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2 weeks ago

Dell Venue 8 7000 software update enables image measurement tool

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Dell Venue 8 7000 cameras

One of the cool features of the Intel Atom processor being used in the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is that it can (along with the help of a couple extra cameras on the back) approximate the measurements of items within images. Until this week, however, that feature had been inactive in retail units. A quick software update this week has finally turned it on.

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2 weeks ago

There's a $6 Google Play credit waiting for Chromecast owners

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Owners of the Chromecast streaming TV dongle should be able to claim a $6 Google Play credit (£5 in the U.K., sorry no-go in other countries!) today. Google is sending out the generous freebie to encourage folks to rent a movie (or maybe two) for Valentine's Day next week.

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2 weeks ago

Ask AC: Why does Twitter now need to use my microphone?

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Twitter permissions

A number of folks have inquired this one lately, so let's nip it in the bud. A recent update to the Android Twitter application brings about a new permission: accessing your phone or tablet's microphone. And rightfully so, folks are doing a double take and asking why Twitter suddenly needs to be able to hear you.

The answer, actually, is simple ...

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2 weeks ago

Sprint begins rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to HTC One M8

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Sprint has posted on its support site that its rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to owners of the HTC One M8 has begun. This is a few days earlier than what a leaked Sprint document sent to Android Central on Thursday indicated, but it is a welcome surprise nonetheless.

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2 weeks ago

Changing payment methods on the fly in Google Play

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Once you've set up your payments in Google Play, buying apps, games and music can be a breeze, but what happens when you want to use something else to pay for an app? Maybe you're saving your Google Play credit up for a movie. Maybe you don't want your partner to get upset when they see your bill covered with Google Play purchases. Maybe your debit card is almost overdrawn and you need to switch over to something else until payday. Whatever the case may be, you need to change what — or who — is billed for your latest in-app purchase spree. And the best part?

You don't even have to leave your app to do it.

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2 weeks ago

Smartphone Futurology

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The future of smartphone displays

A four-part series on Mobile Nations

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this series of science-filled articles, Mobile Nations guest contributor Shen Ye walks through current technologies in use within our phones, as well as the cutting-edge stuff still being developed in the lab. There's quite a bit of science ahead, as a lot of the future discussions are based on scientific papers with a vast amount of technical jargon, but we’ve tried to keep things as plain and simple as possible. So if you want to dive deeper into just how the guts of your phone function, this is the series for you.

Click past the break to view all four parts...

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2 weeks ago

HTC looks to continue momentum after returning to profitability in Q4 2014

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HTC announced consolidated financial results for Q4 2014, with the manufacturer able to post a profit for the first time in three years. As previously stated, HTC managed a net profit of NT$0.5 billion ($15.89 million) during the quarter.

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2 weeks ago

Leaked image claims to show Galaxy S6 and dual-edge Galaxy S6 Edge

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Galaxy S6 leak

An image of what is alleged to be Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been leaked to CNET Korea. The publication mentioned that the leak came from a South Korean electronics distributor, with the image itself featuring a render of both the Galaxy S6 and a Note Edge-style variant of the device.

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2 weeks ago

Regulators looking at possible stock manipulation in Samsung buying BlackBerry rumors

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When it was rumored that Samsung was in talks to purchase BlackBerry last month, one of the major side-effects was that BlackBerry's stock price skyrocketed. Now, regulators from both the U.S. and Canada are reportedly investigating trading activity around the time of the rumor in order to ascertain whether it was started to profit from the resulting surge in BlackBerry's stock price.

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2 weeks ago

Stop what you're doing and watch these ridiculously cute new Android commercials

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2 weeks ago

Sprint has problems, and buying RadioShack stores isn't going to fix them

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Sprint store

Sprint has a brand problem — and RadioShack isn't one to take notes from in that category

After some speculation, Sprint confirmed that it would be buying out 1,750 of RadioShack's stores in conjunction with that company's bankruptcy filing. Rather than clean them out entirely, Sprint will re-launch the stores as co-branded Sprint/RadioShack locations that devote one-third of floor space to selling Sprint's phones and service, with the other two-thirds being the same old RadioShack we all love (for nostalgia reasons) and loathe (for practical reasons).

It's a move that will dramatically increase Sprint's retail locations from 1,100 to 2,850, but I can't really see why this is any way going to fix the issues currently facing Sprint. Of all the things that the carrier could do to positively influence its placement in the wireless market, buying up a bunch of retail stores that just declared bankruptcy shouldn't be high on the list — let me explain.

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2 weeks ago

Swype update adds new floating keyboard, Material themes and phrase correction

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Swype has updated its keyboard on Android today with a long list of new features, including a new mini-keyboard, free themes and tons of prediction and correction improvements. On the interface side you'll find a new truly floating mini keyboard that sits on top of your apps for quick input, as well as predictions-only emoji support and two Material Design themes.

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3 weeks ago

Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

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We reported last night that Google and Twitter had reportedly struck a deal to show tweets in search results, and now it looks to be official. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made the announcement today during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call.

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3 weeks ago

Sprint and RadioShack pen deal to establish 1,750 co-branded stores

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After hearing various rumblings on such an agreement in recent days, it looks like Sprint has struck a deal with RadioShack that would see the carrier expanding into 1,750 RadioShack locations. According to the press release, the deal will "establish co-branded stores that will exclusively sell mobile devices across Sprint's brand portfolio as well as RadioShack products, services and accessories."

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3 weeks ago

Yo, SlideShare and Tapatalk make their debut for Chrome OS

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Some new Android apps are now available for Chrome OS and Chromebook users from the Chrome Web Store. Yo, the limited but still inexplicably popular messaging app, is among those on that list, along with the SlideShare presentation app and the Tapatalk forum discussion app (with which our forums are compatible).

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