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Timing is everything: 'Gran Turismo 6' goes up against new consoles, new expectations

It's a good time for racing games. This holiday season sees the release of the two biggest console racing sims around: <i>Forza Motorsport 5</i> is the latest entry in a franchise that debuted on the original Xbox, while Sony’s <i>Gran Turismo 6</i> follows in the lineage of some of the greatest racing sims ever …

Why Samsung just launched the world’s largest floating vessel

The <i>Prelude</i> is longer than the Empire State building or Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers are tall and displaces six times as much water as the world’s largest aircraft carrier. It won’t be completed until 2017, but its enormous hull was just launched from drydock in a South Korean shipyard. It was …

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The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell has just floated the hull of the world's largest vessel out of its dry dock in South Korea. It's so massive that if you stood it up, it would be 1,601 feet tall, reaching higher into the sky than the Empire State Building.<p>The vessel, called the Prelude, will actually be used more as a …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

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Android 4.4 KitKat official – here’s what you need to know

Google unveiled its new Android version alongside the Nexus 5 – Android 4.4 KitKat – and in what follows we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about it.<p>Announced out of the blue in early September, while we were waiting to see Samsung and LG announced new devices at IFA 2013, Android …

Nexus 4, 7, 10 Android 4.4 KitKat release date set for the “coming weeks;” Galaxy Nexus not included

Google has officially introduced the new Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 KitKat earlier today, just as some recent rumors have suggested, but when will it be available?<p>While you may have though that KitKat will be rolled out rather quickly after becoming official, that’s not exactly the case.<p>On …

Android 4.4 KitKat may finally change the way we do NFC payments

Just yesterday we reported on how the LG Nexus 5 utilized a BCM20793M NFC chip. What made this stand out is that this particular chip lacked the secure element needed to work nicely with Google Wallet. At the time it was speculated that this meant Google was getting ready to introduce a new system …

Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 available for download (AOSP ROMs)

Android 4.4 KitKat is not yet officially available for Nexus devices, but AOSP builds for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (both models) are available for download.<p>Owners of the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013) version can get their AOSP KitKat fix from Rootzwiki, while the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2012) model has its ROM ready …

In KitKat, the new launcher is part of the Google Search app, report says

Not directly visible to the KitKat user, it appears that the Google Search app has actually taken over the launcher in the new Android release, according to the discoveries made by a publication.<p>Google Search and Google Now received their own updates and visual makeovers in KitKat – which is …

15 best Android apps of 2018!

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The crème de la crème. The Android apps that stand alone at the top of the pantheon. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android and if you’re looking for good stuff it’s assumed that you have some of this stuff already. There are a ton of amazing Android apps …

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android – Everything you need to know

Android has amazing security. In most cases, you don’t need anti-virus or anti-malware app because Android rocks. For those of you that like to remain protected and enjoy peace of mind, we have for you a review of Bitdefender Antivirus Free. The app is provided by a security company called …

Must read Android: Top 10 stories this week

This week in your world of Android: the Nexus 5 launched, KitKat became official along with the new Google launcher, Hangout finally learned SMS, the G Flex landed, and Motorola shocked us with Project Ara.<p>These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few phrases. It’s …

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 camera comparison shows big differences in low-light conditions

One of the central features of the Nexus 5 is the 8MP camera that everyone hopes will erase the bad memories left by the cameras of earlier Nexus smartphones. While the first Nexus 5 impressions point to an inconsistent behavior (supposedly due to software, so potentially solvable), one thing’s for …

Android News

Google Experience Launcher – Hands on

Along with the release of Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, a series of APKs were pulled from the Nexus 5 and the biggest three were the new Google Play Services APK, the new search APK, and the much anticipated Google Experience launcher.<p>So to find out whether the launcher is worthy of the …

Apps

Google Helpouts app lets you get lessons from experts or rent out your knowledge

Announced back in August, Helpouts is a service that pairs users with experts in various fields, from gardening, to guitar playing, to tech troubleshooting.<p>The idea is simple, but potentially disruptive: users looking for advice on just about any matter can get one-on-one video “lessons”, which …

