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Initial Hands-On With Android Auto: It's Probably Better Than What You Have Now

It has been nearly a year since Google announced Android Auto, and it's still available almost nowhere. No car companies have built the technology into their 2015 vehicles (though some may get a software update with support later), and only a handful of aftermarket head units have the software. So what's the deal? Is it worth getting excited for? I've finally gotten my hands on one of Pioneer's Android Auto units (the 8100NEX), and here's how I'm feeling about it after a few days.

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Smart Lock Now Notifies You When It Locks Your Phone After 4 Hours Of Inactivity

Google has been rolling out updates to Smart Lock over the past months, adding On-body detection and Trusted voice, and while this recent change doesn't bring other options to the table, it does make the feature more user-friendly.

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Previously, if you had set your Android phone or tablet to trust a certain place, Bluetooth device, or any of your physical attributes, it would keep your phone unlocked when those variables were in effect, but you'd still come across a secure lock screen if you left your handset untouched for a period of time. We didn't have any explanation as to the duration of the lock trigger, but that's changing now.

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Amazon Game Studios Releases 'Til Morning's Light' An Adventure Game With Puzzles And Monsters Galore

In an attempt to fit in with the cool kids, a teenage girl named Erica Page is trapped overnight in a haunted house full of creepy crawlies that want to kill her. Using her wit, will, and a wide variety of weapons she must solve a 200 year old mystery and escape the mansion before dawn, or she will become a creepy crawly herself. That's the premise of Amazon Game Studio's latest game, built in collaboration with WayForward (developer of Ducktales: Remastered), Til Morning's Light.

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In the game, Erica wanders through a darkened mansion with her trusty flashlight looking for clues, solving puzzles, and fighting a host of ugly monsters along the way.

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Google Posts Android 5.1.1 Factory Images For Nexus 4, Nexus 5, And Cellular Nexus 7s

For many Nexus owners, the wait for Android 5.1.1 is finally over. Today, OTAs began rolling out for several Nexus devices which had thus far been stuck on Android 5.1. If waiting on an OTA update isn't your thing, you can now head on over to Google's Nexus developer page to get the latest factory images.

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In order to flash these, you'll have to have some familiarity with unlocking bootloaders and using Google's Fastboot utility. Plenty of easy tutorials can be found with a simple Google search.

With these latest updates, the only Nexus that still doesn't have an official Android 5.1.1 update is the Nexus 6, but considering the latest push to AOSP was completely for that device, an official OTA likely isn't far off.

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Lollipop 5.1.1 OTA Available Now For T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013 LTE

Today is a good day to be the proud owner of a T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013. Lollipop 5.1.1 is here with bug fixes and security enhancements in tow. The OTA actually started to show up on some devices yesterday, but your device may not have been part of the first wave of tablets receiving the update availability notification. If you haven't been invited to update yet and can't bear to wait, then you can head over now to the system tab in settings to manually initiate the software download.

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Before you attempt an update, there are a couple of requirements you should know about.

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Facebook Messenger's Video Calling Feature Is Now Available Worldwide

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NVIDIA Finally Acknowledges The 500GB SHIELD Pro, Says It Will Be Out This Month Alongside The Standard Version

It's been quite a roller coaster ride with this 500GB Shield Pro device. You can finally stop wondering if it's real or just NVIDIA trolling—it's real. NVIDIA's customer care rep on the official forums has posted a few answers about the device. It'll be hard to walk this one back if NVIDIA still wants to play coy.

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Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, And Z Ultra Receive Post-Lollipop Firmware Update Bringing Back Close All Apps Button And Fixing A Slew Of Bugs

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The Google Store Now Sells Skrillex-Branded Cases With Matching Live Wallpapers For The Nexus 5 And 6, Galaxy S5 And S6, And Galaxy Note 4

Remember those hints of a "Google Workshop" with user-customizable phone cases with matching wallpapers that Android Police showed off back in April? Those were really cool, huh? Well, this is not that. Unless your name is Skrillex.

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Yes indeed, the well-known dubstep perpetrator Skrillex now has his own collection of phone cases on sale in the Google Store. At the moment the "Live Case" comes in three designs, available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 4.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Releases Moon Tours App To Satiate Your Lunar Curiosity

I imagine for the folks at NASA, the Moon has become kind of boring. The organization has been launching stuff at that floating rock since the 60s. It has sent rockets, people, and unmanned probes. And that doesn't even count the work others around the world have contributed to our understanding on the satellite. People have been staring up at that thing for as long as we've been a species.

Needless to say, quite a bit of information about the Moon has surfaced in that time. We've named craters, measured slopes, mapped minerals, and otherwise produced enough data to leave a person feeling lost.

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