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4 years ago

Google pushes minor updates to a handful of apps

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Google pushes minor updates to a handful of apps

Google Updates

Google Updates

Wednesday means Google update day

Google has pushed out a few updates today, most of them very minor. This usually happens every Wednesday, and everyone here at AC starts grabbing phones and tablets to see what is new and how it's different.

Nothing big happened so far today, have a look to see which app updates you should be on the lookout for.

4 years ago

What is 'Dogfooding'?

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What is 'Dogfooding'?

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Who let the dogs out?
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Who let the dogs out?

Google let a test build of YouTube app hit public release

Google is in the midst of updating the YouTube app, and somehow or another an internal test version made it's way to Google Play. We imagine it's already pulled, and things will be recitfied, but it's neat even if only temporary.

4 years ago

SOL Republic Jax earbuds now on sale in the UK for £34.99

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SOL Republic Jax earbuds now on sale in the UK for £34.99

SOL Republic Jax Earbuds

SOL Republic Jax Earbuds

Solid sound and lots of style in five colors to match your phone

SOL Republic's Jax Earbuds — those are the optional headphones Motorola is pushing with the Moto X — are now available for anyone to buy directly in the U.K. A modest £34.99 will get you some nice-sounding earbuds in a choice of six different colors (red, blue, black, yellow and white) with ample style no matter which you choose.

The headphones are on sale now and in stock from Amazon, Argos and HMV at the same price. It looks as though you'll be getting free shipping from Amazon and Argos as well, which is nice. You can snag a pair from the link above, if you're so inclined.

4 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Light and Shadows

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Weekly Photo Contest: Light and Shadows

Weekly Photo Contest: Light and Shadows

 Light and Shadows

Show off your perspective and positioning skills by making the most of light this week

Another week, another photo contest to flex your photography skills and above all get out there and shoot. We give you a prompt to work with for each contest, and this week it's all about "light and shadows." One of the biggest parts of photography is managing light and how it makes your subject matter work. Proper use of light (and conversely, shadows) is one of the characteristics of a great photographer, and we're ready to see what you can do.

This week we're picking out five winners to receive prizes, and each will win their very own Android mini collectible figurine. We have several kinds, so you'll have to be surprised by the one you receive.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (March 18) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

4 years ago

KitKat and SD cards — what's fixed, what's broken and what's misunderstood

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KitKat and SD cards — what's fixed, what's broken and what's misunderstood

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Apps to your SD
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Why your SD card doesn't work the same in Android 4.4 KitKat, and the reasons for the change

"Curse you, Google! Your KitKat update broke my SD card!"

Poke around the Android section of the Internet and you'll hear something similar. Users like you and me are in an uproar because they updated their phone to Android 4.4 KitKat, and now the SD card support has changed. Apps no longer work, folks have problems with cameras and music players, and while everyone else is saying "Oh, yeah. That's how it works now," nobody warned them in advance before they grabbed that update.

There is a lot of push against these changes, with petitions and threats of grassroots movements that threaten to show Google the error of its ways — even a very popular developer that I won't name has their PR people sending out requests for blogs to write about evil Google.

But, as always, there's a method to Google's madness. Let's discuss.

4 years ago

New HTC One packaging, specs revealed as Verizon model apparently sold on eBay

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New HTC One packaging, specs revealed as Verizon model apparently sold on eBay

HTC M8 on Verizon

HTC M8 on Verizon

Buyer seemingly nabs 32GB M8 for $499.99, specs on box confirm earlier rumors

Just a day after a purported set of new HTC One (M8) specs emerged online, we have further evidence of the phone's high-end internals, along with a cheeky look at its retail packaging. The device pictured above — apparently a 32GB Verizon version of the still unreleased, unannounced new HTC One — went up for sale on eBay today, where it was snapped up for a relatively low $499.99. And while the phone itself isn't pictured, the images in the listing seem to confirm many of the hardware details coming from the rumor mill.

Here's how this apparently official spec list breaks down...

4 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Street Scenes' winner!

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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Street Scenes' winner!

