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2 days ago

Google Stars: bookmarking gone material

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Bookmarks are something that we somewhat take for granted. We click, click, click away on them like there's not tomorrow. I think I used 20 bookmarks today, and that's not counting personal browsing. They're not exactly classy, but they're there for us when we need them. Heck, they even follow us from device to device with browsers like Chrome.

Well, Google's looking to finally breathe a little more life and color into boring old bookmarks with Stars bookmarking manager. It's by no means a finished product, but it's certainly a step forward.

Let's take a look.

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2 days ago

Cheating at Android games? Your scores can now automatically be squelched

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Google today gave word that developers can now use automatic leaderboard tamper protection "to automatically hide suspicious leaderboard scores." That'll keep cheaters from seeing their scores shoot to the top faster than they should. (Though obviously my Sky Force 2014 process is legit among my small circle of friends.)

Google notes that tamper protection doesn't work if you're using shared iOS or Web implementations, so it's not perfect. But it's one more good tool for Google Play Games Services.

More: Google Play support

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2 days ago

The Sprint Cup is no more — after 2016

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Sprint today announced that it no longer will be the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier racing circuit at the the conclusion of the 2016 season. Sprint cited "a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities" in a press release today.

The Sprint Cup Series has been in existence since 2004, a following a year of NEXTEL CUP Series (Sprint bought NEXTEL), and that followed 32-year sponsor Winston, whose name adorned the highest level of stock car racing from 1971.

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2 days ago

How can this be real? Free 4G internet and 80% off a nationwide hotspot [sponsored]

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FreedomPop has been upending the market as the nation's first totally free 4G internet and phone provider. And now as a special to Mobile Nations readers they're offering their Nationwide MiFi 4082 Hotspot for 80% off for the holidays.

They’re tossing in a 2 GB premium data trial (normally worth $19.99), a free portable 2000 mAh power bank, and free shipping to boot! With a one-time purchase of a Nationwide Hotspot from FreedomPop, you can enjoy 100% free 4G wireless internet on any device.

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2 days ago

Instagram is getting five new photo filters!

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Instagram will put in five more photo filters to its Android app. The filters are just part of the app's latest update that is scheduled to be released in the Google Play Store today. It's the first time in two years that new filters have been added to the app,

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2 days ago

HTC selling accessories for up to 50 percent off

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HTC is selling several of their accessories for up to 50 percent off. Accessories for devices like the the HTC One M8, the recently-released Nexus 9, and even HTC's new RE Camera are all part of this sale.

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2 days ago

Pebble 2.3 beta bakes in Android Wear notification and interaction support

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Pebble users can now take advantage of apps that support Android Wear notifications and interactions, all without having to do any additional legwork. At least if they're taking part in the beta testing program for the Android Pebble app. The 2.3 beta brings support for both Android Wear notifications and interactions, with no additional coding needed for the app developer to be Pebble-compatible if they've already gone for Android Wear support.

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2 days ago

NVIDIA's Shield Hub app updated with new Material Design look, better gaming performance

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NVIDIA has updated its Shield Hub app that it created for its Shield Tablet and Shield Portable products today. The update includes a new user interface based on Google's Material Design look, as well as a group of performance improvements for GameStream and GRID.

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2 days ago

On December 24th and 25th, Yo will Ho Ho Ho

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If you happen to be using Yo for some insane reason, we've just been informed that you won't be getting any "Yos" on December 24th or 25th. Nope, instead, to celebrate the Christmas holiday, you'll get similarly-vague "Ho Ho Ho" alerts instead. At press time we were unable to clarify if Santa Claus himself will be leaving monosyllabic push notifications under the tree this year.

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2 days ago

Verizon signs a patent license agreement with Google to help fight 'frivolous' lawsuits

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Verizon Wireless has announced that it has signed a patent licence agreement with Google. Specific details about the agreement were not revealed, but Verizon did say it was designed "to lower the risk of frivolous patent litigation."

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2 days ago

T-Mobile Un-carrier 8 gives you rollover data with Data Stash

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 8 gives you rollover data with Data Stash

T-Mobile has today announced Un-carrier 8.0, introducing its new personal Data Stash feature for subscribers. This new Data Stash will enable anyone who doesn't use up their data allowance for that month to store this remaining balance on their T-Mobile account for use another time. Put simply, you'll be able to automatically save the remaining data allowance each month for free, and then use this hidden stash whenever you run over the limit.

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2 days ago

Samsung rumored to launch a rival to Apple Pay for its smartphones in 2015

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Samsung is reportedly working on its own mobile payment service for future smartphones as a rival to the recently launched Apple Pay. The service could launch sometime in 2015.

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2 days ago

Huawei's Honor 6 Plus comes with dual rear 8MP cameras

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 2x 8MP cameras... on the back

Thanks to their relatively small lenses and sensors, lowlight photography can be difficult on smartphones, but Huawei thinks they have a solution with the dual rear cameras on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus. Sporting not one, but two 8-megapixel sensors, which Huawei claims combined provide an "effective pixel size" of 1.98 microns. For comparison, the HTC One M8 has 2-micron pixels on its main camera, but it's just a 4MP unit. Apart from the trick cameras, the Honor 6 Plus also sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Huawei's own 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (plus microSD expansion), all backed up by a 3600mAh battery.

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2 days ago

Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza Day 2: Win one of two HTC RE cameras!

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HTC RE camera

We're on Day 2 of the Santa Phil Contest Extravaganza, and we've got a fun little prize up for grabs. It's the HTC RE camera! Two of them, in fact (though you can only win one; someone else will win the other). If you haven't seen this guy before it's a little handheld number that's in the same league as the GoPro, but meant more for fun and less for the hard-core. (Read our recent RE camera review for more.)

It's a fun little stocking-stuffer, for sure. He's how to enter:

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2 days ago

Last minute shopping sale! Save 20% on all Android accessories

We're taking the holiday rush into consideration this year and offering you last minute shoppers 20% off our entire selection of accessories here at Android Central. That means cases, chargers, batteries, Bluetooth and anything else you can find to stuff your stockings with!

With popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flying off the shelves this season, you'll want the perfect accessories to accommodate that brand spankin' new Android, right?

After you've done your last minute shopping, simply enter coupon code: LAST14 at checkout to apply your 20% off discount. We offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 and have even faster delivery options for those who need their Android gear quicker than the norm.

So, get your orders in and save some cash while you can because this sale ends midnight Sunday, December 21st PST.

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