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2 weeks ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Clouds

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Connecting nicely to our last photo contest, the latest photo contest is looking for your best "clouds" photos. Whether you have a view from above in an airplane or high building, are looking straight up at something overhead or maybe are in a deep fog, we're sure you'll be able to get in some great cloud pictures.

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2 weeks ago

Dropbox adds support for USB security keys when using Chrome

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Dropbox has announced that it will now offer support for USB security keys for logging in via the service's website. Dropbox already supports two-factor authentication for its site and apps sending one-time codes either through SMS or authenticator apps. USB keys, also known as Universal 2nd Factor or U2F, add a new, physical dimension to securing your Dropbox account.

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Water' winners!

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The latest photo contest wanted your best "water" entry, and the forum thread filled up with dozens of fantastic entries that nailed the point. It was tough to narrow down to just two winners, but we were able to do it — check them out right here.

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2 weeks ago

Twitter begins removing 140-character limit from Direct Messages

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After originally planning to do so in July, Twitter has finally removed the 140-character limit for Direct Messages on its service. Rolling out today, Twitter users will be able to send DMs with as many characters as they wish, another step for the company to make private communications on its service even better. Everyday, millions of tweets are sent about the news, sports and many other topics, which often times spark private conversations.

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2 weeks ago

Best Buy is once again offering the HTC RE for only $99

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The HTC RE spends a lot of time on sale at Best Buy, but if you missed the previous sales, here's another chance. The retailer is once again offering the RE for only $99, a savings of $100 from the camera's regular price. Currently, all the colors are on sale, so you can select from white, blue or orange, depending on your preference.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire 526 and 626 are both coming to Verizon Wireless

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Verizon Wireless will offer two recent budget smartphones from HTC in the near future. One is the HTC Desire 526 starting on Thursday, August 13 for $120. The other phone is the HTC Desire 626, but a release date and price have yet to be revealed.

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2 weeks ago

Quick car mounting with iBOLT's magDock 360

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The magDock 360 uses magnets to secure your device in place, even when things get bumpy.

I've used my fair share of car mounts, and all of them eventually end up back in their box and packed away where they'll most likely never be used again. Things I look for in a car mount: Low profile design, no extra cables to clutter up my dash, and a secure hold that doesn't leave my phone flying when I take a sharp turn. The iBOLT magDock has surprisingly met my criteria, and is even case-friendly.

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2 weeks ago

Google launches Android Experiments, a site to showcase what you can do with Android apps

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Google has launched Android Experiments, a new site in which the company will showcase what you can do with open source Android and Android Wear apps. The new site is similar to Google's Chrome Experiments which focused on web apps, but this time around the focus is all mobile. On the site Google is showing off a variety of experimental apps, from drawing apps to wallpaper apps and more.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X Style (Pure Edition) lands Sept. 3!

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Moto X Style

Mark it, dude. Probably. The new Moto X Style — aka the Pure Edition in the U.S. — lands Sept. 3, according to a Tweet from Motorola that has since been deleted.

This is the third-generation Moto X that we recently took a look at in New York City. It sports a 5.7-inch display, will launch with Android 5.1.1 and is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor. Motorola's upped the camera resolution to 21 megapixels and promises that this one will be able to compete with anything else available.

And like previous versions of the phone, you'll be able to customize its look through the Moto Maker website, with various leather, wood and plastic backs available in a number of colors.

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2 weeks ago

What it actually looks like to use HTC Vive virtual reality

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We've talked a couple times now about what it's like to strap on the HTC Vive and enter its Steam-powered virtual world. And since then so many others have, too. But what we haven't been allowed to show you is what it actually looks like from the outside, looking around and ducking and moving every which way.

This sums it up nicely, though.

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2 weeks ago

Simpsons Tapped Out and Family Guy Quest for Stuff get new stuff

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One of the best things about city building games is they grow as fast as the cities of the gamers who play them – sometimes even faster. All the best city builders receive a constant drip feed of new content and events that keep things interesting. In fact, two of the largest and most popular mobile city builders have just gotten major updates: The Simpsons Tapped out from Electronic Arts and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff from TinyCo.

The Simpsons Tapped Out now features the fabled Monorail, as seen in the classic episode 'Marge vs. The Monorail.' And Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has a big music-themed event going on called Peterpalooza that features the voices and likenesses of six major artists. And as a bonus for Android users, unlocking all of those artists will get them a free album download from Google Play. Read on for full details!

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2 weeks ago

Back to School Sale: 20% off all accessories at ShopAndroid!

Load up on mobile essentials and stay ahead for semesters to come.

Starting today, you can save 20% on everything here at ShopAndroid you see fit for making planning, note-taking, and partying more efficient throughout the rest of school year. Stay powered up during those long days on campus with a trusty power bank, take notes with absolute precision with a quality stylus, and keep your go-to Android smartphone or tablet protected from the inevitable drop with a durable case.

To score your 20% savings, use coupon code: ABC15 at checkout to apply the discount to your entire cart. Our back to school sale is in session through midnight, August 18 — so don't be late!

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2 weeks ago

See what Qualcomm's new Adreno GPU will add to next year's Snapdragon 820

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Qualcomm has unveiled its new and upcoming Adreno 530 and 510 GPUs. The next generation in mobile graphics from the company will offer improvements in both overall performance and imaging. These new chips will be bundled with the Snapdragon 820 and 620/618 respectively, which are set to arrive in 2016 with the launch of new mobile hardware.

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2 weeks ago

Google offers Project Fi users a one-time $100 Nexus 6 replacement in cases of accidental damage

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Project Fi Nexus 6

It looks like being an all-in Project Fi customer has some benefits. It turns out Project Fi customers with damaged phones are offered a one-time replacement of their Nexus 6 for just $100, so long as they bought the phone from Google during the Project Fi setup process. All it takes is a quick call, chat or email with Project Fi support, and you'll have a new phone shortly.

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This follows in the footsteps of rather vague and unadvertised policies from the Play Store and Google Store that (seemingly on-and-off) offer free or discounted replacements for Nexus devices, but this one is hardly vague — Project Fi offers any customer who bought a Nexus 6 through Fi a one-time $100 replacement within a year of purchase, with no questions asked.

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2 weeks ago

LG launches a Google Cast-compatible curved soundbar to go with your curved TV

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LG has launched a curved soundbar in its Music Flow series of connected audio equipment, dubbed the Music Flow HS8 Wireless Curved Sound Bar. Available in Europe starting next week, the HS8 houses a 4.1 channel speaker system with an output of 360W and is compatible with Google Cast.

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