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Plex Music Revamped With Mood Playlists, Improved Library Scanning, And More

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 03:10 PM PDT

Plex-ThumbPlex is a powerful media management and streaming platform, but it has always been more geared toward video. That changes today with a new version of the server software that enables an improved music experience. Music in Plex will be better for all users, but those with a Plex Pass subscription will get a few extra goodies as well.

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Here's the full list of features for the new and improved Plex Music.

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Latest ACLU Mobile Justice App Aims To Help Californians Record The Police And Know Their Rights

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 03:10 PM PDT

ACLU-ThumbYou don't have to live in the US to hear about the number of unarmed black men dying at the hands of law enforcement across the country. And while this phenomenon is far from new, increased media presence expands awareness, and that leads to new apps. So today, the American Civil Liberties Union has released one in California to help prepare residents for interactions with the police.

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Strange Kitchen – eliminate unhealthy foods

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 02:22 PM PDT

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Strange Kitchen is a simple retro-styled game to eliminate all other items with the exception of healthy foods. Can you eliminate all the correct items? Price: Free, Offers in-app purchases Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S5 Content Rating: Low Maturity AndroidTapp.com Android Game Review: Pros & Cons: Pros Casual elimination game. Cons Mildly interesting. Features: In Strange... View Article

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["OK, Google, Listen To NPR"] Custom Voice Actions Launch On Android, Allow You To Control Selected 3rd Party Apps

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 02:20 PM PDT

voice-searchOver on the Android Developer's Google+ page an awesome new feature for Google's voice search was just announced. A small selection of applications will now open directly when using certain voice commands. For example, you can now say "Ok Google, find houses near me on Zillow" and Google will automatically start the Zillow app, showing a map of properties near your current location (this also works with the applications for Trulia and Realtor.com).

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Google adds custom voice actions to Google Now

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 01:31 PM PDT

Google Now offers quite a few voice actions, but so far they've been strictly related to Google services like search, reminders, and control of various Google Now cards. But the Android Developers Google+ account announced new custom voice actions that opens up Google Now to third parties (through Google, of course).

The first custom voice actions announced are for two app partners, NPR and TripAdvisor. You can say "OK Google, listen to NPR" to launch the NPR app and start listening, or "Ok Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor" to open the TripAdvisor app. And of course, there are infinite possibilities for developers to implement custom voice actions.

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Google is also asking developers to chime in about voice actions they'd like to implement, because despite the feature being exclusive to partners, Google expects to open it up later on. So if you're a dev, hit the source link and contribute!


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Samsung introduces two new Bluetooth audio products in the Level series

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 01:02 PM PDT

Samsung has been pushing its Level series of audio accessories for the last year or so, with a set of headphones and some Bluetooth speakers going up for sale. And more products have been added recently to flesh out the lineup. Now two more products have been announced, and one of them piqued my interest.

The first product is a new set of wireless headphones, which are basically the original Level On headphones with Bluetooth added into the mix. It features six microphones for noise cancelling and will offer 11 hours of battery life with noise cancelling and 23 just streaming wirelessly. Not bad at all.

The second one is called the Level Link, which allows you to stream music to and from things that don't originally feature Bluetooth. It can both transmit and receive Bluetooth audio using Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX Low Latency, and even supports sending audio to two Bluetooth devices. A suggested use case is to plug into your TV so you can use Bluetooth headphones, even with a friend. The battery life is rated at six hours of use and 200 hours standby. It's very reminiscent of the HTC Stereoclip, though with more features and a bigger battery.

The prices for both the devices have not been announced, so you won't know whether it's worth buying until a later date. A release date is also absent. But the Level Link is definitely a nifty product. Tell us your thoughts in the comments!


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T-Mobile Offering All Customers Access To MLB At Bat Premium Features For Free, Starting May 1

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 12:17 PM PDT

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Repeating a promotion offered last year, T-Mobile is giving a big gift to their baseball fan subscribers. MLB's excellent At Bat app has pretty desirable premium features, but they come at a steep price of $20. For T-Mobile subscribers, those premium features are going to be free.

The way it works is that you will have to download the app from T-Mobile's mobile network and complete the sign-up process. Once the app has recognized that you're a subscriber, the premium features should show up for free and you will have no restrictions through the end of the season.

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VLC For Android Gets Background Video Playback And A Few Visual Changes In Version 1.3.2

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 12:17 PM PDT

unnamed (1)Do you want access to YouTube's background playback feature without paying for Music Key? Then you're in luck... so long as you can provide your own video files. Video LAN Player for Android (better known as VLC) has a few new tricks up its sleeve with the latest release, most notably background playback for videos. That means that you can switch to another task or simply turn your screen off while continuing to listen to the audio - great for podcasts, sitcoms, and surreptitiously listening to Star Trek episodes at work.

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Get a $20 Google Play gift card with purchase of Nexus Player on Amazon

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 11:29 AM PDT

The Nexus Player is a solid choice for a home entertainment hub. Featuring Android TV, you can enjoy plenty of content via many supported apps like Netflix, Hulu, Play Music, and more. And for the occasional streaming, it also supports Google Cast so you can send some videos and music from your phone to the device. The price isn't bad, either.

