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1 week ago

Google and Nestlé team up again for limited edition 'YouTube Break' KitKat bars

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Google and Nestlé have teamed up again for a branding campaign that will replace the logo on KitKat wrappers in the UK with "YouTube Break."

Extending their partnership beyond the candy-themed name of Android 4.4. KitKat, Google and Nestlé have teamed up for a campaign the will substitute the iconic KitKat logo on 600,000 limited edition wrappers with "YouTube Break" branding in the UK to celebrate 80 years of KitKat and 10 years of YouTube.

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1 week ago

Todoist's Material re-design makes task management look better than ever

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Popular task management service, Todoist, has been teasing a massive re-design of its Android app for a while now. Finally it's almost ready, and it's absolutely stunning.

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1 week ago

This week's sidebar poll: What text messaging app do you use?

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Before there were smartphones, back when we were all on flip phones and bricks, phones really only did two things: they made calls and they sent text messages.

Nowadays, our phones do a heck of a lot more, but we still consider messaging one of the most important functions of our phones. After all, these are communication devices. And unlike the flip phone days where you were stuck with the messaging app that came with your phone, today you have a plethora of choices for how you send your emoji and hilarious pics across town and around the world. Most phones even ship with two text messaging options out of the box. With all the choices in messaging, we wonder what app our faithful readers are using.

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1 week ago

BitTorrent's secure messenger 'Bleep' gets a public release and adds ephemeral messaging

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BitTorrent announced today that its secure messaging app, Bleep, has moved out of alpha and is now publicly available on all platforms, including Android.

BitTorrent Bleep, which launched in alpha form last September, is a privacy-focused messaging platform that keeps messages out of the cloud, instead sending them directly to the recipient with end-to-end encryption. With today's public release, Bleep has also picked up an ephemeral messaging feature called "whisper."

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1 week ago

The best music apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Google Play Music

Find the very best Android music players for the Samsung Galaxy S6 right here.

There are a few obvious choices when you want to listen to music on your brand new Galaxy S6, like the bundled Google Play Music, or Samsung's own Milk Music. Then there are popular streaming options like Rdio or Spotify for those that are willing to fork over a subscription fee, and free alternatives like Songza if you can deal with ads.

What else is out there for folks that like to maintain a local music library? We're here to help find you something in the overwhelming list of options in the Play Store. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from loading these apps onto any other Android device, so take a gander even if you aren't packing an S6.

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1 week ago

LG G4 trials make their way to Canada, recruitment period runs through May 24

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LG has already begun looking for testers in the UK and US, but now they are moving to Canada to get the device in the hands of more users before the official release.

If you live in Canada, love technology, and want to try the LG G4 before it gets released, you will want to sign up to try it out for four weeks. LG has already begun looking for testers in the UK and US, and now they are looking for some Canadians to help as well.

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1 week ago

Adding custom ringtones and sounds to your Android

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Ringtones declare to the world not only that you have a call, but who you are. Say something with yours.

Android is all about customization.

Don't like your launcher? Get a new one. Don't like your grey keyboard? Theme it up! Got the same ringtone as that annoying co-worker at the other end of the newsroom? Just don't like the lame sounds that came with your sweet new phone? No problem. Once you get the hang of it, the world is your ringtone.

Let awesome ring.

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1 week ago

RAW images and Android - everything you need to know

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Android Camera

RAW image capture brings new possibilities to Android photography, but not everyone will need or want to use it. Or can.

You've probably seen (or heard) a bit of talk about RAW images and Android lately. Some of us are pretty excited about what this brings to our smartphones, and the very cool stuff we can do with RAW images transferred to our computers. And some of us are a little confused about what a RAW image is, and why all these Android camera nerds are excited about it.

Simply put, having a camera on your Android that takes RAW images means you have a better set of image data to use when editing the picture than you would with a standard jpeg image. While the small sensor and fixed focal length on a smartphone means it won't measure up to a "real" camera, you can now capture shots with your Android that simply weren't possible before. HDR can only do so much ...

Let's get our hands dirty and look at what a RAW image is, and what you can do with one once you've captured it.

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1 week ago

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle FCC billing complaint charges

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Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of $158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Under the terms of the settlement, Verizon will pay $90 million, while Sprint will have to spend $68 million, for a total of $158 million. At least $120 million of the total amount will go to reimbursing consumers hit with the charges.

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1 week ago

Google brings Android One devices to Turkey

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Turkey is the latest country to join the Android One initiative, following India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and several others.

Google's Android One program is hitting Turkey with a new device from General Mobile. This will be the first Android One device with 4G, and will run on the country's new LTE network.

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1 week ago

Body Glove Satin Case for Samsung Galaxy S6

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Featuring a brushed aluminum texture, Body Glove's Satin Case isn't your average skin cover — it's made to take a beating and resist bacteria.

Skin covers are vital for proper protection — serving as the backbone for many cases for the Galaxy S6. Their job of absorbing impacts and enhancing grip around your device can't be matched, unless doubled with a polycarbonate shell. Body Glove's Satin Case, however, does the job all on its own while keeping a reasonably slim form.

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1 week ago

Foxconn is the latest to invest in Cyanogen

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Cyanogen has closed out their C round of investments with a strategic investment from Foxconn.

The team at Cyanogen has ended another round of investments, this time with Foxconn pitching in as well. To date the company has raised $100 million in funding, while pushing forward to break Android away from Google.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 30 winners of our ASUS ZenFone 2 event contest!

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ASUS ZenFone 2

We're a little less than a week away from ASUS' North American launch of the ZenFone 2, and it's time to announce the 30 fine folks who we're inviting to the event in New York City next Monday. (And, ya know, quite possible one those new phones will find their way into their pockets.)

And we won't make you wait any longer. Here they are:

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1 week ago

MediaTek wants to bring 10-core processors to smartphones in late 2015

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MediaTek wants to challenge companies like Qualcomm on the high-end with the announcement of the 10-core Helio X20.

The new 10-core processor from MediaTek has been designed so that the cores are arranged in three groups, or "clusters," which the company claims will allow the Helio X20 to handle different tasks more efficiently.

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1 week ago

Samsung releases SDK for next-generation Gear smartwatch to pre-registered developers

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Samsung is now sending the SDK for their next-generation Gear smartwatch to developers who signed up to receive access.

Developers who registered to receive Samsung's new Gear SDK are now able to download the development materials to get started on their apps. The SDK contains everything a developer will need, including an install manager, development assisting tools, sample apps, and platform images.

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