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Android for Work: what is it?

Android for Work: what is it?

Today Google revealed their newest Android-based initiative: Android for Work. This system brings several work-related technology to the Android software universe for businesses of all kinds. Four key technology components are included: Google Play at Work, the Android for Work app, Work profiles, and built-in productivity tools of all kinds. This system is launching with a large collection of industrial technology partners that have Google scoring big with potential for business-related engagement through Android - this includes smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

HTC RE camera YouTube live streaming activated on iOS and Android

The HTC RE camera now has full streaming functionality for YouTube. This means you'll be able to set up the HTC RE camera to work with your phone or mobile data-connected tablet to stream video from the Re to YouTube on the web live. Live streaming videos do have some limits - 30 minutes and 480p - but are otherwise available for all devices that currently work with the HTC RE - again, just so long as they're connected to mobile data and not just Wi-Fi.

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SCAD University launches Virtual Reality engagement program

SCAD University launches Virtual Reality engagement program

It's not Virtual Reality 101 - this isn't a college-level course. Instead, the Savannah College of Art and Design are launching their first virtual reality experience showing prospective students what it'll be like to visit their campuses. This experience is available on the web for multiple platforms, including Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift, and is entirely free - of course. This interactive experience is being sent out to prospective students across the planet in the form of a piece of cardboard - one that can fold up and into a headset that allows the student to enter the virtual reality realm.

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Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

Moto E 2015 surprise release detailed worldwide today

This week the folks at Motorola have revealed the Moto E 2015 in all its affordable-tier glory. This smartphone is being released in "more than 50 countries" all at once, including North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and it'll be released to the states through Motorola's webpage unlocked. That's relatively unheard of - even for a mid-tier smartphone from Motorola, the company that pioneered such a release with the Moto G. Today we'll be getting our hands on the Moto E as well - just as soon as the mail arrives.

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LG Watch Urbane video reminds you how classy it is

LG Watch Urbane video reminds you how classy it is

LG might not be too keen to battle for the spotlight at MWC 2015, but that doesn't mean it doesn't want you to drool over its pre-announced products. Next week, it will be putting on display a few of its new entries, and some of them might really be worth taking a closer look. Or a closer wear even. The company has just released a video for its LG Watch Urbane and it indeed would have you believe that it is one of if not the classiest Android Wear smartwatch to date.

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Xperia Z4 Tablet accidentally revealed early by Sony

Xperia Z4 Tablet accidentally revealed early by Sony

Sony leaked its own product information about the new Xperia Z4 Tablet ahead of its official release. Sony's Xperia Lounge app showed the new Xperia Z4 Tablet before it was taken down. At least the source should be reliable because it's coming directly from Sony. The news just came a little sooner than Sony would have liked. As for the leaked details about improvements over the previous model, it looks like it will have a 2K display, a faster processor, and longer battery life according to the photos.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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Android Lollipop update hitting budget phones before yours

Android Lollipop update hitting budget phones before yours

Google has announced that over-the-air (OTA) updates to Android 5.0 Lollipop will commence soon for Android One users. This means people living in India - for example - using Android One smartphones will soon see the newest operating system update for their devices. Remember that time I said Google should never have promised Android updates? That's all still very true today. Android One users were promised on-time updates and Google seems to be doing an OK job - here in the United States, not so much.

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Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

Pebble Time beats Kickstarter goal in 15 minutes

As of the publishing of this article, Pebble Time will have beaten its goal nearly twice over in its first hour being online. This Kickstarter project mirrors the original Pebble release, this time coming with a device with a color display and three unique color options for the device's border and band. There's a black watch case with silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel, white with silver, and red with black - all with the same functionality and specifications, of course.

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