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Wearable with flexible display set to blow your mind next year

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 02:39 PM PDT

Wove smart wearableA new wearable is set to make devices like the Apple Watch and the LG Urbane look like old-fashioned junk. Wove might cause a twinge of nostalgia among children of the '90s who grew up with slap bracelets on everyone's wrists, but it's way more impressive than those (which, let's face it, most things are).

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Chromecast Viber

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 02:06 PM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google Photos - Version 1.6.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Chromecast support: Cast your photos and videos to your TV, even if they haven't been backed up yet. Plus, pick and choose what shows up on your TV while you're browsing on your phone.
  • More people features (US only): In Search, you can now label and merge people groupings. Once labeled, easily search for people, or combine people, place, and thing search terms for even more precise results, such as "Juliana at beach in Hawaii".
  • Animations can now be shared directly to WhatsApp

 

Chromecast - Version 1.12.32

Chromecast

What's new in this version:

  •  What's On: Browse popular and featured content from your favorite cast-enabled apps.
  • Devices: Personalize backdrop with Facebook and Flickr photo albums and control (play, pause & change volume) all your Chromecast devices.
  • Get Apps: Discover new offers and cast-enabled apps from content partners, through our curated and merchandised experience.
  • Search: Find where you can cast your favorite movies and TV shows.

 

Amazon Cloud Drive - Version 1.2.0

Amazon Cloud Drive

What's new in this version:

  • Delete and rename files and folders
  • Swipe to preview photos and videos

 

Steam - Version 2.1.0

Steam

What's new in this version:

  • Added Community Market, Trading, Broadcasts, Game Hubs, Discussions, and more to the app.
  • The profile views have been updated with showcases, badges, and more.
  • The Store views have also been updated with new personalization features and user reviews.r

 

Texture - Version 4.1.1.83

Texture

What's new in this version:

  • Next Issue is now Texture.
  • Today we launch with a new name and a new look.

 

ZenWatch Manager - Version 2.0.0

Asus ZenWatch Manager

What's new in this version:

  • Brand new design
  • Most popular and new watch faces section
  • More watch faces for you
  • More flexibility in customize your watch face. Up to 3 info widgets
  • Support interactive watch face

 

Messenger - Version 1.5.0

Messenger

What's new in this version:

  • Support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Bug fixes and improvements

 

Skype - Version 6.4.0

Skype

What's new in this version:

  • Messaging – Get notifications and view messages on your Android Wear device.
  • Reply – Quickly respond to messages by speaking to your wrist, sending emojis, or choosing a pre-written response.
  • Calls – Accept or decline calls, mute ongoing conversations, or hang up on your Android Wear device.
  • Skype Mojis – Send short clips from your favorite movies and TV shows in a Skype chat.

 

Nova Launcher - Version 4.1.0

Nova Launcher

What's new in this version:

  • Normalize Icon Size, automatically shrink overly large icons to match Material guidelines
  • Marshmallow style search bars (Color and grayscale)
  • Support runtime permissions on Marshmallow
  • Optimizations and bug fixes

 

Viber - Version 5.6.0

Viber

What's new in this version:

  • Group Likes – 'like' messages in group chats and see who's loving your vibe
  • Forward Public Chat messages – share content with your friends more easily
  • Write freely – text messages can now be up to 7,000 characters long
  • Better video messaging – new features improve the experience
  • Public Chats – now available on Android tablets

 


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Google completes restructuring of company to Alphabet

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 01:07 PM PDT

Not long ago, Google announced that it would be restructuring the company using a new company called Alphabet to oversee the new, separate sub-companies. The premise was that each endeavor should have its own company under one parent company, so the failures of each endeavor won't hurt Google as a whole. So Google is now focused on search and mobile, and different divisions are left to do what they do best.

The company announced that the restructuring will be completed by the end of the day today, October 2, and Google stocks will begin trading as Alphabet stocks on October 5. However, the previous ticker symbols of GOOG and GOOGL will remain.


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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of September 2015

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 01:03 PM PDT

nexusae0_apps-roundup-heroThere's no nice way to say this: interesting and new apps were a bit thin on the ground in September. Maybe it was the double-threat of new announcements from both Google and Apple that scared off developers, or maybe they're all hung up on ancient Green Day lyrics. Either way, things were looking pretty sparse, but we still managed to find a few interesting tidbits for you. Here are our top seven and a few honorable mentions.

