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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...
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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...
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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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HTC One M8 Do Not Disturb

This may be the most important feature on any smartphone

Our phones make a lot of noise. They chirp. Beep. Vibrate. Sing. Howl. And if you're the popular type (or, worse, work with folks across many time zones), your phone can be worse than a newborn at 3 a.m. or a dog in a thunderstorm. Fortunately, smartphone manufacturers are finally baking in "Do Not Disturb" functions.

Here's how to use Do Not Disturb in Sense 6 on the HTC One M8.

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Rumors have been circulating for some time that Samsung was working on large AMOLED displays for their tablets, and now we might know a bit more about a tablet so-equipped: the SM-T800. No doubt it'll have a more user-friendly Galaxy Something-or-other name if and when it launches, but according to SamMobile, The SM-T800 will come with a 10.5-inch Super ALOMED display packing 2560x1600 pixels in that space.

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The BT Sport app for both Android and iOS has been updated with support for Chromecast, just as we were told last week it would be. Apart from that, it's the standard "minor bug fixes" bringing BT Sport app for Android up to version 1.3.15.

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Announced a month ago, the new Samsung Chromebook 2 portables are now available for pre-order from Amazon and Samsung. The upcoming Chromebook 2 is projected to ship on April 28th (that's three weeks from now) in two models: 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches.

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The April software update for the NVIDIA Shield has arrived. The update bumps the Shield from Android 4.4 KitKat to 4.4.2. New in the April update are betas for Remote GameStream and laptops, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, and an updated TegraZone.

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We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014.

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