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AC editors' apps of the week: Moon+ Reader, Milk Music, Hacked and more

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 01:06 PM PDT

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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First images of OPPO Find 9 surface

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 12:47 PM PDT


The first alleged images of the forthcoming OPPO Find 9 have surfaced revealing some new features for OPPO's successor to their OPPO Find 7 smartphone. One of the first things that has been spotted in the leaked images is the presence of a dual camera setup on the rear of the device. HTC started the trend of dual cameras and OPPO appears to be joining the movement.

You may also notice a large button located centrally on the back cover of the OPPO Find 9. The button could be a power button that emulates the placement LG uses for the LG G2 and LG G3. The button could also be a fingerprint sensor, another popular feature showing up increasingly often on flagship devices.

On the front of the device we can see very thin bezels. The display will supposedly be a 5.5-inch 2k screen and if the thin bezels are accurately shown, the Find 9 should look spectacular.

Previous leaks indicate the Find 9 will come equipped with a Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.


source: GizmoChina

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Samsung patent battle may help Apple avoid $533 million judgment

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 12:47 PM PDT


In what may be one of the most unusual legal twists witnessed in recent memory, a move by Samsung to have some patents invalidated may end up helping Apple avoid a $533 million judgment. This curious result is because both Apple and Samsung have been sued by the same company, Smartflash LLC, over the same set of patents. A win by either of the tech giants in their respective lawsuits will end up helping the other, even though Apple and Samsung have been huge rivals in recent years carrying on their own patent legal battles against each other.

Samsung recently convinced U.S. regulators to conduct a review of two of the Smartflash patents to determine whether they should have been issued. Samsung has already achieved a major step in their efforts to have the patents invalidated as a USPTO review board has issued preliminary findings indicating the patents cover abstract ideas and are not eligible for legal protection.

Sources indicate Smartflash's odds of prevailing are poor at this time as history shows 100% of patents reviewed that were found to be based on abstract ideas ultimately get tossed. Smartflash's attorney is not yielding though, claiming the issue has already be fought already during the trial and the district judge ruled in their favor. Since that ruling though, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly scaled back legal protections available for software inventions.

The bad news for Apple, which has a court ruling pending against it in the amount of $533 million based at least in part on the same patent, is that a ruling by a review panel in Samsung's case probably will not occur until about a year from now. Apple is trying to convince the court to delay payment of the judgment until the patent office completes all reviews of the patents at issue in the case. That includes not only the patents Samsung has successfully challenged, but also the other patents involved in the case which have been challenged by Apple themselves.

source: Bloomberg

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XFINITY TV (Comcast) Remote App Gets A Graphical Redesign In Version 2.0

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 11:29 AM PDT

unnamed (13) It wouldn't be controversial to say that the interfaces for cable boxes suck. With the possible exception of TiVo, I don't think I've ever seen one that was made for the purpose of being easy and/or efficient to use, especially since the newer ones are more interested in selling Pay-Per-View and on demand content than actually letting you watch TV. That has largely carried over to the remote apps for the fancy new cable boxes, which might help explain why the XFINITY remote app has a 3.2-star rating in the Play Store.

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XFINITY TV (Comcast) Remote App Gets A Graphical Redesign In Version 2.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android Authority this week

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 10:59 AM PDT

From the Editor's Desk: Positive quick hits ...

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 08:37 AM PDT

This is the column I intended to write today. That one lies one tab over, not yet deleted, but never to be published.

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Sling International Android App Hits The Play Store, DishWorld Gets Update Telling You To Download Sling

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 08:35 AM PDT


After introducing the service just a couple of days ago, you can now download Sling International in the Play Store. This service takes the mantle from DishWorld, by which I mean it is pretty much DishWorld with a new name. DISH and Sling are owned by the same parent company, so they are using the recent good press for Sling TV and trying to bring that positivity over to their international offerings.

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Sling International Android App Hits The Play Store, DishWorld Gets Update Telling You To Download Sling was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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CustomTouch – tool to prevent such mis-touch on screen

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 08:22 AM PDT

Do you have any experience that had a miss touch during operation of the app? CustomTouch is a tool to prevent such mis-touch, and be able to customize the touch. The main function Prevention of miss touch Setting of touch animation Switching on and off the function of the above two at any time Prevention... View Article

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Get both a hard case and holster for LG G3 today and save 45%

Posted: 05 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT

Crafted with a durable polycarbonate featuring a unique texture, this Amzer Shellster includes a slim hard case for casual use along with a swivel holster to use at your side. Available today for the super-low price of only $9.95!

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge International Giveaway!

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 11:38 PM PDT

Antitrust lawsuit against Google gets dismissed

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 07:17 PM PDT

Google_logo_474844 Recently, two smartphone customers filed a class action lawsuit against Google claiming that they were artificially driving up the price of smartphones by forcing Android OEMs to use Google apps as the default on their devices. This made it harder for a company to rely on Bing or Yahoo! Mail instead of Google and Gmail. Kind of a tough argument to prove, but the suit was filed anyway.

Unfortunately for the two customers that filed the suit, they were unable to prove any correlation between bundled Google apps and higher smartphone prices. If anything, Android (and Google, indirectly) has helped push smartphone prices lower than ever. Just look at devices like the extremely affordable Moto X, or Google's newly launched Android One phones. These phones are significantly more powerful and more affordable than they've ever been.

Google still has antitrust legal issues in Europe, but at least in the US, the company's out of the fire. For now, anyway.

source: Reuters

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Where's the Flashlight app on the HTC One M9?

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 05:18 PM PDT

One of the most-used applications on any smartphone isn't where it used to be. But, yes, the flashlight lives.

If you've noticed something missing from the app drawer on the new HTC One M9 thus far, you're not alone. And it's one of those apps that you might well not see is missing until you absolutely need it. So where's the M9 flashlight?

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Chrome OS | The Friday Debate Podcast 011

Posted: 04 Apr 2015 05:02 PM PDT

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