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3 days ago

Acer Iconia Tab 8 mini-review

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Bright little tablet for a bright little price

Big tablet on a small budget

With the Nexus 7 on its way out and the new Nexus 9 sporting a higher price-tag and size than many users are willing to put up with, folks are now looking for tablet options that fit into their lives and their budgets a little better. Acer aims to check all the boxes and then some with the $199 Acer Iconia Tab 8 — which can be found for almost half that price. While to some this will fit the bill nicely, there are a few more boxes checked that aren't as desirable. The question is do the good boxes offset the bad?

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3 days ago

Santa Phil Day 3: Win a Nexus Player and game controller!

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Nexus Player

The Nexus Player has a tough hill to climb. For one, it's tripling the price of the Chromecast while duplicating the functionality. But it also does a lot more. Namely, you get apps — full Android apps, tailored to the TV experience — on the big screen. It's still early in the Nexus Player's life, and we'll definitely see more of this experience built into TVs in 2015, and probably other boxes as well.

But I've been enjoying the hell out of the Nexus Player. Now it's time for one of you to do the same.

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3 days ago

SimCity BuildIt now available worldwide for Android

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Electronic Arts has now made its latest urban simulation game, SimCity BuildIt, available worldwide for Android in the Google Play Store after first announcing the game earlier this year.

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3 days ago

Fleksy 5.0 gives you more control over your keyboard with extensions and new themes

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Popular third-party keyboard Fleksy has launched a major update today with version 5.0, expanding the capabilities of the keyboard, and letting users personalize it in new ways. Fleksy now lets you extend the keyboard, while also adding several new themes to their lineup.

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3 days ago

Todoist adds Android Wear support for ultimate task management convenience

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Todoist, the popular task and project management application, has today announced support for Android Wear devices for the first time. Now, owners of Android Wear powered smartwatches can have total control over their Todoist task lists, reminders and notifications without the need to take their phone out of their pocket. Android Wear support joins Android, Chrome and Gmail in Todoists list of supported Google platforms.

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3 days ago

Get Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party' for free on Google Play this week

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Google has selected Linkin Park's The Hunting Party as the album of the week, allowing those in the US to download the album for free. As the band continues with its tour, fans will be able to grab all songs contained in the release from Google Play for absolutely nothing.

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3 days ago

OnePlus launches external battery pack, wants you to come up with a name for upcoming ROM

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OnePlus is marking its one-year anniversary by launching the OnePlus Power Bank, a 10,000 mAh external battery pack that is designed to go with the OnePlus One. The external battery pack can charge the OnePlus One three times over, and the presence of dual-USB connectors allows you to charge two devices simultaneously.

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3 days ago

Google brings Songza-powered Play Music Playlists to the UK

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Curated playlists are offered by multiple streaming services and Google has rolled out a similar feature on Play Music in the UK. Concierge playlists for Google's music service have been available in the US and Canada, but it's a welcomed move to expand on availability and offer the feature to British music lovers.

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4 days ago

OnePlus One banned in India after infringing on Micromax's agreement with Cyanogen

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After Xiaomi, it is now the turn of the OnePlus One to face the ire of the Indian authorities, as local vendor Micromax was able to secure an injunction from the Delhi High Court that bans all sales and advertising of the device in India. The issue is due to the Cyanogen branding seen on the back of the OnePlus One, which Micromax mentioned was a violation of its exclusive partnership with the custom ROM vendor in India.

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4 days ago

Google Play gift cards now available in six European countries

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After having been listed as coming soon, Google has finally made its Play Store gift cards available in six European countries. The Google Play gift cards are available for shoppers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Denominations for the cards vary based on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden carry 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards while the 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are offered in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.

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4 days ago

VoLTE support arrives on AT&T Galaxy S4 Mini with new OTA update

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AT&T has just released a new firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini that delivers support for voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling. Though the update could be downloaded over the air, you'll need to be connected to a WiFi network to do so. In addition to VoLTE support, the update also supports emergency 911 calling without requiring a SIM card to be present.

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4 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Are you giving the gift of Android this holiday season?

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It's the time of year where people of all faiths and beliefs get together and celebrate. Part of that for many is exchanging a gift or two. It's a great time of year for just about everyone.

If you're getting together and giving some gifts (it's all about the giving) to friends and family, are any of them running Android? I might have a couple presents wrapped up that run our favorite operating system (forget it kids, I'm not telling) waiting to go to their new home, how about you?

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4 days ago

Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft finally battles its way onto Android tablets

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Good news for you Blizzard fans out there: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft has finally landed on Android tablets! Blizzard announced today that it has officially launched the game on Google Play — and though it was initially limited to those in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand it's now widely available.

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4 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs got you down? Here's how you (might be able to) fix them

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs

The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.

This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.

Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.

Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.

Let's do that.

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4 days ago

Google says Text-to-Speech no longer needs high quality voices in latest update

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Google has recently updated its Text-to-Speech app on the Play Store to take away features. With the update, you can no longer download the high quality voices on the Text-to-Speech app, and this isn't exactly a bad thing. According to Google, the standard voice engine "now surpass[es] the quality of the high quality voices from our previous release."

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