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Google Earth 7.1 for Android introduces Street View and improved location search

Google Earth's desktop version added Leap Motion controls in version 7.1, and now its Android counterpart has picked up a few new features. Available today, version 7.1 introduces Street View which lets users take Pegman from space to your neighborhood with the power of a double tap. Search is also …

Add an invisible keyboard to Android devices 4.0 and up

Looking for some extra screen real estate? Or maybe you just want to show off by typing on an invisible keyboard? Check out Fleksy for free.<p>Fleksy just came out of private beta, and now it's available on the Google Play store for everyone to try it out. It has its own classic-style keyboard layout, …

Apps

Google's +Post ads bring full social networking to sales pitches (video)

Social networking in web ads is frequently limited to sharing buttons -- it's hard to get involved with companies short of visiting their news feeds on your own. Google's new +Post ad format could turn these sales pitches into true conversations. The technology converts a brand's existing Google+ …

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0, hands-on: A watch that's a full-on Android smartphone - CNET

Among the nascent gadget category known as smartwatches, the biggest problems to date have revolved around how they interact with cell phones. The issues are plentiful: the watch "goes dark" if it untethers from the phone; the watch can only handle a small subset of notifications from the phone's …

Gear & Gadgets

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 3 accessories

Building on the popularity of the Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been yet another success story for the South Korean company, with 5 million units being shipped in the first month since launch. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers the optimal display size for anyone looking to avoid …

Gear & Gadgets

New color options come to Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The device now comes with Rose Gold accents and a new Merlot Red color option, but Samsung keeps mum on when, or if, these colors will head to the US.<p>Samsung has added some "accents" to its Galaxy Note 3 line.<p>Samsung on Monday announced that its Galaxy Note 3 will be available with Rose Gold …

Galaxy Note

Nightly CyanogenMod tightens SMS security

Secure text messaging courtesy Open WhisperSystems begins to arrive in the nightly, unstable version of the customized Android OS.<p>CyanogenMod began adding secure text messaging to its unstable, nightly version on Monday. When the feature eventually reaches the stable build of the popular …

Text Messaging

Hangouts update fixes MMS bug

A new update to Hangouts for Android brings a number of fixes to how the app handles SMS and group messages.<p>The update brings Hangouts to version 2.0.2, and doesn’t add any major features, but does seek to make the app more usable for users. Some users reported trouble sending and receiving MMS …

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