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Avatar movie franchise is coming to your phone as a mobile strategy game

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Kabam has announced plans to release a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game that will be based on the Avatar sci-fi movie franchise from writer-director James Cameron.

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3 days ago

Moto G4 and G4 Plus will be available on July 12 starting at $199

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The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will be officially available starting on July 12 at select retailers. Best Buy, B&H, Amazon and others will begin carrying both models then, with Republic Wireless making them available on July 28. Pricing for the Moto G4 starts at $199, and the G4 Plus will be available from $249.

These will be unlocked versions and compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks Motorola says.

In the U.S., the new Moto G⁴ will be available starting at $199 and Moto G⁴ Plus will be available starting at $249 beginning July 12 at Amazon, Best Buy, BrandsMart, B&H, Car Toys, Fry's, MicroCenter, Motorola, Sam's Club and Walmart.com. Moto G⁴ and Moto G⁴ Plus will be available at Republic Wireless beginning July 28.

To sweeten the deal, Best Buy will also be offering a $50 gift card with in-store and online purchases of either model made through July 30. Will you be picking one of these up? If so, let us know which one in the comments.

More: Moto G4 Plus review

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3 days ago

Amazon introduces Page Flip to help you page through ebooks while saving your spot

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Amazon has announced a new feature for its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, and Kindle mobile apps that brings the electronic reading experience closer to that of an actual book. The new Page Flip feature allows you to flip through a book while saving your current place, allowing you to quickly peek at previous or future chapter, appendices, and more.

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3 days ago

Best card games for Android

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Best card games for Android

Classic card games and fantasy card worlds on your Android phone? Yes, please!

For some, card games are the ultimate way to relax. Killing time on your morning commute or unwinding at the end of your day playing card games can happen on your phone now, which is fantastic. You can play solo or face opponents in virtual game rooms any time, day or night, in casino-style games or fantasy card games of every kind.

We've collected the best of both worlds with our rundown of the best card games for Android.

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3 days ago

Wileyfox Spark hands-on: What an £89 Android phone looks like

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British startup Wileyfox expands its product line into the budget space, once again tapping CyanogenOS on the software side — but as you might expect, there are a few compromises to deal with in phones priced between £89 and £130.

Wileyfox was part of the broad trend in 2015 towards decent phones that don't cost a whole lot of money. Partnering with Cyanogen for its software experience allowed the British firm to deliver a solid software experience and decent performance for well below £200. Recently, the more popular of Wiley's 2015 phones, the Swift, was been discounted to under £100, making it a great buy.

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3 days ago

Samsung is rolling out Android Marshmallow to Galaxy S5 Neo in Europe

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Samsung has reportedly kicked off its Marshmallow rollout for the Galaxy S5 Neo in Europe. This latest release brings Android 6.0.1 to the handset, adding a bunch of new features and improvements to the overall experience. According to reports, the update build number is G903FXXU1BPD4.

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3 days ago

Wileyfox unleashes the Spark — new Cyanogen OS phones starting at £89

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British startup Wileyfox grabbed a lot of attention last year with its competitively priced Storm and Swift, and the company is now announcing its third smartphone, the Spark. Set to be available SIM-free for £89.99, the Spark offers a 5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot, and Cyanogen OS 13.0 atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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3 days ago

Wileyfox Spark, Spark X, Spark+ specs

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Wileyfox spark

Affordable new handsets powered by CyanogenOS.

British startup Wileyfox has taken the wraps off its latest handsets at an event in London this morning — the Wileyfox Spark series, which consists of three different variants.

The base model, selling for £89.99, features a 5-inch 720p screen, a quad-core MediaTek processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. The Spark+ ups the storage to 16GB, RAM to 2GB and the camera to a 13-megapixel sensor, for £114.99. And at the upper end, the Spark X takes the internals of the Spark+ and adds a 5.5-inch 720p display, for £129.99.

You'll find full details down below.

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3 days ago

Google starts showing song lyrics directly in search results

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Google has teamed up with LyricFind to display song lyrics directly in its search results. The Toronto-based company signed a multi-year licensing deal with Google, allowing the search giant to offer song lyrics in the U.S. and international markets.

