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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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3 weeks ago

Clash of Clans for Android, as explained by an 8-year-old

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Mia - Clash of Clans

It's 3 p.m. ... Do you know what your kids are playing?

This little Clash of Clans excursion we've been taking started because of one thing: My daughter has grown beyond my control. I gave her the Nexus 7 (2013) to take for a spin, and she, unsurprisingly, ran with it. She has more games and apps and lord knows what on there than I ever imagined. She's not browsing the Web. She's listening to music, and watching weird Barbie videos.

And, mostly, she's playing Clash of Clans, a game I had absolutely no intention of caring about. It was something other people played. (Like, you know, Candy Crush. Which I also didn't ever play — until I played it.) Like a lot of you, I figured it was an in-app-purchase grab, and that's it.

There's nothing to be ashamed of, though, right? Many millions of people are playing it. So there's got be something about it. And if it's good enough for my kid, it should be good enough for me. Only, I had no idea what Clash of Clans was. So, I had Mia explain it to me.

And it went a little something like this:

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3 weeks ago

Five basic steps for protecting your Android device from viruses

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Android Antivirus

Keeping yourself safe requires a simple yet constant set of steps

There's a fair bit of fear, uncertainty and doubt out there when it comes to viruses and malware for mobile devices. While it is absolutely true that there are very smart people out there who would do just about anything to gain access to your mobile device and harvest all of the juicy bits for their own malicious uses, the truth is it takes way more effort on their end to successfully attack you than it does for you to protect yourself. There are a couple of simple, thoughtful things you can do to keep yourself safe as you enjoy your mobile device, and as long as you remember these steps you'll be good to go.

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3 weeks ago

Mattel and Google are announcing… something… on Feb. 13

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So on Feb. 13 in New York City, Mattel and Google are holding a joint "exclusive announcement and product debut" for… something. We honestly don't know what, and there's only so much we can divine from the classic View-Master styling of the invitation. Is it a Google Glass for kids? Google's child-friendly take on Microsoft Hololens? Ingress even more IRL? A not-cardboard version of Google Cardboard?

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3 weeks ago

Timely Alarm Clock updated with new features and Material Design touches

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Timely, the alarm app that was acquired by Google just last year, has scored a significant update today. Coming in at version 1.3, new features include Google Now support for timers and alarms, upcoming alarm notifications, and some Material Design updates.

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3 weeks ago

Lollipop is now rolling out to HTC One M7 Developer and Unlocked editions

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HTC has confirmed that the over-the-air Android 5.0 Lollipop update is now rolling out to the developer and unlocked editions of the HTC One M7. Lollipop is already rolling out for the Sprint version of the phone.

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3 weeks ago

Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Putting your phone in your pocket is all well and good, but sometimes it's just not convenient. Fortunately, Seidio has a simple but effective holster for the Galaxy Note 4 to keep your device protected and within reach at all times.

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3 weeks ago

It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

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It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.

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3 weeks ago

Android 101: Getting Started with Google Play

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The Google Play Store probably is your best bet for finding the apps you need

So, you've got your Google Account, and now you want to dive into the rest of the Google Play Store. Well, there's a small trick to that. See, you can go into the Play Store and use it for movies, music and books without an Android device, but in order to install or purchase anything in the apps section, you have to add your Google Account to an Android device first. Slight bummer, I know, but is there really much point in buying apps if you can't install them on a device?

So, grab yourself a phone or tablet and let's get started.

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3 weeks ago

Smartphone Futurology: The science behind smartphone glass

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Smashed screen

Welcome to Smartphone Futurology. In this new 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.

This is the final instalment — for now — in our series on the future of smartphone technology. This week we'll cover the science behind one really important area of smartphone build quality — the glass of the touchscreen. And as we're wrapping up the series, we'll also see how the current state of mobile tech compares to predictions made almost a decade ago. Read on to learn more.

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3 weeks ago

Lollipop update for Sprint HTC One M8 set for Feb. 13, LG G3 on Feb. 16

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Lollipop update for Sprint HTC One M8 set for Feb. 13, LG G3 on Feb. 16

Today saw updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop for both the Sprint HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S5, but other phones in Sprint's stable are set to get their own Material Design updates in the near future. Namely, the HTC One M8 is scheduled for February 13th, while the LG G3 is penciled in for February 16th.

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3 weeks ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics rolls out in the Google Play Store

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Transformers: Battle Tactics, the latest game in the long running "Robots in Disguise" franchise, is now available for Android in the Google Play Store. Players can control teams of Autobots and Decepticons in turn-based combat.

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3 weeks ago

Google Glass will reportedly get a complete redesign under its new boss

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The new team in charge of Google Glass will reportedly start from scratch and create a new design for the wearable tech device. This news comes a few weeks after Google ended public sales of the Google Glass Explorer Edition and appointed Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell as the new leader of the product team.

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