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Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Facebook Messenger offers more features than chatting, and some use it even if they don't bother with their Facebook account. For those who fall into the latter group, there's good news: the recent Messenger update has brought a handful of changes, the most notable of which is that you no longer require a Facebook account to use the chatting app. Instead, users can just provide their phone number and go from there. The change has arrived with both the Android and the iOS apps.

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Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android has received an update that focuses on the app’s design and boosts its usability, the company has announced. Dropbox says there are new features in addition to the updated design, and included among them is the addition of a “plus” button for snapping a photo (among other things) and putting it straight into a folder, improvements to tools for finding files on the service, changes to file sharing controls, and more. The update is rolling out to users now.

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iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

As we found out earlier this month, iOS 9 will support older devices like the iPhone 4s. Some users planning to update will no doubt be doing so with limited available storage, which typically necessitates deleting data and uninstalling apps until the required space is available. Not hard, but usually a waste of time and hassle. With iOS 9 that changes -- developers have spotted a new feature in iOS 9 that temporarily deletes apps to free up space, then automatically reinstalls them after the OS update is finished.

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Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Android M released for Sony Xperia devices in ODP

Google's Android M developer preview released for Sony Xperia devices participating in their Open Device Program. This means that users aiming to take part in developing for Sony devices are able to load Android M. More specifically, it means that if you've got a Sony Xperia device that's signed up with Sony's Open Device program, you're in luck. If a device is listed as part of Sony's Open Device program, a set of instructions available through Sony will allow that device's owner to load Android M Developer Preview as early as this morning.

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ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) has agreed to a definition for 5G communications networks. The definition that it has agreed to specifies that the future 5G networks will have speeds of at least 20 Gbps. The ITU also clarified its plan to commercialize 5G networks by 2020. The 5G network standards set forth by the ITU have been standardized globally and a Korean ministry official says that the agreement on the standard will be approved internationally.

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Google launches Android Clock in Play Store

Google launches Android Clock in Play Store

Google has launched another standalone Android app on the Google Play Store — its simple stock clock app for Android, giving users another option for their time related activities. The app is available on the Play Store as of now, and it is called aptly enough just “Clock”. Anyone who has used the stock Android clock will find that it functions the same way with alarms, the stopwatch, a snoozing function, the ability to set a timer, and all those needed features.

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OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

OnePlus 2 to feature Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with no overheating

Android smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus, has a new model, the OnePlus 2 on the way. After the smartphone specs detailed in a recent leak, the company came forward and unveiled that the powerhouse behind the new handset will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 CPU. Recently, the 810 has been tied to overheating in other devices, making users worry about future capabilities of the OnePlus 2.

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Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Playing mobile games by using joysticks on the touchscreen is a frustrating process. There are third-party game controllers as an alternative, and they work just fine. The problem with them, however, is that they're somewhat large and they require the user to carry them around. Enter the Flitchio, a smartphone case that has a game controller built into it. This positions a pair of flat controls on the back of the case, allowing an impromptu game to be played without having to tote around a separate controller.

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Review: Lenovo TAB 2 A8 Android tablet

Review: Lenovo TAB 2 A8 Android tablet

At Mobile World Congress 2015 earlier this year, Lenovo introduced an update to its TAB Android tablets with the TAB 2 A8 and A10. We went hands-on with the slates at the time, and now that their launch is upon us we've given the TAB 2 A Series a full review to see how it compares with the previous generation. There's no mistaking the new TAB 2 A Series is one of Lenovo's TAB tablets -- it has the same blue color and finish, but with some notable changes: the design is more angular, the ports have been switched up a bit, and there are some changes under the hood. How does it fair? Read our full SlashGear review to find out!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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