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Can A Smartwatch Make Your Car Smarter? A Week With Hyundai's BlueLink For Android Wear

If you own a reasonably modern car (say, within two or three years old), there's a significant chance that car has some kind of cellular connectivity embedded in it, and this allows the car to do stuff remotely. Like, start. Or unlock the doors. Or lock them. Or honk the horn. These things have names... like mbrace (Mercedes), AcuraLink, Enform (Lexus), OnStar (GM), MyLincoln, and so on.

Hyundai's version, BlueLink, isn't the most fully-featured of the bunch, to be honest. But, as one of the first and arguably most enthusiastic Android Auto partners, Hyundai's shown an interest in Android that few automakers have, as evidenced by the fact that BlueLink now has an app for Android Wear.

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MetroPCS Introduces $30 Promotional Plan Offering 1GB Of 4G With Unlimited Talk And Text

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[Update: Winners] Eufloria HD, Solar Flux, And Toast Time Have Been Added To Humble PC & Android Bundle 12—Plus We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away

The latest Humble PC & Android Bundle is a week old, and you know what that means. Yes, more games. Humble Bundle has added three more titles to the deal—Eufloria HD, Solar Flux, and Toast Time. If you want to try your luck, we've also got 10 free bundle codes to hand out below.

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AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Is Also Getting Its Lollipop Update Today

What's this? A current-generation AT&T phone and its year-old sibling getting updated on the same day? We have an embarrassment of riches, folks. Just a few hours after the Lollipop over-the-air update for the Galaxy Note 4 started on Ma Bell, the Galaxy Note 3 (from 2013) is getting the same treatment. AT&T's support page says that this is Android 5.0, build number N900AUCUEOC1.

As AT&T does with all their updates, the OTA will only start on Wi-Fi (and not that mobile connection that you're paying them to provide). The OTA file is a massive 1.2 gigabytes, and whatever server AT&T uses for these things probably has some tiny Flintstones dinosaur manually pushing data packets down a CAT-5 cable.

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[Deal Alert] Motorola Drops Price Of 1st Gen Moto G LTE To $159.99 ($40 Off) For 24 Hours

Motorola has done great things for mid-range Android phones with the first and second generation Moto G. The pricing of these unlocked phones is usually very good, but it's even better today if you fancy the first gen Moto G with LTE. That device is $40 off today only, making it just $159.99.

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Microsoft Rolls Out The Azure App Service, A Cloud-Based Platform For Mobile App Development

Azure is Microsoft's answer to cloud computing, a back-end platform that powers services with general computer users knowing nothing of its role (or existence). Now the company is taking its offering mobile by announcing the Azure App Service.

This mobile-geared expansion of Microsoft's cloud platform lets developers create web apps using a framework of their choice, including .NET, Java, PHP, and Python. It supports the creation of native apps on mobile platforms, including Android. And it can produce what Microsoft's calling Logic and API apps.

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This news is all very developery, so if that adjective describes you, hit up the source link below for more information.

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Action Launcher 3.3 Adds Quicktheme Integration With Live Wallpapers, Fully Customizable System For Shortcuts And Gestures, And More

Developer Chris Lacy has pushed out another update to Action Launcher, bumping the software up to version 3.3. Just over a month has passed since the last major release, and plenty of new features have crept in during that time.

One of the most visual changes is the ability for Quicktheme — which lets Action Launcher match your wallpaper like a chameleon — to integrate with live wallpapers. This is done through an open source API that requires changes on the live wallpaper side of the equation in order to work.

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Action Launcher 3.3 introduces a fully customizable gesture and shortcut system.

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick Comes To The United Kingdom, Germany, And Austria On April 15th

The Fire TV Stick is a fantastic little video streaming device, according to our own Cameron Summerson. Though it lacks some of the more complex features of its big brother the Fire TV, it can handle all of Amazon's diverse digital media offerings and plenty of apps and games from the Amazon App Store to boot. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria will have a chance to check out the Fire TV Stick for themselves on April 15th.

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The gadget is available for pre-order on Amazon's UK and German portals, for 35 pounds and 39 Euros, respectively.

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Hands On With The Blu Studio X Plus And Studio G, Available Now Exclusively From Best Buy

 

Back at CES in January, Blu announced a handful of upcoming devices that were all basically slated to hit shelves in the first quarter of 2015. We've already taken a look at two of those phones: the super sleek and thin Vivo Air, as well as the massive battery-packing Studio Energy. Today, I have the Studio X Plus (which is exactly like the Studio X, just larger) and the ultra-affordable Studio G, two more devices that were announced in that same lineup.

Both phones are from Blu's Studio line, which is basically Blu's midrange series of devices. You typically find slightly slower processors and lower-quality displays than what you'd see on the company's higher-end devices, but they also have prices to match.

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Pay With OpenTable Comes To Android So You Don't Have To Wait For The Check

OpenTable announced its own mobile payment program just over a year ago, which it launched exclusively on iOS at the time. Now the feature is officially available for Android.

Pay with OpenTable, as the functionality is called, lets you pay your checks using the mobile app. There's nothing to scan or swipe in order for the experience to work. The restaurant will simply receive its money digitally from the credit card you have saved. So make sure you have that entered when you're making the reservation. It's a process you should only have to go through once.

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The feature is limited to participating establishments in nearly two dozen cities.

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