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2 weeks ago

How to share directions in Google Maps for Android

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Google Maps Direction Sharing

You've always been able to share a specific location, or even your own location, on Google Maps — but as of version 9.3 of the app you can now share point to point directions, just like the good ol' days (remember MapQuest?), to any app you want. The process is extremely simple, and though most folks with smartphones sharing location to another smartphone user will be better off sharing a Maps location, this is how you share complete directions.

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2 weeks ago

Parallels Access now supports S Pen remote editing on the Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge owners can now remotely access their Windows or Mac files with Parallels Access 2.5. The new version of the popular software even lets users edit remote PC files with Samsung's S Pen.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile US rolls out new Simply Prepaid plans starting at $40 per month

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Update: Clarified the post to indicate that speeds are throttled back to 128kbps (about 2G speeds) when you hit your data allotment, not 3G. Also added additional information on plan restrictions.

Original story: T-Mobile today announced a new wave of prepaid plans under the Simple Choice branding. Unlimited data, calls, SMS and limited 4G LTE will be offered on T-Mobile's network from $40 a month. Opting for higher LTE allowances will increase the price depending on how much data you believe you'll chew through.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's new $30 Android streaming box is the same size as your phone charger

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Along with the launch of the Mi Note and the 2K display Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi also announced an Android media streaming box that is about the same size as your phone charger. Dubbed the Mi Box Mini, the latest streamer from Xiaomi features 282 integrated components, including a motherboard that's about one-third the size of an average credit card.

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2 weeks ago

Google turbocharges Translate, instant translation of voice and text now possible

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As revealed earlier this week, Google has updated its Translate app with real-time text and speech translation, made possible by Word Lens integration and improvements to the translation engine.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's new Mi headphones support both over-ear and on-ear experiences for $80

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Unable to decide whether to go for over-ear or on-ear headphones? Xiaomi may have an ideal solution for you in the product that is a new pair of headphones. The company today announced the new accessory, which comes with both over-ear and on-ear covers.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi announces seriously powerful Mi Note Pro with 2K display

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Along with the standard Mi Note variant, Xiaomi will sell a Pro version of the device that offers some serious hardware, including a 5.7-inch 2K display (2560 x 1440) with a pixel density of 515 PPI, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC, LTE Category 9 connectivity (with download speeds of 450Mbps) and more. Xiaomi calls the Mi Note Pro "literally the best smartphone in the world to date."

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's latest flagship is the Mi Note

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Mi Note

Xiaomi's latest device is called the Mi Note. Dubbed the "most epic flagship device of the year," the Mi Note comes with a slew of new features as the brand continues to maintain momentum in the smartphone segment. On offer is a 5.7-inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 801, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera with OIS and dual-SIM with dual LTE connectivity, all for just RMB 2,299 ($370).

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2 weeks ago

Lightroom mobile comes to Android — here's your first look!

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Lightroom Mobile for Android

If you're a Lightroom user, this may be the easiest way to sync and edit photos on a desktop

Adobe today has announced that Lightroom mobile — the on-the-go version of its powerful photo organization and editing software — is now available for Android phones.

The broad strokes: Lightroom mobile lets you organize and edit pictures you take with your phone. (Tablet support is coming later, Adobe says.) It's also a two-way sync with the full desktop version of Lightroom, complete with auto-upload. So anything you shoot with your phone will be available in a collection in Lightroom, and any edits you make there will also appear on the phone.

This one's probably not for casual editors — Lightroom continues to be a pretty serious tool, and you'll need one of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions for it all to work. But if you're willing to put in a little effort, this might well be one of the best ways to manage and edit your mobile photos.

Let's explore.

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2 weeks ago

VLC releases preview app for Android TV

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VLC, the popular video player already for a large swath of platforms, has released a preview version of its app for Android TV today. The player, which is known for supporting a crazy number of file formats, should be a boon to Android TV going forward.

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2 weeks ago

Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

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Ambient Display

The display is the notification indicator — for better or worse

You may have heard folks talk about "Ambient Display" on the Nexus 6, with comparisons to Motorola's "Moto Display" that debuted on their 2013 product line. That's fine and dandy, because the two are pretty comparable (and Motorola built the Nexus 6). But I'm betting a good many of us have never used either, and aren't quite sure what all the hoopla is about.

We're going to break it down a bit so we all are on the same page and know a little more about it.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon rolls out update for Sony Xperia Z3v, mostly bug fixes

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Verizon has released an update to its Sony Xperia Z3V today. While it's nothing to get too excited about, it does bring a number of bug fixes and improvements to the table.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Travel

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Coming off of a week where nearly everyone here at Android Central was traveling, we thought there was no better prompt for this week's contest than "travel." Whether you flew internationally, across the state or just took a road trip to see family or friends, we're sure that you have a travel picture or two to show off this week and we can't wait to see them all.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung reportedly in talks to purchase BlackBerry [update: BlackBerry denies discussions]

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According to a new report, Samsung has approached BlackBerry for a potential takeover worth as much as $7.5 billion.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Darkness' winners!

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Considering how locked down we all were with CES last week we ran this photo contest for two weeks, and considering the number of great entries we got we're glad we did. The forums were packed full of great photos taking four pages in the thread, and in the end we somehow came down to picking just two winners. Read along and see which two were worthy of prizes this week.

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