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5 days ago

Here's what you can do with the 'Active key' on the Galaxy S6 active

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Outside of the rugged hardware, there isn't a ton that separates the basic use of the Galaxy S6 active from its standard counterpart. The one notable exception is the extra hardware button — the "Active key" — found directly above the volume rocker on the left side of the phone.

It's tied into a new bit of software found exclusively on the active version of the device called the "Activity Zone," which is a neat little dashboard for all things active on your phone. But the Active key can also be customized to launch other apps of your choosing.

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5 days ago

Clash of Clans snags new leagues, spells, and more in big update

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Wildly popular free-to-play title, Clash of Clans, has scored a pretty big update. Coming along for the ride is the new Dark Spell Factory, units, and all new leagues for the best of the best to compete in.

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5 days ago

My shameless addiction to Vainglory, and its effect on how I game

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Vainglory

It's not a new game, but Vainglory introduced me to a whole new way to enjoy playing on my mobile devices. It also got my hopelessly addicted to the genre. Again.

For me, mobile gaming has always been about filling the time normally spent awkwardly waiting for something. A quick time suck while in line at the store, or out in the car as my kid finishes up practice. Every once in a while, something grabs my attention and I play it during other points in my day, but the core gameplay mechanics are the same and I can stop whenever I need to get up and do something.

Vainglory is nothing like my normal mobile game. It's a online game that forces me to sit down, block out at least half an hour, and focus intently on a larger mission. When the beta for Android started a couple of months ago, I wanted to see what it was like to immerse yourself in a mobile game in the same way I would a PC or console title. The genre is most commonly known a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena — MOBA for short — and is usually something I'd prefer to play at my desk in front of my rather powerful gaming PC. Instead I find myself curled up on the couch tapping away on the screen for hours at a time, and I'm unlikely to stop anytime soon.

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5 days ago

All Creatures Big and Small goes free in the US, UK gets Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Google Play has switched it up this week, with some movies going free instead of apps. This time around we have All Creatures Big and Small listed as free in the US, while the UK is seeing Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry.

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5 days ago

Announcing the 'AC Photo Contest: Light bulb' winners!

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Another great photo contest has come to a close, and there are dozens of wonderful entries in the forums all meeting the contest prompt of "light bulb." We've gone through each entry and narrowed it down to the two that will receive prizes — read along and see them for yourself.

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5 days ago

Android 5.1 starts rolling out for retail models of the Moto X (2013) in 14 more countries

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The Moto X (2013) update saga continues, and gets more confusing as it goes. There have been a number of updates from Motorola's David Schuster on the topic, and the latest is some good news for users in a number of countries around the world.

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5 days ago

The official Lollipop update for Droid Turbo is here!

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Droid Turbo update

No more soak tests. No more waiting. The Motorola Droid Turbo is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop. Y'all go update now, ya hear?

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge receiving small update from Verizon

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Users who have the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge on Verizon may have already noticed an update hitting their device, but unfortunately it is not Android 5.1.1. The update, which is rolling out now, brings two small fixes to both devices.

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5 days ago

Mac owners can now play all those Android apps with the BlueStacks player

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Mac owners who have been jealous of all those apps and games being released on Android can now join the party. BlueStacks has now officially released its Mac version of its Android App Player, which was previously released for Windows (BlueStacks did briefly release an alpha version of its Mac app in 2012).

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5 days ago

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge joins the Lollipop party, courtesy of Verizon

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Looks like the Droid Turbo won't be the only device getting Lollipop today, as Verizon has also started pushing out an update for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. This update, which brings Android 5.0 to the device, carries the version number of N915VVRU2BOF2.

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5 days ago

HTC partners with Verizon to bring a $100 Google Play credit to customers who purchase the One M9

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HTC is trying to make your switch to Android a little bit easier on your pockets by offering a $100 Google Play credit to customers who purchase the One M9 from Verizon. The new promotion kicks off on July 1 and runs through August 31, giving you plenty of time to head into Verizon and make the switch.

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5 days ago

YouTube app now supports playing HD videos at the smooth rate of 60fps

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Google previously added support for YouTube videos to play at 60fps on the desktop site, and later added that same frame rate for live streaming videos. Now the official YouTube Android app can handle 60fps playback, if the video already supports that high of a frame rate, and the mobile device is capable of handing it.

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5 days ago

Samsung introduces the Level U Bluetooth headset for $69

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Samsung has introduced a new headset into their lineup of Level audio products, the Level U, a set of Bluetooth earbuds. The Level U headset wraps around the back of the wearer's neck, similar to the LG Tone Infinim headset. The Level U comes in to colors in the US: black sapphire and white.

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5 days ago

New LG promotion gets you a free battery, charging cradle, and leather back during July in the US

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LG is offering a new promotion for the month of July, scoring consumers a spare battery, charging cradle, and a leather back with the purchase of an LG G4 at no extra cost. Previously, LG offered a similar promotion, but with a 32GB memory card instead of the leather back, but that promotion ended at the end of June.

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5 days ago

LG G4 S renders leak online, details include 1080p display and octa-core processor

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The LG G4 hasn't been out for long and already we're seeing renders appear online of what are claimed to be LG's next smartphone. As well as imagery of the LG G4 S, yet another variant of the G4, details of what we can expect to see inside have also been shared by Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru.

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