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5 days ago

First batch of Pebble Time shipments rolling out May 27

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Pebble has announced that the first shipments of Pebble Time will be heading out the door starting May 27, with all customers that have opted for the smartwatch set to receive tracking numbers by mid-June.

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5 days ago

Project Fi emails are hitting inboxes, but they're not the illustrious invites you're looking for

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If you're signed up to get in line for Project Fi, you may be waiting for a while.

According to an email that was just sent out to potential Project Fi customers, invites are being pushed out as fast as possible while keeping user experience in mind, and it may take until the middle of summer to finish processing the backlog of invite requests.

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5 days ago

Google apologizes for offensive Maps mishap

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Google has apologized for a 'mess up' surrounding racist search results on Google Maps.

Earlier this week, it was discovered that searching Google Maps with certain racial slurs would return results for the White House. Today, Google has issued an apology for the mishap, noting that it has taken action to fix the issue.

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6 days ago

Cyanogen folder locking - how it works and why it is awesome

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Cyanogen folder locking

Perfect for privacy fans or parents who let their kids play with their phones.

Unless you have a native guest mode, every time you hand your phone over to someone else you're handing over your entire digital existence. Your photo gallery, browser history, chats, and anything not secured by a pin in the app are a tap or two away. Whether you've handed your phone off to a child to watch a video in the middle of the grocery store, a friend who needs to call a cab after their phone died, or your phone has gotten up and walked away with the help of some less-than-honest individual, protecting your data is important.

Lockscreens aren't bulletproof, Smart Lock even less so, which means it is worth exploring a second layer for those apps you don't want anyone but you to access. If you're using a Cyanogen OS device or something running CyanogenMod, folder locking is a perfect example of a second security layer. It's also baked right in to the OS, waiting for you to turn it on and enjoy it. Here's how it works.

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6 days ago

See what's playing right from your wrist with the latest Shazam update

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Shazam has added Android Wear support in its latest update, which now allows you to identify who is playing right from your wrist.

No longer do you have to fumble to find your phone when you want to know who sings a particular song, thanks to the latest Shazam update. Included in this update is the addition of Android Wear support to the app, so users can now do everything right from their wrist.

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6 days ago

Brillo is Google's lightweight OS for the Internet of Things, may debut at Google I/O

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Google Brillo is the company's lightweight OS that will power Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and it is said that they may show it off as early as next week.

Google I/O may be the time and place for Google to announce its rumored lightweight OS for the IoT, Brillo. New reports suggest that Google is looking to hop deeper into the market, and create a real-time operating system of their own.

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6 days ago

Best alternative keyboards for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Galaxy S6 keyboards

There are plenty of great keyboard choices for your GS6 right in Google Play.

If we're being honest, the built-in Samsung keyboard on the Galaxy S6 just isn't that great. It puts buttons in weird places, has some odd touch responses and is generally poor at auto correct, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with it. Of course you can switch out that keyboard with a free or paid option from Google Play, and that means you have dozens of choices available to you.

We've been using the Galaxy S6 plenty, and these are the keyboards we're happiest with after using them. Read along with us and see if one of these appeals to you as well.

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6 days ago

Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from Google Play on May 28

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Adobe announced that it would be discontinuing Photoshop Touch late next week.

Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from Google Play on May 28. The company believes that their new mobile apps will better meet the needs of their customers going forward. While these tools are currently only available on iOS, Adobe announced that they are currently developing new apps for Android, which they will debut soon.

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6 days ago

Game of Thrones Episode 4: 'Sons of Winter' due May 28 for Android

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The fourth episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones series, titled "Sons of Winter," now has an official release date of May 28 for Android, along with a new trailer to stoke your excitement.

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6 days ago

Over 5.7 million Chromebooks shipped worldwide in 2014, according to Gartner

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The number of Chromebooks that shipped worldwide in 2014 totaled 5.728 million units, according to the research firm Gartner.

Shipments of Chromebooks worldwide reached 5.728 million units in 2014, according to a new report from the research firm Gartner. 72 percent of those Chrome OS notebooks went to education customers.

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6 days ago

Google's OS X Hangouts Chrome app updates to something not awful

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If you've been suffering with Google's Chrome app (as opposed to the extension) for Hangouts (especially on OS X), keep an eye out for an update today. Mine just refreshed to what you see here — ditching the (mostly) single-column view for two columns that are much more akin to what you'd expect from a proper chat client.

In fact, after poking around for a few minutes, this is much improved over the previous iteration.

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6 days ago

AT&T will sell you an LG G Watch for just $50 via its online store [update]

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It may be old, but at $50 the LG G Watch is a good buy if you want to learn about Android Wear.

We're not sure how long AT&T will have these available, but you can snag a black LG G Watch for just $50 from its online store. The watch is almost a year old, but is updated to the latest version of Android Wear, 5.1.1 and will be a nice device to have if you're interested in the wearable platform but don't want to spend the big bucks on something newer.

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6 days ago

Lollipop update now available for the first-gen Moto G

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Motorola has released the update for the 2013 Moto G, the first-generation device, and it is hitting devices now.

First generation Moto G owners will be thrilled to see a new update hitting their device, this time bumping it up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This update brings all of the great additions of Lollipop, like the new Material Design, Smart Lock, enhanced notifications, and more.

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6 days ago

Andrew's favorite Android Wear watches

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LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360

The Watch Urbane and Moto 360 both have their issues, but are each ahead of the rest of the pack for me.

I've been wearing an Android Wear watch since they have been available, replacing the Pebble that was previously on my wrist. Over the past several months I've come to enjoy the ability to clear and act on my notifications from my wrist, cutting down on the amount of stuff I have to deal with when I finally pull my phone out of my pocket.

While every Android Wear watch may be roughly the same in terms of functionality, they certainly aren't all on the same level when it comes to looks, feel and components. I'm wearing both the LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360 (though not at the same time) — let me explain why.

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6 days ago

Google brings 60fps live streaming and HTML5 playback to YouTube

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YouTube now supports 60 frames per second live streams, along with HTML5 playback in supported browsers.

A short while back Google added 60fps playback to YouTube, and now the company is bringing that feature to live streaming as well. This feature is now available on compatible HTML5 browsers, and allows for "silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos."

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