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Ready for more Material Design in your life? You'll definitely want to check out this collection -- tons o' good stuff within.
Ready for more Material Design in your life? These 30 Android apps make Google's latest design standards look amazing -- and they have the functionality to match.
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I would add 2 more: Light Flow and especially Solid Explorer 2.0.
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First-gen Moto G on sale for $25 (!) off-contract right now

That is an insane deal, even if it's a year-old phone. Just note that it's a Verizon Prepaid model, so it's presumably CDMA-only and won't work with a GSM carrier. Could still make for a solid Wi-Fi-only device for around-the-house use, though.

Seems to be a short-term sale, so jump on it fast if you want one.
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this offer not possible in india
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And the award for "Totally Missing the Point -- No, Seriously, Why Did You Make This?" goes to...
Wireless charging is nice. It really is - setting your phone down and picking it back up, without having to plug it in and remove the plug each time, saves... by Michael Crider in Accessories, News
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i think it defeats the purpose/ I want inductive charging so that i may free up my port for device/the addon reminds me of the 32x for SEGA.
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Achievement unlocked: In response to the latest Adobe Reader Upgrade Harassment Prompt™, I hit uninstall and set Chrome to be the default PDF viewer on my Windows desktop. 

Long overdue. 
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Even Evince from GNOME is not that great, but at least it updates with the rest of the system, and the updates work. Still, Chrome is my default PDF viewer.
Actually, my brother was discussing today that Chrome's PDF viewer is not at all optimized for 200-and-something page documents (like books), but rather for 1-2 page documents. There is no contents pane like there is in Adobe Reader or Evince or actually most non-browser PDF viewers. I know that's not necessary for most people, but before we try converting everyone we meet, we should be aware that it won't work for some people who regularly work with large PDFs.
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This just in: A software update to improve camera performance on the HTC One M9! Time for some before and after comparisons:
HTC says a new software update should improve camera performance on its One M9 phone -- so how much difference does it really make? A hands-on comparison.
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"The Apple Watch ... is kind of slow."

"Sometimes apps take forever to load, and sometimes third-party apps never really load at all. Sometimes it’s just unresponsive for a few seconds while it thinks and then it comes back."

"It’s also surprisingly heavy."

"[The] side button is extraordinarily confusing."

"In the first of many moments where the Watch felt underpowered, I found that the screen lit up a couple of ticks too slowly: I’d raise my wrist, wait a beat, and then the screen would turn on."

"Having a screen that constantly flips on and off is definitely behind the curve."

"There’s no particularly great digital face, and there’s no ability to load up your own watch faces or buy new ones from the store."

"There’s no master switch to turn all notifications on and off, which is a huge pain."

"By the end of each day, I was hyper-aware of how low the Apple Watch battery had gotten."

"You only get a charging cable, which is lame. For $700, you should a nice charging stand, like you get with the $249 Moto 360."

"There’s virtually nothing I can’t do faster or better with access to a laptop or a phone except perhaps check the time."

"There’s no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today."

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+Alessandro Zummo *slow clap*
I'm not even surprised XD
'Course how hard can it be when your opponent is running the famously laggy android OS?
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Nice -- you can now use the Android Device Manager "Find My Phone" feature right from the Google search box!
We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!
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I can sure use this feature of Google!
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This is getting to be a real problem -- and something I'm seeing far too often lately (on multiple devices, both with my account and with others): numerous Play Services-related errors piling up in the notification panel, accompanied by an authentication-related error when trying to get into the Play Store. Talk about a maddening loop.

The issue usually seems to resolve itself with a few attempts of opening and closing the Play Store app (and/or a few minutes of simply waiting it out, maybe while a new Play Services update downloads in the background), but man -- that is not a good user experience or something anyone should ever see.
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This system is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, obviously, its price. But second, it has the same internals as the upcoming Asus convertible Chromebook -- the $249 Chromebook Flip.

Here's what it's like to use.
How good of a Chrome OS experience can $149 really get you? Time to find out.
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Handy new feature on one of my favorite Android Wear watch faces: an option to get a notification when your watch is on the charger and reaches 100%.

Love it when an already-awesome app just keeps getting better.

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+Pujie Wear Uninstalling and reinstalling fixed the issue. Tried a bunch of other things first, such as resyncing with the watch, but they didn't work. Thanks for the help and for such an awesome app! Love it!
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Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9 vs. "The Perfect Android Phone"...

Some thoughts.
The real question isn't which phone is the best. It's which is the best for you.
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+Nikka M hi have the m8, and the speakers are good, the Sony z3 speakers a also very good with out being intrusive, my Note 4 speaker is poor, but phone is excellent and I have bluetooth speakers or headphones if needed. 
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If you want the best possible camera or the longest possible battery life, the M9 isn't going to meet your needs. But if you can live with a phone that's decidedly average in those regards, HTC's new One will give you an experience that's delightfully extraordinary in others.

My in-depth review of the HTC One M9. This phone may be familiar, but it isn't forgettable.
HTC's latest luxurious smartphone isn't a radical upgrade, but it offers subtle refinements that bring it closer to perfection. We take a detailed look at the One M9 and test how it holds up in the real world.
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Wasnt talking about you specifically. Just people in general, as a whole. 
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

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