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Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

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Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Xiaomi Max leaked to be a giant 6.4-inch phablet

Given how OEMs like Samsung and Xiaomi are often times, warranted or not, painted as iPhone copycats, you'd think that Xiaomi's next device after the Xiaomi Mi 5 would be a smaller, 4-inch smartphone like the iPhone SE. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, that isn't the case. Xiaomi's next smartphone will actually be a a phablet, and a giant at that. Voted to be called the Xiaomi Max, a leaked photo of the front panel yields a 6.4-inch display and, perhaps more worryingly, no fingerprint scanner on the front.

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Android N Preview 2 tips Force Touch support and VR services

Android N Preview 2 tips Force Touch support and VR services

Last week the latest version of the Android N preview was released and there were several things inside the new version that had been updated. Among them were emoji that look more like people rather than blobs. Hidden inside this update was also some software that is for virtual reality. Apps will be able to register themselves with VR Listener or VR Helper.

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Huawei P9 Lite pricing unveiled by Euro retailers

Huawei P9 Lite pricing unveiled by Euro retailers

We have already heard a bunch of rumors about the Huawei P9 Lite smartphone. Another leak has happened ahead of the official announcement of the device by Huawei. This time out a European retailer has listed the P9 Lite in three different colors on its website. The listings come from Romanian retailer Cel.ro and lists black, white, and gold versions of the device.

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LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

LG G5 users get to enjoy 360-degree wallpapers

Two of the LG G5's new "Friends" are the 360 CAM and the 360 VR headset, the company's more formal entry into the intersection of mobile and virtual reality markets. But what if you don't have either friend and are left with just the G5? Not to worry because LG is going to let each and every owner enjoy a taste of that VR goodness, alrbeit indirectly, through a set of 360-degree wallpapers to be made available to them via the LG SmartWorld hub starting this month.

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Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

Samsung Galaxy C line to sport mid-range specs in metal bodies

The age of cheap all-plastic smartphones might finally be over. At least as far as Samsung is concerned. While its entry level Galaxy J series might still bear the cost-friendly material, it also has traces of metal to flaunt. In contrast, the Korean manufacturer's upcoming Galaxy C family will supposedly be all metal. But it won't only be the outside that will be premium. While not flagship-level, the Galaxy C5, which is supposedly the first of its kind, will have decent mid-range specs to boast about.

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Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Google, Oracle to head to court as settlement talks fall through

Six hours. That's how long, or, to be more blunt, short settlement talks between tech giants Google and Oracle lasted. Given that duration, the outcome should probably already be evident. The the companies failed to reach a settlement regarding an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit Oracle filed against Google for the use of its proprietary Java APIs in Android. As the settlement failed, the two will head back to court next month to perhaps once and for all give closure to both the actual question of infringement as well as damages to be paid. If any, that is.

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Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Now you can manage Outlook email on Android Wear

Your smartwatch may seem like the last device you'd want to read and manage your email on, but as the variety of email apps on the Apple Watch has shown, there are some people out there who do. It also proves that the wrist may not be such a bad location to take care of email from after all. With that, now Android Wear device owners can get in on the action, as Microsoft has finally released an Outlook app for Google's wearable-based OS.

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Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Super Meat Boy launches on NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Games like Dark Souls are known for their ability to frustrate players with sheer difficulty, and unexpected death traps. While that's a big deal now, back in the NES era, games like that were somewhat commonplace. A few years ago one developer decided to recapture the insane difficulty of 90's games, and gave birth to Super Meat Boy. And just when you thought that game had made it to every available platform, it makes its way to yet another.

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Three things Apple should have invented already

Three things Apple should have invented already

Apple invented the iPhone. They didn't invent the smartphone, but they did create a company that dominated smartphones. In the same way Apple invented the best way to dominate the smartphone, the following three devices should have been released by and subsequently dominated by Apple. Not that we're not better off now that none of these items came from Apple first - but let's imagine that Apple took the reigns at the start of their rise to prominence.

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Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

In this age of smartphone dominance, data caps from mobile carriers can be a real pain. Anytime a large chunk of free data is offered, customers should take notice. This is exactly the case for Verizon users, as the company just announced a promotion that will reward them with 2GB of free data at no charge. It's available to anyone with an Android device that supports Android Pay, and all they need to do is try out the contactless payment system three times.

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Moto X Pure smartphones get graffiti treatment from artist Futura

Moto X Pure smartphones get graffiti treatment from artist Futura

Motorola has collaborated with an artist to make 30 custom painted smartphones. The artists is one Leonard McGurr, perhaps better known as the graffiti artist Futura. For this collaboration, Motorola provided Futura with 30 Moto X Pure smartphones and the artist used the phones as his canvas for a work of art. The smartphones were laid out on canvas or paper and then spray painted with multiple colors.

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