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Candy Crush Saga 1.34.1 APK

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 03:44 PM PDT




A new Candy Crush Saga release has arrived on android, with great new features and plenty of new levels to help you continue your journey in the sweetest saga around. Candy crush saga is a fun, addictive game that is easy to play. It is suitable for all ages and is very entertaining.



Just switch and match your way through hundreds of levels in this delicious puzzle adventure. Features with tasty candy graphics that will leave you hungry for more. Take on this deliciously sweet Saga alone or play with friends to see who can get the highest score. Unwrap delicious environments and complete adventurous levels. Candy Crush Saga is completely free to play, but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment.



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Candy crush is one of the best things that make you feel relaxed when you get home. The game is very addicting, and you can't put your phone down when you are playing it. Play this game is really a great way to kill the waiting room minutes or a flight with no good movies. Its an intriguing game keeps you going and for the most part can keep you busy when you are not out of lives. It also helps put you in a great mood after a particularly hard-won breakthrough to the next level! Recommend candy Crush saga to anyone who loves to play an easy game!



Requires Android: 2.2+

Download apk File: 47MB (Candy Crush Saga APK)






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LG G Watch coming to a store near you very soon

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 03:30 PM PDT

LG G Watch unboxing initial setup (12 of 13)


The LG G Watch stands as a very popular smartwatch, even if the Moto 360 has the better looks and the Samsung Gear Live has the lower price. In fact, most of you said you would prefer the G Watch over the Gear Live, which leaves a lot to say about LG's first Android Wear device.


Are you looking to buy an LG G Watch? The first units have already started shipping from the Google Play Store, but if Android Wear is to take off, these devices need to be available from a variety of stores. This is why LG is not delaying its device's global and widespread release.


LG plans to have the G Watch in both real and digital shelves in 12 markets, including: United States, Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan and South Korea. It will also be sold in fifteen other countries, only through retail stores. This includes some major markets like Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and New Zealand.


LG G Watch unboxing initial setup (6 of 13)


LG is not revealing all the stores where the LG G Watch is being sold. This could be for obvious reasons – these are way too many countries to list all the retailers. In the USA, we can be sure we will find it at major retailers like Best Buy. We will also find it at some carrier stores, like AT&T.


Be patient and let the LG G Watch take its course, it will soon be in a store near you, where you will be able to test it to your heart's content. Meanwhile, you can go ahead and let us give you our opinion on the smartwatch. We got an LG G Watch at Google IO and didn't wait long to give you our very first impressions on the Android Wear device. You can also be sure a review is in the works!




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Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 03:29 PM PDT

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When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.


So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android's distribution for July.


Source: Android Developers




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KitKat can now running on 17.9% of Android devices as Android L release looms ever closer

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 03:20 PM PDT

Android Platform distribution July 2014


We know. Android is a "toxic hell stew" and despite Apple's claims that only 9% of users are even running the latest version, the latest Android platform distribution numbers are telling us something completely different. Checking in for the month of July, 2014, KitKat can now officially be found running on 17.9% of active Android devices (up from 13.6% the previous month). Not too shabby.


Unfortunately the numbers still haven't been updated with the specific versions of KitKat rolling out around the world (4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4), or it would paint a much different picture. As any die-hard Android enthusiast will tell you, there's no satisfaction in simply running the latest major firmware release, the only way some can sleep at night is knowing their phone is running the absolute latest version of Android possible (currently Android 4.4.4). In which case for them, we recommend a Nexus or Google Play edition device.


Of course, Gingerbread is still hanging on for dear life, with Froyo drifting off into obscurity. It can be argued that many new features are being added to legacy versions of Android all the time thanks to updates to Google Play Services. But after taking a look at the Android L Developer Preview, there's simply no denying the appeal that comes with major firmware releases.


It will be interesting to see how this chart evolves in the coming months and whether or not Android TV and Android Wear will find a spot in the platform numbers.




