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Review: Fax Plus

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 12:58 PM PDT

In the age of email, sending a fax might seem a tad old school. The process of faxing is a hassle — printing a document, firing up the fax machine, scanning the document through, punching in the recipients number and waiting for it to print itself out at the other end. Despite faxing being a pain, many businesses and institutions still rely on it as a means of sending documents across locations but this system tends not to play nice with our increasingly mobile- and cloud-based lifestyles.

Fax Plus, from Softxpert, aims to bridge the gap between conventional fax machines and our smartphones. The free app allows you to send a scanned document. stored PDF file or image to any fax number in the world without the need to access a fax machine yourself. Fax Plus screens 1 The free app is easy to use and there's no need to register for an account to use Fax Plus. When you open the app, simply hit the new fax button in the lower right and select the file PDF file or image from you gallery to send as a fax. You can select locally stored items or those in your cloud accounts with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and the like. If you have Softxpert's Smart Document Scanner app installed (or any other document scanning app), you can also easily scan in paper documents and fax them with Fax Plus.

Once you've selected the document to send, choose the destination country, add in the recipient's fax number and hit send. Fax Plus does the rest. You'll get live delivery status updates in the app which will show you which documents have arrived at their destination in real time, or a notification in your drawer on delivery. Fax Plus screens 2 Operating a traditional fax machine, particularly when sending documents internationally, can be expensive. Fax Plus offers a flat-rate fee regardless of geographic location. In the app, you can purchase a "Fax Balance" — the number of pages you can send before needing to purchase more. These credits can be bought as in app purchases and are reasonable per page if you buy one of the larger packages. Unfortunately, Fax Plus does not provide a complimentary Fax Balance at all so you'll need to purchase some pages before you can test it out for yourself. Having tested Fax Plus with a few documents, the results were exactly as expected and essentially the same as using a fax machine to send the files.

The Fax Plus app itself is fairly plain in terms of design — it's certainly a case of function over form for Fax Plus — but its simple, Material Design-infused looks aid its ease of use.

If you need to send a fax to someone, frequently or not, Fax Plus is a useful solution and certainly cheaper than investing in a fax machine of your own. Paired with Smart Document Scanner, you can quickly and easily scan and send your documents and see when they have been delivered. If you keep all your files stored digitally, it's just as easy to fax someone a hard copy right from your cloud account in Fax Plus. Because of that, Fax Plus comes highly recommended — it does just one thing, but does it well which will please those who need it.

Check out Fax Plus on Google Play where it is available to download for free.


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Buy a new Galaxy and Samsung will make the payments until 2016

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 11:58 AM PDT

Last month, Samsung launched an Ultimate Test Drive promotion to tempt iPhone owners to go Galaxy. That offer left Android users out in the cold, but now Samsung has a new promo that we can take advantage of.

Samsung's Phone Payments On Us promo will do exactly what its name implies, which is covering the phone payments on a new Galaxy device. More specifically, it'll cover the payments on a new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 until 2016. The deal will pay up to $120 on your new device, regardless of whether you got it on an installment plan or a lease.

If you do happen to have an iPhone laying around or know an iPhone owner that wants to make the switch, they can take advantage of this deal, too. Not only will Samsung make the first few payments for an iPhone user that trades in their Apple device and buys a Galaxy, but they'll also give 'em a $100 Google Play credit to fill that new phone up with apps.

This deal runs from September 25 through October 9. It's worth noting that AT&T devices are excluded from the offer, and if you do end up trading in an iPhone as part of this deal, you'll need to buy a Galaxy phone on the same receipt. It's also worth noting that the iPhone models that are eligible for this promo are the 4s, 5, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.

If you're looking to treat yourself to a new smartphone, hit up the link below to see if Samsung's promo is for you.


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Zulip, Dropbox's Team-Focused Chat Client, Goes Open Source

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 11:15 AM PDT

imageI've used a bunch of team-based, business-oriented chatroom-style services, and Slack and Hipchat seem to be the two most popular choices for managers at this point. Maybe it's time to consider an alternative, and cloud storage giant Dropbox is giving us a pretty good reason to do so: Zulip. The funny-named client has been quietly developed by Dropbox for the last year, and now it's available as an open source tool.

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Zulip, Dropbox's Team-Focused Chat Client, Goes Open Source was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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GIFs Will Work Again In Hangouts 5.0

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 10:59 AM PDT

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We've been hearing rumblings of an impending update for Hangouts, bringing it to version 5.0 and coming "soon." The update will allegedly resolve lots of lag issues, but it will apparently fix at least one other problem: GIFs.

