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3 years ago

Action Launcher 2.0 released with latest features, new free version

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Pro version just $1.99, 50% off, for a limited time after launch

Popular third-party launcher Action Launcher has made a notable jump to version 2.0 today, bringing with it new features and a slightly different business model. Version 2.0 brings Quickdrawer, Covers, Shutters, Quicksearch and Quickpage out of beta for everyone to use, and also introduces a free version of Action Luncher.

Previously you had to go all-in with a $3.99 purchase of Action Launcher, but you can now get a taste of what it's all about for free and simply pay to unlock the "Pro" features at a later date. Those who have already purchased Action Launcher will have their version turned into an unlock key, and be prompted to download the most up-to-date version of the "free" app to get the latest features.

To celebrate the release, the Pro version is 50 percent off for a limited time as well, meaning you can pick up all of the latest features for just $1.99. You can take a quick video look at the latest version after the break, or head to the Play Store to download Action Launcher at the link above.

Source: +Chris Lacy

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3 years ago

Google Calendar improvements make it easier to get together for events

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Never give out the wrong address for an event again

Google is rolling out changes to Google Calendar on the web that make it even easier to get friends and family together for events. To help ensure that everyone gets to the right place, when you type into the "where" box for a new event, you'll receive auto complete options for places pulled from the Google Maps database. When you go back to view the event later, or someone you invite views the event, you can simply click the "map" button and be taken to Google Maps to view the location.

Universal search is also being improved in Google Calendar. Just like in Gmail, you can start typing in the name of the event, attendees or location and get a list of results as you type with relevant events containing those key words or people. While these updates are specifically for the web version of Google Calendar, the existence of the new back-end could make this very easy to implement in later versions of the Android app.

With the latest changes, if you create events on the web with the new location search and select a specific place, that location will be a link to open Google Maps on your phone — it's a good start, and we look forward to both the location and search functions being improved on mobile soon.

Source: Gmail Blog

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3 years ago

Customers being charged for Acer C720P Chromebook orders from Amazon [update]

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Product now 'in stock,' shipments should be on their way

Update: Amazon's page is now listing the Acer C720P as "in stock" for $299.99 with free shipping — no more pre-order status.

Original story: Those who pre-ordered the latest touchscreen Acer Chromebook from Amazon are being charged for their pre-orders today. Although the product is still indicates on the Amazon page that it hasn't been released yet, if the retailer is taking your money for an order then there's a good chance it's ready to go.

The Acer C720P is nearly identical to the other models of C720 that were released in the previous month, but with the addition of 32GB of storage and a touchscreen — all for $299. That's a pretty attractive package, and the first touchscreen Chromebook outside of the Pixel.

If you're looking to pick up a Chromebook this holiday season and have been holding out for a touchscreen model, chances are if you order now it'll be delivered in short order. You can place an order from the Amazon link below.

More: Pre-order the Acer C720P Chromebook from Amazon

Thanks, Marc!

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Family' winners!

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Dozens of great entries again this week

It was a holiday weekend for many of us in the states, and we felt it was appropriate to have this week's photo contest be about "family." Although we can understand that the entries were a bit low this week considering the travel many of us undertook, we still received some excellent entries this week.

And best of all, we were able to pick two winners this week to receive a prize rather than our usual one. Each will be receiving an Incipio FIXIE Universal Tablet Stand for their winning entry, so let's check out the winning images after the break.

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3 years ago

KitKat for US Cellular Moto X rolling out in phases

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Welcome to the KitKat club, US Cellular

If your Moto X is U.S. Cellular branded, you'll want to check for an update to the OS. Motorola's Punit Soni has announced that the KitKat update for USC models of the Moto X is currently rolling out in stages,

When finished, don't expect things to look very different. Under the hood though, well that's another story. Changes to resource management will keep your Moto X running snappy even while more apps are open and running, and as new applications are written that take advantage of 4.4 features, you'll be ready for them.

Anyone on USC seeing this yet? Shout out in the comments!

Source: +Punit Soni

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3 years ago

Moto G Flip Shell review

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Plenty of color options and durable construction are highlights of this official accessory

Part of the charm of the little Moto G is the assortment of candy-colored back shells you can buy. It's a veritable rainbow of choice, and you'll find one to suit your tastes if you want more than the basic black that comes with the phone. Moto has carried much of this over to the official flip shell case as well.

It attaches the same way the normal, non-flippy case backs do. Stick your fingernail under the shell at the USB cut-out, and peel back like a banana. The current case back will pop off, and the new one snaps in using plastic clips around the edges. It's pretty simple.

