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Motorola begins selling new Moto Hint earbud

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 03:41 PM PDT

The new model of the Moto Hint has finally gone up for sale on Motorola's website, and we finally get to see how it differentiates itself from the previous model. The Hint is a tiny Bluetooth earbud with a few twists, making it a great buy for someone who needs a Bluetooth earpiece.

The new Moto Hint features four redesigned ear gels for a better fit, while also being louder than the previous generation. It features both CrystalTalk technology and audio pass through when you're not talking on it, so you're not deaf in one ear. It also disables itself when you take it out of your ear, so calls are routed to the phone instead of the earbud.

The new Moto Hint is better on battery life as well, with an improved charging case that can fully charge the earbud up to four times, for 17 hours of talk time. It's also a nice touch that it comes with a charging case matched to one of the six patterns you chose for your Hint.

If you're interested, Motorola has it up on its site for $129.99, which isn't a bad price. Hit the source link for more info or to buy the accessory and let us know what you think of it in the comments!


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Google Creative Labs spawns three new apps that sure are creative

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 03:12 PM PDT

Google Creative Labs isn't often in the news, but the latest product from the labs is a trio of apps that's not easy to describe. But they sure are interesting, so you should check them out!

The first is Landmarker, which is a very simple app that uses your accelerometer to show you landmarks and the distances to those landmarks, all on a plain black and white text screen with a simple compass at the bottom. It's not exactly super useful, but you can always click the landmark and have it open in Google Maps.

 

Google Creative Labs Tunnel Vision

The second is called Tunnel Vision, and it just offers visual filters over recorded video. But these filters aren't static, they also take advantage of the accelerometer like Landmarker does.

 

Google Creative Labs Lip Swap

The last one is Lip Swap, and it's a very weird one. It allows you to insert your lips (or any facial feature) into a photo of someone else. It's simple, but I guess it can be fun.

 

All three apps are free, so check them out!


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Logitech Updates Harmony App With Support For The August Smart Lock, Ecobee Thermostat, LIFX Light Bulbs, And Insteon

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:40 PM PDT

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Some homes are smart, and the Logitech Harmony serves as their brain. It provides a single location to control all the things, assuming of course that the products are supported. The latest update adds quite a few more to the list ranging from door locks to thermostats and a few things in between. Logitech Updates Harmony App With Support For The August Smart Lock, Ecobee Thermostat, LIFX Light Bulbs, And Insteon

The new additions include the August Smart Lock (pictured above) that provides remote control over your doors.

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Logitech Updates Harmony App With Support For The August Smart Lock, Ecobee Thermostat, LIFX Light Bulbs, And Insteon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Microsoft OneNote Adds 'Floatie' Feature, An Unobtrusive Shortcut For Jotting Down Notes While Using Any App

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:40 PM PDT

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The latest updates to Microsoft's OneNote app have taken advantage of an ability granted to it by the openness of Android OS: the ability to place an overlay on top of other running apps. Similar to Facebook Messenger's chat heads UI, OneNote now has an opt-in feature called "floatie" that remains accessible while you use non-OneNote apps. The idea is that inspiration for notes may come at any time and you may not want to leave the app you're in to do it.

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Microsoft OneNote Adds 'Floatie' Feature, An Unobtrusive Shortcut For Jotting Down Notes While Using Any App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LastPass now free on strictly smartphones or tablets

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:32 PM PDT

LastPass is a program that securely saves all of your passwords to the cloud and lets you access them from anywhere. You won't have to remember passwords for all your accounts; just install the LastPass app and it will provide them for you on your computer or mobile device.

Starting today, LastPass can be started for free on smartphones and tablets, though the account will be locked to whatever type of device you started on. If you sign up on a smartphone, you'll have access to LastPass on an unlimited number of smartphones, but no other device. Same goes for tablets.

If you want access to all devices, you'll have to sign up for LastPass Premium, which is only $12 a year. But it's definitely great that LastPass is offering mobile users free access when many don't need that access on their computers. Will you be giving the service a try due to these changes? Leave a comment!


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Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 01:53 PM PDT

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Keeping to their normal rapid release schedule, Mozilla published v40 of the stable release of Firefox to the Play Store today. The biggest user-facing change in the update is one that was also present in the beta version of v40, allowing you to long press the forward or back buttons to see a list of your recently visited pages. Here's a quick look at how that works:

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This is the sort of thing that only catches your attention when there aren't any other major changes, but this is one of those times.

