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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active fully revealed in newly-leaked images

Posted: 29 May 2014 09:17 AM PDT

The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has already appeared in a couple of hands-on video leaks, but we're not ones to turn down the opportunity to get more looks at unannounced hardware, which leads us to a post about some newly-leaked images of the device.


Shared by @evleaks, the latest images of the AT&T Galaxy S5 Active give us our clearest look at the phone yet. We can see that it's got ruggedized corners, a toughened backside and a trio of physical navigation buttons. Once the rear cover is removed, we can also see that the S5 Active is packing microSD and microSIM slots as well as a sticker with the model number SM-G870A.


While most of the Galaxy S5 Active's spec details are still unconfirmed, previous leaks have shown that it features an "Active Key" that can be customized to launch apps based on short and long presses. The good news is that the rumor mill has suggested that the AT&T S5 Active could arrive sometime in June, so it may not be much longer before everything about this phone is fully revealed.





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Taking a look at the new LG G3′s infrared auto focus

Posted: 29 May 2014 09:13 AM PDT

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With the recent release of the LG G3, many are interested in the new infrared auto focus, how it works, and how well it works. While the camera sensor itself is the same as the G2, the imaging system of the device did see some upgrades.


The infrared auto focus system essentially times how long it takes for the reflection of the laser to come back, telling the device how far the object is. Because of the fact that the laser is extremely thin and more focused, there is a small chance of multiple returns.



LG has been pushing the fact that the camera system is hybrid, which is useful for times that the laser auto focus fails. Apparently, LG compensates for multiple returns with with contrast-based AF detection, when needed. They also say that the system is very useful in low light.


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Revamped Dragon Quest VIII RPG lands on Android

Posted: 29 May 2014 09:11 AM PDT






Classic Square Enix role-playing game Dragon Quest VIII has launched on Android today. The game has been fully revamped with full 3D graphics and adding a few other touch-friendly elements while retaining the setting's charm. The story follows a brave unnamed hero as he tries to break a malicious curse placed on his king and princess. There's alchemical crafting, monster gladiatorial battles, and gambling to enjoy throughout the game between working your way through the fantasy storyline.





















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Wake up to Sunrise, a superb new calendar app for Android

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:52 AM PDT

Sunrise-Android Truly gorgeous Android apps used to be few and far between, but in recent years, Google Play has seen more and more of them. The latest is Sunrise, a wonderful calendar app that has already made a name for itself on iOS thanks to its innovative design and impressive feature set. Since making the switch



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Refurbished HP Pavilion Chromebook 14 for just $180 shipped

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:49 AM PDT

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If you're looking for a low-cost laptop for basic productivity and entertainment, Google's Chromebooks can certainly prove to be the perfect match. With price tags that are often hundreds less than similar "conventional" Windows laptops, Chromebooks work wonderfully for folks that primarily use the PC for typing or as a gateway to the web.


Still not sure if you want to make the jump over to a Chromebook? Thanks to Top Rated Plus seller DrivenGPS you can pick up an HP Pavilion 14" Chromebook for only $179.95 with free shipping — that's $120 less than the device's already low retail price. With such a steep discount, it's hard not to at least consider picking up this deal, though as you might expect there is a catch: this is a manufacturer refurbished model.


What this means is that it isn't brand new but HP certified that it is running to their specifications and still includes a 90-day warranty.


For those wondering about the specs, the Pavilion Chromebook is powered by a 1.4GHz Intel Celeron CPU with 2GB RAM. There's also a 16GB SSD, a media reader, 2 USB 3 ports, 1 USB 2 port, wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1366 by 768 resolution on a 14-inch display and, of course, Chrome OS.


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Verizon and Sprint roll out Sense 6 to the HTC One M7

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:39 AM PDT

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Earlier this month, the HTC One M7 started to receive a Sense 6 upgrade for those with unlocked and developer edition devices in the United States. Shortly after this the update also started pushing out to T-Mobile.


Now it looks like the same update is making its way over to some of the remaining carrier-branded devices.Yesterday Sprint started rolling out the update, and now Verizon has followed suit as well.