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BlackBerry pimps unreadable spreadsheets as a reason to buy the Passport over Android

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 02:56 PM PDT






We'll just let this image speak for itself, but it's cute how they clunked up the notification area first before taking that screenshot. So, yeah. That's the BlackBerry Passport.


Source: BlackBerry; via CrackBerry





















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Latest Android platform distribution numbers show KitKat use continues to rise

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 02:34 PM PDT

Same story, different month. And that's not a bad thing. The latest Android platform distribution numbers have been released for the first week of July and things continue to look up for Android 4.4 KitKat.


Compared to last month, KitKat usage is up 4.2 percent. Nothing major, but a swing in the right direction nonetheless. Month-over-month Jelly Bean, Froyo, Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich are all down. The final numbers show all versions of Jelly Bean combined with a healthy lead over every other version of Android, with KitKat coming in second and Gingerbread third.


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With a new version of Android right around the corner, there could be some big changes in store for the platform distribution numbers over the next several months. Rollouts for big updates are usually slow at first for manufacturers, but with Google changing the way they release Android updates, things could could dramatically change. We'll know just how much of a difference Google releasing a developer preview for the next version of Android will make this fall.





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KitKat usage ticks up a few more percentage points

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 01:55 PM PDT






Slowly but surely, Android 4.4 KitKat is on the rise. The most recent version of Android saw an increase of 4.3 percentage points, according to the latest numbers released by Google. The results include devices that have pinged the Google Play Store over the past seven days, ending July 7. Here's how it breaks down:



  • Android 4.4 KitKat: 17.9 percent, up from 13.6 percent at the beginning of June.

  • Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean: 55.5 percent, down from 58.4 percent a month ago.

  • Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich: 11.4 percent, down from 12.3 percent.

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread: 13.5 percent, down from 14.9 percent.


Source: Android Platform Versions





















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Lost Toys offers spooky spin on 3D puzzles

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 01:42 PM PDT






A highly polished 3D puzzle game hit the Google Play Store today called Lost Toys. In it, players have to take broken wooden toys and rotate their parts around around until they're properly aligned. Once completed, the worn plaything transforms into a painted and fully colored final form.





















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Rumor: Microsoft prepping Lumia-branded Android phone

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 01:41 PM PDT

When Nokia announced the Android powered Nokia X we weren't quite sure what to think about it. We've long dreamed of the ultra-powerful, ultra-beautiful combination of Android and Nokia but the X simply didn't deliver. It's a low spec'd device running a custom version of Android in a cheap body. What we really want is an Android-powered Lumia device. And Microsoft might finally be ready to give it to us.


According to a new rumor out of the one and only evleaks, Microsoft is working on a Nokia Lumia-branded Android device. No other details surrounding the mystery device have been revealed, but there's really only a couple ways this could turn out. Scenario number one: Microsoft's Android-powered Lumia could be a beefed up Nokia X. It would run a custom, forked version of Android but come with things like a much better display and high-end camera. Scenario number two: Microsoft's Android-powered Lumia is a Google-certified device complete with Google Play access and all. Chances are it would still be customized and include a bunch of Microsoft-centric apps, but Google Play access would completely change the appeal of the device.


Of course, with this being an unconfirmed rumor, there is a third scenario where Microsoft doesn't release anything Android powered at all. Either way, we'll be keeping a close eye out for more details on this rumor.





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Isis to rebrand their mobile wallet service to avoid association with militant group

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 01:34 PM PDT

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Try doing a Google search for ISIS and you're bound to find 2 very different results. One of which is Isis, an NFC-based mobile wallet provider going head-to-head with Google Wallet, while the other, ISIS (all caps), is an acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant group making headlines recently for their unspeakable violence against their people. Yeah. Not exactly the name you want people to associate with your budding mobile payments business.


