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3 years ago

Google Play Movies & TV picks up account switcher, new navigation drawer and improved timeline scrubbing

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Google Play Movies & TV

Design falls in line with other recent Google apps while adding a few new features

Wednesdays are turning in to "Google app update" days, and the second one of today (behind Keep) is Google Play Movies & TV. The update is making the same interface changes here as we have seen on other recent Google apps, with an all-encompassing slide-in navigation bar that brings the "settings" and "help & feedback" options out of the overflow menu button and to the side bar. There's also a now-standard account switcher for moving between your multiple Google accounts at the top of the bar as well.

While the full changelog isn't yet available, we can tell that there's a new way to scrub through playback of TV shows and movies with swipes on the screen rather than the traditional timeline. You can swipe forward and back on the content to move in 10-second intervals, or swipe and hold to rewind or fast forward continuously until you let go. These are some nice changes that are a great companion to the recently-announced Google Play Movies & TV expansion to new countries.

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3 years ago

10 reasons why you should buy your HTC One M8 unlocked and direct from HTC

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HTC One M8 unlocked

Take the plunge and ride into Freedom Country by buying an unlocked phone direct from HTC

For now, the new hotness in the smartphone arena is the HTC One M8. So Aluminum, much camera, very screen, and it's getting a lot of attention — deservedly so.

But while you're out there, looking and lusting, there's something I want you to think about before you buy — telling the carriers to GTFO with their locked and branded versions and buying one directly from HTC. Yes, you can do that, and here are 10 reasons why I think you should.

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3 years ago

In case you missed it — catch Phil on the Engadget Mobile Podcast all things HTC One M8 edition

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If you weren't able to take a few and listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast live on Monday, here's you chance to catch Phil and Geek.com's Russell Holly spend 59 minutes talking with Brad Molen about the new HTC One M8. You'll laugh, you'll cry but most importantly you'll hear what these three have to say about HTC's current best-in-class smartphone.

You don't want to miss this one.

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Window' winners!

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Dozens of great entries, with a few wonderful ones that take home the prizes

With each weekly photo contest we like to give a prompt that gets you out there and thinking about what kinds of great and interesting photos you can take. This week that prompt was "window," and dozens of people across several pages in the forums turned out to give their best shot at a single photo that meets the letter and spirit of the contest.

Although there were dozens of great entries this week, as usual, we can only pick a few to be prize winners this week. Read on and see the three winning photos for this week, and keep an eye out for the next photo contest, which will be available to enter later today.

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3 years ago

Google Keep update brings refreshed UI, OCR scanning

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Google Keep Updated

A fresh design brings color, identity to an otherwise bland Keep

Google's endeavor into note taking, Keep, is receiving an update today that changes the interface and adds a few new features. The most notable change after updating will be a blindingly-bright yellow bar across the top of the interface, bringing Keep a bit more identity so it no longer looks like such a generic Google app. The redesign also brings a full-featured slide-in bar, adding trash, feedback and help options to the bar along with an account switcher, removing the "settings" option altogether.

There are just a few new features here as well, and they're quite useful. Keep will now do character recognition for printed text in images, and that information is now searchable within the app (much like we're used to in Evernote). There are also new settings for lists so that you can control where new or checked items go when you interact with them. A new "trash" item lets you delete notes but still access them for a while longer, just incase you need to come back to an old note.

As always the update for Google Keep is rolling out slowly. We're seeing it on a few of our devices but not others (and some are being updated with an old change log)— you'll know you have it when you launch Keep and there's a bright blue "what's new" box in the app.

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3 years ago

Chrome Remote Desktop enters closed beta on Android

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As far as power user features go, a remote desktop app is up there in terms of hardcore functionality. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of options even on mobile, and Google is getting ready to get in on the game with its Chrome Remote Desktop app that has just dropped into Google Play. Unfortunately this isn't available for just anyone — it's in a closed beta right now, and few people have access at this point.

We do have the screenshots from the Play Store listing, though, and a quick indication of how it's working. Remote Desktop functionality has been built into Chrome and Chrome OS for some time, and actually works quite well on the desktop side of things. If Google can bring that experience over to mobile, we can see more than a few people taking advantage — especially on larger devices with 7-inch or higher screen sizes that can manipulate a desktop environment. The best part about Google getting in on the game is it provides another great free option to choose from.

