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Buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, get a $30 gift card

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For a limited time, if you buy an NVIDIA Shield Tablet from one of several retailers, they'll be throwing in a $30 gift card for that store with your purchase. The Shield Tablet is one of our favorite tablets, and getting as much as 10 percent back (if you opt for the Wi-Fi-only 16GB version) isn't a bad deal.

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1 week ago

Dropbox will soon let you open shared links right into its app

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Dropbox is now in the process of rolling out a new feature for mobile users that will let you open shared Dropbox links an email or in a browser right in the mobile app for Android and iOS. Opening a link directly in the Dropbox app allows you to get rich previews of documents and images and easily save files.

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1 week ago

Verizon Wireless swaps CEOs, John Stratton now in charge

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Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, so Stratton will report to the parent company's CEO Lowell McAdam.

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1 week ago

Keep an eye out for visitors with the DoorBird Video Doorbell

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Bird Home Automation has announced the DoorBird Video Doorbell, a new smart doorbell for connected homes. This doorbell includes a video camera and connects to your Android device, letting you see and communicate with people outside your home no matter where you are using either Wi-Fi or a cellular connection. The DoorBird will be compatible with a number of smart home devices, possibly including the Nest as well as a number of standards, such as Apple's HomeKit. Bird Home Automation expects the DoorBird to be available to consumers at some point in the spring of 2015.

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1 week 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.

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The process is extremely simple, and gives you step-by-step text directions that can be read by anyone on any device, whether they use Google Maps or not. And though most folks with smartphones sharing location information to another smartphone user will be better off sharing a proper Maps location, this is how you can share basic directions — read along.

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1 week ago

These are the Android devices that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0

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Samsung Fast Charging

We're still in the early days of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which gives an extra boost of charging on the front end and then slows things down to finish the job.

But already we've got a number of Android smartphones and even a couple tablets that support the new technology. This is going to be a big deal in 2015, especially as there are so many phones that don't have removable batteries. And it's an even bigger deal in the car, as a 20-minute drive can mean you get a lot more juice in the same amount of time.

And the list of phones that support Qualcomm's Quick Charge standard are growing. A number of devices released in 2014 already support it, and we'll see even more as new devices are released in 2015.

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1 week ago

Catch Russell on last night's All About Android show!

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Two momentous occasions took place Tuesday night. At one there was pomp. There was circumstance. There was prancing, parading and petting. (And quite possibly a little bit of peeing.) And, finally, judgment was passed. The other event was a dog show.

If you missed it Tuesday night, be sure to catch our own Russell Holly on the 201st episode of All About Android.

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1 week ago

Insurgent movie tie-in coming to Samsung Gear VR

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Samsung has partnered with Lionsgate Studios for a new virtual reality experience for the Samsung Gear VR called Insurgent - Shatter Reality. A tie-in to the upcoming Lionsgate film, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Shatter Reality is being billed as a fully immersive narrative that brings viewers into the world of the film.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm's new processors bring premium features to mid-range devices

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Qualcomm today announced four new processors for mid-range mobile devices.The new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 chips will enable features and capabilities previously reserved for premium hardware. The former redefine the Snapdragon 600 series with significant advances in performance with integrated 64-bit ARM A-72 CPUs, as well as the new X8 LTE modem. The 425 and 415 bring new tech like octa-cores to the 400 series.

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1 week ago

Sony aims for a profit of $4.2 billion by 2018, will focus on image sensors and games

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In its three-year corporate strategy plan, Sony has highlighted that it is aiming to attain an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) by focusing on profitable divisions within the company, such as the image sensor, gaming and entertainment businesses. While its mobile division has seen a turn for the better in recent quarters, a sale may not be out of the question as Sony looks to consolidate its offerings and focus on niche segments.

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1 week ago

NBC brings live streaming to select markets with update to Android app

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NBC has rolled out a significant update to its Android app that brings live streaming functionality in select markets as well as the ability to watch full episodes of the network's classic shows. To access live streaming content, you're going to need a subscription to a cable or satellite partner in available markets, but you can watch older NBC shows such as The A-Team, Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica and more for free even if you're not subscribed.

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1 week ago

Facebook is making apps tailored for virtual reality

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After acquiring virtual reality headset maker Oculus for $2 billion last year, Facebook is looking to cater to the medium by making virtual reality versions of its apps. Facebook's head of Product Chris Cox revealed plans regarding the social network's efforts in this segment in an interview at the Code/Media conference being held at Laguna Niguel, California.

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1 week ago

Google expands Play Store merchant registrations to 12 new countries

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Google has announced that app developers from 12 new locations will be able to offer free and paid apps in the Google Play Store. Developers from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Latvia, Estonia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bolivia, Bahrain and Jamaica can now apply to have a Google Play merchant account and collect money in their home currency.

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet update 2.2 arrives with new game choices, power optimizations

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NVIDIA's Shield Tablet (and LTE model) is receiving its version 2.2 upgrade, which is based on Android 5.0.1 and brings the ability to play new streamed games, better standby battery life and several performance improvements. This is a relatively small bump over all the improvements that came with the initial 5.0.1 update a few weeks back, but we're still glad to see any updates that bring new features and improvements.

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1 week ago

Ask AC: Can I use my phone just on Wifi without a carrier?

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This question just popped up in our Galaxy Note 4 forums, but it's one that we've seen related to other phones before as well.

We're all so used to buying a phone with intentions of using it on a carrier that we often don't consider what it will operate like without a SIM in it. Rest assured that your phone will operate just fine without active service from a carrier, leaving it as a Wifi-only device.

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