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The Google Now Launcher, revisited

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Google Now Launcher

How does Google's predictive card-equipped launcher measure up in 2015?

On June 28, 2012, we asked when Google Now would eventually become your home screen. On November 1 the following year, we got our answer. One of the big new features on Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5 was a re-vamped launcher that incorporated Google's predictive search and assistant app in its own panel off. The Google Now Launcher, as it was later named, followed HTC BlinkFeed as one of the first Android home screen setups to offer additional information as well as an assortment of icons and widgets.

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1 week ago

Best waterproof pouch cases for Android

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Stay calm and cool this summer with a waterproof case for your Android smartphone and tablet.

As things heat up this summer, most of us are making plans to cool off by taking frequent dips in our pool, or visiting nearby lakes and beaches. No matter where you end up, there's the constant reminder that your Android is in jeopardy the closer you get to water. And let's face it: most cases out there aren't designed to handle the sand, waves and salt. We've rounded up 5 waterproof cases for Android devices that allow you to get your summer splash on without the risk of water damage.

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TETHYS Waterproof Case

$9.99 Buy Now

This waterproof Android case comes in 2 different sizes to accommodate a variety of devices measuring up to 5.3-inches and 6.1-inches for a comfortable fit. Using a sturdy swivel lock system at the top, this case keeps everything you toss inside bone dry, whether you're floating on the surface or taking a dive. The front of the case is made of a completely clear TPU that allows you to use your touchscreen — perfect for checking missed calls, texts, or emails without exposing your device to the elements. The back features a smaller 2-inch window that leaves room for camera, as well as a 1/4-inch opening for an armband (not included). A lanyard is bundled with the TETHYS waterproof case which can be attached to the top. It's not ideal for talking on the phone nor does it float.

KONA Waterproof Case

$11.99 Buy Now

Fitting devices up to 6.3-inches, the KONA waterproof case sports a completely clear design from front to back and uses a swivel-lock system to keep water intrusion at bay. This pouch is much more basic as far as features go, but does have the ability to float and be used underwater in depths of up to 100ft. There's a premium clamp lanyard included, and the case is backed by an impressive 5-year warranty if you experience any wear after extended use.

MoKo Waterproof Tablet Case

$8.95 Buy Now

If you're planning on taking your tablet poolside, consider grabbing the MoKo waterproof tablet case — it fits devices up to 8.4-inches. The durable TPU casing with a snap and lock seal keeps your tablet and other items inside dry at all times. It's IPX8 certified up to 98ft, so you won't be restricted if you want to take some underwater photos. There's even a handy carry strap on the back along with an included lanyard that attaches to the top closure. The MoKo waterproof tablet case also comes in a variety of colors to choose from.

JOTO Waterproof Case

$8.99 Buy Now

For a more customized fit and look, the JOTO waterproof case accommodates devices up to 6-inches and features a TPU border around the edges. Both the front and back of the case share a completely clear window that makes it easy to utilize your touchscreen, take pictures, or record video above or under water. The case is IPX8 certified up to 100ft. and is secured shut by a snap and lock closure at the top, similar to the MoKo and TETHYS waterproof cases. The JOTO case floats while in the water and comes with a durable lanyard to wear around your neck or secure to your wrist while enjoying a swim. You can pick up this waterproof case in different color borders ranging from black and white to blue and magenta.

Aquapac Large Whanganui Waterproof Tablet Case

$41 Buy Now

Last up is Aquapac's largest waterproof case available, the Large Whanganui. This case is ideal for just about any tablet or for storing a variety of items inside like sunglasses, medkits, maps, money, you name it. It features the Aquaclip seal that uses 3 levers to twist open and closed when needed, and comes with its own shoulder strap for easy portability. Not only does the Large Whanganui float, but it's also completely submersible with an IPX8 rating. The front is clear for touchscreen use, while the back is more of a light gray — not camera friendly, although slightly transparent.

What are your favorite waterproof cases?

Are you already prepared to keep your Android devices safe from water this summer? We're interested in hearing what waterproof cases you're currently using or planning on picking up to keep your gadgets dry. Sound off in the comments!

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1 week ago

Catch Phil live tonight on TWiT's All About Android show

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Tonight, starting at 5 p.m. PDT — that's 8 p.m. for those on the East Coast — you can catch our own Phil Nickinson live on the TWiT's All About Android show. It wasn't long ago he was on site talking Google I/O with the folks, and tonight he will be dialing in to talk even more Android.

You can expect a whole lot of talk about the latest news, hardware, apps, and much more. The livestream will be available right here, so be sure to tune in later tonight.

More: Check out Phil on AAA 215 from May 26, 2015

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1 week ago

AT&T suspends Android 5.1 update for 2013 Moto X

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The Android 5.1 update from AT&T that was rolling out for the 2013 Moto X has been suspended for unknown reasons. AT&T has posted an update on its software update page, revealing that it has paused the push, and is working to resolve the issues.

