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1 week ago

Street Art Watch Faces bring a different aesthetic to Android Wear

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If you've ever spent much time in a city, you've probably seen murals or other street art that breaks up the monotony of building after building. In cities all over the world, artists turn brick and mortar walls into works of art. With that in mind the Google Art Project has given us the Street Art Watch Face for Android Wear.

The Street Art Watch Face revolves around the pieces of art developed by a variety of artists. The watch face moves from one piece to the next at the beginning of the hour. While the app isn't filled with tons of options, you can see the care that was put into what is available. The colors of the actual time display stand out from the artwork, without taking away from each individual piece.

There are three distinct ways to display the time on your Smartwatch. The default is to have an analog display, clean and easy to read with a hour, minute, and second hand on the clock. The digital display gives you bold numbers at the bottom of your screen. Your third choice is a minimal display. You get a simple circle for your clock, with two beads to display the hour and minute. It might take an extra moment to decipher the time, but it's definitely minimal enough that you can easily enjoy the artwork.

The option to display the date is defaulted to on, and it appears as nothing more than number. Depending on which time display you choose it will appear near either the center of your screen, or over to the right. You can also easily turn off the date by opening up the app on your phone. When your screen switches over to the next artist, you'll get a peek card with info about the face the next time you look down. These cards will give you the name of the artist, and the name of the artwork. It isn't much, and can easily be swiped away, but it's nice to see the artist info displayed so easily for each individual piece.

Unfortunately at this time you can't change the watch face, but considering that each one is only around for 30 minutes at a clip, this isn't a huge deal. There are over a dozen different faces for you to check out, so disallowing you to choose between them might be a bid to make sure you see each one. Available now for free in the Google Play Store

With its gorgeous artwork at the center of the Street Art Watch Faces, you should definitely be taking a look. It doesn't have tons of options, but it does have the ones you need to be able to clearly read the time while admiring each piece. Even better, the app is 100% free.

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1 week ago

Google takes top spots in July for digital media, search, and video

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Google's sites were the top digital media properties in the US during July 2015 according to the latest data from comScore. The company's various sites saw 234.3 million unique visitors during July across both desktop and mobile. Looking strictly at desktop usage, Google sites still come out on top with 202.5 million unique visits. On desktop, Google was followed by Yahoo, while second place on mobile was taken by Facebook.

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1 week ago

Amazon Echo scores support for SmartThings hardware

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Amazon has updated the Amazon Echo with some more new features today, this time bringing along support for Samsung's SmartThings, allowing you to control just about anything in your house with just your voice.

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1 week ago

Pebble Time update brings enhanced notification support to Android users

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The Pebble Time app for Android has been updated with some enhanced support for notifications. With this update, Pebble has added a notifications app which allows you to act on any notification that has not been dismissed from your paired phone. Additionally, notifications dismissed on your phone will now dismiss on your watch.

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1 week ago

Swarm brings back another old Foursquare feature, leaderboards, in latest update

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Foursquare is once again bringing back a feature that was a part of its main app before it spun off its check-in features to Swarm. Now Swarm users can access leaderboards with the latest 3.0 version update.

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1 week ago

Quick look: Wasserstein solid wood wireless charging pad

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Wasserstein's wireless charging pad keeps your Qi-compatible devices powered while looking good anywhere it ends up.

Measuring nearly 3-inches in diameter and a half-inch in thickness, this wood wireless charger makes sure to fit in most cluttered work areas, providing a cable-free way to charge your device. The top of the pad features a white rubber ring that helps to keep even glass-backed devices from sliding of its surface. On the bottom are 3 rubber feet that do an excellent job at keeping the pad in place. There's nothing too special about the wood used here — at least nothing the company is bragging about — but it looks good. You can see the seam just slightly between the two pieces where they put the guts in.

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1 week ago

New Moto 360 starts appearing on some wrists in the Chicago area

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The Moto 360 is due for a refresh, and we have already seen it leak and even get teased by Motorola itself. Now, folks are reporting spotting the watch on the wrist of some lucky folks in Chicago, the hometown of Motorola's headquarters. With the original Moto 360 approaching the one year mark, it's likely that Motorola is readying an announcement.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

This is the best Galaxy Note to date — and a great overall phone — even with the loss of a couple of major features.

The quick take

Samsung has brought the once-oversized Galaxy Note closer in line with the more traditional Galaxy S line in 2015, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Cleaner software, a new-and-improved hardware design and the industry-leading S Pen add up to a wonderful phone, even though some will bemoan the loss of a removable battery and SD card slot. The Note 5 has one of the best screens available in a phone, is easier to hold thanks to the new hardware design and the internals offer a significant performance boost over the Note 4 — and even so, battery life is a non-issue. This is a Note made for even more people to enjoy, and it's a really great choice if you want a large screen.

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1 week ago

Dr. Dre's Compton heads to Play Music along with new tunes from The Sword, Method Man and Bon Jovi

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Dr. Dre's Compton is no longer an Apple Music exclusive as it makes its way to Google Play Music this week, along with a number of other new releases. This week we have Dre's Compton, along with new tunes from Bon Jovi, The Sword, Method Man, and plenty of others as well. It's new music Friday, so let's check out some of this week's highlights.

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1 week ago

Listen to Russell talk Virtual Reality with 98Rock

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Our own Russell Holly joined the crew at 98Rock, a local radio station, to talk all things VR. From current generation hardware, to what could come next and everything in-between, the conversation was a great one. Whether VR is something that piques your interest, or you just like general tech talk, you won't want to miss this show.

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1 week ago

Samsung reportedly working on a tablet with a massive 18.4-inch display

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Samsung is reportedly working on a new tablet that's set to sport an 18.4-inch display. This massive screen could prove to be an ideal solution for tablet deployment at schools and offices, as well as the living room. According to SamMobile sources, the tablet (SM-T670, codenamed 'Tahoe') will be powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop:

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1 week ago

UK court orders Google to remove 'right to be forgotten' news stories

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Google and European regulators have once again locked horns with regards to the "right to be forgotten" ruling, with a UK court issuing an order to the search giant for the removal of links to stories discussing the controversial ruling.

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1 week ago

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact promotional photo leaks ahead of IFA

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Sony has yet to announce the new Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, but that hasn't halted certain sources from leaking out material and the latest is a promotional shot for the Z5 Compact. Looking at the image, the upcoming handset unsurprisingly resembles that of the Xperia Z4 Compact.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 2 starts receiving OTA with Stagefright patch

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OnePlus is now rolling out the first OTA update for the OnePlus 2, issuing a patch for the Stagefright exploit. OxygenOS 2.0.1 contains numerous bug fixes as well, along with improvements to battery life:

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1 week ago

Samsung offering iPhone owners a Galaxy Note 5 to 'Test Drive' for 30 days [update]

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Update: Due to "overwhelming" demand, Samsung has run out of Test Drive phones to loan out. The company is now working to have more available for trial. A Samsung spokesperson had this to say:

The response to Samsung's Ultimate Test Drive has been overwhelming and exceeded our expectations. We are excited to see how many people are eager to try something new. In just a few hours, all of the kits earmarked for this program were reserved by customers looking to try our latest and greatest devices. We're now working quickly on how to make the Ultimate Test Drive available to even more people.

Original story: With in-store sales of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ kicking off, Samsung has launched a new promotion called the "Ultimate Test Drive" aimed at getting iPhone owners to switch over to a Galaxy phone. Through this promotion — limited to U.S. residents — Samsung will be giving out a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+ or Galaxy S6 edge (sorry, no standard GS6) to use completely free, including cellular service, for 30 days. (Sound familiar?)

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