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5 Android Wear Watch Faces To Make Your Wrist More Spooky This Halloween

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 03:07 PM PDT

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We're mere days away from the spookiest of holidays (other than Arbor Day, don't get me started), and you can make your Android Wear device more festive with these five new watch faces. There are scary cemeteries, creepy disembodied eyes, pumpkins, and gore galore.

 

Watch Face: Halloween

This one is pretty full-featured as far as seasonal watch faces go. There are several different (gory) view modes, and it can display a lot of information.

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5 Android Wear Watch Faces To Make Your Wrist More Spooky This Halloween was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Camera360 Ultimate 7.0.3 APK

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 03:04 PM PDT

Pinguo has started pushing out the latest Camera360 Ultimate for Android stable release, version 7.0.3, this week. The update enhanced two filters exposure performance and improved smooth capture on several devices.

Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 Ultimate is free photo editor for the mobile device featuring tons of filters, unique shot modes, and extras not found in other apps from the genre out there.  Camera360 allow you to live adjustment your photos as you're taking them, or you can snap a photo and apply filters and other effects afterward with tons of fun and unique features. The app itself is easy to use and makes your photos more beautiful than previous pics.

The update is rolling out slowly, hit the Google Play Store on the device to check for updates, or head over to the Play Store to grab a fresh copy. As always, we provide you the latest APK file of the app. You can download Camera360 Ultimate APK version 7.0.3 from the source link given below.

One of the best camera app for mobiles and the recent updates make it smoother and faster. Let us know if you've seen the Camera360 Ultimate update from the Play Store, how are you liking the new filters and feel?

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Watch iPhones die slowly in Droid Turbo 2 torture-porn ad

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 12:59 PM PDT

An unknown number of smartphones died in the making of this ad. Photo: MotorolaMaybe you know this sickening feeling: Your smartphone slips from your hand and starts its descent toward the ground. If you're standing in an asphalt parking lot or walking down a city sidewalk — and you don't have your phone protected in a life-preserving case — you know what happens next. Time seems to stand

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Watch the Droid Turbo 2 take a real battering without shattering

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 12:30 PM PDT

Yes, that's a horse's hoof. Photo: CNNMotorola is so confident in the ShatterShield technology that makes its debut on the new Droid Turbo 2 that it covers the handset's display against cracks and shattering for four years! But it's easy to see why. In the video below, the Droid Turbo 2 undergoes a real battering on the streets of New York City and survives

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Podcast support coming to Google Play Music

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 12:29 PM PDT

Remember Google Listen? Google's podcast app for Android was killed off years ago, but in 2015, it'll finally get a successor.

Google has announced that Google Play Music will soon support podcasts. That means that you'll be able to search for and browse podcasts, and Google will also be using the same tech that crafts its contextual music playlists to recommend podcasts to you based on what you're doing, how you're feeling, and what you're interested in.

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Google isn't saying when Play Music will begin supporting podcasts, only teasing that it'll have more info to share in the "coming months." The good news is that Google is now letting podcasters upload episodes so that when the service goes live, we'll actually have something to listen to.

Here are some of the podcasters and networks that are already uploading shows to Google Play Music:

  • 5by5
  • Dan Carlin
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Earwolf
  • Feral Audio
  • Gimlet Media
  • HBO
  • Head Gum
  • HowStuffWorks
  • Loud Speakers Network
  • Nerdist/Legendary
  • Public Radio International
  • Radiotopia/PRX
  • Sideshow Network
  • Slate/Panoply
  • StarTalk Radio
  • This Week in Tech
  • Tim Ferriss

Podcast support in Google Play Music is a big deal. There's no shortage of podcast apps already available on Android, but some folks may not want to try and sort through all of the options to find a good one. Google Play Music will let them use a built-in, quality app from Google to browse podcasts and get recommendations for new ones, giving the podcast scene a boost in the process.

Do you listen to podcasts on your Android device right now? If so, what's your preferred podcast app?


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Podcasts Are Coming To Google Play Music Soon, Podcasters Can Start Uploading Now

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 12:10 PM PDT

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Podcasts have been a major part of mobile platforms for years, but Android has never had a native podcast listening experience... until now. Google has just announced podcast support in Play Music, and podcasters can start uploading shows to Google for approval right now. You won't be able to start listening right away, though.

Adding a podcast to Google Play is as simple as logging in and pointing Google to your RSS feed.

