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Firefox Browser for Android updated to version 31 – what’s new?

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 03:29 PM PDT

Firefox for Android


While most Android/Google fans prefer Chrome, having options is also a privilege we often tout. Firefox Browser for Android is one of the most popular third-party browsers in the Google Play Store, making the latest update to version 31 a topic of interest to many of our readers.


What's new? To be honest, most of the improvements are hidden away in the background, but you are getting a couple very cool new features. First in the list is the ability to re-order panels in the browser's home screen, allowing you to further customize your browser to your liking.


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Another addition you will quickly notice is the ability to refresh synced tabs manually. This was done automatically until today, which could prove to be cumbersome if you want to see changes right away. Users can now drag down on the Sync section to refresh. A few locales have also been added, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi, Tamil and Telugu.


Other background changes include:



  • Removal of CAPS infrastrutcture

  • WebVTT implemented and enabled

  • CSS3 variables implemented

  • New Array built-in: Array.prototype.fill


Also important to note is that this browser still isn't optimized for Android L. In fact, those using the Android L Preview will find Firefox is unable to start at all, while running Google's latest software.


Now that you know what Mozilla has for you, downloading Firefox 31 is as simple as always. Go to the Google Play Store to grab your update or download the app!




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Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 03:18 PM PDT

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Everyone is waiting for Samsung to release a handset that is constructed of primarily metal. For years, consumers have been complaining about the company using plastic or even faux leather. With the rumored Galaxy Alpha, that is all seemingly going to change. It is apparently going to be Samsung's very first handset with a premium design thanks to the metal construction. But a new report out of Korea claims that production may be limited to this brand new design choice.


A worldwide launch, something Samsung is a very big fan of, would not be possible with the metal design. The report notes that Samsung's manufacturers in China can only output about 1 million units per month. This is nowhere near what Samsung is used to. If this really is the case, Samsung's best option would be to contract more companies to produce the Galaxy Alpha. That way, Samsung performs a global launch while finally making everyone happy with a new design.


Source: Udn.com

Via: VR-Zone




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Tuesday’s Tweak: Personalizing the Quick Toggle service on the HTC One M8 is super easy

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 03:10 PM PDT

HTC-One-M8-back Do you own an HTC One M8? If so, I'm pretty sure you're aware of the integrated Quick Toggles menu which appears when you slide through your notification bar with two fingers. This feature presents you with shortcuts to the system settings, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. However, you may not know that you can



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RedLaser now available for Google Glass, aims to be the perfect shopping assistant

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 02:49 PM PDT

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Barcode scanning 'RedLaser' is seeing a Google Glass port of its popular mobile app. The shopping assistant, which is owned by eBay, allows users to scan and compare prices of products in the real world but it isn't tied down to only searching through eBay. Quite the contrary.


Once a barcode is scanned, RedLaser will show results from various big name retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, or Foot Locker. For those times when a barcode isn't available to scan, the Glassware also allows users to search for a product by voice, pulling up the product and even providing navigation and directions to where you can buy it locally. RedLaser says they have "thousands" of retailers at their disposal, and with the app now available on Google Glass, shopping will never be the same. Here's the description from their Glassware listing:



"The leading shopping and price comparison app that helps +30 million users to shop smarter is now available on Glass – turning you into the ultimate shopper! With RedLaser for Glass you will be able to easily compare prices of thousands of online and local retailers just by scanning a product's barcode right from your Glass. Ask Glass to find a product to quickly locate available stores, navigate to a nearby local store or even purchase online by sending yourself an email notification to complete the transaction on any mobile device or PC you own."



RedLaser Google Glass


While the usefulness of Google Glass is still under careful consideration for some, the obvious benefit is, because it's always strapped to your face, information is never more than a few voice actions away. Being able to scan barcodes and compare prices while shopping is exactly why the wearable was made and anyone lucky enough to own a pair during this beta period owes it to themselves to give this app a shot.


To enable RedLaser on your Google Glass headset, simply jump on over to the Glass store via the link below.



Install from the Glass store: RedLaser





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OnePlus promises 5,000 invites in latest giveaway

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 09:41 AM PDT

OnePlus-One-back Those still hoping to get their hands on a OnePlus One invite now have yet another giveaway to enter. To celebrate the launch of its new SwapStyle cover, the Chinese firm has promised 5,000 invites to lucky winners who sign up and "perform at least one of the listed actions" by 6:15 a.m. PDT tomorrow,



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Amazon demands handover of Fire TV website domain

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 09:40 AM PDT






Amazon is swinging their Fire TV trademark at a small fan site, FireTVNews.com. This sort of thing isn't uncommon and not entirely unexpected since the word "Fire" is included on Amazon's list of trademarks, but it's still unfortunate for the site owners, and perhaps a little overzealous on Amazon's part to be going after a fansite like that.





















