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2 weeks ago

Google+ isn't preloaded on the Galaxy Note 5

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Here's some fodder for the "Google+ is dead" crowd. We've used two models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that don't have Google's own social networking app installed by default. (And that's saying something given all the crapware that's on Verizon's model.)

Google has begun walking back Google+ integration of late, first splitting out Photos and later saying it'd no longer be a requirement for commenting on YouTube videos.

Google Photos, however, is preloaded on the Note 5.

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2 weeks ago

Skype for Android updated with custom ringtones, photo sharing between conversations

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Skype for Android has received a pretty nice update today, bringing along some oft-requested features. Coming along in today's update are personalized ringtones and the ability to forward photos from your chats to other Skype users.

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2 weeks ago

8 things to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

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Galaxy S6 edge+

Though it's a bit overshadowed by the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 edge+ just launched, too.

Perhaps the Galaxy Note 5 has picked up more attention because it's changed so much from the Note 4, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ is a relatively known quantity, but it still deserves some attention. Sure it's just a scaled-up version of the Galaxy S6 edge that launched months ago, but it also packs the new specs and features that came with the Note 5 — which definitely gives something to be excited about. Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy S6 edge+

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2 weeks ago

Android Auto spruces up its overview screen for music, navigation

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Google today has updated its Android Auto app, bringing a little bit of an update to the overview screen once you're in the car.

The gist is that when you're listening to music of using navigation, you'll now get larger items in that center overview screen. They're definitely more attractive and easier to stab at when you're cruising down the road.

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2 weeks ago

Google acknowledges problem with Moto G and Android Auto

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We've got a new entry on the "Known issues" list for Android Auto, and it's an interesting one. We've been discussing the Moto G 2015 and Android Auto in our AA forums. Some folks (mainly, me) have been able to get it to work. But others haven't. And today, Google's dropped the following:

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2 weeks ago

The 12000 mAh battery pack from Innori

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All battery packs serve the same basic purpose, so each product has to find a way to stand out from the crowd.

Inside the very small package that is the Innori battery pack, is a pretty big 12000 mAh rechargeable battery. While there's nothing too flashy about this pack, the first thing I noticed is the fact that it is just about the same size as any of today's flagship phones — it even kind of looks like one.

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2 weeks ago

Straw Web Polling lets you create a poll from any browser

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Straw, which specializes in mobile polling, has extended its efforts to the web. With Straw Web Polling, users can create polls in most modern browsers, including [ Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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2 weeks ago

Fossil shows off its first Intel-powered Android Wear smartwatch

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At Intel's Developer Forum, Fossil took to the stage to give a glimpse of its upcoming Intel-powered Android Wear smartwatch. While actual details and specs were not divulged, this is our first look at the new watch. The design looks very similar to the Moto 360, right down to the flat tire design.

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2 weeks ago

Nuance's Dragon Anywhere hopes to take mobile dictation to the next level

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Nuance has announced a new, cloud-powered mobile version of its popular Dragon voice dicatation app. Called Dragon Anywhere, the app offers continuous dictation, syncing with various cloud services, and sync between your phone, tablet, and desktop.

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2 weeks ago

Intel and Google work to bring RealSense to phones through Project Tango dev kit

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At Intel's Developer Forum, the company revealed it's been working with Google to bring the RealSense technology to phones through a Project Tango development kit. Information is a bit limited currently, but it appears to be a pretty standard six-inch slate design on the front, with a number of cameras on the rear of it. Back in April, Intel first announced its RealSense sensor for mobile phones, which is what is being used to make this happen.

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2 weeks ago

OnHub is Google's new Wi-Fi router that's supposed to offer better connections

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OnHub

Google is getting into the Wi-Fi router business with the just revealed OnHub. The router was developed in partnership with TP-LINK, and is designed to be easy to set up and use and is supposed to offer users better wireless connections.

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2 weeks ago

Moto X Play now available from Moto Maker in the UK starting at £279

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Motorola is now taking orders of the Moto X Play from customers in the UK through its Moto Maker service, with prices starting at £279 for a custom 16GB version. The Moto X Play was announced during Motorola's July event, and will be the little brother to the Moto X Style, but won't make its way to the US.

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2 weeks ago

Opera Max aims to lower YouTube and Netflix data consumption in latest update

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Streaming YouTube and Netflix videos on a smartphone can use a lot of cellular and Wi-Fi bandwidth. However, the latest update to the Opera Max data management tool for Opera Software promises to cut down on data use from both services, but with little compromise in video quality.

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2 weeks ago

Boost Mobile announces the ZTE Warp Elite, available now for $179

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Boost Mobile has announced its latest pre-paid smartphone, the ZTE Warp Elite, which is available starting August 18 for $179. Featuring a 5.5-inch display, and running Android 5.1, the Warp Elite also features 16GB of internal storage with the ability to add a microSD card for even more storage. Under the hood is a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, all of which is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that is said to provide up to 20 hours of talk time.

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2 weeks ago

Misfit and Speedo dive in together with a new fitness tracker for swimmers

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Misfit, a popular fitness tracking company, has partnered with Speedo, the well-known swimming brand, to create a fitness tracker made for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is the newest offering from the two companies, which tracks everything from swimming to sleep. While looking nearly identical to the original Misfit Shine, the Speedo Shine has some differences on the inside.

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