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2 weeks ago

All about photos on Google+

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Photos can make or break your experience on social media.

While text may be the way we primarily communicate online, when we add visuals to our words, social media becomes a lot more fun, a lot more addictive, and to an extent a lot easier. After all, a picture says a thousand words. Communities like the Art of Bread probably could still capture interest and share recipes with text alone, but its the pictures that make not-so-diehard bakers come to drool and to learn. Pictures are also important to more technical pursuits on Google+ like beta testing. You could just describe the issue you're having with the new material beta in Nova Launcher, but when you have pictures to show your particular bugs, not only is it easier for users to report but it's easier for the developers to see.

Google+ has been a platform loved by photographers and artists because of the freedom offered by Google+ Photos. Photographers like Trey Ratcliff and Patrick Smith have racked up tens of billions of views. Yes, billion with a b. And their massive public collections of full-scale, quality photography has been put on display through Chromecasts all over the world.

So, what makes photos so special on Google+?

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2 weeks ago

Honda put Android in its new Civic, but it could have done so much better

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Honda Civic

As we all await Android Auto, let's take a look at what Honda has whipped up in the meantime.

After the fun and games of Mobile World Congress, Europe played host to another huge event, this time for the auto industry. The Geneva Motor Show is where the world's biggest car makers go every March to show off the latest and greatest that four wheels has to offer. Like Honda, with the new Civic. And it's got Android inside, don't you know.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1's 'Google VPN' could protect your data on open Wifi networks

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Google VPN

Hiding behind the scenes in Android 5.1 but nonfunctional at present, a Google-run VPN might keep your data secure on public Wifi networks.

With Android 5.1 Lollipop now out in the wild, Android enthusiasts are starting to dig into the latest firmware for Nexus devices and see what's new. One interesting addition, first spotted by Pocketables, presents the possibility of Google operating its own VPN service to keep Android users' data secure over public Wifi networks.

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2 weeks ago

Nexus owners: How's the Android 5.1 update treating you?

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Android 5.1

Android 5.1 Lollipop arrived on Nexus phones and tablets this week, with factory images available for some devices and over-the-air now rolling out too.

While Android 5.1 doesn't make any sweeping changes to the way Android looks and behaves, it's still an important update, especially for Nexus owners. That's because it's a maintenance release — the first major one for Lollipop — in which Google fixes bugs, makes things run a bit more smoothly, and adds a smattering of new features that perhaps didn't make it into the 5.0 release. Now we want to know how you're getting on with it.

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2 weeks ago

Sprint is offering to reimburse all fees for customers to ditch current carriers

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Sprint is now offering anyone who switches from their current wireless carrier to its service full reimbursement of both their termination fees and any remaining phone payments.

This is just the latest effort from Sprint to get new customers. The company says that it will pay off any remaining fees and costs from former carriers "no matter what is owed."

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2 weeks ago

Carphone Warehouse announces availability of the LG G Flex 2

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced availability of LG's new G Flex 2.

LG's second generation curved phone, the G Flex 2, is finally hitting the market after being available for pre-order for a couple of weeks now. This time around LG has scaled the screen down to a 5.5-inch 1080p P-OLED display, but doesn't pull any punches with the specs — there's a Snapdragon 810 processor inside, along with a 3,000 mAh battery and 13-megapixel OIS+ camera with laser autofocus. The back of the G Flex 2 also features an improved version of LG's self-healing coating.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing Cortana to iOS and Android

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Cortana

Microsoft is looking to bring its personal assistant to the Android platform as a standalone app.

Microsoft is looking to bring its personal assistant to iOS and Android as a standalone app. Part of project "Einstein", which Microsoft Research managing director Eric Horvitz is involved with, the company is working on advancing Cortana to improve on its personal assistant offering, prior to rolling out on other platforms.

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2 weeks ago

Disney releases Cinderella Free Fall matching game for Android

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Disney has released Cinderella Free Fall for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The title takes the iconic princess on a puzzle matchmaking adventure in the enchanted world of. Prepare yourself to connect and match luminous butterfly jewels in 100 levels.

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2 weeks ago

LG G Flex 2 now available at Sprint with exclusive color option

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LG's second-gen bendyphone makes its debut in the U.S., starting with today's launch on Sprint.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.1: Muting your Lollipop phone overnight just got a bit easier

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Android 5.1 Mute option

Android 5.1 Lollipop brings new 'interruptions' options that make it easier to silence your phone while you're sleeping.

It's a long-running complaint with many Android Lollipop phones — you want to mute your phone, but that option's just not there anymore. Instead you have to deal with the slightly confusing interruptions system and decide whether you want to mute absolutely everything — including alarms — or set up "priority" mode and decide what you want to let through.

Now, thankfully, in the new Android 5.1 release, there's there's an easier way.

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2 weeks ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics sees its first in-game event to take down the evil Stunticons

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DeNA has announced the first in-game event to hit Transformers: Battle Tactics, launching Menasor's Might on both Android and iOS. This special event will take place from March 12 through March 18.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy S6 cases: Trident outs its lineup

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Popular models such as the Kraken A.M.S., Cyclops, Aegis and Krios cases are making a return for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Trident has made an impact on the mobile case market since the beginning with their rugged designs that have proven worthy of protecting against drops, scratches and normal wear and tear. With these new models for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hitting stores, users will have more affordable options over OtterBox.

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2 weeks ago

Micromax debuts Android-powered 4K TVs in India with prices starting at $640

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India's largest handset manufacturer Micromax is getting into the 4K TV segment by announcing two models that are powered by Android. The TVs come in 42-inch (42C0050UHD) and 49-inch (50K2330UHD) editions, and cost Rs. 39, 990 ($640) and Rs. 49,999 ($800) respectively.

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2 weeks ago

Google Flight Search now provides amenity data through partnership with Routehappy

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Making a decision on which flight to take is about to get a tad easier, as Google Flight Search results will soon display amenity information for each flight.

The new information is the result of a partnership between Google and Routehappy that will integrate flight amenity data, such as whether a flight has in-seat power, Wi-Fi, and ample legroom, into Google Flights results.

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2 weeks ago

LG G3 owners: How's that Android 5.0 Lollipop update treating you?

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Believe it or not, the LG G3 was one of the first — OK, technically the first, because Poland — to get an Android 5.0 update out the door. Europe flourished first, then other regions. North America has finally started to see some sweet L drop onto its carrier-branded phones. (Verizon, however, remains pokey as usual.)

For the most part, it's business as usual with LG's software. But you do get a splash of Material Design — always a good thing — in a few places. Plus the new notifications and interruptions (for better or worse). And, yes, possibly a headache or two.

And so we ask you, fair user of LG's finest: How's the Android 5.0 Lollipop update been for you on the LG G3? Performance? Battery life? Other gremlins? Let's hear it.

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