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Pandora Buys Rdio For $75 Million, Latter Service Will Eventually Shut Down

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 02:45 PM PST

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With the number of online music streaming services floating around, there's seemingly an option out there for any type of music listener. Inevitably some of these services will be similar. Pandora provides Internet radio stations that mold to your tastes. Spotify provides an online library that lets you play what you want on demand.

Rdio lets you listen to radio stations that adapt to your taste. Sound familiar? Pandora apparently thinks so, because the company is now buying Rdio.

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Pandora Buys Rdio For $75 Million, Latter Service Will Eventually Shut Down was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Z5 Camera App Receives Long Overdue UI Overhaul [APK Download]

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 02:45 PM PST

_20151116_130711The Sony Z5 currently reigns as the king of smartphone camera quality according to DxOMark. I've had the opportunity to use a review unit as my daily driver for the past week, and I have been pretty impressed with the image quality thus far.

One thing that I hadn't liked, at all, was that Sony was still using the same clunky camera app that debuted with the original Sony Z. Seriously, five generations of devices all using the same cumbersome UI?

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The Google Search App Can Now Answer More Complex Questions

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 02:45 PM PST

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You never needed to phrase a search as a question in order for Google to provide an answer, but that didn't stop many of us from doing so anyway. And this was before smartphones and tablets started prompting us to ask questions using our voice. Fortunately, the habit hasn't stopped Google from telling us what we want to know, and now the search engine is becoming smart enough to understand some of our more complicated questions.

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The Google Search App Can Now Answer More Complex Questions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony makes the Xperia Z5’s camera even more spectacular

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 12:04 PM PST

Xperia Z5 has one of the best cameras on the market. Photo: SonySony's new Xperia Z5 has one of the finest cameras you'll find in a smartphone — and it's about to get even better. The Japanese company is rolling out a new software update that revamps its Camera interface to make it even easier to take amazing images. "Ever since Xperia Z5 was recognised by DxO as

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OnePlus Promises Marshmallow For Its Entire Line Up

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 11:49 AM PST

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Good news for any of you out there wielding a OnePlus device.  OnePlus has stated that all three of its devices, the One, the Two, and the X, will receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.  According to OnePlus, Cyanogen is will be providing Marshmallow to the One as that device initially shipped with their software.  That build is expected to landsome time in Q1.  OnePlus will also work on their own OxygenOS build but there is no time frame as to when that Marshmallow update will land.

As for the OnePlus 2, the company also expects that device to receive Marshmallow in Q1.  The OnePlus X, OnePlus' most recent device, has no time frame at this point but they say they're working hard to get that guy updated as well.  We'll keep you updated as we hear more.

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OnePlus Promises Marshmallow For Its Entire Line Up is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Android 5.1.1 Rolling Out To Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 11:35 AM PST

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After two lengthy delays, Rogers is once again rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge which brings both devices up to Android 5.1.1.  According to Rogers, the last delay in October had to do with Samsung's implementation of VoLTE.  The issue has since been resolved but Rogers is still being very cautious as they are rolling the update out in small batches.  The first batch rolled out today with subsequent batches to follow.  All devices should receive the update by the end of the month.

If you want to try and grab the update, jump into your settings and scroll down to about device.  In there, do a manual check for a software update.  Again, there's no guarantee you'll get the update today as it's a gradual roll out but it's worth a check nonetheless.

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Android 5.1.1 Rolling Out To Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Active Wrap headphones: no wires, no noise, just music [Deal]

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 11:24 AM PST

redesign_SPBEAT9_MF6_0914Tangled wires are enough to spoil even the greatest of headphones. But with Active Wrap from SPBEAT9, you'll never have to worry about headphone wires again. Not only do they sound great and feel incredibly comfortable, they're also completely wireless. And thanks to Cult of Android Deals, you can get yours for just $24 for

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Samsung’s new Galaxy View tablet is coming to AT&T on Nov. 20

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 11:24 AM PST

Galaxy View could be the biggest Android tablet you can buy. Photo: SamsungSamsung's new Galaxy View tablet, which boasts a super-sized 18.4-inch display, will be available through AT&T on Friday, November 20. Those who sign up to DIRECTV when buying the device can bag it for just $99.99 for a limited time. The Galaxy View wants to be the tablet that replaces your TV. It's focused on

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Withings releases the Activité Steel

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 10:04 AM PST

Withings has announced the latest entry into the Activité series of fitness trackers today, the gorgeous Activité Steel.

