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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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Withings has announced a new health band called Pulse O2. It does all of the usual stuff, like monitor steps, heart rate, elevation, distance traveled, sleep habits, and estimates calories burned, but the really cool feature here is the ability to monitor the oxygen level in your blood. That information is estimated from the infrared heart rate monitor, then beamed to your phone through a companion app. The device itself can be mounted in a wrist strap, a clip, or carried around separately.

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Nest Thermostat

You can now buy a Nest Thermostat through Google Play. Price is the same as other retail outlets — $249 — and it'll ship in 1 to 2 business days, Google says. And for every thermostat sold today, Google will plant a tree. Because Earth Day. It's also available in the UK for £179.

The Nest Thermostat is a "learning" device that connects to the Internet (and other Nest products). It's got a 1.75-inch display, controlled by a metal ring on the outside of the thermostat. Nest learns your temperature preferences, when you're home or away, and is aware of the outside weather, and adjusts itself accordingly. It's not a cheap device, for sure, but promises to pay for itself in savings.

Not available still is Nest Protect, which was pulled from market because of software issues with the combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

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HTC One M8 FIXIT

The HTC One M8 is a great phone, but it's not perfect. And we, in our infinite wisdom, have some ideas.

There's no such thing as a perfect phone. You can justify this, defend that. Some flaws are subjective, others are like a bad scab in an unfortunate place, unable to be ignored. Fortunately, today's high-end phones are more good than bad. But, no, they're not perfect. And for as much as we love the HTC One M8 — and make no mistake, it's right up there with anything else we'll recommend this year — we've got some ideas about how HTC could "fix" its flagship device for 2014.

If you've yet to come across the phone — we're sure these people exist somewhere — here's the rub: The HTC One M8 continues the design trend we first saw 2013's HTC One M7. That is, aluminum unibody design with some sweeping curves. Large, 5-inch, 1080p display. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and is running Android 4.4.2 with HTC's Sense 6 user interface atop it. It's got a relatively low resolution "Ultrapixel" camera — just 4 megapixels — but you get a bunch of cool features to play with after you've taken the shot.

And with that, here's how we'd "fix" the HTC One M8.

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As expected, MetroPCS and T-Mobile has taken the wraps off two affordable LG handsets: the Optimus L90 and the Optimus L70. We had an inkling that we’d be seeing these two hitting store shelves soon. The L90 will be available on T-Mobile starting April 30 for free with $9.95 monthly installments, while the L70 is on MetroPCS right now for a scant $49.

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American carriers are making progress in being more open and customer-friendly — particularly T-Mobile — but Sprint is preparing to take a significant step forward by ensuring that the devices they sell to customers are able to be SIM unlocked. Eventually. In 2015. In an FAQ on Sprint's unlocking policy, the company states that they are "working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are capable of being unlocked domestically."

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Samsung Galaxy S5 remote

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features an infrared emitter at the top of the phone which can control your TV and other home electronics. The app, Smart Remote, requires a little bit of setup but is ultimately very useful in reducing the number of controllers you need to keep around in your living room, not to mention keeping track of what’s on at any given time.

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A quick heads up for you folks running the Moto X on Republic Wireless — it looks like your Android 4.4.2 update is available as of today. Folks on Republics' forums are noting the update, which includes a new dialer and updated Google Hangouts (to say nothing of the latest update to Hangouts, we suppose). Head into your system settings and take a look.

Source: Republic Wireless; Thanks, Winston!

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Because swiping is too simple and gestures have already come and gone, Amazon's upcoming (but still unannounced) smartphone will rely heavily on tilt features to interact with its user interface, according to BGR. No new images of the UI were shown, but BGR references a number of use cases — and that traditional menu buttons aren't even a part of apps. This ... should be interesting.

Source: BGR

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One more little nugget out LG's new G Watch promo page, from which we got our first look at the champagne gold and white version.

It looks like you'll be charging it through some sort of dock, judging by the connector we see on the back of the watch. LG also reiterates that it'll be water-resistant (no surprise there) and that the face will be "always on," never mind that you don't actually see anything on the face in most of LG's pictures. (Hey, Android Wear's still not final or anything.)

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

How can you not love the Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5? Take one part simple TPU case — great for taking the brunt of the occasional bump and fall, as well as standing between your phone and anything that's trying to scratch it — and one part awesome Bugdroid graphics, and that's what you've got here. Just simple, easy protection for your Galaxy S5.

There's not much more to it than that. There are cutouts for all the places you need access to — the camera and heart-rate sensor, speaker, buttons, microphones and the like. You get a little bit of extra grip thanks to the fit and finish of the case. It's easy to put on, but not so easy that you have to worry about it falling off or anything.

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Rumors have been swirling for some time now that Samsung would release a high-powered version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a super-dense screen and presumably high-powered processor to power it — and now we're getting our first form of confirmation (albeit not official from Samsung) on the device. The "Galaxy S5 Prime", we called it. These rumors began surfacing long before the Galaxy S5 announced, primarily that we would see a phone with an absurd 1440x2560 "QHD". Today we've got some new details care of SamMobile about where Samsung's going with this mythical device.

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One of the biggest gripes with the Sony Smartwatch 2 was that there was no way to customize watch faces at all. Today a new update has arrived that not only adds custom watch faces to the mix, but also provides a built-in editor right within the app. You can still choose from the base set of faces that include the standard digital and analog faces in a variety of styles, but now have the option to create and edit your own faces as well.

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Xiaomi, the new home of Hugo Barra – remember him? – is relaunching its official home on the web today with a new url that's much easier to spell. From this day forth Mi.com will be where you'll be headed for all your Xiaomi needs. The new name takes cues from it's popular MIUI software.

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With NFC on your smartphone, using it to pay for your morning commute across London may be getting closer to reality. According to a report in the Financial Times, carriers EE and Vodafone have begun talks with Transport for London over beginning trials of a mobile wallet to pay for your travel.

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If you were waiting for your response from Google about the 2014 Google I/O lottery, go check your inbox. Google is sending out both the good news letters and the bad news letters right about now, and they'll be sure to let you know if you are going to be watching from the Moscone Center, or from YouTube this year.

We'll be there to bring you everything worth bringing — and it will surely be a lot.

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LG G Watch

Good news for those of you who want your gadgets in some color other than black. LG tonight has taken the wraps off a champagne gold G Watch, which will be one of the first members in the Android Wear club.

And, well, that's pretty much still all there is. No real date for the G Watch (or its Moto 360 counterpart), other than the "summer" timeline we already knew. Unofficially it's been priced at around $300.

Source: LG; via LG Mobile on Facebook

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Someone manning the @googlenexus Twitter account was helping a user with an issue, and sent out a picture of the phone dialer app. Apparently, they're not using the same version of Android that the rest of us little people are using, and the new color theme has caused quite the uproar.

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If you've been hoping to take some of those oddly-focused Lensbaby pictures with your Android phone, you're in luck. Lensbaby has added a $50 pledge level to their Kickstarter project for Android users, and your money gets you the lens itself and a full-featured application this coming October.

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Netflix has released their Q1 2014 earnings report today, and bundled deep in the news about numbers and dollars is a short paragraph about pricing, and an even shorter blurb about future Fire TV support.

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Selling a Samsung Galaxy S4

How to sell your old Android smartphone or tablet and get the most money possible towards a new one

With so many sweet new Android phones coming out, you may be trying to figure out how you can budget for one of them. The most sensible way to make some extra coin in this case is to sell off your old Android phone, but there are a lot of different ways to do that, and it’s hard figuring out which one will get you the most money for your used Android device.

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