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YouTube notifications get ‘watch later’ shortcut on Android

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 12:24 PM PST

The Nexus 7 LTE is finally up to date. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.Google's latest YouTube update for Android finally gives users the ability to quickly add videos to their "watch later" list with just one tap. The option ensures you don't forget the latest videos from your favorite channels when you don't have time to watch them right away. Until now, YouTube's "new upload" notifications haven't been

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Motorola is offering a handful of deals for Valentine’s Day

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 11:10 AM PST

Ah, February. Love is in the air, and to celebrate, Motorola wants to give you a reason to buy your loved one a phone or smartwatch for Valentine's Day. How sweet.

Right now through February 16, Motorola is offering three deals on the Moto G, Moto X and Moto 360: If you buy a Moto G, you get two free shells included in your order; if you buy a second generation Moto 360 with a metal band, you get a leather band for free; and Jonathon Adler-designed Moto X Pure Edition devices are $75 off, now yours for $399.

For more info and to view all of Motorola's current promotions, head to the source link below.


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Master game development with the Complete Game Developer Course [Deal]

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:54 AM PST

cfcadd3df5f4d3d07b8a31e708b724c294fcf75b_main_hero_imageConstruct 2 is an incredibly useful game development engine that allows you to create games without writing a line of code. Learn to master Construct 2, and you'll be in the company of top-rated games on Steam and the App Store that were also created with this engine. This course will have you building games from

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Rumor: LG will unveil a universal payment card at MWC

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:37 AM PST

As services like Android and Apple Pay have become the standard in payment systems, anyone trying to enter the game now has to have something good to compete. Samsung Pay, for example, doesn't just rely on NFC for secure payments, it can also use traditional magnetic card readers by generating a magnetic field. If rumors are right, LG will have its own unique feature with LG Pay in the form of a universal payment card.

Much like Coin, LG's universal payment card is rumored to be a Bluetooth-powered magnetic card that will allow users to store and use any number of cards with the simple press of a button. Called the "White Card," the unit appearing in leaked pictures shows contacts for charging, a low-power LCD and buttons to switch between cards. The card also features LG Pay branding.

Expected to be unveiled at MWC, it will be interesting to see how LG positions the White Card. Will it be the must have accessory of the show, or is LG's idea of backing an antiquated technology going to fall flat? We don't have long now to find out.


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Samsung to launch Galaxy S7 in Europe on March 11

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:21 AM PST

Galaxy S7 is just six weeks away. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung will launch the Galaxy S7 in Europe on March 11, according to yet another reliable source. The device is expected to bring Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a new camera with BRITECELL technology, and a pressure-sensitive display. "The date comes from the same source who provided us with an exclusive look at the LG G5's

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TappLock smart padlocks unlock with the touch of your finger

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:05 AM PST

We normally try to steer clear of crowdfunding projects, but we like the concept here, and the company has demonstrated working prototypes and sufficient knowledge that we feel confident in its ability to deliver. With that said, there is always risk involved in crowdfunding, and of course the wait as the products aren't projected to ship until September/November, so take that into consideration.

With that out of the way, let's talk about the TappLock. There are two models, the TappLock and TappLock Lite, which offer the same basic functionality. The headline feature is the ability to unlock via a fingerprint sensor on the front of the lock.

You program the fingerprints into the lock over Bluetooth using a companion app. Up to 100 distinct fingerprints can be saved to the device, and once they are saved to the lock, the smartphone is no longer necessary. The fingerprint sensor is the same one used by the Huawei Mate 7 and is designed to stand up to use and abuse. You can also give others access to your lock using the app, with the ability to customize the time and/or location of that access.

Your first question is probably going to be, "What if my fingerprint fails to open the lock?" The answer is that the fallback is unlocking using the app again over a Bluetooth connection.

The TappLock is a bit larger than the TappLock Lite and can go 3 years on a charge (even with daily use), while the TappLock Lite lasts for 6 months and relies on user replaceable batteries. The locks will give you a notification when they drop below 5% battery life and, given the lengthy life on both, that still leaves you with months for the TappLock and days for the TappLock Lite before a charge or battery swap is needed.

