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2 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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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2 days ago

Google Drive for Android picks up sharing from notifications, support for 23 more languages

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Google has started rolling out an update to Google Drive for Android today that brings support for 23 new languages, and lets you share files directly from the notification you receive when a file is uploaded.

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2 days ago

Contest: Win a VR for G3 — one of five, actually — and a phone to go with it!

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LG G3 and VR for G3

Virtual reality once again is all the rage. We've got five VR for G3 visors to give away — and five phones to go along with them!

There are all sorts of flavors of VR out there. You've no doubt seen Google Cardboard, and LG has its own take on that with the new VR for G3. Think plastic visor that the LG G3 smartphone fits inside. Affix to your face, and you're immersed in whatever's on the screen.

And it's time for us to give some away.

Here's the deal:

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3 days ago

Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

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Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

Google has released a new handwriting keyboard for Android devices today, fittingly called "Google Handwriting Input."

Google Handwriting Input works with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) and up, and supports input in both print and cursive writing in a pretty staggering 82 languages — presumably simplifying things from the current system of having separate Google keyboards for handwriting-centric languages.

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3 days ago

Latest Chrome update for Android adds website update notifications and more

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Google is now rolling out the latest version of its Chrome web browser for Android. It brings the version number to 42 and adds a way to be notified when websites are updated.

The feature was first revealed by Google in March as part of the beta for Chrome 42. Website developers can use the new Push API to sent out notifications to Chrome users when a site is updated.

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3 days ago

Best Buy offers Verizon Moto G at $24.99 during four hour sale

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The latest four hour sale from Best Buy includes a few smartphones, one of which is the Moto G on Verizon for just $25.

Best Buy is offering the pre-paid Moto G on Verizon for only $24.99 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT today only. The deal, part of their four hour sale, saves you $75 on the device. With a 4.5-inch display, 8GB of internal memory with the ability to expand through microSD, and an 8MP camera, it is a steal at $25.

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3 days ago

A first look at the Huawei P8

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Huawei P8

Our first look at Huawei's flagship phone for 2015

Android outlier Huawei has put out some surprisingly solid devices in the past 12 months. The Chinese manufacturer's 2014 flagship, the Ascend P7 was a decent phone marred by stuttery performance and dated software. But the Mate 7 and Honor 6 Plus, which followed later in the year, proved that this lesser-known brand could, in some areas, compete with the big boys. Now Huawei's back with a new flagship phone for 2015, and it appears the gap is closing further.

Head past the break for our initial hands-on impressions of the new Huawei P8.

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3 days ago

Best wireless chargers under $20

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Don't be put off by expensive wireless chargers. There are affordable options that do exactly the same thing.

It wasn't uncommon to see ridiculous price tags on the newest OEM wireless chargers, especially after flagship devices started packing Qi-compatibility. Shortly after, however, aftermarket manufacturers stepped in — providing essentially the same convenient chargers — but at a fraction of the price.

This brief list of affordable wireless chargers will give you the sweet freedom from cables that most of us desire without breaking the bank.

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