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Google Maps update can now show you distance measurements and calculations

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 03:05 PM PDT

New Google Maps measurement calculations

In a new update that silently arrived for Google Maps on the web, the boys at Google have enabled a new feature we're sure many of you will find convenient. Right clicking After opening the new Google Maps in your web browser, right clicking anywhere on the map now offers the option to "Measure distance."

Once selected, tapping anywhere in maps will show the end distance from the place you originally right clicked. What's more is you can continue clicking on the map for added calculations, showing the total distance measured.

While this is already raring to go in the new Google Maps on the web, the feature will need to be enabled for anyone still using the classic version of Google Maps. To do this simply click on the Maps Labs link (bottom left-hand panel) and enable the "Distance Measurement Tool." Save your changes and after returning to the classic Google Maps, click on the ruler icon (bottom left corner), then click anywhere on the map to begin measure distances.

No word on when or if this cool new feature will make its way on over to Android or iOS versions of Google Maps, but we can always hope.

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How to adjust vibration strength on the LG G3

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 02:57 PM PDT

We've all been there, missing calls, texts, emails while our smartphone is in our pockets because we didn't feel the vibrate go off. Or perhaps you're tired of it shaking your desk to pieces every time it goes off. Fortunately, if you're the proud owner of a new LG G3, there's something you can do about it pretty easily.

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[APK Download] Update to Google Camera puts Android Wear devices to work

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 02:21 PM PDT


Need a way to snap photos with your smartphone without actually touching your smartphone? Don't laugh, it can be done! The latest update to the Google Camera app makes it possible to do just that. Now, when paired with an Android Wear device, users can use the display as a remote shutter button. In addition to tapping to shutter, the smartwatch can also show a countdown for when the photo will be taken. And finally, the update allows Android Wear devices to display photos that were just taken.

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Top app, device and accessory sales for July 9, 2014

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 02:06 PM PDT

Y'all thought we forgot about ya? Not hardly. We're back today with a good app deals, a really good tablet deal, and a case for one of our favorite phones. Have at 'em!

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Adobe Reader App Updated With KitKat Printing And Cover Page Support In Two-Page View

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 01:50 PM PDT

AdobeReader-Thumb The Adobe Reader app has received another update that brings in a couple of new features for Android users who turn to it for their PDF-handling needs. The little piece of software can already handle reading files just fine, but for people who would rather hold a physical copy of a text in their hands, the latest version should better help with that. KitKat printing support is now bundled in, so users can print to any printers that they have saved to their devices.

Adobe Reader App Updated With KitKat Printing And Cover Page Support In Two-Page View was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Camera update brings Android Wear remote shutter support

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 01:24 PM PDT

LG G Watch unboxing initial setup (12 of 13)

When it comes to update Wednesdays, things can be pretty hit and miss. Some Wednesdays bring us nothing more than very minor updates, while others are more eventful. It seems this Wednesday is of the latter category, bringing us a Chromecast mirroring and now an update for Google Camera and Gmail as well.

First up, let's talk about the Gmail update. While not nearly as significant as the Google Camera update, it seems that Gmail has now added the ability to attach files from Google Drive. While that's all that we have noticed for sure, we imagine that there are at least a few other minor tweaks and bug fixes.

Of greater importance is the latest update to Google Camera, which introduces remote functionality for Android Wear. In short, you can now use your G Watch and Gear Live as a remote shutter button for your smart phone. This basically means you can tap on your watch to take a picture and you are then presented with a countdown. Once the shot is taken, you'll be able to preview the image right from your watch.

This feature could be useful if you have a tripod and are looking to take group photos with yourself included, if you are trying to stealthy take a picture, or really for just about anything — your imagination sets the limit. The Camera update doesn't offer much else apart from this, so this update is really only of major value if you have (or are planning to buy) an Android Wear device.

Both updates will start rolling out gradually, though you can always grab the APK and download manually if you don't want to wait any longer than you have to.

