13
Aug
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Amazon is gunning to be the only way you make purchases or transactions. The company already has a great hold on the online side of payments, but it is now expanding into the real world with Amazon Local Register—the answer to Square and Paypal Here with a few competitive advantages.

Instead of dealing with banks and high setup fees, vendors and business owners can easily sign up to the new service on the Amazon Local Register site, then download the app (Google Play Store, Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore), buy the secure card reader for $10, and be done.

13
Aug
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After months of speculations regarding their upcoming high-quality metallic smartphone, Samsung has finally outed the Galaxy Alpha. In many regards, the Alpha is an underwhelming device that fails to stand next to this year's (and even some of last year's) Android flagships, but it does have one redeeming quality: it is the best industrially-designed phone to come out of the South Korean company in years.

While Samsung claims the Galaxy Alpha offers an "entirely new appearance," you would be hard-pressed not to recognize the Galaxy S5's sibling in the Alpha, an illegitimate brother from a one-night stand with a member of the iPhone family.

12
Aug
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If you're heavily invested in Amazon's book ecosystem, then you're probably an avid Kindle user. If you also happen to use Google Books, then you've probably noticed that Amazon's offering is lacking many of the features that make Books so good, like immersive mode. Well, Amazon stepped up its game today with a Kindle app update that brings that and much more:

4.6.0

  • Read books in immersive full-screen mode (Android OS 4.4+)
  • Tap the bottom right corner of a page to lock orientation
  • Control playback from the lock screen while audio is playing in the book
  • Choose system brightness in reader settings
  • Navigate table of contents by sub chapter
  • Pair with Bluetooth devices (Permission)

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Amazon, update your test device already.

12
Aug
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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a neon-tinted twitch racer, a charming endless runner, a duck with better-than-average flight capabilities, a classic board game, and a super-frustrating multitouch experience.

12
Aug
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It's that time again! Google has updated the developer dashboard with new platform distribution numbers, showing the current state of Android version distribution among devices that have recently checked in to the Play Store.

As expected, KitKat has grown a bit more, up to 20.9% now (vs 17.9% last month), while Jelly Bean is down from 56.5 to 54.2%. Still hanging above the 50% mark and encompassing 3 API levels, Jelly Bean is the new Gingerbread.

12
Aug
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Last Updated: September 2nd, 2014

We've heard rumor after rumor of Samsung's virtual reality headset in recent weeks, and according to the Verge the manufacturer is (as previous rumors suggested) set to unveil the device (codenamed Project Moonlight) at its upcoming Unpacked event in Berlin and New York, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4. What's more, the Verge has what appears to be a photo of the headset, next to a Samsung phone and Bluetooth controller.

12
Aug
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The Box cloud storage app has received a significant shot of new features today, the most notable being mobile support for Box Notes. Now users don't need to head over to a computer and fire up a web browser to create, view, or edit those portable documents. The editor can handle basic formatting, bullet lists, and the essentials. You also now have the power to make checklists both on the web or within the app.

12
Aug
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The Escort SmartRadar is, unsurprisingly, a radar detector. What's perhaps more surprising is the Android app that comes with it. This piece of software lets users measure how fast they're going and receive warnings for upcoming speed traps. Someone out there may have a use for this, and said person may just like to know that the product is currently available for just $179.95 following a coupon code. This reduces the price down to $20 lower than what we saw it going for the last time around and $70 less than its current price on Amazon.

12
Aug
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Update: Opening up email to a greater number of characters is a good thing for users, but it's also exciting for spammers. Certain characters - such as ဝ, ૦, ο, and the letter o - look very similar. Too similar, really. So Gmail will now block email addresses attempting to take advantage of this, and it will use the Unicode Consortium's "highly-restricted" specification to do so. Wဝ૦ο!

It may seem to many of us that there are an endless number of email addresses available out there, but if your name contains characters that don't fit somewhere between A-Z, that illusion is shattered pretty quickly.

12
Aug
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Last Updated: August 13th, 2014

The Humble Mobile Bundle 6 was already a awesome with the likes of Threes! and Duet up for sale. As is the tradition, a slew of new titles has been added to sweeten the deal. If you aren't sure about paying money for all this great stuff, we've got 10 codes to hand out courtesy of the fine folks at Humble Bundle.

2014-08-12 15_01_30-Humble Mobile Bundle 6 (pay what you want and help charity)

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