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Glass update XE16 now rolling out

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features. First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a...
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 "...
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The G2 Mini will start to roll down the line in just a few shorts weeks. Folks in Russia and other CIS areas will get first crack at the 4.7-inch device (crazy what we call "mini" these days) with the rest of Europe and Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa following close behind. No word on any North America availability, nor were exact dates or pricing given.

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Remember the LG Optimus G? It was pretty much the Nexus 4 on the component side, but came with a better camera and an LG-flavored operating system. Right now, it's sitting pretty on Android 4.1 for users who haven't abandoned all hope and went the custom ROM route. But all that could be changing.

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Users of the popular phone security app Cerberus are reporting a slightly disturbing email coming from the developers today. While Cerberus assures that no passwords were compromised — they are encrypted, of course — attackers did gain access to some usernames and passwords. If you're using Cerberus, you'll want to change out your password even if you don't get a letter. The full text follows after the break.

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Life would be a little less interesting (along with dark and dangerous, really) if we didn't make use of windows in buildings and cars. Whether they're glass, polycarbonate or some other material, windows are necessary but can also be artistic and architectural feature points. This week we're going with the prompt "window" for your photos, and each shot will have to incorporate a window of some sort to be considered for the prizes.

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Twitter

Photo tagging and adding multiple pictures to a Tweet are coming soon

Twitter is pushing out a new update to their mobile apps for iOS and Android, and this time it's all about sharing pictures. With today's update you can tag up to 10 people in your images without wasting any of your 140 characters. Coming soon on Android, you'll also be able to attach up to four images to a single post.

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Spring is finally here! Well, according to the calendar at least. It's warming up now, the snow is melting and it's almost time to get back outside and enjoy the weather. That means you'll want to make sure all your Android phones and tablets up the challenge as well.

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This week's photo contest let you go wild with your photographic creativity before and during taking your picture, but not afterwards with post-processing. "No filter" brought in a variety of interesting pictures that weren't tweaked after the fact, and the results were great. It also means that the subject matter and style of the entries this week crossed a variety of genres, making for an interesting time browsing through the forum thread.

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AT&T today announced that its HTC One Mini has begun receiving its update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with that you'll be getting Sense 5.5, which brings about some much-improved elements to the user interface, including BlinkFeed, the lock screen and the dialer app. [AT&T]

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Good news for folks who have been shut out of the Google I/O developer conference in past years. This year, things are going random. As in no more first-come/first-served, sold-out-in-60 minutes schemes. Here's the deal: You'll be able to register from April 8 to April 10. Google will then choose applicants at random, and send ticket confirmation emails thereafter. Get it? Got it? Cross your fingers. [Google Developers]

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There's a new entry in the Google Labs section of Google Play Music, and enabling it brings a whole new way to upload — and listen to — your own music. Read on to see a little more about it, and instructions for enabling it on your computer.

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Fitbit has expanded the sync capabilities of their wearable fitness trackers, and now 44 Android and iOS devices are fully supported. Devices that can wirelessly synchronize with Fitbit products require Bluetooth 4.0 on-board, but in the past even devices with the required hardware we not officially supported, and users were forced to try a reverse-engineering approach to get sync up and running. With today's news, that should no longer be an issue for folks with recent Android phones.

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Synology makes some pretty kick-ass NAS (Network Attached Storage) drives – the DiskStation – that make a pretty good storage hub for a home media collection. Now, they're making it even easier to get your content to your TV by adding Chromecast support to their mobile apps.

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Heads up, folks! You can now order "developer" and "unlocked" versions of the HTC One M8. Both run $649. You can get the SIM-unlocked model in gunmetal gray (the sweet brushed finish), silver or gold. The developer version comes in gray or gold. Overnight shipping is currently free, but they won't actually ship for a week or two. [Buy from HTC.com]

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HTC BlinkFeed

Following 'popularity with HTC users', company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones 'soon'

Tucked away in a corner of HTC's new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android phones "soon," through the Google Play Store.

A footnote from the presser reads —

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ZTE has announced a new smartphone for its native China that really is one for the spec junkies. The 6.44-inch display is 'only' 1080p, but everything else gives cause for excitement. It packs the latest Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3GB of RAM, upto an incredible 128GB of on-board storage and a pair of 13MP cameras. That's right, front and back.

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With all the focus – and the pictures – having been on the Gunmetal Gray HTC One (M8) during yesterdays launch events, it's easy to forget there are two other colors available. While Silver is already in stock, the gold seems more elusive at present. Carphone Warehouse in the UK says that orders for the gold phone are expected to be delivered by April 7.

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HTC One M8

The new HTC One (M8) is upon us, and depending on where you live you might even be able to buy one already. Our full review is a great place to learn more about HTC's latest flagship. But if you've still got burning questions, you'll want to head over to the Android Central forums, where Phil and I — with devices in-hand — are answering your questions on the M8.

More: HTC One (M8) Q&A on the Android Central forums

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We've heard about the as yet unnanounced Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 before – outed by Samsung no less – but until now we've seen nothing more than a name. Serial leaker, @evleaks has today posted this, the apparent first image of the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4. But it isn't exactly a quality render, with the screen looking off center and the home button not quite, well, straight.

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British mobile operator EE is making a big play for the budget market today, with the unveiling of new, low-cost LTE price plans and an £99 4G phone to use them with. EE's new 4G plans start at £13.99 per month for 500MB of data and EE's new, own-branded "Kestrel" handset, built by Huawei. The device features a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and Cat. 4 LTE support.

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Samsung has been throwing a little shindig down in Australia where it has officially announced the new Galaxy S5 for launch there. Pre-orders will go live tomorrow, March 27, and an outright purchase will cost $929 ahead of launch on April 11. Pre-orders will be taken first in the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney.

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