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4 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks' winners!

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks' winners!

Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner
Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks winner

 Bricks

We put out the request last week for all of your best "bricks" photos, and just as we've come to expect, you all delivered. We saw five whole pages of entries come into the forums for another successful photo contest, showing off a variety of styles and devices while still following the prompt.

4 years ago

HTC One M8 gets CyanogenMod nightlies

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HTC One M8 gets CyanogenMod nightlies

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

First round of nightlies ready for flashing

If you're ready to rid yourself of HTC Sense 6 on your M8, you now have a chance to give CyanogenMod a spin. The free and open-source version of CM has hit nightly status for the metal-clad HTC flagship, and the builds are currently available at the CM downloads site.

Be warned, that as nightly versions there will be issues to work out. You are doing the community testing for the builds, and should be prepared to submit bug reports and do your part to make things better. Don't worry, though, usually these are pretty complete and alpha/beta testing is often a lot of fun.

Source: +CyanogenMod

4 years ago

Huawei Ascend P7 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P7 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei improves upon earlier efforts with a glass-backed chassis, redesigned software and new camera tricks

At an event in Paris, France today, Huawei officially unveiled its new high-end flagship phone, the Ascend P7. It's the latest in the Chinese manufacturer's premium "P" range, building on last year's P6, which the company says sold 4 million units across the globe. The P7's design heritage is plain to see — from the metal trim around the top and sides to the curved edge down below, this year's Huawei flagship looks an awful lot like last year's.

The biggest external change can be seen when you flip it over — the back panel is now made of glass, and sports a reflective pattern not unlike LG's "crystal reflection process," seen on the Optimus G. This effect comes to life through a combination of seven layers, Huawei says, and if you look close enough you can make some of them out — one forms concentric circles leading out from the "Huawei" logo, for instance, another is a checkered pattern. By any standard, the P7 is a good-looking phone. It's also extremely light, much less heavy than most 5-inch smartphones we've used.

4 years ago

Here's when you can expect your Samsung device to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Here's when you can expect your Samsung device to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat

KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4

KitKat on the Samsung Galaxy S4

So you have one of the many older Samsung devices that are still stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or older, and you're wondering when you'll get that Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that Samsung promised back in February. A lot of devices have received their updates, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the Galaxy S3, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 edition tablet and Galaxy Note 3 phablet. But what about your phone? Well, according to an internal Samsung doc, we've at least got a timeframe we can give you.

4 years ago

Amazon single sign-on now available on all Android devices

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Amazon single sign-on now available on all Android devices

Amazon app for Android

Amazon app for Android

Amazon's single sign-on launched for Kindle Fire three weeks ago, and as of today it's now available on more standard Android-based devices. The straight-forward Amazon app available in Google Play has been updated to support the single sign-on service and integrates with Amazon's other apps for Android. Sign in with the Amazon app and your other Amazon services apps on your Android device will also be logged in.

4 years ago

TuneIn Radio gets a major redesign, with great new ways to explore content

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TuneIn Radio gets a major redesign, with great new ways to explore content

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TuneIn Radio

(Plus, Android Central is all up in here!)

We've long been fans of TuneIn Radio as an Internet radio app, and some 50 million monthly active users agree. Today the app has received a major update that not only freshens its look — it's now easier than ever to explore and listen to new content, and to help others do so as well.

For starters, you can now create your own customizable profile. That'll let your friends follow you and see what you're listening to on TuneIn. You can sign in with Facebook, which is nice, but we'd also love to be able to do so using our Google account. From there, you can "Echo" what you're listening to through your various social networks.

4 years ago

D-Link announces mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug for Android

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D-Link announces mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug for Android

D-Link, makers of some of the most popular routers on the planet, has just announced their new mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plus, and with thermal protection and energy management no less! Simply plug it into an outlet, plus your lights, fans, televisions, irons, or other electronics into it, and then pick up your Android phone or tablet, or iPhone or iPad, and you're in complete wireless control.

