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Twitter Moments Give You An Immersive New Way To Experience Tweets And Keep Up With The News

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 03:18 PM PDT


Twitter isn't particularly welcoming to newcomers, and the company knows this. It has long worked to help users discover which accounts to follow and how to turn their feeds into something interesting. Part of this effort has included churning out daily summaries called Highlights. Now it's making a move to keep you tapped into what's going on across the network and the world regardless of whom you follow.

The new feature goes by the name of Twitter Moments.

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Twitter Moments Give You An Immersive New Way To Experience Tweets And Keep Up With The News was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC offering pink One M9 for Breast Cancer Awareness month

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 03:07 PM PDT

Breast Cancer Awareness month is happening, so bring on the pink merchandise! HTC is now selling a pink One M9 smartphone to participate. It's the same One M9 everyone knows, but it comes in pink with or without a ribbon imprinted on the back.

It seems that a portion of the proceeds will not be going to charity, as HTC has not stated so, but the company has donated $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The pink One M9 is just to bring awareness, show support, and potentially clean out some inventory. Still, the company's donation is appreciated.

The price sits at $649.99 with or without the ribbon, but you also get a $100 Google Play gift card and a pink HTC Dot View Ice case for free. It's a steep price, but if you like pink, now is your chance.

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Android One devices starting to receive Marshmallow update in some regions

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 02:37 PM PDT

It looks like Nexus devices aren't the only ones getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow right now. Though many companies have announced their plans for the Marshmallow update, some Android One devices in some regions are already receiving it.

Android One is a budget line of devices made for various countries, offering rock bottom prices and stock Android, which makes sense why they're getting the update first. The Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO, and Karbon Sparkle V are all getting the latest version of Android in India and the Philippines.

If you're the owner of one of these devices, prepare for a ~340MB update and the latest and greatest version of Android. If you manage to download the update, let us know how it goes!

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Android 6.0 adds the ability to translate text within apps

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:53 PM PDT

As part of its move to simplify processes and make things easier for users, Google has added a very useful feature to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Users can now translate text directly within select apps. If a user has Translate installed on their device that's running Marshmallow, they can simply go to a supported app, select the desired text and then press the translate option that will appear beside the options of copy and share.

The process is extraordinarily simple and should prove to be very beneficial, particularly for those who have formerly needed to copy the text and paste it into Translate just to see what something says. While not all apps are currently supported, the list does include some big names such as TripAdvisor, WhatsApp and LinkedIn. Other developers can easily add the feature to apps with custom text selection.

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New Chrome Dev (v47) Adds Support For Instant Text Translations In Marshmallow

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:32 PM PDT


Perhaps you recall a feature spotlight from some weeks ago that explained Google's new universal translation option, which was enabled by the Google Translate v4.3 update. This works with the aid of the new text selection actions included in Android 6.0. The latest Chrome Dev version in the Play Store has now added support for instant translation via the new text selection UI, but again, only on Marshmallow.

Assuming you're on Marshmallow, you can simply select any text in Chrome Dev and tap the translate option in the pop-up menu (in the overflow).

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New Chrome Dev (v47) Adds Support For Instant Text Translations In Marshmallow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Twitter introduces Moments, a quick way to see Twitter’s instant highlights

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:16 PM PDT

At Twitter, the team is constantly looking for new ways to keep users engaged. The company recently rolled out Highlights and While You Were Away features that help bring users up to speed with relevant content that they may have missed while not using Twitter for longer periods of time. Now the company has rolled out a new feature that will help users see "the best of Twitter in an instant."

Moments is a new addition to Twitter that brings the most popular and important content and topics of Twitter to one place that's updated all day long. Moments isn't based on who you follow, but rather what's happening and developing on Twitter. A Moment will bring in tweets, vines, GIFs and more to one hub that can be swiped through to keep up with major situations and events. For those situations that develop quickly, such as a sports game, there will be an option to follow the Moment, which will blend the latest tweets from the Moment right into your timeline for the duration of the Moment.

As far as new features go, Moments is a surprisingly great one. One of the common complaints of Twitter is that there's too much going on and that it's impossible to keep up. Twitter says that it spoke with users who didn't regularly use the service and used their feedback to create Moments. What came of that strategy is a useful feature that will appeal to both old and new Twitter users alike, creating a better social network for all.

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Google Creative Labs releases pretty and useful live wallpaper called Meter

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:16 PM PDT

Google Creative Labs has released a few weird apps in the past, though I don't think I could call them truly useful. But the latest app the team has released is a live wallpaper, and surprisingly, it's pretty useful.