Amazon decided to sweeten the deal a little by throwing in $20 of Google Play credit so you can buy some content. You can rent a few movies or install some games (unfortunately the gamepad for playing games is sold separately). It's a nice bonus, especially considering the price of the Nexus Player is only ~$73 on Amazon with free shipping.


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HTC adds RAW support to the One M9

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 11:03 AM PDT

HTC is now pushing out an update to the HTC Camera app that brings in an important new feature: RAW support. Android 5.0 Lollipop brought in system level support for RAW files, but we haven't seen a large integration of the new format in phones. HTC is looking to advance that by allowing the One M9 to snap photos in RAW format. Unfortunately, other HTC phones are left out, making this a bittersweet piece of news.

What is RAW? RAW files are completely uncompressed and untouched files that come directly from the camera, leaving them free of the compression artifacts that are found in JPEGs. RAW files are almost always used in professional photography, as they leave much more photo data to work with while editing. The downside is that RAW files can be huge, quickly eating up storage space.

The benefit to RAW support is clear, but it will likely be a very niche feature, as most consumers won't want to trade the saved storage space for better results during editing. Nonetheless, those that use their phone in a manner similar to a DSLR will likely be pleased with the new found freedom in editing.

The update to HTC Camera is rolling out now, but remember that you'll only be able to use this feature on an HTC One M9.


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How to switch launchers on your Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 10:23 AM PDT

Action Launcher 3 on the Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung has delivered much-improved TouchWiz software with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but there are still some things you can do to make the experience even better. One of those is switching to a better launcher, and in this walkthrough, we'll show you how. The first thing you're going to need to do is pick

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Future Fight, A Free To Play Marvel Universe Beat-Em-Up, Gets An International Release In The Play Store

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 10:18 AM PDT

unnamedThere's a new Marvel movie coming out tomorrow in the US. You may have heard about it - it's kind of a big deal. So what better time for a developer to release a new game featuring as many Marvel (comics, not movies) characters as possible. You've got to have something to do while you ignore the repeating video ad for Dave's Discount Family Insurance that plays before the trailers start up, right?

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Android 5.1.1 lands on a T-Mobile Galaxy S6 edge

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 10:03 AM PDT

Android 5.1.1 may not be a big enough release to get its own press release, but that hasn't kept it out of the news cycle anyway. And for one lucky Galaxy S6 edge owner, looking forward to some new software on their flagship smartphone.

According to a post found within the xda developers forum, an owner of a Galaxy S6 edge on T-Mobile's network has received the newest Android version. The update supposedly weighed in at 550MB. Perhaps worse news, though, is that when the owner tried to root his Galaxy S6 edge after the update, he had found that his bootloader had been locked.

Android 5.1.1, as of right now, hasn't been sent out to any Nexus-branded devices just yet, so the update landing on a branded, carrier variant of the Galaxy S6 edge seems strange. But stranger things have happened. Neither T-Mobile or Samsung have made a comment regarding the update, either.


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Get a Nexus 5 with a year of unlimited talk and text for just $199.99 [Deal]

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:53 AM PDT

Another Nexus built by LG? Yes please. Photo: LGThe Nexus 5 is in a league of its own when it comes to top-performing, affordable phones. It packs premium design, fast speeds, and endless features— plus users reap the benefits of Android's newest and greatest technologies. For a limited time, you can score the one and only Nexus 5 and a year of wireless

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Star Wars: KotOR is 70 percent off and LEGO Star Wars is back

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:49 AM PDT

It's safe to assume the Star Wars content is going to kick it into lightspeed as we get closer to the release of Episode 7 in December, but for now it is still novel enough that it is worth noting.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic first hit Google Play back in December, but after a brief launch sale at $4.99 it has remained at $9.99. Despite the fact that this is an enormous and immersive RPG, that's a steep price for most people, so today's sale bringing it all the way down to $2.99 is a nice opportunity to pick it up on the cheap.

If you've never played KotOR, it's a fantastic game and you will get at minimum dozens of hours of gameplay out of it. A couple caveats about the game: When I said it is enormous, that also includes the size of the download, which is about 2.5GB, so make sure you've got the space. I would also say that it lends itself to a larger screen (five inches or above), but you can certainly play it on something smaller. It does support a controller, so if you somehow fall into the Venn diagram of NVIDIA Shield Portable or Tablet owners that haven't played KotOR, then I would buy this immediately.

For those looking for a slightly more lighthearted Star Wars game for your Android device, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is again available on Google Play for $6.99. It includes both LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game game as well as LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Early reviews are looking pretty positive, but there are some reports of frame rate issues even on current flagships, so you might want to hold off and see if they manage to fix that in an update.

If you download either one, let us know what you think. I'm at least going to be picking up KotOR.I haven't played it in 10 years and I think it'll be great to revisit on the SHIELD Tablet or even the SHIELD console.


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Clash of Clans 7.65 APK

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:41 AM PDT

Clash of Clans has today received an update brings a new item for players to killing the enemy units and pushes them away with gushes of air, called Air Sweeper. This brand new air defense system item unlocks at Town Hall 6. Users of Android can install it to enjoy the new features that come along with this update. As always, you can download the latest Clash of Clans APK here.

