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New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

Google has just given the go signal for developers to start giving some thought to making their apps 64-bit ready in time for the next Android release. This comes with the release of a new emulator image for Android L preview, confirming that the next Android version will indeed be ready for a 64-bit mobile world. Whether that will translate into something that end users will actually be able to notice and appreciate will largely depend on the marriage between the software and the hardware.

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DROID Turbo details before launch

DROID Turbo details before launch

This afternoon a User Guide for the upcoming Verizon Motorola DROID Turbo has been leaked. If this guide is to be believed, the DROID Turbo is launching with a set of specifications that far exceeds the power and the abilities of the Moto X. This is a surprise, to be sure - why would Motorola out-do themselves so quickly after releasing their own flagship model? Is this Verizon’s doing, or is this guide a fake from the start?

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What on Earth is HTC thinking?

What on Earth is HTC thinking?

This afternoon HTC brought a number of fashion models on stage to an event where they’d planned on revealing several new devices. These models walked across the stage with MegaMan-like electronic music and soulless, model eyes. And no purpose. Or if the purpose existed, it wasn’t immediately obvious. It’s as if HTC picked up on the strangest and most useless elements in the average big-time Samsung Galaxy event and blew it up for their own event, complete with an extended mix for publishers in the audience - again, without an immediately apparent purpose beyond aesthetics.

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Google Now tells you bills are due; does it go too far?

Google Now tells you bills are due; does it go too far?

Forgetting to pay bills is a pain. Sometimes, you get charges that might be more than a minimum payment — and those might not be reversible. Google thinks they can help, though. If you get emailed reminders about bills sent to your Gmail inbox, you may end up with a Google Now card reminding you to pay your bill. The feature is meant to be handy, but it seems a few users aren’t too pleased with Google scanning their emails to find bills.

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Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Android users: Would you be more likely to pay for an app if you got to try it out first? According to a new report, Google is banking that you will. A program, designed to let you try an app out before downloading a paid version, is reportedly being imagined within the walls at Google. The goal is to boost Play Store revenues, making the platform more enticing to Developers. Also, the report says in testing the apps ahead of downloading, we may save on data consumption on our carrier plans.

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Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Digital tattoo returns: “eSkin” for all NFC phones

Remember when Motorola’s Moto X had a digital tattoo you could apply that would unlock your phone? Turns out the company that made/makes said tattoo wasn’t finished there. They’ve just done a sort of silent release of their next skin-applied technology, the eSkin Tattoo. This release is essentially the same as the Moto X-specific "Digital Tattoo", but it’s made to interact with all NFC compatible phones (except your iPhone 6*, of course).

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Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

If you don’t have a Chromecast, you might want to pick one up shortly after reading this. Google’s incredible little dongle has added Backdrop support. The app, which will see an update over the next few days, will now let you customize the information shown on your TV when you’re not binge-watching Game of Thrones on HBO GO or Using Netflix to waste away a Saturday afternoon. Previously announced at Google I/O, Backdrop adds a lot more personality to your Chromecast.

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Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Research Fuse Labs have created an app that’ll allow you to share galleries of photos between devices with great ease. Instead of focusing on a social network like Facebook, or an old technology like email, they’ve created Xim, an app that does not require every user to download. This app works on Windows Phone (of course), as well as iOS for iPhone / iPad, and Android. It’s cross-device and super simple to use - and it’ll be out immediately if not soon.

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Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Our mobile devices inherently multitask on a technical level, but presenting a user-facing interface has always been a topic for much debate. Google has been known to disparage such multitasking features on Samsung's heavily customized TouchWiz experience, because it diverged from Google's vision of Android and because it was basically hacked on top of functionality and API that Android didn't officially support. Apparently, however, Google has softened it's opinion a bit and has been found to have experimented with split screen functionality on its own.

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Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

Keep your Nexus 6, I’ll stick with Moto X

There’s really no good reason why you should wait for a 6-inch smartphone. Apple’s created a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there are more than enough Samsung Galaxy Note devices in the world. What more could you possibly want? I tell you what I want - Motorola’s expertise in creating a smartphone that delivers well and above expectations. I want a Moto X with a wooden backside.

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