Weekly Photo Contest: Street Scenes
Weekly Photo Contest: Street Scenes

 Street Scenes

Everyone hit the streets for this week's photo contest entry

We're always blown away by the number of quality photo submissions we receive for each weekly photo contest, and this week was no exception. Everyone took to the streets to take a picture that exemplified the prompt of "street scenes," and we weren't disappointed by the results. Over 100 entries across five pages in the forums, and we've come down to a single winner.

Read on and see the winning image this week, and congratualte the photographer responsible.

4 years ago

Google Wallet introducing 'orders' section to track and receive updates on shipments

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Google Wallet introducing 'orders' section to track and receive updates on shipments

Google Wallet

Google Wallet

Keep track of every order and receive push notifications for status updates

Google Wallet, while most associated with NFC payments, is actually most-used as an online payment option competing with the likes of Amazon and PayPal. With today's update to the Google Wallet app, purchases made with the service can now be tracked and managed right from the app. This was always possible (albeit in a basic way) from the Google Wallet website, but having it moved over to mobile has advantages.

After the udpate, you'll receive notifications about the status of your orders, you can track open and previous orders and see everything all in one place. It may not be enough to completely dethrone the other leading payment options, but with each update Google Wallet is becoming more compelling as a payment choice. The update isn't live just yet, but you'll find it from the Play Store link above as soon as it is.

Via: +GoogleWallet

4 years ago

Puzzle game Threes! now available on Android for $1.99

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Puzzle game Threes! now available on Android for $1.99

Threes!

Threes!

Get your repetitive puzzle game fix and see what the craze is all about

Well it didn't take very long — the hit puzzle game Threes! is now available in all its glory on Android. Coming in at just $1.99 without any ads or nagging in-app purchases, Threes! has been applauded for its simplicity and great gameplay, and now even more people have the opportunity to play it. The game is infinitely replayable and simple to pick up — you're just dealing with a grid of numbers and combining them to get the highest score possible.

The unfortunate thing at this point is that the real game can be tough to find through a regular search with the number of knock-offs (although we do have to say "Fives" is pretty great) on the Play Store right now. But if you follow the Google Play link at the top of this post, you'll be taken to the correct one. The $1.99 price is listed as a discount of 33% right now, so if you want to save a bit, pick it up today.

4 years ago

Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case for Moto G

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Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit case for Moto G

Cruzerlite Bugdroid for Moto G
Cruzerlite Bugdroid for Moto G
Cruzerlite Bugdroid for Moto G
Cruzerlite Bugdroid for Moto G
Cruzerlite Bugdroid for Moto G

Add some style to your Moto G with the best looking Android out there – after Lloyd, anyway

 

This Cruzerlite case for the Moto G brings together protection and Android style. After all, after our own Lloyd, there's only one other good lookin' Android. The Bugdroid Circuit case adds a little Android character to the back of your Moto G while keeping it safe from bangs, drops and scratches.

The silicon construction means it's pretty straight forward to get your phone in, while ensuring that it's plenty snug enough when it is. There isn't any reinforcement going on with the Cruzerlite, but the sides feel sturdy and wrap around onto the front of the phone just enough to give peace of mind when you lay it face down.

All your phone's ports and buttons have their own cutouts, which I really like in particular for the volume rocker and power button. When cases cover them up you lose some of the feel and have to push quite hard, so I'm happy that Cruzerlite left them open.

4 years ago

T-Mobile will only sell 16GB Galaxy S5 in stores

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T-Mobile will only sell 16GB Galaxy S5 in stores

T-Mobile Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Want double the on-board storage? You'll need to order online.

We're still waiting for some more official info from the U.S. carriers regarding the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we're starting to see drips and drabs leak out. The latest comes from T-Mobile, as a tipster has shot over a training page.

According to this documentation, T-Mobile will only sell the 16-gigabyte version in stores. If you want a 32-gigabyte Galaxy S5, you'll need to order it online.

4 years ago

Zapping Flappy Birds at the Samsung 'Launching People' contest

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Zapping Flappy Birds at the Samsung 'Launching People' contest

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What do you get when you cross A Nintendo gun, Flappy Bird, an HDMI cable and a group of young engineers? Flappy Zapping, that's what.