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Firefox Stable Release Is Updated To v40 With Tweaked Forward/Back Navigation, Better Malware Protection, And Other Minor Improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Rite Aid Will Officially Accept Google Wallet, And Eventually Android Pay, Starting August 15th

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 01:53 PM PDT

Wallet-ThumbThe idea of paying using your phone may be exciting, but that's all it will ever be until more stores start playing along. Today Rite Aid announced that you will soon be able to add its nearly 4600 stores to the list. Starting August 15th, it will accept Google Wallet NFC payments in stores. It will also take tap and pay credit cards.

That's right, it'll be like you're shopping at Walgreens.

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Rite Aid Will Officially Accept Google Wallet, And Eventually Android Pay, Starting August 15th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Get Access To The eBay App v4.0 Closed Beta By Filling Out This Form

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 12:40 PM PDT

ebaythumbMost developers run regular beta tests via the Play Store, but not eBay. Oh no. The most recent eBay v4.0 beta is closed, and even the APK needs an authorized login to work. Luckily, there's a form you can fill out to get access.

It's a simple Google Docs survey and should only take a moment to complete. Just put in your email, beta preference (iOS/Android), and your country. You should get an email with the download link as soon as there's a new build to test.

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Get Access To The eBay App v4.0 Closed Beta By Filling Out This Form was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android's Version Of Skype For Business Is On The Way, And You Can Sign Up Now To Test The Preview

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 12:40 PM PDT

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The free version of Skype is great for personal use, but you can also get work done with it as well. I took part in numerous job interviews over video chat during my last year of college. When I landed an internship, we used it to communicate around the office.

But for big work done by big companies, there's Skype for Business. It comes with extra perks such as the ability to chat with up to 250 people and integrate everything with Office.

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Android's Version Of Skype For Business Is On The Way, And You Can Sign Up Now To Test The Preview was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sorry, Google, BMW already owns ‘Alphabet’ and they don’t want to sell

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 12:08 PM PDT

Why didn't they just...Google it? Photo: Alphabet/GoogleWhen Google reorganized itself into a subsidiary of a new over-arching company, Alphabet, you'd think that they'd have checked to see if anyone else was doing a similar business with the name. In fact, BMW also does business as Alphabet, and they own the trademark and the .com URL to boot. BMW makes cars, and

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Google Creative Lab Releases Three New Experimental Apps—Landmarker, Tunnel Vision, And Lip Swap

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 11:36 AM PDT

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You don't hear a lot about Google Creative Lab, but it's had a hand in some of Google's most memorable ads and products. Google's Creative Lab is an outfit that basically comes up with (presumably) innovative ideas the promote the Google brand. Along the way, they've also made a few apps. Today there are three new apps from the Creative Lab, all of which are appropriately offbeat.

First up, there's Landmarker, which I dare say is the most conventional and useful of the three.

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Google Creative Lab Releases Three New Experimental Apps—Landmarker, Tunnel Vision, And Lip Swap was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Save 94% on the iCollege IT Security & Management Bundle [Deal]

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 11:25 AM PDT

16df2b28fe79734de4cdec2e6ef9c76d1617a375_main_hero_imageSecure a career in IT management with the help of the iCollege IT Security & Management Bundle. Get two years of access to 4 essential certification trainings — including CISA, ISC, and CompTIA — and save 94% for a limited time with Cult of Android Deals. Information Technology Infrastructure Library ITIL is a set of

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Z1 from Lenovo-backed ZUK offers a 5.5-inch display, USB 3.0 Type-C and more

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 10:56 AM PDT

The inclusion of USB Type-C in smartphones, and other devices, is starting to become the norm for some companies, including OnePlus with their OnePlus 2. And now another device has just been unveiled with the port. This time it's from ZUK, a company based in China and backed by Lenovo, and their brand new Z1.

The Z1 is an affordable Android-based smartphone, and it will launch in China on August 18. It will retail for RMB 1799, or about $284. The company says an international release is happening "soon," though. The Z1 actually has some interesting specs, including an all-powerful Home button right there on the front of the handset, below the 5.5-inch display.