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Podcasts are coming to Google Play Music

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 11:59 AM PDT

Podcasts are joining your music. Photo: GoogleGoogle is finally embracing podcasts again on Android, three years after ditching its official Listen app. The company today announced that it is bringing podcasts to its Play Music app, and it will help you find new shows based on your mood. Listen, Google's original podcast app, used to come bundled on Android, but Google ditched

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Podcasters, welcome to Google Play Music

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 11:46 AM PDT

Google Play Music helps connect people with the perfect soundtrack for whatever they're doing—whether they're stuck in rush hour traffic, staying up late with friends or lifting weights at the gym. But what if that same technology and curation could help connect people with great podcasts based on their mood or interest—something to make them laugh, get lost in a story or learn something new? We thought that would be awesome, so we plan to start offering podcasts on Google Play Music, giving podcasters access to millions of new listeners on Android phones and tablets.

To that end, today we're launching a portal for podcasters to start uploading their shows to Google Play Music before we open up the service to listeners. Along with direct searches and browsing for podcasts, the service will connect new listeners with podcasts based on what they're doing, how they're feeling, or what they're interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, this will give podcast fans and new listeners a way of finding and listening to content that's unique to Google Play Music. Podcasters in the US can start uploading shows now at g.co/podcastportal.

We're already working with more than a dozen of the most popular podcasters and networks to offer their shows when we open the service, including:
5by5
Dan Carlin
Dave Ramsey
Earwolf
Feral Audio
Gimlet Media
HBO
Head Gum
HowStuffWorks
Loud Speakers Network
Nerdist / Legendary
Public Radio International
Radiotopia / PRX
Sideshow Network
Slate / Panoply
StarTalk Radio
This Week in Tech
Tim Ferriss
With more than one billion people using Google Play every month, there's always something to watch, read, listen or play. And soon, you can add podcasts to that list. We'll have more details to share in the coming months. For now, start uploading your podcasts at g.co/podcastportal.

Posted by Elias Roman, Product Manager, Google Play Music

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Introducing a New Course on Developing Android Apps for Auto

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 11:46 AM PDT

Posted by Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate

Android Auto brings the Android platform to the car in a way that's optimized for the driving experience, allowing the user to keep their hands on the wheel, and their eyes on the road. To learn how to extend your existing media and messaging apps to work within a car, we collaborated with Udacity to introduce a new course on Ubiquitous Computing with Android Auto.



Designed by Developer Advocates from Google, the course shows you how to take advantage of your existing Android knowledge to work on this new platform. The best part is that Android Auto is based on extensions to the regular Android framework, so you don't need to rewrite your existing apps to support it. You'll learn how to implement messaging apps, by using Notification extensions. You'll also learn how audio players just work on Android Auto when you use the Android media APIs. In both cases, we work through some simple Android samples, and then show what changes are needed to extend them for Android Auto. Finally, we show a complete music playing sample, and how it works across other platforms like Android Wear.

If you have an interest in Android-based messaging or media apps, then you need to learn about Android Auto. Users want to be able to take their experience to other places, such as their cars, and not just on their phones. Having Auto support will allow you to differentiate your app, and give users another reason to try it.

This class is part of our larger series on Ubiquitous Computing across Google platforms, such as Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and Google Cast. Designed as short, standalone courses, you can take any course on its own, or take them all! The Android Auto platform is a great opportunity to add functionality that will distinguish your app from others. This Udacity course will get you up to speed quickly with everything you need to get started.

Get started now and try it out at no cost, your users are waiting!


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BetterBatteryStats v2.1 Comes With Android Marshmallow Support And Various Other Tweaks

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 11:11 AM PDT

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Do you care how much battery life your phone has? No, do you really care? You have a spreadsheet set up in Google Slides documenting your experience over the past few weeks. You can recall at a whim the amount of screen on time you've experienced on every Android device you've owned since Gingerbread. You don't get mad at your hardware when it dies at 4PM—you blame those wakelocking S.O.B apps.

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Google unveils the ASUS OnHub router

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:59 AM PDT

In August of this year, Google unveiled a new router thanks to a partnership with TP-Link, called the OnHub. Now the company is back with another OnHub-branded router, but this time it's built by ASUS and has a slightly more expensive price tag.

This is the ASUS OnHub router, and, as is immediately apparent, it offers a unique design. Google says the design is specifically meant to be plain so that owners can place it anywhere in their house and it should fit right in. That design also facilitates a unique feature addition, which is called Wave Control. With this, the owner can wave their hand over the top of the router, and this should "boost the Wi-Fi speed for a particular device."

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There's a single USB 3.0 port on the OnHub from ASUS, and it supports speeds up to 1.9Gbps. There are seven dual-band antennas built inside the router, a single LAN port and one WAN port.

Google has confirmed that the ASUS OnHub will be available to pre-order from some retailers beginning this week, and it will be priced at $219.99.

What do you think of the ASUS OnHub? Better designed than the one offered by TP-Link?


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Here’s where Samsung will launch its folding phone in January

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:59 AM PDT

Will Samsung's folding phone be as pretty as this concept? Photo: Max BorhofSamsung will launch its first smartphone with a flexible, folding display in January, according to reports, and thanks to one tipster, we now know which countries will get it first. The device, codenamed "Project Valley," is expected to be similar to Samsung's existing flagships — specifically the S6 edge+ — when it comes to specifications.