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Motorola Moto 360 second generation review

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 12:42 PM PDT

While the Pebble may have ushered in the modern smartwatch, the Moto 360 set the precedent for just how gorgeous a smartwatch could be. Its round metal body made it look more like a classic timepiece than any smartwatch before it. And its bright colorful display, including the now charming flat tire, placed it ahead of anything to come before it.

As far as Android Wear watches go, the original Moto 360 was arguably the most popular. With the Moto 360 second generation, Motorola was tasked with keeping its round smartwatch at the top of the pack. For those who are rooting for Motorola, you'll be happy to know they've pulled it off.

Specs and Performance

The specs of a smartwatch are always the most boring part of the device. With recent releases, we've yet to see a smartwatch blow any other out of the water. That includes speed, display, battery life, storage, etc. Some are better than others, but there's nothing that immediately stands head and shoulders above the competition.

The best you can hope for is that new smartwatches are able to eclipse their predecessors and keep up with the rest of the pack. In this regard, Motorola kills it with the Moto 360. On paper, it's better than the first generation in many ways. The true success of the Moto 360′s internals is that those changes do indeed translate into real world performance.

Swiping through apps and notifications is quick and painless, the touchscreen is always responsive, and ambient light sensing works without any fuss. Fitness tracking seemed to work well, at least well enough to compare against past data, which is all that really counts in tracking your progress.

The screen looks improved over the first gen Moto 360, and it's definitely faster. Battery life is also improved in the second generation Moto 360. I took my 360 off the charger at 9 a.m., and by 6 p.m. the battery was at 72%. Getting through a day of work is no problem, and if you don't wear a watch around the house, like myself, getting two days should be relatively easy.

Charging the Moto 360 didn't take forever, but it could have been faster. Though the wireless charger feels nice enough and is convenient.

All in all, as far as specs and performance are concerned, the new Moto 360 well worth the money.

Official specs are as follows:
Display​

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Backlit LCD
  • Mens 42mm and Womens: 1.37" (35mm), 263ppi (360 X 325)
  • Mens 46mm: 1.56" (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330)

Watch case dimensions

  • Mens: 46mm diameter by 11.4mm high, 42mm diameter by 11.4mm high
  • Womens: 42mm diameter by 11.4mm high

Processor

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)
  • Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient
  • Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Vibration/Haptics engine

Battery

  • Mens 42mm and Womens: 300mAh – Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.
  • Mens 46mm: 400mAh – Up to 2 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.

Memory

  • 4GB internal storage
  • 512MB RAM

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g

Microphone

  • Dual digital mics

Hardware and Design

Smartwatches are incredibly personal devices. So while specs undoubtedly do matter, they don't matter nearly as much as the physical design of the device. As such, you need to try on the new Moto 360 to really get a feel for it. And even then, unless you've ordered one, you can only get a partial feel for the Moto 360. Because it's not your Moto 360.

Like the Moto X Pure Edition, the new Moto 360 is Moto Maker-compatible. That means you will get to choose the color of the body, the bezel style, the band and the size. After looking through textured bezels, gold, black and silver bodies, and leather and metal watch straps, I went with a slightly more subdued look.

My Moto 360 is 42mm, not 46mm, and has a brushed silver body, chromed silver bezel and black leather strap. It's perfect for me. The 42mm is a fantastic size. It's not too thick, not too large and sits comfortably on top of my arm. The leather is soft and the entire watch has a nice heft to it.

In terms of fit, feel and finish, the new Moto 360 is an improvement over the previous model, new lugs and all. Getting to customize it to your liking makes it even better. Other smartwatches may have more or less caught up with the Moto 360 by now in terms of quality and design, but it's the little details that keep the new Moto 360 ahead of the competition.

Software

The second generation Moto 360 runs on Android Wear. So there's no real surprises there, which is a good thing. Moto hasn't done anything weird to mess it up. I won't spend any time talking about Android Wear itself, but I will touch on Motorola's included fitness app, Moto Body.

Moto Body is Motorola's fitness tracking suite that comes built into the the Moto 360. It shows info on your heart rate, steps, active calories burned and provides an analysis of your fitness. It works well enough so that for general fitness tracking, you're not likely to find anything much better. If you want something more specialized, like for running for example, look elsewhere.

