26
Aug
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Google is continuing to shine a brighter light on Hangouts users who are currently online. A few months ago the company brought back the green dot that used to mark online contacts in the days of Google Talk (which was replaced with a subtle green line in Hangouts). Going forward, the messenger in the web version of Gmail will contain a new tab that puts online contacts at the top. It's still possible to message friends who are offline, they're just tucked at the bottom where they're out of the way.

26
Aug
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Update: An update to the News & Weather app posted yesterday, September 8th, seems to have fixed some of the compatibility errors people have been seeing. At least here in the United States, the app is compatible with every Android 4.0+ device for all of our writers. There doesn't appear to be any other significant update just yet.

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Google's News & Weather app, AKA the "Genie" widget (after the APK name), has been more or less unchanged for years.

26
Aug
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Thanks to an awesome, understated design and (eventually) a competitive price, the Moto X has quietly become a favorite among discerning Android users. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Motorola has wasted no time in bringing the latest Android updates to its compact little flagship. Today Sprint's version of the Moto X gets upgraded to Android 4.4.4, up from the 4.4.3 build released in June.

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Sprint isn't the last of the "big four" carriers to release its Moto X 4.4.4 update: technically AT&T is still soak testing their release.

25
Aug
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Earlier this month LG let the G3 Stylus slip out in an ad, though at the time we weren't exactly sure what the device was. Now we know, because LG made it official. Spoiler: it's not as cool as you hoped. I promise.

So the G3 Stylus looks like a G3 with a stylus, and it packs some of the features that makes the G3 cool, but it's not a G3 with a stylus.

25
Aug
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Man, eBay just loves those Nexus deals. The latest is for a new 16GB Nexus 5, not refurbished or restocked, for $324.99 ($25 off the Play Store price). With the free shipping available from this seller and no sales tax charged for buyers outside the state of New Jersey, it's approximately $80 cheaper, plus or minus a few dollars depending on location. Note that this is the standard D820 model. If you haven't picked up a Nexus 5 yet, this is the best price we've seen in a while.

25
Aug
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Update, 12:00 AM Eastern 8-26: OnePlus has contacted us with an official statement on "MiYzu's" case.

"We are very sorry to see one of our users had to experience this with their device as the safety of our customers is our first and foremost concern. We have already contacted MiYzu to learn more about his condition, as well as dispatched OnePlus staff to physically retrieve back the phone. This way, we can determine the circumstances surrounding this so that we may work to prevent this happening in the future.

25
Aug
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It looks like Motorola is prepping a revamped version of its Skip accessory in time for a Moto X successor later this year, and it's going to be called.. Skip. According to some FCC documents that someone shouldn't have published because they're apparently confidential, Skip is going to switch to a Bluetooth-powered (as opposed to NFC) design to gain some more useful functionality.

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The HTC Fetch Motorola Skip's features include finding your keys (if Skip is attached to your key ring) with your phone's Skip app, finding your phone with Skip by double-pressing Skip's power button, and acting as a proximity lock for your Motorola smartphone (this feature will not work with non-Moto devices).

25
Aug
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It's easy to scoff at Amazon Coins, but with offers of free ones popping up every now and then, it's just as easy to take that virtual money laughing as you walk away with awesome apps and games. Doing what it does rather well, Amazon is now expanding its reach to additional countries. The company's coins are now available in Australia and Japan.

As was the case when Amazon Coins first launched in the US in 2013, Kindle Fire owners in Japan and Australia will find that the company has already deposited 500 Yen or $5 AUD worth of coins into their accounts.

25
Aug
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Limefuel is one of the most popular makers of portable chargers for smartphones and tablets out there, and today we're teaming up with them to give away a OnePlus One 64GB and a host of their awesome charging products, like the Limefuel Blast range, offering anywhere from 6000 to 24000mAh of portable juice.

This contest is now over.

The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.

24
Aug
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Granted, it's not a pretty render, but it is a render of LG's upcoming G Watch R - a smartwatch that appears to be sporting a full circular display (no Moto 360 cutout) with more classic chronograph styling. Motorola's Moto 360, on the other hand, is just a sexy circle from the future.

LG's design would seem to appeal to a more traditional watch buyer, someone who wants a smartwatch that looks a lot like, well, a regular watch.

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