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3 years ago

How to pick from a sky full of clouds - Talk Mobile

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If we talk about cloud services, there are several major players in just the storage-and-syncing category, plus dozens more smaller entities. Some are tied to a specific platform, some are entirely platform agnostic, and yet others are best when paired with the platform with whom they share a maker, but yet still work alright most everywhere else.

So how are we supposed to pick a cloud? Should we go with the one that comes with our phone, or is there an advantage to going off the reservation and using a third-party service?

3 years ago

Send us tips right from the Android Central App!

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Have some news you just can't hold back any longer? Want to tip us straight from your phone? Maybe we missed the latest update to the Nyan Cat app. It's easier than ever to ping us.

Just head on into the official Android Central app and scroll through the menu to "Tip Us." It's the quickest and easiest way to get our attention, submit a story or just say hi.

Give it a shot!

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3 years ago

LG G2 up for pre-order in the UK, first stock expected late Sept.

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Upcoming LG flagship priced at £468 inc. VAT at Clove

After last week's glitzy NYC launch event, we're now starting to hear when and where the LG G2 will be going on sale around the world. In the UK, independent retailer Clove Technology is first with a pre-order listing, showing the G2 priced at a surprisingly reasonable £468 including VAT (£390 exc. VAT). That's not cheap, but it's around £100 less than the launch price for Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The retailer says it'll have the LG G2 in black and white with 16 gigabytes of storage, and that the first stock is expected in late September.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for HTC One

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Flashy carbon fiber design meets seriously tough device protection

 

Ranging from no case at all to heavy duty hard cases, some people's phones need more protection than others. The Incipio DualPro Carbon Fiber case for the HTC One is certainly pushing that higher boundary of hard cases, and it offers some serious coverage without hindering usability in the process.

It's a tough line to walk but we think Incipio has done it with this case. Read along after the break and learn a little more about the DualPro CF case for the HTC One.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L1 II headed to Three UK

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LG's tiny budget handset, the Optimus L1 II, has found a home on mobile network Three in the UK. The somewhat confusingly-named 3-incher packs a 240x320 display resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1540mAh battery. Upon its announcement last week, the L1 II was revealed to have a $95 price point in countries like Vietnam and Russia, so it's likely the phone will arrive around the £60-70 mark in the UK.

Three says it'll launch the Optimus L1 II "soon," and that it'll have exclusivity over the white version of the handset in the UK.

Source: Three

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3 years ago

Acer Liquid E2 lands on Three UK, contract prices start at £17

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Announced in late June, Acer's mid-level Liquid E2 handset has gone on sale on Three UK today. The E2 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and has a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. On the networking side, the handset supports 42Mbps DC-HSDPA, but not LTE.

So we're far from the cutting edge of smartphone tech here, but Three is offering some competitive pricing on the Liquid E2. It's available for free on 24-month contracts starting at £17 per month, which gets you unlimited data, 100 minutes and 5,000 texts. And there's a similarly cheap SIM-free price of just £149.99 up-front, too.

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Another Android-powered Samsung flip phone leaks out

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Dual-screen, quad-core device pictured for China Telecom

Flip phones are apparently still a thing, and so Samsung appears to be working on a couple of Android-powered clamshells for the Asian market. Last week brought the first leaked spy shots of the Korea-bound Samsung "Galaxy Folder," and today images of another similar device have leaked through Samsung fansite Sammy Hub.

The images reveal the Samsung W789 "Hennessy," a maroon red handset with bronze accents, capacitive keys, two screens and a single rear camera. Unlike the Galaxy Folder, we're looking at a fairly basic spec sheet -- a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 200), 1GB of RAM, 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a 5-megapixel camera, microSD support and Android 4.1-based software.

It's unlikely we'll see the W789 anywhere near Western markets, but it's an interesting addition to Samsung's endlessly-varied Android stable. The device is apparently headed to China Telecom in the near future, where it'll support both CDMA and GSM networks.

Source: Sammy Hub

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3 years ago

Kindle app receives new library sorting, sync improvements

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Small but important tweaks to make book, magazine and newspaper management simpler.

Amazon has pushed a small but notable update to the Kindle reader app tonight that adds two new features as well as performance improvements. Starting with this version 4.2.0 update, you will now have more options for sorting the items in your library including by recent purchases, title or author (A-Z or Z-A). Additionally, the update added a new feature showing the amount of time left to finish the current chapter or entire book (presumably based on your average pace).

Naturally the update includes "sync and stability improvements", although no specific fixes were mentioned. Kindle users should go ahead and snag the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

ASUS Cube update now rolling out

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Update promises Wifi stability and new titles and support through GameNow

ASUS is pushing an OTA for the ASUS Cube with Google TV, bringing a few fixes and updates to the GameNow platform version.

The 234MB update addresses issues with the Wifi stability, updates the GameNow platform to version 1.0.31 and brings enhanced support for the Logitech F710 wireless controller, and adds the ability to see information about the camera used and date when viewing images in the Media Manager.

This update requires a full hard-restart, which means once it's completed you'll need to actually unplug the unit. You're warned of this after the initial installation is finished. 

Check yours by entering the Settings, and checking About > System updates.

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3 years ago

Root Explorer updated with Superuser compatibility, new multi-file handling

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Manifest updated for Koush's Superuser app, adds new permissions and owner change options

It's always good to see one of the most tried-and-true root friendly apps get updates for our ever-changing Android environment. In version 3.1, Root Explorer adds an entry to its manifest to make it Superuser-friendly. By adding ACCESS_SUPERUSER, users of Koush's Superuser app will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission, and those that use the "Declared Permission only" setting no longer have to worry about Root Explorer not being granted root privledges.