For those that already updated, any other changes you notice for either app? Please let us and our other readers know in the comments!

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How to mirror your Android screen with Chromecast

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 01:24 PM PDT

Some of the most popular devices out there today can get in on this great new Chromecast feature — we'll show you how

Now that Google has finally flipped the switch to enable full-on screen mirroring of your Android device to the Chromecast, everyone is eager to get up and running to project their phone or tablet to the big screen. Whether or not you'll be able to cast its screen to Chromecast and how you accomplish it can be a bit different depending on your device, but we're here to clear things up.

For Nexus and Google Play edition devices running Android KitKat and later, the ability to do screen mirroring to Chromecast is baked right into the operating system and an update to Google Play Services 5.0. For devices running a modified version of of Android, you'll need to be using the updated Chromecast app. In either case, Chromecast screen mirroring is currently in "beta" state and restricted to a small number of popular devices.

If you do happen to have a supported device, you'll be happy to know that the process of getting your Android screen mirrored to your Chromecast is extremely simple. Read along for the details.

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Moto X now available for just $299 through Net10

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 01:24 PM PDT

Motorola Mobility has announced a new sale for the Moto X in the US via the Net10 Wireless provider, allowing its customers to purchase it for just $299 without a contract, along with 50 percent off the price for an optional case.

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Motorola continues to tease with new Moto 360 video

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 01:24 PM PDT

Motorola released a new Moto 360 video on YouTube, detailing the watch's unique cylindrical designed face rather than the square fascia of its rivals in the Android Wear camp. Though the video is new and is a nice promotion to the Moto 360 staying true to classical watch designs, it really is just a teaser and nothing more. Nothing in the video isn't already learned, though it's still a nice watch.

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Chromecast App Updated To v1.7 With Screen Casting Integration [APK Download]

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 12:50 PM PDT

Chromecast-Thumb Earlier today Google flipped a switch enabling the screen casting feature it unveiled at Google I/O. If you have one of the supported devices, you don't have to do a thing to try it out. Just fire up Quick Settings and hit the screen cast icon. But if this isn't discoverable enough, Google has also updated the Chromecast app to bring more attention to the feature.

What's New

A Cast Screen option is now available in the navigation sidebar.

Chromecast App Updated To v1.7 With Screen Casting Integration [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Gmail update brings better Drive sharing

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 12:41 PM PDT

Google is now beginning to push out an update to its Gmail app for Android which brings better sharing of content that's stored on Google Drive. You can now simply insert files, photos, and documents directly from Drive into your Gmail body and manage permissions on the go as to privacy and sharing.

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HTC One M8 - My point of (re)view

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 12:09 PM PDT

Google Camera update brings Android Wear remote trigger

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 12:08 PM PDT

An update to the Google Camera app is slowly making its way out to users, and it includes a neat new feature — a remote shutter button on your Android Wear device. The new version of the app contains an Android Wear component that, when triggered by running the camera app on your phone, will drop a notification on your Android smartwatch that lets you take a picture and then review it afterwards. While this isn't anything new — Pebble has had an app for that for a while now — it's exciting to see it come in a "native" app.

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Google Camera Update Adds Remote Shutter For Android Wear (With Image Review), Refreshed Panorama Interface [APK Download]

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 11:52 AM PDT


Google's Camera app just got a bump up to version 2.3 (rolling out in stages of course), which adds a very welcome feature - remote shutter functionality for Android Wear devices.

We saw hints of this functionality inside the code of a previous version of the Camera app, but now that Wear devices have hit release, it's finally live. Users need only open the Camera app on their phone or tablet, and Wear will automatically insert a card for remote capture.

Google Camera Update Adds Remote Shutter For Android Wear (With Image Review), Refreshed Panorama Interface [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola ordered to stop selling phones infringing on antenna patent in Germany

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 11:51 AM PDT


Some bad news for Motorola today, as the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has ruled that Motorola has infringed on an antenna patent owned by LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.

