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Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, And Slides Are Currently Down For Many

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 01:11 PM PDT

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Uh oh. Many users signing into Google Drive on the web are running into a little setback. The site loads, but that's it. Instead of a list of files, we're seeing a loading wheel that spins forever.

The problem is also affecting mobile apps.

This happens from time to time. Outages are an inherent risk of cloud services, and it's phenomenal that Google manages the uptime that it does.

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Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, And Slides Are Currently Down For Many was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Improves The Quality Of YouTube's Automatically Generated Video Thumbnails

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 12:44 PM PDT

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It's easy not to think about just how much thought and computing goes into everything that Google does, but one of YouTube's latest changes reminds us of precisely that.

Every video on the site has a thumbnail that's supposed to offer you a glimpse into what you're about to watch. A bad image will discourage you from clicking. Good ones lead to more views and greater revenue. So naturally both content creators and Google would prefer to have better thumbnails.

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Google Improves The Quality Of YouTube's Automatically Generated Video Thumbnails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Get a 2-year subscription to over 1,000 computer and software courses for $59 [Deal]

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 11:51 AM PDT

4e58c2751f6dd381c0164b09dad0ed2c871b01e8_main_hero_imageTake a giant step towards your dream career, promotion, or certification with access to courses on everything from Unity 3D game development to Linux security. Virtual Training Company, one of the world's largest producers of online learning, promises top-notch instruction not only on building new skills but on mastering software from Autodesk, Adobe, and more.

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HTC One M8 GPe Android Marshmallow update planned for October

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 10:43 AM PDT

With Google's Android Marshmallow update rolling out to its Nexus devices, many have been wondering when their Google Play edition phones would be updated to the latest version of Android. So far, only HTC has spoken up on the issue. HTC is currently working on the Android 6.0 update for the HTC One M8 GPe and plans to begin the software rollout before the end of the month.

As things stand now, it looks like we will likely only see Android Marshmallow updates made available for 2014 GPe devices. Those released in 2013 should still receive critical security updates, but you'll have to hit up XDA-Developers if you want to get the latest Android treat up and running on your phone.


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[Update: More Games] Google Play Store Promotion Offers Up 13 EA And Chillingo Games For Just 10 Cents Each, Including Monopoly, NFS Most Wanted, Power Ping Pong, And More

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 10:41 AM PDT

saleLooking for some cheap games? Then Electronic Arts and its mobile subsidiary Chillingo would like to offer you a selection for just a dime a piece (assuming you live in the US, Canada, Mexico, and a few other places). None of the games are particularly new with the exception of Power Ping Pong (which is pretty great) and the horror adventure game In Fear I Trust (which was just published), but most of them cost $4-5 at their regular prices.

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[Update: More Games] Google Play Store Promotion Offers Up 13 EA And Chillingo Games For Just 10 Cents Each, Including Monopoly, NFS Most Wanted, Power Ping Pong, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Unannounced handset from OnePlus shown off by the FCC

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 10:27 AM PDT

There's an unannounced OnePlus-branded handset out there in the world, if the FCC is to be believed. The new device was revealed by the commission in a single photo, with very few details to go along with it.

As noted by PhoneScoop, the device differs quite a bit from previous handsets designed by the company, with this device boasting rounded edges on the top and bottom. And, as some will immediately notice, it does indeed have a familiar look to Apple's iPhone there at the bottom. There's an off-set camera near the top corner as well, which is a bit of a different design from the company.

As far as specs go, the FCC filing reveals that there's a 1.9GHz processor under the hood, along with support for LTE and the usual suspects: Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radios and Bluetooth. The device name within the FCC is E1005, and there's no direct information as to which operating system it's running, but the likely event is Android, probably under a proprietary software.

It's worth noting that OnePlus does have a media event planned for October 12, so it's likely that this device will be the star of the show.


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Latest Google Drive App Update Lets You Request Access To Files You Don't Have Access To

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:54 AM PDT

Google_Drive_Icon copyA new version of Google's cloud storage app is making its way to the Play Store. According to a post on the company's blog, the latest Drive release lets people request access to content links that they've received via email, an instant message, or some other method.

Trying to view such a file without access tosses up an "Unable to access document notification." Requesting permission will send an email to the owner from inside the app.

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Latest Google Drive App Update Lets You Request Access To Files You Don't Have Access To was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Phosphor Game Studio Releases 'Heroes Reborn: Enigma' First-Person Puzzle Game

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 09:24 AM PDT

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Heroes fans had something to smile about when NBC announced that it would air a 13 episode mini-series following up the original four seasons. Not only that, creator Tim Kring returned as executive producer. But the fan service doesn't stop there. Phosphor Game Studio has released an immersive mobile game that hooks in to what's happening on TV.