The Sense 6 interface first debuted with the HTC One M8, and for the M7 upgrade quite a few of these features transfer over including a newly updated user interface, an updated camera app, improved Blinkfeed and new motion controls. Even more importantly, HTC has started to push several of its apps to Google Play for those with Sense 6 or higher, so that means you can receive HTC app updates in the future without having to wait for HTC and your carrier to push out a traditional update to your device.


Have you received Sense 6 for your Sprint or Verizon HTC One M7 yet? If so, what do you think of the changes so far?




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The Guardian gets a major update with new UI and notifications

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:39 AM PDT






The Guardian has introduced a big update to their mobile app today which revamps the user interface, adds in some extra notifications, and a few more bells and whistles. Of course there's a full commenting system for articles, but users can also submit their own photos from around the world to share for contests and other themed stories. If you don't have time to read something, stories can be cached for offline reading later. You can shuffle around the sections so the most important and interesting stuff shows up first on your home page.





















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Samsung SM-T2558 passes through FCC

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:20 AM PDT

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Earlier in the month, there was a leak that suggested that Samsung was toying with a smartphone that had a 7-inch screen. It was rumored to be the Galaxy Mega 2 in some areas, while other rumors have the device pegged as something new with a Galaxy W moniker. Coming with a model name SM-T2558, the device is pegged as being a tablet, but rather than looking like Samsung's current line of tablets, the device looks to be a much larger smartphone. However, the T in the model name is usually pegged for tablets.


The device will have a 720p display with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8MP camera in the back, a 2MP camera in the front, 8GB of internal memory that's expandable with a microSD slot, and Android 4.3 onboard. Given that it's passed through the FCC halls, it's only a matter of time before we see what exactly this device is. Whether it's a phone, a tablet or a combination of both, has yet to be determined.


source: FCC

via: SamMobile




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Google shows off more Android Wear notifications with new screenshots

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:12 AM PDT

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Google I/O is barreling at us as it's set to kick off late next month, and Google is drumming up some excitement for the big event. One of the many things we expect to see at the show is a deeper look at Android Wear, which is an Android-based wearables paltform that Google introduced for smart watches a couple of months ago.


They've been urging developers to make applications with notifications implemented in a way that would work seamlessly and beautiful on Android Wear smartwatches. While most notifications are already supported with basic functionality, they've released lots of new APIs that will allow app developers to make those notifications even more rich (such as music controls for your music app, or the ability to page through multiple notification items instead of only being able to see the absolute latest alert).


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Google is giving us another look at some Android Wear notifications today. A couple of screenshots show how the Nest home thermostat and smoke detector can alert you to conditions at home, how your calendar can remind you of an appointment, and how Clash of Clans can tell you that your trips are ready for battle. These seem to work just like traditional Android notifications — picture, app name, pertinent info.


Then we zoom over to an example of an app that can do more advanced things, such as Pocket Casts with a pause / playback button, and the ability to skip tracks. These obviously won't represent the most exciting use cases of Android Wear notifications, but we imagine we'll be seeing a lot more by the time June 25th rolls around. Have a look at the gallery above.


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Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers

Posted: 29 May 2014 08:04 AM PDT

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Last week, Google brought elevation levels to the desktop version of Maps. Of course, it would make the most sense to have something like this on your phone, and that is exactly what Google did. The Maps app for Android was updated to 8.1 bringing this feature, so if you are a biker or a hiker, you will now be able to see exactly how hard you will need to work to get to where you're going.


As usual, this update is rolling in stages, but we have the APK download for you after the break, as well as the old fashioned Play Store links.



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New HTC M8 Ace renders show off handset in multiple colors: blue, red, white and gray

Posted: 29 May 2014 07:59 AM PDT

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If the rumor mill is to be believed, HTC has big plans ahead for the M8 series going well beyond the HTC One with devices including the M8 Plus, M8 Advance and M8 Ace. Speaking of the latter device, HTC may have already released a teaser suggesting its existence and it is very possible the Ace could arrive as early as June 3rd.


