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How to "hack" Tinder in under two minutes so you can browse for matches anywhere in the world

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 03:41 PM PDT

This is how you fake the GPS Location on your phone to tell Tinder you're somewhere else!

Tinder should really be spelled T - R - O - U - B - L - E because one of these days that's what this popular dating app is going to get me into! I love Tinder. I can't help it. It's not that I'm browsing for hook-ups or dating partners or anything like that. I'm in a relationship. I'm happy. I just find it really entertaining to swipe through photos of real people. Some people spend all day looking at photos of cats. Personally, I'd rather look at photos of women. To each their own. No judging. I have a few friends who do the same thing as me, so I know I'm not totally alone in this behavior.

The trouble with Tinder of course is that in order to browse Tinder, you need to put yourself on Tinder. And with Tinder showing matches based on your preferences of sex, age and distance from your location — up to a max of 100 mile radius — it's highly possible that somebody you know will see you on Tinder. Depending on your relationship status... well... like I said... that could spell TROUBLE when you get spotted by somebody who doesn't think you should be on Tinder. For that reason, I've only ever fired up Tinder when I'm traveling and am far away from home and those odds of being recognized are minimal.

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Pushbullet introduces ‘Channels,’ like a mix between Yo, IFTTT, and RSS

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 03:39 PM PDT

Pushbullet Channels GIF

Pushbullet has slowly grown into one of those Android applications we simply can't live without. Recently, we saw updates that brought the ability to reply to our phone's SMS messages straight from our computers, and even universal copy/paste. Again, we can't say enough about the application and how it's helped streamline our workflow.

In a new update rolling out for Pushbullet on the web, the service is now introducing something they're calling "Channels." It's a little hard to describe, but we'd liken it to services like Yo, IFTTT or RSS where you can essentially subscribe to notification feeds via Pushbullet's new web portal. Once subscribed, you'll receive notifications when something like a website publishes a new post, or when the channel owner wants to notify subscribers about some important update.

Pushbullet Create Channel

While RSS feeds are naturally the most obvious type of Channel, Pushbullet describes a use case scenario where small businesses, groups, or even teachers need to send something to all their subscribers at once. Sure we have email, instant messaging, SMS, or just about any number of apps that do much of this already, but the fact that it's so easy to set up and configure on an app we're already using makes it useful enough to give it a shot.

You can get started making your own Channel here , or subscribe to the Phandroid channel here to get notified of new posts, or even receive notifications when our weekly wallpaper posts go live here . You can find all available Pushbullet Channels by visiting the link down below from your web browser.

[Pushbullet Channels]

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Galaxy Note 4 (model SM-N9106W) firmware hits the web

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 03:28 PM PDT

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The Note 4 has already arrived in South Korea and its international launch begins in October, making it a great time to be a Samsung Note fan. And now the first firmware has gone online as well, for model SM-N9106W, a Chinese variant of Samsung's latest big-screened smartphone.

The build is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and has the build number N9106WZNU1ANIF. While the firmware won't be directly useful without a compatible Chinese Note 4 to go with it, these types of firmware 'leaks' are useful for extracting wallpapers, ringtones, APK files and more. If you're not handy with this kind of thing yourself, don't worry — it's only a matter of time before the Android community jumps in and provides you with all sorts of goodies.

To download the firmware you'll want to head on over to SamMobile.

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NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:58 PM PDT


On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.

The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features

  • Network Test capability

  • User Customizable 'My Android Games' and 'My Media Apps'

  • Share 'News' items, swipe between articles

  • Improved Touch Performance

  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

Source: NVIDIA

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50% off RAW Beats bluetooth speaker

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:48 PM PDT

RAW Beats Speaker

Need a speaker that can keep up with your active lifestlye? The RAW Beats Speaker by TRNDlabs goes wherever you do, offering big sound in a rugged package. It's waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof and scratch resistant body weighs less than a pound and is perfect to carry along for a day at the beach, a challenging hike or a relaxing camping trip.

