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Google Aims To Improve Ad Experience By Eliminating Accidental Clicks

If you're a user, accidentally clicking an ad on a mobile site or in the middle of a game is frustrating. If you're an advertiser, accidental clicks lead to lower conversion rates. Accidental clicks are just bad all the way around.

To that end, Google is introducing new mechanisms to prevent as many accidental clicks as possible.

First, Google is blocking clicks that happen close to the edge of the ad image.

Second, Google will block clicks on app icons for in-app interstitial ads, so you won't need high precision to hit the little X button and return to your game.

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Motorola Is Moving Forward With 1st Gen Moto G LTE Android 5.1 Soak Test Today, 1st Gen Moto E Starting Next Week

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[Deal Alert] Buy An ASUS ZenWatch For $150 (25% Off) On Newegg And Receive A $10 Gift Card

Compared to other "premium" Android Wear watches, the ASUS ZenWatch is kind of square. No, I mean it's literally a square. Okay, technically it's a rectangle, but you know what I'm getting at here. When manufacturers decide they're going to fancy up their Android Wear devices, they tend to make them circular, as was the case with the Moto 360 or the LG Watch Urbane. Not so with this one.

The ASUS ZenWatch sells on the Play Store for $200. You can get it for $15 less on Amazon, at the moment, Newegg will let you walk out with one for just $150.

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Google Opinion Rewards Expands To Mexico And Brazil In Spite Of Donald Trump's Best Efforts

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Android 5.1 Soak Test Rolling Out To The 2014 Moto X On Verizon

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Google Puts Tablescape 'Foodograph' Experiment To Rest

Back in February, we caught sight of an interesting experiment Google was undertaking with the help of trusted local guides. The experiment was an app called Tablescape - a "community to make, share, and discover amazing foodographs." With a little digging, we found that the content shown in the screenshots (originally posted by El Androide Libre) lined up with a community called The Plate, which was likely serving as a Google+-based content funnel for the app.

After that initial glimpse though, we didn't see or hear anything official about the service.

Today we've heard something more, but it may not be what we had hoped - it looks like Google is officially closing down the Tablescape experiment before it had a chance to see the light of day.

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Report: Motorola DROID Turbo Soak Test Set To Begin Soon, Owners Hope For Lollipop 5.1 Upgrade

The DROID Turbo is the most powerful phone in Motorola's lineup (tied with the larger Nexus 6 for most of its specs), and it's Verizon's exclusive flagship in the United States. It's also running Android KitKat, as it has been since launch, well after all of the other manufacturers have upgraded their leading phones to Android 5.0 at the very least. Motorola executives promised an upgrade straight to Android 5.1... over two months ago.

So it's safe to say that owners of the DROID Turbo, or at least those who want to run the latest version of Android on their premium phones, are a bit ticked.

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Motorola Is Finally Rolling Out The Official Android 5.1 Update To The 2014 Moto X Pure Edition (For Real This Time)

After months of development and soak tests, Motorola's David Schuster has announced that Android 5.1 is rolling out to the Pure Edition 2014 Moto X. He didn't specify if the OTA would be available to everyone immediately, but it can't hurt to head to the update menu and press the "check" button a few hundred times.

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Amazon Releases Alexa SDK Preview For Developers And Opens Up Echo's Voice Service To More Hardware, Starts $100 Million Fund To Invest In Folks Who Think This Is Cool

Amazon probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think of innovative gadgets. Not anymore, anyway. Hearing a company is producing a ho-hum smartphone based on Android isn't nearly as exciting as hearing about the Kindle for the first time. But with the Echo, the online retailer does have a cool piece of tech on its hands.

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The Echo, which recently became available for general purchase in the US, is essentially what you get when you stick Google Now or Siri into a plastic tube. While that may not sound all that creative, delivery is everything. Saying OK Alexa (the name of the persona inside the device) out in the middle of the kitchen and having the product pick up from another room is rather impressive, especially when you just want to fire up some background music or search for a recipe.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Is Giving Away $50 Worth Of Free Games And Apps This Week, Including Monument Valley And The Bard's Tale

Amazon's latest app giveaway is worth more than $50 and will remain available for the next week. As you can see in the hero image, some of the headliners include The Bard's Tale and Weather Live, though there are several more that may interest you. And while the super-popular Monument Valley has disappeared from the promotional page, it's free too. This is bigger and better (and longer-lasting) than its typical free daily deal, though it isn't their best ever. Beyond those already mentioned, you might want to pay special attention to Quell Memento and Alarm Clock Pro.

Here is the full list of what's on offer, all of them free for now:

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