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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android, Online gets a Snow Day

The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting a couple of big additions this week, one in the form of a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The platform-first is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be coming to Android devices of all kinds. This game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles as well as iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it comes to Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player.

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Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Anonymous messaging apps have their intrigue, there’s no doubt about it. Spilling your most intimate secrets to a group of people who won’t know it’s you can be both frightening and cathartic, but like the messages themselves, not lasting. After an intense launch that saw it reach the top of the App Store charts, Secret has lost its mojo, and given way to several other apps similar to it. Now it’s been refreshed, has a new look, and some new functionality that makes it more of an interpersonal chat platform.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

Why carry two devices when you can just have one? That is the rhetorical question that BLU Products wants you to ask yourself when trying to consider why you would want to invest on a BLU Studio 7.0, which is, for all intents and purposes, a 7.0-inch smartphone. Yes, that is practically the smallest tablet size in the market, but with added functionality not just for mobile data but for actually making phone calls. Two devices for the price of one, and maybe the price of a bit of self-respect.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sighted in Vietnam wearing gold

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sighted in Vietnam wearing gold

The Galaxy Note Edge is, to be blunt, a quirky smartphone. It has a screen that rolls of to the side but is actually a distinct screen on its own. It is definitely a device that says "special". To turn that voice into a scream, it seems that a shop in Vietnam will be offering a gold-plated version of the smartphone with a curved screen. Yes, the quirky device just became luxurious in this gold Galaxy Note Edge version that has come out of nowhere and still has to see the light of day.

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Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Bloatware has been an annoying issue on any device, whether it be smartphone, tablet or laptop, but what Chinese OEM Coolpad is doing goes beyond bloatware into potentially criminal territory. Palo Alto Networks, the very same research firm that alerted the world to the WireLurker iOS malware last month is now hot on the trails of "CoolReaper" a backdoor software that Coolpad has intentionally installed on millions of its devices, exposing users not just to its own control but possibly to external malicious threats as well.

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Micromax’s Cyanogen-powered YU branded YUreka comes to life

Micromax’s Cyanogen-powered YU branded YUreka comes to life

"The Zeus of phones have arrived!" That is how Micromax is trying to paint the arrival of the first smartphone under its new YU brand. With an almost cringe-worthy name of YUreka, the smartphone exclusive to India is bound to attract the attention of many in the mobile world. Aside from being a new hyped product from one of India's biggest OEMs, YUreka is also the first to bear Cyanogen's mark, at least officially and exclusively, in the country, much to OnePlus' chagrin.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge camera

When we first saw the Galaxy Note 4 at a Samsung conference earlier this year, Samsung also showed us the Galaxy Note Edge. At that time, it wasn't entirely apparent - they're said to come with the same cameras. Since then, we've put them to the test. Some devices perform VERY different from one another even though they're supposed to have the same hardware - can Samsung stay true to its word here?

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IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

Those of you that already use IFTTT know that it's one of the simplest, most intuitive connector of apps and services on the market today. For those of you that don't - you really have to tap in to see what the big deal is. There's an update to the Android app for IFTTT today that expands its reach well beyond its origins, adding 20 new channels to its already-robust set of apps - and the whole thing looks a lot nicer now, too.

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