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Nestle and Google are at it again with YouTube Break KitKat bars

Posted: 12 May 2015 03:19 PM PDT

Digital brands are desperately looking for a way to ground themselves in reality, and traditional brands are desperately looking for a way to seem connected and forward thinking. This is apparently what it looks like when those two things come together.

To celebrate 80 years of KitKat and 10 years of YouTube, Nestle and Google have joined together to release a limited edition repackaging of KitKat bars in the UK that say YouTube Break instead of KitKat. To coincide with the repackaging, Google has made it so that when users search for "YouTube my break" (yes, this is real) a list of top trending YouTube videos will be brought up. Pure genius.

It doesn't look like YouTube Break bars will be coming to the US, but there are more KitKat partnerships coming in the near future. Here's to hoping Gmail Crunch bars lie somewhere ahead in our dark, branded futures.

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Firefox 38 Goes Stable With A New Welcome Screen, Numerous Minor Visual Tweaks, And More

Posted: 12 May 2015 02:25 PM PDT

Firefox-ThumbFirefox Beta exists in the Play Store as a separate app that's open to the public, but regardless, there comes a time when things should go stable. For Firefox 38, now's that time.

As you would expect, version 38 comes with a number of new features. In addition to the changes we detailed in the past, this release also greets users with a redesigned launch screen. The old pop-up has been replaced with a landing page that is inherently less jarring.

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Photographer Colby Brown shows us how to take great photos in new G4 promo

Posted: 12 May 2015 01:35 PM PDT

LG-G4-camera-2Landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown, who recently explained what makes the rear-facing shooter on the new LG G4 so special, is back to show us how to take great smartphone photos. In the four-minute video below, Brown offers five tips that will help you shoot better images, like using manual modes to adjust

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BitTorrent's 'Bleep' Private Messaging App Leaves Alpha And Adds New Features

Posted: 12 May 2015 01:22 PM PDT

bleepBitTorrent brought an alpha version of its Bleep private messaging client to Android last year, and today it's officially launching on all major platforms including Android. Bleep doesn't require an account to sign up and all your messages are encrypted with local keys so no one else can access your data.

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The UI has been tweaked for this first non-Alpha release, but the big addition is a feature called Whisper.

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Livescribe+ Updates To Stable Release For Android, Is Now Available Globally

Posted: 12 May 2015 01:22 PM PDT



We've followed smartpen maker Livescribe's path to Android compatibility, starting with their announcement at CES that they would finally bring their app to the platform. It then released as a preview less than two weeks ago in select locales. Starting today, they are both dropping the "preview" label and making the app available globally.

Livescribe+ and its companion app collectively manage the connection and notes taken with their newest smartpen, the Livescribe 3.

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Get set for a summer of adventure with the All Terrain Bluetooth speaker [Deal]

Posted: 12 May 2015 12:39 PM PDT

d2192220c81611d7c4ca89a37d2791087243ecd1_main_hero_imageSummer adventures are around the corner, and the All Terrain is the best Bluetooth speaker to keep the music playing through it all. Clip it to your bike as you hit the road, throw it in the pool while you do some laps, then hit the showers with the included suction cup. With 12 hours

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Samsung reveals new details on upcoming round smartwatch

Posted: 12 May 2015 12:17 PM PDT

With the release of the latest Samsung Gear smartwatch SDK today, Samsung has revealed a handful of new information on its upcoming smartwatch including some hardware specs, navigation details and how the UI of the Tizen-powered device will look.

According to the SDK, the "next Gear," or Gear A as it's rumored to be released as, features an all-metal, round design with a rotating bezel and 1.65-inch 360×360 display. We can also expect the next Gear to launch with WiFi, GPS, cellular radios, an accelerometer, gyrosensor, heart rate monitor, pressure sensor and magnetic sensor.

The rotating bezel on the next Gear will be tied to navigation on the device. Turning the bezel left and right will do everything from changing the volume to zooming in on images and inputing numbers. The rest of the UI looks pretty standard for a modern smartwatch with large tappable targets and easy to understand chunks of information. Considering what we're used to seeing out of Samsung, it looks very nice.

