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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Today we're going to talk about how the next version of Android will have app-makers asking for your permission to access your phone or tablet's features. This might seem scary at first if you have no idea what "permissions" are in the first place - but have no worry! In fact this update to Android makes it easier for users like yourself to understand what app is requesting access to which part of your device.

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Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

When it comes to Sony's IFA 2015 event in a few days, you might be in either of two camps (not counting those who don't care). Either you're waiting with interest to see if the Japanese OEM has anything left to offer the mobile world, or you're no longer interested because you think it doesn't have a prayer. If this leak of press render images is to be taken at face value, the latter camp may have reason for their indifference, revealing nothing notable other than a higher camera sensor.

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iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

A pair of new Android piano apps has landed that are described as low-latency professional apps for Android musicians. The apps include iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano and both are available on Google Play right now. Both apps come with lots of controls and advanced features that these apps introduced on the iOS platform previously.

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Lenovo Vibe P1 hands on pics hit the web ahead of IFA 2015

Lenovo Vibe P1 hands on pics hit the web ahead of IFA 2015

IFA 2015 is just around the corner and ahead of the show where lots of new smartphones will be unveiled, we have some new leaked pics to check out. These images claim to show the Lenovo Vibe P1 smartphone in the flesh. This device is expected to be released at IFA in Berlin next month. Other than the hands on shots, a confirmation on the battery size has surfaced as well.

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Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

At first glance, Android 6.0, now known as Marshmallow, isn't as big a change as Lollipop was, but lurking under the hood is a change that could potentially break apps whose devs haven't checked for compatibility. Google has somewhat revamped the App Permissions system in Android Marshmallow and has now revealed another big change to it. Apps can now just ask users' permissions for a certain feature the very moment the app is about to use it, rather than asking for all permissions when the app is being installed.

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Android Marshmallow update coming to LG G4, G3, not G2

Android Marshmallow update coming to LG G4, G3, not G2

The next big update for Google's mobile devices, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is currently being prepared for a number of LG devices. Rumor suggests that the LG G4 will be receiving the update in a matter of months, if not weeks, while the next LG flagship MAY launch with Marshmallow onboard. Meanwhile the LG G Pad II 10.1 will launch with Android KitKat and may see an Android 6.0 update before the end of the year. It would appear that the cutoff for LG device updates is with the LG G2.

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Archos Diamond Tab 7.9″ Lollipop tablet launches in October

Archos Diamond Tab 7.9″ Lollipop tablet launches in October

Archos has introduced its new Diamond Tab tablet, the first octa-core tablet it offers with 4G LTE connectivity. As far as specs go, they’re decidedly mid-tier, and in line with the related £179 price tag. The tablet won’t be available until October, but we’ve all the details on what you can expect now. Among it all is a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT8752, giving it enough oomph to run more demanding apps, including games. The display is on the smaller side at 7.9 inches.

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Evernote Food support ends on September 30

Evernote Food support ends on September 30

A couple of years ago, Evernote introduced a new product aimed at the cooks among its user base: Evernote Food. This allows people to do things like take pictures of the meals they cook and others, clip recipes, and more. By all accounts, Evernote Food has been popular, but it has also become redundant. As any Evernote user would know, you can do those aforementioned things with the service’s non-Food offerings, and that’s why the company has announced it is dropping support for the Evernote Food iOS and Android apps.

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Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram has finally gotten with the times and dropped its requirement that photos be in a square format. The social network has updated both its iOS and Android apps and now allows users to post photos in landscape and vertical orientations, in addition to the classic square. The same size change is applied to videos too. This will likely be a welcome change to Instagram users, who for years already have been taking photos and video on devices with rectangular screens.

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Huawei Honor 7 Review

Huawei Honor 7 Review

If your perception of a Chinese-made smartphone still involves plastic and cheap knockoffs, then you might not have paid attention to the market for past year or so. Quite a few names have risen above the ranks to show the might of the East and their ability to innovate and blaze their own path, a path that sometimes takes them to the West. Take for example Huawei, one of the biggest names in China. With the entry of the Huawei Honor 7 into the European market, the manufacturer is trying to stay one step ahead of its compatriots. But how does it fare? Read on to find out.

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The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

The new Moto 360 may be smaller and cheaper

Up close and personal with the next Moto 360, it would appear that things are getting a bit smaller this time around. Strange for the smartphone world where devices are always getting bigger, but perfectly reasonable for the Wild West of the wearables market. Here it seems as though the next Moto 360 keeps the "flat tire" display, changes the position of the power button, and added bit of hardware to the top and bottom for easier switching of bands.

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