Simply pair your Bluetooth device in seconds for 7 hours of high quality wireless audio, and even take calls from your phone using the built-in mic. You can also plug in any audio source to the 3.5mm jack using the included cable, to enjoy movies and music at home. Order your RAW Beats Speaker now for great sound on the move, here at the Android Authority Deals Store for only $39.99 with free international shipping!

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  • Powerful immersive sound

  • Waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof and scratch resistant

  • 7 Hours of non-stop music playback

  • Built-in microphone and lithium battery

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Recent Android L build shows off tweaked navigation and status icons

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:48 PM PDT

Releasing Android L as a developer preview was a big change for Google this year, and while the build is actually reasonably stable (I've been using it every day on my Nexus 5 since it came available), the reality is that it is an unfinished product and likely is missing many features and final touches that will hopefully be revealed to us soon enough.

With that in mind, a new video was recently posted up on the Chromium Issue Tracker in which a Chromium crash takes place. While that's not particularly exciting, it is worth noting that this apparently 5-day-old build (LRW87D) of Android L has some noticeable cosmetic changes when compared to the current developer preview.

L Dev Preview left, more recent build to the right.

L Dev Preview left, more recent build to the right.

First, there's the navigation icons, although they still look like they were borrowed from a Playstation controller, they are now smaller in size and more spaced out when compared to the preview build. At the top status bar there's also changes such solid icons (no breaks for wi-fi signal, etc) and a clock with a bold, smaller Roboto font.

None of these changes are too huge but bottom-line is, even if you having been using L since the beginning, there are likely plenty of changes in store for you when the final release arrives (hopefully) in October.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet with LTE available for $399

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:42 PM PDT


An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.

[NVIDIA Store] [Amazon] [Best Buy] [GameStop] [Newegg] [Tiger Direct]

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 versus iPhone 6 camera shootout!

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:27 PM PDT

Increasingly the camera on a smartphone figures into a buying purchase. The iPhone 6 is the new kid on the block but here in the Android space we've got plenty of competition. Our pals at iMore have put two of the big Android devices of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 up against Apple's latest and greatest.

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Sony launches Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact in Australia

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:20 PM PDT


Last night Sony unveiled their latest in their line of Xperia flagships in the Z3 and Z3 Compact and they had more to show off as well ‒  which we'll cover in an additional article ‒  but for now we have details regarding pricing and carrier availability.

As covered in our IFA piece on Sony's handsets ‒  along with specs, the Xperia Z3 will be available in Australia on all four major carriers, whereas the Z3 Compact will at launch be available on Optus and Telstra and both devices will of course be available online through Sony's store.

When it comes to handset colours, all available colour options are headed to Australia in some way or rather. By that, availability ...

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Android L shown with refreshed status bar icons and navigation buttons

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 02:12 PM PDT

We already know that Android L will include new app user interfaces and fresh navigation buttons, but it looks like it'll offer some refreshed status bar icons as well.

Some new Android L status bar icons and navigation buttons have been discovered by Myce . The site found a bug in the Chromium issue tracker that causes Chromium to crash, and when you look at the top and bottom of the bug in action, you can see the new icons.


Starting up top, we can see a solid Wi-Fi indicator as well as a new, smaller clock. The bottom of the display includes the same basic navigation button shapes, but they're smaller in this new leak.

These new icons come from a build of Android L — LRW87D — that's said to be just five days old. And while they're not exactly huge changes, they do help to make Android L feel a bit more fresh and modern. Here's to hoping that the whole thing gets pushed out to us soon so that we can continue to dig into its new goodies.

Via: Android Police

Sources: Myce, Chromium Issue Tracker

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Google Play is now showing Android developers’ addresses and pricing for in-app purchases

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 01:48 PM PDT

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In a followup to previous posts in which we highlighted some controversial new changes making their way to the Google Play Store — namely, developers being required to list their home/business address in app listings, and pricing for in-app purchases finally being a thing — it looks like both are now live on Google Play (app only for now).

