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New Android 5.1 build LMY47E available for Nexus 6

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 11:07 AM PDT

A new Android 5.1 build adds updated radio firmware and other under-the-hood changes.

Just a week after Android 5.1 first became available for the Nexus 6, Google has pushed out an updated factory image for that device. It's still Android 5.1, but with an updated build number — LMY47E, up from the older LMY47D. So what does that extra letter get you?

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Xiaomi announces Special Edition Mi Note with bamboo cover

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:48 AM PDT


Xiaomi just released their Mi Note and Mi Note Pro this past January, both of which are nicely equipped smartphones with price tags considerably less than you may be expecting. On their initial release, both devices came with Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front and the back of the device. Xiaomi decided to change that up a bit for a Special Edition Mi Note that was announced by the company's CEO, Lei Jun, today via his Weibo account. The new Special Edition Mi Note comes with a bamboo back cover.

According to Xiaomi, the special covers are actual bamboo, which means each cover is unique and will have its own texture. No other changes to the Mi Note's hardware have been mentioned by Xiaomi for this special edition. The company is taking pre-orders now and will start selling the devices next Tuesday. Pricing is listed at 2299 yuan ($368 USD), which was the same price the 16GB model of the Mi Note started at when it was announced.

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source: Weibo

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Chromecast update allows some users to control it with a TV remote

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:36 AM PDT

Google's Chromecast streaming video dongle can now be controled by some users with their TV remote thanks to a recent firmware update.

While Google did not announce this new feature officially, it has been discovered by many Chromecast owners who later posted their findings to sites like Reddit.

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Google Now finally allows voice commands to 'Send a Hangouts Message'

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:36 AM PDT

It is finally possible to send message in Hangouts using Google Now voice commands.

Gone are the days of having to pick up your phone and actually type a message to your friends on Hangouts; now you can simply use Google Now to send it. All you have to do is launch Google Now then say "send a Hangouts message." It will then ask who you want to send to and what you want the message to say, then confirm that you want to send it.

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Jam with the Jive for 12 hours straight and save 42% [Deal]

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:22 AM PDT

Jive-speaker Use the Jive in your shower, at the beach, at your next pool party — or make it your excuse to throw one. With 10 booming watts and the ability to withstand submersion in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, the Jive brings the beat, rain or shine, for up

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HTC will live stream its big 'Uh-Oh' announcement March 18

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:06 AM PDT

HTC's counting down the hours to a live announcement on Wednesday, March 18. What is it about? The only hint is kind of cryptic: "Uh-Oh." And an M9 thumbnail for the video.

Normally "Uh-oh" means something bad is going down, but it was just yesterday that HTC's Jason Mackenzie hinted strongly that the announcement centers on a specific launch date for the HTC One M9 in the US.

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Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 10:06 AM PDT

Rhapsody has announced a partnership with Twitter to allow users to share full songs from the music service using Twitter Cards.

The full Rhapsody catalog, some 34 million songs, is available for sharing. Users will be able to listen to a song from Rhapsody without leaving the Twitter app.

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You can buy Pioneer’s Android Auto units right now

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:48 AM PDT

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Yep, Pioneer's the first to bat with Android Auto products officially available. The line of in-dash units revealed at this past CES is available for boatloads of cash, depending on what you need out of your vehicle's in-dash system.

There's just one problem: Android Auto isn't actually out yet. It's a fine audio unit on its own, mind you, and for those with Apple CarPlay that functionality is readily available. But those hoping to be able to add Android Auto functionality to their car without having to buy a brand new vehicle will have to wait for an update (though Google tells us that will happen quite soon).

These things don't come cheap:

The main differences between them seem to be in areas of navigation. The cheapest option doesn't support standalone GPS navigation, while the latter two do. The most expensive option offers a more robust suite of navigation features over its cheaper counterpart.

All units seem to enjoy the same audio, connectivity and media support (DVD and CD), though, so if navigation isn't your thing then you're better off going with the cheaper of the three. They'll slot into any standard 4-inch Double-DIN dash bay so make sure your car has enough room for it and order one in anticipation of Android Auto's arrival at some point down the line.

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HTC Publishes BoomSound Connect, HTC Connect, And HTC Tasks In The Play Store Ahead Of One M9 Launch

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:20 AM PDT


HTC has published a trio of their own apps in the Play Store, each relating to device-specific functions that we will see in the HTC One M9 and probably all devices running Sense 7.0. BoomSound Connect claims to be an app dedicated to managing streams to AllPlay speakers, while the similarly-named Connect serves the same purposes, but for Bluetooth, DLNA, and Miracast streaming of audio and video. HTC Tasks is, well, HTC's tasks app.

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HTC Publishes BoomSound Connect, HTC Connect, And HTC Tasks In The Play Store Ahead Of One M9 Launch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Now Lets You Send Hangouts Messages Using Voice Commands

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:20 AM PDT

Hangouts-Thumb OK, Google, let's have a talk. No, not the two of us. I mean, let me talk to someone else, using you. I heard you're willing to let me send Hangouts messages without opening the app now.

