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Google Drive for Work gets new security features

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:32 PM PDT

google-drive-banner Google has implemented new security features for those of you using Drive for Work. The focus on security for cloud solutions has been important for Google as more and more businesses move from traditional solutions to the cloud.

Google for Work are getting two new features tailored specifically for their Drive usage, including being able to adjust sharing settings by departments and Drive alerts. The admin console controlling a Drive for Work account can let different parts of a business share different things, increasing security over sensitive information. The Drive alerts are useful, too, as they'll let you set up several different notifications for when specific actions happen, such as when documents are shared outside of the business.

Google Apps for Work customers are getting a different new feature, plus a related notification feature. Apps for Work admins can set up alerts for different actions, such as when programs are installed. They'll also be able to let users reset their own passwords instead of having an IT department handling every request for a forgotten password.

Google also introduced other new features that aren't specific to Google for Work or Apps for Work customers, including better sharing of files to email addresses that aren't using Drive, and Information Rights Management on files. IRM prevents downloading, printing, and sharing of sensitive files, and is available for word documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows.

source: Google

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HTC One M9 drop test and and full water submersion makes us cringe [VIDEOS]

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:22 PM PDT

HTC One M9 cracked display

We still have a few more days before you can officially mosey into a store and leave with a shiny new HTC One M9 in your pocket. After we saw the Samsung Galaxy S6's durability put to the test, it's now time for the the HTC One M9 to suffer the same fate.

Our latest double feature is brought to you by Phil Esposito and the twisted minds over at TechSmartt who wasted no time in taking up HTC on their new Uh Oh protection policy. We know most devices these days feature some level of water resistance, normally just enough to survive a few minutes out in the rain or a quick splash into a puddle.

HTC already told us, like last year's One M8, the One M9 is rated for IPX3. This means it's splash proof, but isn't meant to be fully immersed in water. But what happens if (heaven forbid) your brand new HTC One M9 takes a dive into your toilet? Well, according to the video below, it might be salvageable even if swimming around for 20+ minutes (the Galaxy S6 hit a similar time before kicking the bucket). Check out the video down below to see for yourself.

Now, we know the HTC One M9 can survive a quick dip in water — but what about when it slips out of your hand and comes into contact with cold, hard concrete. Once again, we have another video showing you this worse case scenario, illustrating exactly what happens when you drop the HTC One M9 from a series of different heights. The result? A few dings, dents, chips, and eventually… a broken display. No surprise there.

But all in all, the HTC One M9 held up rather well. Because the glass is kind of floating towards the middle of the device (thank goodness for the boom sound speakers, right?), a big drop onto its corner wont actually crack the display. It will, however, leave a nasty dent in the body.

While situations like this are enough to make any smartphone lover cringe, there's a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing that no matter what happens to your HTC One M9 — whether it's dropped, doused, or set on fire — HTC's Uh Oh protection has you covered.

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Lollipop update available for T-Mobile LG G3 through LG's mobile support tool

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:08 PM PDT

LG G3 owners who are willing to hop on a computer and use LG's support tool will be able to update their T-Mobile LG G3 to Lollipop.

The Lollipop update for the T-Mobile LG G3 is now available through the LG mobile support tool. While the update doesn't appear to be pushing out over-the-air yet, a quick connection to your computer will allow you to update now.

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The best text editors for your Chromebook

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:08 PM PDT

The best text editors for Chrome

Your Chromebook is more than a browser. Chrome is a complete application platform, and crafty developers have built out the Chrome Store with apps that fill just about every requirement a modern laptop needs — including text editors.

I write for a living. Anything from thousands of words to review a smartphone or tablet, or a smattering of code for a small project, or just a list of things I don't want to forget. I write a large portion of it all on my Chromebook. I've tried most every app for writing things down in the Chrome Store, and keep coming back to a few different apps that are the best at what they do.

Have a look, give them a try and tell us what you think.

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Opera Browser Beta Updated With 64-Bit Support, Chromium 42 Codebase, Improved Text Wrap, And More

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:06 PM PDT

unnamed It's easy to forget that Opera is still out there with all the talk of Chrome and Firefox, but it's still a capable browser. Even more so after it switched to a Chromium base a while back. The beta version of Opera is getting an update today, and it's based on a new version of Chromium with a few added features.


Here's the changelog for the new Opera beta.

  • Tab synchronization: new view for synced tabs, new layout in Tab manager

  • Improved Text wrap

  • 64-bit support

  • New progress bar

  • Opera Turbo replaces Off-road mode

  • Upgrade to Chromium 42

  • Various stability and usability improvements

The 64-bit support isn't going to make a ton of difference right now as there are almost no Android devices with 64-bit cores.