Wrap up

Motorola has taken a pretty similar approach to the Moto 360 and Moto X Pure Edition this year: focus on where its strengths are. Google is really good at making software. So just use it! Don't muck it up too much and only change it when it really, actually improves user experience. And Motorola is really good at making hardware. So focus on that!

The new Moto 360 will probably be the Android Wear device to beat again this year. Not because people don't like change or because Moto's name now has some clout behind it — though those are both good reasons — but because it's genuinely one of the best smartwatches you can buy again.

To customize your Moto 360, head to Motorola.com now.

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TechSmith Releases InstantReplay App For Coaches, Teams, Broadcasters, And Other Sports Experts

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 12:36 PM PDT

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You're on the sideline and you want to go through what just happened again. You can't believe what your lineman just did, and you want a replay to show during the next time out, visit to the locker room, or practice. You have a phone, a tablet, and plenty of expensive hardware. You just need an app.

Try InstantReplay. This newly available Android app is aimed at the kind of people who stand on the sidelines or fill pressboxes, those who take what's happening on the football field very seriously.

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of September 2015

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 12:04 PM PDT

nexusae0_Game-Roundup-HeroSeptember was a huge month for Android games, with big titles from both well-known developers and indies alike receiving Android Police coverage. Everything from high-end first-person shooters to minimalistic puzzle games are represented below in our monthly picks and honorable mentions. You might have a bit of a wait before your shiny new Nexus phone arrives, but when it does, you'll have no shortage of new games to play on it.

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Nova Launcher v4.1 With Icon Normalization Is Available To Everyone In The Play Store

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 12:04 PM PDT

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People were understandably excited when Nova Launcher added icon normalization to the beta app. This feature automatically scales app icons to make the sizes more visually consistent. It's been a few weeks, but icon normalization is ready for prime time as part of the new v4.1 update in the Play Store.

Here's the changelog for the new version. Icon normalization is the headliner, but there's a bit more too.

  • Normalize Icon Size: automatically shrink overly large icons to match Material guidelines
  • Marshmallow style search bars (Color and grayscale)
  • Support runtime permissions on Marshmallow
  • Optimizations and bug fixes

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The icon normalization setting can be found in the Look and Feel menu.

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iBlazr 2 helps you take brighter smartphone photos [Deal]

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 11:44 AM PDT

42d786bd8df728c2b2474bf8fc32521bf8e3b78b_main_hero_imageHold your camera to higher standards with the brand-new iBlazr 2, the most advanced LED flash to date. Conveniently sized and wireless, this premium flash will let you easily take amazing photos in low light situations — and thanks to Cult of Android Deals, you can get yours for 30% less. The iBlazr 2 is a literal

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Amazon Banning Apple TV And Chromecast Sales

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 11:24 AM PDT

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The new Chromecast is now available for purchase but customers will now have one less avenue to purchase Google's streaming device.  In a rather controversial move, Amazon has put a ban on both Chromecast and Apple TV sales through the online retail giant.  Current listings will all disappear on October 29th while no new listing are allowed at all.  Amazon's reason seems pretty weak and can be seen below:

"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in the e-mail, which was sent to sellers yesterday. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion."

As you can see, their argument of "customer confusion" is pretty weak.  Obviously, Amazon is banning these sales to try boost usage of their own streaming service.  Problem is that their streaming service isn't very widely available and in my opinion, this move will do more harm than good.

Luckily, we can still grab the Chromecast directly from Google and soon we'll be able to buy it at BestBuy stores.

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Android TV adds SHOWTIME, HBO Now, CBS All Access and more

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 11:23 AM PDT

While the Chromecast gets a lot of the attention for its low price, Android TV has grown considerably since launch and continues to add apps and compelling hardware at an impressive rate.

As we mentioned with the NVIDIA SHIELD update earlier this week, the number of Android TV apps has risen to over 1,000 now, although reminiscent of the Android tablet app dilemma there are only a bit over 50 in Google's curated list. Some notable new additions include Showtime, HBO Now, CBS All Access, Disney Movies Anywhere, Epix, WWE and UFC.

New Android TV manufacturers continue to come on board as well, with Hisense and TCL representing some of the more recent smart TV makers to offer Android TV. Additionally set-top boxes with Android TV from Pace, Sagemcom, and Technicolor are coming as part of partnerships with KDDI and Telecom Italia, which will allow seamless integration of Android TV with standard TV service.

