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Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 now available from Ting for $597

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available practically everywhere now, and from the major carriers in the U.S., but is also now making its way to prepaid carrier Ting. You'll be getting the same phone that's available everywhere else — this model's obviously similar to the Sprint one as Ting runs on that...
smartphone theft

Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well. What they're all committing to is the "...
Facebook app

How to view the 'Most Recent' feed in the new Facebook app

There's no way to set it as the default, but if you just have to see the Most Recent posts first, you have an option. It seems as though Facebook's interface is ever-changing, but the latest UI overhaul hitting devices is pretty dramatic. It's mostly for the best, bringing a cleaner look and...
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HTC One M8 unlocked

Take the plunge and ride into Freedom Country by buying an unlocked phone direct from HTC

For now, the new hotness in the smartphone arena is the HTC One M8. So Aluminum, much camera, very screen, and it's getting a lot of attention — deservedly so.

But while you're out there, looking and lusting, there's something I want you to think about before you buy — telling the carriers to GTFO with their locked and branded versions and buying one directly from HTC. Yes, you can do that, and here are 10 reasons why I think you should.

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If you weren't able to take a few and listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast live on Monday, here's you chance to catch Phil and Geek.com's Russell Holly spend 59 minutes talking with Brad Molen about the new HTC One M8. You'll laugh, you'll cry but most importantly you'll hear what these three have to say about HTC's current best-in-class smartphone.

You don't want to miss this one.

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With each weekly photo contest we like to give a prompt that gets you out there and thinking about what kinds of great and interesting photos you can take. This week that prompt was "window," and dozens of people across several pages in the forums turned out to give their best shot at a single photo that meets the letter and spirit of the contest.

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Google Keep Updated

A fresh design brings color, identity to an otherwise bland Keep

Google's endeavor into note taking, Keep, is receiving an update today that changes the interface and adds a few new features. The most notable change after updating will be a blindingly-bright yellow bar across the top of the interface, bringing Keep a bit more identity so it no longer looks like such a generic Google app. The redesign also brings a full-featured slide-in bar, adding trash, feedback and help options to the bar along with an account switcher, removing the "settings" option altogether.

There are just a few new features here as well, and they're quite useful. Keep will now do character recognition for printed text in images, and that information is now searchable within the app (much like we're used to in Evernote). There are also new settings for lists so that you can control where new or checked items go when you interact with them. A new "trash" item lets you delete notes but still access them for a while longer, just incase you need to come back to an old note.

As always the update for Google Keep is rolling out slowly. We're seeing it on a few of our devices but not others (and some are being updated with an old change log)— you'll know you have it when you launch Keep and there's a bright blue "what's new" box in the app.

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As far as power user features go, a remote desktop app is up there in terms of hardcore functionality. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of options even on mobile, and Google is getting ready to get in on the game with its Chrome Remote Desktop app that has just dropped into Google Play. Unfortunately this isn't available for just anyone — it's in a closed beta right now, and few people have access at this point.

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Man, Gary Busey’s weird. I’m sure the Amazon Fire TV is cool and all, but man. So weird.

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Greenpeace has published a report on the renewable energy used by major internet companies, including those active in the mobile space. Topping the list is Apple, which apparently runs iCloud and iTunes on 100% green electricity. It’s got a massive solar farm powering its North Carolina data center, and plans for geothermal and solar power for its upcoming Nevada data center. Oregon and California data centers are already being powered through wind energy partners.

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Android Central on Nokia X

Android Central, but on a Nokia!

Well, you knew this was going to happen, right?! If you've picked up a Nokia X then you're definitely going to want to grab the Android Central App, available to download right this second in the Nokia X Store! Just fire it up on your device, search for "Android Central App" and you should see Lloyd looking right back at you.

It's the same exact application as you'd get through the Google Play Store, with all the news, reviews, videos, podcasts and forum threads you can handle.

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Google is now allowing users to share their custom Gmail themes, in a feature much like their Gmail Shelfie April Fool's joke (was it really a joke?). If you are using a custom theme in Gmail, simply go to Settings and under Themes, you'll see the new "Share your theme" option. You will be able to share with Gmail, Google+, or with a direct link.

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. We're happy to announce today some new features for the official Android Central App! If you've yet to give it a shot, you now have absolutely no excuse (not that you did before). And if you're already rocking the best Android news app around, it's time to update.

What's new, you ask? Why, we'll tell you.

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Amazon Fire TV

Ships today for $99, gaming controller optional

If you haven't been able to decide yet between the myriad options for streaming boxes, Amazon has yet another new option for you: Fire TV. The new box, announced today, does TV and movies, music, and gaming. And not just from Amazon's own sources — most of the familiar third-party streaming sources that you know and love are included too. The Fire TV box is shipping today for $99.

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Some leaked Gmail screenshots are revealing a tantalizing array of new features. You’ll find new sorting tabs for Travel, Purchases, and Finance, and a pinning system so important e-mails stay at the top of the list. Conversely, you’ll also be able to snooze e-mail threads that aren’t especially important, so you don’t keep getting notifications when someone replies.

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If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head article from even more detail, including camera samples and thoughts on design, build and battery life. Enjoy!

More: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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This is an image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

It's The Hoff and The Brin. Glasselhoff and the Brinmeister. Explorer Hasselhoff and Master Brin.

Kris Kitchen, himself a Google Glass Explorer, took the next logical step from the April Fools' Day jocularity of yesterday — Google+ David Hasselhoff Auto Awesome Photobombs — and took a massive collection of portraits of Google Glass users and assembled them into a masssive mosaic image of David Hasselhoff and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Challenge: Find the Phil.

Source: +KrisKitchen

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Sprint is rolling out Wi-Fi calling on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 follows the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini which both received the feature back in February. Sprint says that the over-the-air software update that is needed to use Wi-Fi calling, will be released in stages, and may take several days to become available to all customers.

Source: Sprint

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Zens has a new Qi wireless charger, and this one is for your car. The aptly-named "ZENS Qi Wireless Car Charger" is set to hit markets on April 15th for an eye-melting €69.99 (US$96.54). It's designed to split into your cup holder and has a slot on its top designed to accommodate smartphones with displays up to 5 inches. Blessedly, the vast majority of phones that support Qi charging (both Android and Windows Phone) fall into that range.

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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable leak

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today.

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The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts already have noted.

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Hang tight, folks. WhatsApp, Facebook's $16 billion baby, appears to be down for many this morning. While there's never a good time for an extremely popular service to go down, it's especially ironic given last night's boasting of a record number of messages sent and received — to the tune of 20 billion sent and 64 billion received.

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Want to bring a little 16-bit retro gaming action to your Wednesday? Sonic CD, the time-travelling Sega CD platformer first released on Android in 2011, is available for free today through the Amazon Appstore, down from the regular price of $2.99. The game is a faithful recreation of the 1993 original, brought up to date by Christian Whitehead, the developer responsible for recent ports of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2. We've got download links after the break.

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