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Nova Launcher brings its Android L features out of beta, now available for all on Google Play

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 02:54 PM PDT

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During this year's Google I/O, the Android team threw everyone for a loop with the release of the Android L Developer Preview. Meant to help developers get up and running with the next version of Android and its all new Material Design, the preview wasn't exactly meant to be used as a daily driver.

Still, there were many that had already found themselves smitten with its minimalist good looks and even though there weren't too many changes in the launcher (at least not in the preview), there were small enough changes made that developer TeslaCoil saw it as the perfect time to update his app.

In an update that rolled out to the Nova Launcher Beta a few weeks ago, TeslaCoil introduced a few new key UI elements brought over from the L preview. Guess everything checked out, as these new Android L tweaks are now officially available in the stable version on Google Play. Users can look forward to vertical "L" folder previews, an "L" app drawer icon, "L" app transitions, as well as the usual optimizations and bug fixes. Even a whiter Google Search widget made the cut, not available in the Developer Preview, but shown off onstage during Google I/O.

Once downloaded, you can further complete the Android L look by downloading a Moonshine icon pack or system-wide themes for ROMs like Cyanogen. You can grab the latest update to Nova Launcher by following the Google Play link below.

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MusiXmatch now lets you follow along with song lyrics on your Android Wear device

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 01:34 PM PDT

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Not too long ago, the folks at musiXmatch made their music matching, lyric displaying app available for Google Glass. Following the latest trend in wearables — smartwatches — musiXmatch has given their Android app, not only a complete visual overhaul, but added support for Android Wear devices as well.

The update is available in the Play Store right now and for those unfamiliar with the app, musiXmatch works as a stand-alone music player that displays song lyrics on your Android device. The best part is even if you use another music player or music streaming app like Spotify or Google Play Music, musiXmatch will still able to show you lyrics via a convenient floating widget that scrolls along with your favorite tunes.

With Android Wear support, you can now glance down on your wrist to view lyrics, making it easier than ever to find out exactly what the heck your favorite rapper is spewing out in his songs. I've been using it non-stop since the update rolled out yesterday and haven't noticed any major impact on battery life. Check out musiXmatch for yourself via the Google Play link below.

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Angry Birds Star Wars 2 updated with 30 levels for more addicting play time

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 01:34 PM PDT


If you're an Angry Birds addict, here's some good news.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 has received its "Master Your Destiny" update, which added 30 new levels to the hit game — 15 for the birds side, 15 for the pigs side.

Here the official information from Rovio on its Play Store page:

Get ready to MASTER YOUR DESTINY! Start as a Jedi Youngling or Sith Hopeful and rise the ranks in this all-new chapter! This time you choose what bird or pig to sling into battle from your saved characters or by scanning your Telepods! Plus, it's now free to download on both iOS and Android!

Grab the app below via the Play Store link and QR code to both the free and premium (ad free) versions of the app.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active thrown under riding lawnmower, comes out operational

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 01:07 PM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was the rugged version of the Galaxy S4, featuring water and dust proofing which was pretty awesome. The metal back also helped make it more rugged, and some people liked the device more than the standard Galaxy S4 simply for the build quality. But we had no idea it could take such a beating.

Thanks to Reddit, we get to see a story of someone mowing the lawn with a riding mower, listening to music on the Galaxy S4 Active. The device slips out of their pocket and falls under the mower. You'd think you would find shreds of a device left, but no, the device comes out mostly in one piece. That corner might be somewhere else entirely.

However, the device works perfectly fine! It didn't even stop playing music after being hit by the blades, and touch input works as it should. Yeah, the display is pretty messed up, but it's still an impressive feat nonetheless. It's just an awesome story we enjoyed. Any such stories of yours you can share?

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Sprint selling LG G3 early, available today

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 01:07 PM PDT

If you're waiting to pick up an LG G3, AT&T was your best bet at getting the device soonest. AT&T is now selling the G3 online and in stores as expected, with the other carriers set to lag behind. But it looks like Sprint didn't really feel like keeping to its schedule. Previously planning to offer pre-orders today and to release on the 16th, the device is now available for purchase.