Also gained is the ability to change the permissions and owner of multiple files at the same time. Simply select each file using the checkboxes Root Explorer added a few updates ago, and use the action overflow/menu button to carry out the task. This is definitely a potential time saver, allowing users to avoid doing it one file at a time or connecting to ADB and doing it that way.

As always, the Play Store button up top is there to take you directly to the app page — or simply update Root Explorer directly through your device.

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3 years ago

Werner Herzog's 'From One Second to the Next' documentary is a moving 30 minutes about why texting and driving has to stop

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No text or Facebook update is worth killing someone over. It Can Wait.

There's not much we can add to this 35-minute documentary about how lives get ended and ruined because people won't put their phone down in the car. Phil touched on it a little this past Sunday, but we think it's something we need to talk a bit more about. Acclaimed director and producer Werner Herzog expands on the events in the lives four folks who know the horrors that texting and driving can cause first hand.

You need to watch it, either to remind you again why you don't fiddle with your phone while behind the wheel, or to convince yourself that if you don't stop, you are going to kill someone. It's a selfish act that hurts other people and we're glad to see it presented this way, and hope watching it makes everyone as uncomfortable as it does us. This has to end, folks. Mr. Herzog puts it quite succinctly

When you get a message while driving, it’s hard not to pick up your phone. With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action.

Giving a voice to these folks is a great way for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to drive the point home. Don't wait until it's too late and you're wishing you could go back. 

More: It Can Wait

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3 years ago

Google Glass update brings new Google Now cards and voice commands

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As promised, the monthly Glass updates continue with today's XE8 update

The monthly update for Google Glass has pushed out, and the XE8 update brings a slew of new Google Now cards, new voice commands, and a more finely tuned video player app. The update is pushing today and should be available for all devices in the next few days.

The new voice actions — "post an update" and "take a note" — tie into the popular applications Path and Evernote, and will allow users to use these services more effectively. the actions are available for all developers, and we expect more to come on board in the near future. Also included are more contextual voice commands for navigation.

The new Google now cards; Reservations and events, Movies and Public alerts join the other useful Google Now additions like Weather, Sports and Traffic. These cards and services will show to the left of your timeline, and should become available as needed after updating.

Other small additions, like a new Volume card in the settings, hashtags in captions and a new "send a birthday message" card round out the update. 

Anyone out there using Glass and get the update yet? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Nvidia Shield gets another update to improve audio latency while GeForce streaming

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NVIDIA has another fast turnaround time to address user bug reports on the Shield portable gaming console

NVIDIA is pushing out another OTA update for the Shield, this time to address bug reports from users of the GeForce streaming ability and associated audio delay issues. While folks were streaming their games from an NVIDIA-powered PC to the Shield units, the audio tracks sometimes lagged behind the action a bit.

Today's update addresses this issue as well as other "important bug fixes and enhancements", which are always welcome. We're not surprised to see this addressed so quickly, as NVIDIA's bread and butter is the PC gaming community. It is nice to see bugs addressed quickly and updates pushed out as fast as we've seen with the Shield, and it makes us think these portable consoles have a long and bright future ahead of them.

To check your Shield for today's update, open the settings and check About SHIELD > System updates. The 403MB file will download and you'll be prompted to restart and install. Happy gaming!

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3 years ago

SwiftKey Cloud beta updated with numerous fixes

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Several known issues still on the list to be fixed in future updates.

SwiftKey is pushing out an updated build of its latest beta product, "SwiftKey Cloud", that fixes many annoying issues with the initial release that have been reported by testers. Version 4.2.0.155 makes several big improvements including being able to personalize with multiple Gmail accounts, removal of Android's own backup service if Cloud is enabled and removing redundant SwiftKey account entries in the Android settings menu.

Additionally, many small issues have been fixed. Gmail personalization should no longer crash, Flow predictions are now more responsive, Cloud preferences crashes have been fixed and emoji input in Handcent has been fixed. There are still several more known issues that are next in line to be fixed, but this is still a big update that all beta testers should move up to.

You can grab a download of either the phone or tablet version of the SwiftKey Cloud beta at the source link below.

Source: SwiftKey

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3 years ago

Ask the AC staff: How do we use the cloud?

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The Cloud is like a comfortable chair — it gets better the more you use it

The Cloud (with the capital C intended) means different things to different people. When we talk about it around these parts, we generally mean the servers and application machines that companies like Google or Amazon have on the Internet, and the services attached to them that we all use every day.

We're big proponents of the Cloud here, and a big reason for it is that we're Android users. Google is, above all other things, a cloud platform and services company. Search, Gmail, Google Drive and their application platform is the driving force behind all their products even if it's not the major source of their income. They have to provide services worth using, so we will use them and see their advertisements. Android ties into these services and Google's Cloud Platform in a big way, and by making their services available to folks on other platforms, Google is covering as many bases as they can. 

But Google, and all Cloud service companies, need users in numbers to be successful. Their offerings need to be compelling enough to get us to give up our information to use them and make them better, and as always a good look at the services and features the people around you use every day is always enlightening. We've each taken a turn to explain how we use the Cloud — using Google's Drive document editor, a collaborative cloud service itself — and we invite you to use the comments to share how you use it as well. Hit the break and have a read.

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