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Google announces Q1 2014 earnings: revenue up 19% year over year

Google announces Q1 2014 earnings: revenue up 19% year over year

Google's first quarter 2014 results are in, and the company unsurprisingly made buckets of money. Revenue was up to $15.4 billion, a 19% increase from the same quarter a year prior. Earnings were also up, clocking in at $4.12 billion — 27% of revenues. That's an increase in the raw profit from...
Real Racing 3's latest update is all about open-wheelers

Real Racing 3's latest update is all about open-wheelers

Real Racing 3 has been updated to include a batch of open-wheeled cars. These new rides include the Caterham Seven 620R, KTM X-Bow R, Ariel Atom 3.5 and V8, plus the Porsche 911 RSR (2014) and Hyundai Veloster Turbo have been tossed in for good measure. That Turbo actually has a special event...
Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop app exits beta, controls your computer on any ICS and above device

Just a couple of weeks after a full-fledged Chrome Remote Desktop app entered closed beta testing it has been opened up for all to use through the Play Store. The completely free app will let your Android device — assuming it's running Android 4.0 or above — connect to and control any computer...
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Rumors of a 'Moto G Forte' for certain markets started swirling last week, leading many to believe that a more rugged version of the budget phone was destined for Latin America. Motorola quietly took the wraps off of the phone today, confirming that the actual device is far less exciting — it's simply a Moto G with a rugged Grip Shell case pre-installed.

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If you stop for a moment and look around, no matter where you are there's surely some brilliant feats of architecture that you can appreciate. Whether you're looking at a hand-crafted barn made of wood or a 30-story building made of metal and concrete, you can see what keeps our buildings, bridges and infrastructure standing and functional. This week's photo contest is building on that idea with the prompt "architecture," hoping to have you take your best shots of the buildings around you.

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Samsung's sponsorship of Boston Red Sox captain David Ortiz paid off handsomely yesterday as Ortiz, who was visiting the White House at the time, managed to capture of selfie of the presidential sort. Armed with a Galaxy Note 3 and the will to use it, Ortiz and President Obama smiled for the Samsung camera, and the photographers taking pictures of the picture. And that's about the best result Samsung could have hoped for.

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Google Play Newsstand

Content sections now separated into individual tabs for easier reading

Our third Google app update of the day is Google Play Newsstand, and again we're looking at light changes with a few new features that'll grab the interest of those who regularly use the app. Content discovery is a big deal for an app like this, and the most notable interface change is a new set of tabs in the "Read now" section with quick access to sections of content — like highlights, news, business, entertainment and sports —that you add all in one place. You can tap on each or swipe between them to check out all of the news in that category, and each one has its own color coordination that takes over the display to indicate you've switched.

The slide-in navigation drawer has also been refreshed, combining both "My News" and "My Magazines" into a single "My Library" (which makes sense). Curiously, the manual setting to choose whether or not to pre-download and keep the "Read Now" section on your device is gone — it isn't clear if this will happen automatically now or if everything will be downloaded when you view it by default.

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Google Play Movies & TV

Design falls in line with other recent Google apps while adding a few new features

Wednesdays are turning in to "Google app update" days, and the second one of today (behind Keep) is Google Play Movies & TV. The update is making the same interface changes here as we have seen on other recent Google apps, with an all-encompassing slide-in navigation bar that brings the "settings" and "help & feedback" options out of the overflow menu button and to the side bar. There's also a now-standard account switcher for moving between your multiple Google accounts at the top of the bar as well.

While the full changelog isn't yet available, we can tell that there's a new way to scrub through playback of TV shows and movies with swipes on the screen rather than the traditional timeline. You can swipe forward and back on the content to move in 10-second intervals, or swipe and hold to rewind or fast forward continuously until you let go. These are some nice changes that are a great companion to the recently-announced Google Play Movies & TV expansion to new countries.

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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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