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3 years ago

Clash of Clans picks up biggest update yet with 'Clan Wars'

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Clash of Clans has had one of its biggest updates in the infamous game’s history today. Now players can raid without any risk to their resources, shield, or trophies, and work towards two new achievements. This is done with a new system called war bases, where multiple players can lump all of their troops together in the same place and, once attack day arrives, they all head out to raid other war bases together. In the meantime, your village stays entirely separate from the whole affair. The full details on the update are available at the SuperCell forums.

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3 years ago

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

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If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the vulnerability sent server teams around the world scrambling to patch their systems. Among them: Google. In a posting today on the Google Online Security Blog, Google revealed that they had patched OpenSSL vulnerabilities in a number of their services.

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Architecture' winner!

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From concrete skyscrapers to wooden barns, we saw great photos of architecture this week

This week's photo contest was focused on taking great pictures of architectural features, and as usual the turnout was great. We saw dozens of great entries come into the forums over the last week, all showing off great architecture in an artistic fashion. No two pictures were alike this week, each making use of great vision and some clever editing.

Unfortunately we only had one prize to give away to just a single picture, but it was definitely an image worth the victory. Check out the winning picture below, and get ready to hop back into the forums for this coming week's photo contest, which will be announced shortly.

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3 years ago

Tri-band variant of Sprint Galaxy S4 receiving update to enable Wifi Calling

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No word on update for original Galaxy S4 on the carrier

The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected to Wifi without the potential of using up your minutes if you don't have an unlimited talk plan.

Best of all the service itself is free, with no strings attached — your phone will handle the move to Wifi calling seamlessly in the background. The update for Wifi Calling will be rolling out to all tri-band Galaxy S4s (sorry, the original Galaxy S4 isn't included in this rollout) starting today, with all updates being completed in a few weeks.

Sprint still plans to bring Wifi Calling to additional devices throughout the year, but it's good to see it at least getting to the most popular devices first.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Dropbox's new app Carousel aims to organize all of your photos

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Dropbox today announced a brand new app for handling photos called Carousel. In it, you'll be able to instantly back up pictures as you take them to the cloud, share photos with friends, view images by date and location, and leave comments on photos shared by friends.

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3 years ago

Microsoft OneNote for Android now lets you create notebooks and sections

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A couple of quick improvements are hitting the Microsoft OneNote app on Android today, bringing it closer to parity with the app on other platforms. It's a short changelog, but the biggest thing to note here is that you can now create Notebooks and Sections directly on your OneDrive account on your Android devices. That's one less step to having synced notes across devices, and a big deal for Android users.

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3 years ago

Dropbox launches Mailbox for Android

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Mailbox for Android

Popular iOS email client and Dropbox property Mailbox is coming to Android. The app, which was purchased by Dropbox a year ago, will include an "auto swipe" feature that will allow users to archive an email now and automatically archive similar emails that arrive in the future. Mailbox is launching today on Google Play and you can find it at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Motorola names Rick Osterloh new president and COO

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Motorola Mobility has a new President and COO: Rick Osterloh. Formerly SVP of Product, Osterloh is taking over the helm of Motorola from form CEO Dennis Woodside. Woodside, if you'll recall, stepped down in September to take a position as COO of Dropbox, following Google's selling of Motorola to Lenovo.

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3 years ago

New Android Calendar look and features leaked

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Another batch of screenshots featuring significant UI updates to Google Android apps has surfaced. The first few were looking at Gmail, and now it's Google Calendar. Besides the obvious visual overhaul, there's a new view for birthdays and a daily agenda. There's also some fresh social integration.

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available from Odin Mobile, speciality carrier serving the visually impaired

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Odin Mobile sells wireless devices and service for the visually impaired, and just started carrying the Nexus 5. For $399, subscribers get the handset and a month of usability support over the phone, though you can skip the service and save $40. Devices are preloaded with a smattering of accessibility apps set up, which is a nice touch. One of them is Talkback, which is actually baked into Android, and allows users to get audio queues about which apps their finger is hovering over.

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3 years ago

Update for Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra fixes KitKat audio bug

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There's an update available for Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra that promises to fix a speaker issue that cropped up when the handsets were updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The new firmware build 14.3.A.0.757 corrects the bug that sent audio through the handset speaker (the one you use when using the phone as a phone) instead of the louder external speaker.

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3 years ago

Samsung gets up-close and personal in new Galaxy S5 ad

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Samsung is boasting "meaningful innovation" in its latest Galaxy S5 TV commercial. The video goes over the device in slow, sexy pans, highlighting the "state-of-the-art camera", heart rate sensor, IP67 water and dust resistance, 5.1-inch HD display, and dimpled back. The first Galaxy S5 ad aired during the Oscars last month.

We're not quite sure what the tagline "Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you" means, but maybe you guys can offer your take in the comments.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile gets aggressive on low pricing with new Simple Starter Plan

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The Uncarrier is striking again with a new bottom-tier plan: T-Mobile's new Simple Starter plan starts at just $40 a month. For that rate, customers will get unlimited talk and text, plus 500MB of LTE data. The plans are set to be available starting on April 12, and customers will be able to take advantage of T-Mobile's pay-your-old-carrier's ETF deal, purchase phones on installment plans, and enroll T-Mobile's Jump! upgrade plan.

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3 years ago

Just in time for the Galaxy S5 launch, Samsung’s UK ‘Experience’ stores open today

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Samsung is opening up some new retail Experience locations across the U.K., similar to what’s launched this time last year at Best Buy locations in North America and existing stores in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland. These locations are opening today and being operated by Carphone Warehouse. There are nine locations total across England.

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 torn open, found to contain small electronic bits

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Samsung Gear 2 torn open, found to contain small electronic bits

As tends to happen with the latest mobile gadgets, just as Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch is ready to go on sale it's already been subjected to a hardware teardown by the folks over at iFixit. The site's guide to disassembling Samsung's latest wearable is now live, showing how with a Torx screwdriver and a steady hand, you can get crack open the device and get to its innards.

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