To see more of what the next Gear, check out the gallery below. You can expect the device to launch sometime this fall alongside the Galaxy Note 5.


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Motorola’s second generation Moto 360 could be one step closer to release

Posted: 12 May 2015 11:48 AM PDT

Motorola's round Android Wear powered smartwatch, the Moto 360, became the smartwatch to beat last year, flat tire and all. Anyone with any interest in wearables in looking to Motorola again this year to see where the company takes the second generation Moto 360. If speculation pans out then we might just get to see what Motorola has planned for the second gen Moto 360 sooner rather than later.

A Motorola device bearing the model number BTMW03 was recently assessed by the official Bluetooth Special Interest Group to make sure the Bluetooth portion of the device is ready for primetime. Under the design description for the device, we see the BTMW03 is a "Motorola Android Device." This coupled with the fact that the original Moto 360 is the BTMW01 leads us to believe the device that just passed Bluetooth certification is the second generation Moto 360.

While we might not see the second generation Moto 360 go on sale for some time now, we wouldn't be surprised if Motorola used Google I/O as the official unveiling grounds for the smartwatch. With Google I/O right around the corner, we'll be on the lookout for any whispers or leaks on the second generation Moto 360, as they just might start popping up any day now.

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LG Letting 35 Canadians Test The G4 Ahead Of Launch

Posted: 12 May 2015 10:33 AM PDT

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We often don't get to participate in a lot of contests and promotions here in Canada but thankfully LG hasn't forgotten the Great White North in their latest #TryLGG4 campaign.  In case you haven't heard of the campaign, LG is giving 35 lucky Canadians a chance to test drive their latest flagship ahead of its June 19th launch.

To enter, you simply need to let LG know why you want to participate and provide them with some basic information before May 24.  A judging panel will then sift through the entries and winners will be selected May 26.  As you can see below, there will be different challenges that will need to be completed by the test group and upon the completion different prizes will be awarded.  The top prize, of course, is a brand spanking new LG G4!

If you're interested, hit the link below!  Best of luck!

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LG Letting 35 Canadians Test The G4 Ahead Of Launch is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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NVIDIA GRID adds 1080p 60 FPS game streaming ahead of SHIELD console launch

Posted: 12 May 2015 10:31 AM PDT

NVIDIA's GRID service is one of the most impressive features of the SHIELD line, and yet it seems to not get significant coverage, perhaps due to gamers having been burned by such services in the past.

NVIDIA has positioned GRID as "Netflix for games," and that's an apt comparison, although like Netflix streaming, there are some trade-offs for the convenience. When it first launched back in December 2013, GRID was only available in San Jose, Calif. By November 2014, it rolled out across the U.S., and over the following months it expanded internationally.

As the SHIELD Portable and SHIELD Tablet have been the only devices offering GRID to date, the resolution being limited to 720p was not a significant concern. But the SHIELD console coming later this month, it's another matter entirely given that most owners will have at least a 1080p screen on the other end of their HDMI cable. The one caveat for enjoying 1080p 60 FPS is that you need a pretty fast connection, at least 3 Mbps down, otherwise you'll fall back to 720p. NVIDIA says that this should happen pretty seamlessly, though, so save for the resolution change, you shouldn't notice the drop.

The games library is the other natural concern for people relying on GRID as a primary source for their gaming. At present, there are 49 games available,and NVIDIA adds a new title each week. Only 35 of these offer 1080p 60 FPS today, but the rest will be upgraded in time. If you are always looking to play the latest games, the library is going to be a problem for you, but if you are like me and find you are often a year or two behind in getting to games, the current collection should suit you well. Hopefully if GRID proves to be a hit for NVIDIA, the resources will be there to bring more current titles to the service as well.

Two big question marks remain for GRID as we approach the SHIELD console launch. The first is what exactly is the premium tier of the service is going to include when it launches in July and at what cost. NVIDIA has stated that 1080p 60 FPS will be part of the free tier, so whether they will be luring you into the paid service with more games or some other carrot is a mystery.

The second question is whether GRID will hold up to a higher volume of customers. This has been the death of many streaming game services in the past, as lag has risen to unacceptable levels. NVIDIA seems confident and already plans to add additional data centers this year, but if not handled properly, this could be a killer.

