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2 days ago

Watch face roundup: Free faces for your Gear S2

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It's time once again for our bi-weekly watch face roundup!

This weekend we've got 5 awesome and free watch faces that are available for your Gear S2 smartwatch. While the options for watch faces are a bit more limited for the Gear S2 than for an Android Wear device, there still are some perfectly awesome faces out there.

If you're looking for a new watch face that won't cost a dime, be sure to check out these 5 watch faces.

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2 days ago

Google is no longer selling its $999 2015 Chromebook Pixel

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Google has quietly removed the $999 model of the 2015 Chromebook Pixel from the Google Store site. The company is still selling the higher end $1,299 version of the ChromeOS notebook.

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2 days ago

AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones review: Flip a switch and shut out the world

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AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones

AKG keeps these headphones compact, while also bringing all of the features you want at a solid price.

If you travel, work in a busy office or just have trouble concentrating on tasks at home, chances are you've looked into noise-canceling headphones. The basic technology behind noise cancellation is pretty much commoditized at this point, but companies add their own flavor to it, with varying levels of effectiveness. Beyond that, these of course work as standard headphones, too, giving companies more ways to differentiate.

AKG is a well-known name in audio, but definitely doesn't have the general brand awareness that a company like Bose does when it comes to noise-canceling headphones (just walk through any airport and you'll see). AKG's new N60NC on-ear noise-canceling headphones are out to take a slice of the market, bringing a few neat features to differentiate from other options — and to make you feel a bit better about dropping big money on a set of on-ear headphones.

AKG sent us a set to check out. Here's how we've been enjoying them over the past few weeks.

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2 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2016

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Time again for the Mobile Nations Community Update! That's right, it's time to roundup some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

2 days ago

Marshmallow updates for the AT&T HTC One M8 and M9 get delayed

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HTC M8 and HTC M9 owners on AT&T will have to wait a bit longer to get their promised software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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2 days ago

Amazon's Alexa devices can tell you what happened on your favorite Syfy TV show

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Syfy is the first cable TV network to add support for Amazon's family of devices that use the Alexa digital assistant such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers and the Fire TV boxes.

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2 days ago

Intel is getting out of the smartphone market with cancellation of SoFIA and Broxton chips

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Intel has confirmed that it has canceled plans to release its SoFIA and Broxton chips that were being made primarily for smartphones. This means that Intel currently has no chips that will be used in future smartphones.

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2 days ago

6 things to look for in an icon pack

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Icon packs are like graphic t-shirts. You can never have too many.

Want to make your phone look new without completely changing up your home screen layout or trying a bunch of new widgets? Just switch icon packs. Finding an icon pack that perfectly matches your theme is cool. You know what's really cool? Finding an icon pack that'll go with five themes, or 10. Or finding an icon pack that doesn't leave any awkward gaps in your app drawer.

Good icon packs are out there. Here's how I find them.

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3 days ago

PlanetPron app for Android updated with Material UI and new features [NSFW]

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This post is about a great update to an app designed to look at porn. It's not safe for work or children, and some readers may find the content offensive.

Really. I don't want to offend anyone here, I just want to write about an Android app that's done really well. If you don't want to read about pornography, please hit your back button and know that we don't judge you or anyone else.

We first had a look at the PlanetPron app for Android when the service first launched. It's an adult app and an adult service that has pictures and video of adults doing adult things, for consenting adults to watch. But just because it's all about pornography doesn't mean that the app shouldn't be done well, and the service doesn't have to be secure. There's a big update coming very soon for the Android app, and it's worth revisiting.

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3 days ago

SpaceX completing a successful droneship landing is why 360-degree video exists

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SpaceX is all like "Hey everyone, check this out!"

We've seen some cool things done with 360-degree video already. We've even captured a couple of things ourselves. Collectively, early adopters are learning what to do with these relatively new cameras, and that includes a look at when to put the tech away. It's fascinating stuff, especially if you're looking at things through Google Cardboard, but it's not always clear what video you should choose to introduce new people to this technology.

And then the folks at SpaceX posted this to Facebook.

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3 days ago

Inside Marshmallow: Adoptable storage

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Android has had limited support for removable storage in one form or another since the beginning. With Marshmallow, the new Adoptable storage feature lets you turn your removable SD card option into a more or less permanent (and no longer removable) part of the device.

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3 days ago

Android Central 285: What are you wearing?

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Well? What are you. Or perhaps more important — what are we wearing?