Whether you're shopping online or in stores, you'll be able to pick up an LG G3 five days ahead of schedule from Sprint. Prepare to shell out $200 on contract for the device, but if you want a better deal, AT&T is offering the device for the same price, but offers 50% off an LG G Watch with your purchase so that may be a better option for you.

If you're a die hard T-Mobile or Verizon customer, know that the two carriers are sticking to their original schedules and won't be releasing the LG G3 until next week. You'll have to wait a little while. Thankfully, Sprint owners got a nice little surprise today. Will you be picking up an LG G3 today? Leave a comment!

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Adobe Photoshop Express v2.3 Brings Filter Intensity Control, Blemish Removal, RAW Photo Import, And More

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:50 PM PDT

AdobePhotoshopExpress-Thumb Adobe has multiple Photoshop apps on the Play Store, and the simplest of the bunch has received an update to version 2.3 bringing in a number of new features. Adobe Photoshop Express now expands on the basic editing options it provides. For starters, the latest release lets users vary the intensity of filters.


Blemish removal is another standard photo editing feature introduced in version 2.3. Using the tool is as simple as poking on the spot you want to remove and tapping it again if the first time didn't do a good enough job.

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[New Game] Halfbrick's Fish Out Of Water Comes To Android, Judged Best Game Ever By A Panel Of Crabs

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:50 PM PDT

f Throwing fish doesn't usually come up much as a game mechanic, but that's essentially the entire premise in Fish Out Of Water from Halfbrick Studios. You might remember Halfbrick as the developer behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, but now it has moved on to fish. All you have to do is throw fish across the screen, but it's strangely addictive.

You have a small school of fishy friends in Fish Out Of Water, each one with a different set of behaviors when tossed.

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Photos of Sony’s Xperia Z3 leak on Digi-Wo and Weibo

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:49 PM PDT


Photos of what are probably Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship have leaked on Chinese sites Digi-Wo and Weibo, with the Chinese model number of the device, L55t.

Rumored specs include a Qualcomm 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, and Adreno 330 GPU. Based on the pictures in the gallery after the break, it will also ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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Sprint offers $150 pre-paid card with LG G3 purchase via Easy Pay

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:38 PM PDT

As if today's surprise announcement that Sprint was selling the LG G3 in its stores today, one week earlier than expected, wasn't enough, the wireless carrier has something else up its sleeve. It is sending out emails to customers offering them a $150 pre-paid card if they purchase the phone from them via the Sprint Easy Play plan of $25 a month.

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Photo Sphere improvements also included in latest Google Camera update

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:25 PM PDT

In addition to the Google Camera update that rolled out earlier this week that brought Android Wear remote triggers for cameras, Google also found some time to show some love to the Photo Sphere portion of the app. While it was noted in the list of changes, it never really highlighted what exactly had changed but thanks to a post from Evan Rapoport on Google Plus, we now know.

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Motorola starts rolling out Android 4.4.4 to some devices and regions

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 12:07 PM PDT

Despite there being very few differences between Android 4.4.2 and 4.4.4, Motorola is determined to keep its devices on the latest version of Android. Not only was there a limited rollout of Android 4.4.3 for a few devices, now some devices are getting Android 4.4.4. That's the absolute latest version of Android available.

According to Motorola, the Moto G should be seeing the update in Brazil and India, the Moto E should see it in Brazil, France, Canada, an Asia Pacific, and the DROID Ultra will be getting it in the US. There is no word on the Moto X yet, but we're sure Motorola will get to it soon as updates have been really fast from Moto lately.

With this update, you'll get the new dialer that Nexus devices saw, along with enhanced camera quality and pausing video recording. Then there are security fixes and bug fixes, as expected from such a small update. You won't notice many differences, but it's amazing of Motorola to be rolling out updates at this speed.

And if you're interested in asking Motorola some questions, product manager Mark Rose is doing an AMA on Google+. You'll be able to ask him questions and he'll answer for half an hour, starting at 2PM central a week from today. Have you gotten your update if you have the device and live in the aforementioned region?

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Amazon sued by FTC for lack of safeguards against unauthorized purchases in Appstore

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 11:38 AM PDT

You've probably heard of Apple's trouble with App Store billing. Kids have purchased hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of apps and in-app purchases trying to play those pesky pay-to-play games. This resulted in the FTC forcing Apple into making some changes to the billing process, making it more resistant to unauthorized purchases.

