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Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Sundown on Eclipse – Google pushes devs to Android Studio

Google announces that Eclipse Android Developer Tools kit will no longer be officially supported by the company for Android app creation. This afternoon Jamal Eason, Product Manager for Android, made clear that Google would be "ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse at the end of the year." Both the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system will still exist, of course, but Google won't be lending their help to anyone still using them at the end of December.

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UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

UCSF launches LGBTQ app with ResearchKit inside

The PRIDE Study app has been launched by the University of California, San Francisco to begin early research for their ambition project on LGBTQ health issues. The PRIDE Study app works with ResearchKit to provide LGBTQ users to contribute to the study before it begins. There, users will be able to answer questions to help the researchers do their job, aiming in the end "to better understand the health of the underserved LGBTQ community." This app has been in the works for weeks and launches for the first time this week.

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Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo revamps its mobile searching within mobile browsers

Yahoo has made some new changes to its mobile browsing experience. What this means for users is that if you want to search for a restaurant, you'll be able to get all kinds of information particular to the restaurant on one screen. Instead of having to click through link after link, you'll be able to find reviews, directions and make a reservations from a single query. Yahoo's new approach is to make the most of a small screen by surfacing relevant information and grouping all together for easier touch access. The new layout is currently only available in the United States, but it could roll out to other regions, eventually.

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OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

One cannot claim that Chinese startup OnePlus lacks ambition or imagination. It set itself up as one that challenged the status quo in the smartphone industry, bringing out the OnePlus One as a "flagship killer", a moniker that it was, admittedly, worthy of. Now it wants to repeat that with the OnePlus 2, but it is now also resorting to more marketing gimmicks to bring its product to the spotlight. Aside from just announcing the its July 27 unveiling of the smartphone, it also revealed that it will happen completely in virtual reality.

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T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

T-Mobile JUMP On Demand plan lets you change phones 3x a year

The newest update to T-Mobile USA's plan to take over the wireless industry includes an update of their JUMP plan. While before this update, T-Mobile's JUMP plan allowed users to upgrade from one phone to another without a major fee, this new "JUMP! On Demand" plan allows users to swap phones up to three times a year. Where before, JUMP required T-Mobile users to pay a $10 per-month fee, this plan costs nothing extra per month. Like Missy Elliot, T-Mobile is remixing their own jams before the competition remixes it for them.

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Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office finally comes to Android phones

Microsoft Office for Android phones is here. At last, Android users can maximize productivity as well as iOS and Windows Phone users. Until now, if Android users had Office 365 they could use Office Mobile, which was pretty basic. With the new apps, Office 365 users still get an advantage. (Otherwise what would be point of the subscription fee?) While the apps are free to all users, the people without 365 accounts will be limited to opening, editing, and saving files. 365 members will have functionality that almost mirrors the full PC versions. For example, subscribers get a button in the Word for Android app that brings up a pop-up tool tray where you can make changes to layout, format, paragraphs, headers, footers and more without ever having to leave the document.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Android Lollipop 5.1 update comes to Moto X 2

Android Lollipop 5.1 update comes to Moto X 2

Updates to the newest version of fully-released Android version 5.1 Lollipop have come to the Moto X. This is the second-edition Moto X, the one that comes with a wooden back if you do so choose. This update comes soon after the first Moto X - believe it or not - started receiving the update, continuing Motorola's surprisingly good track record for keeping their devices from the past several years up to date with the newest software from Google. Next up is Android M, otherwise suspected to be called M&M or Marshmallow.

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Let the Type-C race begin: OnePlus 2 to blaze a trail

Let the Type-C race begin: OnePlus 2 to blaze a trail

It almost seemed ironic that Apple, who has been waving around its proprietary Lightning connector for years, would be the first to advocate for the new USB Type-C standard. Then again, maybe because of its similarities with Lightning that Apple was quick to jump on it. Regardless, the tech industry now seems to be following suit, with some smartphone makers rumored to put it on their next flagship. Well, one is a rumor no longer. OnePlus has confirmed that, yes, the OnePlus 2 will use USB Type-C.

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