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3 days ago

Cleaning out the storage on your phone is a monthly task

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In last week's poll we asked how often you clean out the storage on your phone. Phones have become a hub for everything for keeping photos to being able to quickly check bank account balances. Their storage capacity isn't unlimited though, and eventually you're going to run out of room. That's why we wanted to know how often you clean out the storage on your phone.

In first place, with 25.8% of the vote, was "I like to clean my phone out once a month or so." Second place wasn't far behind, with "When I realize I have apps installed I don't use" grabbing up 18.7%. Just behind in third place with 18.5% is "when performance starts to suffer."

"I only clean out my phone when it becomes necessary" managed to take fourth place with 15.3% of the vote. Fifth place grabbed up 11.1% vote with "when I run out of room." In last place is "I don't clean out the storage on my phone if I can help it," with 10.6% of the vote.

Do you like to clean out the storage on your phone regularly, or do you prefer to put it off? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 days ago

Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

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Best wireless mice for Chromebooks

Which wireless mice are best for Chromebooks?

While your Chromebook's trackpad works well enough for most situations, there are some tasks for which a wireless mouse is better.

Whether you need a wireless mouse to scroll through long documents faster, or to perform fine manipulations, there's a great wireless mouse out there with your name on it. Here are a few of our favorites.

Microsoft Touch Mouse

Microsoft Touch Mouse

The Microsoft Touch Mouse is unique in that it has no buttons or a scroll-wheel, yet it functions as though it has them.

Instead of pressing physical buttons or using a scroll-wheel, you tap and swipe, much like you would on the touchscreen of your phone.

It is comfortable to use with either hand and has the benefit of Microsoft's Bluetrack technology, which helps it work on pretty much any surface.

If you're looking for a unique mouse that works well with either hand and on most surfaces, then the Microsoft Touch Mouse might be the one for you.

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Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Logitech Wireless Mouse M320

Available in black, blue, red, and two-tone gray and yellow, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 has received positive reviews from users and reviewers alike for its long battery life and its functionality.

Logitech states that this mouse will last up to two years on a single AA battery. Mileage may vary, but in general, users report that the battery does last a while — maybe a year or more on average.

Another benefit of this mouse is that its curved, asymmetric shape and rubber surface make it comfortable to use for long periods of time.

If you want a wireless mouse that has a long battery life, is comfortable to hold, and comes in different colors, then check this one out.

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Logitech Performance MX

Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Logitech's Performance MX is meant for people who do a lot of mouse work on a daily basis. Reviewers and consumers alike praise it for its well-crafted, durable design and for its superb functionality.

Made for right-handed users, its sculpted shape fits easily and comfortably in your hand and if you use your mouse a lot, then you'll really appreciate how good it feels to grip. Its Darkfield Laser also tracks on most surfaces, including glass.

This mouse has a rechargeable battery that you can charge either by connecting it to your Chromebook via the USB cable it comes with, or by connecting it to its wall charger, which is also included. If you plug it into your Chromebook, you can continue to use it while it is charging.

If you use your mouse a lot, want one with a rechargeable battery, and you want it to work on glass, then consider the Logitech Performance MX.

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AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver

AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse

The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is a 2.4 GHz mouse that connects to your Chromebook via a small USB transceiver. Customer reviews state that it works well and is easy to use, providing an amazing value for a bargain price.

This optical mouse comes with a one year warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you can always get a replacement.

If you're looking for an inexpensive wireless mouse that does the job, then the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is for you.

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Logitech Marathon M705

Logitech Wireless Marathon M705

The Logitech Marathon M705 is another wireless mouse that has received accolades from reviewers and consumers raving about well it works and how long it lasts on a single set of AA batteries.

Designed to conserve battery power, this mouse can last as long as three years on one set of batteries. Customers who have been using it for a while confirm that it indeed uses less power than comparable mice.

Sculpted for right-handed people, the Logitech Marathon M705 remains comfortable to hold, even after many hours of use.

In addition, its laser-tracking keeps its clicks precise and gives you the ability to whiz through long documents and web pages with ease.

If you are looking for a mouse with a long battery life that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time, then the Logitech Marathon M705 is a great choice.

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Logitech MX Master

Logitech MX Master

The Logitech MX Master is the master of all wireless mice because of its ability to track well even on glossy surfaces and its long battery life. Reviewers and users agree that it's a top-notch wireless mouse.