While showing the price ranges for apps and games with in-app purchases is being lauded (still sucks that individual items aren't shown), it's the address portion that's leaving some with a bad taste in their mouths. What's the big deal? Well, the Google Play Store (once Android Market) was built on the backs of smaller indie developers — the same developers who may or may not have the money to afford an office or workspace away from home.

Google Play IAPs and addresses

With their addresses now in plain view on all of their app listings, you can see how this could potentially create a weird situation if fallen into the wrong hands. What kind of weird situation you ask? Android developer Koushik Dutta of Clockwork Mod fame sheds some light on this subject with a brief anecdote on his Google+ page. The post describes a "creepy" situation he encountered after a disgruntled customer showed up to his place of residence.

"A few years ago, some guy bricked his Galaxy SomethingOrOther by flashing the wrong recovery. He started messaging me on Google Talk, and then on IRC asking for help. I told him I was not tech support, and that he shouldn't have flashed the wrong recovery hoping it would work. I said to use Odin and find a debrick guide.

He knew I lived in Seattle, and said we could meet up for me to fix it. I declined. Twenty minutes later… I receive a call. It's this guy, begging for help. I tell him that's totally inappropriate, and that he needs to stop.

After I got off the call, I realized that the call was made from the call box downstairs, outside my building."

We should note: the above stated situation occurred before Google's new Play Store policies and wasn't a result of the new changes. While it's true, technically anyone could grab a developer's addresses by making an app or game purchase and viewing their Google Wallet receipt, the fact that it's now openly made public online is still a legitimate concern for some.

It's being speculated Google was forced to go this route to stay in accordance with European laws and for the most part we get it. But it's still unclear if developers can simply use a PO Box, UPS address, or if a physical home or business address is absolutely mandatory. What we do know is developers have 30 days to comply with Google's request starting today, or run the risk of having their apps/games removed from Google Play.

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Get your Moto 360 through the Motorola store today!

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 01:38 PM PDT


Heads up! The Moto 360 is back in-stock on Motorola's official website and is currently available in both the black and stone colorways. If you've been wanting to get your hands on the smart watch for a while now, we'd advise you to act fast, as the stock is limited and we don't know how long it will last.

For those unaware, the Moto 360 is possibly the most beautiful and feature-packed Android Wear smart watch available to purchase at present. With a plethora of different watch faces, a premium design and dedicated applications it certainly is the most unique, too.

If you like the sound of the Moto 360 and want to pick one up from Motorola's online store — simply hit the source link below.

Source: Motorola

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Fleksy is now available on Samsung Galaxy Apps and the Amazon Appstore

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 01:38 PM PDT


Today, Fleksy announced it has updated its revolutionary smart keyboard app on Android to now include the Amazon Appstore and Samsung Galaxy Apps 'user bases'.

In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports support for two new languages (Polish and Ukrainian), as well as several bug fixes and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.


  • True Dark premium theme


  • New: Polish and Ukrainian

  • French: spaces before and after ? !

  • Turkish: Added dotless i

  • Improved all languages


  • Swipe the spacebar to change language is now easy

  • More accurate in user words

  • Less memory and battery used

  • Optimized keyboard size for tablets

  • Restore Purchases button in My Fleksy


  • Multiple letters for a single tap

  • Losing Badges on update

  • Many bugs

If you wish to find out more about Fleksy and want to download it on your Android-powered smartphone, hit the source link. Alternatively, you can grab it via the Play Store by following the download button or QR code below.

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Play Store Download Link

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Hands-on with Alcatel OneTouch Pop Mega LTE for Straight Talk

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 09:25 AM PDT

Alcatel OneTouch will have three devices heading to Straight Talk soon. The Pop Mega LTE is one of them and we played with it for a bit last night in New York. It features a 6-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting 3400mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, and supports 4G LTE. Go watch our hands-on video!

