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Chromecast Audio RCA and optical adapter cables launch on Google Store

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 03:13 PM PST

The Chromecast Audio comes with a 3.5mm cable to connect to your speakers, but some speakers require an RCA or an optical cable. The Chromecast Audio doesn't come with such connections, but universal adapters are available to make it work. In fact, those adapters are quite cheap.

Google decided to release official cables for the Chromecast audio so you can use the device with RCA and optical speaker systems. This is great, as first party cables are often quite nice. Unfortunately, the problem is in price. These short adapter cables run $15 a piece, which is quite pricey considering you can find the RCA adapter for as little as $5. Not to mention the yellow color, which doesn't matter if it's hidden away.

If you're intent on using first party cables, hit the source links to buy the cables from the Google Store. Otherwise, I'm sure most of you can find a far better deal.

Source: Google Store: RCA Cable for Chromecast Audio, Google Store: Optical Cable for Chromecast Audio

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[Update: 360-Degree Videos & Playback Resuming] YouTube Kids v1.50 Adds 'Pause History' And May Soon Offer Most Of The YouTube Red Subscription Features [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 02:38 PM PST


Version 1.50 of YouTube Kids started rolling out early Thursday morning. This update brings a really great new feature, and parents are going to love it. It's now possible to pause the watch history of YouTube Kids, and it doesn't affect the rest of your YouTube apps. A teardown also shows that parents will soon enjoy the benefits of YouTube Red, as well.

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Android Support Library 23.2

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 02:23 PM PST

Posted by Ian Lake, Developer Advocate

Android Support Library 23.2

When talking about the Android Support Library, it is important to realize this isn't one monolithic library, but a whole collection of libraries that seek to provide backward-compatible versions of APIs, as well as offer unique features without requiring the latest platform version. Version 23.2 adds a few new support libraries as well as new features to many of the existing libraries.

Support Vector Drawables and Animated Vector Drawables

Vector drawables allow you to replace multiple png assets with a single vector graphic, defined in XML. While previously limited to Lollipop and higher devices, both VectorDrawable and AnimatedVectorDrawable are now available through two new Support Libraries support-vector-drawable and support-animated-vector-drawable, respectively.

Android Studio 1.4 introduced limited support for vector drawables by generating pngs at build time. To disable this functionality (and gain the true advantage and space savings of this Support Library), you need to add vectorDrawables.useSupportLibrary = true to your build.gradle file:

// Gradle Plugin 2.0+
android {
defaultConfig {
vectorDrawables.useSupportLibrary = true

You'll note this new attribute only exists in the version 2.0 of the Gradle Plugin. If you are using Gradle 1.5 you'll instead use

// Gradle Plugin 1.5
android {
defaultConfig {
generatedDensities = []

// This is handled for you by the 2.0+ Gradle Plugin
aaptOptions {
additionalParameters "--no-version-vectors"

You'll be able to use VectorDrawableCompat back to API 7 and AnimatedVectorDrawableCompat on all API 11 and higher devices. Due to how drawables are loaded by Android, not every place that accepts a drawable id (such as in an XML file) will support loading vector drawables. Thankfully, AppCompat has added a number of features to make it easy to use your new vector drawables.

Firstly, when using AppCompat with ImageView (or subclasses such as ImageButton and FloatingActionButton), you'll be able to use the new app:srcCompat attribute to reference vector drawables (as well as any other drawable available to android:src):

app:srcCompat="@drawable/ic_add" />

And if you're changing drawables at runtime, you'll be able to use the same setImageResource() method as before - no changes there. Using AppCompat and app:srcCompat is the most foolproof method of integrating vector drawables into your app.

You'll find directly referencing vector drawables outside of app:srcCompat will fail prior to Lollipop. However, AppCompat does support loading vector drawables when they are referenced in another drawable container such as a StateListDrawable, InsetDrawable, LayerDrawable, LevelListDrawable, and RotateDrawable. By using this indirection, you can use vector drawables in cases such as TextView's android:drawableLeft attribute, which wouldn't normally be able to support vector drawables.

AppCompat DayNight theme

While enabling the use of vector graphics throughout your app is already a large change to AppCompat, there's a new theme added to AppCompat in this release: Theme.AppCompat.DayNight.

Prior to API 14, The DayNight theme and its descendents DayNight.NoActionBar, DayNight.DarkActionBar, DayNight.Dialog, etc. become their Light equivalents. But on API 14 and higher devices, this theme allows apps to easily support both a Light and Dark theme, effectively switching from a Light theme to a Dark theme based on whether it is 'night'.

