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Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

There's a new Jolla-based Android launcher in town, and it has Stella to thank. Not the Stella you're thinking of - the Stella Angry Bird from the Rovio-made game series. And before you freak out and say "I will never, ever use an Angry Birds-based anything on my Android", take a look a bit closer at this piece of work. It's surprisingly well done, and might just shock you into controlling your Android smartphone in a whole new way - a whole new way, that is, if you've never used Jolla's Sailfish OS before.

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Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

As they promised in an eleventh-hour decision last week to push back the launch of the Nexus 6, T-Mobile now has the device up for order. The new Nexus handset will be available for $0 down, and can be had with the carrier’s monthly installment plan. Like other US carriers, T-Mobile has the 32GB variant in blue — no white. Unlike the rest, T-Mobile also has the 64GB version of the Nexus 6, but again, no white version has been found outside of the Play Store.

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Duke it out on Middle-Earth via a Chrome Experiement

Duke it out on Middle-Earth via a Chrome Experiement

Fans are probably just counting down the days before the final Tolkien film lands in cinemas. But while whittling down the days, they can entertain themselves, and their friends mayhaps, by taking a virtual journey to Middle Earth. No you will not need some magical portal or even a ticket aboard Air New Zealand. All that is required is for you to fire up your Chrome web browser for this interactive tour of the fantasy world that also lets you even reenact the epics battles with your friends.

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Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

The rumors were true after all and Cyanogen, Inc., the company formed from the community-oriented CyanogenMod's core developers, is indeed targeting the growing mobile market of India. It has struck a deal with manufacturer Mircromax that will bring the Android-based OS to a new device. With promises of dirt cheap handsets, constant updates and freedom from bloatware, this team up pretty much puts Micromax somewhat at odds with its other partner, Google, just after the two launched the Android One program last September.

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Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

Lollipop update for HTC One set for Friday

This Friday, the 21st of November, 2014, we'll be seeing updates to both the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (M7) for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is a bit of a delay compared to the original projected release date - early this week - but still jams in amongst the first in the industry to release such an update. At this time we're not entirely certain what the HTC One update to Android 5.0 Lollipop will entail, exactly, as it'll be the first in the industry to have more than just the basic Google-made Vanilla layout.

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Google paying up to $100k for batch of new Wallet users

Google paying up to $100k for batch of new Wallet users

Google Wallet was, at one point, the hottest thing in mobile payment technology. You could pay for things using NFC, at least in theory. Poor support left it dormant, but the recent presence of Apple Pay is bringing it back to the mindset of users. Riding Apple Pay’s coattails, Google wants people to use Wallet; so much so, they’re paying you to find them new users. If you send a new user money via Google Wallet, you’ll get $5 in return.

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Google Fit partners with Adidas, Polar, Withings for dev challenge

Google Fit partners with Adidas, Polar, Withings for dev challenge

This week the folks at Google have let it be known that they're ramping up efforts to embolden Google Fit. To do this, they're teaming up with Adidas, Polar, and Withings to create the Google Fit Developer Challengs. This challenge will have developers submitting smart wearable fitness apps to Google by the 17th of February, 2015 for a chance at fabulous features and prizes including all manner of Android Wear, Adidas, Polar, and Withings smart devices to continue development into the future.

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Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Nokia’s Future Explained Simply

Does Microsoft own Nokia? Is Nokia ever going to make another smartphone? Will Nokia start making Android phones and tablets in the near future? What we're about to do is set the record straight on a few key points about the Nokia brand - where they are, what happened with Microsoft, and where they're going in the near future. It's from this point that you can move forward with Nokia, understanding all the basics. The software, the hardware, and the support as well.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Review

This week we've had a look at what it means to be rolling with the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with a full Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. This isn't your everyday average upgrade - it's not like we're using the Nexus 9 that just happens to be branded by NVIDIA. Instead, this is the first non-Nexus tablet to receive the update, complete with NVIDIA's own apps under the hood. This is more than just a software update just for the sake of having the latest and greatest - this is a real-deal update of the abilities of the unit.

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Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

To help get their services to a wider audience, Google has issued a Play Services update today. The aim is, naturally, getting Google stuff in more places, and making it a better experience for the end-user. Moving forward, Developers will have the ability to better control the API library they need, and use only the API they want. That will keep apps lightweight, and easy to update/support. Developers will need it, too; there are a lot of cool new things they can build into their apps!

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