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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV update 1.2 – the best gets a boost

In addition to a new slew of games being released over the past few days, NVIDIA SHIELD is about to get a kick in the Android TV software pants. The first - and perhaps most important to those actively using SHIELD today - is the addition of a low battery notification for the SHIELD Remote. Before today, power would just run out and you'd have to make a guess at why you weren't turning the volume up automatically. The SHIELD Remote is getting a "snappier response" upgrade as well.

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Leaked Galaxy J5 specs tip 5-inch screen and Snapdragon 410

Leaked Galaxy J5 specs tip 5-inch screen and Snapdragon 410

Samsung wants to have a smartphone for every need and category with high-end devices like the Galaxy S6 being too expensive for some users. For those who can't afford or don’t want a high-end device, there are plenty of mid and low range smartphones in the Samsung lineup. A new Samsung Galaxy device has leaked with photos and specifications turning up online. The device is called the Galaxy J5.

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Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone

Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone

One of the benefits of Android's openness is that many of its parts can be replaced by third party apps and services. One of those parts is the homescree and app launcher, the very first piece of software the user meets when using their smartphone. After the lock screen, of course. You might have heard of launchers like Nova, Apex, Go, or even Google's own Google Now, but here are five more that you won't usually read about in the news unless they have a major update or release.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hands-on vs Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hands-on vs Galaxy S6

Today we compare the Galaxy S6 Active to it's slightly less active counterpart, the original Samsung Galaxy S6. These devices are very similar where it matters most - in their cameras, their software, and their displays. The places where they're different is in their ability to handle the elements. Hence the name - Active. There's also carriers to think about. While the Galaxy S6 is available through most any carrier you like, the Active iteration is only available in the United States through AT&T. If you cannot roll with that, you cannot roll with this.

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Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

Why you’re going to want the 500GB SHIELD Pro

This week the SHIELD Pro - the larger internal storage size-toting version of the Android TV device - has begun shipping to users. In addition to rolling out with 500GB of internal storage space, says NVIDIA, this version of the device also comes bundled with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. This is the same device SlashGear took a close look at in our NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV review quite recently - both inside and out. This device is made to take over your living room entertainment, providing movies, music, and most of all games to your HD TV.

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You can now get your hands on the NVIDIA SHIELD Pro

You can now get your hands on the NVIDIA SHIELD Pro

If you have been waiting for NVIDIA to give the green light for its more spacious Android gaming console, then wait no longer. Starting today, June 12, the NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, with its whopping 500 GB of storage, is now available for you to purchase. Of course, with a considerably augmented price tag as well. That, however, is the price the pay if you always end up wishing you had a bit more space to install those high quality but also high resource Android games now in the market.

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Which Android phone to get? Google has a tool for that

Which Android phone to get? Google has a tool for that

Diversity is both a boon and a bane in Android. On the one hand, it means that buyers can choose from their manufacturer of choice, features of preference, or unique style. On the other hand, it also exhibits the so-called "irony of choice", almost paralyzing some from choosing among dozens of options. Although Google has probably been long aware of the situation, now it is taking a more active approach. It has just launched a new "Which Phone" web tool that can help narrow down the choices based on your use cases.

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Google Slides gains Chromecast support

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

If you’re enmeshed in Google’s ecosystem, you likely use its Slides offering rather than PowerPoint (they both do basically the same thing, if you’re unfamiliar). It would be handy to present those slides via Chromecast, but until today that has not been possible. With today’s Google Slides iOS and Android update, however, such functionality has been added, as well as the ability to play Slides presentations over AirPlay. It is a welcomed update, and makes the service a bit more appealing over Microsoft’s offering.

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Archos’ 256 GB tablet may no longer become reality

Archos’ 256 GB tablet may no longer become reality

At MWC last March, Archos made two rather bold announcements. The first as a Fusion Storage technology that would seamlessly merge both internal and external microSD storage as a single unified storage. The second was a tablet that would be boasting 256 GB of internal storage alone, plus a 128 GB capacity expansion. At least one of those won't be seeing the light of day, though both might actually be stillborn. A French news site is reporting that the 256 GB Archos 94 Magnus is being scrapped even before it can hit the shelves.

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Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Praise the heavens, mobile video shooters, Twitter has finally gotten with the times and lets you record videos in landscape orientation from within their iOS and Android apps. When Twitter first made in-app video recording available earlier this year, it used square formatting, made popular by social apps Vine and Instagram. Twitter makes it easy to shoot video in the new orientation, just hold your phone like normal, rotate it 90 degrees to the right or left, and start recording!

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