The game, Hereos Reborn: Enigma, stars Dahlia, a young woman whose special powers are needed to solve various puzzles in first-person.

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Phosphor Game Studio Releases 'Heroes Reborn: Enigma' First-Person Puzzle Game was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry Priv’s success could determine the fate of company’s hardware business

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 08:28 AM PDT

As BlackBerry is gearing up to release its first Android-powered smartphone, CEO John Chen has revealed that the company may throw in the towel on its hardware efforts if they fail to make a profit within the next year. BlackBerry, once a global leader in the early smartphone race, has struggled to stay relevant in a world where the appeal of a smartphone is centered around media consumption and photography. Gone are the days when all we really wanted on our smartphone was a good hardware keyboard and secure email access.

If the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv and other BB10 devices fail to make a positive impact on BlackBerry's bottom line, the company will likely refocus its efforts on software services for Android and iOS. John Chen believes that "Android in the enterprise is a very undeserved space," adding, "I'm building a software business that focuses on endpoint security. My audience goes beyond just enterprise," he said, going on to say that it also involves hospitals, banks, government agencies and consumers too. "We're focusing on the high-end."

Do you think the BlackBerry Priv has what it takes to help turn the company around? Personally, I've always been a sucker for good Android phones with great hardware keyboards.


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AT&T finally flips the switch on WiFi calling

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 07:57 AM PDT

WiFi calling on AT&T is finally here. AT&T has officially turned the service on just three days after the FCC gave its consent on October 6. AT&T's WiFi calling should be pretty similar to T-Mobile and Sprint's WiFi calling services, allowing users to make and receive phone calls over WiFi networks even if AT&T's network isn't accessible. There are currently no Android phones available that can take advantage of AT&T's WiFi calling feature, but we suspect AT&T will be working closely with Samsung, LG and HTC to ensure that the feature is enabled with the Android 6.0 software updates that should start landing before the year is out.

Will you be using AT&T WiFi calling once it's made available on your Android device?

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With the FCC recently granting AT&T's waiver request related to certain deaf and hard of hearing technology, AT&T customers will be able to use Wi-Fi in addition to the traditional cellular network to make and receive calls while in the U.S. beginning Oct. 8.*

Wi-Fi Calling is a complement to AT&T's already great network coverage.  Along with a network that covers more than 99 percent of all Americans, our customers now have an option for making calls in areas where a cellular signal is tough to get – such as a home or office with dense building construction.

Once set-up, your phone will use Wi-Fi Calling automatically in places where you have limited or no cell signal, but you do have a Wi-Fi Internet connection.

In order to use Wi-Fi Calling, customers just need a compatible device with iOS 9 installed, a postpaid wireless account set-up for HD Voice and a Wi-Fi Internet connection.  This includes a Wi-Fi connection set up at home or the office.

Wi-Fi Calling works in the background, allowing you to make and receive calls like you would on the cellular network.   Since the service is built-in, you have the same telephone number and access to your contacts without having to add them to a separate app.

Wi-Fi Calling is easy to set-up and, in most ways, making a call over Wi-Fi is a lot like a regular phone call.   There is no additional charge on calls to U.S. numbers.

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LogMeIn Acquires LastPass Password Manager

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 07:24 AM PDT

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LastPass is one of the more well-known password managers out there. Now it's one that's joining LogMeIn. Both companies announced the acquisition earlier today.

LogMeIn, despite having a name that already sounds like a password manager in its own right, is primarily known for its remote access software. From a corporate perspective, this sounds like a good match, but it seems users aren't so sure. LastPass users have filled the announcement post with negative comments expressing their disappointment.

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LogMeIn Acquires LastPass Password Manager was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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VUDU Jumped From Version 1.5 to 4.1 With A Huge Interface Revamp That Makes It Look Less Like A Holo Relic

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 07:24 AM PDT

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VUDU might be one of the lesser popular video streaming services, but it's still used and loved by many loyal customers. Its Android app, however, wasn't that good. It was functional, we'll give it that, but it was slow, not quite responsive, and stuck in the Holo era of Android app design. That was version 1.5. Today, the app jumped to 4.1. Whoaaaaaaaaa.

So what we've got here is a complete revamp of the app, from the interface side and the backend side.