Meter is just that: a live wallpaper that shows a meter that you select. The ball is battery life, and as your battery dies, the ball inside shrinks. The triangle is signal strength, which moves up and down with, you guessed it, signal strength. The third is notifications, which has rectangles representing how many notifications you currently have.

Not only does it show pretty useful information, but it also features gyroscope support, so moving your device around moves the wallpaper around. It's quite cool and it's free, so hit the source link to check it out!

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October Android distribution numbers show Lollipop on the rise

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:16 PM PDT

Every month, Google releases Android distribution numbers that give us an idea of which versions of Android are rising and falling. For October, a rise came in Android Lollipop, with versions 5.0 and 5.1 scooping up nearly a quarter of the Android market at 23.5%, up from 21% in September. Android 4.4 KitKat remains as the largest version at 38.9%, though this number is slightly down from September's number of 39.2%.

Jelly Bean takes second place at 30.2%, down from September. All other version of Android continued to fall, even if only slightly, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, which is hanging steady at 0.2%. It's good to see that Lollipop covers nearly a quarter of all Android devices and continues to take some of the share from older versions. Stay tuned for November's Android distribution numbers, which should bring in the first inclusion of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as it begins rolling out this week.

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New Experimental Option In Chrome Dev Allows Pages To Be Easily Saved And Accessed Offline

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 01:12 PM PDT


There comes a time in every person's life when he or she needs to access a certain web page and doesn't have an internet connection. Those are troubling times that normally require the individual in question to stay strong and maintain composure until a connection is once again available, but thanks to a new experimental option in the Chrome Dev build for Android, that struggle may be coming to an end.

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New Experimental Option In Chrome Dev Allows Pages To Be Easily Saved And Accessed Offline was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Verizon announces future Samsung Pay support via software update

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 12:56 PM PDT

Samsung Pay launched not long ago, supported by a few new Samsung phones and AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile here in the United States. Missing, of course was Verizon, which didn't come as much of a surprise to most people.

But Verizon has finally announced support for Samsung Pay, though it isn't immediate. The Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 will support the mobile payment service after a software update that Verizon will launch in the future, though no time was given.

It's good to see Verizon supporting the mobile payment service, even if it is a little bit late. How many of you Verizon customers were planning to use Samsung Pay?

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Inateck MarsBox Bluetooth speaker review

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 12:36 PM PDT

The Inateck MercuryBox didn't leave me particularly impressed in the audio department, though every other aspect was pretty fantastic. With brilliant battery life and build quality, I was sad to dislike the audio performance. But the MarsBox is supposed to sound far better, so I was looking forward to checking it out.


Price: $49.99
Battery: 10-15 hours, 2,200mAh
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm aux
Extras: Speakerphone/mic
Dimensions: 185.4 mm x 61.5 mm x 77 mm, 710g
What's in the box: Speaker, 3.5mm aux cable, microUSB charging cable
Where to buy: Inateck

The device has an interesting shape, like two rectangles merged together. Both the red grille area and the rest of the black body are constructed of a soft touch plastic, with an LED under the grille.

Inateck MarsBox 3

The top of the device features four buttons. The volume up and down buttons function as expected (long pressing changes tracks, short pressing changes volume), unlike the MercuryBox. There is also a play/pause button and a multifunction button.

Inateck MarsBox 2

On the rear is the power button along with the microUSB charging port, an aux jack, and a reset button.

Build quality

Build quality on Inateck speakers has traditionally been fantastic, and the MarsBox is no different. It's built extremely well, with no creaks or rattles whatsoever. The materials are high-end as well, being mostly soft touch plastic with some rubber for the buttons and feet.

The buttons require a firm press, but they work every time. The unit is surprisingly heavy, giving it a reassuring feel. And best of all, it feels absolutely full. No hollow plastic feel here.

Sound quality

While the MercuryBox was a bit of a mess in terms of audio, the MarsBox fares better. The MercuryBox sounded like it was covered with a wet cloth: muffled and unbalanced. The bass was pretty strong, but it sounded like the mids were almost gone. It wasn't awful for the everyday person, but for those who care about audio, it was difficult to listen to.

The MarsBox makes big improvements. While it still has balancing issues and is a little bit of muffling, it's pretty much normal to most people. I'm serious about good audio quality and it bothers me, but it's far from bad and is a huge improvement over the MercuryBox.