I'll be putting the 1080p 60FPS service through its paces myself and will report back on how it performs, but if you own a SHIELD device you can give it a shot by signing up for the SHIELD Hub Beta community on G+ and then downloading the beta from Google Play.

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WIND Says The LG G4 Is Coming June 19

Posted: 12 May 2015 10:10 AM PDT



We finally have a release date for the upcoming LG G4!  WIND Mobile tweeted earlier today that LG's latest and greatest flagship will be launching on June 19.

Just in case you need a refresher, the G4 features a 5.5″ QHD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, 16MP F1.8 camera, 8MP front facing camera and a 3000 mAh removable battery!

Although LG has made the G4 available in a variety of colours and materials, we will only be treated to the metallic grey and black leather here in Canada.  We don't have a firm price quite yet but we're expecting to see it come in at the $600-$700 mark.



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General Mobile 4G Android One handset set to launch in Turkey on May 15

Posted: 12 May 2015 09:51 AM PDT

In mid-September, Android One officially launched in India with the help of several different regional carriers. Now, Google has seen fit to expand the Android One to Turkey.

Android One is expanding to Turkey on Friday, May 15, with the release of the General Mobile 4G. This particular device is actually better-equipped than the previous One-branded handsets released in India last year, offering a 5-inch 720p HD display with Corning's Gorilla Glass 4, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor under the hood, and a 13MP camera on the back. There's also 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity and 5MP camera on the front.

It's running Android 5.1.1 out of the box, and Google promises updates for the device for the next two years.

It will launch for 699 Turkish lira, or around $260 USD.

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Android TV Version Of The Play Store Jumps To v5.4.12 With 'Update All' Button And Larger Tiles [APK Download]

Posted: 12 May 2015 09:20 AM PDT

Here’s how Samsung’s trying to seize Apple’s Digital Crown

Posted: 12 May 2015 09:19 AM PDT

Samsung explains the rotating bezel that will feature on its new Gear. Photo: SamsungSamsung today rolled out its new smartwatch SDK in preparation for "the next generation Gear device," and it confirms one of the wearable's biggest selling points (and Samsung's answer to the Apple Watch's Digital Crown) — a new rotating bezel. Samsung's SDK teaser late last month all but confirmed its new Gear would be round —

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MediaTek has created a 10-core processor for phones

Posted: 12 May 2015 09:18 AM PDT

When it comes to mobile processors, one of the biggest names out there is MediaTek, the company known for creating low-cost processors that are frequently used in wallet-friendly devices. Now MediaTek has created a processor that aims to bring both performance and efficiency. The Helio X20 processor is the world's first mobile processor that features a Tri-Cluster architecture and it packs in a total of 10 cores.

Tri-Cluster architecture means that the cores of the processor are split into three different clusters, all with different purposes. Many current smartphones use processors with dual-cluster architectures, with one cluster devoted to performance and one cluster devoted to efficiency. The problem with dual-cluster processors is that the middle workload section is left out, leaving the phone to either waste battery by using the performance cores or letting lag enter in by using the efficiency cores during a medium workload.

MediaTek's Tri-Cluster architecture aims to change that with three clusters. There's a cluster of four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.4GHz for light activities, another cluster of four ARM Cortex-A53 cores running at 2GHz for medium activities and a final cluster of two ARM Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.5GHz for high performance. The setup should provide a great balance of performance and power efficiency.

The Helio X20 is expected to be in devices by the end of 2015.

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How to connect a Moto 360 to your iPhone

Posted: 12 May 2015 07:23 AM PDT

Your iPhone finally works with Android Wear. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAndroid Wear isn't officially iPhone-friendly just yet (though it should be very soon) but you can already connect a Moto 360 to your iPhone. A new Android app called Wear Connect makes the unlikely pairing possible, and it requires no jailbreak or unauthorized hacks. The video below shows you how to get set up. First, let's go

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Two ways to SIM unlock the Motorola Moto X

Posted: 12 May 2015 07:03 AM PDT

Over the past two years, Motorola has carved out a pretty nice niche in the Android world. Motorola's Moto X design team has pushed boundaries, delivering customized smartphones with unique materials to suite our individual tastes. Add in near-stock Android and an unlocked SIM slot, and the Moto X delivers an uncompromising user experience that can be used on nearly any GSM network around the world. That is, if you don't purchase your Moto X from a service provider.