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1 week ago

Save 40% on Ballistic Glass Screen Protectors for Galaxy S6

Today you can score BIG savings on this durable tempered glass protector for Galaxy S6 through Amazon using coupon code: S6NATION. Our first impressions were great: easy installation and clear, durable protection against scuffs and scratches. Free 2-day shipping is also available for Prime accounts if you're in a rush.

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1 week ago

Verizon reports increased earnings for Q2 2015, welcoming 1.1 million new customers

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Verizon has published its earnings report for Q2 2015. The US carrier performed rather well in the second quarter of this year, pulling in $32.2 billion of revenue. The company continues to battle competitors to retain customers, but did manage to see its churn rate drop to just 0.90% – the lowest in three years.

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1 week ago

Facebook, Google and other tech giants back Samsung in patent court battle against Apple

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We're certain patent battles are the last thing you'd like to read this morning, but things are getting interesting in the case between Apple and Samsung. The latter party has managed to garner support from various top tech giants, including Google, HP, and Facebook, who have filed a "friend of the court" briefing at the start of July, protesting against the decision to fine Samsung $548 million.

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1 week ago

Poll: Do you need the Incipio Offgrid case for your Galaxy S6?

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Incipio Offgrid case

Over the weekend we caught wind of the Incipio Offgrid case for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. In case you missed it, the case holds a 3,700 mAh battery as well as the hardware needed to add up to 128 GB of micro SD card storage to your Galaxy S6. And it's not terrible looking.

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1 week ago

What happens when you 'pause' Project Fi service?

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What happens when you 'pause' Project Fi service?

Project Fi does a few innovative things that set it apart subtly from other carrier offerings, and one of the lesser-advertised features is the ability to "pause" service on a whim without any hoops to jump through. Pausing service isn't something offered by other carriers, and lets you simply disable your phone for as long as you want and instantly resume service with the press of a button.

This isn't something you'll be doing all the time on Project Fi, but it does turn out to be a neat feature. We're going to show you how it works.

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1 week ago

ASUS Chromebook Flip specs

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The ASUS Chromebook Flip is the first 10-inch convertible Chromebook, which means it can work as a traditional laptop but also fold into multiple positions, including a tablet-like mode that leverages its touchscreen capabilities. The external hardware is neat, but the specs running the show under the hood are also important.

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1 week ago

NFL Game Pass will let you watch the whole football season on-demand

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The NFL will soon offer a new on-demand video feature to users of its NFL Mobile app called Game Pass. With Game Pass, fans will be able to watch all 256 regular season games on-demand through the NFL mobile app, as well as on a number of set-top boxes. In addition to regular season games on-demand, you'll also be able to watch live, out-of-market pre-season games, as well as the entirety of past seasons since 2009, including Super Bowls.

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1 week ago

Open your watch face options with Minimal and Elegant for Android Wear

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If you thought minimalist meant there was no information but the time displayed, then boy were you wrong. The Minimal and Elegant watch face is exactly what it claims to be, but is also a gorgeous watch face for Android Wear With access to tons of customizable features, weather, time, and the full date, it tells you everything you need at a glance without appearing cluttered or messy to the eye. If you haven't checked out this watch face yet, then keep reading!

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1 week ago

Google Cardboard versus Samsung Gear VR

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Google Cardboard and Gear VR

Should a $20 virtual reality system made of paper be uttered in the same sentence as tech from Samsung? You might be surprised.

It's been an interesting year for virtual reality. We've seen massive leaps forward in helmet-style VR systems in finished form of Oculus Rift and the not-quite-finished HTC Vive, with Sony's own Project Morpheus preparing to follow suit for the PS4. By mid-2016 you'll be hard-pressed to find a AAA game that doesn't offer some form of immersive benefit that can only be found by strapping one of these things to your face.

At the same time all of this has been happening, smartphone-based VR has been gaining momentum. We've seen Samsung partner with Oculus to produce a not-quite-commercial VR system with its own ecosystem of software, with Google's Cardboard gaining well over a dozen manufacturing partners and offering support for just about everything with a screen.

Each is an impressive offering in its own right, but choosing between the two if you've got a device that supports both isn't easy. To make that decision, you'll need to think about where and why you want a VR experience, as well as what you're willing to spend on that decision.

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1 week ago

Google+ Photos shutting down on August 1 in favor of Google Photos

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Now that Google Photos has been live for a couple of months, it looks like it's time to shutter Google+ Photos. Google announced today that on August 1, the photo section that was integrated into the Google+ app will be shut down in favor of the separate Google Photos app.

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1 week ago

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle features classic NEOGEO games on Android

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The Humble Bundle team has launched their latest Android-based collection of games that can be purchased with the "pay what you want" business model. This time, the Humble Mobile Bundle has a collection of classic NEOGEO games to check out.

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