Isis CEO Michael Abbot announced today that they've officially made the decision to rebrand their company to something with a less negative connotation. Although an official name hasn't been revealed as of yet, Abbot mentions they'll have more to share in the coming months. We'll be sure to keep you updated, and commend Isis for their decision, these sorta things are never easy.




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ISIS will rebrand NFC payment service following violence in Middle East

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 12:56 PM PDT






Following the rise of the ISIS militant group, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in the Middle East, NFC-based mobile payment service ISIS, which is formed out of a joint venture between AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, will be re-branding its services. Though the decision was made for a rebranding to distance ISIS from the ongoing violence in the Middle East, the mobile payment venture has not disclosed what its new name will be in the future.





















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PSA: The TSA now requires proof of powered-on devices before boarding some flights

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 12:51 PM PDT

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As stressful as it already is measuring out liquids and baby formula for an upcoming flight, you'll now want to make sure your smartphone or tablet is full juiced before hitting the airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced over the weekend that some flights coming into the US could be subject to additional smartphone or device security screening (outside of the normal x-ray scan), meaning the device will need to be powered on to ensure it's safe for travel.


Apparently this could have something to do with the possibility of explosive devices being hidden inside popular electronic devices like smartphones or tablets. While this could be a huge inconvenience for anyone playing their favorite game on a flight, only to realize they've exhausted their battery supply — it's all in the name of safety.


Unsurprisingly, the TSA didn't offer any further details, like specifically which flights from where would be subject to the additional screening. If you thought dumping that expensive bottle of shampoo was painful enough, how about being forced to leave behind your shiny new Galaxy S5 because it wouldn't power on?


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[New Game] Award Winning 3D Puzzler Lost Toys Comes To Android With Style To Spare

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 12:35 PM PDT

l Puzzles? Check. Cool graphics? Check. Ambient piano background music? Double check. I'm not sure what else you could want out of Lost Toys to have a good time with it. This title invites you to fix some old, broken toys by spinning and flipping the pieces on your screen. It looks amazing, but it's currently showing up as tablet-only.




The toys you're trying to fix in this game are all small wooden models – you know, fire trucks, helicopters, clowns, and so on.





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Commandr – Indie app of the day

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 12:18 PM PDT



What is Commandr?


Commandr is the best thing to happen to Google Now since Google Now and yes that is a statement directly from the demo video linked above. This nifty application allows you to use the Note to Self feature in Google Now to issue all sorts of commands that allow for voice control outside of the norm for Google Now. In other words, it extends the functionality with Google Now without the use of things like root access or modifications to Google Now.


Here's how it works. There are a number of built-in commands along with a request form. Using these commands you can do things like turn on or off your WiFi, Bluetooth, flashlight, GPS, and other system toggles. You can also use it to take control of your music player by saying things like next song, previous song, pause music, or resume music. The request form is there for you to send recommendations to the developer to add more commands later.


Along with the built-in commands, Commandr also has Tasker support so you can extend the functionality even further to do almost anything you can imagine. In the video above, the guy uses Commandr with Google Now and Tasker to turn on his ceiling fan. So things like home automation are also possible. Once you get it set up, you just use Google Now voice commands to use Commandr.


In order to use it, you'll have to start each command with, "Note to self." That's how Commandr uses Google Now. So you would say, "Note to self, turn off WiFi." That would turn off the WiFi. Using the aforementioned Tasker integration, you can literally make your device do anything with voice commands and that's pretty special. If you include the new functionality Google Now just added with the ability to use Okay, Google on any screen and with the screen off when your phone is charging then you're looking at a much more complete experience overall. We thought that was pretty special.


commandr review



It is to Google Now what the Iron Man suit is to Tony Stark.




PROS


  • Adds much needed functionality to Google Now.

  • With Tasker integration, you can make voice commands that do literally whatever you want.

  • It's free!

  • No root required.

  • Simple permissions. This app just needs the mic. It uses Google Now's permissions to control your phone.

