Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets now getting Firefly visual search

The Amazon Fire Phone might be considered a flop, but that doesn't mean the retailer giant is giving up on all its features. One of those features is Firefly, Amazon's rather quirky and amorphous visual search tool. That feature is now arriving on Amazon's more affordable tablet line, the Kindle Fire HD, to give users a bit of an experience of what it feels like to have a digital eye, the Internet, and Amazon's cloud services at your disposal in trying to identify things that you can't.

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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics

Yesterday, the Galaxy S6 was leaked in all its prototype glory. Still cased in bubble wrap, we got our first look at what might be the next flagship from Samsung. Now, we’re getting a better look at the device, and a comparison to the Galaxy S6 Edge. Side by side (edge to edge?), the two phones give us our first look at Samsung’s new two-phone flagship scheme. Oddly enough, while the thought of a curved screen might not appeal to you, these pics might change your mind.

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UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

UAMP pocket amp brings bass to your mobile

Pocket amps certainly aren't scarce -- if you are handy, you can find instructions to make one yourself all over the Internet -- but they're not often stylish, and some of them are more burdensome to transport than some are willing to deal with. Enter the UAMP, a sleekly designed pocket amp that aims to improve the sound quality coming from your mobile device. It does this alongside a small form factor, one that won't get in the way of most activities.

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MediaTek catching up with Snapdragon 810 in benchmarks

MediaTek catching up with Snapdragon 810 in benchmarks

Qualcomm's latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 810, is already under a lot of pressure for certain issues, warranted or not. It could probably do with less problems but it seems that rival MediaTek won't let it catch a break. The latter's upcoming chip, a certain MT6795, is now said to be on par with the Snapdragon 810. That is, at least based on leaked benchmark scores. Whether that will be enough to catapult MediaTek to the forefront of the mobile chips race is another question entirely.

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The LEGO Movie 2 scores director Rob Schrab

The LEGO Movie 2 scores director Rob Schrab

The LEGO Movie, despite its lack of an Oscar, is a fantastic movie that has won the hearts of many viewers. It's no surprise, then, that a second movie has been given the thumbs up. That's nothing new, but word that Rob Schrab of "Community" fame is on board to direct is and shows solid progress in what is looking to be a long and possibly delayed development. This will end up being his career's feature directorial debut, marking a solid milestone in his already successful career.

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Blomkamp confirms post-Aliens timeline, Weaver still unknown

Blomkamp confirms post-Aliens timeline, Weaver still unknown

It seems that District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp is not one for keeping fans guessing for long. Just last week he confirmed that he indeed will be taking the helm of the next installment in the Alien franchise. Now, he laying bare the timeline for the film. His film, title still unknown, will indeed take place after the events of Aliens, the second title in the film franchise. But while that answers one question, it keeps some still hanging and even opens up new ones.

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The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

The Eiffel Tower just installed wind turbines for renewable energy

Paris just made a bold step in reducing its carbon footprint. A New York design company, UGE, just installed a pair of wind turbines in the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous historic landmarks in the world, and now it's capable of harnessing clean energy. The quiet twin turbines are nestled above the second level of the tower. Their brushed metal matches the rest of the tower, and they don't obstruct the architecture.

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Dragon Quest Heroes to burst into action in North America

Dragon Quest Heroes to burst into action in North America

When it comes to JRPGs, it isn't only Final Fantasy that has a large following. Equally revered is the Dragon Quest series that is making a comeback through mobile devices. That, however, isn't all there is to the franchise. Square Enix is also targeting the latest console generation, which means PlayStation 4 for this particular title. Dragon Quest Heroes, the latest installment in the series, will be launching this week in Japan. But those in the US need not fret, as it will be arriving here as well sometime later this year.

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