do to track down your favorite little creatures is walk! They are out and about all around you in the real world just waiting to be captured. Of course, there are a few different ways of finding wild Pokémon in Pokémon Go, and since we're not Team Rocket, we will share them with you.

Start walking

Sounds simple, right? That's because it is! You could completely forget some of the advanced ways of finding wild Pokémon and just enjoy walking around. When you get close to a Pokémon, your phone will vibrate to alert you, and you will see it on the map. Then all you have to do is tap on the Pokémon, and toss your Poké Ball!

Track Pokémon using the nearby Pokémon feature

When in Map View, you'll notice a small gray box to the right of your virtual avatar, which displays a few Pokémon icons. Some of these icons will be colored in, revealing a complete drawing of a Pokémon. These are Pokémon you have encountered in the game before. Other icons will appear greyed out. These are Pokémon you have not yet encounteres.

Tap that box, and you'll see a menu pop up with up to nine Pokémon in your local area, each with little footprint markings underneath. The number of footprints indicates how far away that particular Pokémon is. If you see a single footprint or no footprints, it means the Pokémon you are tracking is quite close. On your map, you'll see little bursts of leaves, which helps indicate where those nearby Pokémon might be hiding.

Anything with two or three footprints means you've got some walking to do, though the game doesn't make it clear which direction you should head in. You're basically playing Warmer/Colder with the Nearby feature until you find the Pokémon you want.

How do you catch 'em all?

Got any great tips for finding rare Pokémon? Sound off in the comments below!

Pokémon Go

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1 week ago

Alcatel Idol 4S unboxing and first impressions

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Alcatel Idol 4S

Alcatel's latest flagship is here, and it offers a lot of bang for the buck.

The Idol 4S was unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in February, and it's now ready for pre-order. It looks and feels like a high-end phone, but it isn't priced like one. The Idol 4S features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560x1440) AMOLED display, 16-megapixel camera, dual speakers, dual SIM slots, and more. It's also bundled with a VR headset.

We've been playing with the phone for a couple of days already, so make sure to watch our unboxing video with our first impressions!

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1 week ago

Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S specs

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The Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S follow up from last year's surprise mid-range hits, the Idol 3 4.7 and 5.5. But as so many OEMs have done in 2016, metal has replaced plastic, with an emphasis on build quality and performance.

Category Idol 4 Idol 4S Operating System Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0.1 CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
4x 1.7Ghz Cortex-A53
4x 1.2Ghz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
4x 1.8Ghz Cortex-A72
4x 1.4Ghz Cortex-A53 RAM 2GB/3GB 3GB Display 5.2-inch 1080p LTPS IPS 5.5-inch QHD LTPS IPS Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0, PDAF 16MP, f/2.0, PDAF Front Camera 8MP, front flash 8MP, front flash Storage 16GB, microSD expandable 32GB, microSD expandable Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 2.0 Battery 2610 mAh 3000 mAh SIM Dual nano-SIM Dual nano-SIM Bluetooth 4.2 4.2 Audio Front-facing stereo speakers Front-facing stereo speakers Connectivity Micro-USB v2.0 Micro-USB v2.0 FM Radio Yes Yes IR Blaster No No NFC Yes Yes Dimensions 147 x 72.5 x 7.1 mm 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm Weight 135g 149g Colors Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Metal Silver Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Metal Silver

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1 week ago

I made a pizza and charged my phone with a camp stove because the future is amazing

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This is hands-down my new favorite camping accessory.

My family is full of people who enjoy camping. Sometimes that means hiking the Appalachian Trail for a few days with no tech at all, and sometimes that means renting a few campsites together with a cooler full of tasty drinks and a fire that regularly encourages Park Rangers to come check on us. When I go hiking, the BioLite Camp Stove is usually in my pack. It's great for making a small fire and I like knowing I can charge a phone in an emergency. At a campground you already have grill tops and fire pits, so for me there's never been a need to bring something else for cooking before.

I stand before you a changed camper. This weekend I cooked the perfect pizza while charging my phone on the larger BioLite BaseCamp stove, and I'm unlikely to go family camping without this stove ever again.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Moto G4 Plus: What's $100 between rivals?

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The ultimate low-cost Android phone showdown is here!

How much difference does $200 make in the smartphone market? What about $100? At some point, these figures become both fundamental and meaningless to a person's buying decision, especially when tacked on to phones categorized "mid-range" or "entry-level".

It is with this lens that I approached a comparison I was initially reticent to do: the OnePlus 3 and the Moto G4 Plus. Why would it be necessary, given the $150 difference between mainstream models? And what is gained by trying to push some sort of narrative from two devices aimed at increasingly diverging markets?

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1 week ago

AT&T is experimenting with drones to make its network better

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AT&T has announced that it is currently experimenting with drones in order to make its network better. The carrier is currently using them for cell tower inspections and to gather real-time information, and in the future it may use them as flying towers for additional coverage. By being connected to its network, AT&T can use the drones to gather information and make immediate changes based on the needs that are being shown.

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1 week ago

AT&T pushes Marshmallow update to BlackBerry Priv

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AT&T is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv.

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1 week ago

Want a free Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Enter this giveaway!

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All eyes are currently on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, due for arrival sometime before the end of the year. While we don't currently know a lot about this new addition to the Note family, we do want to give everyone the opportunity to win one, before it even hits the store shelves! We've teamed up with VRS Design to do just that! Read on for all the details.

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1 week ago

ZTE Axon 7 goes up for pre-order in Canada for $529

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ZTE has announced that the Axon 7, its follow-up to the Axon and Axon Pro, will be released in Canada on July 27th for $529.99. Distribution will begin exclusively with Newegg, the well-known computer hardware outlet, but may expand beyond it at some point in the future.

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1 week ago

These awesome wooden Android figures will be available later this year

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Dead Zebra, the company known for its unique Android figures, has teamed up with a woodworker in NYC to create a small batch of figurines that will be made of solid wood. A small number will be available at Comic-Con, with another release coming later this year. The company also recently announced plans for a limited edition release of a Bear collectible in the coming months.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ receiving July 1 security patches from Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile are currently pushing the July 1 security patch out to both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Beyond updating to the most up to date Android security patch, the two carriers just cite general performance enhancements in each build.

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1 week ago

Catch a new Pokémon wallpaper this Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out. And since everyone's been killing their battery turning their phone into a Pokédex, we thought we'd share some wallpapers to help bring that Pokémon feel to your home screen.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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1 week ago

Adobe Lightroom for Android adds pro mode to built-in camera

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An update is now rolling out to Adobe Lightroom, bringing mobile photo editing aficionados an all new pro mode for the built-in camera.

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