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Google Begins Showing In-App Purchase Price Ranges In The Play Store, But No Details On Individual IAPs

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 09:19 AM PDT

nexus2cee_google_play_icon___logo_by_chrisbanks2-d4s1i75_thumb As part of the new rules that will require developers of paid apps to disclose an address, Google is also adding price ranges for in-app purchases to the Play Store. The change was set to go into effect today, according to Google, and sure enough the Play Store client on phones and tablets is showing the cost of in-app purchases in apps. However, it's literally only the price range.

Google Begins Showing In-App Purchase Price Ranges In The Play Store, But No Details On Individual IAPs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Your Note 4 may have a gap, but Samsung says that’s not a defect

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 09:06 AM PDT

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Some users reported a gap between the Note 4's body and its metal frame

Samsung confirmed that some Note 4 units might feature a gap around their metal frame, though, supposedly, that's not a defect manufacturing, as we first believed.

News about the issue emerged yesterday via Korean website ITToday . The Note 4 went on sale last week in South Korea, and some of the first buyers reported that their devices have a narrow gap between the plastic body and the metallic frame going around the edges. The gap is said to be big enough to stick a business card in it, and can appear on all sides of the phone, as these two pictures show.

note 4 gap

It's possible that this small gap won't bother some users. But we can see how some customers could consider it a defect, especially because the gap could fill up with unsightly debris over time.

Here's the twist: according to the Note 4 user manual, the gap isn't a defect, it's a feature. (ironically, the manual lists the gap in the Troubleshooting section):

A small gap appears around the outside of the device case

This gap is a necessary manufacturing feature and some minor rocking or vibration of parts may occur.

And, more worrying:

Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.

It looks like Samsung has a potential problem on its hands. It's too soon to start throwing #gapgate hashtags around, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was some kind of backlash, especially after the Note 4 goes on sale worldwide, later in October.

The fact that the gap could cause "rocking or vibration" is especially disturbing.

If it's worth anything, during my brief time with the Note 4 at IFA I didn't see any issues with the phone's construction. Obviously, production units could be different, and the fact that Samsung felt the need to mention the gap in the user guide suggests the issue could be widespread.

On a slightly related note, at least one user complained about the design of the Note 4's metallic frame:

Does this gap issue turn you off from getting a Note 4?

Via: Sam Mobile;

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Moto X Pure Edition may get update to enable LTE bands 3, 5, and 7

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:56 AM PDT


One of the major drawbacks of the Pure Edition of the new Moto X is that it was lacking several LTE bands that the AT&T and Verizon version have. The pure edition supports only three LTE bands: 2, 4, and 17. Compare that to AT&T's model (bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 17) and Verizon's model (bands 2, 3, 4, 7, and 13) and the Pure Edition all of a sudden becomes a much less appealing option for someone that's looking for a device to use something besides just AT&T and T-Mobile's network.

Fortunately, according to Motorola's forum manager, it looks like Motorola will eventually try to push out a software update that will enable bands 3, 5, and 7 on the Pure Edition device, which will make the device much more functional for roaming and using international cell networks. After all, that's what you'd expect from a SIM unlocked device, right?

There's no exact timeline on the update, but Motorola has been fantastic about keeping their phones updated lately, so hopefully it won't be too far down the line.

source: Moto Forums

via: Android Central

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LG G3 coming to U.S. Cellular in October

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:55 AM PDT

LG's well-loved G3 will be gracing U.S. Cellular shelves next month for as low as $0 down on an installment plan. Specifics on pricing beyond that or any set dates aren't available just yet. Those who go in on the G3 will be eligible for U.S. Cellular's rewards program, where you earn points towards devices, accessories, events, and other goodies.

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TiVo brings video streaming to its Android app

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 08:24 AM PDT

Screenshot: TiVo/Google Play TiVo has today updated its Android app to finally add support for video streaming from your DVR to supported smartphones and tablets. The feature gives users the ability to begin watching live and recorded shows on their TV at home, and then continue enjoying them on their mobile devices when they leave the house. Users

The post TiVo brings video streaming to its Android app appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Galaxy Note 4 screen gap 'a necessary manufacturing feature,' says manual

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 07:57 AM PDT

Issue acknowledged in official manual, gap may 'may expand slightly' over time

As the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launches in South Korea, reports have emerged in the Korean press of an unusual hardware issue affecting some Note 4 units. The story, first broken by local outlet IT Today, says some Korean Note 4s include a gap between the screen and the metal trim large enough to insert a business card. Given that the Note 4 isn't available globally just yet, it's unclear exactly how widespread this issue is — and isolated build issues with new smartphones aren't exactly uncommon.