OK, Google, let me start over. No, no, no, that wasn't a command. Ugh, OK.

Google, send a hangouts message.


"Who do you want to message?"

Good, now we're getting somewhere.


"Say your message."

I'm at the grocery store now, but I forget which milk you wanted.

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Google Now Lets You Send Hangouts Messages Using Voice Commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google I/O 2015 registration is now open!

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:20 AM PDT

Right on schedule, Google has opened registration for its I/O 2015 developer conference.

As was the case last year, developers will have a couple of days to put their names into the hat — registration runs until 5 p.m. PDT this Thursday, March 19. Successful applicants will then be selected by random, and will be invited to pay the $900 for a regular attendee ticket, or $300 for academic tickets. It doesn't make any difference when exactly you submit your registration, everyone will have the same chance of securing a ticket.

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Google I/O 2015 registration begins

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:12 AM PDT

CyanogenMod 12S will reach the OnePlus One this month, but not before OxygenOS

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 09:05 AM PDT

The OnePlus One gets Lollipop this month. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android CyanogenMod 12S for the OnePlus One is still on track to arrive this month, and now has a definitive release date of March 30. But if you're a One owner more interested in OnePlus's own OxygenOS platform, you'll be able to get your hands on that even sooner. "We never intended to keep you waiting,"

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OnePlus: OxygenOS and CyanogenMod 12S both coming by month’s end

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:57 AM PDT

Here’s an even better look at the Xperia Z4

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:32 AM PDT


Yesterday we got our first look at the Sony Xperia Z4, but the device was only partially visible. Today the full image has been released leaving nothing to the imagination. Nothing surprising here, and as we said yesterday, it looks very similar to a Z3.

Is anyone excited for this phone?

source: @OnLeaks

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Google adding age ratings, human review process to Android apps

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:30 AM PDT

Heads up, Android app developers, because Google's making some big changes to the way apps are rated and reviewed.

Google announced today that it's going to start applying age-based rating to apps and games in the Google Play store. These will include official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) and its regional bodies, like the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Pan-European Game Information (PEGI), and Australian Classification Board. In order to receive a rating, developers will take a content rating questionnaire for each app.


Google says that it's also got humans reviewing apps before submission and also helping to identify developer policy violations earlier in an app's life. These changes actually went into effect several months ago, and thankfully Google says that there has been "no noticeable change" to the length of time that it takes for an app to be published to Google Play after submission and review.

Google's new app rating and review policies sound like good changes. The app ratings will make it easier for users to understand the appropriate age for a game or app using a rating system that they're likely to be familiar with, while the human review system will be helpful because real people are better at understanding details of how apps and the world work, meaning that they'll be better at making decisions that may not be totally black or white.

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Score More Baseball brings the power of Moneyball to hometown teams

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:22 AM PDT

Score More Baseball is Moneyball in your pocket

Just in time for baseball season, a new baseball scoring app hits the field for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone. Score More Baseball provides simple scoring for amateurs and youth teams using the Moneyball method.

Score More Baseball allows anyone to use a phone or tablet to accurately score baseball games, using the Moneyball approach to help improve performance. This method enhances all aspects of play. including longer rallies, stranding fewer runners, and score more runs.

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Lollipop coming to OnePlus One by the end of March

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:22 AM PDT

Within the next two weeks Lollipop will be rolling out for the OnePlus One.

Those who have purchased the OnePlus One have been not-so-patiently waiting for Lollipop to arrive on the device, but that wait is coming to an end. Today OnePlus has announced that by the end of March the update will be available, and they are so confident in this that they are willing to give away 5 devices if they miss the release timeline.

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Google Announces A Content Rating System And Manual Approval Process For Apps

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:20 AM PDT

PlayStore-Thumb Google is making two changes to the Play Store today, although one of these changes technically happened a few weeks ago and you didn't notice. Apps will soon carry content ratings so parents can make more informed decisions about what their kids have access to. Google also announced a manual review process for apps. Don't panic! Google has been doing this for weeks and no one has complained.


The rating systems will be based on regional standards.

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Google Announces A Content Rating System And Manual Approval Process For Apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Big Time wants to pay you for playing mobile games

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:18 AM PDT

The in-app purchase model of games has grown rapidly, so much so that it's become out of hand. It's now rare to find a game that doesn't siphon money here and there in order to make the game enjoyable. A new app called Big Time aims to change that. Rather than making you pay to play the games, Big Time pays you to play them in the form of a weekly cash prize that's handed out to one lucky winner.

Big Time is an app for Android and iOS that includes five games within the app: Rover Ranger, Gusty Grove, Beaming Boxes, Kinetic Console and Galactic Gateways. All of the games are designed to be fun, simple time-wasters. After trying them out, we can confirm that while the games are nothing special or unique, they provide some mindless fun. But the focus of the apps is less about the games and more about the rewards.

