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2 weeks ago

Samsung may introduce the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of schedule, mid-August unveil planned

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Since 2011, Samsung has unveiled new models in the Galaxy Note series at the IFA, which is conducted in the month of September. This year, however, the South Korean manufacturer may consider launching the Galaxy Note 5 sometime in mid-August to avoid going up against the iPhone, which is also announced at roughly the same time.

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2 weeks ago

What is Project Fi, how does it work and why do I want it?

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Before we get too deep into our coverage of Project Fi, we thought it'd be a good idea to hit some of the high-level points about this new carrier from Google. Namely just what the heck it is, how it works compared to other carriers and maybe a few reasons why you'd want to try it.

Check out the video above, and then follow some of the high points below to get acquainted with Project Fi.

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2 weeks ago

Free App of the Week in Google Play: Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake

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Another week has gone by, which means it's time for another free app of the week in Google Play. This time around, Google Play's relatively-new family section is offering Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake.

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2 weeks ago

We're giving away more Android Central swag!

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It's time once again to give away some sweet Android Central goodies to our favorite readers — that's you!

There may be a T-shirt, there may be stickers, there may be a coffee mug, pens, sticky notes or any manner of great AC stuff crammed into a box and sent to your door. We've got a big pile of it, and the best thing to do when you have a pile of cool stuff is to share some of it.

Want to try and win one of the boxes? That's the easy part. Make sure you registered at AC with a real email address. If we pick you, we need to know how to get in contact with you. If you didn't and we pick your name, we'll never know where to send your loot and we have to give it to someone else. That would totally suck, so make sure it doesn't happen.

Once you've done that, just leave a comment below, letting us know what phone you're currently rocking. (You never know, we might have some extra accessories kicking around we can throw in the box!) We're going to run this one all month long. At the end of July we'll shut it down and pick five winners at random. All that's left for you to do is check your email and see if you were one of them.

Ready? Set? Go!

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2 weeks ago

Catch our interview with Bard's Tale creator Brian Fargo live!

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Some games stick with you long after you've played, and in some cases find their way back into your game catalog to be played again and again. Role-playing games seem especially prone to this phenomenon for some, and if you've been playing these games for any significant length of time you've likely lost a weekend or three to The Bard's Tale. The folks at inXile Entertainment have recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring The Bard's Tale IV to the world, so we took the opportunity to grab Brian Fargo for a quick live chat.

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2 weeks ago

The OnePlus 2 will pack a 3300mAh battery inside

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In an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the OnePlus team revealed that the upcoming OnePlus 2 will feature a 3300mAh battery, nearly a 10 percent increase over last years model. OnePlus has slowly been revealing features of the device ahead of its July 27 announcement.

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2 weeks ago

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides score some welcome editing features

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If you're a regular Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides user, there are some nice updates headed your way. Google has announced updates to all three apps that bring some decent quality-of-life improvements for editing your files on mobile devices.

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2 weeks ago

Google adds machine learning smarts to Gmail's spam filter

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Google took to a blog post today to talk about some improvements that it is bringing to its spam-fighting engine in Gmail. The company says that the improvements largely rely on applying the same machine learning from Google Search and Google Now to the Gmail spam filter.

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2 weeks ago

Android M Developer Preview gets its first update

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Android M Developer Preview gets first update

The first update to the Android M Developer Preview has just been released, bringing with it a number of changes. Back at Google I/O, Google released the first build, with the expectation of releasing a new build each month until release.

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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry and Google announce new partnership for Android in business [Updated]

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BlackBerry and Google have announced a new, enterprise-focused partnership. The two companies are working together to marry BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise device deployment service and new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop for increased mobile security, better device management, and easier deployment of enterprise apps for Android devices.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge get another update from AT&T

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AT&T is pushing out another update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on its network. The update, which moves the devices build number from OE2 to OF3, keeps the both on Android 5.0.2.

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2 weeks ago

Windows 7 hacked to run on the ASUS ZenFone 2

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Because, ya know, someone thought this was a thing that needed to be done.

A member of the XDA forums has taken the ASUS ZenFone 2, an Intel-powered Android smartphone, and booted Windows 7 on it. Surprisingly, the OS runs quite smoothly, with no major bugs. The video has Windows 7 booted, though it is said that Windows 8 and Windows 10 could be installed in the same fashion, and should both work equally as well.

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2 weeks ago

A quick look at Amzer's Qi Wireless Charging Pad

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Small in size and easily portable, this new charging pad from Amzer keeps your Qi-compatible devices juiced up at the typical 1A rate.

Measuring 3.5-inches in diameter, it provides enough surface area to enable wireless charging for most smartphones and tablets without constantly adjusting for the perfect placement. Its 1/4-inch thickness makes it a slim sidekick to any desk or nightstand, too. The entire charging pad is made of a glossy plastic, featuring a silver Amzer logo slapped dead center on the surface. Along the edge, you'll find a small charging LED that stays green while plugged in, flashing blue/green while charging.

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2 weeks ago

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector now available on Verizon's network for $599

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ZTE is now selling a variant of the Spro 2 Smart Projector that will connect to, and be powered by, Verizon's 4G LTE Network. The projector is now available directly from ZTE, carrying a price tag of $599.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook is giving you more control over your News Feed

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Facebook has announced that it will give users greater control over what they see in their News Feed. The new options allow you to determine what kind of News Feed items are most important to you, such as which friends and pages you see first. You will also be able to find new pages easily, and quickly unfollow people and pages to stop seeing their posts.

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