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Google’s latest tool makes building Android apps even easier

In early 2013, Google announced Android Studio, a WYSIWYG environment that’d help you create Android applications with a lot less hassle. Now, the company is finally ready to put Version 1.0 into the hands of would-be creators across the world. The package comes with plenty of helpful templates for the first-time developer, including example media […]

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Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year

We’re still waiting for the Rezence standard to bring wireless charging to laptops, but Freescale is taking a big step towards making that a reality. It just announced a new wireless product that’s powerful enough to recharge tablets, portable medical devices, and other large gadgets. The 15-watt system, which should hit the market early next […]

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Windows Phone may come to your car with Cortana as copilot

Microsoft has a home in the automotive world, but it doesn’t have a way to bring a phone’s interface to your car’s infotainment system — there’s no Windows Phone equivalent to Apple’s CarPlay. That might change before long, though. The software giant used a presentation at this week’s Build conference to show off Windows in the Car, a conceptual platform that […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 does Miracast media sharing, but most devices won’t cut it (updated)

Windows Phone 8.1 includes many, many upgrades, not the least of which is Miracast media sharing; it should be easier than ever to send content to your TV and other gadgets. However, it’s now very likely that you’ll have to upgrade to a newer phone to get that convenience — Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says that most existing Windows Phone 8 devices can’t handle […]

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An independent developer is bringing a Plex client to Xbox One

When Microsoft revealed the Xbox One’s independent developer program (and more recently, universal Windows apps) we hoped it could provide access for more than just games — and it looks like that’s happening. Developer Tyson Edwards reveals he’s been approved by ID@Xbox to develop a Plex client for Xbox One, bringing better access to video, music and photo streaming than the console’s DLNA support […]

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Google reportedly looking to simplify home entertainment with Android TV

Google has been edging away from the original Google TV concept for a while, but it now looks like the company is ready to make a sharper break from its past. The Verge claims to have documents revealing a new Android TV release with a more conventional (if very slick) living room interface. Rather than stress apps or the web, […]

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You can now search Yelp on mobile using emojis

Are your Twitter friends jumping down your throat for flooding them with emojis? Well, you might want to let off some emoji-filled steam on Yelp instead, because the business directory app now lets users search for establishments with the popular ideograms. Yes, it’s just what it sounds like — on mobile, the app parses any emoji you put […]

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The Xbox One is getting another controller update, unfortunately

Really, Microsoft? You just asked gamers to go through the hassle of updating their Xbox One gamepads in March, yet there’s word on NeoGAF that the next patch — currently in testing — will once again bundle “new controller firmware.” Yes, the (hopefully optional) code should fix connection and headset quality issues that are even more of a pain, but it’s […]

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This is Earth’s malware threat, visualized

Ah, nothing like good old fashioned scare tactics to get you to install anti-virus software. In a thinly veiled advert for its security suite, Kaspersky Labs has created a real-time cyber threat map — painting the globe with six shades of malware. The brightly colored map lists Russia as the world’s most infected country, followed closely by the […]

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Sony releases an unlocked Xperia Z1 with US-friendly LTE

Frustrated that you’ve had to sign up to T-Mobile just to pick up an Xperia Z1 variant with completely US-native LTE? That won’t be a problem after this week. Sony has released an unlocked version of the Z1 that can take advantage of 4G speeds on AT&T, T-Mobile and their virtual network partners. The flagship Android phone should also support LTE on […]

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Windows 8.1 Review

Pros: Improved multitasking; Universal search; Better preloaded apps; Better multi-monitor support Cons: Still no Start Menu; Low information density; Still better for touch than keyboard mouse The Verdict: Windows 8.1 is a much improved operating system with enhanced multitasking, smarter search and a better selection of pre-loaded apps, but it’s still better for touch than desktop use. When […]

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Amazon Fire TV Review

Do you have any HDMI slots left on your TV? Didn’t think so – but you can’t blame Amazon for entering the streaming device market given its existing arsenal of entertainment and readily available data on competitors’ devices. Indeed, this makes sense. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, and receives thousands of users reviews for the Apple […]

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BBC to extend iPlayer catch-up period to 30 days

Remember when the BBC’s latest chief pledged to revamp the iPlayer? His bosses at the BBC Trust have just rubber-stamped the decision to extend the catch-up window from seven days to 30. The changes will take some time to implement, since there’s various technical and legal hoops to jump through, but the corporation expects the new system […]

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Samsung still makes Windows Phones: ATIV SE up for pre-order at Verizon

With Windows Phone 8.1 now free, we may start seeing more announcements like this: Verizon’s just put the Samsung ATIV SE handset up for pre-order. As we saw in an earlier leak, it’s essentially a high-spec Galaxy S4 with Windows Phone 8 (not 8.1) instead of Android. Though that’s been superceded by the Galaxy S5 on Android, […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 ‘Geek’ bundle includes free Xbox controller and games

If you’ve considered the Surface Pro 2 to be more than just a portable workstation, then Microsoft’s latest tablet bundle might pique your interest. In collaboration with online culture show Geek & Sundry, the company has quietly pushed live a new gaming deal on its virtual store in the US and Canada that throws in $105 worth of […]

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Google’s Project Loon balloon goes around the world in just 22 days

One of Project Loon’s hot air balloons just completed a journey ’round the world, but unlike Vernes’ Phileas Fogg who took 80 days to do so, Google’s creation took but a mere 22 days. That far exceeds Mountain View’s expectations (the team thought it would take around 33 days), all thanks to data collected by previous test flights. You […]

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