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Nix Color Sensor IDs Colors And Beams Them Directly To Your Smartphone, Now Funded On Kickstarter

Kickstarter backers have pushed the Nix Color Sensor past its $35,000 (Canadian) goal in hopes of finally figuring out what color stuff is. Well, it's more complicated than that. Nix tells you more than red or blue – it finds the exact RGB value for any surface you press it to, then sends the data to your phone over Bluetooth. Sound cool? Apparently you are not alone.

The Nix is a small gem-shaped device with its own calibrated light source.

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LG Spectrum 2 On Verizon Gets An OTA Update To Version VS93022A That Mostly Deals With Bloatware

Verizon is currently issuing OTA updates to a number of its midrange handsets. Yesterday we reported on an update rolling out to the LG Lucid, and now it's the LG Spectrum 2's turn. The Spectrum 2's update isn't exactly more exciting than the Lucid's was, but it's nice to see both devices getting some love.

Spectrum2

This latest update primarily deals with all the bloatware that comes pre-installed on the device.

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Google Improves Search For Its 15th Anniversary, Introduces New Comparisons, Reminder Syncing, And Cards UI For Search Results

Google is 15 years old. Lets think about that for a moment: the company that has grown to have not one but two operating systems, develop self-driving cars, map much of the globe, manage most of our mail, offer an online collaborative office suite, and have a name ubiquitous enough to enter the dictionary, is younger than most of our readers. Google has only recently gone through puberty and is currently studying up for its driving exam.

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[Deal Alert] Wirefly Drops Verizon's LG G2 To $149.99, Throws In $30 Visa Gift Card For Porting A Number

The LG G2 is available from plenty of carriers in the US right now, but Verizon customers have an opportunity to save some cash on LG's latest and greatest. The G2 is down to $149.99 through Wirefly, and you get an even better deal if you're porting in a number with a free $30 Visa gift card.

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The LG G2 is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a super-thin 1920x1080 LCD screen.

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Google Play Movies & TV Update 2.7.15 Brings New 'On Device' Menu, Improved 'My TV Shows' Layout, Next Episode, And More [APK Download]

Google Play Movies & TV received an update to version 2.7.15 today (or yesterday, but I haven't seen anyone with an APK until today), and while the changelog is still missing, we have noticed a number of new things.

The previous version was v2.6.9, so these line up with a point release - nothing too significant, but still more than just bug fixes.

Update: I just realized that the changelog, which Google updated on September 18th, is actually current - they just never released the update until now.

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Slacker Radio App Gets A Total Redesign And New 'My Vibes' Activity-Based Track Selection

There is no shortage of streaming music services that want to pipe tunes into your ears, but Slacker Radio just made its offering much more attractive for Android users. The app has a brand new clean interface and the option to instantly build a station based on what you happen to be up to.

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The app has done away with the strange combination of Metro-style tiles and old fashioned Android tabs that it was rocking before.

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[Deal Alert] AT&T LG G2 $149.99 For New Accounts And Upgrades On Amazon And At Costco

The LG G2 doesn't impress us all that much, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some of you are quite attracted to the powerful flagship device LG has thrown together. If you've already made up your mind and our review has done little to dissuade you, then here's a deal that could save you $50. Amazon has the G2 available for just $149. This price applies to both new customers and those upgrading to a new device.

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[The Android Police Files #3] Baffling Lawyers, Video Earrings, Dangerous Open Source Software, And So Much More

Gather 'round, folks. This is the third installment of Android Police Files and the first to contain letters submitted after we started the series. As you would expect, many emails we receive come in the form of questions, and some submitters keep their requests short and sweet. Unfortunately, we couldn't satisfy some of them even if we wanted to.

But we do our best. We really do. If we weren't here to serve, we would throw our wisdom up behind a pay wall.

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[Update: Clarified] Samsung Has Begun SIM Locking Its Phones Across The World To Home Regions, Putting The Squeeze On Phone Importers?

Update 2: Samsung has clarified the issue to Android Central, and it turns out it's actually not all that bad. Here's the gist: if you buy a Galaxy Note 3 (or other region-locked Samsung phone), it must be activated with a SIM in its home region. That means you can't import a Note 3 from Taiwan and then activate it in Europe, for example, and if you try to do that, it will lock itself.

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Smart IR Remote Returns To The Play Store After Disappearing For Over A Month, Adds Tablet UI, And Is On Sale For 50%

Smart IR Remote has been missing from the Play Store for over a month, but now it's back, and it comes with greatly needed changes. For starters, you no longer have to purchase a separate version of the app to use it on both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, a deal that's bigger than you would expect considering that we're talking about two $10 purchases. And since the app is currently available for 50% off, you can get support for both smartphones for just $4.99.

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