However, it looks like Amazon does not want to follow those same rules, and the FTC has taken notice. The FTC is now suing Amazon for not creating similar safeguards for the Amazon Appstore. Amazon prides itself on its quick purchase process, even having a patent on 1-Click Purchases on the main site, so creating such safeguards will slow the process down and remove what essentially defines Amazon.

On one hand, it would be great if Amazon would implement some safeguards to make it easier to manage billing. Accidents happen, and having a huge bill from such a silly accident is no fun. On the other, children should be taught to not make purchases without permission, and this applies to any product. But for now, the lawsuit will drag on. Who are you rooting for, and what's your stance on the issue?

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What Android productivity tools do you find most useful? And why?

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 11:34 AM PDT

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Our modern ever-connected life can sometimes become more than a bit overwhelming, especially when you throw a job, organizing social/family events and other distractions into the mix. Thankfully Android makes it possible to stay a bit more organized and on top of things, thanks to plenty of great apps that can help improve our daily lives and, in turn, increase our productivity.

For this Friday Debate we take a look at some of the top apps for productivity, giving you a window into what tools we use at Android Authority and for keeping our own personal lives a bit more organized.

After you check out our list of favored productivity apps, be sure to jump into the discussion and let us know what productivity apps your prefer and why.

Jonathan Feist

I have found in the last while that I have been migrating more and more to the web browser for my productivity tasks on Android. As such, I am actively using Chrome, Chrome Beta, Dolphin, Link Bubble and Opera browsers on a daily basis. But let's talk more about them later.

One of my key productivity apps right now is Google Keep. In one word, lists. I have so many to-do lists on the go, it's scary. To be honest, I know Keep is capable of more, but at this very moment I have only lists active in Keep. In our multi-device world, it is crucial that things like our to-do lists automatically sync across devices and platforms, Keep has not let me down.

My next big performer is Chrome Remote Desktop, or just Remote Desktop, as it shows in the app list. This should speak to the inability to perform certain tasks well, if at all, on Android. Don't get me wrong, there is not much, but I have yet to find a satisfactory Gimp (Photoshop) replacement for Android. Not for my needs, anyway. So I remote into a Linux box to Gimp together many of the images you see in my posts.

I also have Teamviewer ready to roll, as a backup, just in case.

Back to web browsers. Well, there's work, and then there's more work, then there's personal stuff and then there's off the grid stuff. Basically, I have one browser for each Google account I sync with. That's Chrome for my personal stuff, Chrome Beta for my day job, Opera for you guys and Dolphin for everything else.

I hope that you do not have need for this many yourself. For me, my day job requires me to test websites and SEO across platforms. As you probably know, Google search results are tailored to you if you are logged in, thus, I keep Dolphin free of all accounts to get the pure search results. Same with Link Bubble.

I also use Dolphin when people send me links or I need to look up things I do not want clogging up my other accounts. I don't want to see ads for stuff that doesn't interest me, or have silly animal videos clogging my YouTube history. More important, I don't want Google Now clogged up with Maps trip suggestions to places I will never go to but wanted to look up once. I search those in Dolphin and avoid the hassle.

There is a lesson here in compartmentalization and profile curation, but I'm just going with the flow and hoping for the best.

I use multiple large Google Spreadsheets every day. Truth is, I have only a couple times used the Spreadsheets app. Actually, I just realized that I haven't even reinstalled Docs or Sheets since I factory reset this very tablet a few weeks ago. I find the dedicated apps handle small spreadsheets just fine, but once you get over a few hundred (or thousand) entries, things get messy.

My RSS reader of choice, The Old Reader, is used through the browser. So I just stay there for other news sites and such as well.

Finally, Google+. I know it's a social media platform, but there is some handy things it can do. First and foremost Google+ Photos is a great place to store and organize photos and images. They are ready to go on any platform I access and there is a basic set of editing tools.

After years of curating my Google+ circles, there is little need for an RSS or news reader like Flipboard etc. Nearly all of the news I could ever need flows through my stream, I actually struggle to keep up most days. Phhhht, ghost town…

Robert Triggs

Perhaps I am a little disorganized or lazy, but I struggle to ever consistently find a need for or use for a lot of the popular so-called productivity apps. For me, finding, setting up, and hopping in and out of multiple apps for different needs takes up more time than committing notes to a scrap of paper or browsing over to a bookmarked website.