Android News

Nexus 5’s Google Experience Launcher may not come to other devices, Nexuses included

The new “Google Experience Launcher” that’s basically a revamped Google Search / Google Now app with launcher functions is a Nexus 5 exclusive for the time being, and it may not come to other Android devices, including other Nexus models.<p>A few days ago, a report revealed that Google overhauled the …

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Android 4.4’s verified boot has device modders worried

One of the new security features in Android 4.4 KitKat is verified boot which is designed to detect persistent rootkits that can hold onto root privileges and compromise a device’s security. At the moment the feature is experimental and optional which means it is unlikely that many manufacturers …

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Work on CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4 KitKat) has started

The CyanogenMod team has already started work on CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4 KitKat) although we’re yet to see a working ROM out in the wild for users to try out.<p>The team posted on Google+ an update on “CM 11 initialization,” saying that certain features have survived the jump from Android 4.3, …

T-Mobile Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat firmware reportedly leaked

An alleged Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat version has apparently been leaked, with Google’s latest Android OS having been launched less than a week.<p>Naturally, considering that Motorola is a Google subsidiary, we’re not exactly surprised to see that a leaked KitKat build for Moto’s top handset has found …

Dalvik’s future replacement debuts in Android 4.4 KitKat, currently an experimental feature

With Android 4.4 KitKat we have already seen quite a few new features including a modernized phone dialer, improved Google Now integration and faster multi-tasking. What you might not know is that deep inside KitKat there is also a hidden experimental feature that could forever change Android as we …

Android News

Google Text-to-Speech engine arrives to Google Play

There are times when it’s just easier to have text read back to you aloud as opposed to reading it for yourself, and that’s where text-to-speech engines like Google Text-to-Speech come in handy. Previously, the engine was part of the stock Android experience, but now Google has officially pushed …

Samsung plans to include a 16 megapixel camera in at least 90 million devices next year

This year’s top smartphone models from Samsung, including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, feature a 13 megapixel camera, but for next year the electronics giant is planning to up the ante and ship devices with 16 megapixel cameras. According to a report by the Electronic Times, the default camera …

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Nova Launcher’s developer talks about upcoming KitKat-inspired makeover

Android 4.4 KitKat is here, and with it comes the Google experience launcher and plenty of other unique new features. So what does this mean for custom launchers? Obviously the demand for customization isn’t going to end just because Google does something new.<p>On the other hand, it does mean that …

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‘Note 3 Experience’ app lets you test out Note features on your existing Android handset

Wondering what’s so great about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3? While you can certainly check out various hands-on videos and reviews to get a better look, there’s something said for actually experiencing the Note’s latest features. With that in mind, Samsung is now bringing Android users a way to get a …

Google Keyboard 2.0 begins rolling out to Google Play

In Android 4.4 KitKat, the keyboard sees a substantial update that includes a new gray theme, the ability to quickly bring up emoji, and so much more. The good news is that you don’t have to own a Nexus 5 or wait until KitKat to get your hands on the new keyboard, as Google Keyboard 2.0 has now …

More Google Now smart features for Nexus 5 tipped for November 13 update

A publication has revealed in a Nexus 5 one-week-of-use review that the handset may soon get new Google Now features, with an update pegged for November 13.<p>According to <i>Wired</i>, more smart Google Now features are coming soon, although Google is yet to officially announce them.<p>Apparently Google Now …

Ghosts of Nexus past: Nexus 5 vs Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus vs Nexus S vs Nexus One (video)

A video comparison between all the Nexus smartphones made to date shows how far Nexus performance has come, but also reveals the improvements and optimizations in Android from Nexus One to Nexus 5.<p>It’s not exactly fair to compare later 2013 flagships to much older Nexus devices – the Nexus One was …

Los Angeles planning to bring free, fiber-based internet to its 3.5 million residents

This year has already brought Google Fiber announcements to Provo, UT and Austin, TX — and AT&T has plans to try and keep up with Google as well. Now, it looks like Los Angeles is getting involved in the fiber-based internet game with a massively ambitious project to bring fiber to all of its 3.5 …