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Moto G getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in the UK

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 09:40 AM PDT






The rollout of Android 4.4.4 KitKat around the world continues as we have confirmed reports from tipsters that some owners of the Motorola Moto G smartphone are getting the firmware update today in the UK.





















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Green Farm 3 3.0.5 APK

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:55 AM PDT




Green Farm 3 android game updated with the new four-legged additions to your animal family. This is Green Farm 3, the Android mobile farming experience from Gameloft. If you like farm games, you'll love this one, got loads of great new fun things added now makes the game even better.



Green Farm 3 has an excellent variety of tasks to enjoy. Your mission is rediscover farming adventure in the new Green Farm. After inheriting an old manor from your uncle, you must complete a series of missions to restore it to glory. Of course, you also have to manage your farm with the help of friends and neighbors to become the most famous farmer of all.



Farming adventure game series:

- Hay Day APK 1.19.88

- Fairy Farm APK 2.2.3

- Garden Mania APK 1.2.3



The gameplay is good if you like the sort of game where you build and design your own garden. The ability to earn game dollars by completing tasks is a pleasant surprise, and generous. For a casual game, Green Farm 3 is great. With a fresh new atmosphere, easier controls, and a rich storyline with new characters to meet and play with, this game is very interesting it keeps you very active.



Overall, Green Farm 3 is completely amazing things and, this game is busy for any time, so you download this game and enjoy.



Download Green Farm 3 APK

- Requires: Android 2.3+

- File Name: 11.1MB (Green Farm 3 3.0.5.apk)






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European LG G3 gets first firmware update

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:39 AM PDT






The European LG G3 — the LG-D855 if you want to get technical — has today received its first over-the-air update, landing on firmware version 10e. Unlocked G3s in the UK and parts of Asia, where the D855 is also sold, seem to be first with this update; other countries and carrier variants likely to get the update in the days and weeks ahead. It's not entirely clear what's new in v10e, but the update dialog refers to app updates or "power optimizations" depending on region. In any case, it's still based upon Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and our Euro G3 doesn't seem to have changed too much after applying this latest update.





















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Win the HTC One M8 Dot View case from ShopAndroid!

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:39 AM PDT






Keep reading to see how you could win a Dot View case for your HTC One M8


The Dot View case for the HTC One M8 is seriously cool, and keeps getting better. The Dot View app has recently seen an update that among other additions allows you to use themes as wallpaper. You can choose one of the 18 included with the app, or add your own from your gallery, or by taking a new picture. Pretty awesome!





















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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 22, 2014

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:11 AM PDT





Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...





















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5,000 OnePlus One invites up for grabs in the 'Blizzard of Invites' giveaway

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 07:46 AM PDT






The OnePlus team have announced another batch of invites (5,000 in total) will be handed out for the flagship killer that is the OnePlus One. The Android smartphone has had an unconventional launch with invites being sent out to those who wish to purchase a unit. If you're still waiting for your lucky golden ticket, be sure to check out the 'Blizzard of Invites' to cool you off during this summer. This batch of invites is also to celebrate the announcement of the Bamboo StyleSwap Cover.





















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Google Maps is now available in Hindi

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 07:46 AM PDT






If you're one of the 310 million people who count Hindi as your primary language, you'll be glad to know that Google Maps is now available in Hindi. Google India announced the rollout of the feature today, which is available for the web and on Android devices running Android 4.3 and above.





















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Upcoming SHIELD Games Include Trine 2, War Thunder, The Talos Principle, And More

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 07:06 AM PDT

wt NVIDIA just announced its second SHIELD device, the SHIELD Tablet. You can read all about it in the main post, but every gamer knows that a new device is nothing without games to play on it. NVIDIA has focused its efforts on bringing full-sized PC and console games like Mount & Blade, Portal, and Half-Life 2 to the SHIELD Portable, but with the Tablet, they've set their sights on current-generation titles.





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Apple vs Google in the enterprise: sizing up Android’s prospects

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 07:00 AM PDT

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Despite Android's dominance of mobile in terms of market share there is a very important and lucrative niche that Google has been neglecting. The enterprise needs mobile devices and apps. Gartner suggests that worldwide IT spending in 2014 will be $3.7 trillion and an increasingly large portion of that is going towards smartphones, tablets, and supporting apps and services.


