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Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

The Nexus 6, Google's new flagship smartphone built by Motorola, has only been on the market for a short time, but users have already found a hidden feature that wasn't promoted as one of the device's capabilities. An embedded LED light, capable of displaying red, blue, or green, can be found right behind the speaker at the top of the phone, which was discovered by Reddit user apogee82 on Friday.

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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro Review

The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is a unique piece of work. Lenovo didn't fall into the same trap many manufacturers make in creating tiny boosts for their devices each year, changing only base configurations. They didn't say, hey, this YOGA Tablet is neat enough, let's just give it a better display for the tail end of 2015. Instead they've made a radical change - they've created a 13.3-inch display-toting tablet that carries its own projector and the world's first tablet-based 5-watt subwoofer. Suddenly this tablet business seems like a whole different ball-game.

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 skipping KitKat, going straight to Lollipop

Huawei Ascend Mate2 skipping KitKat, going straight to Lollipop

Earlier this year we had a bit of rage going on when it was announced that the brand new Huawei Ascend Mate2 would not be getting an upgrade to the newest version of Android. At that time, it was suggested that only the USA-based version of the Mate2 would be getting no update to Android KitKat. Today Huawei has announced that they'll instead be SKIPPING KitKat and going straight to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the now-newest version of Android, instead of moving through KitKat first.

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OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

OnePlus boss details why it’s so hard to get the One

If you want a OnePlus One, you understand how rough it can be. Invitations, flash sales, and terribly misguided (read: offensive) marketing schemes get in the way of us just being able to buy a phone. At $299, though, the headaches are more than worth the wait for some. Offering top-end specs with a low-end price, the OnePlus has sat in Google’s warm Nexus chair left vacant by the Nexus 6. If you’re curious why it’s still so hard to get a phone, OnePlus’ founder has come clean.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google app updates aren't rare, sometimes happening weekly, but today's Play Music refresh is a bit noteworthy in light of recent events. YouTube's new Music Key subscription service already makes a reference to Google's own music streaming service and this app update goes full circle. Now Play Music users will be informed if the tune they're listening to has a corresponding YouTube video and provide a link to said video right then and there.

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Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

The past few months have seen a flurry of new entries into the smartwatch market, with fancy shapes, faces, and colored screens. But one of the pioneers in that space, Pebble, still manages to hold its ground despite its geekier design and monochrome, but energy-efficient, display. Fans of the wearable device are now being rewarded for sticking with it through thick and thin. The latest update brings a major new feature to all users and one crucial feature on Android that will surely delight all users.

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Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Unless you’re one of the few who take advantage of Amazon’s grocery delivery, trips to the grocery store are likely part of your day-to-day existence. You probably even have a rewards card for your local grocery store, which could save you a few cents on gas or freebies now and then. What if your rewards card could automatically reward you, in the moment, on your purchase? Milk is a new app that wants to do just that, and syncs with your existing rewards card to find coupons instantly.

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A “version of” Google Play may come to China

A “version of” Google Play may come to China

If you’re in China, Google is hard to come by. The search company pulled out of China in 2010 due to repeated hacking attempts and censorship. There’s also the sticky situation of China’s desire to have all information about Chinese users stored in their country. We’re not sure how, but a new report suggests Google will be bringing — of all things — the Play Store to China. Well, a “version of” the Play Store, at least. Light on details, the new report is intriguing nonetheless.

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