4 years ago

Grab a first-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for $300 on eBay

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Grab a first-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for $300 on eBay

Grab a first-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for $300 on eBay

Grab a first-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for $300 on eBay

If you happen to be in the market for a cheap but big Android tablet and don't mind if it's a model that's two years old, then oh do we have a deal for you. Following up on last week's Nexus 10 sale, Ebay is now selling the 16GB version of the 2012 model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (not the newer, better Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition) for just $299.99, with free shipping.

4 years ago

Portal will be available on Google Play for NVIDIA Shield starting May 12

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Portal will be available on Google Play for NVIDIA Shield starting May 12

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Portal gameplay
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Portal settings

Portal on the NVIDIA Shield

Pick up this classic PC game for $9.99 and get the best experience playing with a controller on Shield.

Portal has been winning awards from critics and praise from gamers since its first introduction in 2007, and the game is finally going mobile with a launch on the NVIDIA Shield. Following up after an announcement of the game for the Shield at GTC in March, Portal will be available to play in all its glory starting May 12th for $9.99.

Leveraging Valve's Source engine, Portal plays as an exact replica of the PC and console game on the NVIDIA Shield, with perfect support for the controller and landscape-only screen. Considering what this game requires in terms of resources it plays surprisingly well on the Shield, although I have to say there's a little bit of tweaking to do in the settings to make things just right. Graphics look good and best of all the controller input works flawlessly — from joysticks to buttons and triggers — and the mapping is customizable within the game.

4 years ago

Evernote and LinkedIn partner up to scan business cards

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Evernote and LinkedIn partner up to scan business cards

Evernote's app for iPhone and iPad is getting a nice update today with a business card reader feature that ties in closely with LinkedIn. After taking a picture of a business card through Evernote, a new cloud-stored note can be created with all of the important contact fields populated by information on the card and whatever it can pull in from a LinkedIn match. From there you can import the contact to your device's Address Book or shoot out a LinkedIn connection invite.

4 years ago

Samsung posts first Tizen open source files from the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

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Samsung posts first Tizen open source files from the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

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Samsung Gear 2

Developers looking to roll up their sleeves with wearables will be happy to hear that Samsung has released the first open source code for Tizen running on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. This kernel should enable the creation of custom ROMs of all kinds. The Gear 2 SDK just launched last month, which should handle the needs of app developers that simply want to plug into the existing software rather than rebuilding the core experience.

4 years ago

Spare Pebble Steel cables now available

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Spare Pebble Steel cables now available

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Pebble spare cable

Here's a quick heads up for those who may be in the market for a spare Pebble or Pebble Steel cable: You can now buy both directly from Pebble itself. (Spare cables for the original Pebble previously were the only ones available.) One cable runs $15, or you can get two for $30.

4 years ago

Huawei shows off what the Ascend P7 looks like on the inside, talks design

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Huawei shows off what the Ascend P7 looks like on the inside, talks design

The Huawei Ascend P7 was announced today in Paris, and to help spread the word Huawei has posted a pair of videos that delve into the device. The first (you'll see it above) is a highly dramatic virtual disassembly of the Ascend P7, meant to tell you how great the phone is overall. The second (after the break) dives deep into the design of the phone and features several Huawei designers and engineers explaining the design decisions they made in the process. Much of the speaking in the video is in Chinese (they are a Chinese company, after all), though there are at least subtitles throughout for those that don't speak the language.

4 years ago

UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Dixons to announce £3.7bn merger

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UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Dixons to announce £3.7bn merger

Carphone Warehouse storefront

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are set to announce a £3.7bn merger that will create one of the biggest high street technology groups in Britain. Further details regarding the merger will be made available to a Takeover Panel ahead of the May 19 deadline.

4 years ago

Huawei announces the Ascend P7

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Huawei announces the Ascend P7

Huawei announces the Ascend P7

Huawei announces the Ascend P7

Huawei has today announced their latest flagship device, the Ascend P7. With an updated Emotion UI interface on top of Android 4.4.2, significantly updated cameras, and a 5-inch 1080p display, the P7 is a marked upgrade from last year's Ascend P6. In addition, the Ascend P7 is the one of thinnest LTE phone to hit the market, measuring in at a mere 6.5mm from front to back. The phone is set to launch around the globe in May, priced at €449 (US$625).

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