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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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LG 2015 Nexus 5 will use Snapdragon 808, says latest tip

LG 2015 Nexus 5 will use Snapdragon 808, says latest tip

As expected, until we see the actual device, or at least until all voices start singing in unison, leaks about upcoming devices will always fluctuate from one detail to the next. The latest victim? Why, it's none other than LG's second Nexus 5 smartphone. You know, the Nexus that isn't made by Huawei. According to the latest "reliable source", the device will bear a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 instead of an 820 or, worse, an 810, which might be for the best considering the present mobile processor landscape.

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Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear has been updated to work with iOS, and while some suggest it's the Apple Watch that'll suffer, we're thinking Pebble. The smartwatch that took hold a couple years ago with its super-simple interface, physical buttons, and most important of all - iOS integration from the get-go. Being the only smartwatch in the world worth a second glance was great for Pebble when it launched. Now things are different. Now there's competition, and Pebble really, truly looks like it's behind the times.

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LG G Pad X 10.1 released to AT&T with 4G LTE

LG G Pad X 10.1 released to AT&T with 4G LTE

AT&T will be releasing the LG G Pad X 10.1 with 4G LTE data speed to their network on the 4th of September - this Friday. This device works with relatively modest specs, including a 10.1-inch full HD display (that's 1080p), and 32GB of internal storage. The big promotion point for AT&T and LG on this device is its inclusion of the DirecTV app on the device right out of the box - though, technically, you could just download the app from the Google Play app store on the tablet you already own, really.

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Google On app launched for your smart home

Google On app launched for your smart home

Today the first Google On app has been launched, prepared at first for the device OnHub, a device Google says is "a router for the new way to Wi-Fi." Inside this app you won't find a whole lot - unless you've already got a Google OnHub in your home. For now this device will act as a smart Wi-fi control tower, distributing your internet service throughout your home in a set of smart ways. In the future, the Google OnHub and On app will act as smart controllers for all of the smart home products in your immediate environment.

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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Today we're going to talk about how the next version of Android will have app-makers asking for your permission to access your phone or tablet's features. This might seem scary at first if you have no idea what "permissions" are in the first place - but have no worry! In fact this update to Android makes it easier for users like yourself to understand what app is requesting access to which part of your device.

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Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

Xperia Z5 render leak hints “greater focus” is 23MP camera

When it comes to Sony's IFA 2015 event in a few days, you might be in either of two camps (not counting those who don't care). Either you're waiting with interest to see if the Japanese OEM has anything left to offer the mobile world, or you're no longer interested because you think it doesn't have a prayer. If this leak of press render images is to be taken at face value, the latter camp may have reason for their indifference, revealing nothing notable other than a higher camera sensor.

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iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

A pair of new Android piano apps has landed that are described as low-latency professional apps for Android musicians. The apps include iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano and both are available on Google Play right now. Both apps come with lots of controls and advanced features that these apps introduced on the iOS platform previously.

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