With a shape sculpted for your right hand, it is comfortable to use all day. In fact, it was designed for people who use their mice a lot, all day, every day.

It has a rechargeable battery, so you never have to replace it. Simply connect it to your Chromebook using its USB cable and continue using it while it charges. If you don't have an extra USB port, you can use its wall-charger unit instead. Either way, four minutes gives you four hours of use and a full charge will last you up to 40 days.

If you're looking for a wireless mouse that will work, even on glass, and has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, the Logitech MX Master is a great choice.

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Which wireless mice are your favorites?

We've looked high and low for great wireless mice that work with the Chromebook, but we're only human, and we might have missed something super-amazing. Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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3 days ago

Protip: Power off your Chromebook before you put it away

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A quick tip for Chromebook users — powering down when you're done using your laptop keeps things running smoothly and makes sure your software is up to date.

Your Chromebook does a good job of going to sleep and staying asleep when you shut the lid, which is the sort of thing you'd want any laptop to do well. But that doesn't reset and recycle your current session in Chrome OS. And those are both things you want to do when you're finished working (or playing) for the day. There are two big reasons why — keeping your software current and resetting what's stored in your memory (RAM).

Your Chromebook uses what's called Verified Boot along with automatic updates to keep the software current and secure. When an update is available for the operating system, it gets fetched from the Internet and installed alongside the version you are currently running. Before and during the installation process, the integrity of the software is checked by matching it against the official copy. If the tests performed all match, then your Chromebook knows that the software is official and hasn't been tampered with. (The same process is done each time you start things up, too.) The next time you shut off your Chromebook then restart it, this new copy of the operating system is what gets loaded. The old copy can then be erased and replaced the next time there is an update. This process is also coming to Android N for our phones and tablets because it works really well.

Your Chromebook also manages memory a little differently than most other operating systems. We go into it a little more here, but the short version is that the things you're looking at and the things you recently were looking at are kept in the memory. Your RAM has a 10MB portion reserved for this, and the only way to free it up is to shut your laptop down. This doesn't make much of a difference if you were looking at cat pictures yesterday and are going to look at cat pictures again today, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to keep Google Docs and that boring company spreadsheet in the reserved portion if you're done with it. You don't have to wipe this cached data away because it will overwrite itself as you do different things, but there could be a small performance hit if you do things that way. Chrome boots so fast it's easier on the system (and your battery) to shut down and start fresh for each session.

To be clear — your Chromebook will work just fine if you never shut it off. Chrome is Linux, and some Linux computers go for years without being power cycled.

But to take advantage of the update system as well as the way Google uses your RAM for great performance, the best thing you can do each night is power down. You can shut down by pressing and holding the power button, or by clicking in the status area (next to your account picture on the tray) and clicking the power icon.

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Android Pay officially launches in Singapore

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The best board games for Android

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The best board games for Android

What are the best board games for Android?

Board games have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and it doesn't take a lot of digging in the Google Play Store to see it reflected on Android as well. If you're having trouble getting everybody together under one roof or just don't have any more shelf space for another box, pick up your Android phone or tablet to grab these fantastic board games.

We've put together the very best board games for Android for the consideration of long-time board game fans.It's worth noting in advance that a vast majority of the Android board games on our list employ in-app purchases for expansions, and thanks to their established physical counterparts, they tend to be well-balanced and lots of fun.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride board game screenTicket to Ride board in play

Ticket to Ride gets players to build sprawling rail empires by gathering colored cars to connect cities. Every turn, a player gets to either pick two cars, claim a line by spending cars, or take on a new ticket, which challenges players to connect two cities before the first player runs out of cars. The farther these two cities are, the more victory points they're worth, plus the player with the longest line gets an additional victory point bonus.

On the whole, Ticket to Ride is a fine combination of competition and construction. The in-app purchase grants you access to a new bundle of maps and boards, all of which are totally worth the price.

Download Ticket to Ride ($6.99 with in-app purchases)

Catan

Catan opening boardBegin to build your empire

Catan is not just a classic board game; it is the classic board game. Players harvest resources and connect their villages by roads, accumulating victory points along the way. It doesn't sound like much, but between the inter-player trading (or scheming) and the cramped real estate, Catan can be a very tense game. Players also use their harvested resources to purchase cards which can provide them with useful resources. Pass-and-play multiplayer is available, as well as many of the original game's expansions.