Because of the infringement, Motorola has been ordered to stop selling mobile phones in Germany which infringe on the patent. To get things going again, Motorola will have to adjust its devices to steer clear of the infringement.

Source: Reuters

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LG announces “KizOn” wearable for parents to keep track of kids

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 11:51 AM PDT


Next time your kid wanders off at the amusement park, you won't have to worry.

LG introduced the "KizOn" wearable device yesterday, which is cellular-equipped and allows parents to track the location of their toddlers. The wristband has the capability to call pre-programmed phone numbers with a single phone number as well, and parents can also call the wristband to check on their kids.

Launch is set for July 10 in South Korea, with a North America and Europe release set for Q3 of this year. While pricing and availability are unknown, we should have more information soon.

Source: re/code

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Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet available for pre-order tomorrow, in stores July 17th

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 11:50 AM PDT


We got a hands-on look at the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet during this year's Mobile World Congress 2014 and had nothing but good things to say about the tab. In terms of build quality, the Xperia Z2 Tablet was one of the most premium and sleek Android tablets money can buy and starting tomorrow, you can officially pre-order the 4G LTE equipped model from Verizon Wireless.

A shift allegiance for Sony who traditionally makes available their devices on carriers like T-Mobile or AT&T, the Verizon exclusive Xperia Z2 Tablet will run $600 (or $500 with a 2-year agreement). Here's a quick look at the specs the Xperia Z2 tablet offers:

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet specs

  • 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Triluminos display

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core CPU

  • 3GB RAM

  • 16GB internal storage with microSD slot

  • 8.1 megapixel rear camera

  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera

  • 6,000mAh battery

  • 4G LTE

  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL 3.0, and WiFi

  • Android 4.4 KitKat

  • Stereo front facing speakers

Sony says the Xperia Z2 will be in Verizon stores on July 17th, and if you make haste, you can even get a free pair of Sony's MDR-NC31EM noise cancelling headphones (while supplies last). Sony's North American president Ravi Nookala says their new relationship with Verizon is key to Sony building momentum in the US and if rumors prove correct, this is a just a hint of things to come (see Sony Xperia Z2 leaks).

You can check out our hands-on video with the tablet below.

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Samsung teases Exynos announcement for tomorrow

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Samsung is teasing a new announcement for tomorrow regarding its Exynos line of processors. The next-generation Exynos is expected to power the rumored Galaxy Note 4, which is expected later this year.

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New report predicts smaller tablets will lose ground to large smartphones

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 10:28 AM PDT

A new report from NPD DisplaySearch predicts that shipments of tablets that are between 7 to 7.9 inches in size will begin to lose market share compared to larger tablet products, thanks in part to competition from larger smartphones.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hitting Verizon Wireless July 17

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 10:28 AM PDT

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is coming to Verizon's LTE network. If Big Red suits your fancy and Sony's latest slim and waterproof tablet fits your needs, then this might very well be the tablet for you. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet on Verizon brings everything that we liked about the tablet to Verizon, just adding in an LTE radio. The cellular tablet's priced at $599.99, though those who pre-order starting tomorrow will be able to get it for $100 off (the same price as the non-LTE version).

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Spotify is inviting patiently waiting Canadians to test their streams

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 10:28 AM PDT

Music streaming service Spotify is at long last gearing up to launch in Canada, and they're inviting some of those that have expressed interest to try it out first. The invitations will be sent out to a selection of those Canadians that have signed up at Spotify's Canada page, though it might take a while to get such an invitation if you're just now signing up.

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Verizon’s Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet pre-orders begin July 10, pricing starts at $499.99

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 09:53 AM PDT

Following its debut at MWC earlier this year, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will finally hit the shelves of a U.S. carrier later this month.

Verizon today announced that it will begin taking pre-orders for the Xperia Z2 Tablet tomorrow, June 10, with an in-store launch scheduled for July 17. Pricing will be set at $499.99 with a two-year contract or $599.99 commitment-free. Those that pre-order the Xperia Z2 Tablet from Verizon will receive a Sony Digital Noise Canceling Headset MDRNC31EM for free.

