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The LG K7 is now available from T-Mobile for $139

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LG's budget-friendly K7 smartphone is now available from T-Mobile. You can snap up the LG K7 for $139.99 up front, or you can pay for the phone in installments, putting no money down and paying $5.84 per month for 24 months.

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Straw can now let you know when new polls are posted for your favorite topics

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Social polling app Straw has received a fresh update that adds the ability for users to follow custom topics of their choosing and receive notifications when a new poll is posted for that topic.

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Android's new People API helps developers more easily tap into contact data

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Google has introduced a new API for developers to take advantage of: the People API.

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ARCHOS announces the 5-inch 50d Oxygen, coming in May for $149

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ARCHOS has announced its latest smartphone, the 50d Oxygen, which it plans to show off in full at Mobile World Congess 2016. The 50d Oxygen runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and will go on sale in May 2016 with a recommended price of $149.99.

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Latest Google Forms update makes it faster than ever to gather insight

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Google has announced a number of new features for Google Forms that will make using the platform that much more insightful. We're looking at using templates from the Forms home screen, email notifications on form submission, as well as new add-ons and Google Apps Script support.

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ASUS ZenFone Zoom Review

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ZenFone Zoom

Clever hardware elevates an already great phone line even higher, but the execution stumbles a bit.

The quick take

ASUS has taken the the already impressive ZenFone 2 and turned it into something fun for anyone who enjoys the control of a DSLR camera but isn't planning on walking around with one every day. That means you get a solid, snappy phone with a decent display and some clever camera hardware with matching visual styling to support the experience. Unfortunately that clever hardware experience is coupled with the kind of camera sensor you expect to find in a mid-range, $400 phone, and when you combine that with the outdated software on the phone the end result is decidedly mediocre.

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Hands-on with Particle Electron, a DIY IoT kit with cellular radios

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The confusing mess of products and services in the Internet of Things exists in two basic forms right now. You have the off-the-shelf products that only support a handful of things you have to buy separately in order to make that thing truly useful, or you have a pile of developer boards and starter kits that encourage you to build something yourself. The DIY space for IoT is a lot of fun if you know what you're doing, but if you're not already familiar with a lot of this equipment it can be more than a little challenging, especially if you want to do more than connect to the local Wifi network to do things.

Particle's new Electron kit hopes to fix this by offering a board with access to 2G and 3G networks as part of the package, meaning your project can go anywhere you go by default.

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Wear your Android love with a limited-edition 'I ❤ Android' t-shirt or hoodie!

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It's February, so what better time to show the love? Now you can proudly display your affection for the world's greatest mobile operating system!

These limited-edition Android Central t-shirts and hoodies are finally available in all colors and sizes from small to 5XL. The front features the "I ❤ Android" message you've been waiting to broadcast to the world; except that the heart is that of the classic Android you know and love. On the back you'll find Lloyd, the official mascot of Android Central, right below the neck. Our premium t-shirts for men and women go for $20, but if you're after something on the warmer side, hoodies are up for grabs for $38.99.

Make sure you reserve yours soon, because this campaign ends on February 14th!

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Put some love on your screen this Wallpaper Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, just ask your iPhone-carrying friends. Launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire launcher around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now, hit the break and get your wallpaper picker ready.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne mini-series game will slay walkers on Feb. 25

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Developer Telltale Games will give fans of The Walking Dead comic book another entry in its episodic game series Feb. 25 with The Walking Dead: Michonne. The first part of the three-part series will be released on that date for Android via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Skype teams up with Paul McCartney to create new love-themed 'Mojis'

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, Skype has introduced a new set of loved-themed Moji, its expressive emoji-like characters. The Skype team went the extra mile for this set of Moji, partnering with the legendary Paul McCartney to add unique musical compositions to these expressions. The sounds were all recorded over a few days at McCartney's studio.

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Transformers: Earth Wars will roll out to mobile devices this spring

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Android owners will be able to play yet another mobile game based on the Transformers franchise this spring. The title is Transformers: Earth Wars and it will be a real-time strategy game where the player will make the choice to to fight with either the good Autobots or the bad Decepticons.

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Twitter brings algorithms to the timeline, but the world will carry on as normal

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Twitter has announced the company will be rolling out a new timeline feature that aims to keep you up-to-date with people you stalk online. Enabling this new algorithmic timeline feature will see the social blogging site attempt to select tweets that Twitter feels you most care about while you're away. Fortunately for now, this optional feature is disabled by default and will remain so unless you activate it, until Twitter begins flipping the switch for everyone.

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Apple Music officially arrives on Sonos

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Sonos has updated its Controller app, officially bringing Apple Music to the home speaker system. With Sonos, you can check out Apple Music's For You section of curated playlists and albums, explore new music, play from your own library, or tune in to Beats 1 radio.

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Google will ditch Flash for advertisements by January 2017

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Everyone dislikes Flash, including Adobe themselves. Google is among those trying to push for change and has actively encouraged advertisers in the past to use HTML5 on its advertisement platform. Now the company has announced that the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing (basically everything advertised through Google's platform) will go HTML5 by January 2017. Rest in peace, Flash.

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