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Opera Browser Beta Updated With 64-Bit Support, Chromium 42 Codebase, Improved Text Wrap, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook Introduces 'Scrapbooks,' A New Way For Parents To Tag And Organize Pictures Of Their Kids

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 02:06 PM PDT


One thing that Facebook has not been well-equipped to deal with is children. No, I don't mean teenagers. Most users are familiar with the barrage of photos that accompany each birth in the family of a Facebook friend, which often involves a mess of tagging of one or both parents in every baby photo. For parents themselves, they struggle sorting out photos of their sons and daughters unless they just dedicate albums to the children specifically.

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Where is the best place to store a password in your Android app

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 01:41 PM PDT

Google releases Play Games Player Analytics, giving developers better understanding of player behavior

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 01:22 PM PDT

Google has released a new tool for developers, Play Games Player Analytics, which will give more information about how people are playing the game.

Play Games Player Analytics, the latest development tool from Google, will allow game developers to better understand in-game player behavior as well as manage your games business. Google understands that analytics are a key part to any business, including running a game as a service.

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Google unveils four new budget-friendly Chromebooks for under $250

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 01:13 PM PDT

Pac-12 Now, MTV, And Qello Concerts Apps Add Chromecast Compatibility

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 01:07 PM PDT

unnamed (2) Before you complain in the comments about the fact that all of these apps added Chromecast compatibility weeks ago... well, I suppose there's no power in the 'verse that can stop you. We reported that the TED Talks app got Chromecast powers back in November, but apparently Google's Chrome blog just spotted that today, and the Pac-12 app got it back in February. Qello Concerts? It was enabled on March 18th.

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Pac-12 Now, MTV, And Qello Concerts Apps Add Chromecast Compatibility was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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You can now customize snooze times in Inbox by Gmail (and Google finally added a Contacts button)

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 12:33 PM PDT

inbox by gmail

Google has published a quick update for Inbox by Gmail that makes a small, but important tweak: you can now customize your "morning" and "evening" times for snoozing email. The app originally sets 7:00am and 7:00pm for snooze times for everyone who downloads it, but that might not always be the most convenient (such as for yours truly, whose mornings unfortunately begin far before the sun rises at 7:00am).

If you're not aware what snoozing in Inbox is, it's a feature that lets you dismiss an email until a later time. The email will popup again at the time you specify as if the email just arrived in your inbox. It's a very convenient tool that makes it tough for you to forget about an important or interesting email that you can't read immediately.

snoozing email inbox Google says the latest change will go into effect automatically, so there's no need to wait for an update from Google Play. It's also obviously immediately present in the desktop website as well.

Google will ask you if you want to customize your snooze time the next time you go to snooze an email, and anything you snooze from there on will popup at your new time (even if you previously had an item snoozed before the update arrived). You'll also be able to differentiate between morning and evening times, so your 6am wake up time doesn't necessarily have to be matched by a 6pm evening time.

Oh, and one more thing: Google finally added a quick button to access Google Contacts on the desktop web from within Inbox. It's about damn time.

[via Google]

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Google announces new Chromebooks and Chromebit HDMI dongle to supercharge your TV

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 12:19 PM PDT

ASUS Chromebook Flip 2

Given the amount of time most people spend on their computers surfing the web — whether for school, work, or play — a low-cost computing device like Google's Chromebooks make a lot of sense. Today, Google has announced a few new entries into the Chromebook space, with new laptops from Haier and Hisense — all running Google's Chrome OS. They're not available just yet, but they can be pre-ordered for $150 from Amazon and Walmart.

ASUS Chromebook 10 Flip

Google also unveiled a new high-end Chromebook from ASUS, called the Chromebook Flip. As the name suggests, the ASUS Chromebook Flip is a convertible, ultra-portable laptop measuring in at just 15mm in thickness, and less than 2lbs in weight. The Flip also features an all-metal construction and a touch screen, should you want to go keyboard-less. The Chromebook Flip will launch this spring and be priced at $250.

ASUS_Chromebit Chromestick_V1

Probably the most interesting new device was ASUS' new $100 Chromebit HMDI dongle. It's about the size of a candybar and features a full blown Chrome OS along with hardware specs like a Rockchip 3288 ARM Cortex-A17 quad-core processor, ARM Mali 760 GPU, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB RAM, USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. It even has a swivel to help it reach those hard-to-reach places behind your TV.

Once plugged in, it'll level up your television and could come in handy if you enjoy keeping up with The Walking Dead on the web. While extremely affordable, other necessary hardware like a keyboard or mouse is sold separately, but you should have no trouble finding those.

[Google Chrome Blog]

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Cross-platform BES12 Cloud for Enterprises and SMBs now available

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 12:07 PM PDT

BlackBerry takes their BES servers to the cloud with support for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10.