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3 years ago

The best free Android games

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Did you just pick up a new Android device? Maybe you’re looking for a new, cheap way to kill time? You’re in luck - we’ve got some games here that look and play great on the big and small screen alike, and they’re all available for the low, low price of free.

It’s worth keeping in mind that just about all of these employ in-app purchases of some kind or another. We know there are plenty of you that would willingly pay up front for a quality game, but there are plenty of good free games out there too. We’re trying to avoid “lite” games, since you won’t get a lot of replay value by only having the first couple of levels and being pestered to upgrade (pay) for the rest. That said, if the freemium model is a dealbreaker, this probably isn’t the round-up for you. Developers gotta eat.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the best free Android games.

3 years ago

Moto X holiday sale now live [Update: sold out!]

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Moto X $150-off promotion sells out almost immediately

Update, 12:10pm ET: That's it. Motorola is out of codes for today. The next chance to buy a Moto X at the promotional price is 12 noon ET next Monday.

Original story: As promised, Motorola has opened up its Moto X holiday sale, following the ill-fated Cyber Monday promotion that saw many customers unable to place orders. To make up for this, Moto X buyers in the U.S. can head over to motorola.com/holiday2daysale now and get a coupon code to claim a $150 discount code for a customized Moto X through Moto Maker. (Developer editions are excluded from this promotion.)

As outlined by the manufacturer yesterday, you'll receive your code within a couple of hours, and you'll then have seven days to complete your customizations, meaning you don't have to rush through the process.

If you're trying to get your hands on a discounted Moto X today, hit the comments and let us know how you get on. There'll be another chance to bag an off-contract Moto X at a reduced price next Monday, Dec. 9.

More: Motorola Holiday Sale

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3 years ago

Amazon shaves $10 off Belkin WeMo light switch

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Looks like Amazon's deals just keep coming. As part of its Cyber Monday Deals Week, Amazon is offering the Belkin WeMo light switch for $39.99. That's about $10, or 20 percent, off the normal price.

This little doo-dad allows you to do what its name suggests: switch lights on and off. The thought is enough to send many a gadget geek's heart racing. This is done by installing the receptacles you get from Belkin, hooking them up to your Wi-Fi network, and you're good to go.

Just in case you're having a hard time imagining the possibilities, some recommendations from the manufacturer include turning your lights on and off from anywhere your tablet or smartphone has an Internet connection and programming your lights to turn on and off at certain times.

Our very own Jerry gave it a little spin. Here's a little excerpt from his review:

...The ability to control and automate your home right from your Android opens up a world of convenience. I've already ordered two more switches for my front porch light and the lights on my patio, and the wife and I are discussing how and where we might find a use for the receptacles. If you're interested, find out all about the WeMo switches and get ordering information from Belkin.

It seems as if it works pretty well. If you're thinking of making the plunge, you should seriously consider checking out the review. It has more details about the installation process, how it works and even a video demo.

Just be sure to seek your friendly local electrician's help if you have doubts about installing it yourself. We do not want to hear of any incidents. Once the installation has been safely and successfully completed, the fun can begin!

You can find Amazon's ordering page here.

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3 years ago

Amazon offering 50GB of free cloud storage with a bunch of Android phones

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Top phones from Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola with free cloud storage for 12 months

Amazon.com is hoping to tempt smartphone buyers with the offer of free cloud storage in the run up to the holidays. The online retail giant is offering customers 50 gigabytes of free Amazon cloud storage for 12 months with the purchase of a raft of different Android smartphones on various U.S. carriers. To name but a few —

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • LG G2
  • Moto X
  • HTC One
  • Droid MAXX
  • Nexus 5

You get the idea — many of the current top Android phones are included. (And most of the devices on our recent list of the best Android phones are represented.) To claim your free storage, just buy any of the phones listed on Amazon's portal page, and 50GB will be added to your Amazon cloud account with in 10 days.

Hit the link below to browse the full selection; the offer runs until Dec. 31.

More: Android phones with 50GB free Amazon cloud storage

via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Good read: Andy Rubin now heading up Google's robotic moonshot

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Former Android head Andy Rubin has been busy since he stepped down to explore a "new chapter at Google." The New York Times reveals in an article today that Rubin has been heading up a new venture at the tech giant, and it's all about robots. Following the acquisition of seven companies over the past six months, Google is looking to create "a new generation of robots." For the moment the project isn't aimed at consumers, but at industry — specifically, electronics manufacturing, supply chain and logistics work, much of which is currently done by humans.

