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Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.

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Udacity launches for Android with four new courses

Udacity launches for Android with four new courses

Udacity, the popular tool for learning all kinds of tech things you might not otherwise get to, has finally made its way to Android. The iOS app, launched about two months ago, has been reworked for Android, and the company has some new courses you can take to celebrate. Four new learning programs are available for Udacity, and they have a decidedly Android flair.

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Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

The web-based learning environment Coursera has been brought to the mobile platform this month for both iOS and Android. With Coursera, you’ll be able to take advantage of free classes, all set up to improve your life over the course of a few weeks. These classes will educate you in a wide variety of topics - everything from Chemistry to Engineering to "Information, Tech, & Design."

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Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

Yo app loses LOL for super-simple messaging

There’s an app out there this Summer called "Yo." This app has been released to the iTunes App store, originally getting rejected by Apple because of its super-simplicity - they thought it wasn’t finished, or that it was a joke based on its April 1st submission date. Now that the app is out and gaining steam - 50,000 users strong in just a few months - it’s also earning investment dollars.

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Terrain Home replaces your homescreen with universal search

Terrain Home replaces your homescreen with universal search

Android devices looking for a new face and functionality may want to have a peek at Terrain Home. This is a homescreen replacement app created by the folks at Samsung’s Accelerator division, making way for organization the likes of which no manufacturer-made home screen app has delivered before. This app was designed with the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line in mind, but it’ll work with most any Android smartphone.

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Squeezing more run time out of your phone’s battery

Squeezing more run time out of your phone’s battery

Battery life is sacred for the mobile user, and despite steady improvements to battery technology (have you seen the urine battery?), the average user is still likely to find themselves in search of a convenient outlet at an inconvenient time. There are a few different ways to potentially improve your smartphone's run time, however, aiding in those moments you forget to bring along your portable battery charger.

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Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

You pull out your Android smartphone to check on something, and again the first thing you notice is how slow it is running. You've meant to check out why it might be running at a sluggish pace and how to fix the problem, but by the time you have a chance you've again forgotten. We're here to help with that. If you've got a slow Android handset, fish it out of your pocket and do these three simple things right now to make it run faster.

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