I gave up on apps like Flipboard for consolidating my reading material because the pages often became cluttered with the same stories and concealed most of the good ones. I could never be bothered to keep Evernote up to date enough to make it useful either. When it comes to writing, the Android Authority homepage, WordPress, Asana, etc, are all bookmarked in my browser and are often side by side in their own tabs. I can't stand trudging between a separate app for each of them. For me, the browser is king.

Mostly, I just jot notes down in emails or a document to read later at my convenience, and visit bookmarked sites to keep on top of the news the old fashioned way. I tend to rely on Google's app integrations the most for work, such as emailing or saving a webpage with Chrome to view on my desktop, adding details from messages to my calendar from within the default apps, and syncing article drafts and ideas over Google Docs.

Maybe I haven't put the necessary work in to set up my smartphone as my personal assistant, or I just don't have enough tasks keep track of. Either way, I'm content with sticking post-it notes to my monitor, jotting ideas down on scraps of paper that I often leave in my pockets, and trawling my way through various publications in the morning to find a good read. The old methods haven't failed me yet, and quite frankly I'm too set in my ways to change.

Bodgan Petrovan

I'll be honest – I sit on my butt for most of my day, 6 (okay 5.5) days a week, so when it's time to be productive, I am usually in front on my PC. So, I don't really do that much productive work on my Android phone. However, when I do, there are a couple of neat apps that I love.

First is Pushbullet. I don't use its best known feature that much (syncing notifications), but I love the ability to push notes, links, website URLs, and even files between my PC and my phone. Found something nice on the web that you want to open on your phone/tablet/other PC? Just click on Pushbullet's Chrome extension and click Push. From Android, you can do the same via the Share menu. It's easy, convenient, and fast, and I use it almost every day.

Next, there's Changelog Droid, which I use to keep track of app updates. For me, it's a productivity tool, but everyone can use it to keep track of updates to their installed apps, especially if you're the paranoid type that wants to approve every change. There's also a watchlist mode that lets you monitor apps that you don't have installed on your device.

I also use AppSales to keep track of sales, APK Extractor to, uhm, extract APKs, and APK Signature Checker, to check apps I download from unofficial sources.

Drive is my go-to and only storage app I use these days. Not much to say here. Integration, features, fast syncing, and free storage. What else? Feedly is my favorite RSS checker, and the Android app is just as nice as the web app (a fact that I was acutely reminded of when those hackers DDoS'ed it for a couple of days). Keep for to-do lists, although I love doing it on paper whenever I can.

Andrew Grush

Like Bodgan, I find myself by my computer for a large chunk of the day at least 5 days a week, and so my computer is my most important productivity tool. That said, my phone is very important for notifying me of emails, topic changes in Asana (which we use for internal purposes) and so much more.

When I find myself stepping away from the computer for a bit, it's also nice to know that my work can follow me thanks to apps like Feedly, Asana, Google+, Hangouts and Gmail. I also utilize Changelog Droid, APK Extractor and I do keep organized using Evernote. Why Evernote over Google Keep? Good question, force of habit at this point, really.

It might seem silly, but I also would consider Spotify on my PC and/or phone as a productivity tool, as I tend to work better with some tunes going on in the background. And last but not least, Android itself (especially L) serves as an important work 'Tool" as I'm constantly taking screenshots, writing articles based on my experience, and so forth.

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Alleged photos showing Sony Xperia Z3 leaked

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 11:29 AM PDT

A new set of images that allegedly show Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone have been leaked by a person using a Chinese message board, which include info on what may be the processor inside the phone.

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One M8 owners can now use wallpapers with the Dot View case

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 11:11 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 18.52.07 Got an official Dot View case for your HTC One M8? Then you're going to love the update HTC just rolled out to its official Dot View app, which brightens things up a bit by allowing you to apply background wallpapers. HTC gives you a bunch to get you started, but if you'd prefer, you

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uFXloops Music Studio – Indie app of the day

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 11:07 AM PDT

What is uFXloops Music Studio?

uFXloops Music Studio is a music studio application that allows you to create custom music tracks through the use of samples. Using samples you can create your own instruments, your own beats, your own music, and eventually export to a number of audio formats. It's a fairly complex application with a lot of features.

