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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

When Android Lollipop hit AOSP, HTC was quick to announce they’d be updating their handsets within 90 days. In fact, they were the first OEM to give themselves a deadline for Lollipop, saying “We have the Android Lollipop code. We’ll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days form today.” That was November 3. As February draws near, fans have undoubtedly been wondering when HTC would update their handset. HTC now says they won’t meet their self-imposed deadline, and offer no new deadline for Lollipop.

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Android Wear just got very, very smart

Android Wear just got very, very smart

Google's Android Wear software just got smart - very smart - simply because it integrates Google Now top to bottom. With an update to Google Now comes an update to Android Wear, and what we're seeing today is an explosive update that'll make the suggestions for directions and sports scores you've been getting so far seem like drops in a barrel of friendly, and I daresay helpful, updates from apps of all kinds. Everything from eBay auction updates to the ability to "Download Venice" - all on your wrist, very soon.

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Google Now gets third-party app support with update

Google Now gets third-party app support with update

After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your usage, will now allow third-party apps to deliver info to you. Google says over 40 new cards will be available to users, and the info sharing is a one-way street; app Developers won’t be able to cull data from Now.

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One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

It's not quite the android uprising Bill Gates and Elon Musk are afraid of, but it's domination of another sort, with shipments of smartphones running Google's OS topping one billion in 2014. The global milestone came as smartphone sales overall grew year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics, with Android propelling its overall market share to more than 81-percent. For Google, it's the first year that Android shipments have reached one billion in just a twelve month period, though as we've seen in recent days, not every Android device manufacturer is celebrating.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover 3 smartphone details leak

Samsung Galaxy XCover 3 smartphone details leak

Samsung wants to have the lion's share of every smartphone market from the top to the bottom and to do that it has plenty of offerings. Samsung smartphones run the gamut from high-end devices like the Galaxy S series to low end devices. One of Samsung's lines that hadn’t been updated in a long time is the XCover range.

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Google Play Newsstand adds Rolling Stone archives

Google Play Newsstand adds Rolling Stone archives

When's the last time you shook open an ordinary newspaper? You probably can't remember because you likely, like most people, get your news online. The same tends to go for magazines, which is why many in both categories have shifted to a primarily or solely online existence, providing content under ad-supported or subscription-based business models. Google Play Newsstand is one of the big services through which users can subscribe to and read content, and starting today it'll begin providing the Rolling Stone archives.

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Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Alibaba to invest in OUYA to bring games to set-top boxes

Seems like it's an investment run this week. After the rumored Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, Inc., another startup is getting an infusion of cash from a giant. This time, that startup is former crowdfunding darling OUYA and the giant is Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Word on the street is that Alibaba is investing around $10 million in OUYA with the goal of putting OUYA's catalog of Android games inside Alibaba's set-top boxes for the Chinese market.

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Google Glass team needed to “reset their strategy” says CFO

Google Glass team needed to “reset their strategy” says CFO

Google's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke up this afternoon during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call about Glass. Briefly mentioning Glass as an example of a project that needed to "take a pause", Pichette continued by suggesting that Google sometimes does have to "take the tough calls." He didn't say the company would be closing shop on Google Glass, but he got just about as close to saying such a thing as he could without the media making the call - and they still just might.

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Google blames growth stall on Nexus 6 supply

Google blames growth stall on Nexus 6 supply

During Google's Q4 2014 earnings call this afternoon, the company's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke about the many ups and downs of the past three months. In explaining the downs of this past quarter, Pichette spoke of two points in particular. One was the Exchange Rate between the United States and international consumers. The other reason Pichette gave for Google not hitting goals they'd set for themselves was the less-than-stellar supply they had with the Nexus 6. Pichette also mentioned Google Glass, as it were, as an example of what Google does when a project doesn't work.

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