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LG Watch Urbane Review: $350 Buys You The Nicest Android Wear Watch Yet, If That's Something You Want

LG's newest smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane, costs $350. So let me just throw it out there now: judging LG's new Watch Urbane from a value perspective is sort of completely silly. When it comes to value, I don't think any Android Wear watch has especially great appeal - after all, you're paying as much or more for one than you would a relatively inexpensive smartphone, a smartphone that does many, many more things. But the Watch Urbane has even less value appeal than most Wear devices (not that this is at all fatal to its success as a product).

If you really care about value, the Sony SmartWatch 3 with its Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC are right here for $100 less than the Watch Urbane (if not less than that if you get it on sale).

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of April 2015

If you want to play classic ports or new PC games on your phone or tablet, then April was definitely your month. Between the blockbuster adventure game Broken Age and classics like Ys, there's a lot of non-mobile goodness to go around. But don't worry: there are a few original games to investigate as well, notably Implosion and the third entry in the Sorcery series. Here in no particular order are our top picks, along with some honorable mentions.

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Android Police coverage: Double Fine Brings Crowdfunding Blockbuster 'Broken Age' To Android Ten Months Late

Broken Age is probably the most anticipated adventure game in years, at least for enthusiasts, after celebrity developer Tim Schaefer's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign.

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Google Drive Expands OCR Capabilities To Read The Text On Scanned Documents In Over 200 Languages

Optical character recognition, also known as OCR, is really an amazing technology. If you aren't familiar, it takes images and reads the text on them. For PDFs, it can make the words it finds searchable, selectable, and whatever else you may want to do with them. The better implementations of OCR work well enough that they pretty much make CAPTCHAs pointless. And while Google Drive has offered this function in English for over a year now, it is now rolling it out to over 200 different languages.

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Doing so is easy as pie. In Drive, just go to an image or PDF and open it with Google Docs, like you see above.

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[Attack Of The Killer OTA] Recent Android 5.0.2 Update Bricks Nexus 9 For Some Users

The most recent over-the-air update for the Nexus 9, the one that totally wasn't what you were actually waiting for, has apparently bricked the device for some owners. A couple folks affected by this 5.0.2 issue have taken to Google's product forums to ask what gives.

The person who opened this thread was told to perform a factory reset in recovery mode (as well as the bootloader, which has a separate factory reset option). It didn't fix things. Nor did it work for our very own Cameron Summerson, who went through this headache this morning. He was able to fix his Nexus 9 only after flashing the factory image manually.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Huawei SnapTo Available As Amazon Lightning Deal For $139.99 ($40 Off)

Amazon has phones and phone accessories on sale constantly, but it's not usually so time-sensitive. The new Huwaei SnapTo is on sale through Amazon as a Lightning Deal, meaning it's only available at this price for a few hours, or until the deal is sold out. It's usually $179.99, but right now you can have it for $139.99 with Prime shipping. So snap to it.

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Cyanogen Inc. Will Integrate Caller ID From Truecaller Into Cyanogen OS

Cyanogen is on a mission to free you from Google's evil clutches, apparently by delivering you into the clutches of other companies it gets along with better. Rather than integrating Google services with Android, Cyanogen has been investigating other partnerships, and the latest example is Truecaller. This is a caller ID service for Android, and it's going to be available in Cyanogen OS soon.

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Flickr 4.0 Introduces Auto-Uploadr (For Photos And Videos), Camera Roll, A New Look, And More

Magically uploading every photo you take on your phone isn't a new feature these days. The major cloud storage providers all prompt you to fill their servers with shots of your lunches, vacations, and nudes. Now you can add Flickr to the list with the release of version 4.0.

Except this isn't actually the first time Flickr has announced the new feature for Android. The feature originally known as Auto Sync is now named the Auto-Uploadr (those pesky e's). Okay, it isn't just a rebranding. You now have the ability to automatically upload videos as well.

This move coincides with the launch of Uploadr for Windows and Mac. You can use Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and images are private by default.

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Google Says That Android 5.1 For The Nexus 9 Is Coming Today

To say that Nexus 9 owners are somewhat miffed that Google's flagship tablet is currently lagging several versions behind the latest Android release is something of an understatement. The Nexus 9's slow software update rollout, well behind the rest of the Nexus line and even some third-party devices, is as odd as it is irritating. But according to an official Google Twitter post (update: Google+ too), the wait should be over today.

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Sunrise Calendar Adds Popular TV Networks And Shows To Its List Of 'Interesting' Calendars

Let's be honest here: you really don't give a crap about Arbor Day. But if you forget to record the season finale of The Flash, you're going to be out three bucks for a Google Play episode purchase. To help alleviate this first-world problem, Microsoft subsidiary Sunrise Calendar has added hundreds of TV shows across dozens of networks to its "Interesting Calendars" feature, allowing for quick and easy TV scheduling on top of its usual handy interface.

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Right now the feature is wide, but not deep. While the TV selection has most of the popular local and cable television networks and both first-run and syndicated shows on offer, it doesn't seem to be capable of distinction between new episodes and reruns.

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Chrome Beta Now Asks If You Want To Replace Downloads Rather Than Clutter Your Device With Dupes

There's a nifty feature lurking in the latest Chrome Beta (and dev, for that matter) version on Android. If you download a file and there happens to be a file of the same name already in your downloads directory, Chrome asks if you want to replace it. That's a kindness even desktop Chrome doesn't provide.

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