While I'm excited to see Android TV continue to grow there are still issues that need to be worked out. Chief among them is that I will frequently find apps that aren't compatible with my specific Android TV. HBO Now and Disney Movies Anywhere for example can't be installed on NVIDIA SHIELD. There's enough frustration amongst users regarding streaming services being limited to those that have a specific cable or internet provider without heaping on seemingly random device omissions.

It is still early days for Android TV and again, there have been tremendous strides since launch, but the competition to be the brains behind the streaming media in the home is fierce, so they need to keep moving fast if they are going to keep up.


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Here’s The List Of Motorola Devices Getting Marshmallow!

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 10:09 AM PDT

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HTC has already published their Marshmallow plans and now Motorola has provided theirs as well.  Below is a list of devices that Motorola is planning to bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow to:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

For the most part, the list is what we expected to see but there are definitely some glaring omissions.  First off, are all 2014 Moto X's getting updated to Marshmallow or are only the Pure Edition and Latin, Europe and Asia versions getting it (I sure hope that's not the case).  The 2013 Moto X also failed to make the list as did the 2013 Moto G and any Moto E.  This list could obviously change down the road and hopefully it will change to include more of Moto's offerings.

Motorola also announced that a few of their apps and services will be phased out as Marshmallow rolls out.  These include Moto Assist, Motorola Migrate and Motorola Connect.  Android Marshmallow has features similar to Moto Assist and Motorola Migrate while Motorola stated that several apps similar to Motorola Connect have begun to pop up on the Play Store so they have opted to discontinue their service.

Motorola didn't provide any time frames for the updates but they have been very quick the last couple of years and I have no doubt they'll be one of the first, if not thee first, out of the gate one again.

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Android 5.1.1 Rolling Out To The Note 4

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 09:53 AM PDT

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Update news to pass your way and no, it's not about Marshmallow.  Galaxy Note 4s are currently receiving a nice software update that brings the device up to Android 5.1.1.  The update is on the larger side, upwards of 650MB so you'll probably want to jump onto WiFi before downloading the file.

No major changes in this update.  It's primarily a bug fix/performance enhancing update but it's still good to get your device up to date nevertheless.  If you're not seeing a notification, jump into your settings and scroll down to "about device."  In there you'll be able to do a manual check for an update.

 

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J’Accuse! ZTE Claims Huawei’s Nexus 6P Copied Their Grand S

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 09:53 AM PDT

Grand S vs Nexus 6p

There's a funny little tussle brewing between two of the major Chinese smartphone manufacturers.  ZTE recently took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo to accuse Huawei of "borrowing" one of their designs!  According to ZTE, the recently unveiled Huawei Nexus 6P copied the design of ZTE's Grand S, a device that launched back in 2013.

Now there are definitely some similarities between the two, mainly the black bar at the top of the device, but beyond that they're both pretty standard slates.  Plus, devices like the Motorola RAZR (the smartphone, not that beautiful flip phone that one the world over) utilized a black bar at the top as well and that phone launched back in 2011!

To my knowledge, Huawei hasn't responded to ZTE's accusations but it'll be interesting to see what they have to say if/when the respond to them.

What do you guys think?  Does ZTE have a case here?  The Google translate is also pretty ridiculous so have a read of that below.

Grand S vs Nexus 6p - 2

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Here are the Motorola phones that’ll get an Android 6.0 update

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 09:38 AM PDT

First Google revealed its Android 6.0 update plans, then HTC did, and now it's Motorola's turn to talk about its Marshmallow update plans.

Motorola has announced that it currently plans to push Marshmallow to 12 phones, ranging from the Moto G (2nd Gen.) to the DROID Turbo to the Moto X Pure Edition. Interestingly, there's no mention of the Moto E on this list, it looks like the original Moto X is being left on Lollipop, and the only Moto X (2nd Gen.) that's named is the Pure Edition (does that mean carrier-branded models are left out?). Here's the full list provided by Motorola:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Before you ask, no, Motorola hasn't revealed when any of these updates will begin rolling out. Instead, Moto says that it'll "work fast but we won't push the upgrades out until we know they're ready." The good news is that Motorola has been pretty quick about pushing out updates in the past, so it may not be long before Marshmallow begins rolling out its doors.

