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Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

For the first time in the history of wearables, Google Play has its own wearables category for Android Wear - only it's not just dedicated to apps, it's made for watch faces. The "watch faces" category on Google Play will be launched today with dozens of "official" designer, artist, and brand-made watch faces for Android Wear devices. Google is also releasing new developer tools for Android Wear, including an official Watch Face API, so that additional watch faces can be made by all developers with great speed.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 gets the Gear VR update

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 gets the Gear VR update

This morning - just one day after the Gear VR started arriving on user doorsteps - the Verizon version of the Galaxy Note 4 got its requisite Gear VR software update. It's amazing. It's stupendous. It's almost unheard of. Mostly because Verizon is notoriously slow in bringing updates to devices once they've been submitted to them by manufacturers. Between this and the Verizon Moto X Lollipop update, we're thinking we might be taking crazy pills. Or that Verizon's update process is changing - either way!

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Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook has made a concerted effort of late to be your go-to source for more than just wedding announcements and passive-aggressive complaining. Their trending topics section, typically housed on the right side of your home screen, has been a staple on the desktop. This is an increasingly mobile landscape, though, and Facebook is trying to stay relevant there, too. Now, trending topics will make their way to mobile, with the conversation being aggregated in a way that will make it easier to cut through the nonsense and get right to the gritty details.

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Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

They say that a chain is only as strong as the weakest link and sometimes in the case of operating systems, that weakest link is in the apps ecosystem. That is why Blackphone will be updating its Android-based security and privacy hardened PrivatOS with two new features that tries to mitigate the adverse effects of third-party applications. With Spaces, PrivatOS can keep personal files and apps personal, away from sensitive enterprise content. And its own app store ensures that only equally secure apps actually get installed.

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Dropbox Carousel deletes phone photos once they hit the cloud

Dropbox Carousel deletes phone photos once they hit the cloud

The next generation of cloud storage from Dropbox has been revealed - deleting your phone-stored photos after they've been uploaded to their webspace. There are two ways to look at this. One is that you're freeing up space on your smartphone by allowing Dropbox to hold them for you using Dropbox Carousel. The other is that you're trusting Dropbox to have a perfect copy of your files before deleting them from your phone, also trusting that they're only deleting said photos after the upload is complete.

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Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

There's a number of reasons why you might want to stay away from this first release of the Samsung Gear VR, but according to Samsung's sales website, there might be a few more reasons to buy. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition - the first and only version to have been released so far - is currently "out of stock" at Samsung's website. AT&T's stock appears to still be running strong*, but we do not know how low their stock is - if it's low at all.

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Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

It isn't exactly uncommon for planned features to be removed before software is released, but when something major, like fingerprint scanning support, gets the axe, one does start wondering why. Although we may never really know why, we now do know that such a feature was at least on the table and might have been intended for the Nexus 6 even. But alas, such things did not come to pass and we can only keep on staring at the source code in longing and bewilderment.

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Blizzard’s Hearthstone expands, Android coming soon

Barely a year since it launched in March, Blizzard is releasing its first expansion for its unexpected digital card collecting game (CCG) Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As with any card game expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes adds new decks, new cards, and new strategies to the game. It also adds a new story, as much as you can have stories in these kinds of games. As the title too obviously points out, it is pretty much a feud between goblins and gnomes, both of whom have a different to the word "fun" in mind.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

Samsung does it, NVIDIA does it, and LG does it - they use stylus pens in their smart devices. Back with the LG G3 Stylus we saw a relatively run-of-the-mill stick embedded in the modified G3. Back with the LG Intuition we had an even bleaker preposition - a stylus without a holder. Now it might be time LG upped their game, ready for a new generation of smart stylus power prepared to work with any device - not just embedded in one smartphone.

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