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Google Photos v1.13 Adds Dropdown To Search Results For Quick Access To All Photos Taken On The Same Day [APK Download]

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 03:11 PM PST

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It's Update Wednesday and Google has been rolling out the updates pretty steadily all morning. Most of them aren't packing much beyond bug fixes, but Photos did get an update to v1.13 with at least one cool little feature. The search results screen now provides a quick way to see photos taken on the same day alongside the regular results, even if they aren't related otherwise. We've got a couple variants of the latest apk linked at the bottom, and more are sure to come shortly.

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Google Safe Browsing will now warn you about deceptive ads and fake download buttons

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:49 PM PST

Have you ever been to a site and noticed those ads that pretend to be your system, or the site itself? They could be asking you to update some plugin, or act as fake download buttons that are mixed in with a site's real download button. Those types of attacks are called social engineering attacks, and Google aims to stop them.

Google's Safe Browsing will now protect you from such ads with a warning that the page is using such tactics. This will put up such a warning on a lot of sites, which in the end is a good thing. Too many sites allow such dangerous ads to show up, and hopefully this will force them to ban such ads.

What do you think of this new warning system? Have you been affected by such ads? Let us know in the comments!


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Latest Pebble update brings new functionality for messaging and health

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:49 PM PST

While Android Wear and, to a lesser degree, Samsung's Tizen OS, get the bulk of our attention in the smartwatch world, Pebble, the company that arguably kicked off the current consumer interest in smartwatches, continues to update its platform to stay relevant.

Pebble retains its big advantage in battery life thanks to its unique e-ink screen and, while both Android and Tizen retain the feature advantage over Pebble, it is slowly closing the gap in some critical areas.

This latest update focuses on messaging and Pebble Health, while also bringing new low battery warnings as well as updates to Watch-Only Mode that reduces the Pebble to simply a watch to prevent you from ending up with a blank screen on your wrist.

iOS users with Pebble devices are just now gaining some of the custom messaging capabilities that Android users already enjoyed, and Android users are now able to reply to incoming calls with an SMS. You can send a text, voice note or emoji response. The new Send Text app will even let you initiate SMS conversations from Pebble rather than simply responding.

Pebble Health is the other major focus for this update. A big part of that is the new API that will allow developers to bake Pebble Health stats into their apps and watchfaces. Look for these in the Pebble App Store soon. Developers can read about the nitty gritty details on the Pebble Developer page. Pebble Health is now tracking your activities more accurately, as well, and includes an option to view your distance in kilometers, although honestly who wants to do that. (Just kidding, virtually everyone not in the U.S.)

If you own a Pebble, hit the link below to make sure you have the latest update and let us know what you think.


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LG teases G5, confirms it’s coming Feb 21

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:49 PM PST

LG is teasing the announcement of the LG G5 flagship both on its own site and Twitter. On its own site, you see the strange image above with no other details. The LG Twitter profile took a different approach, posting three photos of the number five.

The date lines up with LG's press conference on February 21, right in time for the Mobile World Congress crowd. So we know the device will be unveiled there, but not much else. Unfortunately, we didn't even get a sneak peek of the G5.

Rumor has it that the G5 will have dual cameras on the rear alongside a fingerprint reader. An early prototype in a dummy box was leaked with some interesting details, but of course nothing is confirmed. It's only a few more weeks until we get to see the official announcement. Are any of you excited for the next LG flagship? Leave a comment!


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Get a free Rosewood case with your OnePlus X for Valentine’s Day

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:01 PM PST

OnePlus is celebrating Valentine's Day with a deal. Well, most companies are, to be fair. If you buy a OnePlus X through oneplus.net, you can use coupon code XOXO to get a free Rosewood case.

The deal is only available while supplies last, so jump on it if you were planning on buying a OnePlus X anyway. The device is now available without an invite, so you can finally freely buy it. Who's jumping on this deal?


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Moto 360 V1 and Sony Smartwatch 3 no longer being sold on Google Store

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:01 PM PST

The first gen Moto 360 was the first smartwatch a lot of people were genuinely in love with. The thin metal body, the round display, and the sheer elegance of it (for a smartwatch anyway) won a lot of people over even when the specs were borderline disappointing. Unfortunately, the Google Store has finally killed it off, along with the Sony Smartwatch 3.

It's entirely expected for these older devices to be removed from the Google Store. The second generation Moto 360 has long been up for sale and is a worthy upgrade over the aging first gen. Plus, you can get the first gen for a lower price elsewhere. The Sony Smartwatch 3 never got a successor though, so it's a shame to see it go.

Via: Android Police
Source: Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3


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Google OnHub updated with guest WiFi network support

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 01:44 PM PST

The Google OnHub router duo is Google's entry into the home network game, and it's a good one. The routers are expensive but a joy to use, with no complicated menus and setup. The actual hardware is great too. It's missing a lot of advanced features, but it's constantly being updated.

The latest update comes with support for guest WiFi networks, along with customizable device sharing. You can now create a guest WiFi network, making it easier for your guests to get online, and even allow some devices to be available to those on the guest network. For example, you can make your Chromecast visible to guests without having to give them your main network password.

OnHub routers are constantly getting updated with new features, so it's always a good time to buy one. I'm very much enjoying mine.


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Alto’s Adventure coming to Android next week as a free-to-play game

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 12:48 PM PST

Alto's Adventure was one of those games that you couldn't escape hearing about from iOS friends when it launched last year, and almost precisely one year later, it will finally be available on Android. We've known it was coming since September, but the developers announced via Twitter, that the game will finally hit Google Play next Thursday, February 11th.