The TappLock does offer a couple tricks over the TappLock Lite. It can also serve as a charger for your smartphone, which isn't probably going to be something you lean on often, but could be handy in an emergency. It also features an alarm that will be triggered if someone completely severs the lock.

Both TappLocks use steel frame construction and are weather resistant, in case you are looking for a lock that can be outside year-round.

The TappLock has already crossed its $40,000 funding goal with 28 days left, so this project is going to go ahead. There are still a number of early bird options left as of publication, with the TappLock Lite as low as $29 and the TappLock as low as $49.

If the TappLock sounds interesting, hit the Indiegogo link below to check it out for yourself.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: AirDroid, Flipboard

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:05 AM PST

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.

Robinhood - Version 1.8.3

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What's new in this version:

  • Android Wear! Checking your performance and peeking at your watchlist is now more accessible than ever.

 

Firefox Browser for Android - Version 44.0.0

Firefox Browser

What's new in this version:

  • Tab audio indicator displays in tab list
  • Include URL when sharing selected text from web page
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Users can now mark read/unread state of items in reading list panel

 

Motorola Gallery - Version Varies

Motorola Gallery

What's new in this version:

  • Added Support for Android M.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.

 

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Flipboard - Version 3.3.19

Flipboard

What's new in this version:

  • Improved image loading speed
  • Now enjoy a leaner Flipboard with reduced memory usage
  • Tumblr image loading issue fixed

 

AirDroid - Version 3.2.0

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What's new in this version:

  • Added an option to dim phone screen when starting AirMirror.
  • AirIME: use your computer keyboard to type on your phone. (requires Win/Mac client v3.3.0, to be released soon)
  • Share content between phone and computer clipboards. (requires Win/Mac client v3.3.0)
  • Reply to Skype and Line messages from notification popups.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements.

 

AliExpress Shopping App - Version 4.7.8

AliExpress

What's new in this version:

  • New app homepage; discover more deals and product recommendations
  • My Invitations; invite friends to download the app and earn coupons together
  • Language support in Polish, Dutch, Arabic, and Vietnamese
  • Product feedback sharing through social media
  • Sale reminders for Featured Brands
  • Bug fixes and general improvements

 

Android Wear - Version 1.4.0.255

Android Wear

What's new in this version:

  • Interactive watch faces that respond to your touch
  • Together watch face to keep you connected to a friend
  • Weather app to see the forecast for the next 4 days
  • Translate app that lets you tilt your wrist to share a translation

 

Google Calendar – Version 5.3.3-11

Google Calendar

What's new in this version:

  • Smart suggestions for event titles, places and people, now in more than 30 new languages
  • 54 additional country holiday calendars to easily keep track of your special occasions
  • More accessible delete option in the overflow menu
  • Improved support for right-to-left languages

 

Motorola Camera - Version Varies

Motorola Camera

What's new in this version:

  • ​​Improved focus and exposure controls.
  • Bug fixes and other improvements.

 

SwiftKey Keyboard - Version 6.2.1.146

SwiftKey Keyboard

What's new in this version:

  • Support for new emoji (for devices on Android 6.0.1)
  • Support for Android Marshmallow
  • You can now input currency for: Russia, Argentina, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Germany, Canada & Australia
  • Improvements to typing behaviour when backspacing

 


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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 now rumored to launch in Europe on March 11

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 10:05 AM PST

March is looking like a probably launch month for Samsung's upcoming flagship(s), if the rumors swirling around one particular date pan out, that is.

Earlier in the month, a rumor surfaced that suggested the Galaxy S7, and more than likely the Galaxy S7 edge, will launch on Friday, March 11, in the United States. Now that same date has surfaced yet again, this time suggesting the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge could see a rollout begin in Europe on the same date.

The rumor comes from a tweet from serial leaker, Shai Mizrachi, who has delivered some credible information in the past. While neither the launch in the United States or Europe has been confirmed by Samsung just yet, if the two reports are accurate, this would essentially mean a widespread launch for Samsung's upcoming devices.