Each time you play, you earn tickets towards a weekly draw. The more tickets you earn, the more chances you have to win the prize. Big Time offers a weekly cash prize of at least $1,000, with higher amounts being paid out as the community grows and creates more ad revenue. The best part? Big Time is entirely free to download and use. Playing the games becomes much more interesting when you have the chance to win cash.

The broader scope of Big Time is that it's aiming to change the way games are played. The developers aren't fans of the multitudes of in-app purchases that are found in most mobile games. What they've done is to reverse the model from paying to play, to playing to get paid. If the concept is successful, we could see this new free-to-win model grow and appear in other apps, benefiting users much more than paying to play games.

If you want to try out Big Time for yourself, follow the source link below to download it from the Play Store.

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Google takes Apple’s cue and reviews every Android app before letting them into Google Play

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 08:03 AM PDT

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Google today made a huge announcement regarding the way they handle app submissions in Google Play. To now, the company has been lax about letting developers upload applications and only looked to remove apps in hindsight if they were found to have violated Google Play's developer policies.

But it seems Google's tired of that approach — they've gone ahead and created a walled garden for Google Play not unlike the one Apple employs for their App Store. Google says this move was made to better protect users and to ensure the quality of apps in Google Play remain top notch.

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Google said this process actually started a few months ago, and developers have yet to even notice. Their crack team of "experts" are able to review a large amount of apps in very quick succession so apps still appear in Google Play just mere hours after submission.

This sounds scary at first, we know. It's a road we never thought Google would take, what with their emphasis on Android being "open" and "free." But malware, hordes of apps that don't work, and other toxic material in Google Play is counterproductive to the company's goal of making Android even more fit for the mainstream than it already is. Example: what workplace is going to want to participate in Android for Work if their employees' devices are exposed to potentially harmful apps?

Google hasn't further detailed their review process, though they ensure us that the only thing they're looking to do is make sure developers' apps adhere to the developer policies outlined here. This isn't going to be some Apple-like affair where they turn apps away for "duplication functionality" or other nonsensical reasons.

To drive that point home, Google also mentioned that they will now be more upfront and clear about why your app may have been rejected or removed from Google Play. Furthermore, they've made it easier to resubmit apps for review after they've been rejected, so the fear of being exiled from Google Play forever should you make one tiny mistake should now evaporate.

No one is more thrilled to hear that than us, of course, as we've been the unfortunate recipients of Google Play banishment in the past.

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Our issue was never that our apps were removed in the first place. We'd eventually accepted and corrected our mistakes after having to comb through the developer policy ourselves and simply guess what we were doing wrong. It was Google's lack of clarity as to why our apps were removed that drove us crazy, and that they didn't make it easy to rectify the issue after identifying and fixing it didn't help.

If what Google says is true, then we — and any other developer who has ever been in our shoes — should have a much easier time creating quality apps and uploading them to Google Play, even if it has to go through a very reasonable review period. And in the event that you do make an honest mistake and accidentally violate Google's developer policies, it should be no sweat off your brow to get it fixed. This is great for developers and users alike, and it's our hope that Google Play will become even stronger because of it.

PS: Google also detailed a new content rating system based on existing digital content guidelines established in each region. Developers will be asked to submit questionnaires about their apps and games, after which it will be given an age rating by an appropriate ratings board for each region the app is available in (ESRB in North America and PEGI in Europe, for instance).

The questionnaire isn't required for existing apps right now, though Google notes that any apps without a rating may be blocked in certain countries where distributing unrated content is prohibited. The questionnaire will be required for all new apps and games uploaded to Google Play starting in May. Be sure to get your app situated by submitting questionnaires (available through the developer console) as soon as possible.

[via Google]

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Google introduces age-based rating system for apps

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 07:57 AM PDT

Update enables Chromecast to respond to your TV remote

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 07:41 AM PDT

GoogleFeud is a Family Feud-like game that is based on Google Autocomplete

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 07:17 AM PDT


Do you think the creators of Family Feud saw this coming? We all know what Google Autocomplete is by now, but just in case you don't…..As you type in a search term in Google Search, you will notice that Google starts giving you suggestions bases on everyone's past searches that you can quickly click on rather then type out the entire search phrase.

With GoogleFeud, you get the first half of the search query, and it's up to you to fill in the rest. Just like Family Feud, there are several answers, but you get more points (dollars) for picking the most popular ones.

There are four categories to choose from: Culture, People, Names, and Questions. There are 10 possible answers for each question that are ranked based on popularity. The most popular is 1 and the least popular is 10. Obviously, you will earn more money for guessing the most popular ones. If you guess something that isn't on the list, you get a strike, and you guessed it, once you hit three strikes, you're out.

An example question would be "do all celebrities have" and all you have to do is fill in the blank(s). If you guessed "nannies", you would have picked the most popular search term. And if you guessed "a rolex", it would be a strike.

All I can say is I probably won't get much work done today!!

source: GoogleFued
via: TechCrunch

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Deal: Pick up a ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery Pack for just $49.99 (50% off)

Posted: 17 Mar 2015 07:12 AM PDT

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