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Stocks end higher following strong run in August

Costa could be the toast of Chelsea

One of the first summer transfer stories to break was Tiago Mendes's move to Chelsea, which was announced right after the Champions League final. The Portuguese midfielder won't be the only Atlético de Madrid man swapping the Calderón for Stamford Bridge over the next couple of months.<p>Costa could …

With Android One, Google is poised to own the entire world

New hardware rules for low-end phones should have Microsoft on high alert<p>In the developed world, smartphones are ubiquitous. They’re so common, many device makers have given up on selling non-smartphones entirely. But that’s not the case in the developing world, where consumers are still in …

New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly

Lithium-ion batteries have made portable, rechargeable electronics commonplace. Unfortunately, they do have some glaring drawbacks, including heat …

Clean Energy

Google Voice plans to make transcriptions better with your help

What's the silliest Google Voice transcription you've gotten? That question might have come up during a meet-up with tech-loving friends before -- after all, you're not the only user who's ever received garbled voicemail-to-text messages. In fact, even Google Tech Lead Manager Alex Wiesen admits …

16 of the Best Android Apps From June

From ephemeral Facebook messaging apps, to ones that simply let you say ‘Yo!’ to your buddies, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in June. So by way of a quick recap and to help you filter through the debris, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>MailWise<p>There’s already …

Steam Passes 8 Million Concurrent Users During Summer Sale

PC gaming is far from dead. The latest figures from Steam, the digital storefront and gaming platform run by Valve, the prolific developer behind titles such as Half-Life 2, Portal and Left for Dead, soared past 8 million concurrent users over the weekend.<p>To emphasize, that means over 8 million …

Multi-language support in Google Now delayed

One of the many great news emerging out of last week’s Google I/O was the upcoming support for multiple languages in Google Now. As it turns out, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the feature.<p>Google confirmed to <i>CNET</i> that the feature won’t roll out in the coming days, as it was first …

Microsoft and Twitter make Bing a better social search engine

Bing, the Pepsi of search engines, today expanded upon its existing partnership with Twitter.<p>Google and Twitter never rekindled their real-time search deal, but Microsoft appears more eager than ever to bring Twitter’s trending content to its flagship search service.<p>As of today, Bing enables users …

Digging the new Android L nav buttons? Here’s how to get them with Xposed

One of the biggest visual changes in the Android L release is the new navigation bar featuring the triangle, circle, and square buttons, replacing the familiar setup we’ve been using since ICS.<p>Not everyone is a fan of these new so-called “Play Station style” buttons. Personally, I still have mixed …

World Cup actions on Facebook pass 1 billion mark, more than any event in company history

Facebook has passed the 1 billion mark in World Cup interactions.<p>The company said Monday the milestone was reached over the weekend. No other single event has generated this much activity on Facebook in the history of the social media site. More than 220 million people have posted, "liked" or …

Google Is Killing Off Orkut, Its Social Network That You Don't Remember

If you remember Orkut, Google's first foray into social networking, good news: the site is still around. The bad news is that it's about to die. Orkut will go gentle into that good night on September 30, Google announced in a blog post on Monday.<p><b>Sign up for top Technology news direct to your …

Social Media

The Many Ways Google Glass Users Risk Breaking British Privacy Laws

There is much hyperbole around Google Glass’ impact on privacy and the apparent widening of the panopticon of surveillance the wearable technology will help bring about. Yet whatever moral issues are at play here, the law could well be on the side of more paranoid folk, at least in the UK.<p>On …

Twitter’s mobile app install advertising feature comes out of beta, goes global

Twitter has taken its mobile application install advertising feature out of beta and it has also taken the service global. Twitter talked about the feature, which allows companies to advertise mobile apps within the Twitter mobile app timeline, earlier this year. The video above explains how the …

Study Explains Why Your Preschooler May Be Better With An iPad Than You Are

So you think you're more tech-savvy than a preschooler? Think again.<p>When it comes to figuring out how new gadgets operate, kids may have adults beat. That's because kids may think about problems more creatively than grown-ups do.<p>"[M]aybe children are better at solving problems when the solution is …

Google’s new message to developers: don’t screw up Android

Cars, watches, TVs: Google (S GOOG) is bringing Android everywhere, and it wants to provide consumers with a consistent experience across all …

Windows 9 'Threshold' Will Bring Back The Default Start Menu

Windows 9, also known as Windows "Threshold," will reportedly move aside some of its colorful tiles from Windows 8 to make way for the traditional Start Menu, according to ZDNet.<p>Many Windows users are happy with the traditional style of Windows 7, which has led to less than stellar adoption numbers …

Microsoft Windows

Google to kill social network Orkut

Google on Monday announced that it will shut down social network Orkut -- which had been mostly popular outside the United States -- at the end of September.<p>The service launched in 2004, the same year as Facebook, and is a hub for online interactions and photo sharing. The site never quite won over …

Islamic State Declares Caliphate, Seizes Osama Bin Laden's Dream

When the Sunni extremists running amok in Iraq announced that their name has been shortened from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and decreed that all of the world's Muslims must pledge allegiance to their leader, they did more than just formally declare a new caliphate.<p>Here’s a look at …

Apps of the Week: Wave Wave, Duolingo, Android L Keyboard and more!

Another busy week here at Android Central is behind us, and to cap it all off we're going to give you a look at our favorite apps of the week. We …

Apps