In other Motorola Marshmallow news, the company says that it'll actually remove some of its Moto features from Android 6.0 updates. Moto Assist and Motorola Migrate will both be pulled from Marshmallow because Google has its own versions baked into Android 6.0. Motorola will also pull the Motorola Connect Chrome extension because "many consumers have moved from SMS to other over-the-top messaging services."


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This stunning slo-mo of a hummingbird was shot on a Nexus 6P

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 09:08 AM PDT

The Nexus 6P's camera looks very promising. Photo: Eddy TalvalaWe can't be sure the Nexus 6P's camera lives up to Google's promises until the device goes on sale later this month — but we can be sure the device shoots amazing slow-motion video. Check out this clip of a hummingbird stopping by for a drop of water. The 30-second video was shot by Eddy Talvala,

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2K Games Packs More Cards And Gameplay Enhancements Into This Year's MyNBA2K16 Companion App

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 08:34 AM PDT

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I am many years removed from middle and high school, but in the adult world at least, it seems now is a much safer time to be a card collecting geek. But undoubtedly there are still guys who are too intimidated to spend their time playing Netrunner or Yu-Gi-Oh. Instead, they cloak their collector's impulse and stat obsession in a thin layer of NBA fandom. They get their card-battling fix from the MyNBA2K companion app 2K Games releases every twelve months.

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When it comes to porn, Android users come out on top

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 08:08 AM PDT

We won again, Android bros! Photo: Cult of AndroidAndroid users are into some pretty weird… stuff. I know you're probably denying that now — I tried, too — but you can't, because Pornhub has its eye on us all. Sort of. According to the website's latest browsing statistics, the list of things Android users are into makes for a much more intriguing reading that

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The cable you get with Nexus 5X probably won’t fit your PC

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 07:38 AM PDT

Nexus 5X goes all-out on USB-C. Photo: GoogleIf you plan on plugging the new Nexus 5X into your Mac or PC to transfer music, movies, and photos to it, then you're going to have to invest in a new cable. The one that comes bundled with the device probably won't work with your computer — or existing chargers. Nexus 5X is one

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Super Simple Notes

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 05:04 AM PDT

Super Simple Notes

Super Simple Notes has material design notes with an emphasis on simplicity. Minimalist user interface, clean design, great experience. There's no settings (on purpose), but you can adjust the text size with the volume buttons. Use colors to organize notes. Optionally add labels to colors. Eight colors are included, and eight more are available as in-app purchases. You... View Article

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Fish Up – challenging yet easy to play game

Posted: 02 Oct 2015 05:04 AM PDT

Fish Up

Fish Up is the newest most addictive game is here! Extremely challenging game! With more than 100 very difficult levels, how far can you go? How much time can you stay alive? Break all your past records and your friends records! Discover enemies and unique power boosts among the most challenging levels. Unlock powers and gadgets that will help... View Article

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Nexus 5X & 6P Does Not Support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge Technology

Posted: 01 Oct 2015 09:36 PM PDT

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After Qualcomm announced their Quick Charge 3.0 technology, many automatically assumed that Google would at least have supported QC2.0 on the Nexus 5X and 6P.

But according to the Nexus Help Forum, the Nexus 6P (and the Nexus 5X) does not support any of Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology, including QC2.0 and 3.0. The reason for this is the use of the USB Type C cable and connector not being compatible with the technology.

However, this doesn't mean the phone doesn't support quick charging at all. The Nexus 6P and 5X include a Type C cable and charger that does 3 amps over 5V. This allows the Nexus 6P to get seven hours of battery life with just a 10 minute charge and four hours for the 5X.

Both phones come with a Type C cable in the box.

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New Stagefright bugs discovered, dangerous but less so

Posted: 01 Oct 2015 04:26 PM PDT

Not long ago, a bug was discovered that affected almost all Android devices and rendered them open to hacking without the user ever having to install anything. The exploit was called Stagefright, and every manufacturer got to work trying to patch it. Far from all devices are patched, but the latest flagships are now safe from the exploit.

However, the battle isn't over. A few more Stagefright bugs hage been discovered, but instead of relating to the MMS system, it's now related to playing infected MP3 or MP4 files. This means that you'll have to visit a link sent to you, so it's a lwas dangerous than the previous bug, which only required the device to download an MMS message (which most do automatically).

Motorola says it's already patching the exploit, which will come with the Android M update. Other manufacturers are likely working on it as well. For now, it's advised you do not open links from strangers. Stay safe.


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