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June 3, 2015

What Does Your Phone Case Say About You?

So you’ve got a new phone. And you love it more than anything else in the whole world.

That’s what it’s like with new phones, right? They are things of great beauty and perfection that you want to stand on a plinth, surrounded by cushions, in a temperature-controlled room protected by security guards with lasers, accessible only by your fair hands.

In short, when you get a new phone, you want to look after it, in order to keep it in that brand new condition, help it to perform at its best [...]

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May 29, 2015

Here’s Why Google Photos Should Be Your Default Photo App

I am in love with Google’s new Photos app. It has been less than a day but I’ve already decided it is now my default photo/video organization app. Yesterday at Google I/O, the brand new Photos app was one of the big announcements the company made. With the announcement Google also one-upped pretty much every other photo service out there with unlimited photo and video storage for free.*

That asterisk is there because it’s only unlimited for photos up to 16MP and videos up to 1080p. But really, at the moment, [...]

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May 13, 2015

New Moto 360 and ZenWatch Wearables Looming

Android Wear has been around for roughly a year, and that means it’s about time for new devices featuring Google’s wearable operating system to start making their way to store shelves. This week, news of two such devices hit the web, though when they might actually make their retail debut is anybody’s guess.

This entry in Bluetooth SIG seems to indicate the new Moto 360 is in the midst of testing.

For starters, a post on Droid-Life seems to have spotted the presence of Motorola’s follow-up to one of [...]

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May 13, 2015

Waterproof Galaxy S6 Active Spotted

It seems that Samsung has a more durable version of its popular Galaxy S6 handset in the works, as a leaked image of a “Galaxy S6 Active” appeared on the web on Tuesday. Leaked to GSMArena, the image shows a rugged device stamped with the AT&T logo and the name of the device on the back—and it could be just the phone for folks who want a high-end handset without the fear of it shattering into a million pieces:

This appears to be the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, a waterproof, ruggedly [...]

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May 11, 2015

New Samsung Tablet Image Leaked

A new Android tablet from Samsung has leaked onto the Internet, and it shows that the competition for the dwindling tablet market is still happening. The image appeared on the @onleaks Twitter account on Sunday, with the label that it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, with a measured display of 9.7 inches.

The leaker says the new tablet was designed with the Galaxy S6 in mind.

Another tweet from the France-based leaker says that the new tablet was inspired by the Galaxy S6 smartphone, which is currently [...]

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May 8, 2015

Android M to Give Users More Privacy Controls

That didn’t take long: hot on the heels of Google’s tacit confirmation that Android M would make an appearance at I/O later this month, Bloomberg reported that the new version of the mobile OS would offer greater control over a smartphone’s privacy settings.

According to the report, some Google insiders say that Android M will “give users more detailed choices over what aps can access,” which includes “photos, contacts or location.” That’s significant since so many apps that users download come with a laundry list of user [...]

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May 8, 2015

1st Nintendo Smartphone Game Slated for Late 2015

Nintendo outlined some more specifics in its plans to begin developing smartphone and tablet games on Friday, announcing via its latest financial results briefing that the first such title would hit before the end of this calendar year. We can also expect to see a total of five games by March of 2017.

Yup: five games in a little under two years.

That’s not amazing in terms of output! But, it also seems to signal a commitment on Nintendo’s part to making sure that it doesn’t just pump out shovelware that no one will want. [...]

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May 7, 2015

Google I/O Schedule Points to Android M Debut

Just as Apple’s annual WWDC conference will descend upon us before we know it, Google’s own I/O conference is also just around the corner, where we’re likely to hear about all kinds of new Android-based initiatives. A post on 9to5Google went to the trouble of sifting through the just-posted event schedule and sussed out some of the tastier tidbits we might see—including Android M, even.

The dissection links back to an earlier post, which offers up a description of the “Android for Work” session—though, to be completely honest, I [...]

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April 30, 2015

New Custom Voice Actions Hitting Google Now

One of Android’s coolest features—its voice-activated “Okay Google” feature, powered by Google Now—is about to get a little cooler. The company announced today that a new batch of custom voice commands were just launched, with even more on the way.

So far, Google has two examples. Say “Okay Google, listen to NPR” will launch an audio stream on the NPR app, while “Okay Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor” does, well, that. It’s a nice couple of additions, and it’s even better that Google has plans for even more [...]

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April 28, 2015

Ouya Fails to Restructure Debt, Puts Itself Up for Sale

Nearly two years ago, I said that the Ouya could become the next Atari Jaguar. That system lasted about three years. The Ouya, for as much promise as it held, might not even get that far; Fortune is reporting that Ouya has found itself unable to restructure its debt, and as a result, the company needs to “quickly” find itself a buyer.

Fortune goes on to say that Mesa Global — the company that facilitated the sale of Songza to Google last summer — has been hired to locate a match for Ouya. That match, of [...]

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