The first thing we noticed about this app is the busy interface. It's not bad but it will take the average user some time to get used to but that's because there is a lot to do in this application. You can edit samples, edit instruments, construct your music, and a bunch of other stuff that musicians will appreciate. Once you learn your way around the interface it's not difficult to use. There is just that slight learning curve right there at the beginning.

I'm not a musician so I'm not entirely certain which features musicians will appreciate the most but there are a ton of features in this app. You can create and edit your own instruments and samples as well as important instruments and samples. If you're having trouble finding some, the app has a website that features community-maintained sounds and samples for you to download and use. Really, at that point, it's just about finding the sounds you want, editing them to create more sounds that you want, and then arranging them in the editor.

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It's about time Android got more apps like this.


  • More features than you can shake a stick at.

  • Community based sound library helps you find samples to use.

  • Instrument and sample editors are really useful.

  • So is the pattern editor for percussion.

  • Use samples or create your own samples.


  • The interface is slighly overwhelming if you're new at this kind of stuff.

  • This is probably better used as a tool as part of a larger studio rather than the main focus of one.

  • It's hard to quantify, but it feels like this app should be able to do more. It can do a lot but it feels incomplete if that makes sense.


Among other things, there is a pattern editor so you can create drum beats easier, live tempo shifting, pitch shifting, the standard stuff like volume mixers, and many other features. Thankfully the core app is free to download and use so you can get a real feel for the application before you buy into the app. If you're a musician or you like to create and arrange music, it's worth giving this app a chance.

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Microsoft Research launches Climatology app for Android

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 10:56 AM PDT

Microsoft has released a new Android app in the Google Play Store from its research team called Climatology, which is designed to give users a better idea of the world's sun and rain patterns, along with temperature and more.

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SEGA release Sonic Jump Fever to Google Play

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 10:20 AM PDT


Sonic fans have a new title to check out in the Google Play store. In a follow-up to their 2012 title Sonic Jump, SEGA has released Sonic Jump Fever. In addition to the standard improvements in areas like graphics, the main change for this sequel is the move from being a premium app to being a free app with in-app purchases available. SEGA also incorporates play against your friends and leaderboard rankings much more in this title putting more emphasis on social aspects.

Check out some screen shots and a video below for Sonic Jump Fever. If you want to give it a try, just hit one of the download links to get it loaded up on your device.

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HTC Dot View app becomes manageable with themes and settings

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 10:20 AM PDT


When HTC unveiled the Dot View case, we were pretty impressed. Spending some time with it, though, we found that it was actually quite limited. Today, the company has updated the app to make it visible in your app tray rather than hiding behind the scenes. This means one thing: settings. The HTC Dot View app now has a few settings to work with. Users can choose when the display will timeout, adjust what (of the few apps) can display notifications, display call history, and opt to bypass a security screen.

The biggest part, however, is the ability to apply themes. There are eighteen of them to be exact and activating the display while the cover is on shows the time with the theme sitting in the background. They all look great, but it does take away the time and weather ticker at the bottom.

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How to clear all notifications in the Android L preview

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 10:07 AM PDT

clear-all-notifications-android-l While the Android L developer preview gives us a taste of what's coming this fall, many of the features and improvements that were showcased at Google I/O last month are missing. So are some classic Android functions, including the ability to clear all alerts from the notification pane by tapping just one button. Fortunately for

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T-Mobile partners with Major League Baseball to flex its muscles at All-Star Week

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 10:05 AM PDT


T-Mobile and Major League Baseball have a pretty tight relationship. The carrier is an official sponsor of the league and hosts FanFest during All-Star Week. This year, the All-Star Game is being held in Minneapolis and T-Mobile is taking advantage of a large host city to showcase just how good of a carrier it is. To really prove the strength of its network at Target Field, T-Mobile has upgraded the surrounding area's Distributed Antenna System (DAS). The carrier has done the same with ballparks across the country within the last year.

