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Google's auto ambition will reportedly bring Android M straight to the dash

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In the next version of Android, Google could potentially sideline Android Auto in favor of putting the entire Android OS into cars. Unlike Android Auto, Android M would be built directly into the car's infotainment and navigation system and would not require the driver to plug in a smartphone.

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1 day ago

Leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover lands at Best Buy for $49

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In addition to being available on the Google Play Store, Amazon, and through HTC, the leather Nexus 9 Magic Cover is also arriving at Best Buy. Retailing for $49, the black leather Magic Cover is currently listed as out of stock at Best Buy online and through most local stores, so you may want to check the big box retailer's inventory before headed out to your nearest Buy Buy store to snag one.

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1 day ago

There are more reasons every day to consider a prepaid plan for your Android

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Prepaid SIM cards

Prepaid plans just keep getting better, even as postpaid offerings get more enticing

I wrote all the way back in September 2012 of the benefits of considering prepaid service over more traditional postpaid cell phone plan offerings. Now, over two years later, things just keep getting better for those who think outside the box and go a different route for their phone service. On a prepaid phone plan, having LTE is now the norm, while data packages keep getting larger and flexibility with BYOD is expanding.

I do have to say, however, that the increased competitiveness of these prepaid carriers have caused postpaid carriers to mix things up as well to try and entice you back to the other side. Separation of device subsidies from plans have cut down the overall cost of owning a phone for the savvy consumers, and new differentiators like inexpensive global roaming plans, shared data buckets and other add-ons make the choice a bit tougher.

But in the end if your bottom line is the be all end all for phone service, prepaid is still the way to go — and you don't have to give up as much as you used to before.

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1 day ago

Secret app updated with chat and communities

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Secret's anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.

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1 day ago

Huawei Honor 6 mini-review

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Huawei Honor 6

The first device in the new-for-Europe Honor brand mixes high-end specs and an affordable price point

Huawei's continued push in Europe has recently seen the launch of the Honor brand, and with it the Honor 6. It's an interesting proposition, in so much as it's offering a high-end Android smartphone at a low price thanks to avoiding carrier partnerships. The Honor 6 is available through Amazon for an extremely reasonable £250 all-in, and for that you get quite a lot of smartphone.

Honor is being marketed and delivered completely separately to Huawei's flagship, Ascend line, but there are a number of similarities between the two. 2014 has been an impressive year for Huawei, so does the Honor 6 close it out in style? Read on to find out.

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1 day ago

Angry Birds Epic intros player-versus-player duels

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Turn-based fantasy strategy game Angry Birds Epic has a new player-versus-player system, complete with different leagues and leaderboards. Players gather in the arena on Terence's ship and have to defend their banner while attacking those of their opponent. Participating in league play unlocks new gear for your banner, which provide unique bonuses to the owning team.

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1 day ago

In-flight texting support comes to T-Mobile LG G2 with update

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A new software update is rolling out for the LG G2 on T-Mobile, which brings a number of connectivity enhancements. The main new feature you'll notice is that T-Mobile has added free in-flight texting support. Also along for the ride are fixes for connectivity issues using Bluetooth and WiFi.

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1 day ago

Judge requires more information in Android antitrust suit filed against Google

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U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freemon has decided on Thursday that consumers suing Google in an Android antitrust suit must submit additional factual information and amend their complaint for the suit to continue. At the heart of the suit is whether Google had used its Android OS to give its apps and services an advantage over competing offerings.

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1 day ago

A look at the new Android 5.0 Lollipop quick-settings panel

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Lollipop quick-settings

A fast and easy way to change your most often used settings

The idea of easy shortcuts to settings you use often isn't new. HTC had them in early versions of Sense, and Samsung and LG have mastered them in the most recent versions of their Android interface. They are definitely handy, and something most of us probably appreciate and use. Whether you want to turn off Bluetooth or stop your screen from rotating to portrait — or much more — you'll be glad there's a better way to do it than digging through the device settings.

Google has included quick settings in Lollipop, and a double swipe-down gesture (or a two-finger drag) of the notification shade brings up the new panel. While much of this settings window looks familiar, it's worth a closer look.

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1 day ago

Verizon now lets you text Starbucks to your friends

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Verizon is helping users give the gift of Starbucks this holiday season. Through the Verizon Messages app, users can send an Starbucks eGift card of $5, $10, or $15 to virtually anyone on any U.S. carrier. The cost of the card is billed to the senders account, and the recipient simply needs to scan the barcode at any Starbucks location, or add the gift to a Starbucks card.

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1 day ago

Tales from the Borderlands hits the Google Play Store

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Hold onto your Butt Stallion, Tales from the Borderlands is now available on Android. It offers the familiar dialog-heavy adventure style as Telltale's other games, while lathering on the distinctive cel-shaded art and over-the-top antics of the Borderlands series of shooter games.

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1 day ago

Minecraft: Story Mode coming out in 2015 from Telltale Games and Mojang

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In a major surprise, Telltale Games announced today it was teaming up with developer Mojang to create Minecraft: Story Mode, an episodic game series that will be released sometime in 2015 that's based on Mojang's hugely popular sandbox game.

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1 day ago

GTA: Chinatown Wars drives onto Android devices

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GTA: Chinatown Wars has been available on iOS for quite some time, but now makes a grand appearance on Android as well. Built specifically for mobile devices, GTA: Chinatown Wars has you taking the roll of Huang Lee on a mission to deliver an ancient sword to your uncle — but as you'd expect — there are many objectives to tackle in the process.

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1 day ago

Exiles sci-fi RPG now available on Android

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The fine folks behind fantasy role-playing game Ravensword: Shadowlands have released a sci-fi counterpart called Exiles today. It features the same large-scale open world and stellar 3D graphics, but swaps out broadswords for laser rifles and full plate for mech suits. You'll find vehicles, a rich back-story, plenty of quests, different classes to try out, giant, ugly aliens to blow up, and not a single in-app purchase.

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1 day ago

Santa Phil Day 4 — Win an ASUS ZenWatch!

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ASUS ZenWatch

We've reached Day 4 of our holiday giveaway, and I'm pretty excited about this one because it's Android Wear smartwatch I've been wearing for the better part of a month now. (Well, not the exact same watch, this one will come still sealed in the box, all nice and new.) I'm talking about the ASUS ZenWatch. Our ZenWatch review will be out tomorrow, but I can easily say that it is of the two best Android watches you can buy.

And, so, it's time to win one. Here's how.

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