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Get the complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle with 85% off [Deal]

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:30 AM PDT

4056eb50eda280a56e736afe63f8e6b41a73d486_main_hero_imageThe ARDX Arduino Starter Kit pairs a detailed, illustrated guide with all the parts you need to build your own circuits. Perfect for beginners, this kit requires no experience and teaches you to use Arduino to control lights, buzzers, and more — and with Cult of Android Deals, it comes bundled with three Arduino courses

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T-Mobile’s Un-carrier X scheduled for November 10

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:15 AM PDT

Hard to believe that we're now on the precipice of the tenth Un-carrier event, but here we are. And if past events have been any indicator, this one could be yet another initiative that sends other carriers reeling to catch up in some capacity.

Via its official blog, the Magenta carrier has officially announced Un-carrier X and scheduled it for Tuesday, November 10. The tagline reads, "We never hit pause," and the event take place in Los Angeles, Calif. As far as what could be announced at the event, that's still up in the air. However, it should be noted that T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently teased that the next Un-carrier event would be coming "to a theater near you." Couple that with the aforementioned tagline, and coming to the assumption that it could have something to do with movies doesn't seem that far-off.

Of course, it could be anything at this point. If T-Mobile has plans to enact something like Music Freedom, which allows its subscribers to stream music from some streaming music services without counting against their data allowance, but for movies? Would that win you over to the Magenta Side?


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Motorola unveils Droid Maxx 2 with 48-hour battery life

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 10:00 AM PDT

Droid Maxx 2 is a Moto X Play reborn. Photo: MotorolaMotorola's Moto X Play has been reborn for Verizon. It's now named the Droid Maxx 2, and it gives consumers a more affordable alternative to the new Droid Turbo 2 without having to make huge compromises on quality. The Droid Maxx 2 is essentially a Moto X Play with a Verizon logo, which means you don't

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Motorola’s DROID Turbo 2 for Verizon now official with a shatterproof display, 48 hour battery; DROID Maxx 2 also revealed

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 09:44 AM PDT

Verizon Wireless had gone to Twitter to tease some upcoming smartphones, which were widely speculated to offer the Turbo and Maxx family names, and sure enough the pair of devices are now official.

Verizon and Motorola took the stage to announce two new Android-powered smartphones with the DROID Turbo 2 and DROID Maxx 2. The first of the pair is the high-end option, even as it offers a smaller display than the latter, but both are noteworthy devices for their own strengths. Of course, if you are someone who is always scared you might drop and break your handset and hate cases, the Turbo 2 might be the handset you take a second look at.

That's because the DROID Turbo 2′s display, which offers a 2560×1440 resolution on a 5.4-inch AMOLED panel, is shatterproof thanks to Motorola's ShatterShield technology. That protects the handset from shattering or even cracking for up to four years.

As far as the other specifications go, the DROID Turbo 2 features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and 3GB of RAM. There's a 21-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter on the other side. The battery is measured in at 3760mAh, and Motorola says that will offer you 48 hours of battery life on a single charge. It's outfitted with TurboPower, which means you can charge the device for 15 minutes and get 13 hours of battery life.

Finally, the device is running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, but the companies say that an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is coming soon.

The Motorola DROID Turbo 2 features Moto Maker support, which means you can select different back covers (ballistic nylon, leather, or soft grip plastic), choose a variety of colors for accents, and even get a message laser-etched onto the back plate.

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The other device to see the light of day today is the DROID Maxx 2, which features a 1080p HD display measuring in at 5.5 inches. It doesn't offer Motorola's ShatterShield technology, though. Under the hood there's an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, a 21-megapixel camera on the back, and a battery measured in at 3630mAh. It offers TurboCharge, too, which means you can get 8 hours of extra battery life for only 15 minutes of charging. It's running Android 5.1 out of the box, but an update to Android 6.0 is coming.

Verizon was more than happy to go over launch dates, and even pricing. Both the DROID Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 will launch on Thursday, October 29, both in its physical retail stores and online. If you opt to get the Turbo 2, Verizon will accept the trade-in of your current device and give you up to $300 off the handset, even if your current phone's screen is cracked.

Here's how the pricing breaks down:

  • DROID Turbo: 24 monthly payments of $20
  • 32GB DROID Turbo 2: 24 monthly payments of $26
  • 64GB DROID Turbo 2: 24 monthly payments of $30. This includes one design refresh, which will let you redesign your device in Moto Maker one time over the course of your 24 month plan.
  • DROID Maxx 2: 24 monthly payments of $16

The handsets are almost here — which one do you think you'll pick up?


