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2 weeks ago

Niantic Labs announces beta for their latest AR game Endgame: Proving Ground

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Niantic Labs, the Google company well known for Ingress, has just announced their most recent title, Endgame: Proving Ground.

Early last year we heard of a partnership between James Frey and Niantic to bring his newest book series to life in an Augmented Reality game. Niantic has had great success with Ingress over the past two years as users from over 200 countries have joined in the game play.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini launching onto AT&T on March 20

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is coming to AT&T on Friday, March 20. The downsized version of the 2014 Samsung flagship will run $428.99, or as little as $14.30/month.

Sure, it's not quite as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S5, and it's obviously not as big, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 is right around the corner, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini should be beyond consideration if those two are just too big for you.

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2 weeks ago

U.S. to get some HTC One M9 info on Wednesday

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We've already poured some 3,000 words into the HTC One M9 in our massive preview post, but there's still been a pretty large variable missing from that equation: Availability. Looks like we might finally get that answer — at least in the United States — on Wednesday, according to HTC's Jason Mackenzie.

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2 weeks ago

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact finally receiving Lollipop in select regions

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The Lollipop update is currently rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. Firmware version 23.1.A.0.690 is hitting the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company originally planned to release Lollipop for the smartphones last month, so while they've overshot their promise, we're glad it has finally arrived in select markets.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pre-orders commence in Italy

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Samsung's latest flagship devices are up for pre-order in Italy, with the manufacturer bundling a wireless charging kit for free with all pre-orders.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook revamps community guidelines, shows what the social network will take down

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Facebook has revamped the social network's community standards and guidelines to show what registered accounts can (and more importantly, cannot) share on the service.

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2 weeks ago

Upcoming API will allow any third-party app to serve information through Google Now

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Google is working on an API for Google Now that will allow any third-party app to display information through the service.

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2 weeks ago

Yahoo wants you to forget your password, announces 'on-demand' password-free logins

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Yahoo's new "on-demand" system will tie your mobile number with your Yahoo account, sending you a unique verification key every time you want to login to your account.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: which wake method do you use most?

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This is a screen we're seeing less and less of.

We're coming up with more and more ways to wake our phone up.

Double-tapping the screen, using the home button, using the gyroscope or the IR sensors... with every phone it seems like there's a new way to take some strain off our power buttons. Manufacturers keep coming up with ways to make our phones more responsive and shorten the time between us picking up their phones and getting to whatever it is we want do to with them. More importantly, finding ways to take some of the burden of waking a phone off the power button means that power button will last longer, and I can't be the only one who remembers the panic when their power button on their smartphone started to fail from overuse. So, we'd think that more people would be using these methods to wake their phones up, so we put it to you, our readers, in this week's poll.

And while a fair few of us are, there are a lot of us that aren't.

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2 weeks ago

The best photo editors for Android

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There's a very important step between taking a photo and sharing it on your network of choice, and it can easily become the most enjoyable part of the mobile photography experience.

Smartphone cameras can do some incredible things nowadays, with new and even more amazing features being announced all the time. While it's important to have the tools to take a good photo, being able to edit that image afterwards can often be just as important. Whether you've got a breathtaking panorama of a city skyline or you're putting googley eye stickers on the photo of that guy who fell asleep during the team meeting, having a photo editor on your phone is a big deal. Having the right photo editor on your phone is an even bigger deal, and that's what we're talking about today.

While there's plenty to be said for apps that are all inclusive, we're focusing on the best standalone photo editors for Android, regardless of what kind of camera you have and what skill level you think you are at.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: One More Line, Thingverse, Cool Circle watch face and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Hangouts and Google+

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Hangouts are nevermore than a mouse away in Google+.

Instant messengers and video chatting go hand in hand with social networks.

Facebook has Facebook Messenger, Twitter has direct messaging, and Google+ has Hangouts. However, Hangouts is a bit more than just the private messenger behind Google+ and Gmail, as Hangouts also powers one of the better live video broadcasting platforms on the net right now. Hangouts is an app with many tricks, talents, and features, and as a Google product, it crisscrosses several platforms, but none so much and so well as Google+.

So, anyone wanna hangout?

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: A few quick hits ...

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Spring is five days away. Or, ya know, it's already here. So let's remember to get outside and try to enjoy it a little bit, m'kay? (I'm writing this from the back porch, cup of coffee in hand, actually.)

And in that spirit, I'll keep things short today. A few quick hits to start the week:

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2 weeks ago

HTC's 'Fun Fit' fitness tracker app now available

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We briefly touched on HTC's new fitness tracker app in our massive preview of the HTC One M9, and today HTC Fun Fit is now available for a number of Android devices running Android 4.1 and up.

The app's nicely laid out and uses your phone to keep track of your steps, walking time, distance, calories burned, active time and running time. You also can see how your friends are doing at a glance.

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2 weeks ago

Pioneer's AVH-4100NEX Android Auto head unit now shipping for $700

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Dumb car stereos are about to truly get smart as the automotive solutions with Google and Apple hit the market.

The long wait for the first aftermarket head units that run Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay is finally over. Pioneer is shipping its entry-level AVH-4100NEX unit for around $700.

Update 8 a.m. EDT March 16: Google got back with us about Android Auto not actually being available yet. The short, short version was "hang tight,"which we were already doing. And it's not like this head unit is inoperable without Android Auto. This is a head unit with Android Auto, not an "Android Auto head unit."

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