The Activité Steel sits between the Pop and Activité, offering up a stainless steel casing and silicone sport strap with 8 months of battery life on a button cell battery and up to 50 meters of water resistance, all for $169.

Much like the Activité and Activité Pop, the Activité Steel really shines in the design department. Instead of a gaudy LED display, the Activité Steel is an honest-to-goodness watch with a beautiful black dial and chrome hands. It even has a sub-dial for measuring your goal activity without having to dive into Withings fitness tracking app.

Personally, I have used Withings Activité Pop for awhile now and I absolutely love it. Paired with a Nato strap, the Activité Pop is comfortable, sleek and looks great dressed up or down. I can't wait to get my hands on an Activité Steel next.

To buy the Activité Steel today, head on over to Withings website.


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PNY memory cards are Amazon’s deal of the day, get 128GB for $40

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 10:04 AM PST

Looking to boost the storage of your Android phone? Today's Amazon Deal of the Day is perfect for you.

Amazon is offering PNY memory cards at a steep discount today, selling 32 to 128GB cards from $10 to $40. Along with memory cards, Amazon is also selling PNY power banks — all of which have positive reviews — for a nice discount.

As with all of Amazon's deals, this one won't last long. Hit up the source link to grab your memory card today.


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The Galaxy View is coming to AT&T November 20

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 10:04 AM PST

Samsung's absolutely massive tablet TV, the Galaxy View, is officially coming to AT&T with LTE on November 20.

The Galaxy View is touted as being built for TV, with an 18.4-inch display and a kickstand that really drives that message home. AT&T is playing into this fact by offering a special deal on the View, offering the device up at $99 for existing DIRECTV customers who open a new two-year wireless agreement on AT&T Next, or new DIRECTV customers who opt for a two-year contract. AT&T customers can snag the View for $0 down and $30 per month for 20 months with an AT&T Tablet Installment Plan, or $499.99 with a two-year agreement.

While it's nice to see AT&T offer the device, we can't help but feel like there will be better deals to be had on the View in due time. AT&T is making things about as complicated as it gets.


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Ashton Kutcher and Motorola show how Motos make for a better relationship

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 09:34 AM PST

Ashton Kutcher and Motorola have a theory, "that people are actually in love with their phones." And wouldn't you know it, Motorola's phones can make that relationship much better.

In a series of "experiments" held with willing participants and Motorola, with Doctor Kutcher (please don't really call him that) serving as lead scientist (please don't really call him that either), people are tested to see how much they really love their phone. There are two videos, one promoting the Droid Turbo 2 and one promoting the Moto X Pure Edition, that go along with a handful of other videos from Motorola showcasing how much people value their smartphones.

The videos are short, so we won't spoil them for you, but we will say this: Punk'd has never been more primed for a revival.


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Here’s when Marshmallow is coming to the OnePlus One and 2

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 09:04 AM PST

OnePlus has officially laid out some details as to when the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 will be receiving the update to the latest version of Android, Marshmallow.

Posted on the OnePlus forum, both the OnePlus One and 2 can expect Marshmallow in Q1. While no specific dates were given, that means at the most OnePlus users have around 4 months to wait.

Marshmallow for the OnePlus One will be coming in the form of Cyanogen OS, while the OnePlus 2 will continue to run OxygenOS with a few tweaks, like the addition of Google's standard fingerprint reader API.

OnePlus didn't have anything to share on the OnePlus X right now, but more info should be coming soon.