Curiously, though, Samsung directly addresses this issue in its manual for the European Galaxy Note 4, which arrived on the company's support site in the past day. Tucked away on page 180 of the document, under the "Troubleshooting" section, is the following —

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New devices from Alcatel Onetouch popping onto Straight Talk next month

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 07:57 AM PDT

Alcatel Onetouch has announced a trio of budget devices coming to Straight Talk next month: the OneTouch Pop Icon, Pop Mega LTE, and Pop Star LTE. The Mega will go for under $250, while the Star and Icon will be available for under $150.

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This Galaxy S5 case and holster combo is on sale today for $10.95!

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 07:28 AM PDT

Both the shell and holster in this combo feature a unique texture that enhances grip and adds style to your Samsung Galaxy S5. There's even a retractable kickstand on the back and access to the camera, ports and buttons. Swivel the holster's belt clip in any direction that's most comfortable for you!

The Amzer Shellster with Kickstand is available today for just $10.95; 45% off the list price!

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TiVo app for Android finally adds streaming video support

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:56 AM PDT

Owners of TiVo DVRs who also use Android smartphones or tablets can now fully use those devices, thanks to a new update to the TiVo Android app that finally allows it to stream recorded and live video from a DVR to supported smartphones and tablets.

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Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro with 6-inch QHD display now official in India

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:56 AM PDT

It's no secret that users in the Indian subcontinent love large screens, and today Lenovo is catering to that segment with the launch of the Vibe Z2 Pro – a high-end phablet boasting a 6-inch QHD display.

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Cosmos Browser – Indie app of the day

Posted: 30 Sep 2014 06:53 AM PDT

cosmos browser review

What is Cosmos Browser

Cosmos Browser has been getting a lot of press lately for its unique features. Perhaps the most unique of which is the ability to surf the web using SMS technology instead of using data. This can be helpful in a number of circumstances. Especially for people who are in places with very spotty or unreliable data. How well does it work? Let's find out.

The UI of Cosmos Browser is pretty bare bones. It consists of an address bar and a window. That's pretty much everything. That means there are no extra browser features like bookmarks, tabs, etc. It's just you, a window, and an address bar.

When you open the browser, it prompts you to enter a valid URL. Once you do the process begins. Cosmos works by sending and receiving texts to your device. The data contained in the texts is then supposed to be translated in the app to create the page you searched for. It takes a long time and you'll likely receive a bunch of text messages. We're not sure if receiving all those texts is what is supposed to happen but it does happen. Once the loading process is complete, you'll have a minimalist version of the site you wanted without any graphics or fancy things.

It is worth noting that this has been released in beta. That means there are bugs. During our testing, we couldn't get larger sites like Android Authority or Wikipedia to load but much smaller sites like Google.com worked perfectly fine. There is also a regional restriction so it is not yet available to everyone in the world.

cosmos browser review

An interesting premise released too early.


  • The idea is awesome. People generally have text and phone signal in areas where data can't reach.

  • Totally free to use with no in app purchases (for now).

  • When it did work, it worked really well. Minimalist web browsing without the extra stuff.


  • It is in beta which means there are a lot of bugs.

  • Currently only works in the United States.

  • Currently can't load large websites. Only small ones.

  • Significantly slower than data so if you have data, use a regular web browser.


Overall, this is an interesting concept. It is much slower than your typical web browsing but if you live in an area with a stable internet connection then this app isn't for you anyway. For now, it's still little more than a proof of concept but if you do live in a data-choked area it can't hurt to have it installed. It is free and we're predicting that performance will improve as further updates are pushed out.

Check out the last indie app of the day: Fotor Photo Editor

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