If you bought your Moto X through Moto Maker, the phone comes SIM unlocked out of the box. If you want to switch service providers or avoid exorbitant roaming fees when traveling abroad, just pop in a different SIM card and you're all set. Any Moto X purchased from a service provider comes with a locked SIM slot, which will not allow the phone to be used with a SIM card from a competing service provider.

Fortunately, obtaining a SIM unlock code is fairly easy. If you don't owe any money on your phone or are no longer restricted by your two-year contract with your service provider, there's a good chance that you can request your SIM unlock code from them at no cost. For everyone else, buying a SIM unlock code from a service like Android SIM Unlock for $15 is the only alternative.

Option 1: Request your Free Motorola Moto X SIM unlock code from your service provider

  • Locate your phone's IMEI number by dialing #06#
  • Write down your IMEI number
  • Call your service provider's customer service line and ask for the SIM unlock code for your Moto X
  • Provide your Moto X IMEI number to process the unlock code request
  • Your service provider will email you the SIM unlock code for your phone in 2-3 days

Option 2: Purchase your Motorola Moto X SIM unlock code

  • Locate your phone's IMEI number by dialing #06#
  • Write down your IMEI number
  • Visit Android SIM Unlock (or any other third-party SIM unlock service)
  • Enter your Moto X IMEI number
  • Enter your email address and preferred payment method to complete the checkout
  • Android SIM Unlock will email you the SIM unlock for your phone in 1-2 days

SIM unlock your Motorola Moto X

  • Turn off your Moto X
  • Use your SIM removal tool (or a paper clip) to remove the SIM card from your phone
  • Replace your SIM card with one from different service provider
  • Turn your Moto X back on
  • When prompted, enter the unlock code that you received from your service provider or Android SIM Unlock
  • Congratulations! Your have just unlocked your Moto X

With an unlocked Motorola Moto X, you can swap SIM cards to your heart's content. There's no need to buy a new phone if you're switching service providers, and you'll easily be able to pick up a local SIM card when traveling to avoid those pesky global roaming fees when traveling outside the country.

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Start Saving Your Latinum: Star Trek Trexels Turns The Final Frontier Into A Pixelated Free-To-Play Management Game

Posted: 12 May 2015 06:20 AM PDT

unnamed (5)Space: the final frontier. Wait, no, that's not right - there's no such thing as a "final" frontier, because there's nothing else, so it can't be a frontier to nothing. Let me start again.

Space: it's really really big, and also pretty empty, and bored humans like to tell stories about all the weird things that might fill it up. So it is that Star Trek, among other things, was born.

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Verizon buying AOL for $4.4 billion

Posted: 12 May 2015 05:47 AM PDT

Verizon is starting its Tuesday by making a big purchase.

Verizon Communications is going to buy AOL for $50 per share, which works out to a total of approximately $4.4 billion. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close this summer. Once it does, AOL will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon, and current AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will remain as head of AOL.

As for why it made this deal, Verizon says that the AOL acquisition will boost its 4G LTE wireless video and over-the-top video offerings as well as its Internet of Things platforms. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had this to say of the AOL acquisition:

"Verizon's vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience."

Meanwhile, here's what AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said of today's deal:

"Verizon is a leader in mobile and OTT connected platforms, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a unique and scaled mobile and OTT media platform for creators, consumers and advertisers. The visions of Verizon and AOL are shared; the companies have existing successful partnerships, and we are excited to work with the team at Verizon to create the next generation of media through mobile and video."

This is a pretty big deal in many ways. Not only is Verizon dropping $4.4 billion on AOL — which it's doing a year and a half after buying out Vodafone's stake in its joint venture for $130 billion — but it's also acquiring a major media company in AOL that's got several news sites, video offerings, and more. It remains to be seen exactly how the deal will affect Verizon Wireless specifically, but one thing that's for sure is that this is going to be an interesting situation to watch.

