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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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4 days ago

Brazil's new app content ratings make a little more sense than ours

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Brazil does (at least) a few things better than us here in the U.S. Beaches for one (and I say that as a Gulf Coast native, albeit one for more casual nudity and fewer beer bellies), soccer for another (though we're getting better on that front) — and now Android app ratings. Google today announced that Brazil gets is own "Brazil-specific rating" when it comes to apps in Google Play.

Developers don't actually have to do anything — these new ratings will live side-by-side with the existing ratings. They just make a little more sense.

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4 days ago

Chromecast support comes to Lyve, Fitnet, and musiXmatch

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Google announced today that a few new apps have picked up Chromecast support. You can now look forward to slinging music, pictures, and workouts to your big screen from musiXmatch, Lyve, and Fitnet respectively.

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4 days ago

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition makes its Android tablet debut for $9.99

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BioWare's classic Dungeons and Dragons-based roleplaying game sequel Baldur's Gate II, first released way back in 2000 for the PC, has finally arrived for Android tablets via the Google Play Store. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is now available to download for $9.99.

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4 days ago

Google Drive adds 'OK, Google' voice search to help you find files

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Google is rolling out an update to Google Drive that will hit Android devices in the next week or so bringing additional features to the cloud storage app. The new update upgrade Google Now search so you can command "OK, Google" to search for your files without having to launch the app. Additionally, custom maps can now be shared and accessed via the Drive app as well.

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4 days ago

Motorola brings holiday cheer with big savings

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Motorola is offering up a pretty sweet deal for the holidays. You can currently land some huge savings by purchasing directly from the company's online store. What kind of savings, you ask? How about $50 off purchases of $350, or $100 off purchases of $500 or more.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 days ago

How can this be real? Free wireless 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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