By default, whether it is 'night' will match the system value (from UiModeManager.getNightMode()), but you can override that value with methods in AppCompatDelegate. You'll be able to set the default across your entire app (until process restart) with the static AppCompatDelegate.setDefaultNightMode() method or retrieve an AppCompatDelegate via getDelegate() and use setLocalNightMode() to change only the current Activity or Dialog.

When using AppCompatDelegate.MODE_NIGHT_AUTO, the time of day and your last known location (if your app has the location permissions) are used to automatically switch between day and night, while MODE_NIGHT_NO and MODE_NIGHT_YES forces the theme to never or always use a dark theme, respectively.

It is critical that you test your app thoroughly when using the DayNight themes as hardcoded colors can easily make for unreadable text or icons. If you are using the standard TextAppearance.AppCompat styles for your text or colors pulled from your theme such as android:textColorPrimary, you'll find these automatically update for you.

However, if you'd like to customize any resources specifically for night mode, AppCompat reuses the night resource qualifier folder, making it possible customize every resource you may need. Please consider using the standard colors or taking advantage of the tinting support in AppCompat to make supporting this mode much easier.

Design Support Library: Bottom Sheets

The Design Support Library provides implementations of many patterns of material design. This release allows developers to easily add bottom sheets to their app.

By attaching a BottomSheetBehavior to a child View of a CoordinatorLayout (i.e., adding app:layout_behavior="android.support.design.widget.BottomSheetBehavior"), you'll automatically get the appropriate touch detection to transition between five state:

  • STATE_COLLAPSED: this collapsed state is the default and shows just a portion of the layout along the bottom. The height can be controlled with the app:behavior_peekHeight attribute (defaults to 0)
  • STATE_DRAGGING: the intermediate state while the user is directly dragging the bottom sheet up or down
  • STATE_SETTLING: that brief time between when the View is released and settling into its final position
  • STATE_EXPANDED: the fully expanded state of the bottom sheet, where either the whole bottom sheet is visible (if its height is less than the containing CoordinatorLayout) or the entire CoordinatorLayout is filled
  • STATE_HIDDEN: disabled by default (and enabled with the app:behavior_hideable attribute), enabling this allows users to swipe down on the bottom sheet to completely hide the bottom sheet

Keep in mind that scrolling containers in your bottom sheet must support nested scrolling (for example, NestedScrollView, RecyclerView, or ListView/ScrollView on API 21+).

If you'd like to receive callbacks of state changes, you can add a BottomSheetCallback:

// The View with the BottomSheetBehavior
View bottomSheet = coordinatorLayout.findViewById(R.id.bottom_sheet);
BottomSheetBehavior behavior = BottomSheetBehavior.from(bottomSheet);
behavior.setBottomSheetCallback(new BottomSheetCallback() {
public void onStateChanged(@NonNull View bottomSheet, int newState) {
// React to state change
public void onSlide(@NonNull View bottomSheet, float slideOffset) {
// React to dragging events

While BottomSheetBehavior captures the persistent bottom sheet case, this release also provides a BottomSheetDialog and BottomSheetDialogFragment to fill the modal bottom sheets use case. Simply replace AppCompatDialog or AppCompatDialogFragment with their bottom sheet equivalents to have your dialog styled as a bottom sheet.

Support v4: MediaBrowserServiceCompat

The Support v4 library serves as the foundation for much of the support libraries and includes backports of many framework features introduced in newer versions of the platform (as well a number of unique features).

Adding onto the previously released MediaSessionCompat class to provide a solid foundation for media playback, this release adds MediaBrowserServiceCompat and MediaBrowserCompat providing a compatible solution that brings the latest APIs (even those added in Marshmallow) back to all API 4 and higher devices. This makes it much easier to support audio playback on Android Auto and browsing through media on Android Wear along with providing a standard interface you can use to connect your media playback service and your UI.


The RecyclerView widget provides an advanced and flexible base for creating lists and grids as well as supporting animations. This release brings an exciting new feature to the LayoutManager API: auto-measurement! This allows a RecyclerView to size itself based on the size of its contents. This means that previously unavailable scenarios, such as using WRAP_CONTENT for a dimension of the RecyclerView, are now possible. You'll find all built in LayoutManagers now support auto-measurement.