Now several new images have surfaced giving us a better idea of what the phone will look like. While we had already seen images of the handset in previous leaks, these new images confirm the M8 Ace will be available in multiple colors: red, blue, gray and white.


As for the specs? Today's leak gives us no new details on this front, though past reports suggest the handset will have a dual-front speakers, a 13MP single-lens cam, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, and a 4.7-inch 1080p display.


Bottom-line, the HTC One M8 is essentially just a One M8 with plastic clothing and a single-lens cam instead of the UltraPixel Duo setup. What's unclear is whether the M8 Ace will be released internationally or if it is destined for Asia only as a HTC Butterfly replacement.



Would you be interested in the M8 Ace if it comes to your region, especially if it manages to price below other 2014 flagship devices from Samsung, LG and others?




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Samsonite buys case maker Speck for $85 million

Posted: 29 May 2014 07:55 AM PDT






Speck, one of the biggest names in cases, has been purchased by Samsonite, one of the biggest names in luggage, for $85 million. Speck has been around since 2001 and makes cases for all kinds of electronic devices including phones, tablets, MacBooks and e-readers. They have various well-known lines of cases that include the CandyShell, FabShell and PixelSkin for phones as well as the SeeThru and SmartShell for MacBook.





















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Sunrise calendar app comes to Android

Posted: 29 May 2014 07:49 AM PDT






Sunrise is a new calendar app launching on Android today, which may very well have you ditching the native Android app. It smartly plugs into multiple services, like Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn, as well as your multiple Google Calendars to provide a comprehensive look at your upcoming day, week, and month. Previous Foursquare check-ins populate days past, and birthdays pull in Facebook profile pictures. A strong web app ensures you can keep on top of things from your browser as well.





















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Deal of the Day: Amzer Silicone Skin Jelly Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Posted: 29 May 2014 07:49 AM PDT





This custom skin case is made out of 100% premium silicone and is a great, lightweight option for protecting your Galaxy S5. The durable silicone absorbs any impacts your device may encounter and comes in a variety of vibrant, attractive colors.


The Amzer Silicone Jelly Case is available for just $6.95, 54% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!


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OnePlus One gets official TWRP custom recovery

Posted: 29 May 2014 07:24 AM PDT

OnePlusOne-HandsOn-09-1200-80 It may be near impossible to obtain a OnePlus One right now, but that hasn't prevented the folks behind the Team Win Recovery Project from announcing the handset's first custom recovery. The release will allow the first OnePlus One owners to start flashing custom ROMs and tweaks to their device as soon as the first



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Digitally Imported Radio (DI.FM) Adds Google+ And Facebook Sign-In Options In Version 1.5

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:49 AM PDT

unnamed (1) Wow, it's been over three years since we wrote about the official app for Digitally Imported Radio, or as it's known in your URL bar, DI.FM. (Fare thee well, "Android Market.") This app lets you access 65 finely-tuned streaming music stations focusing on electronic music and similar genres. The update to version 1.5 lets you sign in with either Google+ or Facebook. You can still log in with an existing DI account, or create a new one sans social network.





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[New Game] Square Enix Releases JRPG Classic Dragon Quest VIII On Android, But It's Going To Run You $20

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:49 AM PDT

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Ask a few JRPG fans about their favorite games of all time and you're bound to hear some of them wax nostalgic for Dragon Quest VIII. After selling nearly 5 million copies worldwide, Square Enix is bringing the Playstation 2 hit to Android. Prepare to set out on the road with Yangus, Jessica, and Angelo on an epic quest to lift the curse that threatens your kingdom. However, in typical Square Enix style, your journey isn't going to be cheap.





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Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Sprint's Galaxy Note 2

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:40 AM PDT






Sure, the Galaxy Note 3 has received an update to the latest version of Android in March, but what about its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2? After outlining that the device would be receiving the KitKat update later this month, Samsung is making good on its promise by rolling out the update to Sprint's Galaxy Note 2.





















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Oppo N1 Mini struts its stuff in leaked photos ahead of tomorrow's launch

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:40 AM PDT






The Oppo N1 Mini is due to be officially announced shortly, but already we understand expected specifications and even have an idea as to what the product will look like. Today, we're looking at a handful of leaked photos showing the N1 Mini off in all its glory. An interesting observation to note is the inclusion of a swivel-based camera.


