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Smartphone batteries: searching for the new lithium

April 28th, 2017

Lithium-based batteries are omnipresent, but the material is not infinite. Researchers have found some exciting alternatives to lithium.

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Google posted more of the 2017 I/O schedule, time to plan your own

April 28th, 2017

More of this year’s schedule for Google’s I/O developer conference is finally up. At least, more than the last time we talked about it. Not all of the events are on it, as some would likely give away announcements made during the keynote at I/O by the…

[Deal Alert] Get your weekend started with 18 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps

April 28th, 2017

Friday is here and that means we all survived another week. For me, that means a weekend of homework and studying, but I hope not all of you share the same fate as I do. It being Friday also means it’s time for another round of apps that are free or on sale!

As always, the free apps will remain in your library unless you uninstall them within the Play Store’s refund window.

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[Deal Alert] Get your weekend started with 18 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Auto’s Google Maps broken on Audi’s 2017 A3s, Google and Audi are on the case

April 28th, 2017

Anyone that might be considering a 2017 Audi A3 on the basis of it using Android Auto might want to reexamine their options. Apparently a large number of the cars are having difficulties with the compass in in Android Auto being rotated 180 degrees wh…

Nougat arrives next week for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on T-Mobile

April 28th, 2017

Android 7.0 Nougat has been out for a few months now, so we’re getting to the point when older phones are seeing the update. T-Mobile project manager Des Smith reports that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is next up. This phone’s Nougat update is on the way next week.

Here’s the tweet from Des with the basics.

SOFTWARE UPDATE: @TMobile Engineers have approved the #GalaxyS6EdgePlus Nougat build! Should start pushing early next week!👏 pic.twitter.com/GPEadUQ26j

— Des 📱 (@askdes) April 28, 2017

Nougat on the GS6 Edge will be similar to other Samsung devices.

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Nougat arrives next week for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on T-Mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can start planning your Google I/O 2017 schedule now and reserve yourself a seat

April 28th, 2017

Some changes mean you’ll want to sort out your schedule right away.

Google has filled in most of the details for the Google I/O 2017 schedule of events and you can start selecting and planning out which ones you want to attend.

At the I/O 2017 website, you can see all the talks and presentations for all three days of the event and choose the ones you’re interested in attending. You can track changes and even get notified through the site. As a plus, the mobile view of the site looks great in Chrome and acts very much like a native app so you don’t have to wait for the Google I/O app to be updated and can get started right away.

And you’ll want to get started right away because there are some changes this year. Because of some logistic problems and first-time mistakes Google I/O 2016 and its outdoor venue was a bit of a disaster for many. Google has listened to feedback and made some changes in the way it’s going to work. The tents that events are held in will be bigger and you’l…

A DIY transparent glass back for your Galaxy S8

April 28th, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a beautiful phone, no doubt about that, but with a little bit of DIY, you can make it even more unique.(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Facebook for Android: our favorite tips and tricks

April 28th, 2017

Tips and tricks for using the latest version of Facebook for Android, including News Feed tweaks, security enhancements and more.(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Facebook Messenger tips and tricks: from notifications to locations

April 28th, 2017

There’s a few little used features in Facebook Messenger that really deserve some more attention. In this article we’ll share tips and tricks you really should try.(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Pictionary finally gets mobile treatment from makers of Trivia Crack

April 28th, 2017

The popular party game is now available to play on the go!

It’s weird that it took so long, but an official Pictionary game has finally landed in the Google Play Store. Developed by Mattel and Etermax — the same folks behind the all too appropriately named Trivia Crack — Pictionary takes the classic party game and breathes new life in the transition to mobile.

After signing in via Facebook or your Google account, you have the choice between two game modes. Quick Draw is a 2 vs. 2 game of Pictionary played in real time and is very similar to the original game’s style of play. Each team has a drawer and a guesser with 90 seconds on the clock to guess the assigned word. Both teams draw the same word in a head-to-head race with the other team.

You see both what your teammate and your opponents are drawing in real time and the first team to get the right answer wins. It’s not perfect in its current state — you may have troubles connecting to the server, and once you d…

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