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Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

NVIDIA has hit the Valve once again with the first mobile release of Half-Life 2: Episode One. This game will be released exclusively (at first) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and optimized for the table's NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Half-Life 2 Episode 1 will be part of a "Green Box" - a reference to the original "Orange Box" from Valve. This Green Box includes Half-Life 2 and Portal as well, all coming to the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, free when you purchase the tablet this Autumn.

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The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

Nexus owners, get ready for an upgrade. Google has announced that most Nexus devices will soon be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop, and while they didn’t come right out and say which would and wouldn’t get Lollipop officially, we’ve got a good idea. Via the Android Developer’s page from Google, we see the factory image postings for all Nexus devices. The usual suspects you’d expect to get the update are there, but some notable exceptions are raising some eyebrows.

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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

YouTube Music Key released: not just Play All Access

This morning YouTube Music Key became official for the first time. It'll be released in Beta mode for a monthly fee, appearing at first to come up against Google Play Music's All Access system. Instead, subscribers to Google Music will be included in the subscription cost of YouTube Music Key - all one package. As for those of you that already subscribe to Google Music - we're waiting to hear back from Google on that. For now, gotta catch em all - music style.

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Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Samsung Proximity brings beacons beyond iPhone

Before today, Samsung had been relatively mum on the subject of "beacons." Apple started talking about their program - "iBeacon" - some time ago. We saw a Qualcomm Gimbal-made system for Apple Store in action back in February - ready to roll. Here near the end of the year, Samsung's developer conference has led the way to the company's own software solution for beacon technology. It all begins with Bluetooth LE.

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Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

Nexus 6 Review – You want to lick this Lollipop

A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.0 Lollipop on phones, arguably the biggest thing to happen to the OS in many generations. So, with supplies still frustrating all but the best-timed of buyers, is the Nexus 6 the Android phone you want in your pocket?

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Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Gear S smartwatch to load traffic-powered apps

Samsung has announced that they'll be teaming with Inrix to bring a variety of traffic-powered apps and functionality to the Gear S smartwatch this Autumn and Winter. With Inrix real-time traffic updates, the Gear S will be able to send the user traffic time insight, telling them when the best time of day will be to take a trip, head to the store, or head home from work. This will work with the INRIX XD Traffic app specially aimed at Gear S users.

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Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Review: Christmas Morning

Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Review: Christmas Morning

It's Christmas morning. Your child woke you up with an ear-piercing scream of excitement - Santa has come. Once your child sees the present you've wrapped in special paper - next to the Santa gifts, of course - they snatch it up. They realize it might just be socks. They open it. It's the Amazon Fire HD 6 Kids Edition. They go wild. Then it's your turn. Your task is opening the box and setting the tablet up so that they might play the whole day long. How difficult (or incredibly easy) is this going to be, you might ask?

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Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Google Music bucks the trend with growing downloads

Streaming music services like Spotify have caused a big ripple in the industry, influencing everything from legit music downloads to piracy rates. Despite this, Google Music has seen growth among its download sales alongside an uptick in its streaming service's user base. The growth runs counter to the industry's overall faltering, with such sales earlier in 2014 seeing a year-on-year drop of 13-percent. This follows closely on the heels of Taylor Swift having her catalog pulled from Spotify, taking a jab at the nature of streaming music services.

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Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

Moto G Android 5.0 Lollipop update release next

The Moto G, Motorola's best selling smartphone on the low end, appears to be bringing some heat here this Autumn as the next device to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. Appearing in a Moto G (2nd Generation) Android 5.0 Lollipop Release Notes document this afternoon, it seems all but ready for full release. First is the soak test - not everyone will be getting this release immediately. Once that's done, the whole world can partake in the delicious candy update goodness that is Android 5.0 Lollipop in its entirety.

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