The N1 Mini is a strange device as a whole, simply because the device itself sports a 5-inch display, yet carries the title 'mini' due to the fact it is smaller than its sibling, the N1. That just shows how far smartphones have come regarding screen sizes and we only have to look at Samsung's 7-inch 'Phoneblet' development to see where manufacturers are heading in the future.



As for the Oppo N1 Mini, we're expecting to see a 720p HD display, 13 MP camera with LED flash, LTE support and a 2,140 mAh battery. More details to follow, we're sure.


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How to take a screenshot on the LG G3

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:24 AM PDT






Taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is as simple as pressing buttons or swiping the screen


As with most Android phones, taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is simple enough, if you know the trick. There are a couple of ways to save the image on your screen for posterity, and they're both really easy, as for the most part LG's using the standard Android button configuration. Only thing is, the main physical keys are on the back of the phone, so you'll need to go about pressing them in a slightly different way.


And there's also a secondary way to grab a screenshot and annotate it, using the built-in QMemo+ application. Let's get stuck in after the break.





















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KitKat hitting Sprint Galaxy Note 2 and international Mega 6.3

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:15 AM PDT

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Samsung is busy pushing updates to many of its recent devices, and today we have a double feature for you, comprising of KitKat servings for Sprint's venerable Galaxy Note 2 and the international version of the Galaxy Mega 6.3.


Starting with the Note 2, according to Sprint's update status page, software update L900VPUBNE2 will bring Android 4.4 KitKat and nothing else. While the changelog is cryptic, we know from updates to other models, that the Note 2 will gain features like support for cloud printing, NFC tap-to-pay support, all white icons in the status bar, full-screen album art, and the ability to put a camera shortcut on the lockscreen. There's also the promise of improved performance and reduced battery consumption, as well as various stability fixes.


Sprint Note 2 users should get an update notification soon, but you can always try your luck with a manual check from Settings > About Phone > Software Updates.


Moving on to the aptly named Galaxy Mega 6.3, users in Russia report (model GT-I9200) that they are now able to update their phone/tablet to Android 4.4.2 KitKat via the Kies companion software. There are no reports of OTAs just yet, but those shouldn't be far behind. Changes should be similar to those listed above for the Note 2. The update brings firmware number to I9200XXUDNE4.


Now that the update wave for the Mega 6.3 has started, expect more countries to get it, with unlocked models getting first dibs, followed by carrier models down the road. And, considering how similar the "smaller" Mega 5.8 is to the 6.3, its KitKat update shouldn't be far behind either.




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Android Device Manager now has a guest mode

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:15 AM PDT

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Find-my-phone apps are one of those things that you tend to forget about until you really need them. So it's good that Google introduced its own solution, Android Device Manager, giving all Android users a modicum of protection in case of device loss or theft.


Now Google is adding a small feature to Android Device Manager, that should make it a tad easier to locate and manage your misplaced device. As spotted by the folks at Android Police , starting with version 1.2.12, you can log into ADM as a guest, by choosing Guest from the list of available accounts.


While in this mode, there's a prominent Sign Out button at the top of the app for when you're done. Guest users will have to enter their email and password, and, in case they set up two-factor authentication, a verification code.


The default for the verification code is to send it to the user's primary phone number via SMS, which is pointless in case you lost your primary phone. But you can also choose to have the code sent to a backup number or you can enter one of the default codes (that you presumably saved and kept in a safe location – seriously, you should do that.)


You were always able to access the web version of ADM from any device, so adding the guest mode to the Android app is largely just a convenience. But in those stressful situations when you can't find your device, it helps to be able to quickly and cleanly log in to ADM instead of having to mess with browsers on a stranger's device.


Besides the new guest mode, there don't seem to be other changes, and the changelog is, in typical Google fashion, empty. The update should hit your device over the next few hours.




