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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...
Motorola

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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Amazon has gone live with a new feature for Kindle Fire devices called Login with Amazon. As you might expect, this allows developers to automatically use Amazon’s log-in credentials when users sign in to an app. The standard is OAuth 2.0 compliant and supports both Android and iOS, though you’ll only be able to get this single sign-on service on Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch, and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch for now.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 toolbox

Keep your favorite 5 apps close at hand wherever you are on your Galaxy S5

One of the neat – and entirely optional – software features on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is Toolbox. It isn't turned on by default, and so unless you've been poking around a little you may not even know that it's there or what it does.

Toolbox will be particularly useful if you use certain apps more than others, offering you an easy way to access five of your favorites wherever you happen to be in the phone. Read on for the lowdown.

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Amazon smartphone

Today we're getting our first look at what may well be Amazon's first foray into the smartphone arena, courtesy of a scoop from BGR. What we see here is a prototype, BGR writes, and clearly shows some of the interesting hardware features. A series of cameras on the front of the 4.7-inch device are said to be of the infrared variety, used to track your face and eyes to change how things look on the display, giving a 3D effect without the usual 3D hangups.

Additionally, TechCrunch reports that the flagship phone, codenamed "Duke," will run Amazon's Android-based FireOS.

We've previously seen 3D display devices die on the vine, some years ago, not really making it past a single generation of phones and tablets.

There's also supposed to be a 13-megapixel rear camera and a traditional front-facing camera as well.

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone have circulated for years — as early as 2012, actually. The Wall Street Journal last week reported that some sort of 3D phone would be ready to ship in September.

Source: BGR

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What you see above is said to be a leaked image to the LG isai FL. Courtesy of prolific leaker @evleaks, the isai FL is reportedly coming to Japanese carrier KDDI's "au" sub-brand. But what's truly interesting about the LG isai FL are the very minimal bezels on the sides and top. Very, very minimal. LG's isai line of phones has traditionally been a fairly high-end, with top-quality displays, processors, and the like, and we see no reason to suspect the isai FL won't hold up to the same standards.

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Google Glass

Today and today only, anybody in the United States with the drive to click a few buttons and $1,500 burning a hole in their pocket can buy their very own Google Glass headset and earn the vaunted title of "Glass Explorer". It's an exclusive-ish club, previously reserved for those who Google so anointed and those to whom the anointed sent invites.

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Gmail on the web has added a handy new feature which lets you quickly attach images that are already in Google+ through Android’s photo auto-backup feature. This is a really great addition, considering how easy it is to start writing an e-mail on your computer, find out you need a photo from your phone, and then have to crack open Google+ in a new tab to start rifling around to find the right shot.

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If you thought Google were the only ones having fun combining wearable head gear with heads-up display technology, think again as Samsung is set to join in the fun with a new patent. The filing shows us a sweet concept – headphones with heads-up displays. Think Google Glass, but with the added benefit of being headphones for media playback.

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In light of Motorola's sale to Lenovo, the company's UK managing director Andrew Morley is set to leave after joining Motorola back in 2010. This departure follows CEO Dennis Woodside stepping down back in September, soon after Google sold its mobile company to Lenovo.

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Google has let loose a small teaser about the upcoming Google Glass update, and it looks to be a great one. For starters, the platform version is moving to KitKat, and away from the current Android 4.0.3 builds. This will bring better battery life, makes things easier to update, and open up a lot of new SDK features for developers. But that's not all we'll be seeing.

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HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has taken to Twitter to give a rough date about the HTC Sense 6 update for the original M7 model HTC One. According to Mackenzie, users in the U.S. and Canada should expect to have received the update by the end of May.

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It appears that Microsoft is finished with the "Scroogled" ad campaign. Over the weekend, Derrick Connell — a Microsoft corporate VP, and head of the Bing Experiences team — answered a small Q&A at Yabbly and and had the following to say:

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Tomorrow, for one day only, anyone can buy Google Glass. That is anyone who hasn't been able to score an "invite," which hasn't been all that hard anyway. And anyone who has $1,500 to drop on the pseudo-prototype. You'll be able to get them here. And, so, we ask: Are you buying?

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Now that folks are able to get their hands on the new Samsung Gear Fit along with the Galaxy S5, Samsung has taken to YouTube to post a commercial showing us all how we should be using the device on a daily basis.

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Galaxy S5 battery life

How to get the best battery life out of your Galaxy S5

One of the top questions we'll get this year regards Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life. Simply put, you just can't get enough. We hear you. In fact, there are those who will do anything and everything to eke out every last ounce of battery life from their Galaxy S5. Every last mAh. Every last minute. One more tweet. One last selfie.

We get you. Battery life is of top importance with your Galaxy S5.

Whether you're new to smartphones in general or the Galaxy S5 in particular, there are a few tips and tricks you can learn to get the best battery life from your GS5. Some of them are applicable to other smartphones. Some will be specific to the Samsung Galaxy S5. And all are worth reviewing.

So let's take a look at some of our favorite Galaxy S5 battery life tips and tricks. When you're done, be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums and see how other folks are improving their battery life. And hit up this page for more Galaxy S5 help.

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Sony has released a firmware update for the Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 lens cameras, bringing them to version 3.0. Included changes are the ability to half-press the shutter button to focus, reduced connection times for NFC pairing, and the ability to use the camera key on an Xperia device for the shutter release. Links to download the new firmware, as well as installation instructions for both Windows and Apple computers are after the break.

Via: Xperia Blog

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Moto has pushed a small update to the Motorola Migrate app this afternoon. Motorola Migrate is their ingenious application that help users from other phones move to the Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini by transferring data that you may not have saved to the cloud. It even imports your data from iCloud.

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The Moto G will be joining the Moto X later this week at Republic Wireless, but before that happens they're bringing back their Refer a Friend program. The Wi-Fi-happy carrier has partner is partnering with FriendBuy to offer customers up to $20 in account credit for referrals who are customers for at least 30 days. And the referred customer too will get $20 credit too.

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Microsoft has made Office Online available on the Google Chrome Web Store. While Office Online has always worked in Chrome, Chrome users install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote Online in the Chrome App Launcher. Office Online will go head-to-head with Google's productivity apps right in Google's own store.

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Google has another acquisition in the works, and this time it's not a mobile technoligies company. According to the Wall Street Journal Google will be buying Titan Aerospace, a company that builds high-altitude craft — ones that can take high-resolution images.

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LG has added a new phone to its Android lineup on Verizon Wireless, the Optimous Zone 2. Definitely an entry-level device, the Optimus Zone 2 runs Android 4.4.2 features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a 3-megapixel camera. LG's software on the Optimus Zone 2 includes QuickMemo and Guest Mode.

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