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NBA GameTime App Completely Redesigned For The 2015-2016 Season, Finally Gets Chromecast Support

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 09:40 AM PDT

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For basketball fans, tonight marks the start of the most exciting time of year: the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. Just like the start of every season, there are new players to look forward to seeing, old players on new teams, new coaches, new player dynamics, and so much more. I know I'm stoked — can't wait to see what my Bulls do this year under new leadership.

But I digress, this isn't about the Bulls.

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Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon has a shatterproof Quad HD display

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 09:29 AM PDT

The (almost) unbreakable Droid Turbo 2 has arrived. Photo: MotorolaVerizon today unveiled the new Droid Turbo 2, the first smartphone with Motorola's new ShatterShield technology, which promises to protect against cracks and shattering for up to four years. The device also boasts a Quad HD display, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 810 processor, and up to 48 hours of battery life between charges. The Droid Turbo 2 — and

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Rogers Update Schedule Says Marshmallow Is “Coming Soon” To The HTC One M8 & M9

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 09:14 AM PDT

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Yesterday we saw an updated software update schedule from Telus indicating that Marshmallow would be hitting the Moto G (2015) and HTC One M8 in December.  Today we have an updated schedule from Rogers which adds another device to the Marshmallow list.

According to Rogers' most recent revised schedule, Android 6.0 is coming to both the HTC One M8 and M9.  Rogers doesn't have any time frame listed but given that Telus has the M8 listed for December, we can assume that Rogers will roll out the update in a similar time frame.

As we continue to get more Marshmallow details we'll be sure to shoot them your way.

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Nexus 6P Shipping To Canadians!

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 08:59 AM PDT

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If you were one of the lucky ones to score yourself a Nexus 6P before they went out of stock then I have some stellar news for you!  Canadians across the country are reporting that their Nexus 6Ps have begun shipping out!

Based on what I'm hearing, many received their shipping notification yesterday with a delivery date of tomorrow!  Some are just receiving their notification today which means they probably won't see theirs till Thursday or Friday.

The new Nexus' are finally upon us and I couldn't be more excited!

 

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HTC is ruining the smartphone that could have been its savior

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 08:00 AM PDT

Does HTC want the One A9 to sell? Photo: HTCAt $399, HTC's new One A9 is more affordable than most flagship smartphones off-contract — but it's still not in the same bracket as devices like the OnePlus 2. And it's only going to get more expensive. HTC mentioned during its One A9 unveiling that this price tag was a "limited time promotional offer," and

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HTC RE Camera is only $50 on October 27 only

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 07:15 AM PDT

Today, October 27, there's a special deal for HTC's little RE Camera that might get any fence-sitters to finally take the plunge.

As part of its official Hot Deals program, HTC is now officially listing the RE Camera for only $50. That includes the choice of four different colors:  green, orange, blue and white. For anyone keeping track, that means the price drop sees the RE Camera at a 75% discount versus its original asking price. It's available only for a limited time, though, and ends at 11:59 PM PT/2:59 AM ET (Wednesday).

As a refresher, the RE Camera features a 16MP sensor that can record HD video. It's compatible with both Android and Apple's iOS platform, as long as you're running Android 4.3 and later or iOS 7 and up.

Do you plan on picking up a RE Camera for $50?


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Boomerang from Instagram – create captivating mini looping videos

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Boomerang from Instagram - create captivating mini looping videos

Boomerang from Instagram makes everyday moments fun and unexpected. Create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends. Find something (or someone!) that's moving, or create a video selfie by switching to the front-facing camera. There's just one button. Tap it once and Boomerang does the rest: shoots a burst... View Article

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Google Dramatically Increases The Top Price Limits For Apps In The Play Store - US Apps Can Now Cost As Much As $400

Posted: 27 Oct 2015 04:10 AM PDT

pricesMost apps on the Play Store are free, and those that are paid usually cost somewhere between one and five dollars. The top price for applications and in-app purchases in the US version of the Play Store before today was $200 (which usually wasn't actually seen except for IAP for freemium games). Last night the Play Store developer support page for paid apps was updated, and in nearly every territory where paid apps are supported, the top limit was increased by two to three times.

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Optus apparently selling Nexus 6P for $774 through live chat or phone sales

Posted: 26 Oct 2015 10:56 PM PDT

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The Nexus 6P is a pretty pricey phone, let's face it, but if this Optus deal is true, it could make it a far more attractive buy.

Browsing OzBargain for deals on the Nexus 6P myself, I immediately came across a thread which has quite a lot of support behind it. According to an OzBargainer and others, if you manage to chat with Optus' live chat or phone sales team, you very well stand the chance of purchasing the 32GB aluminium model outright for $744, provided you add a $30 SIM only month-to-month plan.

That brings the price to $774, but the thing is after that first month, you're free to either upgrade your Sim only plan with Optus, or ...

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