BlackBerry dominated the business world for years, but its failure to capture the wider consumer market eventually sank it. Apple crept in via the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend, saw the potential and worked to secure the market for itself. Despite making serious inroads in the business world with Google's Apps for Business making the cloud affordable for companies of every size, Google didn't follow up with an enterprise strategy for Android.


Has Google missed the boat on the enterprise or can it muscle in? Let's take a closer look at the situation.


Apple is entrenched


A Good Technology report, drawing data from 5,000 business customers across 184 countries, suggests that iOS devices accounted for 72 percent of device activations in the enterprise in Q1 of 2014, 51 percent was iPhones and 21 percent was iPads.


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According to Tim Cook the iPhone and iPad are even more dominant at the top end with "over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today" and that's before the IBM deal was announced.


IBM isn't just going to sell software for iOS devices through this partnership, it's throwing "100,000 IBM industry and domain consultants and software developers behind it" and "will also sell iPhones and iPads with the industry-specific solutions to business clients worldwide."


None of that means that Google can't take action to increase Android's share, but it has allowed Apple to build a big lead and the enterprise is notoriously slow moving when it comes to technology. One of the main reasons that BlackBerry is still afloat is because the business world is phasing them out gradually. If Apple has already secured lock-in with a lot of companies, and is now being pushed as a solution by enterprise stalwart IBM, it's going to be very tough to unseat.


BYOD is the way in


The same trend that carried iOS into the enterprise is now working to establish Android. People are bringing their own mobile devices to work and more and more employers are establishing policies to cater for that and extending IT support to enable access to necessary systems. Many companies have now switched to 100 percent BYOD and many more will in the coming months, but there are some obstacles for Android to overcome.


Security and fragmentation


Security is the big concern for the enterprise. BYOD is supposed to save money, increase employee satisfaction, and encourage people to work longer hours, but it introduces serious security risks. This Gartner survey highlights the issue succinctly, revealing that 25 percent of business users "admitted to having had a security issue with their private device in 2013, but only 27 percent of those respondents felt obliged to report this to their employer."


Android has a bad reputation, largely undeserved, when it comes to security, and our old friend fragmentation also presents a major headache for IT staff trying to institute a solid mobile device management (MDM) policy.


For enterprise customers buying devices in bulk, iOS is going to look more attractive. Apple has taken steps to simplify enterprise deployments with the "Streamlined Setup Assistant" which enables zero-touch configuration of new iPhones and iPads.


Android for Work


Google did give a nod to the enterprise when it unveiled Android for Work at I/O this year. It's a solution that allows for easy segregation of work and home sections on an Android device. If you cast your mind back it's something that BlackBerry called Balance and it's already part of Samsung's Knox.


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Android Work will be baked into Android L, but it will also be supported on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and up. It will deliver some really important MDM features and IT controls enabling a much more secure BYOD future for Android. It will also open up APIs for enterprise mobility management vendors to integrate their wares.


Samsung pushing


The reason Android Work is so similar to Knox is that Samsung heavily contributed to it. Conquering the enterprise from a hardware perspective might not be high on Google's list, but it's very important for Samsung. The profit margin in this lucrative market is high, that's why it makes sense for Apple to focus its efforts here because the consumer market is reaching saturation and it doesn't want to compete at the budget end.


Google is happy to keep increasing market share and it already has a presence in the enterprise thanks to its apps. Samsung execs seem to have realized that if they want their Android devices to make a dent in the enterprise then they'll have to do some of the heavy lifting. This battle is really between Apple and the Android OEMs, led by Samsung, rather than between Apple and Google.


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As American as Apple


This may all sound like doom and gloom for Android, but if we step outside the U.S. for a moment we can see plenty of opportunity. Re/code cites IDC research which suggests that iPhones make up 82 percent of smartphones, and iPads account for 73 percent of tablets at U.S. corporations, but globally those stats are 36 percent and 39 percent respectively.


Because Android's market share is huge and growing in many places the BYOD trend is going to carry more Android devices into the enterprise. If Samsung can pull Google and the OEMs together on this and make Android more attractive for businesses then it can definitely make inroads to the enterprise beyond the States.




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Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:18 AM PDT

LG G3 Cat 6


Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25.


It's a bit better than the international G3′s hardware, with an improved chipset. You'll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. In South Korea, the phone will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities because of its Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem.


Not surprisingly, the device matches up perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for some international competition. We're still unsure when (or whether) the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on the two phones.


