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Opera Wants To Help You Save Data And Money With Opera Max, A New App That Optimizes Most Mobile Network Traffic

Opera has long been doing good things in the area of data compression on mobile devices with its mobile browser thanks to Off-Road mode, but what if an app existed that could optimize nearly all mobile data while on the go? Thanks to a new app called Opera Max, that's a reality.

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It uses the same kind of compressions technology used in Opera Browser, but instead of just working its magic on web pages, it attempts to do this for most applications that access the web.

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Glass Gets Update To XE12 With Hangouts Glassware, Official Wink Support, And More

Glass has just gotten a nice update to XE12, which besides foretelling the long-awaited iOS app, brings with it new Glassware, gestures, and questions.

Perhaps most important, the update introduces new glassware for Hangouts. Not being able to interact with the service by sending and receiving messages has been an elephant in the room for Glass from the beginning, so it's great to see that compatibility has finally arrived. The glassware will also take over Glass' video call capabilities, and allow users to send photos too.

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First Wood Back (Bamboo) For The Moto X Is Live On MotoMaker For An Extra $100, Shipping Currently Delayed

Gah, what a long, long, lonnng road it has been. From the rumors of "touch sensitive wood" to the actual Moto X launch, MotoMaker, and everything in between, a lot has happened with Motorola this year. And since the X's availability, many users have been chomping at the bit for some of that au naturel action on their phone. I'm referring, of course, to the wooden backs that have long been teased.

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Humble Bundle: PC And Android 8 Offers Six Great Multi-Platform Games, Including The Debuts Of Gemini Rue And Another Awesome Title

The latest Humble Bundle is in town, so you know what that means. It's time to open up your wallet just wide enough to pay however much you want for up to six great multi-platform games. The entire lot is available for Android, with two making their Android debut - Gemini Rue and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome. Together these two games alone would cost you $9, and now they can both be yours for a mere fraction of the price.

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Evernote Update Introduces Inline Attachment Support For Files And Pictures, Lets Business Subscribers View A List Of All Notes

Evernote has been around the block for years now, and it's one of the first recommendations you're likely to hear when searching for a solid note-taking app. The latest update doesn't revamp things, but it adds the ability for users to take images and files they would have previously attached to a note and inject them directly into its body instead. The functionality is accessible right from the action bar, and you're free to add multiple images one after the other.

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Exclusive Early Glimpse At EnergySense, The Start Of Google's Renewed Bid For Home Energy Management

Yesterday, The Information reported that Google is rumored to be working on smart thermostats, in a renewed bid to help users manage their home energy (and interior climate). Information on the project is sparse so far, but Google hopes it will be a successful follow-up to the unsuccessful PowerMeter, a service that was killed off due to apparent scaling difficulties.

Thanks to a tipster who is - we know you've heard this before - familiar with the matter, we've got an early glimpse into Google's upcoming thermostat foray - we've got a few new details and a look at the service's Android app.

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Google Play Carrier Billing Now Available For Orange Customers In France

The default way to order content from the Play Store is to add a credit card to Google Wallet, but if you've grown accustomed to having purchases show up on your bill like the good ol' days when phones were phones, there's the option to enable carrier billing. The choice isn't universal, and while it's available to customers on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon here in the US, it still has to trickle out to other carriers around the world.

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[Update: Rolling Out Now] Verizon HTC One Support PDF Updated With Android 4.3 Information, OTA Should Begin Rolling Out Shortly

If you own a Verizon HTC One, it's time to start tapping that "check for updates" button. Following Friday's announcement by HTC of an Android 4.3 firmware update, Verizon has updated its support PDF for the device with a full changelog. The new firmware version is 2.10.605.1. In addition to the obvious OS upgrade, there seems to be a fair number of bug fixes including:

  • Increased charging speed when using Mophie Juicepack power station
  • Corrected faint ringing noise from earpiece
  • Play purchased ringtones
  • Connection error fixed in the HTC Watch application
  • View the correct date using the all day calendar reminder
  • Conjunction words are better recognized on device keyboard
  • Backup Assistant performance

Update: Looks like it's rolling out now.

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Dead Trigger 2 Holiday Update Brings Four New Weapons, One New Environment, And A Zombie In a Pear Tree

Madfinger's Dead Trigger 2 has remained near the top of the game charts on Android since its release a couple of months ago, and the developers continue to update it regularly. The last update focused on balance issues, but this one adds the most content yet, most notably the new China environment. This addition includes new Story and Warfare missions and extra challenges, plus Google Play Games achievements.

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You also get several handfuls of melee weapons for when you inevitably run out of ammo and/or chickens.

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Amazon Kindle App Update Adds Collections, Font Options, And Book Rating Suggestions

The ladies and gentlemen at Amazon would certainly prefer it if you read your Kindle books on a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, but for the several hundred million who have a regular Android phone or tablet instead, they've improved the eponymous app on the Google Play Store. Today's update to version 4.3.0 adds a few much-needed features, most notably better organization for your growing collection of books and other documents.

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