Once again, this speaker has powerful bass, but it also has pretty clear highs and mids. You can actually hear the mids very well. The muffling effect is there, and I have no idea why, but it's really not that bad and your ears adjust pretty quick.

Also, this thing gets insanely loud for its size. It can fill a large room easily. In fact, in smaller rooms, it's painfully loud. And for more than 90% of its volume range, it's perfectly clear. The top bit gets distorted, but a few clicks of the volume down button and you're good. A bit of extra volume headroom is always good for outdoor use.

The sound quality isn't bad. In fact, if you can get past the slightly muffled sound, it's pretty good. And it's incredibly loud, fantastic for outdoor use and parties.

Battery life

Inateck typically puts large batteries into its Bluetooth speakers, and the MarsBox is no different. It features a beefy 2,200mAh battery that is advertised as providing 10-15 hours of battery life, depending on volume.

It delivers on those claims, going long times between charges. If you listen to it quietly, it lasts forever. It also doesn't discharge at a quick rate when not in use.


Just like the MercuryBox, this speaker comes with some sweet accessories. It has the same 3.5mm aux and microUSB cables as the MercuryBox, but in a really nice red. They're high-quality, with fabric coating and great connectors. It's a fantastic touch.

Inateck MarsBox8 / 10

Inateck MarsBox 1

The Inateck MarsBox isn't for an audiophile, but it excels at almost everything. The battery life is fantastic, the build quality is top notch, the price is low, and it gets incredibly loud. The sound quality may have its issues, but they're issues most people can get past.

If you're looking for a budget speaker to be used outdoors or at a party, this is it. If you're serious about audio, you may want to look elsewhere. And don't discount the brand, because some of its speakers sound pretty great.

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How Microsoft’s ambitious new Lumia 950 phones compare to rivals

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 11:46 AM PDT

Could you fall in love with a Lumia? Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft's new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have arrived, with high-end specifications, iris recognition technology, and the latest Windows 10 software. But do they have what it takes to persuade you to give up Android or iOS? Find out in our in-depth comparison below. We've put the Lumia 950 and 950 XL up against rival devices

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Microsoft hails its Surface Book as ‘the ultimate laptop’

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 10:26 AM PDT

A welcome surprise. Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft had a surprise up its Windows-loving sleeve today in the form of a new Surface laptop called the Surface Book, the first laptop in history to be built by the company. Hailed as the, "thinnest, most powerful PC ever created," the distinctive-looking Surface Book weighs just 1.6 lbs, is 7.7 mm thick, and boasts

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Surface Pro 4 wants to kill the iPad Pro and MacBook Air in one go

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 10:08 AM PDT

The Surface Pro 4 promises to be a winner.Microsoft's not taking the threat of the iPad Pro lying down. During today's keynote event, the company introduced its brand new 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 as, "the most productive device on the planet." "We have competitors. You may have noticed," said Microsoft hardware guru Panos Panay. "They're chasing it, it's pretty cool." The Surface Pro

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PPSSPP Emulator Gets Android TV Support, Screen Rotation, And An Integrated Homebrew Store In Version 1.1

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 10:03 AM PDT

2015-10-06 16.46.26PPSSPP is an impressively capable emulator for the original Sony PlayStation Portable, and today it's a little more so. The 1.1 update adds a ton of new features, or at least it officially adds them - support for Android TV and ARM64 seems to have been there for quite a while, since I've been playing Power Stone on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV since we published the review back in May.

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In-app translations in Android Marshmallow

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 09:53 AM PDT

Sonos 5.5 Update Delivers Spotify Radio Integration

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 09:34 AM PDT


Do you love music enough to pay for a Spotify account? Did you also buy a set of Sonos speakers? Have you been upset that you haven't been able to use the former's Radio feature on the latter?

No, this isn't the introduction to an As Seen On TV product. But things in your life are still about to change for the better, and no, you don't have to act now.

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Sonos 5.5 Update Delivers Spotify Radio Integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Creative Lab Releases The 'Meter' Live Wallpaper For Real-Time Stats On Your Homescreen

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 09:34 AM PDT


Google Creative Lab has released a few apps thus far that are described as "Android Experiments." Apps like Lip Swap were just for fun, but Mater is theoretically useful, and that's not something you can usually say about a live wallpaper. Meter shows you your signal strength, notification count, and battery life using colorful geometric shapes.

You apply Meter like any other live wallpaper, but you'll have to grant it notification access for full functionality.