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Here's a full breakdown of what's new in update 7.65:
• Push back groups of flying enemies with a brand new defense: The Air Sweeper!
• Bookmark up to 30 Clans, compare and view them easily at any time
• Never attack unprepared again! Your army is now previewed before every war attack
• A one-time name change is now available

You can grab the newest update from the Google Play Store, you can also check via the link at the bottom of the post to download directly Clash of Clans 7.65 APK.

What do you think of this newly released update and do you like the changes Supercell has made to its popular strategy game with the new Anti-Air Defense The Sweeper?

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Google’s Messenger app gets a handy quick reply feature

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:24 AM PDT

Quick reply in action. Screenshots: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle's own Messenger app for Android has been updated with a useful quick reply feature — just like that in iOS 8 — that lets you respond to text messages from almost anywhere in a flash. Quick reply works on devices running Lollipop, and it lets you respond to messages as they come in via the drop-down

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Screen Recording App SCR Pulled From Play Store And Developer's Account Closed Without Warning

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:21 AM PDT

ap_resizeGoogle has been clamping down on what developers can do in the Play Store as of late, and the latest victim appears to be screen recording app SCR. Both the free and paid versions disappeared the other day, and the developer has explained on XDA that Google removed them and closed his developer account. He alleges he wasn't even given any warning before it happened.

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SCR is a full-featured app that offered screen recordings with root before Google added official support in Lollipop.

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HTC One M9 Camera Gets Raw Support Via Update To Camera App

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:21 AM PDT

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When HTC released the latest in the One series, the biggest change was the 20MP camera. And while we have covered some of the ways that camera hasn't exactly delivered, HTC has continued sending updates to their new flagship with improvements. The latest of these is not a firmware update, but rather an update to the camera app through the Play Store. It brings raw support, something HTC promised when they announced the phone.

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Namco Continues To Not Give A Crap About Tekken, Releases Galaga: Tekken Edition To Prove It

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 09:21 AM PDT

GalagaTekken-ThumbNamco is known for many properties, but many of them have ties back to the 80s and a time period when graphics were measured by the number of colors displayed on-screen at once. Tekken is an edgier, younger franchise in its early 20s that you'd think the company would be proud of. But with the release of Galaga: Tekken Edition, Namco has brought three Tekken-related titles into the Play Store, and none of them actually let you beat people up.

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BrainDance – Android exclusive puzzle game

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 08:33 AM PDT

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BrainDance is an Android exclusive puzzle game. You have to start the broken dance floor by dancing to the start button. A bit like playing chess against yourself 50 dance floors Shortest route to the start button earns you a star If you like brainteasers and dance floors from the 80's, this is for you.... View Article

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Google Messenger updated with quick reply function

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 07:18 AM PDT

Google Messenger is a simple, beautiful, and fast text messaging app. If you haven't given it a try, you really should because it's surprisingly excellent. But it got a new feature in the latest update, and it's a good one. When you get the notification overlay on your Lollipop device, or you expand the notification on any Android device, you'll be met with a new reply button.

This button opens up a quick reply box on top of whatever you were doing, allowing you to answer a text without leaving your app. It's a feature that has long been part of third party texting apps, and I think even Samsung got in on the fun with the stock messaging app, but it's nice to see Google has implemented it into its app as well.

If you want the update, open up Google Play and check if you got it. You might have to wait a little while for it to roll out, but it will be worth it.


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Android 5.1.1 brings Guest Mode to Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Posted: 30 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT

Multiple user accounts on the S6 edge. Photo: SamMobileSamsung's latest Android 5.1.1 software is bringing Guest Mode to the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, allowing owners to set up a secondary account for other users. And if you're on T-Mobile in the U.S., you can already get your hands on it. Guest Mode was first introduced to Android smartphones with Google's first

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Touches Down In The Play Store, Still MIA From Amazon

Posted: 29 Apr 2015 10:10 PM PDT

unnamedIf the response to the first Episode VII trailer was any indication, pop culture is going to be positively saturated with Star Wars between now and Christmas. If you're in the mood for a take on the original classic trilogy and the other, not-so-classic trilogy, LEGO is happy to oblige. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, originally released for consoles back in 2007, is now on the Play Store for $7.

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LG Expects To Sell 12 Million LG G4’s

Posted: 29 Apr 2015 09:42 PM PDT

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The LG G4 was unveiled during yesterday's event in New York and the company is competing directly against its major rivals, which obviously includes its biggest competitor, Samsung. Besides spec wars, what better way to fuel competition than to see who sells the most.

According to Korean news outlet YonHap news, LG expects that it will sell over 12 million units of its latest flagship smartphone. The phone has already went on sale in South Korea, and is on track for a global release soon. Samsung phones have traditionally came with removable batteries and external storage capabilities, and with the Galaxy S6, both of those features were removed. And because of that, the LG G4 may seem superior as it reintroduces a removable 3000 mAh battery and micro SD Card support for up to 2 TB.

The LG G4 will be sold through all major Canadian carries, although the price has still not been announced yet.

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