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LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

LG G4 “consumer trial” underway

So you'd like to check the LG G4 out before it hits stores, yes? Lucky you, the people at LG responsible for bringing heat to the feet of consumers have decided to do a bit of a trial run. As it was internationally, here it is in the USA as well - the LG G4 Trial Program is coming to the United States, and, just as we saw late last month, this program is aimed at consumers that want to take part in LG's testing process. This is more of a boost for the device than it is a testing program, but who are we to judge?

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Google acquires Timeful for smart scheduling features

Google acquires Timeful for smart scheduling features

In an effort to better automate your schedule, Google has acquired Timeful. The service, as-is, takes your schedule and finds time for those things you need to do — but don’t quite have scheduled. Exercising, calling your credit card company about a charge; those are sometimes tasks that you do when you can find time. Timeful simply finds that time for you. Timeful’s app, currently iOS-only, is still available for download and use, but the team says their energy will be focussed on Google projects moving forward.

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Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Whether or not Google is dismantling Google+, reorganizing it, or just thinking differently about social is unknown. Through signs that the social layer of Google is at least being demoted through the ranks, the service has nonetheless added a new feature that pinches a bit of cool from another social service that might be more widely used. With Collections, you’ll be able to take things of interest and organize them into lists, which can in turn be shared to the public, or a more private audience.

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Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Google’s Password Alert already patched but still vulnerable

Earlier this week, Google released a Chrome extension designed to protect against phishing attacks, particularly the kind that directs users to a page designed to look like one of Google's own login pages. When on one of these fake Google logins, the Password Alert extension was designed to identify that it was a phishing attempt and alert the user that they were about to enter their credentials on a Web page that isn't part of Google. The problem is that the extension itself was vulnerable, and remains that way despite a patch.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

Google is really it's Google Search muscles on mobile of late. The tech giant has endowed its Android app with new powers, like showing apps related to your searches even if they aren't installed yet, or sending directions from your desktop browser to your phone, and even adding 70 new Google Now cards for your use and enjoyment. Now for even more fun, Google's voice actions have also been powered up to let you jump right into apps without having to open them up first and navigate through the functions.

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Galaxy S6 Edge: Android at Peak Elegance

Galaxy S6 Edge: Android at Peak Elegance

The LG G4 is coming to market with a leather back, the HTC One M9 looks the same as last year, and the Sony Xperia Z4 isn't coming to the United States. The iPhone has rounded edges now, and they've released a big one, too! Even the Samsung Galaxy S6 is pretty much just an internal upgrade on what was delivered last year, when you consider the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. This device, I contend, is the future of the aesthetically pleasing smartphone.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 USA model specifications revealed

ASUS ZenFone 2 USA model specifications revealed

On the 18th of May in Manhattan, New York, ASUS will be visiting with a USA-based taste of their smartphone ZenFone 2. This device will subsequently be available at AT&T - like previous releases of ASUS phones in the United States - and will have a lovely 5.5-inch display to do battle with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, not to mention the new LG G4. Specific device colors for AT&T have not yet been revealed as such.

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Google unleashes Chrome Dev channel on Android

Google unleashes Chrome Dev channel on Android

Like a fast growing tree, web browsers like Firefox and Chrome follow separate branches of development, released at different points in time to cater to different classes of users. At the most basic, you have stable branch for fully tested versions, a beta for those still in testing, and a development release for the latest and greatest, even if it means less testing. It's that last part that Google is finally allowing users to enjoy on Android, releasing the Chrome Dev channel for the mobile browser.

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Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

If you are one of the hoards of people that use Google Maps from your desktop computer, Google has made a big change that you need to be aware of. Google has taken the classic maps that you are used to seeing and has replaced them with a Lite mode that lacks many of the features that we have come to know from Google Maps.

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