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Google Creative Lab Releases The 'Meter' Live Wallpaper For Real-Time Stats On Your Homescreen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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T-Mobile partnering with OEMs to bring Marshmallow to 17 devices

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 09:22 AM PDT

Once a new version of Android is released, we typically see announcements from device manufacturers which lay out which of their devices will be updated. But we rarely, if ever, see the same sort of news coming from a service provider. T-Mobile is changing that expectation by launching an Android Marshmallow software update page on its site, listing 17 different T-Mobile devices which will be updated to Android 6.0. On top of that, T-Mobile will also be tracking the Marshmallow update process for each phone with three different stages to the process:

  1. Manufacturer Development: T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.
  2. T-Mobile Testing: During this stage the device will go through T-Mobile certification process testing to make sure you get the best quality software possible.
  3. Complete: The software has been approved to launch and is now available.

The list will likely grow as more OEMs announce their Android Marshmallow update plans, but it's certainly exciting to see T-Mobile make such a public commitment on an Android software update. Hopefully, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will follow in T-Mobile's footsteps and offer transparency into the software update process for the devices that they sell.

T-Mobile Phones that will be updated to Android 6.0

  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • LG G Stylo
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 7
  • Nexus 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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Microsoft’s new Lumia phones boast facial recognition, liquid cooling

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 08:22 AM PDT

Microsoft's new flagships have finally arrived. Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft hopes to tempt you away from Android and iOS with a pair of flagship smartphones that boast built-in facial recognition and liquid cooling. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL scan your eyes instead of your fingerprints for lightning-fast unlocking, and they're the first smartphones on the market powered by Windows 10. Microsoft's new devices, which were announced

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Telegram Updated To v3.2.3 With Marshmallow Enhancements

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 08:18 AM PDT


Marshmallow is officially out now, and that means developers can update their apps with 6.0-specific features without feeling too guilty. Telegram is updating today with some Marshmallow tweaks, and at least some of you will be able to use them. Not many, though. Sorry.

Here's the full changelog for v3.2.3 of Telegram.

  • Android 6.0 support
  • Now on Tap
  • Direct Share
  • Fingerprint support for Passcodes

With Android 6.0 support, you'll get proper permission management.

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These are the T-Mobile smartphones getting Marshmallow first

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 07:21 AM PDT

Is Marshmallow coming to your smartphone? Photo: GoogleT-Mobile has released a list of smartphones and tablets that will be first to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. The list includes devices from HTC, LG, Samsung, and Google — but not Motorola. According to T-Mobile, the devices in the list below "are currently preparing to deliver a software update." This means T-Mobile has agreed

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Google Play Music’s one-month free trial is back

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 06:21 AM PDT

Enjoy Play Music for free again. Photo: GoogleGoogle Play Music's one-month free trial has returned, giving customers the chance to use the service and all of its features for a short time before they decide whether they want to subscribe at $10 a month. Unlike the three-month trial that Google is giving away with its new Nexus smartphones, this trial is available to previous Play

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Android Marshmallow officially coming to 14 Sony Xperia devices

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 06:20 AM PDT

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow officially making its way to Nexus devices, Sony has decided to chime in and share its update plans. While HTC only listed 10 devices (HTC will likely add more devices in the future) in its Android Marshmallow announcement, Sony has listed 14. Sony certainly gets credit for listing more devices than HTC, but they have failed to commit to an initial release window, simply promising to "update to as many of our devices as possible, as quickly as we can."

We're sure that Sony plans to keep its promise, but it would be nice to know when we can expect the first wave of Android Marshmallow updates to drop.

We've been working hard to bring this major update to as many of our devices as possible, as quickly as we can. We're really excited about the new Sony features & functionality and the improvements we've made to the user experience – and we'll be sharing more soon… so stay tuned to the blog and @SonyMobileNews for all the latest news on timings and features.

Check out the list below to see if Sony is planning to roll out its Android Marshmallow update for your phone.

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4

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Disney Retires A Lot Of Games Including Toy Story: Smash It!, Lost Light, And A Couple Of Star Wars Titles

Posted: 06 Oct 2015 06:02 AM PDT



Listen up kids, I'm going to tell you something and it will hurt. But sooner or later, you'll have to face the harsh realities of life and I'd rather you hear it from me than some stranger or inconsiderate relative.

Apps and games are not here forever. They come to your phone or tablet or computer for a period of time, they bring joy into your life and you spend hours and days with them.

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