Due to this change, make sure to double check the layout parameters of your item views: previously ignored layout parameters (such as MATCH_PARENT in the scroll direction) will now be fully respected.

If you have a custom LayoutManager that does not extend one of the built in LayoutManagers, this is an opt-in API - you'll be required to call setAutoMeasureEnabled(true) as well as make some minor changes as detailed in the Javadoc of the method.

Note that although RecyclerView animates its children, it does not animate its own bounds changes. If you would like to animate the RecyclerView bounds as they change, you can use the Transition APIs.

Custom Tabs

Custom Tabs makes it possible to seamlessly transition to web content while keeping the look and feel of your app. With this release, you'll now be able to add actions to a bottom bar for display alongside the web content.

With the new addToolbarItem() method, you'll be able to add up to currently 5 (MAX_TOOLBAR_ITEMS) actions to the bottom bar and update them with setToolbarItem() once the session has begun. Similar to the previous setToolbarColor() method, you'll also find a setSecondaryToolbarColor() method for customizing the background color of the bottom bar.

Leanback for Android TV

The Leanback Library gives you the tools you need to easily bring your app to Android TV with many standard components optimized for the TV experience. The GuidedStepFragment received a significant set of improvements with this release.

The most visible change may be the introduce of a second column used for action buttons (added by overriding onCreateButtonActions() or calling setButtonActions()). This makes it much easier to reach completion actions without having to scroll through the list of available GuidedActions.

Speaking of GuidedActions, there's a number of new features to allow richer input including editable descriptions (via descriptionEditable()), sub actions in the form of a dropdown (with subActions()), and a GuidedDatePickerAction.

These components should make it much easier for you to get information from the user when absolutely required.

Available Now

Version 23.2 of the Android Support Library is available via your SDK Manager and Android Studio. Take advantage of all of the new features as well as additional bug fixes starting now! As always, file bug reports at b.android.com and connect with other developers on the Android Development Google+ community.

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The OnePlus 3 is launching at the end of Q2 with a ‘new design’

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 01:37 PM PST

We're hot off the heels of flagship announcements at Mobile World Congress, but it's already time for rumors and reports to come in about the next flagships. This latest one is an official report, rather than just a rumor. In an interview with CNET, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei broke the news that the OnePlus 3 is set to launch "at the end of the second quarter."

In addition to the phone coming before the end of June, Pei also mentioned that the OnePlus 3 will feature a "new design" that will "captivate". The OnePlus 2 followed much of the same design language as its predecessor, not wanting to step outside of the comfort zone that the company had created with the OnePlus One. Unfortunately, the lack of risk-taking with the OnePlus 2 led to disappointment among some users and reviewers.

With the OnePlus 3, the company hopes to spark that same magic that it did with the OnePlus One, tapping into a large user base that's tired of the traditional smartphone manufacturers. Utilizing a new design will aid in that endeavor, as it shows that the company is still willing to take risks to attract users.

OnePlus will also continue to evolve its marketing and selling strategies. This year, the company will begin to utilize traditional media for the first time, rather than relying solely on its invite-only system that built hype through exclusivity and word-of-mouth. Additionally, the company is also planning to accept payments directly through customer's credit cards, rather than only accepting payment through PayPal, as it has in the past.

We'll continue to keep you posted on rumors and news regarding the OnePlus 3.

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LG skipping new Nexus device to focus on its own brand

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 01:37 PM PST

The Nexus 5X is a great device (though a bit overshadowed by the more expensive Nexus 6P at launch), but it seems LG wants to take a break from making Nexus devices to focus on its own brand. We heard similar news two years ago, halfway through the two-year gap between the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X.

With the LG G5 officially announced, LG wants to use its resources to promote the new device and other upcoming hardware instead of diverting resources to a Nexus device that does very little for them. We don't know how well the Nexus 5X has sold, and it's said manufacturers don't earn much from Nexus sales. Plus, the brand gets less recognition for a Nexus device than its own.

The G5 seems like a genuinely good competitor to the Galaxy S7, including interesting features that may actually attract more buyers than the previous LG flagships. It makes sense for LG to use its time to push the G5 and further the brand and the company. We may see another LG Nexus device next year, if previous patterns hold up. Thankfully, LG says it is "totally happy" with its relationship with Google's Nexus program.

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Eero WiFi Router System And Android App Launch To Very Positive Reviews

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 01:33 PM PST


Google is trying to make WiFi routers easier and less ugly with the OnHub, but a company called Eero is trying to accomplish the same with a slightly different approach. The Eero WiFi system has just launched, and early reviews are very positive for both the routers (yes, plural) and the Android app.