ZUK calls it the U-Touch button, and it offers a fingerprint reader built in that boasts a 0.31s identification speed. The feature can be used with mobile purchases as well, but what else it does might actually be more interesting. The U-Touch actually encompasses several different buttons, including the Home, Back, Menu, app switching and even multitasking. To go back, a user will simply touch the Home button. To go home, press it down. Double tapping the button will bring up the most recent apps, and swiping horizontally on it will bring up multitasking.

As mentioned above, the Z1 also features USB Type-C, but this is a bit different from other devices. As ZUK points out, the Z1 is the first smartphone to boast USB 3.0 Type-C, which boasts 500MB per second transfer speeds. That's ten times faster than USB 2.0.

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As far as specifications go, the Z1 offers the aforementioned 5.5-inch display, which packs a resolution of 1920×1080. The camera on the back is a 13MP shooter with optical image stabilization, while the front-facing shooter is an 8-megapixel camera. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood, clocked at 2.5GHz. There's 3GB of RAM and it's equipped with 64GB of built-in storage. The battery is measured at 4100mAh. ZUK has a proprietary user interface on the Z1, and that's over Android Lollipop.

Are you interested in the Z1?


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Samsung accidentally leaks Galaxy S6 Edge+ and its pre-order date

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 09:56 AM PDT

Thanks, Samsung France. Photo: GalaxyClub.nlWe've seen the Galaxy S6 Edge+ countless times in recent weeks, and now it seems Samsung has given up on keeping it a secret ahead of its August 13 unveiling. The device was today leaked on the official website for Samsung France, which confirmed the handset's pre-order date. Samsung's graphic, which promotes a launch offer

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LastPass Free Is Now Available On Mobile Devices For New Users, But You Have To Pay To Switch From Phones To Tablets Or PCs

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 09:37 AM PDT

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Using LastPass on anything more mobile than a PC used to be a perk reserved exclusively for paying customers. We couldn't call it all that much of a luxury, considering that at $12 a year, LastPass Premium costs about as much as a short trip on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But now you won't even have to pay that much to start managing your passwords on your Android phone or tablet.

Users who sign up for LastPass can use the service on an unlimited number of smartphones or tablets—but not both.

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LastPass Free Is Now Available On Mobile Devices For New Users, But You Have To Pay To Switch From Phones To Tablets Or PCs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Startup digs into Android’s guts to supercharge its smartphone

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 09:25 AM PDT

Get ready for the Nextbit phone. Photo: NextbitNextbit, a startup smartphone maker led by Android veterans and a former HTC design chief, today confirmed that it will launch its "friggin' awesome" debut device on September 1. The device will offer supercharged Android software that only gets better with age. OnePlus is proving that with the right product, you can start a smartphone company that competes

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Rite Aid will support Google Wallet and Android Pay

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 09:10 AM PDT

Pharmacy giant Rite Aid has announced that it will begin accepting mobile payments beginning August 15. The company has announced that NFC-based payment systems will be supported including Google Wallet, Apple Pay and the upcoming service, Android Pay, which will arrive with Android M. Other tap-and-pay services, such as NFC credit and debit cards, will also be welcomed.

The support will be available through all of the company's stores across the country, which total a whopping nearly 4,600. The move is another step forward in advancing mobile payments, which have great potential, but have yet to become fully mainstream. It also places Rite Aid toe-to-toe with Walgreens, which has been one of the strongest supporters of mobile payments. With more chains hopping onboard, we'll cross our fingers that mobile payments continue to grow in popularity.


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Sprint introduces Open World with free services in Mexico, Canada and more

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 09:04 AM PDT

After an influx of strong competition from T-Mobile, Sprint has been working hard to stay competitive. The company's latest results show that it's gaining back customers and today brings in another move that should help the company. Sprint Open World is a new program from Sprint that offers customers free calling and texting to Canada and Mexico as well as free unlimited calling and texting within Canada, Mexico and over a dozen Latin American countries when traveling.

That's not all, though. Sprint is also giving customers 1GB of 3G data for free when traveling in Canada, Mexico or Latin America. And for customers traveling in Europe, Asia or the Middle East, Sprint Open World offers free texting and $0.20/min calls. All in all, it's an extra perk that gives customers even more bang for their buck.

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Parallels Access Updated To v3.0 With File Sharing, Universal File Manager, And More

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 08:37 AM PDT

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Most remote access apps just beam your computer's screen to the phone, but Parallels does a bit more. It has a handy app launcher and full-screen rendering of desktop apps. It's not free, but maybe the latest update will entice you to pony up some cash.