In Hangouts 4.0, GIFs appear to send as static images, which kinda ruins the fun. Hangouts 5 appears to send Gifs as they were meant to be enjoyed, though - as you might expect - GIFs sent from Hangouts 4 to Hangouts 5 still won't work.

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GIFs Will Work Again In Hangouts 5.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Evernote Adds Three New Homescreen Widgets And Bug Fixes In The Latest Update

Posted: 26 Sep 2015 08:58 AM PDT

imageEvernote users who prefer to use homescreen widgets to access their information have new options starting today. The latest update to the note-taking app (version 7.2, at least on my Nexus 6) has three new widgets to check out. The first is a standard list of your most recently-viewed notes, the second is a horizontal bar with a user-customizable set of actions, and the third is a single 1x1 widget with one selectable action.

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Evernote Adds Three New Homescreen Widgets And Bug Fixes In The Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nexus 7 (2013) Will Be Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 10:47 PM PDT

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For those of who you own the Nexus 7 (2013) from ASUS and were wondering on whether or not it would receive the Android 6.0 update, you're in luck.

According to Artem (founder of Android Police) on G+, Google will not be forgetting Nexus 7 (2013) owners as they will be providing the Android 6.0 update when it comes out after the event. Although, the Nexus 4, which contains the same Snapdragon S4 Pro from the Nexus 7 (2013) and the older Nexus 7 (2012), is not slated to get updating at this time.

However, anything can change and worst comes to worst, you can always sideload the update by installing any 3rd party Marshmallow ROM of your choice.

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Nexus 7 (2013) Will Be Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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YouTube’s ad-free subscription may launch next month

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 06:04 PM PDT

We've been hearing about a YouTube subscription program for some time now, but if a new report is to be believed, the service may finally be close to launch.

According to Re/code, YouTube may launch its subscription program in late October. The program will reportedly be made up of two parts: a refreshed YouTube Music Key and the ability to watch any video on YouTube ad-free. The cost? It'll purportedly be $10 per month.

While YouTube has yet to confirm anything, an email that it sent out to creators supports the rumor that the ad-free YouTube subscription will launch in late October. The email tells creators that YouTube "will be launching a new ads-free version of YouTube, available to fans for a monthly fee" and that if they don't agree to the new YouTube terms by October 22, their "videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States."

For as long as reports about an ad-free YouTube subscription have been floating around, it'll be nice to see the program finally launch. Obviously not everyone is going to pony up $10 per month to avoid ads on YouTube, but if you spend a lot of time watching videos on the site, the subscription could be worth the investment.


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Spigen Jumps The Gun Again Posting Their Nexus 5X Case Line Up

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 04:07 PM PDT

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Spigen has been notoriously bad/good (depends on how you feel) at showcasing accessories for unreleased devices.  They did it with the several of the recent Samsung devices and they have done it again with the upcoming Nexus 5X.

The case selection isn't nearly as extensive for the Nexus 5X but there are a couple options and a couple of screen protectors to choose from.  Surprisingly, everything is listed as "In Stock" so if you're planning on grabbing the Nexus 5X at launch and want to have a screen protector and/or case lined up then maybe you should check these out.

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Spigen Jumps The Gun Again Posting Their Nexus 5X Case Line Up is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Latest SwiftKey Beta Fixes Android 6.0 Font Bug, Ends Support For Gingerbread And Lower Devices

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 04:04 PM PDT

imageShow of hands: how many Android Police readers are still using Android 2.3 or lower on a phone or tablet? According to the latest distribution numbers, it's under one in twenty of Android users worldwide - the rest have upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) or later. (We don't talk about the whole Honeycomb thing anymore.) That being the case, it's understandable why the developers of SwiftKey have decided to stop supporting those older machines with the latest beta version of the custom keyboard app.

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Latest SwiftKey Beta Fixes Android 6.0 Font Bug, Ends Support For Gingerbread And Lower Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile Is Sending Out Samsung Pay-Related Updates To The Galaxy S6 Family And Note 5 Ahead Of Launch

Posted: 25 Sep 2015 03:19 PM PDT

GS6 thumbSamsung Pay was promised way back at the Galaxy S6 announcement, but it's only now on the verge of release. Samsung Pay will eventually allow you to pay wirelessly at almost any credit card reader with your phone, but you'll need a few system tweaks first. T-Mobile is sending out updates to the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 that either add, break, or update Samsung Pay. Yeah, it's kind of a mess.

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T-Mobile Is Sending Out Samsung Pay-Related Updates To The Galaxy S6 Family And Note 5 Ahead Of Launch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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