OnHub is just a single device that's supposed to be better an managing a lot of devices, but Eero is a multi-router system.

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You can now use your voice to Type, Edit & Format Google Docs

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 01:21 PM PST

Google Docs Voice Type Edit and Format

Voice typing in Google Docs has been introduced for a while but as a means to voice your text only. Now Google is rolling out the latest feature to edit and even format Google Docs all using your voice… no keyboard necessary! How awesome is that! To get started, select 'Voice typing' in the 'Tools' menu... View Article

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Telegram Updated To v3.6 With Message Editing, Admin Signatures, And More

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 01:00 PM PST


Telegram recently announced it had more than 100 million monthly active users, and coinciding with the announcement is a new version of the app that might push that number even higher. Telegram v3.6  brings a few improvements to messages, admin signatures, and stickers.

Here's the v3.6 changelog for Android.

  • Edit messages in channels and supergroups.
  • Share links for posts in channels (in the Quick Share menu).
  • Option to add admin signatures to messages in channels.
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Review: Battery Time

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 12:48 PM PST

Battery drain has plagued many Android devices for years. While it is certainly getting better with each version of the OS, even today tons of users champion devices with removable (and therefore swap out-able) batteries or fast charging technologies that help us get through the day.

It's possible to monitor your battery usage, optimize your settings and shut down power hungry apps, but for the majority of users, this tweaking and managing is a hassle. Battery Time, from developers Liquidum, hopes to make battery life optimization as easy as pressing one button.

Battery Time Saver & Optimizer — as it is so called in Google Play, where it is available for free — is an incredibly simple utility to use. When you open the app, you are first presented with the battery time remaining on your device. An arrow below this opens up a summary view that shows you approximately how much call time, Wi-Fi use, video, audio and gaming time this will get you.

In the center of the screen lies a large 'Extend Time' button. Hit this and the app closes down any power zapping apps, optimizes your display settings, toggles bluetooth and wifi off if you want it to and turns off auto-sync. The beauty of Battery Time is this one-tap functionality that makes it really easy to gain extra minutes of use — and in some cases hours. This makes it really easy for anyone to quickly see how much battery they have left, and squeeze out some extra time.

Battery time screens 1

Below the main Extend Time button lie a number of icons for manually managing the above settings to your liking, and you'll see the impact on your battery life reflected immediately on the reading at the top of the screen as you make changes.

Should Battery Time's optimization not be enough for you, you can find further tips in the app's Message Center. There are some handy tips — especially for the layman — in here that could help to maintain a longer battery life each day.

Key to the usefulness of an app of this kind is how accurate the remaining battery life indicator actually is. If I'm going to rely on the app to let me know roughly how much juice I have left, I need to know it going to be reliably correct. From my testing, I found Battery Time's readings to be correct within a margin of error of about 30 mins. For a third-party app, I think this is admirable.

Battery time screens 2

Battery Time is certainly focused on the general consumer and would perhaps be lacking feature-wise for the power user. While you can tweak some of the settings manually, overall control is sacrificed for ease of use. The User Interface is straightforward, plain and modern

If you find your battery drains quicker than expected and want a simple way to get more out of your device, Battery Time is worth taking a look at. It's simplicity makes it easy to download and use immediately, and it can help your device last longer if you allow it to manage your settings for you.

Check out Battery Time on Google Play where it is available to download for free.

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Sony’s Xperia Z series is officially done

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 12:31 PM PST

Sony announced its new Xperia X series of devices at this year's Mobile World Congress, but today we find out that it is meant to replace the Z line of devices we've known for so long. Yes, the Xperia Z series of devices is dead.

Sony Mobile released an official statement on what will happen to the Z series:

The Xperia Z line has reached its culmination – Xperia X series represents a new chapter and evolution of our product strategy. Whilst the Xperia Z series was all about bringing the best of Sony's advanced technologies to smartphones, Xperia X series is based on bringing smart, adaptive Sony user experiences across camera, battery performance and hardware / software design.Sony

While it's good to see Sony changing things up (let's be fair, the Z series has never been that successful) and we hope the company will see new success with the new Xperia X series, it's a bit sad to see the Z series go. They have historically been solid phones that just didn't sell that well. What do you think of Sony's change to a new line of phones?

