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Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Sidekick Cycle rides onto Android

We all play games for fun, but wouldn’t it be nice if there were other positive effects too? Global Gaming Initiative’s newly-released Sidekick Cycle has just such a goal. As a game, it’s a 2D bicycling game in which racers ride through impossible courses in order to collect coins and items. Sort...
Google Drive on the HTC One M8

AT&T HTC One M8 users see their Google Drive bonus wiped out, to return in May

The AT&T HTC One M8 has been hit with a glitch that has, at least temporarily, taken away the bonus 50GB of Google Drive storage that come with the device. HTC Advantage is one of the nicer services that come with the device; it includes benefits like free cracked screen replacement, HTC...
Motorola

Summary: Motorola's Punit Soni on design, specs and software

Motorola's Punit Soni has been the public face of software for the company for some time now, especially with the launch of the Moto X and Moto G. This afternoon he took about a half-hour for a live Google Hangout as part of "Celebrating 50 Software Launches" to talk about where the company is in...
Jelly Bean RSS Feed

TheScore is a sports app for Android and is getting a beefy update today which adds a new section to My Score called Feed. The new section will have a continuous update of new items you care about in one spot: leagues, teams, players, final scores, video clips, and relevant news items. This way you can track multiple games at once, and drink from the firehose of sports news.

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OK, OK. Wireless charging isn't really wireless charging. At some point you have to actually plug it into something. We get that. And the Zens Qi USB wireless charger — as you might have guessed — does things just a little differently. It's powered by a USB port.

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Google Street View kicked things up a bit today, now adding the ability to travel back in time. Starting today, Street View in Google Maps on desktop allow you to view historical images dating back to 2007. That's seven years worth of history for you to explore — be it in your own hometown or around the world. You can view construction projects, past events or even just the changes in seasons.

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Amazon Fire TV

HBO and Amazon have struck up a multi-year agreement which makes Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription service for HBO's shows. As a part of the deal, the recently-launched Fire TV will get HBO Go by the end of the year.

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Samsung has today announced US availability for the Galaxy Tab 4 family of Android tablets. The Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 will be available on May 1st with pre-orders kicking off as early as tomorrow. If you're looking for rather decent hardware with some interesting features, the Tab 4 lineup is worth checking out.

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Samsung has run through some of the major features of the display on the Galaxy S5. These include some subtle things like contrast enhancement in bright conditions, which improves viewing in outdoor conditions, and being able to adapt saturation and sharpness to meet the color range of ambient conditions so, for example, the screen gets a bit more yellow under blue lighting. We can see both of these qualities demonstrated in the animated GIFs below. 

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You'll notice in just about every non-Nexus device review we've done over there past few years that there are comments about the pre-installed apps that come on these device, and we've always wondered why they're there and who really uses them. Turns out the answer to the second part of that question is "just about nobody." Strategy Analytics dug into their AppOptix data to look at the usage patterns of real world more than 250 users of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4, and found that usage of Samsung's custom apps on these devices lags far behind that of Google's apps.

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As part of today's today's OnePlus One announcement, the manufacturer has unveiled a novel way for fans to get in on the ground floor. From this Friday, April 25, you'll be able to head to oneplus.net/smash to and apply to destroy your current phone in exchange for the Cyanogen-powered beast. Just 100 will be selected to dispense with their old phone and and pay just $1 for a new OnePlus One.

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Chinese firm OnePlus has taken the wraps off its first handset, the "flagship killer" OnePlus One, powered by CyanogenMod with a super-low price tag. The company is promoting its new phone under the banner of "Never Settle," but if you're interested in learning what hardware you'll actually be settling on if you pick one up, you can head past the break to view the full spec sheet.

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Ahead of Samsung's K-themed event in Asia, more images of the Korean manufacturers next camera focused smartphone have leaked out. Previously referred to as the Galaxy S5 Zoom, the new moniker is reportedly the Galaxy K – which would tie in nicely to the forthcoming event – and it has that distinctive optical zoom lens on the back.

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OnePlus One

Slim, light, packed with specs and priced to move

The folks at OnePlus have been building up hype around their first smartphone launch, and today the OnePlus One finally became official. Announced at an event in China, the Magnesium constructed One weighs just 162g, has a recessed bezel round the edges, what it says are "beautiful contours" and a ton of beefy hardware inside.

