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This is Nest’s new unifying app

This is Nest’s new unifying app

Nest may have new hardware to show today, but the app to control its thermostat, Nest Protect smoke alarm, and Nest Cam security camera is also getting revamped. Nest 5.0 for iPhone and Android updates the interface in addition to streamlining setup, bringing together not only Nest's own range but existing Dropcam cameras you might have installed, all in the same place.

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LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.

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BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent has released a new app to share byte-heavy content like long videos and batches of photos between various mobile devices without ever having to make a detour at the cloud. Just like all things BitTorrent, this app is all about preserving your privacy. Content will go directly between mobile devices, bypassing the cloud entirely to keep anything shared beyond the reach of prying eyes (or a police warrant). The interface is incredibly simple. Choose to send files from your mobile device and Shoot creates a convenient QR code, granting recipients access with a quick scan.

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SwiftKey hack can remotely take over Samsung mobile devices

SwiftKey hack can remotely take over Samsung mobile devices

Android users on Samsung mobile devices could be vulnerable to a new type of security hack. The security flaw was discovered by Ryan Welton from NowSecure. He detailed his findings at the Blackhat Security Summit in London. The hackable exploit arises from the pre-installed SwiftKey keyboard. As Swiftkey searches for updates to its language packs over unencrypted lines, via plain text, it is susceptible to malicious security apps from any spoofed proxy server. Using this as a keyhole, Welton could scale up the attack to basically take over a vulnerable mobile device while the user remains unaware. The bug affects over 600 million Samsung users, including those using the Galaxy S6.

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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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Motorola puts a 30-day trial on unlocked Moto X

Motorola puts a 30-day trial on unlocked Moto X

Wireless contracts and subsidies might soon be a thing of the past. At least in a perfect world, perfect except for carriers maybe. The number of people buying devices off-contract, as well as the number of those devices being offered, have increasingly grown. Manufacturers like Huawei are thinking up of ways to encourage buyers to ditch subsidies. Motorola is joining that fray by making a new offer for those buying the Moto X without contracts. Try it out for 30 days and, if you don't like it, return it for free.

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Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony Xperia Z4v coming to America

Sony announces Xperia Z4v, a device destined in the United States for Verizon alone. This device is the next in line for Xperia devices after the Xpeira Z3 released in 2014. This device is the direct descendant of the Xperia Z3v, the uniquely Verizon-carried edition of the Z3 in the United States. This device has a 5.2-inch Full WQHD "Triluminos" display - that's LED with Sony's "X-Reality" technology, technology they suggest provides a "wider palette of rich, natural colors and enhanced color depth and gradation without risk of over saturation."

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Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe has turned its eyes upon Android, and bestowed users on the platform with a handful of new mobile apps, rounding out its mobile offerings that have been available to iOS users. All four apps are available now to Android users via the Google Play Store, and they’re comprised of Color CC, Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, and Brush CC. The move comes sooner than expected, but not soon enough depending on who you ask. Demand for more Adobe products on Android has been consistently high.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

In addition to a new slew of games being released over the past few days, NVIDIA SHIELD is about to get a kick in the Android TV software pants. The first - and perhaps most important to those actively using SHIELD today - is the addition of a low battery notification for the SHIELD Remote. Before today, power would just run out and you'd have to make a guess at why you weren't turning the volume up automatically. The SHIELD Remote is getting a "snappier response" upgrade as well.

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