  • Easy to use once you get it set up.




CONS


  • There have been bugs reported across the spectrum so you may have issues using Commandr.

  • Tasker integration is great, but learning how to use Tasker is a real pain for many people.






8.0

Overall, this is definitely something that's worth trying out. It has its issues but if you can get it working then the upside far outweighs the downside. Even if you choose not to use the occasionally complicated Tasker integration, this is still a must have application for anyone who uses Google Now religiously. If you don't, this app may be that push you needed to start using Google Now religiously. It's free, so give it a try!






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Sprint LG G Flex receives WiFi calling and more in new software update

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

LG G Flex update


A new software update for the LG G Flex on Sprint is introducing a handful of bug fixes and improvements, with the addition of one very important feature: WiFi calling. WiFi calling should come in handy during those rare instances when Sprint's network simply isn't capable of penetrating your home or work place.


LG G Flex owners on the "Now Network" should find the ZV7 update hitting their devices in the coming days, but as we saw with a similar update that also introduced WiFi calling for the Samsung Galaxy S5, these staged rollouts can take some time. Here's what to look forward to when the update finally drops:


LG G Flex Software Update – ZV7



  • Enhancements/Fixes

  • Voice over Wi-Fi

  • HD Voice Icon

  • Google Patch: SMS and Security

  • Update email Signature


Sprint says the rollout starts today and should end somewhere around July 16th. To manually check to see if the software update is available for your device, jump into your Settings > System updates > Update LG software > Check now.


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Commandr app adds even more device control to Google Now

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 11:41 AM PDT







Google Now already provides a ton of voice-activated functionality like sending messages or initiating calls, but a new app called Commandr aims to take that one step further. With it, you can toggle Wi-Fi, GPS, the camera LED light, and just about anything else you want through Tasker integration. This is done by turning Commandr into your default note-taking application, so when you initiate with "Ok Google" like usual and you say "note to self", you're actually issuing a command to Commandr.





















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Gartner: PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to go up 4.2 percent in 2014

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 11:27 AM PDT






The research firm Gartner is predicting that the total number of PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments will go up 4.2 percent worldwide in 2014, with traditional PC shipments starting to recover while tablets slow down.





















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Google adds 13 more languages to web-based Gmail

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 10:41 AM PDT






Google has announced that it has added 13 new languages to its web-based Gmail, along with feature phone browsers, bringing the total number of languages for its popular free email service up to 71.





















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Using one-handed operation mode on the LG G3

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 10:26 AM PDT






Despite doing an incredible job once again packing a large display into a form factor that wouldn't usually befit it, the LG G3 is a large phone. 5.5-inches isn't small no matter how large your hands are and to help make one-handed use a little easier LG has included a set of options for using the phone in this way. It isn't as extreme as Samsung's efforts on the Galaxy S5 in this area, but LG has covered off three of the main areas.


Here's how you activate them, and how they'll work for you.





















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Google reportedly working on major plans to take on Amazon

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 09:59 AM PDT

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Although Google is recognized as the giant amongst search engines, much to the delight of advertisers, it is not the "go to" shopping destination for many consumers. That title may be claimed by Amazon which has built an empire on the sales of books which led to a portfolio of just about anything one may want to buy. This means Google is missing out on an opportunity to help advertisers close the deal on the ads they are serving up with search results and it means advertisers may want to focus more resources on Amazon's platform. To combat this, Google is reportedly amassing a war chest to expand their Google Shopping Express service beyond the limited markets where it is available.


According to a new report, Google has reserved as much as $500 million to be able to expand the service. Unlike Amazon, which relies heavily on warehouses full of stock and third-party delivery services, Google is working on developing their own fleet of vehicles to make deliveries. Goods would be obtained from local retailers with which Google has developed a relationship. According to Google's head of the Google Shopping Express service, Tom Fallows, "you can very much expect that we are putting a lot of money into this and we're excited and willing to sustain that investment over time as this gets going."