The price was also built up ahead of launch and OnePlus hasn't disappointed on this front. The 16GB version will be available unlocked and SIM-free for just $299 while the 64GB is an extremely impressive $349. In Europe those prices translate to £229/£269 and €269/€299 which on the face of it alone is extremely good value for the hardware alone. It's set to become available sometime in Q2.

We've been teased over the past few weeks as to what makes the OnePlus One tick, but in case you need a reminder, here's what we're looking at:

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A brand new version of HD Widgets is on the way, and if you're interested in signing up for a beta group you can have it a week earlier than everyone else. The fourth iteration of HD Widgets is the first major update to the app in a year, and it's bringing a new interface for customizing your widgets as well as new styles and options for what goes on your home screen.

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We've already seen how doubleTwist makes it easy to listen to your music and watch video over AirPlay devices from your Android phone or tablet. Today the company has decided to release an update that allows rooted users to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices as well. They also wrote a blog post to tell us how they are making it work.

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AT&T

AT&T reported its first quarter 2014 results, showing impressive growth in revenues, handset sales and customer acquisition for the quarter. While AT&T operates businesses outside of its wireless division, we're going to focus on this portion. For the quarter, AT&T posted $17.9 billion in revenue including handset sales, up 7 percent year-over-year, leading to $5.1 billion in operating income, up 8.1 percent.

On the customer side, AT&T added 625,000 postpaid customers, its largest first quarter gain in five years. It also added 693,000 "connected devices," but saw prepaid customers dip overall in the quarter mostly due to the loss of over 200,000 reseller subscribers. Of those additions, 311,000 were for postpaid smartphones, while 313,000 were tablets.

AT&T sold 5.8 million smartphones in total for the quarter, making up 92 percent of all postpaid phone sales — which first quarter record. This leads to 78 percent of AT&T's postpaid customers now using smartphones, up from 74 percent this time last year. In terms of connectivity, 57 percent of AT&T's postpaid smartphone subscribers have an LTE-capable device.

Source: AT&T

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Previous contractual obligations may see Google getting involved in the current patent lawsuit trial between Samsung and Apple. According to testimony by a Google lawyer today, the contract associated with bringing Google apps to Samsung's devices has Google pick up some of the defense associated with patent lawsuits that go against Samsung.

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Link Bubble is an awesome app that helps you surf the web better. In a nutshell, it can preload links from other applications so you aren't waiting for things to load in the foreground. We went over it all here, be sure to have a look if you're not familiar.

Today's update makes a great app even better.

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Surround shot

Get immersed in Photo Spheres

We love Photo Spheres. They're fairly easy to take, and with the right subject and a little careful planning they can be spectacular. And now that even more phones can take them — thanks to OEM solutions and the Google Camera app — there are even more people taking and sharing them.

A great place to check them all out is the Google + Photo Sphere community. You'll find pictures from amateur and pro photographers, and spend hours looking at the images. As a bonus, there's a great Tips & Tricks section to get you on the way to being a contributor.

So grab your new phone, or your old phone with a new app, and hit the Photo Sphere community up. If you like to take pictures, we promise you'll be glad you did.

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Welp, dedicated Droid DNA owners, here it comes. Quite possibly the last major update you'll get for the Verizon Droid DNA. Android 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 are incoming and should be available starting April 24. (That's this Thursday.) Also on board is Sense 5.5. Not a bad update for an aging phone. Enjoy, folks.

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These are supposedly screenshots from the upcoming LG G3, showing a flat and bright user interface. Procured by Digital Trends, we also can see a new element they're calling LG's "concierge" that suggests things like an umbrella when rain is in the forecast. The images themselves were originally 2,560 x 1,440, which would seem to also confirm the QHD display rumored to be coming with the G3.

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Following up on the big jump from XE12 to XE16 last week that brought Google Glass up to running KitKat, a small bugfix update to XE16.1 is now hitting the wearable. We have no official word on what the update brings, but given the relative instability we've noticed on Glass since the XE16 update we're not surprised that a quick point released bugfix update was required. As far as user-facing changes go we don't immediately notice anything, so let's hope there are some good under-the-hood changes being made.

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