For a tense game of wheeling and dealing, check out Catan.

Download Catan ($3.99)

Ascension

Cards on the board in AscensionAscension cards to the Void to to discard

Ascension is a well-established fantasy card game. Players dynamically build their deck over the course of gameplay, and attempt to acquire the most victory points from a limited pool. When the pool is empty, the points are tallied up. Gathering these honor points is done by building a force with sword and sorcery, acquiring constructs, slaying a constantly-shifting selection of monsters on the board, and recruiting new heroes to your cause. There are expansions and promo packs which introduce new cards to the set as well.

Ascension's fast and fluid gameplay are bound to catch the attention of even occasional board gamers.

Download Ascension(Free with in-app purchases)

Carcassonne

Carcassonne playersCarcassonne game play

Carcassonne is a tile-based kingdom-building game in which players each take turns trying to complete roads, cities, and cloisters. Each turn, players also drop a limited number of their meeple onto those landmarks in an attempt to claim points once the feature has been completed. If you can't fully enclose a city or finish a road by the end of the game, you can still get a few points. A handful of expansions are also available through in-app purchases.

Carcassonne is a polished adaptation of a classic board game. If you haven't tried it yet, now is the time.

Download Carcassonne ($4.99)

Shelter Free

The premise of Shelter FreeMap of Shelter Free zoneThe card playing board in Shelter Free

Shelter Free combines deck building card games and castle defence strategy. You wake up to find that the world is overrun with zombies and you have to continuously fight them off in order to make your way out of the danger zone. You move through hazards, seeking cards to build and strengthen your deck, and duelling with zombies who have equally powerful card decks.

The graphic novel artwork style is enough to keep you coming back for more gameplay, but the storyline and intense card battles will keep you hooked for sure.

Download Shelter Free (Free with in-app purchases)

Monopoly: Here and Now World Edition

Monopoly boardLand on more exotic locations

It's not a real board game collection until Monopoly shows up, but this isn't the Monopoly you grew up playing. Sure, you roll the dice and move your chosen token around the board, but the newer version of Monopoly uses famous landmarks (like the Eiffel Tower) for tokens, and you land in Istanbul instead of on Park Avenue. You can opt to join a live multiplayer game online or create your own custom game with a combination of computer-generated opponents and real people.

It's easy, it's fun, and if you can't remember the last time to took out a Monopoly board, it's time to get this one downloaded.

Download Monopoly Here and Now (free with in-app purchases)

Sea Battle 2

Place your ships on the gridSeek out the ships placed by your opponent

Don't let anyone sink your battleship! This reimagining of the classic game lets you play against an AI, a random online opponent, or the person sitting next to you. It goes beyond mere battleships to include planes, radar, mines, submarines, and all the while you're climbing the ranks from a lowly recruit to an admired admiral. Name your proud fleet, watch your scores on the global leaderboard, and use the in-app chat feature to discuss strategy.

The old-school graph paper design will take you right back to playing sneaky Battleship rounds during junior high study hall.

Download Sea Battle 2 (Free with in-app purchases)

Mahjong: Beautiful Orient

 Beautiful OrientMatch two tiles to remove them from the boardLevel completed and points earned

The 20 boards of Mahjong: Beautiful Orient feature beautiful backgrounds and a lovely soundtrack to listen to while you master Mahjong. The premise of the game is simple enough: match two tiles to remove them from the board. The boards increase in complexity as you advance, and you need to attain a preset minimum score to move on (not so simple now). Speed, accuracy, and a sharp eye are your must-have Mahjong tools.

If you love board games but you'd just rather play solo, Mahjong: Beautiful Orient is the game for you.

Download Mahjong Beautiful Orient (Free with in-app purchases)

Your favorite Android board games?

Those are our picks, but there's a lot of great games in the Google Play Store. Leave a comment with your favorite board game or board adaptations for Android!

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3 days ago

Google Expeditions can take whole classrooms on virtual field trips

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Google has launched is Expeditions educational virtual reality app for Google Cardboard for everyone, following a preview release last year. Expeditions is aimed at students and schools, and allows teachers to take their students on virtual field trips. Teachers act as guides, controlling the experience for a classroom-sized set of devices on the same Wi-Fi network.

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