Via: GSM Arena

Source: LG




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Bag a bargain now in Motorola’s accessories sale

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:09 AM PDT

motorola_logo Today, Motorola is holding a 'mega sale' on a small selection of its Android-compatible accessories for residents in the United States on its web store — so if you're in the market for either a new headset, smart controller, flip stand, HDMI cable or universal power pack, then listen up as you can save up



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NVIDIA Shield Tablet hands-on

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:07 AM PDT






There's something for everyone here, but gamers get the absolute best features out of this tablet


NVIDIA has unveiled its second Shield-branded device and spiritual successor to the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet, and it's shaping up to a be a pretty interesting player in the Android tablet space. With its 192-core Tegra K1 processor on board, the Shield Tablet has some pretty serious gaming ambitions, but it doesn't make any compromises — this is still a fully-functional tablet for reading, drawing, streaming and networking.


The Shield Tablet looks and feels great, while packing all of the right specs and features to make it a contender in the 2014 tablet space. And with the addition of two first-party accessories, it turns into a fantastic mobile gaming rig that could be a go-to choice for gamers that are serious about what they do. NVIDIA is building its Shield device family today, and we have a full look at it — read along with us and see what the Shield Tablet is all about.





















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NVIDIA Shield Tablet specs

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:06 AM PDT






The Shield Tablet has just been officially unveiled, and while it's all about the complete package, we know it's important to have all of the specs of a device like this available. The Tegra K1 processor steals the show here, but it's also backed up by some other top-notch specs that you'd expect from a device with the NVIDIA name on it.





















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NVIDIA announces gaming-capable Shield Tablet

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:06 AM PDT






Pre-orders open today at $299, launching in the U.S. and Canada on July 29th


NVIDIA is expanding its Android-powered device portfolio today with the Shield Tablet, a gaming-focused Android tablet with some seriously impressive specs and features. The Shield Tablet comes in as a spiritual successor to the Tegra Note 7, with the distinct difference that this is part of the Shield family — meaning it is manufactured by NVIDIA instead of a partner and is dramatically more focused on gaming capabilities.


The Shield Tablet is also one of the first devices to run the latest Tegra K1 processor, NVIDIA's latest high-powered chip capable of amazing (by any standard) graphics and processing power. Paired up with 2GB of RAM, the Tegra K1 enables some pretty wonderful gaming at 1920x1200 resolution on its 8-inch display, whether it's a title from Google Play, a Tegra-optimized game from NVIDIA or one being streamed from your PC using GameStream. The Tegra K1 has plenty of headroom left over when playing these games as well, giving you the option of outputting 4K video to capable displays, as well as streaming your gameplay to Twitch.tv and supporting multiplayer gaming with multiple controllers.


To offer the best possible gaming experience, NVIDIA is launching the Shield Tablet with a pair of first-party accessories — the Shield Wireless Controller and Shield Tablet Cover — that combine to help take your mobile gaming to the next level. The Shield Wireless Controller connected to the Shield Tablet over Wifi Direct, offering latency lower than Bluetooth and two-way (headphone and mic) audio, while the Shield Tablet Cover connects to the tablet with magnets and props it up in three different positions depending on how you want to enjoy your games or other content.





















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Garmin Pilot lets aviators wirelessly tap into avionics with mobile devices

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 06:06 AM PDT






Garmin today announced an update for its GTN touchscreen avionics to further empower pilots with easy access to important data. The company will be adding wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and its Pilot app on iOS and Android hardware. When everything is set up and ready to go, its solutions will be able to share weather, traffic, GPS information, SiriusXM Aviation weather and SiriusXM satellite radio with mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot. Garmin is essentially transforming mobile devices into cockpit data hubs.





















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Verizon's second quarter profits soar, highest recorded revenue in six quarters

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 05:00 AM PDT






Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same period last year.





















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OnePlus One Bamboo StyleSwap Cover unveiled, to be available in August for $50

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 03:41 AM PDT






Looking to customize your shiny new OnePlus One? Look no further than the Bamboo StyleSwap Cover. Unveiled yesterday by OnePlus, the cover will be available by the end of August for $49.





















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Xiaomi unveils the Mi 4: Snapdragon 801, 5-inch FHD display

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 01:55 AM PDT






Xiaomi unveiled its flagship device for the year, the Mi 4, at an event in China today. The Mi 4 features a metal frame and better hardware in the form of a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC.





















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Motorola accessories clearance: $10 for a power pack or flip stand, and more

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 01:15 AM PDT

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Everyone loves a bargain, and the clearance items on Motorola's web store are exactly that.


Motorola has a small selection of accessories on sale right now, with discounts ranging from 50% to a whopping 93%.


Without further ado, here's what you can get on the cheap:



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