Unless you're one of the lucky few who was invited to the closed beta you'll be waiting a while to see this for yourself, but at least we know it's coming.

Source: Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Gary Busey likes talking to things, especially his Amazon Fire TV

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Man, Gary Busey’s weird. I’m sure the Amazon Fire TV is cool and all, but man. So weird.

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3 years ago

Greenpeace gives mark of approval to Google's cloud, cites 48% clean energy use

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Greenpeace has published a report on the renewable energy used by major internet companies, including those active in the mobile space. Topping the list is Apple, which apparently runs iCloud and iTunes on 100% green electricity. It’s got a massive solar farm powering its North Carolina data center, and plans for geothermal and solar power for its upcoming Nevada data center. Oregon and California data centers are already being powered through wind energy partners.

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3 years ago

The Android Central App is available in the Nokia X store!

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Android Central on Nokia X

Android Central, but on a Nokia!

Well, you knew this was going to happen, right?! If you've picked up a Nokia X then you're definitely going to want to grab the Android Central App, available to download right this second in the Nokia X Store! Just fire it up on your device, search for "Android Central App" and you should see Lloyd looking right back at you.

It's the same exact application as you'd get through the Google Play Store, with all the news, reviews, videos, podcasts and forum threads you can handle.

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3 years ago

Gmail gains custom theme sharing, Shelfies to live on

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Google is now allowing users to share their custom Gmail themes, in a feature much like their Gmail Shelfie April Fool's joke (was it really a joke?). If you are using a custom theme in Gmail, simply go to Settings and under Themes, you'll see the new "Share your theme" option. You will be able to share with Gmail, Google+, or with a direct link.

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3 years ago

We've added some sought-after features to the Android Central App!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. We're happy to announce today some new features for the official Android Central App! If you've yet to give it a shot, you now have absolutely no excuse (not that you did before). And if you're already rocking the best Android news app around, it's time to update.

What's new, you ask? Why, we'll tell you.

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3 years ago

Amazon announces Fire TV, yet another streaming box

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Amazon Fire TV

Ships today for $99, gaming controller optional

If you haven't been able to decide yet between the myriad options for streaming boxes, Amazon has yet another new option for you: Fire TV. The new box, announced today, does TV and movies, music, and gaming. And not just from Amazon's own sources — most of the familiar third-party streaming sources that you know and love are included too. The Fire TV box is shipping today for $99.

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3 years ago

Potential new Gmail features revealed in leaked screenshots

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Some leaked Gmail screenshots are revealing a tantalizing array of new features. You'll find new sorting tabs for Travel, Purchases, and Finance, and a pinning system so important e-mails stay at the top of the list. Conversely, you'll also be able to snooze e-mail threads that aren't especially important, so you don't keep getting notifications when someone replies.

This is apparently still very much a work in progress, so don't take these glimpses as a final product. Our sources have confirmed that these are legit, in any case. Do you guys have any pet peeves with the Gmail app? What would you like to see added in the next version? Are they on the right track with these changes?

Source: Geek.com

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3 years ago

In video: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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If you're after a more visual guide to the differences between HTC's new hotness, the HTC One M8, and Google's current stock Android flagship, the LG-built Nexus 5, you'll want to check out our hands-on comparison video above. When you're done, be sure to head on over to our full head-to-head article from even more detail, including camera samples and thoughts on design, build and battery life. Enjoy!

More: HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

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3 years ago

This image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

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This is an image of David Hasselhoff and Sergey Brin is a mosaic of tiny Google Glass wearers

It's The Hoff and The Brin. Glasselhoff and the Brinmeister. Explorer Hasselhoff and Master Brin.

Kris Kitchen, himself a Google Glass Explorer, took the next logical step from the April Fools' Day jocularity of yesterday — Google+ David Hasselhoff Auto Awesome Photobombs — and took a massive collection of portraits of Google Glass users and assembled them into a masssive mosaic image of David Hasselhoff and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Challenge: Find the Phil.

Source: +KrisKitchen

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