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1 day ago

NPR One on Android Auto: Public radio with even less frills

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NPR One on Android Auto

Public radio isn't exactly known for being fancy. And the NPR One app on Android Auto is a testament to that.

Android Auto

I currently have three ways to listen to National Public Radio in my car. There's terrestrial radio — which, despite every sentence that comes after this one, isn't going away anytime soon. Then there's satellite radio, which I've been enjoying for years now. And now I have the NPR One app on Android Auto.

That's a lot of pledge drives.

But as far as Android Auto apps go, NPR One might actually be the most restrained we've seen.

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1 day ago

From the Editor's Desk: A week to remember ...

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Well, that was one hell of a week. Marriage is marriage, at least in the eyes of the government. Flags come down, flags go up. And Taylor Swift saves music as we know it. Or something. If you didn't expect to come out of last week an expert in recording industry contracts or constitutional law, don't worry. You're not. (And certainly neither am I.) But that doesn't mean there's not a lot to be excited about.

And I can't help but wonder (again) how this past week in the news might have been different 10 or 15 years ago. Could it have even happened in a world without Twitter and Google and Facebook? Or would change just have happened much more slowly? Would we care about the Running of the Interns?

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2 days ago

What radio bands do I need on my unlocked phone?

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Unlocked phones

SIM unlocking is only half the battle — you need network support, too.

Buying an unlocked phone you can freely use on any GSM carrier is a great idea. You can get a great phone at a reasonable price now, and not being tied to any carrier's payment plan or network contract puts you in control of where and how you use your phone.

But you'll need to make sure the phone you're buying is not only unlocked, but has the hardware support needed to use on the network you plan to use it on. That's not nearly as easy, but we can help.

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2 days ago

The Nexus 6 is the best Android flagship you can buy today

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Nexus 6 in black and white

The best Android phone is more than just the sum of its parts.

We're at the time of the year when most of the big players in Android hardware have shown us what they have to offer (waiting on you, Motorola) and many of us have had a chance to try them all.

There is some really good, and interesting, stuff out there in 2015. We've moved past the gimmicks like 3D and dual-camera lenses, and the folks who make Android phones have worked hard to deliver something for everyone.

But after all the dust settles, the Nexus 6 is the best Android "flagship" you can buy, even though it's not the newest.

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2 days ago

There's still nothing out there quite like Google Glass

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Google Glass Explorer

Google's fantastic trip into wearable technology may be on pause right now, but it's still leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.

Three years ago today, Sergey Brin introduced Google Glass with a team of skydivers jumping from a blimp and live-streaming themselves descending from the heavens onto the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Sitting in the audience that day, I could feel the electricity in the room as Brin explained what the funny blue thing was strapped to his face. Google Glass had an explosive introduction to the world, and while many suggest this started a hype train that ultimately lead to its downfall, I find myself sitting behind my keyboard wondering what any other company in the world has to offer today that comes even close to what Google has been tinkering with for half a decade now.

The short answer is nothing, and it's unlikely we'll see anything quite like it until the team currently tasked with improving this already incredible device take to the stage again.

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2 days ago

Hands-on with the puregear Folio Wallet Case for the Galaxy S6

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Leave the wallet at home with this stylish Galaxy S6 case.

The puregear Folio Wallet Case provides protection, style, and function to your Samsung Galaxy S6. Three slots on the front flip cover allow you to stash enough credit cards and ID for a quick run out the door. Press-through buttons provide full access to lock and volume keys, and strategic gaps allow the microUSB port, speaker, headphone jack, microphones, camera, flash, and heart rate sensor to peek through.

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3 days ago

Dual-sim unlocked phones - do you need one?

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ASUS ZenFone2 dual SIM

Having two SIM cards doesn't bring any magic, but it does bring a lot of convenience for folks who need two lines.

Honestly? You probably don't need a dual-SIM phone. Don't get me wrong, I know plenty of people out there do have a real need for more than one number being able to send and receive calls and messages from one phone, and it's great that the option is available. But some of us think of dual-SIM phones as some sort of magic, because double the mobile network connection means double the awesome.

That's not really how it works. Lets take a look at one of the recent "popular" dual-SIM phones, the ASUS ZenFone 2, and just what you can — and can't — do with two SIM cards.

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3 days ago

Android Central 242: Save Us, Taylor Swift!

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Audio-only stream below

Here we go again! On this week's show: We're taking a look at some unlocked phones that'll work in North America — and that you won't be ashamed to use. Plus, we watch people do some really dumb things with their phone's battery, see what's up with streaming music and how Taylor Swift can save us all, and we'll answer your questions live on air!

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3 days ago

Broadcasting Android games on Twitch

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Twitch Interface

After announcing that Android Central was headed to Twitch, we had more than a couple of people ask how streaming games from an Android device to Twitch actually worked. Since Twitch is all about making it easy for everyone to stream every game they are currently playing, it seemed only right to share the ways you can go from sitting on your couch with phone or tablet in hand to sharing your latest victory on Twitch.

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3 days ago

Android 5.1 soak tests begin for the Moto G (2013) in the U.S., Verizon Moto X (2014) [Update: AT&T, too]

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Motorola's David Schuster is certainly on a roll lately. Taking to Google Plus once again, Schuster has announced that Android 5.1 soak tests have begun for the Moto X (2014) on Verizon and the Moto G (2013) with LTE in the U.S..

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3 days ago

Interactive fitness apps worth checking out

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Fitness apps are nothing new, but getting motivated to work out can often be the difficult part. That's where the emerging genre of interactive fitness apps come in. These apps use your activity to tell you a story, motivate you, and make your workout seem more like a game. There are plenty of them out there, but we went ahead weeded through them to find the apps you definitely don't want to miss.

If you're having trouble getting started, these apps are a great place to get motivated.

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3 days ago

In pictures: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 active

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Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 active

These two phones share the same core, and not much else in terms of design.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active are made for people with different design sensibilities. One is sleek, smooth, shiny and maybe even beautiful — the other is built to take a beating, and doesn't necessarily care that it's a little bigger than other phones.

We've talked about the subtle differences between the two phones, now let's look at the clear physical differences. Here's what the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 active look like side-by-side.

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3 days ago

The Pip-Boy included in the Fallout 4 Collector's Edition will fit the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5

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Last week at E3 2015, Bethesda Softworks revealed plans to release a collector's edition of their upcoming post-apocalypse game Fallout 4, which will include a real Pip-Boy housing that allows you to slot your smartphone inside and wear it on your hand while using it in tandem with a second-screen app. Now the publisher has revealed that the Pip-Boy will come with foam inserts that will fit a number of smartphones, including Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.

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3 days ago

Microsoft's latest OneDrive update brings Chromecast support

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Microsoft continues to add new features to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices. This week's update adds Chromecast support for the app for the first time.

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3 days ago

2K puts XCOM: Enemy Within, NHL 2K, and WWE 2K on sale for Independence Day

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From now until Monday, July 6, 2K Games is holding a sale on some of their mobile titles to celebrate Independence Day. The sale includes discounts on NHL 2K and tactical strategy title XCOM: Enemy Within.

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