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Vine Places A Greater Emphasis On Music With New 'Snap To Beat' Perfect Audio Loops, Featured Songs, And More

Music and social media go together like teenagers and places their parents don't know about. Music became such a big part of MySpace, it inspired the likes of SoundCloud. Music videos regularly rack up the most views on YouTube. Chances are, your favorite artists have a Twitter account.

Musicians have used Vine as another way to get themselves noticed and share their music with a new generation. Now Vine intends to help them out. Today it's launching Snap to Beat, an easier way to toss together seamless perfect loops.

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[Update: Statement] Huawei Watch Pre-Order Appears On Amazon With Prices Ranging From $350 To $800, Release Date Listed As September 2nd

News spread back in June that Huawei was waiting until September or October to launch the Huawei Watch. Now the watch has appeared on Amazon, and it's showing a launch date of September 2nd.

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Multiple Sources Now Indicate That Android Wear Will Launch For iOS Soon

Today's leak of the Huawei Watch on Amazon referenced the fact that the device was compatible with "iOS 8.2 or higher." Normally, it might be easy to chalk up such a thing to an oversight or automatic field-fill on the merchant page.

But I'd take stock in that information: we've learned from a second, reliable source off the record that Android Wear will be receiving iOS support soon. How soon? It's possible we could see an announcement some time around IFA, which happens Sept. 4-9, though the announcement may not necessarily be at the show or even during it - it's not exactly clear.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Hitman GO, Today Calendar, Kingdom Rush Origins, And More

Are you ready for the weekend? Impossible, because you haven't splurged on discounted apps and games. Hey, what else are you going to use all that Google survey money on?

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[Deal Alert] Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 Home And Car Chargers On Sale For Nearly Half Price Via Newegg ($8.35 And $8.99)

Regular charging is just so lame, right? Quick Charging is totally where it's at, but many phones that support Quick Charge 2.0 don't come with compatible chargers. Even when they do, you probably don't have spares for around the house or in the car. Well, now you can pick some up for cheap thanks to Newegg.

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Acer Announces A Couple Of Budget Handsets For The U.S.

There's no shortage of budgets handsets floating around out there in the States, and Acer just threw its name into the arena with a couple of low-mid-range (that's a thing, right?) handsets: the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410. Catchy.

I'll be the first to tell you that neither of these phones are meant for power users. Instead, they're for folks who don't care about any of the following: updates, speed, size, processor, or anything else really. I.E. - probably none of you guys.

But they are for users who care about one thing: price.

Now, if you're still interested, here are some details.

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T-Mobile Unofficially Speaks To Us About Band 12 LTE / VoLTE And Unlocked Smartphones, And Yep It's Still Confusing

Yesterday, we published an article asking an open question: what is up with T-Mobile band 12 support being removed from some unlocked smartphones?

Today, T-Mobile contacted us to speak about said article. Unfortunately, T-Mobile was unwilling to provide any official on-record responses to our questions. But after a short discussion, I can provide you some information I have learned on background (journalist speak for "cannot be directly quoted or attributed to anyone"). First:

  • On T-Mobile, any device on its network with band 12 LTE data support must also support T-Mobile Voice over LTE services and E911.

The E911 part isn't particularly important in terms of the certification requirement - all phones sold in America are technically E911 compliant, because by law they have to be.

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Google Releases Android Auto Desktop Head Unit, A Fully Operational Emulator For Auto App Development

One of the biggest challenges to creating good apps for Android Auto has been actually testing the experience. Many independent developers can't afford to purchase brand new cars with Auto built-in, and aftermarket head units won't fit in most recently manufactured cars without heavy modification, and most of those units aren't very good anyway. When the Auto SDK came out, it included simulators that could be used for basic testing of just the messaging and media browser interfaces, but even these weren't good substitutes for the real thing. Today, Google released the Android Auto Desktop Head Unit, a functioning implementation of the Android Auto platform that runs right on a desktop or laptop.

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Chromium Team Shows Improved Input Responsiveness On Some Sites That Rely Heavily On Javascript Timers

A dedicated app typically provides a better experience than a mobile site, but there are still plenty of instances where we end up inside the Android version of Chrome. Heck, that's one of the major benefits of owning a smartphone—the entire web is accessible to you throughout most of the day.

But some websites are slow and unresponsive. In particular, Chrome's frame rate can drop when browsing sites that have Javascript timers executing at less than ideal times. The latest Chrome browser reschedules them to provide a smoother experience. You don't need a strong understanding of what's going on in the backend to appreciate the progress on display in this recently uploaded video (though you can hit up the Chromium blog for more details if you're so inclined).

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Swype Updated To v2.0 With Improved Auto-Correct, Emoji Keyboard, And A Theme Store Featuring Star Trek

If you've been using Android for long enough, you might remember the days when the only swiping keyboard in existence was Swype, and you had to sign up for a weird private beta program to use it. Well, it's been in the Play Store for a few years now, and it's getting a big v2.0 update today. It's going where no man has gone before.

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