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2 days ago

Latest SwiftKey beta overhauls the UI, adds SwiftKey Hub

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The latest addition to the SwiftKey beta is SwiftKey Hub, the new location for the most popular SwiftKey settings and content.

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement, has added a new feature in the latest beta update, SwiftKey Hub. What SwiftKey Hub does is move the most popular SwiftKey settings and content to a new location, which is now found in the word prediction bar. Previously users had to long-press the 123 key to gain access to these settings, so the new location makes them much more accessible.

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2 days ago

Google Q1 2015 earnings: $17.3 billion revenue, $3.6 billion net income

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Google reported its full Q1 2015 earnings today, showing yet another strong quarter.

For the first three months of 2015, Google showed strong growth with $17.3 billion in revenue, up 12 percent over last year, and $3.58 billion in net income, also up nearly 4 percent. Advertising revenues as a whole were $15.5 billion, and Google's own websites made up $11.9 billion of that revenue, up 14 percent year-over-year. As it often likes to remind us, if foreign exchange rates had remained constant Google's revenues would have been a full $795 million higher.

In its largest business, advertising, Google saw the trend continue with aggregate paid clicks rising 13 percent over last year, but cost-per-click dropping by 7 percent. Google's total operating expenses for the quarter were $6.45 billion, a full 37 percent of revenues. Google also hired over 9,000 employees in the quarter, bringing the total employed to 55,419.

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2 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV console may be getting new 500GB option for $299

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NVIDIA is now showing a new 500GB version of its upcoming Shield Android TV console on its website for the price of $299.99

Update: Unfortunately, it looks like NVIDIA accidentally put up a development kit as an actual shipping product. The 500GB console option won't be available for consumers when it launches.

Original story: NVIDIA first announced its plans to launch the Shield console in March, with only 16GB of storage priced at $199.99.

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2 days ago

Chrome Beta for Android update brings faster online checkouts with Google Wallet data

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The Chrome Beta for Android has been bumped up to version 43 today, bringing with it faster checkouts when shopping online with data from Google Wallet.

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2 days ago

Acer's new Iconia 8 brings Intel's Atom to the U.S. this summer for $149

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Acer's latest entry into the mid-sized market is the Iconia 8 (B1-820). It's got an 8-inch IPS display (1280x800), comes in either 16- or 32-gigabyte configurations, weighs 335 grams and is 9.5 mm thin.

The Iconia 8 is powered by an Intel Atom processor and is pushing Android 5.0. It'll be available in the U.S. in July for $149 and in this month in Europe starting at €179.

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Acer has plans to launch a gaming-focused Android tablet late in 2015

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Acer will launch an 8-inch Android tablet in the fourth quarter of 2015 that will focus on gaming, but only a few details about the device have been revealed so far.

Acer introduced the Predator tablet during its New York City press event today, alongside its Iconia Tab 10 tablet and its new Chromebook.

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2 days ago

Quick look: Spigen Neo Hybrid Case for the Galaxy S6 edge

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Slim, dual-layer protection for your Galaxy S6 Edge that's got curves.

Spigen's wasted no time crafting their revered Neo Hybrid Case for the Galaxy S6 Edge, and right off the bat — you can tell they've nailed it. What sets it apart from other cases is the superior design that keeps slimness a top priority without breaking the promise of quality protection.

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2 days ago

Google Keep brings your notes to your wrist with new Android Wear support

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The latest update to Google Keep lets you keep your phone in your pocket and view your notes right from your wrist.

Google has added Android Wear support to Google Keep, removing the need to take your phone out to view your notes. Users can now browse their notes in the Keep app by saying "OK Google, open Keep", or even create a new note by saying "OK Google, take a note."

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2 days ago

Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

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Highlights is Twitter's latest feature addition which delivers a push notification daily summarizing the day's best tweets.

Twitter wants to make sure that users are not missing out on things when they are busy with other tasks, and Highlights is the companies latest way to keep you informed of what happened during the day. The idea is simple: Twitter will send a push notification to users who opt-in, giving you a recap of popular posts from the day.

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2 days ago

Acer's Iconia Tab 10 brings Android 5.0 to schools

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Acer today in New York announced the Iconia Tab 10 for Education. As the name implies, it's a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop that's part of the Google for Education scheme, "bringing accessible technology and richer resources to classrooms."

The tablet's got a reinforced body (because you know kids these days, right?) and anti-slip textured coating. The display has a 1920x1200 resolution, the hole thing weighs a little more than 1 pound and is powered by an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of on-board storage. It's also fitted with Acer's Precision Plus sensors for better use with a stylus or even just a finger.

The Tab 10 for Eduction will run $299 in the U.S. and €299 in parts of Europe starting in May.

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Sense TV shuts down April 30, HTC reminds users to download Peel Smart Remote

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HTC has made the decision to shutdown Sense TV on April 30, and they are reminding users to download Peel Smart Remote instead.

Effective April 30, users of the Sense TV app will receive a "no data retrieved" message when launching the app, as HTC is shutting it down and asking users to switch to Peel. At the end of March users started seeing warnings of the shut down, and HTC had already replaced the app on the HTC One M9.

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2 days ago

Acer's new $199 Chromebook is a Celeron-powered 15-incher

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Acer today in New York announced a new 15-inch Chromebook — the horribly named CB3-531 — sort of a Intel Celeron-powered little brother to the Acer 910 announced earlier this year and the higher-end CB5 series. The CB3-531 promises more than 11 hours of battery life for just $199.

The display — 15.6 inches, to be exact — has a 1366x768 resolution, and the whole smash weighs 4.41 pounds and is powered by an N2830 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It's got Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI, and takes up to a 128-gigabyte SD card.

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2 days ago

Samsung's next Gear smartwatch will have a round screen

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Samsung has announced that it'll release the SDK for its next smartwatch to developers before the product launch itself — and in so doing, it's given us a sneak peek at a big hardware change.

That's right, it sure looks like the long-rumored circular Samsung Gear watch might finally come to fruition. The move to a rounded watch face would explain the need for Samsung to open up the SDK to developers ahead of launch day, as the move away from a rectangular face would be a significant change for Samsung's seventh smartwatch.

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2 days ago

A second opinion on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Our Samsung Galaxy S6 review stands as our collective definitive take on this year's phone. But that doesn't mean it's not worth getting a second opinion. And I'm an interesting choice for it, having mostly ignored Samsung devices the past couple years.

But this year's different. This is the year I find out what I've been missing.

And so I've been using the Galaxy S6. A lot. Almost exclusively, and mostly enjoying it far more than I expected.

Let's take a second look at the latest next big thing.

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2 days ago

Cyanogen OS 12 update for the OnePlus One starts up again, bundles some bug fixes

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OnePlus One owners can now once again download the Cyanogen OS 12 update, following a decision to halt the rollout earlier this week.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei claimed they halted the update because they wanted to add the "Ok OnePlus" feature. However, today it looks like the Cyanogen OS 12 update rollout was stopped again to fix some "critical" bugs.

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