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Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Blame Apple for the Nexus 6’s missing fingerprint sensor

Apple may get blamed by many for trampling on innovation, but it turns out the company - or at least its rapacious supply chain - was to blame for the Nexus 6's cute-but-dumb dimple. The branded divot beneath the current Android flagship's camera may act as a handy place to rest your finger, but it was meant to be a far more useful location for a fingerprint sensor, according to former Motorola chief exec Dennis Woodside. Now at Dropbox, Woodside confirmed in an interview recently what many had suspected since the Nexus 6 was first unveiled.

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Nexus Player breaks out into Best Buy and Newegg

Nexus Player breaks out into Best Buy and Newegg

Android TV is such a novel concept, not to mention implementation, that it will require a lot more exposure before it becomes the de facto Android living room experience that Google most likely wants it to be. In this case, the more people that can get their hands on an Android TV device, the better. That is why the availability of the Nexus Player outside of the very limited reach of Google Play Store is such a good thing. This ASUS-made puck is now also available from Best Buy and Newegg to reach more interested owners.

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MakerBot releases Android app to control 3D printers

MakerBot releases Android app to control 3D printers

As most often the case, iOS usually gets its version of an app first before Android. Now fans of Google's mobile platform need not be green-eyed anymore. MakerBot has finally released an Android app for its 3D printers that will enable users to control and monitor their 3D printing activities from a bit of a distance. But don't go dreaming of starting a print from your office and arriving home to see it finished, as the app doesn't work that way just yet.

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HTC Desire 626 gets it own set of leaks

HTC Desire 626 gets it own set of leaks

Though HTC is naturally putting its best foot forward with its upcoming HTC One M9, and the One M9 Plus too if you believe the rumors, it hasn't forgotten fans of its more affordable Desire line. Coming on the heels of other HTC rumors is the Desire 626, unambiguously a mid-range camper that is somewhat surprisingly running on a MediaTek chip, instead of the usual lower range Qualcomm lines. Don't let that fact discourage you, though, especially if you're an avid, or addicted, selfie taker.

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HTC One M9 Plus leaked with DuoCamera, fingerprint sensor

HTC One M9 Plus leaked with DuoCamera, fingerprint sensor

It seems that the HTC One M9, elsewhere called the Hima, won't be the only star of the Taiwanese manufacturer's show come MWC 2015. A new set of leaks are popping up, pointing to the existence of a particular Hima_Ultra, also known as the One M9 Plus. Now, while the name might hint at a larger variant of the One M9, the "plus" there might actually refer more to "plus features" rather than size, equipping it with some extras that the One M9 might not have.

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BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

It's not that the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, doesn't know what Net Neutrality means. It's just that he - and the rest of the company - want it to mean something that also happens to be extremely beneficial to them. Chen suggests that Net Neutrality should include apps and services, and that this means that Apple should be lawfully obligated to release their iMessage app and service to all mobile operating systems, not just iOS - not just the iPhone, but BlackBerry devices too.

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Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 continue to pile up, but the latest ones seem to be sending mixed messages to both fans and onlookers. The latest word on the rumor mill is that the next Samsung flagship won't be flaunting a high waterproof rating, unlike the Galaxy S5 before it. Instead, that feature will be bequeathed on what would be the Galaxy S6 Active, which will be seeing a return to the lineup this year and adding to the number of rumored Galaxy S6 variants.

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New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

In the spirit of cramming an entire recording studio in your pocket or bag, IK Multimedia is unleashing a trio of new gadgets that will help you record and fine tune your masterpiece on the go. The iRig Mic Studio gives users a professional-grade large-diaphragm microphone in their hands, almost literally. The iRig UA, on the other hand, is the first guitar effects processor made for almost all recent Android devices. And the new iRig PowerBridge keeps both your iOS device and your iRig accessory powered up while you jam and record your tunes.

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NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX will be upon us in the very near future, and ahead of the game the NFL has pushed out an update for both its iOS and its Android apps. Several changes come with the update, the most important of which is the (future) ability to stream the Super Bowl and the 2015 Pro Game for Verizon's subscribers specifically. Joining the streaming feature is some additional functionality, all of it centering around the big game on February 1.

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Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature arrives for all

If you follow a lot of people on Twitter, keeping up with all of the tweets can be hard, particularly if you take a small break from browsing them. At the beginning of this month, Twitter began slowly introducing a feature called "while you were away" that addressed this issue. With it, users are presented with some tweets they probably wanted to see but missed the first time around, and as of today the feature is finally rolling out to all users.

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