It would also pan out with a reveal for both handsets at Mobile World Congress at the tail-end of February.

We're still waiting for Samsung to even confirm they have an Unpacked event planned for the conference, but those usually land at the start of February, so it shouldn't be too much longer to wait. Are you looking forward to seeing what Samsung brings to the table with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge?


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Streaming Music App SomaFM Has Gone Free In The Play Store

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 09:32 AM PST

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You have ample choices when it comes to music streaming on Android, and SomaFM has been among them for a long time. However, it's always been a paid app. Now, it's suddenly free, and in the Play Store, that means it's free forever. It's not clear what this means for SomaFM's business model, but hey, free stuff is cool.

SomaFM streams indie tracks and a lot of electronic stuff. If that's something you're into, you might as well check it out.

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HTC One M10 to bring Quad HD display, laser focus 12MP camera

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 09:21 AM PST

The One M10 could be the HTC smartphone you've been waiting for. Photo: HTCHTC's next-generation One M10 will finally deliver the upgrades fans have been calling for, according to the latest reports. That includes a super-sharp Quad HD display, a fingerprint scanner, and an UltraPixel camera that doesn't suck. "HTC is preparing its most advanced smartphone ever," reports VentureBeat. It's part of the Taiwanese company's plan to recapture the market share

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Cerberus Website Gets A Substantial Material Redesign

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 08:01 AM PST

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Some of you may think of Cerberus as a three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell. Others may think of a service that can track down your phone and lock it as necessary. One of the two has decided to embrace material design.

Non-Cerberus users can get a glimpse at the old site from our coverage over the summer. Folks signing into the site now are seeing something fundamentally different.

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Cerberus Website Gets A Substantial Material Redesign was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Yahoo Mail Android App Update Lets You Customize Swipes, Take Action On Notifications, And More

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 07:31 AM PST

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Yahoo Mail may not have the proportion of users that it used to have, but there are still nearly as many people using the site as there are people in the US. With over 100 million installs, at least one or two people are using the Android app. Those folks are gaining a few new ways to manage their inbox in the latest update.

Like other mobile email apps, Yahoo Mail lets you interact with email by swiping.

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Yahoo Mail Android App Update Lets You Customize Swipes, Take Action On Notifications, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Guides By Lonely Planet Walk Into The Play Store, Maps In One Hand, Booklet Of Tips In Another

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 06:31 AM PST

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Lonely Planet is known by travelers all around the world for its small travel tip booklets that cover many cities and destinations, using experts and local guides to gather the best advice about each location. After what seemed like an eternity with half-hearted mobile apps, Lonely Planet is finally ready to make the big leap over to your smartphone. The app is now available for both Android and iOS and for a first version, it's a thing of beauty.

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Heroes Charge – play addictive action online RPG game

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 06:05 AM PST

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Heroes Charge is an RPG action game where you collect heroes, train & strengthen them to defeat your foes. You can join friends to battle person-vs-person online arena battles as well. There are over a hundred quests to fight in. Which heroes will you choose for the quests? Choose between over 50 unique and varied Heroes, from... View Article

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[APK Download] Google Calendar Adds Smart Event Suggestions And 54 New Country Holidays

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 03:16 AM PST

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Most of us rely on our Calendars to tell us where we need to be and what we need to do. Few calendars, however, take into account public and religious holidays, so we often end up scheduling meetings on these off days or putting deadlines right after them. Google Calendar has long been able to show public holidays from many countries around the world, but it's now adding 54 more for a total of 143.

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Thief is pinched for stealing 38 phones at a music gig

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 02:51 AM PST

Work phone, home phone, err... what's next? Photo: West Midlands PoliceAs expensive miniature computers people carry around in their pockets, it's no surprise that smartphones are regularly the targets of petty thieves. But one particular thief outshone the rest when he recently (allegedly) managed to steal 38 different phones during a Libertines concert in the U.K., only to be arrested with them stuffed down his

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Canadian Galaxy S7 Benchmarked With Exynos 8890

Posted: 28 Jan 2016 09:51 PM PST

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For years, Samsung has exclusively used Qualcomm-designed silicon in the North American market for their flagship Galaxy phones, with the exception of the Note 2, but it looks like the international Galaxy S7 might not be the only variant using the SoC.