There are more details about possible uses for Google's future robot army in the full article, linked below. And while the project is admittedly a "moonshot," with a decade or more of development time ahead of it, it's easy to see the potential it brings. Rubin himself likens it to Google's self-driving car project — still in development, but now closer to reality than science fiction.

Read more: Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

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3 years ago

Sky Go tablet app now available

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Dedicated tablet app looks just like the phone equivalent 

British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has launched a dedicated tablet version of its Sky Go app, which allows subscribers to stream live TV and on-demand content to their Android devices. Sky says the app, like its smartphone counterpart, also gives customers access to more than 800 movies and a library of "hundreds" of entertainment shows and kids' content.

The launch of an official tablet app follows the gradual rollout of the Sky Go smartphone app over the past year — that app is available for a selection of popular Android devices sold in the UK. However the design of Sky Go for Android hasn't changed markedly in the tablet version — in fact it's almost identical to the phone version, leaving a lot of dead space on a 7-inch screen.

Sky Go for tablets is available now on Google Play for free, though you'll need a Sky subscription to use it. The app is compatible with "the majority of Android tablets that are 7 inches or larger and running Android 4.0 or later," according to the Play Store listing.

via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

LG: Nearly half of all smartphones will be curved, bendable by end of decade

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The LG G Flex is seen as just the first step in new direction for smartphones

Why make a flexible, bendable, curved phone, you ask? 

"Probably we got bored," LG's Ramchan Woo joked at a small press gathering Tuesday night in a San Francisco hotel. And you sort of get a sense of that when you hear LG talk about the G Flex. The company certainly isn't against trying something new. In September in Berlin we got our first look at the LG G2, which moved the power and volume buttons to the back of the phone. 

Now we have the G Flex. (Check out our hands-on.) The 6-inch Android smartphone bends. It curves. It's flexible. You can smash down on it with up to 88 pounds of force — about what you'd get if you sat on it, LG says — without causing any real damage. Hell, the thing heals itself from minor scratches.

And Dr. Woo — and LG along with him — see this as the future.

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3 years ago

Two-sided YotaPhone goes on sale in a handful of countries

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Initial launch in Russia, Austria, France, Spain and Germany, more to follow in 2014

It seems like an eternity ago that we got our first look at the YotaPhone, a quirky little Android handset with a regular LCD display on the front and e-ink on the back. Our interest was piqued by our time with the device at Mobile World Congress back in February, and now the phone is available to buy in five European countries, with 15 more European, CIS and Middle Eastern territories following in the first quarter of 2014. In addition to the online launch, the YotaPhone will go on sale in retail stores in Russia and Germany this month, according to today's press release, priced at 19,990 RUB and €499.

The YotaPhone features a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display on the front, with swipe gestures being used in place of regular Android buttons. Around the back is a similarly-sized e-ink panel at 360x640 resolution, which can be used to display secondary information, such as the weather and calendar alerts. It's also possible to send images to the rear display with a two-finger gesture.

The device powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with support for the main HSPA and LTE bands used in Europe. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 1800mAh battery, and on the software side it's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running the show.

For more on the YotaPhone, check out our hands-on feature from Mobile World Congress.

More: Hands-on with the YotaPhone at MWC 2013

Also see: YotaPhone official site

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3 years ago

Three UK eliminates U.S. roaming charges

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Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau also joining 'Feel At Home' program

Three has become the first major UK network operator to allow its customers to roam freely in the U.S. by adding the country to its "Feel At Home" program. The operator is also adding Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau to the list, bringing the total number of supported territories up to 11. Other Feel At Home countries include the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark.

Feel At Home debuted in late August, and allows Three UK customers use the local network as if they were still in the UK at no extra cost. Their UK data allowance can be used, and calls and texts to UK numbers are handled in the same way too — though calls and texts to non-UK numbers are charged separately. Similarly, tethering is not allowed through Feel At Home.

The deal is open to all Three Pay As You Go, pay monthly, SIM-only, mobile broadband and business customers with roaming activated on their accounts.

The addition of the U.S. to the list is a significant step, as UK carriers often charge extremely high roaming rates to roam in states. The fact that the offer is open to PAYG customers also goes against the norm, as those on prepaid are often excluded from roaming deals.

Other operators have stepped up with more reasonable travel deals recently, but the prospect of unlimited roaming data in the U.S. is a new development for the UK market, and something that'll be of great interest to transatlantic travelers. More details in the presser after the break.

Source: Three Media Center

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