To keep everyone happy at FanFest and during the All-Star Game and its festivities, T-Mobile has deployed mobile charging stations in various locations. So if a fan is worried about snapping to many photos or tweeting each and every moment, they can always have a plays to recharge. But it would not be a true sponsored event without a little promotion. T-Mobile will have signups ready to go for the Test Drive program. Fans can easily signup and test an iPhone 5s for seven days without any cost being tacked on.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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The Un-carrier serves up T-Mobile Test Drives and its data-strong network — together with special All-Star experiences — to customers and fans at the game and throughout the week

BELLEVUE, Wash. & MINNEAPOLIS, Jul 11, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — As the title sponsor of Major League Baseball's T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS ) is painting host city Minneapolis magenta with an array of special experiences for customers throughout All-Star Week, and by treating fans and players to a ride on America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network at Target Field throughout the week and during the Midsummer Classic.

"We're going all in to make All-Star Week a fantastic experience for players, fans and our customers," said John Legere, president & CEO of T-Mobile. "This is also a perfect chance for us to show off what the Un-carrier's data-strong network is capable of—because nothing puts a network to the test like a crush of baseball fans Instagraming, Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting every amazing All-Star moment."

T-Mobile has helped prepare Minneapolis for the crowds and media flocking to the host city, including rolling out T-Mobile Wideband LTE and Voice over LTE city-wide. As the official wireless sponsor of Major League Baseball, T-Mobile has also enhanced the fan experience in and around the All-Star Game's host stadium, Target Field, with an upgraded network on the ballpark's Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

In the past year, T-Mobile has upgraded its blazing-fast network at a number of Major League Baseball ballparks, including those in Arlington, Texas, Miami, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C. as well as Minneapolis – with more planned in the future.


T-Mobile customers get treated like the smart people they are at FanFest. Just by showing their T-Mobile phone, they can get in exclusive JUMP!™ lanes to avoid lines at the main entrance to FanFest, and local customers were treated to discounted $10 FanFest tickets.

Starting today through July 15th, T-Mobile has lined up some other pretty amazing experiences for everyone at FanFest, including:

  • The chance to meet some of their favorite players and legends—including Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins — at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest.

  • The ability to sharpen their own game with pitching and hitting clinics or play a variety of games, including the children-versus-adults T-Mobile Data Strong Derby, at the T-Mobile Diamond in the convention center.

  • The opportunity to sign up for T-Mobile breakthrough program, T-Mobile Test Drive , a revolutionary new way to try wireless service before you buy it. Fans can try out T-Mobile's data-strong network for seven glorious days and nights with an iPhone 5s at absolutely no cost, no risk and no obligation.

  • Mobile charging stations throughout FanFest and Target Field to ensure that fans don't miss a moment of this incredible week.

Finally, the Un-carrier will be on-hand to cut the ribbon at T-Mobile All-Star FanFest's opening ceremonies this morning, and the T-Mobile team will also be sporting magenta running shorts as they participate in this weekend's Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, presented by Nike. And, because T-Mobile is a sponsor of the run, participants will get doused with magenta powder in the "Un-leash Your Magenta" leg of the race and be able to get a great photo souvenir at the T-Mobile Color Drums at the Finish Festival.

Outside of FanFest, former Minnesota Twins pitcher, Scott Erickson, will be at the T-Mobile store in Maple Grove at Elm Creek & Main from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday July 12th, and Glen Perkins, 2013 and 2014 All-Star closer for the Minnesota Twins, will be at the downtown Minneapolis T-Mobile store at Crystal Court from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday July 14th. Fans can meet and greet Erickson and Perkins and get an autograph.


Earlier this year, T-Mobile and Major League Baseball teamed up to launch T-Mobile MLB Game Changer, a new fan-powered award honoring baseball's biggest game-changing moments. Throughout the season, fan votes decide the most pivotal game-changing moments at mlb.com/t-mobile , culminating in honors awarded at the close of the season.

