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4 days ago

LG Rolly is a solid, rollable full-size keyboard for your smartphone and tablet

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LG has announced the Rolly, a full-size rollable wireless keyboard designed to work with smartphones and tablets. The keyboard folds up along the four rows into a stick that's easy to carry around. Constructed out of "impact-resistant" polycarbonate and ABS plastic, LG's accessory gives you more tactile feedback when compared to silicone-based keyboards.

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4 days ago

Amazon reportedly scales back hardware division after Fire Phone debacle

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Following an unsuccessful attempt to make its mark on the smartphone market with the Fire Phone, Amazon is said to have laid off dozens of employees at its hardware unit, Lab126. Although several projects are still in the works at the facility located in Sunnyvale, California, the retailer is said to have scrubbed development of a huge tablet with a 14-inch screen and a smart stylus along with its smartphone ambitions:

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5 days ago

What you can and can't (and shouldn't) engrave on the back of your Moto G

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I've spent the last hour or so seeing what Moto Maker will allow in the custom engraving box when you order a new Moto G. As you would expect, there's some censorship there, and that's probably a good thing. What's not such a good thing is how incomplete it all is.

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5 days ago

Here's where you'll find the microSD card slot on the Moto X Play

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Many of you will see the headline and think, "what on Earth is this guy talking about?" But you know what, the Moto X Play is the first phone in some time I've actually opened up the in-box documentation to figure something out. Because it's not obvious where the microSD card lives.

The front of the phone has a sticker on the screen that describes some key features, one of which is microSD support. So where the hell is the slot for it?

Oh, right, it's there. In the SIM card tray. On the back of the SIM card to be precise.

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5 days ago

Explore the ocean's murky depths as a jellyfish in Seashine

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Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the depths of the ocean on a mission to simply survive? Well, a relatively new Android game called Seashine may be right up your alley. In the game, you play as a fragile jellyfish just trying to survive the hazards of the darkest depths of the ocean.

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5 days ago

Best Android phones for students heading back to school

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It's time to get back to school with a great, affordable phone.

The school year is barreling down towards you like a freight train laden with knowledge and the last thing you need is the headache of figuring out which new phone to get. Hopefully we can pare down the decision-making process for a you a little bit with these suggestions. We're going to be looking at budget-conscious phones with a sense of style and enough horsepower to get through a busy courseload.

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5 days ago

Android Central Photo Contest: Rust

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Whether you live in an area with lots of sea water or not, you're likely to encounter your fair share of rust. And when you do, we want you to take the best possible picture of it for the latest Android Central Photo Contest. No matter what the rusty situation is or what Android you're currently carrying, you have a chance to enter and win a prize this week.

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5 days ago

How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos

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Twitter Instagram

I love sharing photos on Instagram, and 300 million other users feel the same, but I don't like the fact that my Twitter followers can't preview the images directly from my timeline. They need to click the Instagram link to view the photo. It used to work a couple of years ago, but Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. The good news is that there's a workaround.

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5 days ago

5 always-on apps for Android Wear

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The ease and accessibility of being able to stay up to date with Smartwatches is something we've talked a lot about. However many of the apps that we use to keep up to date can be a serious drain on battery life. Which is where the new update for Android Wear comes in, always on apps. These apps continue to supply you with data even after they pop over into ambient mode.

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5 days ago

Exclusive look at the next big update for cross-platform strategy game Cloud Raiders

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International software publisher Game Insight recently invited a handful of mobile gaming journalists to its Innowate research and development studio in Riga, Latvia to preview the company's upcoming lineup of mobile titles. That's a long way to travel, but we saw some cool games that I look forward to sharing with you in the weeks to come.

While visiting the studio, I couldn't resist checking in on one of my favorite Game Insight titles: Cloud Raiders. A free to play Clash of Clans-style game, Cloud Raiders has a huge feather in its cap: cross-platform multiplayer between Windows, Android, and iOS platforms. And as luck would have it, the game will soon receive a major update that increases the maximum Stronghold and player level, adds new offensive units and defensive towers, and much more.

Read on to learn what's coming next to our favorite cross-platform competitive raiding game, complete with hands-on video!

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5 days ago

ZTE Axon Pro review: A phone that gives more than you paid for

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ZTE AXON

ZTE is a name that's been around a long time in the mobile industry, but the Axon Pro came as a bit of a surprise. The issue is that the few times we've heard their name crop up in North America was when we were talking about phones not many people were buying, and didn't have any "pizazz" factor. Good solid phones built for Boost Mobile are important, but that's a tough way to carve out a reputation among fickle consumers.

The Axon Pro is clearly the way ZTE is going to try and break out of that mold. It's big, it's flashy, it hits the spec sheets right where it counts and it was clearly designed to garner interest from folks using AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States — the network support is not only present, but it performs really well.

I love unlocked phones. Especially ones that come at us with a price that makes them a value. At $450, the Axon Pro checks in a good bit less expensive than others, but a bit more than a "budget" model. It's a tough category to compete in.

Let's dive into the ZTE Axon Pro, and see how she stacks up.

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5 days ago

Facebook starts testing M, the virtual assistant that lives inside Messenger

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Facebook has started testing M, a new virtual assistant that lives inside its Messenger app. Rolling out first in the San Francisco Bay Area, M's artificial intelligence in trained and supervised by people. One of the big selling points of M is its ability to do things for you in the course of completing a task.

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5 days ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV arrives in the Google Store for $199

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The latest addition to the Google Store lineup is the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. Google is selling the 16GB variant of the Android TV for $199, while the 500GB version is only $100 more, at $299.

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5 days ago

YouTube Gaming goes live for Android, web portal to launch later today [Update: website is live]

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Update: The YouTube Gaming web portal is now live as well. Google has also announced the service will only be for US and UK residents at first, with more countries to be added later.

Original story: Google is finally making its move to battle Twitch in the popular live game streaming market with the previously announced launch of YouTube Gaming. The new service aims to put the power and reach of YouTube into the hands of game streaming content creators and fans.

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5 days ago

Pocket 6.0 introduces Recommendation, lays the foundation for future features

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Popular read it later service Pocket has been updated, adding recommendations for users. Recommendations are meant to focus on "high-quality content", offering you interesting or important stories that you may have missed.

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