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What We Use, 2016 Edition: The Stuff Bertel Can't Live Without

My first computer was an old laptop with a dead battery and a dial-up modem. It ran Windows XP, but I didn't have the money to buy expensive software like Microsoft Office or PhotoShop. I discovered OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, and GIMP. I used Firefox, Thunderbird, and Pidgin.

Back then free cloud services weren't yet around, and I didn't have a strong enough Internet connection even if they were. Without an understanding of what open source software was, such applications gradually formed the majority of what I used. When I later went to college, I embraced Linux, and my appreciation for open source software grew.

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[Update: Also On Amazon, REI, And Casio Store] The Casio Android Wear Watch Is Now Available For $500 From The Google Store

The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch popped up on the Google Store just yesterday listed as "coming soon." They weren't kidding—it's available now for $499.99. That's a lot of cash, but this watch has a few things you won't find in other Android Wear devices.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Android TV Has A New Look For The Settings App And Now Supports Multiple Accounts

Android N will be responsible for some big changes to phones and tablets, but that doesn't mean there aren't going to be some interesting things happening to the Android TV platform, as well. Installing the developer preview images onto a Nexus Player reveals some welcome improvements to the look and behavior of the Settings app, including a new visual layout and support for multiple accounts.

New Design for Settings

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Left: previous version. Right: Android N Preview.

The Settings app has been given an entirely new look. Say goodbye to multiple rows of tiles, they've been replaced by a single column that looks very similar to the regular Settings app on phones or tablets, except it's anchored to the right side of the screen.

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Android Police Podcast Ep.200 - The N Is For Noodle

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show: More Android N feature spotlights, our Galaxy S7 and S7 edge review, new Android Wear devices, and more!

This week's Android Police Podcast is brought to you by Linode cloud hosting.

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Google Announces 2016 Android Experiments I/O Challenge

So you didn't win a ticket to Google I/O in this year's raffle? If you're a developer, you've got a chance to be invited by Google personally to I/O this year. All you have to do is create a particularly cool Android Experiment and upload it to the challenge website.

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Verizon Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Get Minor OTA Updates Addressing Connectivity Issues

Smartphones do many things, but underpinning most of what makes these phones smart is an Internet connection. Struggling to connect to Wi-Fi makes a phone significantly less intelligent.

Some Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners have had trouble maintaining an Internet connection. Others have had a difficult time establishing a connection in the first place.

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What's Up With AT&T, Verizon, John Legere, And Netflix Throttling? A Quick Explainer

In the past day or two, you probably heard something along the lines of: "AT&T and Verizon are "throttling" Netflix." Originally, John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, made a claim that led to such statements. Many outlets ran with the story, but AT&T and Verizon quickly and flatly denied any claim of throttling Netflix content - and AT&T and Verizon aren't exactly likely to lie about something like that in a public statement. This seemingly put Legere in a corner: did John have bad information? Well, it turns out the situation is a little more complex than all that, and while what John Legere said was technically true, it doesn't exactly ring that way in the practical sense.

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Google Bumps Chromecast App To v1.14 With Promised 'Google Cast' Rebrand And Better Support For Some Cast-Enabled Devices [APK Download]

The Chromecast was just the start of Google's growing list of Cast-enabled devices, so it came as little surprise when Google announced the Chromecast app would be taking on a more inclusive name. It's now Google Cast in v1.14, and you can grab it from APK Mirror. It also looks like the app shows your other Cast devices, which would make sense given the name change.

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Google's Nik Collection For Professional Photographers Is Now Free To Download On OS X And Windows

Brief refresher: in September 2012, Google acquired a company, Nik Software. Nik is now a Google subsidiary, but it still develops the software it made before the acquisition: Snapseed, a popular photo-editing app for iOS and Android, and Nik Collection.

Nik Collection is today's focus. Google is taking the price down from $150 to the grand total of free. Google dropped the price from $500 to $150 when it acquired Nik three years ago, so this is a pretty good deal. The Collection is nothing to be sniffed at, either: it consists of professional-level filter plug-ins for Adobe products, including Photoshop and Lightroom, and Apple's Aperture.

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Netflix Announces Its Mobile Data Saver Feature, Will Make It Available To Everyone In May

Netflix has been testing a mobile data saver option in its settings to limit the app's bandwidth usage on a data connection. We spotted it a couple of weeks ago, but as it turns out, the feature had been intermittently showing up for many users before that. Now the company is ready to make the option official.

Netflix explained on its blog that it's been testing the data saver and hasn't noticed any major issues with it. The feature caps the bitrate over mobile networks to 600kbps, which should be enough for a good stream quality and resolution on mobile devices, while not causing any excessive data usage.

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