T-Mobile announced today that fans have cast more than 200,000 votes for game changing moments to date. And — incredibly – more than one-third of the players in the weekly winning moments are on this year's exclusive All-Star roster.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Google Play Weekly

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 09:49 AM PDT

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! We have a lot of awesome news this week and it's our first big week since Google I/O where Google doesn't dominate the headlines. In our first bit of amazing news, it's been confirmed that the Xposed Framework is coming to Android L. Google Search lets you use the command "no, I said" to correct mistaken words now. Some bad news from the Play Store includes the Android L Keyboard being pulled because it violated the terms of service. Facebook is testing out a new Android L-style lock screen notification which actually looks kind of cool. Last but not least, Modern Combat 5 finally has a release date and it's July 24th. Now let's get to five Android apps you shouldn't miss this week.

loklok android appsLokLok

[Price: Free]

First up this week is LokLok. This unique messaging service essentially puts a whiteboard on your lock screen. You then edit, draw, or add pictures to it and it syncs with a friends phone which shows them the exact same thing you see. It's a fun, quick way to send messages just don't send anything private because it'll show up right on the lock screen. It's free to use so why not?

Get it on Google Play

talon for twitter android appsTalon for Twitter

[Price: $1.99]

Next up is Talon for Twitter. The Talon devs made news this week when they introduced a new version of Talon that used the Material Design standard. It looks really slick but unfortunately it's only for those running the Android L preview. They may incorporate some of this into the current app but it's definitely something to keep an eye on once you get Android L.

Get it on Google Play

commandr android appsCommandr

[Price: Free]

Commandr is an extremely useful app that's been quickly gaining popularity over the last week. What it use is use Google Now's "take a note" command to let you do things like turn your Bluetooth on and off or your WiFi on and off. It also has Tasker integration and if you use Google Now a lot, then this should be in your app drawer.

Get it on Google Play

chromecast app android appsChromecast App

[Price: Free]

The Chromecast app was updated this last week as a part of Google's update Wednesday. The update will allow devices running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and up the ability to mirror their Android devices to their television using the Chromecast app and the Chromecast. This is a huge deal because it's one of the very few ways to do this without root access and it's one that's done up by Google. If you don't have a Chromecast, then this may be a good enough reason alone to own one.

Get it on Google Play

leo's fortune android appsLeo's Fortune

[Price: $4.99]

Last and certainly not least this week is Leo's Fortune. The game found fame before it was even released thanks to a demo displayed at Google I/O. Now the game is actually out and so far it rocks a 4.9 rating in the Google Play Store. For a game that's $4.99, that's pretty good. The graphics are colorful and fun and the game play is also colorful and fun. You've spent $5 on something you enjoyed less than you'll probably enjoy this so we can't find a reason not to give it a shot.

Get it on Google Play

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HTC adds themes to its Dot View Case

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 09:41 AM PDT

HTC today updated the app for its Dot View Case for the HTC One M8, adding a handful of new options. The coolest probably is the addition of themes for wallpapers. You can choose one of the 18 included with the app, or add your own from your gallery, or by taking a new picture.

You also now have the option to redial the three most recent calls, and you can swipe left or right to get more notifications.

Thanks, brainimpact, for the tip!

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Best Buy offering LG G3 for $99.99 on-contract

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 09:41 AM PDT

Best Buy is offering the LG G3 for $99 on-contract on Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. The normal on-contract price for the G3 is $199.99. You can purchase now for Sprint and AT&T, while the Verizon G3 is available for pre-order.

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Android Wear software review

Posted: 11 Jul 2014 09:41 AM PDT

It's early days for Android on smartwatches, but despite a few teething problems, Android Wear has an abundance of potential

We have been promised a revolution in wearable computing for at least the past couple years. Early entrants like the Pebble and the Samsung Gear series — along with a handful of other, lesser-known offerings — gave us a peek at a connected future in which we're free from the burden of constant smartphone checking. In this new mobile world, wearable computers would funnel relevant, context-sensitive alerts to us through devices worn on our bodies.

The wearable revolution promised to wean us off the need to constantly check our smartphones ... even if it meant we're only glancing down at another, smaller device on our wrist instead.

Android Wear is Google's first real foray into this new frontier of wearable devices, making its debut on new smartwatches from LG and Samsung, with more following from Motorola and others later in the year. These products have been a long time coming, and they arrive at a time when Pebble has already proved the viability of smartwatches as a product category, but the long-awaited Apple iWatch has yet to materialize.

So after what seems like an eternity, does Android Wear represent the dawn of the mainstream smartwatch era? Read on to find out as we take a deeper look at the software side of Android Wear.

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