31
Oct
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HTC's Dot View case is a cool idea, though the quality of the accessory itself is somewhat suspect. Still, HTC gets points for doing something new. What's more, it turns out the Dot View for the One M8 still has some tricks up its heavily perforated sleeve. There's a Halloween surprise lurking in there.

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The Dot View case is able to show notifications and other bits of data by shining light from the screen through the holes in the case.

05
Jun
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Now that Google I/O is upon us and the hunt for secret codes planted all over the Android dev resources is over, Google has made one person somewhere very happy. You see, earlier today, the company posted a seemingly innocent Google+ message reminding us the conference is coming soon. In the accompanying photo, we see developer advocate Colt McAnlis staring at the I/O countdown and a wall of code, working hard to bring us more videos and "tons of great content."

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Except buried in this wall of minified JS code is a one-time I/O code redeemable for, you guessed it, an I/O ticket.

03
Jun
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Some days driving just takes too much effort, taking the train takes too long, and buying a plane ticket takes too much forethought. Thankfully Google has made the option available to take two radically different and arguably faster forms of transportation: riding atop a dragon or cruising on the back of the Loch Ness Monster.

A dragon can get you from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons in just 21 minutes. That's not bad considering it's a journey of over 100 miles.

22
Apr
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Back when Hangouts first debuted, it was quickly discovered that Google's messaging app included several easter eggs, ranging from ponies prancing across the screen, to a weird dinosaur hiding behind a house, to changing your chat's background color at random. Until yesterday, though, these bonus features weren't available for those using Hangouts on Android. As of the 2.1 update, users can make use of three easter eggs - one that will stream an infinite line of ponies across your screen, one that will send just one pony across, and one that will send an angry mob across, pitchforks and torches included.

26
Mar
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Did you know that the Google I/O 2014 site that went live earlier today doesn't just contain useful information about the event but also a healthy dose of geek humor, hidden away in debug messages? We have everything from clever word play to mentions of Globophobia to Doge to Star Trek references.

Bonus points to those of you who can recognize them all without Googling!

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There's more Ajax in this loader than an epic greek poem
♬ Reunited and it feels so good
Are you there, Boson?

13
Feb
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Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and you know what that means: bitter disappointment fruitlessly displaced with technology. (That might just be me.) Google's got you covered on the second part, at least if you have a Chromecast. A new visualizer option for Google Play Music ditches the bars and equalizers in favor of a looped video of a cozy fireplace. You'll have to supply your own music, of course.

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The visualizer isn't on by default, but it's easy enough to enable.

23
Dec
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SwiftKey is well-known for being one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. What users of other keyboards may not know, however, is that the company also loves to bake little surprises into the app, especially around the holidays (like the "tilt" feature from April Fool's Day).

While the keyboard has already received a festive holiday theme with the most recent update, that's not the only wintery goodness the developers threw into the keyboard – there's a fun little easter egg, too.

13
May
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Sometimes you have to assume that there are entire teams at Google whose sole job is to think up fodder for nostalgic technology bloggers. Case in point: for the 37th anniversary of the classic arcade game Breakout, Google has thrown together another one of its elaborate Easter eggs. Do a Google Image Search for "atari breakout", and the results will turn into the smashable blocks, with your mouse working as a control for the paddle.

01
Jul
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Google tends to put Easter Eggs into all Android OS releases - remember the one Jelly Bean came with? Turns out the company stuffs these treats into more than just the operating system, as the Nexus Q's Android app has it too.

Beneath the tough outer shell of the Q lives a lonely Magic 8 Ball. To summon this genie bipolar fortuneteller, rub tap it in the right place a few times, and out it comes.

27
Jun
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Gingerbread had a creepy skeleton zombie painting, Honeycomb packed a "tron bee," ICS hid a Nyan Droid, and now Jelly Bean too has an Easter egg to call its own.

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Indeed, the egg first presents itself as a smiling red jelly bean complete with antennae when the user repeatedly taps the Android software version in settings (this can be seen on the left). In the background is whichever picture you've chosen as your wallpaper.

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