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Google Fiber coming to some buildings in San Francisco

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 11:43 AM PST

San Francisco is one of the biggest tech cities in the US, so it's been a real surprise that Google Fiber has managed to avoid it for so long. But Google has officially announced that Fiber is coming to San Francisco, at least to a small extent.

Google Fiber will be coming to some buildings in SF, namely apartment buildings and condos. It'll also appear in some public buildings and affordable housing properties for free.

If you want to find out if it's coming to your building, hit the source link! And if you're a property manager, there are resources for bringing Fiber to your building. Though it won't happen for a while, it's exciting to see Google Fiber finally hit San Francisco!

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TellTale Begins Its Walking Dead: Michonne Mini-Series With Episode 1, Now In The Play Store For $5

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 11:23 AM PST

image (3)Confession: I haven't touched The Walking Dead franchise since the end of season one of the TV show - there's only so much zombie stuff I can handle. But even so, I know that Michonne (pronounced "Miss-shown") is a fan-favorite badass in both the comic books and the show. TellTale Games, always eager to please with its growing collection of licensed episodic adventure games, is giving those fans what they want with a Michonne mini-series.

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Xiaomi announces Mi 5 with some impressive specs

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 11:11 AM PST

The Xiaomi Mi 5 has officially been announced, and it looks promising. It features a 5.15-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, a 16MP rear camera with OIS, a 4MP front-facing camera, a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 via a USB Type-C port, NFC, fingerprint sensor, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the MIUI skin.

The device has a metal frame and a glass back. If you opt for the highest-end model, though, you'll get what Xiaomi calls a 3D ceramic back. It's rated at up to 8H on the Mohs harness scale, so it should be very resistant to scratches and damage.

The storage used is UFS 2.0, rather than the eMMC traditionally used. This storage is 87% faster than eMMC, so your bog down when something is being actively written to storage.

The Mi 5 will come in three tiers. The RMB 1999 (about $306 USD) tier will have a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820 and 32GB of storage with the glass back, and presumably under 4GB of RAM. The RMB 2299 (about $352 USD) tier will have a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 and 64GB of storage. The RMB 2699 (about $413 USD) tier is the PRO model, with a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the 3D ceramic back.

The device definitely looks promising. Though the screen is only 1080p HD, the rest of the specs are pretty high end. Plus, the price is fairly low. It's a shame we probably won't see this device in the US. What do you guys think of the Xiaomi Mi 5? Leave a comment!

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HTC teases the One M10 and the ‘Power of 10′ on Twitter

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 11:11 AM PST

Now that Samsung's Galaxy S7 has been unveiled and LG has taken the wraps off the G5, HTC is waiting in the wings to garner some attention for its own upcoming flagship Android smartphone, which is expected to be called the One M10.

Leading up to that announcement, which HTC hasn't even set a date for just yet, the manufacturer is taking to Twitter to start promoting a hashtag and teasing the upcoming device. In this case, we've got a silhouette of what is probably the One M10, but there's not a lot to go on. It does look pretty sleek, though, for what it's worth. Of course, it's just a tease and there's arguably not a lot to get excited about here, but at least HTC is starting to turn the gears.

The hashtag, "#powerof10″ will probably get bandied about quite a bit leading up to the announcement, and surely HTC has plenty more teases stored up in the days and weeks ahead.

Are you looking forward to seeing what the One M10 offers?

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Deezer Music App Updated With Android Auto Support And Chromecast Fixes

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:49 AM PST

Player C.Puth - Android AutoThere's no shortage of Internet radio options available on the Play Store, but we're still waiting for all of them to get on the bus (so to speak) with Android Auto. Today Deezer, another streaming radio option, gets official support for Android Auto baked into the Android app. It's live in the Play Store now, though it may take a while for the rollout to reach every user. According to the change log, Android Auto support is only available for users who subscribe to Deezer's Premium+ option.

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Access to AMP webpages rolling out to Google Search

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:35 AM PST

In today's age of wanting instant access to everything, webpages that load slowly can be a real drag. In fact, people tend to leave sites that haven't loaded in less than three seconds. Google is aiming to fix this with the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project.

AMP is an initiative to make fast loading mobile webpages. Many sites have joined the AMP project, and Google is starting to show these AMP pages in Google Search marked with a small thunderbolt and AMP logo.

These pages will load very quickly, or even instantly. They're supposed to use 10 times less data than other sites, both saving you data and time. And with AMP sites showing at the top of web searches, you can scroll between these sites in the search results to get exactly the info you need.