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VUDU Jumped From Version 1.5 to 4.1 With A Huge Interface Revamp That Makes It Look Less Like A Holo Relic was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Opera Max Now Compresses Audio From Pandora, SoundCloud, And Slacker

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 06:09 AM PDT

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Opera Max isn't a browser. It's an Android utility that works in the background to apply the same data compression you've come to expect from Opera's regular and Mini browsers, except it does it on all of (or most of) your apps without you having to worry about a thing.

A couple of months ago, it added support for video compression from YouTube and Netflix, and now it's tackling another culprit of data consumption: audio.

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Opera Max Now Compresses Audio From Pandora, SoundCloud, And Slacker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google App v5.4 Adds An Easier Way To Set Home And Work Locations, Fixes The Card Swipe Animation, And Points To A New Wear App [APK Download + Teardown]

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 06:09 AM PDT

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The Google app was treated to an update late yesterday, bringing the version number up to 5.4. This bump seems to be mostly dedicated to bug fixes, but a couple of changes deserve to be mentioned. A previously screwy animation has been restored to its original beauty, and we now have a more convenient way to set Home and Work locations. Evidence also turned up that suggests the Google app will play host to its own mini-app for Android Wear.

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Google App v5.4 Adds An Easier Way To Set Home And Work Locations, Fixes The Card Swipe Animation, And Points To A New Wear App [APK Download + Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Galaxy Note 5 review: The finest phablet money can buy

Posted: 09 Oct 2015 04:28 AM PDT

This is the first Note that isn't all about specs. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidAfter kicking off the "phablet" trend in 2011, the Galaxy Note series has become the bigger and better smartphone in Samsung's lineup every year — and usually the best phablet on the market. But with this year's Note 5, a lot has changed. Samsung has snubbed a number of popular features to take a gamble on the

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You’ll be able to get a OnePlus 2 without an invite next week

Posted: 08 Oct 2015 11:13 PM PDT

In the months following the launch of the OnePlus One, we occasionally saw OnePlus remove its invitation-only buying method and make the One available to all. Now OnePlus is doing the same with the OnePlus 2.

On October 12, the OnePlus 2 will be available to everyone without an invitation. OnePlus will hold open sales at four different times in four time zones to ensure everyone is able to buy the OnePlus 2 at a reasonable hour. Here are the times during which the OnePlus 2's open sales will take place:

  • Asia: 12:00-13:00 HKT
  • Europe: 12:00-13:00 CEST
  • North America: 12:00-1:00 pm PDT
  • India: 12:00-1:00 pm IST

It's worth noting that shoppers in India will need to head to Amazon.in to buy their OnePlus 2. Consumers in other regions can buy from OnePlus's website.

The OnePlus 2 launch hasn't gone totally smoothly. There were millions in OnePlus's reservation line following the phone's release in August, and OnePlus later apologized for messing up the launch of its new phone. It'd be nice if OnePlus made up for these issues by making the OnePlus 2 permanently available to everyone, but that's unlikely to happen until some time next year. At least we've got a few days to prepare for the first open sales of the OnePlus 2.

Are any of you going to try and snag a OnePlus 2 on Monday?


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Google Play Store Promotion Offers Up 13 EA And Chillingo Games For Just 10 Cents Each, Including Monopoly, NFS Most Wanted, Power Ping Pong, And More

Posted: 08 Oct 2015 07:04 PM PDT

saleLooking for some cheap games? Then Electronic Arts and its mobile subsidiary Chillingo would like to offer you a selection for just a dime a piece (assuming you live in the US, Canada, Mexico, and a few other places). None of the games are particularly new with the exception of Power Ping Pong (which is pretty great) and the horror adventure game In Fear I Trust (which was just published), but most of them cost $4-5 at their regular prices.

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Google Play Store Promotion Offers Up 13 EA And Chillingo Games For Just 10 Cents Each, Including Monopoly, NFS Most Wanted, Power Ping Pong, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Bose launches latest wireless SoundTouch speakers and soundbars

Posted: 08 Oct 2015 06:33 PM PDT

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Bose has launched its next generation SoundTouch speakers and soundbars, along with a new compact SoundTouch 10 speaker.

When it comes to easing down at the end of the day or hosting parties for example, wireless speakers take a lot of hassle out of controlling music from whichever room you or others with connected devices happen to be in. A key player in the market at the moment is Sonos, but Bose hopes to give Sonos a run for their money with Bluetooth added to their third series SoundTouch music systems, along with a small sibling in the SoundTouch 10 speaker.

The addition of Bluetooth should make streaming songs and playlists, as well as streaming apps and YouTube more seamless ...

The post Bose launches latest wireless SoundTouch speakers and soundbars appeared first on Android Australia.


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