Cat Phones has announced their S50 model earlier this month. It’s a rugged LTE smartphone designed specifically to be used outdoors and in challenging environments. It’s waterproof, scratch-resistant, dustproof and can withstand more than just a few bumps and scrapes. We first played with the Cat S50 at IFA, but we met with them again last night to have a closer look. Watch our hands-on video.






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A new feature has just launched for Google’s social networking service Google+ that allows you to restrict your posts based on your audience’s age or location. This way, you can set filters for the content you create to make sure it’s not viewable by children, or that you can share your Google+ posts to your peers without the peering eyes of parents. Businesses can also use the new feature to restrict content based on where they want promotions to happen.






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Google will offer an unlimited amount of Google Drive cloud storage space for free for all of its Google Apps for Education customers as part of a new program called Drive for Education.






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Popular third-party keyboard Fleksy is rolling out a major update, and it’s coming to two new store fresh off the heels of its iOS launch. The app will be coming to the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung App Store, and both the Fleksy keyboard and the Fleksy Messenger app for Samsung Gear devices are getting a bevy of new features.

Fleksy keyboard 3.2.5 for Android sports the usual host of bug fixes and optimizations, both for resources and for tablets. In addition, we have…






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Motorola has updated its FM Radio app for Moto E and Moto Gs to include Bluetooth audio playback and a few visual refreshes. The app, which is only available for these Motorola devices that have an FM tuner inside, is pretty bare bones but gets the job done and is now just a little bit better as well. The first big change is the inclusion of Bluetooth audio support, which will let you stream your FM tunes out to a connected wireless speaker or pair of headphones.






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Take my money

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release is mere weeks away, and we expect plenty of folks will soon be holding one of their own once we see it on shelves. But some of us already know we have to have one, and have jumped on the preorder bus. It’s always fun to try and gauge the popularity of any device based on preorder numbers, so we’re going to join in.

Hit the poll below, and let us know which way you’re going — preorder or no preorder. We’ll take a look at the numbers come Friday.






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Microsoft is rolling out a new update to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices today that adds a few new features, including a new way to view photos stored on the service.






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The popular SwiftKey keyboard app for Android is offering users a new option if they like more colorful ways of typing. Today, they can download the new Pink Pack which adds three new pink colored keyboard themes bundled with two previously released themes.






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Check out the apps we’re using this week

We’re back with another round of weekly app recommendations so we can share the apps we love, the new apps we’re trying, or the apps we think are worth taking a second look at. In other words, if we think it’s interesting, we’ll share it here.

Apps are a big part of the smartphone experience, and the Google Play store brings a huge number of them into the mix. Take a look at our picks, then be sure to share your favorites in the comments. We’re all in this together!






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This past week we put the Samsung Galaxy Alpha through its paces, finding it to be Samsung’s best-designed Android phone yet — though not without a couple of issues in other areas. Nevertheless, the Alpha is a big deal for Samsung as it launches its new design language. For a quick five-minute roundup of everything going on with the Alpha — available now in Europe in the U.S. — you’ll want to check out our Galaxy Alpha video walkthrough.

Find it after the break.






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