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Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Following its recent changes to Search, Google has pulled a handful of piracy apps from the Play Store, citing violations of the company's Content Policy. The pulled apps are said to have offered optimized web experiences for using The Pirate Bay, and include the apps "The Pirate Bay Premium", "The Pirate Bay Proxy", "The Pirate Bay Mirror", and the "PirateApp". This is the latest Google effort to combat piracy and steer users towards legally obtained content.

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SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

It's time for a quick look at the latest from SkinIt here with a couple of skins from their newest Marvel Comics collection as well as a classic skin from Star Wars. SkinIt sent us samples for three rather different devices to get a good feel for the quality of their product on different sorts of surfaces and at different scales, as well. What you're seeing here is a MacBook Pro, an LG G3 smartphone, and the Xbox One gaming console.

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Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

Verizon LG G3 updates with VoLTE

A software update is coming your way if you own the Verizon iteration of the LG G3. This update will bring you access to Verizon's Voice Over LTE network, right alongside the LG G2 - which was released last year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also has VoLTE access, as does the DROID MAXX, DROID Mini, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This LG G3 update will start rolling out this afternoon across the United States - if you don't have it yet, just wait - you will sooner than later.

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HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that will be updated are the Google Play Editions of both devices, with both the M7 and M8 seeing Over-The-Air updates this morning. The kernel sources for both devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop have both been approved as well, meaning we'll see Lollipop ROMs and unofficial builds aplenty very, very soon - once the hackers and developers get to work.

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Sony Android TVs to come in February 2015

Sony Android TVs to come in February 2015

Android TV, the successor of the somewhat stillborn Google TV, is barely a few months in the market, and yet some true believers are already lining up to take the platform under their wings. One of those is Sony, who courageously announced (or Google announced for them) that its entire HD and 4K Smart TV lineup next year will have Android TV in tow. But what does that exactly mean for the user experience? Some Sony insiders reveals some hints on how Sony's Android TVs will behave when they arrive.

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Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

Xiaomi tipped to enter US market in 2015

As early as January of 2015, Xiaomi may well make its move for the United States mobile market. It's suggested that Xiaomi may do this with the smartphone "Mi5", showing off this Qualcomm Snapdragon-toting device at CES 2015 in their first-ever appearance inside the USA. This device is currently priced at CNY1,999, converted to right around $325 USD off-contract. If this pricing schedule continues through a USA-based released, even the most major smartphone manufactures might be turning an attentive eye toward China.

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HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

The HTC Hima's details have been leaked this morning by a notoriously accurate leakster by the name of "Upleaks", and the device is said to be coming by March of 2015 - and likely introduced either immediately before or during Mobile World Congress 2015. If past events are any indication, we might well see this device introduced in the first couple of months in 2015 then shown off at MWC 2015 while HTC Desire devices are revealed anew. Also, the word "Hima" is a code-name, not a final name.

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T-Mobile delays Nexus 9 launch indefinitely

T-Mobile delays Nexus 9 launch indefinitely

T-Mobile sure does love Google. Even their outspoken CEO John Legere is hard-pressed to find something bad to say about the search giant, especially when it comes to their Nexus products. After being forced to push back the launch of Google’s Nexus 6 by a week, T-Mobile is once again having issues getting Nexus devices. This time, the Nexus 9 is the culprit, and leaked internal documents suggest T-Mobile is delaying the tablet launch indefinitely as a result.

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Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

This week Google has begun opening the buy-gates for Project Tango, bringing in new availability for users around the world. While the device went up on Google Play early this November and began arriving for developers late this November, here in early December (already!) we're seeing the device being made available to those that've showed interest with Google - even if they aren't developers, that is to say.

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Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

As much as the Internet is a font of knowledge (not exactly wisdom) for many of us, not everyone has the luxury of a good connection to take advantage of what the Internet has to offer. This is an impediment especially for interested Android app developers, as majority, if not all, of Google's resources, though free, are Internet-bound. At the very least, they require a lot of time and bandwidth to even download. Which is why Google has a new Developer's Kit offer for those living in "bandwidth challenged" areas.

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