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6 days ago

Project Tango shows up on Google Play store, but you can't buy one yet

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Google's $1,024 development tablet known as Project Tango is now showing up on the Play store, but you still can't buy one yet. At the Google I/O developer conference earlier this year, Google had promised that the Project Tango tablet with 3D-sensing camera would arrive later in the year, and the Play store listing seems to confirm that Google is readying availability. At this time, both the white and black Project Tango tablets are listed, with Google saying that the "device is not for sale at this time."

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6 days ago

U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

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A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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6 days ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Glass

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SDC 2014 behind glass

When we choose the next photo contest prompt we never know how many entries we're going to get, but this week we're going to be thinking the glass is half full. The prompt this week is "glass," and while most of the time it's meant to be transparent there are plenty of pictures you can take of glass that offer up something interesting.

We're going to pick two winners this week, and each will win a BodyGuardz Echo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (November 18) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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6 days ago

AT&T brings OTA 'Android OS enhancements' to Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Mega

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After delivering a big update for the Galaxy S4, AT&T isn't done with rolling out its OTA enhancements yet. The carrier is now delivering OTA updates to the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S III, and the Galaxy Mega. AT&T says that the updates will bring "Android OS enhancements" to each device, but doesn't specify what such enhancements are. And if you're holding hope for Lollipop, don't be; these updates keep the phones on Android 4.4.2.

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6 days ago

AT&T rolls out 4.4.4 update to Galaxy S4; brings Knox 2.0

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AT&T is rolling out an OTA update for the Galaxy S4 today, bringing the device up to Android version 4.4.4. The update's most notable feature is the inclusion of Knox 2.0. In addition, you'll also snag the usual spate of bug fixes and, unfortunately, some added bloatware.

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6 days ago

VSCO Cam version 3.1 update brings new UI, better image quality, updated camera

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VSCO Cam has just received a big update to version 3.1, bringing with it a new user interface and a few notable new features in the process. The new VSCO cam now comes with a new synchronization feature allowing you to shoot and edit across all your devices, an updated camera with improved image quality, and also a split focus exposure for select HTC devices.

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6 days ago

AT&T rolls out small OTA update for LG G3

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AT&T has started rolling out an OTA update for LG G3 owners today. While rather small, and certainly not Lollipop, the update brings some stability improvements as well as a "No power on" fix via a Qualcomm patch and various Google security patches.

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1 week ago

Google to retire Wallet for digital purchases API, affecting third-party merchants

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Google quietly announced today that it would shut down Google Wallet API for third-party digital purchases on March 2, 2015, citing a changing landscape in digital payments. Wallet will continue to function, however, for Google Play purchases. While the service for digital purchases made over the web for third-party merchants will shut down, Google Wallet will still exist and consumers will be able to make purchases for goods in physical retail stores using NFC for payments.

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1 week ago

Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands gets its first trailer, game coming in late 2014

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Telltale Games has posted the first gameplay trailer from Tales From The Borderlands, their upcoming five part episodic series that's based on Gearbox's first person shooter-RPG series. The first episode is due out before the end of 2014 for Android devices, among other platforms.

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1 week ago

Asus ZenWatch is listed on Google Play for $199 but you can't get it yet

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The Asus ZenWatch is now listed on the Google Play Store site for the price of $199, but the Android Wear device isn't actually for sale yet as the listing still has a "Coming Soon" tag.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: Nuance is giving developers powerful voice tools

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Samsung Developer ConferenceWe all know Nuance for its self-branded services with voice and the Swype keyboard, but it's also opening up its systems for developers of all kinds to use. And with a partnership with Samsung, even more people have access to the great tools Nuance provides to make their apps and services even better.

We caught up with Yumi Huh, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Nuance, at the Samsung Developer Conference to talk about the partnerships between Samsung, Nuance and developers around the world using their tools. Be sure to watch the full interview for a look into what's happening in this space.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: The AT&T Developer Program

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Samsung Developer ConferenceThere's more than one way to conference with developers, and every January we spend some time at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, which piggybacks on CES. It's actually a pretty fun mini-event, giving developers yet another chance to show their stuff.

And this year promises to be another good one.

We caught up with John Hsia from the AT&T Developer Program at the Samsung Developer Conference to see what's what.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: Better Health with Uptick

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Samsung Developer ConferenceMost of us could stand to improve our health somehow. Even if we don't admit it, there's no escaping it these days. Every phone and every manufacturing is integrating some sort of health functionality into their product.

Uptick is trying to make it a little more personal, using your data to tailor a program designed by experts.

We caught up with Uptick at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco to see what's what.

More: Uptick beta

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1 week ago

You can now track your Domino's delivery from your Pebble

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Domino's and Pebble have teamed up, and that means you can now track your pizza right from your smartwatch. Using the Domino's app on Android or iOS, you can track your recent orders using the Domino's Tracker on your Pebble. Just fire up the app (it's tied to your Domino's phone number) and you'll be able to view your recent orders and status as your pizza goes from the oven to your door.

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1 week ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Trees' winners!

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It turns out that the prompt of "trees" for this latest photo contest was a popular one, making it tough for us to pick just two winners. Eight full pages of entries filled up the forums with beautiful shots of trees from every angle and situation. In the end we narrowed it down and picked two, though it felt like we could've picked twenty. Read along and see the winners this week.

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