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6 days ago

Opera for Android's latest experimental build lets you install web apps on your home screen

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Opera has released a new labs build of its browser for Android that will let you add web pages and web apps to your home screen.

Opera has released a special labs build of its Opera browser for Android that lets users add web pages and web apps to their home screen. This allows you to quickly access sites with the press of a single button.

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6 days ago

Here are our I Am Cardboard viewer winners!

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Google Cardboard

It's time to see who has won a Cardboard 2.0 viewer!

You've heard about Google's new version of the Google Cardboard viewer, seen the cool things you can do with one, and learned where you can buy one. Now it's time to see who has won their very own Cardboard 2.0 viewer in our giant giveaway!

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6 days ago

Amazon deal cuts the price of the Fire Phone to £99 in the UK

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Amazon has cut the price of both Fire Phone models down to just £99 for folks in the UK.

Amazon apparently really wants those in the UK to pick up a Fire Phone. The company has slashed the price of both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the device down to just £99 in the UK.

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6 days ago

Google updates its Play Developer Program Policies in an effort to maintain a positive experience for all

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Google has rolled out a few changes to its Play Developer Program Policies, which are aimed at keeping the Play Store experience a positive one.

In an effort to maintain a positive experience in the Play Store, some changes have been made to the Google Play Developer Program Policies to provide some additional guidance to developers.

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S6 active review

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Samsung Galaxy S6 active

The Galaxy S6 active matches the standard GS6 in many ways, and even bests it in some crucial areas.

The quick take

The Galaxy S6 active takes a proven great device in the Galaxy S6 and beefs it up just a tad. Metal and glass are replaced by rubber and plastic, giving the GS6 active water, dust and shock resistance while only adding minimal thickness and weight. The extra space also gives the active a dramatically larger battery, which fixes one of the main issues with the original. You'll lose a fingerprint sensor and some of the sex appeal of the GS6 if you choose to buy an active, but the only real downside to be found here is that the phone is exclusive to AT&T.

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6 days ago

Google introduces new 'Chromebox for meetings' hardware bundle for $1,999

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Google offers businesses a way to add more people to their video conferencing sessions with a new "Chromebox for meetings" hardware bundle.

In February 2014, Google first launched "Chromebox for meetings", a service which combined a Chromebox with a camera, speakers and other hardware and software for small businesses to quickly get into video conferencing. Now, the company has launched a new 'Chromebox for meetings' hardware bundle designed for larger businesses to hold their own video session.

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6 days ago

The genius of Google Play Services: Tackling Android fragmentation, malware and forking in one fell swoop

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Google Play Services

In Play Services, Google has a silver bullet with which to combat some of Android's greatest weaknesses.

If you pay close enough attention to these things, you've probably seen Google Play Services updating from time to time on your Android devices. If you follow the more technical side of Android, you'll know it was announced a couple of years ago to introduce new APIs and features in a way that doesn't require a firmware update. You could be forgiven for dismissing it as a dry and technical part of the OS, but in reality it's a crucially important part of the way modern Android works.

Developers get important APIs which work across the vast majority of the active Android user base. Users in turn benefit from this, through new features and security fixes even if they're not running the latest OS version. And for Google, Play Services acts as insurance against the rise of "forked" Android.

Read on to see how Google Play Services is a formidable weapon against some of Android's (and Google's) greatest foes, and how any discussion of Android security or "fragmentation" is flawed without an understanding of it.

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6 days ago

You can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account

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Users can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account, as the company has changed the process to now allow for phone number registration.

All you need is a phone number and a picture to get started on Facebook Messenger now. The company has dropped the previous requirement, which was a Facebook account.

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6 days ago

Top 3 favorite Spigen cases for LG G4

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Top 3 Spigen Cases for LG G4

After careful consideration, we've selected our 3 favorite Spigen cases for the LG G4 that have the looks, grip, and protection that most users can appreciate.

Available in a variety of sizes and colors, these cases for LG G4 are crafted with compatibility for both the plastic and leather doors in mind. Whether you're a fan of the completely clear look, or prefer the extra layers that can handle impacts when the going gets though — these selects cover the basics with a couple additional perks. Take a closer look at the Ultra Hybrid, Slim Armor, and Rugged Armor cases from Spigen past the break.

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6 days ago

ZTE prepping a new 'Axon Phone' for the U.S. this summer

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A new Android smartphone that seemingly is coming out of nowhere in fact is from a very familiar place.

Those of us who wade through press releases for a living have recently found ourselves bombarded with mentions of an upcoming "Axon Phone." We hadn't given it too much thought — there are hundreds of random phones out there fighting for attention. But it turns out there's a little more to this story. PC Mag's Sascha Segan uncovered that this "Axon" thing actually comes from phone manufacturer ZTE.

So, things are a little more interesting now. And the phone itself doesn't look horrible, with Google services, 4GB of RAM and a promise of excellent audio. It's sporting dual cameras on the back, for that refocusing stuff that we've seen come (and go) on other phones.

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6 days ago

PSA: That chip on your battery is not for government surveillance

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NFC

No one is using a little sticker hidden on your battery to spy on you, no matter what Facebook tells you.

It's easy to get confused by the inside of a smartphone, even if you're reasonably familiar with a lot of the technology that goes in to these devices. NFC chips are particularly curious, as their size makes it easy to sneak them in just about anywhere, and most folks outside of the tech bubble have no idea what NFC is or why we need the tech on our phones. In fact, all it would take to get someone worried about NFC is a reasonable-ish theory about government surveillance and a narrative that suggests the technology is being hidden from you somehow.

That's exactly what is happening on Facebook right now, thanks to a video making the rounds detailing a "disturbing discovery" under a Samsung battery.

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6 days ago

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps for Android smartphones now live in Google Play Store

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Android smartphones can now download and use full versions of Microsoft's Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps.

After just over a month of beta testing, Microsoft has now updated the Android versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps in the Google Play Store to include support for smartphones.

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6 days ago

Kenwood is now shipping its new aftermarket Android Auto receivers to retailers

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Kenwood has begun shipping the new DDX9902S and DDX9702S aftermarket Android Auto receivers to retailers. The company previously unveiled the new products at CES 2015.

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6 days ago

Your Qi charger will soon support 15W fast charging

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Wireless charging is about to become just as capable as wired charging.

An update to the Qi charging spec has been announced by the Wireless Power Consortium, and it's all about more power and backwards compatibility. Qi chargers will soon be able to fully utilize 15W charging device, more commonly known as Quick Charge 2.0 chargers. Qi platters will be able to pass the power to devices that support this new wireless fast charging spec, which will effectively make it so wireless charging will be just as capable of getting your device from 0 to 60 in 30 minutes as your regular charger.

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6 days ago

Google scales El Capitan to bring first vertical Street View images

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Google has released a set of images that lets you climb up the side of El Capitan at Yosemite national park without leaving your computer.

Instead of traversing down streets, Google Maps takes you up on the vertical journey. For those with a fear of heights or are simply unable to make the expedition can now get a taste of what the climb is like.

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