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(On Sale) CounterSpy – a stealth action side-scroller

Posted: 12 May 2015 05:37 AM PDT

(On Sale) CounterSpy - a stealth action side-scroller

Stop a crazed superpower from launching deadly nuclear missiles in this action stealth side-scrolling game set during the Cold War. As a budding Agent for C.O.U.N.T.E.R, jump into action, stealthily sabotage dastardly plans and deceptively maintain world peace. CounterSpy™ is packed with slick, stylized visuals that capture the spirit and feel of the era complementing... View Article

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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Promo Surfaces

Posted: 12 May 2015 01:40 AM PDT

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was announced over two months ago and while we continue to wait for the actual release of Sony's latest powerhouse, we can enjoy this new promo from the iconic Japanese tech giant.

The dialogue in the video seems a little… well weird and forced but the ad does a pretty good job overall showcasing some of the tablets features.  As always, we should expect some very high quality audio and video from Sony as well as a ultra durable and water resistant shell.  That keyboard attachment also looks pretty sleek and should help in making this one of the best work and play tablets on the market.


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Qualcomm Confirms LG G4 Supports Quick Charge 2.0

Posted: 11 May 2015 09:41 PM PDT


You might have recently heard about LG failing o support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, despite shipping with the Snapdragon 808 SoC. Turns out that was just an error on LG's part during their launch event in New York a few weeks ago.

Two weeks after the announcement of the device, Qualcomm has now added the LG G4 to its official Quick Charge 2.0 list, alongside the Snapdragon 810-powered G Flex 2. In case you don't know, Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology allows a 3300 mAh battery to charge to 60% in 30 minutes. Because the LG G4 has a 3000 mAh battery, it should take even less time to reach a higher charge level.

It's uncertain whether or not it supports QC2.0 out of the box or if it requires a software update as only time will tell.

[Android Police / Qualcomm]

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FinderApps – discover most used apps by location

Posted: 11 May 2015 09:37 PM PDT


There are hundreds of thousands of apps of all kinds. But only a few are the most used, the most popular apps. Want to know what are the most used apps in your town, in your country? What apps do not know and are a favorite of many people? You can do this by sharing your... View Article

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HTC Bringing Ads To BlinkFeed?

Posted: 11 May 2015 05:46 PM PDT


It's not secret that HTC has been struggling financially for a little while now but it seems the company may have found a new way to generate some additional revenue, a way that many users may not be too happy about.

According to leakster @upleaks, HTC may be planning to embed ads and promotions into one of their core services, BlinkFeed.  While making money through ad revenue in an app is nothing new, adding ads into a non-removable app is something that many likely won't be too fond of.  While it's true that you can disable BinkFeed, I personally don't think we should be force to view unwanted ads when we're paying hundreds of dollars for a device, which includes hardware and software.

Perhaps if HTC did something similar to Amazon and offered a discount for ad-filled devices this would be a little bit more palatable; but if this is forced on users without their consent, HTC has got a big PR problem on their hands and, lets face it, the company doesn't have a lot of room for error these days.

Of course, we don't know that this information is 100% as it is coming to us via a leakster and frankly, I'm hoping the leakster got it wrong this time around.



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Motorola: Moto X (1st Gen.) will get Android 5.1′in a few weeks’

Posted: 11 May 2015 05:17 PM PDT

If you're rocking a Moto X (1st Gen.), your wait for Lollipop may soon finally be over.

David Schuster, Motorola's Senior Director of Product Management, says that the Android 5.1 update for the Moto X (1st Gen.) is now in "TestDrive" in both the U.S. and Latin America. If everything goes smoothly, Schuster says, the update will begin rolling out to everyone "in a few weeks." As for why it's taken so long for the first Moto X to get Lollipop, Schuster explains that some partners aren't showing the device their full support.

When the Moto X (1st Gen.) does get its Android 5.1 update, it's going to get a ton of goodies since it's going there from Android 4.4. The list of new features includes a refreshed and Material Design-ified user interface, Screen Pinning, a new Recent Apps menu, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection options in Quick Settings, and more.

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