Fallows points out that one of the problems Google has, even with the shopping searches now available, is a breakdown in the ability to deliver a good to someone. This is most acutely true where Google has provided information on goods that are available "nearby" yet no easy way to complete a purchase.


The current Google Shopping Express service charges a $4.99 fee to consumers for each store that needs to be visited, although Google has been waiving that fee during their launch phase. Fallows says Google eventually wants to go to a membership fee model similar to Amazon's Prime offering. The price point would probably be similar and is part of Google's attempt to "democratize the world of same-day delivery." Google would also get a cut of each transaction, reportedly a single-digit percentage, so any steps that can help them shift business away from Amazon and over to Google will help the bottom-line.


Although Google may be able to build out a system that could rival Amazon's and give buyers a choice, there are some concerns out there with what Google appears to be planning. Some retailers are concerned Google could move to cut out the "middle man" which in this model is the merchant. Others are concerned Google may use the system to collect buyer data. That information could then be leveraged to pressure companies to invest in Google's system in order to get preferred treatment in shopping search results.


Do you think the Google Shopping Express service will be able to threaten Amazon and grab a significant market share?


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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 colors to mirror Galaxy S 5

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 09:59 AM PDT

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A tip today provided by @evleaks indicates the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be made available with the same color selections as the Samsung Galaxy S 5. At the very least, this seems to suggest black and white will be available on all carriers when the device is released. Previous information was unclear as to whether a white version would be available for carriers other than Verizon.


Since release, Samsung has added a copper gold version of the Galaxy S 5 to the lineup to be available for all carriers to offer customers, but we are not sure whether this latest leak means that color will be available when the Galaxy Note 4 launches. Verizon also has an Electric Blue version of the Galaxy S 5 in their portfolio.


If you could pick any color for a Galaxy Note 4, what would you choose?


source: @evleaks (official site)




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Sprint LG G Flex gets Wi-Fi calling in latest update

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 09:39 AM PDT






Sprint has just issued an update for the LG G Flex which enables calling over Wi-Fi networks and a few other tweaks. You'll also find an HD Voice icon, Google patch for SMS and security, plus an update to e-mail signatures. The rollout starts today and will keep going through to June 16th.





















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This Handy Xposed Module From The Developer Of XGELS Will Let You Toggle Auto-Correct With Just A Double Tap

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 09:35 AM PDT

Xposed-Thumb Somethings auto-correct is more annoying than it is useful (hyperbottomcheeks978 is a username, dear keyboard, and no I don't want to save it to my dictionary just to prevent you from nagging me about it for the remainder of this conversation). Fortunately for users of the Xposed framework, there is a new module out that will allow you to toggle auto-correct on and off just by double tapping on any text box.





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Developer Interview: Doodle Jump and Doodle Jump Race

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 09:28 AM PDT






Doodle Jump is one of the most successful mobile games of all time, with well more than 10 million installs on Android alone. The original game continues to do big business on Android, and developer Lima Sky has recently released Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants as a paid Android app as well. 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of Doodle Jump.


We recently met up with Igor Pusenjak, co-founder of Lima Sky and co-creator of Doodle Jump to discuss the past and present of Lima Sky, the creation of Doodle Jump, and future Doodle Jump titles. Read on for exclusive news about the next Doodle Jump game for Android, Doodle Jump Race!





















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Sprint update for Samsung Galaxy S 5 adds Wi-Fi calling feature

Posted: 07 Jul 2014 08:51 AM PDT

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on the Sprint network may notice they have an update waiting to be installed. If they don't have a notification yet, it should be showing up soon as Sprint is pushing out update "NE5″ to owners of the devices in phases. According to the information provided by Sprint, the only enhancement is the addition of a Wi-Fi calling feature. Apparently the update has been ready for a while now, but is only just starting to hit users' devices.


source: Sprint




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