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Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur

Enter 'Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur' to win an HTC One M8 Google Play edition!

With more ways than ever to get the sharpest or smoothest shot possible, we're ready to see what you can do with your phone camera this week. With today's release of the Google Camera app, more than a few people are thinking about the great things that are possible with camera hardware and...
Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers' winners!

Dozens of fantastic flower photos this week made it nearly impossible to pick just 2 winners Flowers are clearly in bloom if you take a look through the entries in last week's photo contest, and the pictures of those flowers on display are quite incredible. It's a great time of year to see what...
Google Camera

Google Camera: What's new, and a guide to the latest features

The only complaint you can make is that Google didn't release these features sooner. Google has dropped a pretty notable update to its stock camera app, given it a proper name and at the same time opened it up to non-Nexus devices running KitKat in the Play Store. While the interface still isn't...
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Project Ara, the modular smartphone endeavor started by Motorola before being folded into Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group, is making progress towards its first working prototype, according to a recent write-up by MIT's Technology Review.

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Ever since Samsung entered the smartwatch market, there've been rumors that it might do away with the smartphone tethering requirement and release a self-sufficient cellular Gear. And according to the latest reports from the Korean press, such a device might actually be on the way. The Korea Herald says a cellular Gear smartwatch, complete with SIM slot, will go to market as the "Samsung Gear Solo."

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If you've got an HTC One M8 on Sprint, be on the lookout this morning for a system update. Sprint's rolling out software version 1.54.651.8. And while the changelog is for whatever reason vague — stability and call performance improvements, is all it says — you'll also see you now have the Extreme Power Saving mode.

This is an update we knew was coming, of course, as HTC previously told us it was waiting on U.S. carriers to approve the update that has already pushed out to non-U.S. versions of the M8.

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A few days after it unexpectedly appeared in Germany, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style has today been officially announced by the Korean manufacturer. The device packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera. And on the software side it's running Android 4.4 KitKat, topped with Samsung's current TouchWiz UI — "TouchWiz Essence."

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Looks like Google still has some work to do on the Google I/O registration systems, as it's pushed the four-day registration window for this year's developer conference back to next week. Originally scheduled to go live today, I/O 14 registration will now run from April 15-18, so bear that in mind if you were planning on putting your name into the hat today.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Welp, here we go, folks. The Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives this week. Galaxy S5 reviews are dropping — don't worry, we're working on ours, all in due time — and phones will find their way into thousands of hot little hands by the weekend.

So now's a perfect time revisit the best of our Galaxy S5 coverage thus far. To wit:

Get it? Got it? Good. This is just the beginning. Strap in, folks.

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Lenovo is refreshing its lineup of A-Series tablets today, hitting three different sizes, price points and functionalities with the A7-50, A8 and A10. Starting off on the smallest end, the A7-50 packs a 7-inch HD display with wide viewing angles, perfect for reading books or web pages, along with a 5MP rear camera. The A8 steps up to an 8-inch screen, adds Dolby audio and comes in a variety of different colors. The A10 is the largest of the bump at 10.1-inches, and comes in at just 9mm thick with the ability to be paired with an optional Bluetooth keyboard for improved productivity work.

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OK, maybe not quite as good as this guy's English. (Or Guy English?) But still. This Robert Downey Jr. guy's got promise.

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Samsung has made a statement that they expect a second consecutive quarter with declining profits. The Wall Street Journal also speculates that factors such as a partial sales ban on Korea's top two carriers and perceived opinion that the Galaxy S5 — due to hit stores in Europe and North America Friday, April 11 — doesn't offer enough features to validate the upgrade fees, and the sales figures will not surpass last year's model. They say this will affect sales this quarter as well. We say it's too early to even make that sort of prediction, and we'll wait to count the beans after all is said and done.

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If you've been wondering like we have, when Koush would get around to releasing the AllCast receiver app for Kindle Fire TV he showed off earlier then wonder no more as we now know.

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Google has filed a formal protest with the Turkish courts over the recent YouTube ban. The ban had been lifted Saturday by a lesser court, but the decision was reversed until "criminal content" — recordings of a state security meeting about Syria — are removed.

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Livestream for Google Glass

Battery and heat may be a bigger hurdle than a data connection, though

Apps for Google Glass — Glassware, don'tcha know — can be hit and miss. And quite often it falls into the latter category. Livestream today put forth its official piece of Glassware, and it's surprisingly good. That is, considering it makes it possible to stream video live from your face, from a $1,500 wearable whose battery is but a fraction of what you have in your smartphone.

Consider our interest piqued.

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Google and Hotel-booking start-upRoom 77 have come together today, and they should be able provide better (and more lucrative) hotel-search results.

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Top ten Android games without IAPs

Skip the IAPs with these outstanding Android games

Are you tired of being nickeled-and-dimed by freemium Android games? Had enough of gems and timers and boosts? That’s certainly the impression we get when we talk about freemium, so we’ve rounded up our favorite titles that do away with all of that, and provides the absolute maximum of product up-front. There's a healthy mix here of action, puzzle, strategy, RPG, so go ahead, dive in, and let us know what you think.

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The Verizon HTC One Max KitKat update has started rolling out, with users in the Android Central forums downloading it right now.

The One Max already had Sense 5.5, so the user facing changes shouldn't be too noticable, but the update to Android 4.4.2 brings along all of the new APIs from Google, such as immersive mode and the new web views.

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Google I/O

Update: Google has pushed back registration by a week. Original follows.

Google I/O, the annual conference for all things Google and developers, kicks off registration for the 2014 edition tomorrow, April 8th. If you've been waiting for your opportunity to get in on the two-day event, this year may be your best chance considering Google's new registration policy.

Rather than a mad dash to lock up the very limited number of tickets all at once, Google is leaving open registration from 5am PT on April 8th until 5pm PT on April 10th. This means you can get through and complete registration at your (relative) leisure, ensuring that you're in the running. Google will then randomly select the maximum number of tickets from the pool of registrants and hand out tickets.

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Delta has updated their Fly Delta app to version 2.6, adding automatic bag tracking and removing the need to scan your barcode your self. All you have to do is tap the Track My Bags to watch the progress of all bags in your reservation. This update also contains a number of bug fixes.

You can download the update from Google Play now.

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Sprint's WiMAX network isn't long for this world. The first "4G" network to launch in the United States, WiMAX was hampered by Sprint's available spectrum and shamed by the speeds brought on by the launch of LTE on Verizon and AT&T. Having thrown in the towel on WiMAX and rushed to launch their own LTE network, Sprint is now paving the way to shut down their old WiMAX network by the end of next year.

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Two months ago the Moto X launched in the UK with retailer clove pricing it at £380, shortly thereafter giving it a price cut for to £299. Today, Clove cut things even further, offering the Moto X for just £225 (£270 including VAT). Everything else that we know and love about the Moto X remains unchanged. If you haven't grabbed a Moto X in the UK yet, is this latest price drop enough to tempt you?

Source: Clove

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Cover is a well-known and popular lock screen replacement app for Android. The app has been in beta for quite some time with public availability going live last December. The app though may have proved to be too popular as Twitter has swooped in and scooped up the fledgling startup.

In a post on the Cover site, the Cover Team has acknowledge the sale to Twitter with a note that users can continue to expect the app to remain on the Play Store.

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