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According to an Antutu benchmark result page, specs for a Samsung Galaxy S7 with version number SM-G930W8 (W8 is intended for the Canadian market) list an Exynos 8890 clocked at 1.59 GHz. We all know both variants will come with the same memory, but it looks like the single core scores of the chip are beat by the Snapdragon 820.

As for the multi core score, this is where the Exynos 8890 shines, but looking at this from a "day to day use" standpoint, the Snapdragon 820 will deliver better performance.

The phone is expected to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress next month.

[Pocketnow]

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Google will shut down My Tracks on April 30

Posted: 28 Jan 2016 05:36 PM PST

As one of the world's largest software companies, Google understandably has a great deal of apps and services available. From time to time, however, the company does a cleanup and shuts down apps that are no longer a priority for the company. This generally happens each year in the spring, and Google's first app to be killed off in 2016 is My Tracks.

My Tracks is an app aimed at those who enjoy outdoor activities, such as runners and hikers. The app allows users to track their speed, distance, elevation and location through GPS. The data could be saved for later and could also be shared to a service like Google Maps for use in plotting a route. Additionally, users could share their My Tracks data to social media.

My Tracks never garnered a large following and Google hasn't done anything significant with it for quite some time. Now, Google has made the decision to shut down the app. The shutdown will occur on April 30, 2016, and users of the app will be greeted with a pop-up informing them of the news with an option to export their data to Google Drive or an external storage source.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives out there that perform the same functions. Some suggestions are Runtastic, Endomondo, Map My Run and, to some extent, Google Fit. If you're a My Tracks user, you may want to find one that you like and get into the habit of using it before My Tracks shuts down.

For instructions on exporting your My Tracks data, follow the source link below.


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YouTube App Adds 'Watch Later' Action To 'New Upload' Notifications

Posted: 28 Jan 2016 05:14 PM PST

Google added the handy "bell" icon to the YouTube app's channel screens last summer to make signing up for "new upload" notifications quick and painless. But until now, users could only watch the video immediately, or take a shortcut to settings to disable the notification.

Recently though, it seems the YouTube app's upload notifications are gaining a new action - watch later. If you don't want to see the latest video from your favorite channel right this second, you can tap this new action to add it to your Watch Later list on YouTube.

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Google pays more than $2 million to be hacked

Posted: 28 Jan 2016 04:49 PM PST

Security-firm-PIN-replacing-fingerprint-scanner-is-Internet-equivalent-of-cure-for-cancerGoogle paid out more than $2 million in bounties to security researchers last year in an effort to keep its applications and services safe from hackers. The payments came via the company's Vulnerability Reward Program, which gives researchers a financial incentive to locate security holes in Google's software, then report them to the company rather

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SwiftKey Updated With New Emoji For Android 6.0.1, Additional Currency Options, And More

Posted: 28 Jan 2016 03:44 PM PST

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SwiftKey is getting an update today, and it'll make you feel very 😀 if you're into emoji. And really, who isn't these days? Fans of full Marshmallow support or multiple currency options will also experience a distinct 😍 sensation. Then there are all the small tweaks and bug fixes, which are pretty 😐.

Excessive emoji aside, here's the changelog for the latest SwiftKey update.

New

  • Support for new emoji (for devices on Android 6.0.1)
  • Support for Android Marshmallow
  • You can now input currency for: Russia, Argentina, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Germany, Canada & Australia
  • Improvements to typing behaviour when backspacing
Fixed
  • Autospace now works with Japanese enabled
  • Evernote personalization won't cause repeated listing in settings
  • We no longer autocorrect if you start typing a URL at the start of a message or capitalise the first "w"

The new emoji are only for those devices running Android 6.0.1, which is when Google added them in response to taco-based complaints.

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