Here's the changelog for Parallels v3.0.

  • File Sharing — Share any file directly from your computer. No cloud storage required, no file size limit, no upload time wasted.
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Parallels Access Updated To v3.0 With File Sharing, Universal File Manager, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Snapchat 9.14 Offers A Travel Mode That Uses Less Data, New Emoji Button, And More

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 08:37 AM PDT

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Snapchat's developers have pushed out another update to the Android app, version 9.14. Like before, users get to satisfy their thirst with a trickle of new features.

One tucked away change is the ability to see who has viewed your story by tapping on the eyeball in the corner. We also see an addition aimed specifically had users with limited or slower data connections. There's now the option to dive into Settings and enable Travel Mode, which reduces mobile data usage.

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Snapchat 9.14 Offers A Travel Mode That Uses Less Data, New Emoji Button, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sasmung's Game Recorder+ Updated To Work With More Phones And Android Versions

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 08:37 AM PDT

imageIf you're a Samsung phone owner hoping to play with the manufacturer's custom-made game recording app, you might just be able to today. Game Recorder+ has been updated to work with a few new devices, plus updated compatibility for new Android 5.1 builds and better performance.

The new phones are the Galaxy S6 Active, the older Galaxy S5 Active, the Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The app now works with Android 5.1 on the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 (which may or may not be updated depending on your location and/or carrier).

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Sasmung's Game Recorder+ Updated To Work With More Phones And Android Versions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nextbit Android smartphone ‘on-sale’ date set for September 1

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 06:52 AM PDT

Tired of buying a smartphone from Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola or HTC? On September 1st you'll have the opportunity to purchase a new Android smartphone from Nextbit. Unfortunately, we still have no clue what the phone will offer in terms of specs, but Nextbit is focused more on the experience the phone will offer rather than its internal components. Nextbit's goal is to "take Android a step further, and extend beyond the hard specs of the phone to offer features that consumers have been clamoring for over the past few years."

While the phone may not feature a bleeding-edge processors or QHD display, we do expect it to look and feel as good as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the HTC One M9. The Nextbit's design team is led by Scott Croyle (former SVP of Design and User Experience at HTC) who led the design team responsible for the One M7 and One M8.

Would you be willing to buy your next smartphone from a new entrant in the Android space?


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Android Wear v1.3 Includes 'Device To Debug' Picker, Reveals Upcoming "Together" And Interactive Watch Faces, New Apps, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 06:51 AM PDT

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Google surprised us with the long, long, long-awaited Hangouts 4.0 release earlier today, but that wasn't the only update worth paying attention to – Android Wear v1.3 turned up in the later hours, as well. At first glance, the only new option appears to be a selector in settings for choosing between watches for hacking or programming purposes, but a teardown reveals some great new features we can expect to see in the next major firmware release to Android Wear.

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Android Wear v1.3 Includes 'Device To Debug' Picker, Reveals Upcoming "Together" And Interactive Watch Faces, New Apps, And More [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Vessel Beta App Gains Chromecast Support In The Latest Version

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 06:51 AM PDT

2015-08-11 12.51.44To be honest, I'm still not sold on Vessel's business model, which posts original web video content a few days early to paying subscribers before it goes out to more general portals (usually YouTube). But the Android app seems more than serviceable even in its beta form, and the developers are adding features quickly. Case in point: the latest update adds Chromecast compatibility, which no video app should be without.

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Vessel Beta App Gains Chromecast Support In The Latest Version was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pushbullet Now Supports End-To-End Encryption For Notification Mirroring, SMS, And Copy-Paste Sync

Posted: 11 Aug 2015 06:51 AM PDT

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You can't deny that Pushbullet is insanely useful, and it gets more so with each update. However, Pushbullet does see a lot of your data in plain text, and there's been growing demand for better security. As of today, Pushbullet supports end-to-end encryption for SMS, notification mirroring, and universal copy-paste.

In a recent conversation on Reddit, Pushbullet's lead developer dug into the issue with users. Pushbullet has always used https to secure connections, but the Pushbullet servers still see all your data in plain text.

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Pushbullet Now Supports End-To-End Encryption For Notification Mirroring, SMS, And Copy-Paste Sync was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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