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2 weeks ago

HTC to offer free broken phone replacement for first year with 'Uh-oh' service

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HTC One M9

HTC appears prepared to offer you a replacement device for up to a year if your phone is damaged, or you change carrier.

HTC is hosting a live stream tomorrow that it's dubbed "Uh-oh", with little more than an image of the new HTC One M9 to explain what is going to happen during the event. A quick look through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveals HTC "Uh-oh" as a trade-in/replacement service with the potential for tech support of some kind to be offered, but with as generic as trademark filings can be sometimes that's not too much more to go on.

Fortunately, a source familiar with HTC's plans has clued us in on some of the details for this HTC event and the services that will be announced on stage. And even if what we know so far is all that gets announced, this event will be a fairly big deal to HTC One M9 owners.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook announces payment services through Messenger

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Facebook has announced a new feature for its Messenger app that will allow users to send and receive money from their friends.

While the code for the payments feature was first discovered in October, today is the day that Facebook decided to turn the switch on the service. People who want to send money in the Messenger app simply start a chat with the designated person, then press the "$" icon and type in the amount of money they want to send.

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2 weeks ago

Autodesk launches Tinkerplay App in hopes of making 3D design and printing fun

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Tinkerplay, a new free app from Autodesk, hopes to make 3D printing and designing a little more fun.

3D printing is becoming more and more popular, and our own Russell Holly has been having quite a good time with it, but designing and printing isn't for everyone. The folks at Autodesk have just released a new app for Android, iOS and even Windows Phone that they hope will make the experience much easier.

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2 weeks ago

How does $2500 for a gold-plated Samsung Galaxy S6 sound?

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Perpetual gilder Goldgenie will be applying their gold and platinum platings to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, but getting one will cost you dearly.

Samsung announced back at Mobile World Congress their newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 along with its curved sibling the Galaxy S6 edge. Both devices will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum versions, while the Galaxy S6 will have a Blue Topaz variant and the Galaxy S6 edge will have a Green Emerald. If these colors aren't quite luxurious enough for you, Goldgenie hopes that their gold- and platinum-plated version will win you over.

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2 weeks ago

Score $50 in Google Play credit with purchase of select devices from the Google Store

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Google is currently running a promotion on the Google Store that could net you $50 in Google Play credit when you purchase specific devices.

The devices eligible for the offer are the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear smartwatch.

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2 weeks ago

Halo: Nightfall now available for rental and purchase from Google Play

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Microsoft's Halo: Nightfall miniseries is now available for rental or purchase from the Google Play Store.

Originally released in several episodes, Nightfall is being presented as a single movie, running 98 minutes. Nightfall follows the story of ONI agent Jameson Locke as he leads his team as they investigate terrorist activity on a colony world.

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2 weeks ago

Google Play no longer is the Wild West, and that's good for developers and users

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Android Central App

The news that Google is now reviewing apps submitted to Google Play is bound to draw the ire of folks who prefer a wide-open Internet. But the long-term ramifications mean better apps for all.

On the other side are those of us who believe that the entire Android ecosystem should be as open as possible, and that includes Google Play. Publish at will.

We're both right, in our own ways. But today, as Google's announced it's pre-screening new submissions as well as updates, the Google Play Store is no longer the Wild West. And that's in no uncertain terms good for users, and good for developers.

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2 weeks ago

New Android 5.1 build LMY47E available for Nexus 6

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A new Android 5.1 build adds updated radio firmware and other under-the-hood changes.

Just a week after Android 5.1 first became available for the Nexus 6, Google has pushed out an updated factory image for that device. It's still Android 5.1, but with an updated build number — LMY47E, up from the older LMY47D. So what does that extra letter get you?

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2 weeks ago

Chromecast update allows some users to control it with a TV remote

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Google's Chromecast streaming video dongle can now be controled by some users with their TV remote thanks to a recent firmware update.

While Google did not announce this new feature officially, it has been discovered by many Chromecast owners who later posted their findings to sites like Reddit.

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2 weeks ago

Google Now finally allows voice commands to 'Send a Hangouts Message'

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It is finally possible to send message in Hangouts using Google Now voice commands.

Gone are the days of having to pick up your phone and actually type a message to your friends on Hangouts; now you can simply use Google Now to send it. All you have to do is launch Google Now then say "send a Hangouts message." It will then ask who you want to send to and what you want the message to say, then confirm that you want to send it.

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2 weeks ago

HTC will live stream its big 'Uh-Oh' announcement March 18

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HTC's counting down the hours to a live announcement on Wednesday, March 18. What is it about? The only hint is kind of cryptic: "Uh-Oh." And an M9 thumbnail for the video.

Normally "Uh-oh" means something bad is going down, but it was just yesterday that HTC's Jason Mackenzie hinted strongly that the announcement centers on a specific launch date for the HTC One M9 in the US.

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2 weeks ago

Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

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Rhapsody has announced a partnership with Twitter to allow users to share full songs from the music service using Twitter Cards.

The full Rhapsody catalog, some 34 million songs, is available for sharing. Users will be able to listen to a song from Rhapsody without leaving the Twitter app.

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2 weeks ago

Google I/O 2015 registration is now open!

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Right on schedule, Google has opened registration for its I/O 2015 developer conference.

As was the case last year, developers will have a couple of days to put their names into the hat — registration runs until 5 p.m. PDT this Thursday, March 19. Successful applicants will then be selected by random, and will be invited to pay the $900 for a regular attendee ticket, or $300 for academic tickets. It doesn't make any difference when exactly you submit your registration, everyone will have the same chance of securing a ticket.

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2 weeks ago

Score More Baseball brings the power of Moneyball to hometown teams

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Score More Baseball is Moneyball in your pocket

Just in time for baseball season, a new baseball scoring app hits the field for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone. Score More Baseball provides simple scoring for amateurs and youth teams using the Moneyball method.

Score More Baseball allows anyone to use a phone or tablet to accurately score baseball games, using the Moneyball approach to help improve performance. This method enhances all aspects of play. including longer rallies, stranding fewer runners, and score more runs.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop coming to OnePlus One by the end of March

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Within the next two weeks Lollipop will be rolling out for the OnePlus One.

Those who have purchased the OnePlus One have been not-so-patiently waiting for Lollipop to arrive on the device, but that wait is coming to an end. Today OnePlus has announced that by the end of March the update will be available, and they are so confident in this that they are willing to give away 5 devices if they miss the release timeline.

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