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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (13") Review: Interesting Hardware And Poor Software Combine To Make a Below-Average Tablet

Lenovo has crammed just about everything it can think of into the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to make it interesting, with the exception of a stylus and a can opener. And it is interesting, from a purely technical point of view - it has a huge 13" screen, 2.1 JLB speakers, integrated kickstand, and oh yeah, a built-in pico projector. This machine epitomizes one of the best things about Android hardware: a diversity of manufacturers can yield an amazing variety of features.

Unfortunately, Lenovo's design is more ambitious than its execution. With a build quality that's only average, some questionable hardware decisions, and a software experience that's poor at best, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro simply won't be worth a look for most people.

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Report: Google Has Assigned Engineers To Build A Version Of Android Just For Virtual Reality

At the first few major tech conferences of the year, CES in Las Vegas, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the current trend of virtual reality is inescapable. Such disparate players as Facebook, Samsung, and Razer are all throwing their weight behind various virtual reality headsets, and software developers are scrambling to meet the demand for apps, games, and videos. According to this report by the Wall Street Journal, Google isn't content to dip its toe into VR with the mostly experimental Cardboard platform.

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The paper cites "two people familiar with the project" who say that the company is working on another branch of Android specifically for virtual reality hardware and software.

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[Deal Alert] New Subscribers Can Get 3 Months Of Google Play Music All Access For $3

Google is always coming up with deals to get people to try its All Access music subscription (which now includes YouTube Music Key as well). After offering free trials when the service first launched or with every Chromecast purchase, it's now discounting a 3-months subscription to a total of $3, i.e. a mere Washington per month.

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As the deal's terms state, this offer is only valid for new subscribers, but exactly who qualifies as a "new subscriber" remains up in the air. Obviously, if you're completely new to GPMAA, you will get the deal, but it seems that if you trialled the service for free before, you don't.

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[APK Teardown] Drive 2.2 Prepares To Replace Google+ For Photo Backup And Introduce Chromecast Support For Audio And Video

A couple of days ago, Google Drive made news with an update that introduced a new, intuitive Drag & Drop implementation for easier file management. While that appeared to be the only significant change, a look under the hood revealed not only that the Drive team is about to fulfill one of the most often requested features, but it also answered one of the many questions about the fate of Google+ Photos after the split.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and based on incomplete evidence. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even in the most cut and dried examples, there is always a chance that details may change or plans may be cancelled prior to the launch of a new feature.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910F, Europe) Gets CyanogenMod Nightly Support

While Lollipop has been officially rolling out to several variants of the Galaxy Note 4, the team at Cyanogen has been busy keeping up with Samsung by releasing CM12 nightlies. Today, the custom ROM is available to one more variant of the Note 4 family: the European N910F.

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This marks the first time the N910F Note 4 gets official CyanogenMod support so there are bound to be bugs — obviously, this is still a nightly download. But if you're jonesing for an AOSP-like flavor of Lollipop on your European device and you're already rooted with a custom recovery installed, you're only a 257MB download away from getting your fix.

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[Video] Samsung Posts A Closer Look At The Galaxy S6's Camera

Day after day, we keep uncovering more and more information about what seems to be the most impressive smartphone Samsung has ever made. So far we know that the Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) has a monstrous processorblazing fast storage, and a fantastic design and build quality.

But the Korean giant doesn't want you to forget the cameras it included in this bad boy. In the following video, it demonstrates some of the cool features of both 5MP front and 16MP back shooters, emphasizing the f/1.9 aperture for better lighting, fast launch time thanks to the double click on the home button shortcut, faster auto-focus, Pro camera mode for manual control over ISO and exposure, real-time HDR for both cameras (selfies!), OIS, and fast and slow motion video recording.

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Report: Google's 'Nova' Carrier Will Only Offer Service On Nexus 6 At Launch

In only a few short months, the idea of a Google-owned cell carrier has gone from Android fan fiction to impending reality. Since catching first wind of it, we have honed in on more detail and confirmation. Sundar Pichai's talk at Mobile World Congress left us thinking Nova would be rather small in scale, and now it's starting to become clearer how it will shape up. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Nova will launch with a product lineup of one device: the Nexus 6.

While this will come as a surprise to many, in retrospect it makes a great deal of sense.

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Galaxy S6 Storage Benchmarks Show It Blowing All Past Phones Out Of The Water

Samsung announced its new UFS 2.0 memory in capacities up to 128GB just days before the Galaxy S6 was official, so we all correctly surmised Samsung's new flagship would make use of the new, faster storage. Some early benchmarks of devices at MWC show just how speedy the Galaxy S6's storage can be. It just destroys every currently available phone. Maybe you won't even mind the lack of a microSD card when the internal storage is this fast.

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Google Launches Tool For Comparing Car Insurance Providers, California-Only For Now

Car insurance isn't something you buy because you want to. I mean sure, I'd buy it even if I didn't have to, but I do have to, and so does basically everyone else in the US who wants to drive a car. Regardless, comparing insurance isn't particularly easy, especially if you don't know what you're looking for.

Google is doing something to help the situation, as long as you live in California. With Google Compare for car insurance, you can stack multiple companies against one another to see how they rank.

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You can make comparisons whenever you search for car insurance or head directly to the Google Compare website.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Set-Top Box Hands-On And Gaming Breakdown

In a lot of ways, NVIDIA's SHIELD (not to be confused with this SHIELD or that SHIELD) is a typical set-top box. And in many ways it isn't: though NVIDIA has built its living room invader on Android like the previous products in the line, the OS underneath is merely a means to an end. And that end is selling you games, in every form and fashion that the company can come up with.

SHIELD will release its Android TV-powered console sometime in May with a suggested retail price of $199. We took a good long look at both the hardware and the games that NVIDIA hopes you'll play on it.

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