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5 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Is Android your alarm clock?

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Wake up

Good morning!

I'll admit — I hate getting out of bed. It's warm and provides me protection against closet monsters and other horrible things that happen once you leave your snuggly nest of blankets and pillows. But it's one of those things you have to do, every damn day.

Since I'm not one of those folks who can automagically wake up at the right time every day, I need to set an alarm. I use my Android for that, because I drop it on the charger beside my bed every night anyway. And because it's reliable, and I have the best alarm sound in the world to go with it. I'm a simple fellow with simple needs, so I just use the standard alarm app that comes with whatever phone I'm using at the time. But there are also a slew of great alarm apps in Google Play, too.

Andrew is on a working-vacation-road-trip kind of thing and he brought up the question of just how many people do the same. So we're asking. Tell us, then tell us why in the comments.

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5 days ago

Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

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If you're finding that you could use a little injection from Dr. Feelgood tonight, Google Play has your back. Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits album is now free on Google's online music store.

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5 days ago

WhatsApp cracks down on users of unofficial clients

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It looks like WhatsApp has begun to crack down on users of third-party clients for the messaging service today. The company recently began instituting 24-hour bans for users of WhatsApp Plus, specifically. However, there have been various reports of WhatsAppMD users being affected as well.

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5 days ago

The Nexus 9, three months on

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Nexus 9

An update after 90 days or so with Google's top tablet

Four-hundred-forty-eight days. That's a near eternity between hardware releases in the Android world. But that's how long it took from the announcement of the second-generation Nexus 7 in July 2013 to the Nexus 9 in October 2014.

And quite a bit has changed in that year. Phones have gotten larger and even more powerful. We're two major versions of Android beyond what launched on the Nexus 7. We've gone from a 32- to a 64-bit operating system, on the first major device to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset. We've moved from a 16:10 aspect ratio to 4:3, on a larger display. And we've seen HTC get back into the tablet game, years after its first couple of efforts mostly flopped.

And the Nexus 9 had some big shoes to fill, as its smaller predecessor set the benchmark for an affordable, easy-to-use tablet.

We've been using the Nexus onward of three months now. Let's take a look and see where things stand.

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5 days ago

NBC will let you watch Super Bowl XLIX live for free online

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NBC will stream 11 continuous hours of live content, including the Super Bowl itself, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 to desktops and tablets. The "Super Stream Sunday" event will run from noon EST and to around 10 p.m. and include NBC's pre-game coverage, Super Bowl XLIX itself, the halftime show, and the post-game show, and the episode of The Blacklist that will air following the game. The stream will take place through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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5 days ago

Dungeon Hunter 5 will hack and slash its way to your screens in 2015

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Gameloft has just announced plans to release Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest game in its popular "hack and slash" fantasy RPG series. The game is due out sometime in 2015. Gameloft released Dungeon Hunter 4 for Android in April 2013.

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5 days ago

Teamwork and productivity service Asana releases native Android app

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Asana, a teamwork and productivity application similar to Trello, has released a native Android app today, extending its reach beyond the HTML5 confines of the web. The app allows a team to stay synchronized by sharing scheduled tasks, messages, due dates, and more.

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5 days ago

How to take great pictures with your Nexus 6

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Nexus 6 camera

A few simple tips to get better shots from your Nexus 6's camera

Let's face it — Nexus devices aren't exactly renowned for their imaging prowess. Even with new additions like optical image stabilization (OIS) and HDR+ mode, the cameras of the Nexus 6 (and the Nexus 5 before it) are best described as finicky. It's possible to get great photos from the Nexus 6's 13-megapixel shooter with a little patience, but there are a few simple directions you can follow to maximize the number of high-quality shots, and reduce the likelihood of coming out with a dud.

On the whole, these come down to knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Nexus 6's camera setup, and adjusting your shooting accordingly. Join us after the break for a quick primer on using the Nexus 6's camera.

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5 days ago

Facebook wants to cut down the number of hoaxes in your News Feed

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Facebook is making yet another change in its News Feed today, designed to reduce the number of stories that could offer false information or be deliberate hoaxes. This new feature comes a few months after Facebook announced it would give less relevance to News Feed posts that have what it considers to be "click-bait" headlines.

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5 days ago

Google's Field Trip app gets a Material Design update

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The find-things-nearby Field Trip app by Google's Niantic Labs has been updated with a new Material Design, uh, design. The last real redesign of the app came over a year ago, and today's update brings the app in line with the rest of Google's modern Android design language.

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5 days ago

HP's new Pro Slate 12 is awkwardly huge, has a pen that screams

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HP is back with a pair of new Android tablets geared towards businesses. The HP Pro Slate 8 and Pro Slate 12 bring a 4:3 aspect ratio that's more like standard paper sizes than the 16:9 tablets we're used to, and unlike some of HP's previous Android offerings, these two aren't terribly underpowered with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (which while a year old at this point, isn't a bad chip to have running things). And both measure just 8mm thick.

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5 days ago

Amazon brings unlimited photo storage to Prime members in Canada

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Amazon has announced that Prime members in Canada now have access to unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. In addition to Prime members, unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive is available to Amazon Student and and Amazon Family members in Canada as well.

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5 days ago

For $5-a-month, AT&T subscribers can now place unlimited calls to Mexico

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AT&T has revamped their AT&T World Connect $5 monthly international calling package to offer unlimited calls to Mexico. The news comes just days after AT&T got approval from the Mexican government for a $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest cellular carrier.

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5 days ago

Alleged HTC One M9 photos show front and back of device

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HTC One M9 leak

HTC's upcoming One M9 may feature a design similar to its predecessor, if leaked images posted by French publication NowhereElse are any indication. The photos, which claim to highlight the front and back of the device, reveal a similar BoomSound front speaker arrangement, reduced bezels, shiny gold color and a squarish camera module with dual LED flash at the back. What's more, the sides and base of the device appear slightly flatter than the M8.

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5 days ago

Nexus 6 battery life tips

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Nexus 6

Make the most of your Nexus's battery

Battery life is one of the areas of smartphone tech in which there's still much room for improvement. As a cutting edge handset, the Nexus 6 includes some of the latest developments in mobile tech — wireless charging, quick charging through the bundled Motorola Turbo Charger, and improvements on the software side thanks to Google's "Project Volta."

Despite this, there going to be times where you wish you were able to squeeze more juice out of this gigantic phone's equally enormous 3,220mAh battery. As we mentioned in our review, the device's battery life is pretty good, but not astonishingly so. So it's worth going over a few basic steps to help you get the most out of your battery.

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