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2 weeks ago

Yes, this is still the LG G4

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LG G4

LG this morning on Facebook made official what LG (probably) outed over the weekend: This is the LG G4.

This marketing shot of a woman holding the G4 is the same as one used in that leaked G4 preview site, only from a different angle.

We do learn one new thing, however: the leather is apparently "vegetable-tanned."

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen's Microsoft deal includes removable apps and 'contextual' suggestions

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As details emerge, the Cyanogen/Microsoft deal isn't nearly as cringeworthy as many originally suspected.

There aren't a whole lot of Android users out there who enjoy seeing the words "Microsoft apps included" when it comes to their devices — and this goes back a long, long way — and power users who use CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS are more likely than most to react negatively to that sort of partnership. As a result, news that Cyanogen and Microsoft are partnering to include Bing services, Outlook, and other apps on Cyanogen OS has caused a fair bit of teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing.

Given Microsoft's sordid history when it comes to Android and Samsung's decision to make Microsoft's apps disable-only on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, concern is well deserved.

After a brief email conversation with the folks at Cyanogen, however, some of that initial concern appears largely unwarranted. Here's what's up:

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2 weeks ago

any.do 3.0 is here, and we take this major update for spin

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When it comes to to-do apps, any.do has more than its share of proponents favoring its minimalist design. And any.do 3.0 — released today — takes that simplistic design and takes it even further.

The last time any.do rolled out a big update, it was focused on bringing in expanded functionality, with attachments and collaboration with other being the focus. That design was close to material, but now we're full-on minimalistic material design ... maybe a little bit too much so.

Today any.do 3.0 is available on Google Play. Let's take a look at it.

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2 weeks ago

Cyanogen teams up with Microsoft to offer bundled apps and services (Update)

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Cyanogen and Microsoft today announced a new partnership to bundle Microsoft apps and integrate various services with Cyanogen OS.

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2 weeks ago

Pac-Man, Q*bert, and Frogger to team up for upcoming Pixels mobile game

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Classic video game characters like Pac-Man, Q*bert, and Frogger will appear together in a single game for the first time with the release of the upcoming Pixels mobile game.

The game is based on the upcoming movie of the same name, where aliens invade the Earth using 80's video games as their avatars. A group of gamers are recruited to stop them, who are played by Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Peter Dinklage.

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2 weeks ago

EE Power enables customers to swap out portable chargers in-store

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EE today announced the launch of EE Power, which provides customers with a free portable smartphone charger that can be swapped for a fully charged unit in-store.

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2 weeks ago

Indian companies withdraw from Facebook's Internet.org initiative on net neutrality grounds

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Indian travel portal Cleartrip and media conglomerates NDTV and Times Group have withdrawn support for Facebook's Internet.org program, citing net neutrality concerns.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon is giving away up to $105 worth of apps and games for free

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The latest Amazon Appstore giveaway includes popular utilities such as WolframAlpha, Runtastic PRO and games like Unmechanical and Osmos HD.

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2 weeks ago

Recon Instruments is finally shipping the Recon Jet Smart Glass

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Emails with tracking numbers and warehouse details have started hitting inboxes this week, signaling the end of an amazingly long wearable tech development cycle.

It's been hailed as one of the best Google Glass competitors out there, delayed, redesigned, delayed, redesigned again, delayed again, and at long last is ready to start shipping to folks who purchased one back in July 2013. Recon Instruments has been quite publicly developing a wearable computer to bring smarts to users who enjoy an active lifestyle for a while now, but their CEO remains convinced that everyone will agree it is well worth the wait to experience a Recon Jet.

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2 weeks ago

Live video streaming app Meerkat announces public beta on Android

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Meerkat — the app that allows you to broadcast live video to the web by integrating with your Twitter account — is now available on Android in beta form, with the company accepting beta testers to try out the app.

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2 weeks ago

Jawbone's latest $199 Up4 fitness tracker lets you make payments via NFC

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With Jawbone's Up3 fitness band now shipping, the company has announced its latest offering, the Up4, which comes with an NFC chip that allows you to tap and pay directly from your wrist.

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2 weeks ago

LG's latest G4 teaser focuses on the upcoming flagship's improved QHD display

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LG really wants you to "see the great" in its latest teaser video for the LG G4, which focuses on the device's QHD display.

In typical teaser fashion, LG doesn't reveal a whole lot about the G4 here. In the rather short video, LG teases a QHD display that's 25 percent brighter and has a 20 percent wider color range when compared to previous QHD displays from the manufacturer — noting that "the difference is obvious."

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2 weeks ago

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android updated with improved editing features

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Google has pushed out updates to Docs that brings the ability to accept or reject formatting changes that other users make from your Android device.

Google Docs users aren't having all the fun, however, as Sheets and Slides have also picked up some options that let users tweak the layout of charts and objects.

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2 weeks ago

Google launches its Android for Work app on Google Play for devices not running Lollipop

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Google has officially launched it Android for Work app on the Play Store this evening.

Google officially launched the program back in February, but today marks the official availability of the app in the Play Store for devices running Android versions 4.0 to 4.4.

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2 weeks ago

You can now quickly Google 'find my phone' to locate your misplaced Android device

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Lose your phone? You can now simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search.

Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. You can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type "find my phone" to get a top result of a map that will locate your phone, similar to the way you can use the main search box to see your upcoming flights and other personalized results.

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