The Verizon-flavored Xperia Z2 Tablet is largely similar to the Wi-Fi model that debut earlier this year. It's got a 10.1-inch 1080p display, 8.1-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and a 6000mAh battery. Its body is also IP55 and IP58 rated for resistance to dust and water. Rounding out the Xperia Z2 Tablet's spec list is compatibility with Verizon's 4G LTE network.

It's been several years since Sony and Verizon teamed up to launch a device in the U.S., so it's nice to see those two coming together once again. And while the Xperia Z2 Tablet isn't the newest Android slate on the block, it's still a pretty respectable piece of kit, especially with its super-thin 0.25-inch (6.35mm) thick body.

Are any of you thinking about picking up the Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet?

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout ready to hit the virtual shelves of Google Play on July 24th

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 09:42 AM PDT


After a long wait, Gameloft's popular Modern Combat series will see its next entrant hit Google Play on July 24th for $6.99 when Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available. Once paid for, no additional in-app purchases will be needed. Gameloft says the new title brings a unified character progression system for both the single-player and multi-player modes of the game. This means that online connectivity is required even when in single player mode.

Although single player will be available, most players will likely want to engage in some multi-player fun. Gameloft is making four modes available for multi-player: Capture the Flag, Free for All, Team Battle, and VIP. The game will support up to 12 players at the same time. Players will be able to choose from one of four soldier classes – assault, heavy, recon, and sniper. Each class gets a unique set of skills. Gameloft also says this latest title will bring new vehicles, improved visuals, and new environments to the Modern Combat universe.

Gameloft released an updated trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout during last month's E3 event, a year after their original Modern Combat 5 trailer was released.

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VEVO Android app gets major 2.0 update with new Home screen and more

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 09:15 AM PDT

The VEVO music video app for Android has just been updated to version 2.0, bringing with it a number of new features such as an redesigned Home screen, a new navigation menu and lots more. It's available for download at the Google Play Store

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Inside Job – Indie app of the day

Posted: 09 Jul 2014 08:53 AM PDT

What is Inside Job?

Inside Job is a simple puzzle game where you must set up lights during the day time and then try to find a way around them at night. It's definitely a maze style game with the catch being that you set up your own traps. If you're good at it, then you can get around your own traps. If not then you'll have to try again.

The game comes in two flavors and that's free and premium. The free version has 12 levels and the paid version gets you another 18 levels. The paid version costs $1.70USD. The earlier levels are kind of easy but as you progress the maps get harder and harder to plan and it requires more creativity to get through them. The game works by having lights that flash blue and red. You can walk around when the lights are blue but you have to get out before the lights turn red again otherwise you lose and you must start over.

There is a sort of back story. You play as a robber who gets hired as a contractor to set up security lights at a building. You must put them up so you can sneak passed them and steal things from the building. It's not the best story out there but at least it gives the game a premise and give players motivation. There are also Google Play Games achievements that are predominately speed run times for each level along with a curious achievement that involves defeating a lizard monster. Cool.

Inside Job review

You can only make it harder on yourself.


  • Interesting premise where you set up your own traps and then attempt to thwart them.

  • Google Play Games achievements and leaderboards are always a win.

  • First 12 levels are free and the last 18 levels aren't a rip off for most people.

  • Low/High graphics mode in case your phone is so old that it can't handle a 2D top-down puzzle game.

  • Progressive increase in difficulty helps keep the game challenging.


  • It's short. Many could probably beat it in a day.

  • The first two or three free levels are tutorial levels. Lame.


At the end of the day, Inside Job isn't going to win awards for being the best game ever. However, it's a nice way to kill an afternoon or waste a few minutes during a break at work. The achievements are fun to try to get and you can try it for free for 12 levels before you have to buy the other 18. We thought that was fair.

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