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OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 must wait until 2016 for Marshmallow

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 09:04 AM PST

OnePlus is hard at work on Marshmallow. Photo: OnePlusOnePlus has today confirmed that all three of the smartphones in its lineup are getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrades. The bad news is that you'll have to wait until the first quarter of 2016 to get them for the OnePlus One and the OnePlus 2, and there's no release schedule at all for OnePlus X

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HTC’s unreleased One X9 handset leaked by regulators

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 06:44 AM PST

htconex9tenaaleaktitle-630x519HTC's unreleased One X9 handset has been leaked by Chinese regulator TENAA ahead of its official unveiling. Images confirm the handset's front-facing speakers, signalling the return of BoomSound — as well as what appears to be a microSD card slot. We first caught a glimpse of the One X9 last week, at which point we

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Apple Music Review: I Was Ready To Hate It, But Apple Got Me Singing A Different Tune

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 06:30 AM PST

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Google Play Music. Spotify. Rdio. Tidal. There is no shortage of music streaming services that not only provide an extensive music selection, but also have good if not great Android applications so you can benefit from their catalogue everywhere you go.

The problem with most of these services is their availability. If you live in the USA, you can have your pick among any of them and there's little argument over the value of a $10 combined Google Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red / Youtube Music subscription.

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Leaked document reveals Samsung’s Marshmallow update roadmap

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 06:19 AM PST

A newly leaked document has surfaced that gives us insight into Samsung's Android Marshmallow update plans. The roadmap documents categorize various Samsung phones into three distinct phases, listing release months alongside the most popular Android devices that Samsung has released over the last year.

While the leaked documents do name all the most popular Android phones in Samsung's lineup, the model numbers shown are for the unlocked variants, not the carrier-branded version that you most likely purchased from your service provider. We don't yet have any details as to when Samsung plans on releasing Android 6.0 for the various carrier-branded versions of its phones, but we can easily assume that the updates for carrier models will fall at least 2-4 weeks after the unlocked versions are updated.

Phase 1

As you might expect, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will be among the first Samsung phones to be updated to Android 6.0. The two devices are expected to receive the Marshmallow update in December. Starting in January, Samsung plans to release the new version of Android for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, followed by the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge in February. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha are also included in Phase 1, but the document lists the release status as "waiting approval" with no ETA given.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (DEC 2015)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (DEC 2015)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (JAN 2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (JAN 2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (JAN 2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (FEB 2016)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (TBD)
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha (TBD)

Phase 2 (TBD)

The second phase of Samsung's Android 6.0 roadmap lists the Samsung Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, E5 and E7 but does not give any indication as to when the new software will be delivered to each phone. If we assume that Samsung will be focusing all of its attention on phase 1 before beginning the rollout of phase 2, the earliest we could see an Android Marshmallow build for any of these phones is spring of 2016.

  • Samsung Galaxy A8
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
  • Samsung Galaxy E5

Phase 3 (TBD)

While not specifically listed in today's leaked Marshmallow roadmap, the devices below are also expected to be updated to Android 6.0. Based on Samsung's history, we wouldn't be surprised if these devices don't get updated to Android 6.0 before next summer.

  • Samsung Galaxy J5
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
  • Samsung Galaxy On5
  • Samsung Galaxy On7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab E
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A

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MetroPC website inadvertently revealed sensitive data for more than 10 million customers

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 03:19 AM PST

Sensitive information pertaining to more than 10 million MetroPCS customers was put at risk by the company's web team due to some sloppy coding. The "bug" was discovered by security researchers Eric Taylor and Blake Welsh and allowed them to gain access to a person's home address, phone serial number and additional account details simply by entering their phone number. The good news is that MetroPCS has fixed the issue on its site and there's no evidence that anyone with malicious intent had gained access to customer details through the company's website.

Keeping customer data secure is a very difficult task, but there's no excuse for sloppy coding on a public website which could potentially cause havoc to MetroPCS and all of its customers. We're hoping that their web team will be a little more attentive in the future and that other companies are taking a second look at their websites as well.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Posted: 15 Nov 2015 04:21 PM PST

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The last year or so has marked a major shift in the tablet market. Sony's last tablet with a large 10.1-inch display — the Xperia Z2 Tablet — was released at a time when there were a number of other tablets offering that kind of screen real estate. These days, phablets are encroaching upon the small tablet market which should in turn mean interest in 10.1-inch displays should be on the rise. Instead we're seeing Sony's competitors moving to 4:3 aspect ratios for their flagships, akin to the trend first popularised with that fruit company's tablet. Display sizes have shrunk to the 8.9-9.7" range, which leaves Sony almost entirely in a league of its own with their flagship Xperia Z4 ...

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