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5 days ago

Bentley complements ultra luxury with Android in the new Mulsanne

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Does Android in the car get any more exquisite than this?

At the recent Beijing Auto Show, manufacturer of things that are luxurious, Bentley, was on hand to show off the new Mulsanne First Edition. This is a car for the ultra wealthy, and the ultra wealthy that like to travel in ultimate style and comfort. It's one of those cars that it's better to sit in the back of.

And to aid in the sophisticated enjoyment is Android. Yes, that's right, Android. The Mulsanne comes equipped with something known as the "Bentley Entertainment Tablet." Running Android.

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5 days ago

Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

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LG G5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7

The tech gods giveth and the tech gods taketh.

The news this week around Apple revolved around money. Apple reported their quarterly earnings, and while they were right in track with what Apple had predicted, it was the first time that Apple saw a year-over-year drop thanks to a slip in iPhone sales. And Wall Street lost its collective mind despite Apple's forecasting of a great-but-not-spectacular quarter three months prior.

Oh, happy day — Facebook and Facebook Messenger arrived for Windows 10! And Instagram is officially on windows 10 Mobile — and it matches the Instagram for iPhone app feature-for-feature! But wait, Windows Phone is dead, right? Far from it, says Windows chief Terry Myerson.

Comings and goings were the story on the Android front. Gmail picked up Exchange support, Marshmallow came to the BlackBerry Priv, and rumor has it the Google Play Store might be coming to Chrome OS. Meanwhile, the classic Nexus 9 tablet left the Google Store and a popular Twitter app left… and then came back.

We're still about 18 months out from the launch of the Tesla Model 3, but that doesn't mean excitement can't build until then — especially when there's a Ludicrous Mode upgrade waiting in the wings. And, just for giggles, how's the Model 3 compare to the Nissan Leaf? (hint, it doesn't fair well for Nissan — or Vice President Biden). And if the $35,000 starting price for the Model 3 is too rich for your blood, and we totally understand if it is, don't worry — there's a smaller and more affordable Tesla coming after it.

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5 days ago

Watch face roundup: Free faces for your Gear S2

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It's time once again for our bi-weekly watch face roundup!

This weekend we've got 5 awesome and free watch faces that are available for your Gear S2 smartwatch. While the options for watch faces are a bit more limited for the Gear S2 than for an Android Wear device, there still are some perfectly awesome faces out there.

If you're looking for a new watch face that won't cost a dime, be sure to check out these 5 watch faces.

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5 days ago

Google is no longer selling its $999 2015 Chromebook Pixel

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Google has quietly removed the $999 model of the 2015 Chromebook Pixel from the Google Store site. The company is still selling the higher end $1,299 version of the ChromeOS notebook.

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5 days ago

AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones review: Flip a switch and shut out the world

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AKG N60NC noise-canceling headphones

AKG keeps these headphones compact, while also bringing all of the features you want at a solid price.

If you travel, work in a busy office or just have trouble concentrating on tasks at home, chances are you've looked into noise-canceling headphones. The basic technology behind noise cancellation is pretty much commoditized at this point, but companies add their own flavor to it, with varying levels of effectiveness. Beyond that, these of course work as standard headphones, too, giving companies more ways to differentiate.

AKG is a well-known name in audio, but definitely doesn't have the general brand awareness that a company like Bose does when it comes to noise-canceling headphones (just walk through any airport and you'll see). AKG's new N60NC on-ear noise-canceling headphones are out to take a slice of the market, bringing a few neat features to differentiate from other options — and to make you feel a bit better about dropping big money on a set of on-ear headphones.

AKG sent us a set to check out. Here's how we've been enjoying them over the past few weeks.

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5 days ago

Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2016

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Time again for the Mobile Nations Community Update! That's right, it's time to roundup some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

5 days ago

Marshmallow updates for the AT&T HTC One M8 and M9 get delayed

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HTC M8 and HTC M9 owners on AT&T will have to wait a bit longer to get their promised software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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5 days ago

Amazon's Alexa devices can tell you what happened on your favorite Syfy TV show

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Syfy is the first cable TV network to add support for Amazon's family of devices that use the Alexa digital assistant such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers and the Fire TV boxes.

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5 days ago

Intel is getting out of the smartphone market with cancellation of SoFIA and Broxton chips

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Intel has confirmed that it has canceled plans to release its SoFIA and Broxton chips that were being made primarily for smartphones. This means that Intel currently has no chips that will be used in future smartphones.

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5 days ago

6 things to look for in an icon pack

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Icon packs are like graphic t-shirts. You can never have too many.

Want to make your phone look new without completely changing up your home screen layout or trying a bunch of new widgets? Just switch icon packs. Finding an icon pack that perfectly matches your theme is cool. You know what's really cool? Finding an icon pack that'll go with five themes, or 10. Or finding an icon pack that doesn't leave any awkward gaps in your app drawer.

Good icon packs are out there. Here's how I find them.

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5 days ago

PlanetPron app for Android updated with Material UI and new features [NSFW]

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This post is about a great update to an app designed to look at porn. It's not safe for work or children, and some readers may find the content offensive.

Really. I don't want to offend anyone here, I just want to write about an Android app that's done really well. If you don't want to read about pornography, please hit your back button and know that we don't judge you or anyone else.

We first had a look at the PlanetPron app for Android when the service first launched. It's an adult app and an adult service that has pictures and video of adults doing adult things, for consenting adults to watch. But just because it's all about pornography doesn't mean that the app shouldn't be done well, and the service doesn't have to be secure. There's a big update coming very soon for the Android app, and it's worth revisiting.

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5 days ago

SpaceX completing a successful droneship landing is why 360-degree video exists

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SpaceX is all like "Hey everyone, check this out!"

We've seen some cool things done with 360-degree video already. We've even captured a couple of things ourselves. Collectively, early adopters are learning what to do with these relatively new cameras, and that includes a look at when to put the tech away. It's fascinating stuff, especially if you're looking at things through Google Cardboard, but it's not always clear what video you should choose to introduce new people to this technology.

And then the folks at SpaceX posted this to Facebook.

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5 days ago

Inside Marshmallow: Adoptable storage

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Android has had limited support for removable storage in one form or another since the beginning. With Marshmallow, the new Adoptable storage feature lets you turn your removable SD card option into a more or less permanent (and no longer removable) part of the device.

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5 days ago

Android Central 285: What are you wearing?

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Audio-only stream below

Well? What are you. Or perhaps more important — what are we wearing?

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6 days ago

Android N Developer Preview 2 now available for the Nexus Player

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Though it's a little late to the party, the second Android N Developer Preview release is now available for the Nexus Player.

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