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3 days ago

Android N Developer Preview 2 now available for the Nexus Player

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Though it's a little late to the party, the second Android N Developer Preview release is now available for the Nexus Player.

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3 days ago

Verizon rings in May with $50 discount on Moto 360 (2015)

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Verizon is ready to kick off the month off May with a solid discount on the Moto 360 (2015) and Moto 360 Sport.

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3 days ago

Best third party watch bands for the Moto 360 (2015)

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Best third party watch bands for the Moto 360

Don't like that plain leather band that the Moto 360 comes with? Strap on one of these!

The leather wristband that comes with the Moto 360 is a pretty standard accessory. There isn't anything wrong with it, but it may not be the best band for every occasion.

The great thing about wristbands is you can swap them out whenever you want! When you work out in the morning, you can have a sports band; when you are having that meeting at the coffee shop you can have a leather band; and, when you're having cocktails with friends later, you can wear a metal link band. It all comes down to your style preferences.

Important Note: Make sure you know the size of band you will need for your Moto 360! The Moto 360 2nd Gen comes in three different sizes that require three different watch band widths.

  • Mens 42mm case uses a 20 milimeter band.
  • Mens 46mm case uses a 22 milimeter band.
  • Womens 42mm case uses a 16 milimeter band.

With that in mind, we have rounded up some of the best third party wristbands for the Moto 360 that we could find. We divided them up into the material they're made of, so you can focus on the type you really want.

Leather

We know that the Moto 360 already comes with a leather band, but that doesn't mean you don't want a different one. Whether you want a different color, a different thickness, or just one that you think looks nicer, leather bands are still worth checking out.

MOTONG genuine leather band

MOTONG genuine leather band

This leather band is a little more defined than the one that ships with the Moto 360. The stitching along the sides of the band and the two-toned wash really makes the band pop a little better when it's on your wrist.

It only comes in the one size (17.5cm) so it could potentially feel too tight or too lose on your wrist. The good thing about leather is it's easy enough to poke an extra hole or two to make sure you get the right fit.

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Hadley-Roma genuine leather strap

If you want a band that stands out a little more than the stock Moto 360 leather band, Hadley-Roma's band has a really nice look to it. The leather is worked to look slightly worn and the stitching along the band is very contrasted to give the band a defined look.

It also comes treated with a water-resistant coating that is useful to help prevent sweat and light amounts of rain from wrecking the leather.

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Sport

Typically made out of silicone, sport bands are great for people who are very active. The bands are waterproof and very tear-resistant.

VIMVIP silicone sports watch band

This is a pretty typical sports band that's made out of silicone, so you can rest assured that your sweat won't ruin it, which makes it perfect for working out.

The band itself doesn't look like anything special, but it does have the added bonus of having a texture inside. This means the band doesn't move around as much and can still allow air to move in between your skin and the watch. This means less chance for any skin irritation.

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Rerri sports band

If you want a sports band that is plain and simple, look no further that the sports band from Rerri.

It's a simple silicone band with a metal clasp that has no texture at all, giving you a classic, clean look. The great thing about this band is how easy it is to install. It comes with two spring metal pins and the tool to remove the pins, so it's easy to change it out whenever you like.

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Metal

Metal bands are super durable and very stylish. A great way to make your Moto 360 look really high-end and polished.

GOOQ stainless steel metal band

A metal watch band doesn't always have to mean links. GOOQ's watch band is made from a stainless steel mesh, which gives it a neat textured look and feel. The great thing about the mesh is arm hair doesn't get pinched inside it, which makes moving the watch around on your wrist much more comfortable.

The clasp is also made of stainless steel which makes this this whole band pretty rust-resistant. The durability of the metal will also help it from showing any wear and tear.

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Fitian stainless steel band

The Fitian's metal band we've featured here is your more classic metal band. It's comprised of stainless steel links and connected by two spring pins that are easy to install. This is your classic metal band that you just can't go wrong with.

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MODE Bands

MODE band

MODE bands were just released from Google and they get rid of the hassle of dealing with those tiny pins all the time. They might just be the easiest bands you have ever installed! This neat video on the MODE site, shows you just how simple clipping one of these to you Moto 360 actually is.

To use them all you have to do is replace the original pin that is on your Moto 360 and then add the MODE pin. From there it's just a matter of sliding your MODE band over the pin, and locking it shut!

Hadley Roma is the only company making the MODE bands right now and they start around $50. Don't forget, want size band you will need.

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