Officially announced during Mobile World Congress 2015 and previously available in a closed beta, BlackBerry has now opened the doors to BES12 Cloud for all enterprises as well as small and medium sized organizations who wish to sign up for the services.

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Custom snooze times arrive in new Inbox by Gmail update

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 12:07 PM PDT

Google has added custom snooze times to the Inbox by Gmail app, allowing you to select a more exact time than "morning".

Inbox by Gmail will now allow you to set custom snooze times instead of the basic morning and afternoon style options previously available. Understanding that everyone has different needs when it comes to being reminded of a snoozed email, Google has added the ability to define a time at which you want to be reminded.

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LG G3 Vigor brings VoLTE to Rogers in Canada

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 12:07 PM PDT

The LG G3 Vigor is coming to Canada through Rogers, and will be one of the first devices on the carrier with support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

The LG G3 Vigor will be available from Rogers for no money down on certain two-year Share Everything contracts.

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OnePlus DR-1 drone will fly its way to their store in April

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 07:07 AM PDT

The #OneGameChanger from OnePlus appears to be a drone, the DR-1, which will be available next month.

OnePlus has been teasing their #OneGameChanger, which they have revealed to be the DR-1. The DR-1 will be a drone that the company is set to launch next month. Currently OnePlus sells the OnePlus One, with a 10,000mAh Power Bank set to launch in April as well.

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Save 49% today on the LG G3 SURFACE case with kickstand

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 07:07 AM PDT

The SURFACE Case is the perfect LG G3 hard cover; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops, too! On sale today for $17.95

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Amazon taking pre-orders for HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S6

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 07:02 AM PDT


Another retailer, this one online, has started to accept pre-orders for three of the year's hottest devices. Right now, you can pre-order the HTC One M9 (review here), Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge through Amazon. The online retailer has various storage and color options when it comes to the carrier variants of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. For the One M9, Amazon has limited the selection to Gold on Silver and Gunmetal Grey all with 32GB of internal storage. The only carrier without its variants listed by Amazon is T-Mobile.

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ShopAndroid Easter Sale: 20% off all Android accessories!

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:34 AM PDT

Hop on over to ShopAndroid to pick up the latest accessories for your Android device and save 20%

Easter doesn't have to be just about the kids, you know. Treat yourself to a brand new case, quick charger, wireless charger or even a backup battery — our selection of Android accessories is quite extensive.

You'll even find accessories for the latest Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4. Use coupon code: BUNNY15 and you'll save 20% on your entire cart!

We offer fast, free shipping on all orders over $50, and accept credit cards, PayPal and Amazon Payments. This sale won't last forever, so be sure to place your orders before midnight, April 5 to receive your discount.

Let's go shopping!

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WhatsApp voice calling now enabled for anyone and everyone who wants to use it

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:21 AM PDT


WhatsApp had previously given select lucky users the ability to place voice calls before, but a vast majority of the userbase was left out. That ends today — the company has flipped the server side switch that allows everyone to make voice calls.

As long as you're on WhatsApp version 2.12.5, you'll start to see a new tab named Calls where you can initiate calls to anyone on your contacts list, or simply press the dialer button you'll find in a chat window.

Both users need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp for it to work, though that shouldn't be a big issue as the latest update has been out for at least two weeks now. Give it a try the next time you prefer to grace your friends and families' day with your voice rather than text.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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WhatsApp voice calling now available for all Android users

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 06:17 AM PDT


Users are now reporting that an update to the WhatsApp application on Android is officially bringing the voice calling feature to their devices. This comes after WhatsApp made it available to a select bunch of users a couple of months ago.

The feature will be apparently rolled out to all users in the form of an update directly through the Play Store. It's likely that the update is already rolling out to the devices as we speak.

Voice calling is said to be baked into the version 2.12.19 of WhatsApp, so be on the lookout for an update if you use the IM app. The feature works just as advertised and will let you make calls using the internet connection to your contacts. This will save up on your precious voice minutes, although it will take some amount of mobile data if you're using it outside the reach of a WiFi network.

Are you seeing the feature on your devices yet? Let us know in the comments section below. You can try downloading the app from the Play Store if you haven't yet.

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ASUS Zenfone 2 arrives in Europe with €179 price tag

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 05:46 AM PDT

Xiaomi is finally releasing kernel source files for Mi3, Mi4, and Mi Note

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 05:14 AM PDT

Huawei profits grew 33 percent last year

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 04:42 AM PDT

WhatsApp voice calling starts rolling out to everyone

Posted: 31 Mar 2015 04:22 AM PDT

Available to select users previously, WhatsApp has commenced rollout of its voice calling feature to all users on Android.

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