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Google posts Android Wear notification screenshots, explains how to add support to apps

Posted: 29 May 2014 06:05 AM PDT

Ever since Android Wear was first announced back in March, details on both the hardware and software have steadily been trickling out. Today that flow of information continues thanks to some images and video published by El Goog that show off how Android Wear notifications will look.


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Googler Timothy Jordan recently shared some screenshots of Android Wear notifications from apps like the Nest thermostat, Calendar, Clash of Clans and a podcast. The notifications include detail about the alert itself, an icon indicating which app it originated from and, in the case of the podcast playback notification, the ability to pause or change tracks.


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Google has also posted a video that shows developers how to add Android Wear notifications with multiple pages to their existing apps. Adding Android Wear alerts only requires the developer to tack a few extra lines of code onto their existing app. Once completed, these notifications can include stacks, multiple pages and voice replies.


The Android Wear notifications shown off by Google look pretty nice. Not only do they allow apps to deliver information to users without requiring them to pull out their phone, but they also include several pages for showing additional info and also include playback controls. Perhaps the best news of all is that it looks fairly easy for developers to add Android Wear notifications to an existing app, which is great for anyone hoping to jump on the Android Wear bandwagon early since it means that it shouldn't be too difficult for developers to adapt their existing apps to Android Wear.


What do you think of Android Wear so far? Do you plan on picking up an Android Wear device?



Via: Engadget

Sources: +AndroidDevelopers, Android Developers (YouTube)





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Koush brings AllCast Receiver plugin to Chrome browsers; promises AllCast Sender app, too

Posted: 29 May 2014 05:34 AM PDT



AllCast just keeps getting better… and better… and better. After bringing AllCast Receiver for Android — an app that will allow you to cast all the media you want to any other Android device you own — Koush has brought it in the form of a Chrome extension.


This means you can beam all your photos, video and music to any computer that has a Chrome browser with the plugin installed. This is ideal for folks who might not have any AllCast-capable devices (which pretty much includes any DLNA-compliant device, a Chromecast, and the aforementioned stable of Android devices out there) but happens to own a PC.


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A couple of caveats to note: video does come with support for subtitles, but not wireless headphones. You can also use AllCast's mirroring feature using Mirror+WebRTC, though he notes it's not ideal. Finally, the extension does require the latest AllCast app update that hit Google Play the other day, so make sure you're up to date if you plan on using this.


As long as you understand that, though, you can head right here for the extension. More exciting than anything with this launch is the revelation from Koush that an AllCast Sender extension is going to be coming to Chrome soon as well, so we're definitely keeping our eyes peeled for that one. You can see all this goodness in action with the video embedded above.


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World at Arms 2.0 APK

Posted: 29 May 2014 05:10 AM PDT




World at Arms android game updated with new daily faction event and invasion with higher rewards. This update was improved the game in a better way. The new update is very good, especially the invasion improvements. Comes with advance in faction leagues for solo bonuses, new daily and hourly solo events made World at Arms is better than the earlier version. In this modern war strategy game, you will battle across the globe, in the sea's depths, on the ground, and in the air, following a deep solo campaign and fighting in an exciting multiplayer mode. You can really wage war for your nation and create a country that dominate all who oppose.



Best military strategy game from Gameloft with brilliant graphics, stunning animations, and realistic units and buildings. Collect resources, build, upgrade, and fuse units, construct facilities, and complete numerous achievements to earn free bonuses. with the new improvements made this game went from fun to strategically brain testing and addictive. Its a great spear time killer. If you want to play a good battle game download this one, you wont be disappointed top marks. A truly great game, also it is not a player who pays to play like Clash of Clans e.t.c. You don't have to spend money like a lot of players do to enjoy, just battle away.



If you are a fans of strategy games or modern warfare games, World at Arms is suitable for you. A very enjoyable strategy game with both pvp and pve elements. Base building, campaigns, quests and multiply. It's a great game to play with a lot of challenges and wars. You will like how you get to see your units in action unlike other games like modern warfare extremely fun! Defiantly suggest every who like strategy games to get this.



Requires Android: 2.3+

Download File: 19MB (World at Arms 2.0 APK)






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