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5 days ago

Google recruits developers in Fit challenge to create best fitness app

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Google is on a quest to find the best fitness app and it is asking developers to help in the Google Fit Developer Challenge. The contest, which starts today, November 18, will run through February 17, 2015. As part of the competition, developers must build or update their apps using Google Fit APIs and the contest winners will be announced in March. The winner will have their app featured on the Play store with prime placement to attract new users.

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5 days ago

Naked Tough Case for Nexus 6 now in stock and ready to ship on Play store

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After being listed earlier this month on the Play store, Google is now starting to ship the clear Naked Tough Case for the Nexus 6. Priced at $35, the case is now listed as in stock and will leave Google's warehouse in one to two business days. The slim case is clear and offers protection to the sides and rear of the device. Additionally, a built-in kickstand will allow you to prop up the Nexus 6 to enjoy music or movies from that gorgeous 6-inch QHD display and stereo front-facing speakers.

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5 days ago

T-Mobile rewards customers with early Black Friday deals on Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3

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T-Mobile will be rewarding its current customers with early access to Black Friday savings. The un-carrier has announced that on November 21, existing subscribers will be able to take $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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5 days ago

CyanogenMod looks to take on Android One in India with Micromax partnership

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Cyanogen, the company behind the popular CyanogenMod ROMs for Android devices, is eyeing the market in India. Through a partnership announced today with Indian device-maker Micromax, Cyanogen will see its ROM in some of Micromax's latest devices. In addition to the Cyanogen partnership in India, Micromax is also a partner with Google on the Android One project to make affordable Android phones that do not compromise on performance.

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5 days ago

Lollipop update heading to HTC's Google Play edition devices on Friday

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While the GPe HTC One devices were expected to get a Lollipop update early this week, it looks like the new target for release is this Friday, according to HTC's Mo Versi on Twitter. The GPe versions of the HTC One M7 and M8 are set to be updated, with both devices due to get OTAs on the same day.

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5 days ago

Google will give you $5 for inviting a friend to use Wallet

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While this seems like something right out of those chain forward emails where Bill Gates was tracking the email and would give you a share of his fortune, it's not — Google wants you to use Google Wallet more to send cash to your friends, and they're willing to put their money where their mouth (and your wallet) is. So from now until either 20,000 referrals are sent or November 30th his, Google will give you $5 in credit for each time you send money with Google Wallet along with an invitation to a new user (up to 20 times, and "even a penny works").

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5 days ago

The first Android Auto app developer APIs are now available

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Google is now allowing app developers access to their APIs for Android Auto, which the company said will allow for Android apps made for smartphones and tablets to "be extended to the car in a way that is optimized for the driving experience."

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5 days ago

NVIDIA Shield tablet is the latest to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update

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As promised, NVIDIA has now released its over-the-air update for its Shield Tablet that brings the magic of Android 5.0 Lollipop to the 8-inch device. It's also one of the the first non Nexus-branded Android producs to receive the Lollipop upgrade.

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5 days ago

NewsBlur offers offline reading and a new dark theme in its latest update

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The popular NewsBlur news reader app for Android just got an update today to version 4.0 in the Google Play Store. It adds a way to download and read website articles offline for the first time. It also has a new dark theme which should made it easier to read at night.

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5 days ago

WhatsApp is now the most secure messaging app on Android

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WhatsApp is now one of the strongest messaging apps you can find on Android, thanks to new end-to-end encryption for messages. That means that your messages are totally secure and cannot be decrypted by WhatsApp at all — no matter what. Other apps offer similar end-to-end security, but WhatsApp is by far the largest of the bunch. The new encryption features are said to be heading to iOS soon as well.

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5 days ago

The excellent Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is free today on Google Play Music

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You have no reason not to download this right now.

Oh, you need a reason? You must not have seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (you should fix that when it hits Google Play Movies, it'll be money well-spent). It's free music (at least in the US).

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5 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for November 18

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Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.

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5 days ago

How to manage location settings in Android Lollipop

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Controlling how, when and why your location is being shared is important to many of us. Some have privacy concerns, others are micro-managing battery use, and some of us just don't need to broadcast where we are to the world. We get it — really, we do. Security is important, and so is maximizing your battery life.

Thankfully Google gets it, too. While they would rather you opt-in for the full Google location treatment so that their data is more robust (yet anonymized), you're able to completely control how you share your location, and when you share it right in your device settings.

Let's take a look how this is done in Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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5 days ago

Save up to 63% on PNY microSD cards today at Amazon

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If you like saving money (and who doesn't?) Amazon has a one-day deal on a number of memory and mobile power products from PNY. Prices in this collection of products have been cut by between 30% and 85%, with microSD cards prices cut by as much as 63%.

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5 days ago

Nexus 6 up for pre-order through Vodafone and Clove in the UK, first 500 get a free Moto 360 [Updated]

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We've already covered Nexus 6 pre-orders going live in the UK at a few retailers, but now Vodafone has commenced taking orders for the latest Nexus device. Plans start from £44.50 a month with no upfront fee, or £39.50 if you don't mind paying £19 to receive the handset.

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