This project is really good for everyone. Users get a better web experience, sites that take the initiative get more traffic, and Google gets more use. Let us know when you start seeing AMP pages show up in your search results!

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Gmail adds Rich Text Formatting support and Instant RSVP

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:35 AM PST

The Gmail team wants to help you manage your inbox, and tools will help you do just that, which is why new features manage to find their way into the Gmail app on a regular basis. The latest additions will help you get your point across and make it easier to accept calendar invitations.

The first part of the new update is support for Rich Text Formatting. With RTF support, users will be able to not only italicize text, but also bold it, underline it, highlight it, and color it if they so desire. This should help emphasize words to really drive home what you're getting at. For mobile users, it's a long time coming.


The second part of the update is support for "Instant RSVP," which will allow you to simply tap a button to see your calendar and find out if you're able to make it to an event. The new feature supports both Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.

The changes should be rolling out now, but could take some time to show up. What do you think of the new additions?

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Samsung’s keyboard case makes a comeback for Galaxy S7

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:35 AM PST

galaxy-s7_accessories_keyboardRemember Samsung's clunky keyboard case for the Galaxy Note 5? Believe it or not, it's still not dead yet. In fact, Samsung thought it was worthwhile to make another one for the new Galaxy S7 series, and you'll be able to get yours in March. The Keyboard Cover is an ideal accessory for those who

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Get 2 years of Blur premium privacy protection for under $30 [Deal]

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:35 AM PST

BlurBlur brings you the ultimate online privacy solution by allowing you to create temporary, masked email addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers so you'll never have to give your personal data to online merchants again. And for a limited time only, you can get a two-year membership for under $30, thanks to Cult of Android

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Gmail Updated To v6.0 With Rich Text Formatting And Instant RSVPs [APK Download]

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:16 AM PST


A new version of Gmail is rolling out, and Google was kind enough to provide a blog post so we know just what's new this time around. In Gmail v6.0, you can finally use rich text formatting in emails and RSVP faster without opening separate apps.

After updating your Gmail app, you'll see a new tool bar when composing an email. It includes the ability to make your text bold, italic, underlined, colored, or highlighted.

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Gmail for Android now supports rich text formatting, instant RSVPs

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:05 AM PST

Rich text finally comes to Gmail. Photo: GoogleGoogle is rolling out a Gmail update for Android that adds support for rich text formatting and instant RSVPs. That means you'll finally be able to use bold, italic, and underlined text in your emails — and reply to invitations with simple one-tap options. "These days, more than two-thirds of all Gmail users check email with their

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Facebook Goes Beyond The Like Button, Now Has Reactions

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 10:00 AM PST


Since the beginning of Facebook, users have been able to express one emotion, and that's like. You can like this, or you can like that. Disliking is not allowed. Angry comments, though, they're okay.

Facebook is changing this. The company is rolling out the ability to react to items in your News Feed with more than the Like button. Now you can also express love, laugh, show amazement, be sad, or get angry.

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You’ll never want to wear Victorinox’s monstrous new wearable

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 09:35 AM PST

How to instantly ruin a pretty watch. Photo: VictorinoxVictorinox wants to make your favorite wristwatch smarter with a new wearable that adds an LED display and new functionality. The only problem is, it's so ugly, you'll never want to wear it. Adding modern functionality to a traditional timepiece is a neat idea — especially for those who are attached to a trusty mechanical. But

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New Coca-Cola packaging transforms into a VR headset

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 09:04 AM PST

How cool is a Coca-Cola headset? Photo: Coca-ColaStill don't have a virtual reality headset? Coca-Cola is here to help, with redesigned packaging that lets you make your very own VR wearable for almost any smartphone. There are three different Coke packs that can be pulled apart when you've polished off all of the contents and folded up into a Google Cardboard-like headset. The pieces are pre-cut, so

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Link Bubble Is Now Officially Brave Browser, Ad-Blocking And Tracking Protection Are Live

Posted: 24 Feb 2016 08:30 AM PST

unnamedWe learned a few weeks ago who bought Link Bubble from Chris Lacy and what they intended to do with it, and now they're actually doing it. Brave Software has transformed Link Bubble into Brave, an ad-blocking browser with all the floating features of the original Link Bubble. This is only the first step, though.

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It looks like the new owners of Link Bubble started making tweaks to the app a few weeks ago, quietly adding in some of the new features.

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