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OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

OnePlus drops invite system, sort of

Though the strategy seems to have worked great for the OnePlus team thus far, they've begun letting their guard down, just a bit. The invite system will be stoppered for just a few Tuesdays, that is to say. Starting on February 10th, the OnePlus One will be offered up for sale in two editions. Two rather specific editions, one with 64GB of internal storage and a Sandstone Black exterior, the other with 16GB of internal storage space and a "Silk White" exterior.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge get official mention

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge get official mention

Samsung has seemingly confirmed that there will be two variants of the Galaxy S6 smartphone, with one - the Galaxy S6 Edge - expected to use a curved touchscreen. The new flagship will make its official debut at Samsung's pre-Mobile World Congress event in just a few weeks time, but two support pages for the Galaxy S6 (referred to by its SM-G920X product code) and the S6 Edge (as the SM-G925X) have already sprung up. Although neither has anything so useful as product shots or even diagrams of what the handsets will look like, it's apparent confirmation that the curved side-screen first used on the Galaxy Note Edge isn't quite ready for mass-market use.

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Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

What would you do if your $6 mobile app gets pirated a lot? And by a lot, we mean 85 percent of the installed user base? Some might have called it quits and yanked off their app. Others might have tried to enforce even stricter piracy countermeasures. But not Android app developer Jack Underwood, whose popular Today Calendar app is experiencing those numbers. Instead, he is "punishing" pirates by making them walk the plank into shark-infested waters. Well, not really. He's just filling up their calendars with a lot of pirate-themed events.

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Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

Gear VR demo stations headed to Best Buy

To make the public get a little bit better understanding of what it'll be like to live in a Virtual Reality environment in the near future, Samsung is teaming up with Best Buy. At a number of Best Buy locations across the United States, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Gear VR to their Samsung Experience Shops. This hands-on opportunity will begin on the 8th of February and will last an unspecified amount of time. There's also a site made by Best Buy to locate the closest participating location near you.

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Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Today the Samsung Galaxy S Edge seems to have been re-confirmed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6. In an image of a selection of cases from little-known brand Verus, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge (or just S Edge) can be seen. Here you'll notice that the Samsung device's edge is not just all by its lonesome, it's joined by some volume keys as well. This is different from the Galaxy Note Edge which keeps all of its buttons to the top or the opposite side of the device.

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Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Last time we shared how you can significantly prolong your iPhone 6's battery life without gimmicks or accessories. It all boils down to corralling your apps and keeping them under your control, never letting them do stuff without your consent, like access data or incessantly trying to grab your attention. You can do the same for your Android smartphone, with almost exactly the same steps, of course in different places. And we're going to show you how, plus some other steps you might have to take on Android.

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Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Remember Timely? If you were using Google+ when it came out, you probably remember your feed being polluted with shares of the app’s link, which was an easy way to get in-app stuff. After its meteoric rise (which was really strange, since it’s really just an alarm clock app) Google purchased Bitspin, the studio behind Timely, and immediately made all the in-app content free. Since then, Bitspin (or maybe Google) has done little with the app, but an update today brings it full circle to Lollipop.

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Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Ephemeral messaging apps are popular, but they aren’t quite confidential. You can typically take a screenshot of what was sent to you, which preserves the moment for an eternity. The embarrassment potential is clear, but what about those times you really need to send confidential info, but don’t have time to chat on the phone (which seems to be the chosen method)? An app named Confide might help with that, and offers a much more secure way to send private info.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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