Flappy Bird will never die. It's now one of those silly viral things that will pop up here and there for the next few years, until a new silly viral thing (that will never die) comes to replace it. But I think Eliezer Alvarez and his mechatronic engineer friends have the best Flappy Birds news ever.

Samsung is holding a Launching People contest in Latin America, where gifted young developers and engineers use their minds and some magic to try and build something so cool it will win the competition. Alvarez and his group have built something with what may be an unbeatable combo — Flappy Birds, and an NES Zapper gun. The video below explains it, even if you don't speak Spanish. Hook your Galaxy phone up to a big screen, and point that glorious gun from your childhood at Flappy Bird and kill him. Dead. Oh-so-satisfyingly-unflappable. In the best cartoon-violence PG-13 way ever.

I want to see Alvarez and company win. You also want to see them win. Flappy Birds must be shot. Head to their Facebook page and vote for these awesome Flappy Zapping young folks.

4 years ago

Fiverr, the marketplace for $5 services, expands to Android today

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Fiverr, the marketplace for $5 services, expands to Android today

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Propelling the 'gig economy' to even more users

Update: The app is now live in the Play Store, and can be downloaded for free from the Play Store button at the top of this post.

Original story: After making its mobile debut on iOS just in December, Fiverr is making its way to Android today. If you haven't heard of Fiverr before, it's an interesting concept that helps link up buyers and sellers in the so-called "gig economy" to perform services starting at just $5 each. When browsing Fiverr, for example, you may see someone offering to do a portrait sketch of you, sing happy birthday in a funny way to a friend, or even test out your new Android app for just $5.

The Android app is a perfect companion to the desktop version of the service, letting you browse through available gigs in a more manageable layout made for Android phones. While the app isn't live in the Play Store just yet — submitting apps and having them propagate takes time, and all — you can keep an eye out for it to be available for free later today. We'll be sure to update the post with the proper Play Store link as it becomes available.

4 years ago

Galaxy S5 Korean launch impacted by carrier sales ban

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Galaxy S5 Korean launch impacted by carrier sales ban

Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5

Largest two Korean operators won't be allowed sell on GS5 launch day

As launch preparations get underway elsewhere, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 is set to experience a delayed launch in the company's home country of South Korea. This is due to a sales ban imposed on Korean mobile operators by the government, according to a report from The Guardian, meaning the two biggest carriers won't be allowed to sell on launch day.

The newspaper reports that the sales ban was put in place as a penalty for subsidizing phones by more than 270,000 won, in breach of local laws. The restrictions affect new subscriptions and upgrades alike, as part of a rolling ban on sales at various carriers between March 13 and May 19. And it'll be in force for SKT and KT — the two largest Korean operators — on the planned Galaxy S5 launch date of April 11. Meanwhile the smaller LG Uplus will be open for business on April 11, though it will reportedly be subject to a sales ban from April 27 through May 18.

The ban won't single out Samsung specifically, as all smartphone subscriptions and upgrades will be affected by sales restrictions during this two-month window. However it comes at an inopportune time for the electronics giant as it prepares to launch the new flagship in its home country, effectively forcing a staggered GS5 launch in this important market.

Source: The Guardian

4 years ago

Amazon Prime music service rumors continue to gather momentum

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Amazon Prime music service rumors continue to gather momentum

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime

Report suggests service to come as part of increased rate Prime subscription

The rumors of an Amazon Prime music streaming service continue to grow. The latest report out of the Wall Street Journal suggests that Amazon plans to introduce the service along with an increased rate Prime subscription, with the end goal being to get folks buying more music from its MP3 store.

To take care of this Amazon will reportedly allow access to tracks and albums through the service for a limited time only. Amazon has been courting the record labels – according to Billboard – with a target of older music and smaller payments based on how often tracks are played.

The idea of an Amazon music service bundled with Prime isn't too outrageous considering its current video offerings, but if this all pans out the execution is likely going to be different to competing products like Spotify, Google Play All Access and Pandora. Would you be interested in bundling music streaming into your Amazon Prime subscription?

Source: Wall Street Journal, Billboard

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