For those that did somehow escape the Alto adulation, it is an endless runner-style game, but you are on a snowboard and trying to escape some apparently disgruntled llamas. You need to gather coins and power-ups while avoiding obstacles and doing flips and grinds as you speed your way down the mountain. There is a renewing set of challenges for you to attempt on each run and new characters with varying skills to unlock.

There's one main difference between the Android version of the game and the iOS version, and that is the $2.99 upfront cost on iOS. The developer has opted to go free-to-play for Android as they feel it is a better match for the platform. The game will be monetized with opt-in video ads as well as an available in-app purchase that will double the value of the coins you collect in the game. The higher piracy rates on Android are one stated concern, but the developer also simply indicated that they felt this was where things are going generally for mobile gaming.

The gameplay remains identical between the iOS and Android versions of the game, so you aren't going to be seeing banner ads flying across the screen or any monetization tactics that interfere with play. The developer also remains open to trying new things should this strategy not prove effective, including an in-app purchase that simply makes it a paid game with no opt-in ads.

If you enjoy endless runner-style games, I would highly recommend downloading Alto's Adventure when it hits Google Play next week. I spent a fair amount of time with it last year, and while it isn't a complex game, it is beautifully executed, and at the low price of free, you can definitely afford to give it a shot.


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Google bans ad-block plugin for Samsung’s Android browser

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 12:05 PM PST

Samsung's browser with and without Ad Block Fast. GIF: Ad Block FastGoogle has pulled an ad-blocking plugin for Samsung's Android browser just days after it made its debut. Ad Block Fast promised to deliver faster web browsing by removing unnecessary content, but Google says the app violates its Play Store policies. Ad Block Fast wasn't developed by Samsung, but it was a launch partner for its new ad-blocking API.

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Alto’s Adventure goes free on Android, stays premium on iOS

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 11:33 AM PST

Alto's Adventure, the hit snowboarding game on iOS and Apple TV, is headed to the Android platform February 11. Android gamers will, by and large, have the same gaming experience as their iOS brethren with one significant difference: this new release will be free on Android while it remains $2.99 on iOS. Developer Snowman partnered

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Apple is world’s most valuable company again after Google tanks

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 11:03 AM PST

Tim Cook is back on top. Photo: AppleGoogle is no longer the most valuable company in the world. Earlier this week the search-giant's parent company Alphabet overthrew Apple as the world's top company in terms of marketcap, but it appears that the company's reign is already after its stock price began trading way down this morning. Alphabet shares are currently down 4.29%

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Just $49 gets you unlimited access to ZenMate VPN for life [Deal]

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 11:03 AM PST

eb532ec1104c8bd20ac147219f610a7c2d81ee76_main_hero_imageZenMate is one of the fastest-growing security solutions in the business for good reason. It not only offers complete protection against hackers and malicious websites, but delivers across all your devices. And for a limited time only, you can get unlimited lifetime access through Cult of Android Deals for just $49! ZenMate lets you make purchases

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Podcasts have arrived in Play Music for select users

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 11:02 AM PST

Well, it would seem that when Bill Simmons let slip yesterday that podcasts would be hitting Google Play Music soon, he hadn't jumped the gun by much. Some users are now seeing the podcast integration in Play Music, but as is so often the case with Google, this is happening server side and isn't simply part of a Play Music update.

Sadly, I find myself in the familiar position of not being one of the chosen few in the early test group, so we need to rely on screenshots from others. The folks over at Android Police were tipped to a number of screenshots shared by Curtis Bond on his LogiKBoard blog. We'll include a few screenshots here, but hit the source link to see them all.

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As you can see, things are pretty bare bones at the moment. Basic search and subscription functionality are there and the artwork displays nicely. Adding a new podcast will ask you whether you would also like to download the five most recent episodes and receive notifications when new episodes arrive.

The options for playback are one of the major areas where the app falls down compared to competition like Pocket Casts. You can simply jump forward or back 30 seconds, but there is no ability to change playback speed, optimize volume or eliminate silences.

As I said yesterday, I'm happy to see Google get back into the podcasting space, as it is far too significant a category for them to not have a solution available by default on Android. I'm sure existing podcast app makers have to be somewhat concerned that this will cost them some purchases, but from the current state of things, it is going to be a while until Google's solution is on par with any of the top contenders.

Have any of you seen podcasts make an appearance in Play Music yet? And since many of you said yesterday you wouldn't be switching unless Google was offering comparable functionality to your current podcast app of choice, I'd love to hear what you use right now and what made you choose it.


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NVIDIA Shield Tablet Getting Its Marshmallow Update

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 10:48 AM PST

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The NVIDIA Shield K1 got updated to Marshmallow all the way back in December but despite being nearly identical to the K1, the original Shield Tablet was left behind on Lollipop.  Well left behind no more.

NVIDIA has finally released the Marshmallow update for the original Shield Tablet bringing that tablet up to Android 6.0 as well.  In addition to new Android features such as Now on Tape, Doze, and the new microSD storage management, NVIDIA also did some work improving their camera app.  Going back to the microSD card changes, NVIDIA does warn that if you want to use your microSD card as internal storage, you will lose existing data on the card so be sure to back it up.  Again, back up your stuff if you're wanting to use your microSD card as internal storage.

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Marshmallow Is Rolling Out To The LG G4

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 10:18 AM PST

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February is officially under way and with the new month comes some new software!   Both Telus and Rogers have begun rolling out their Marshmallow updates for the LG G4.  Telus had promised that the update would begin rolling out on February 1 while Rogers had set today as the roll out date.  I'm also hearing that Bell customers have begun receiving an OTA so that should cover the big 3 at least.

Some users have also said that they were able to use LG Bridge to grab the new software so that's another option for you if you don't feel like downloading it directly to your phone.

While things will likely look pretty similar, Marshmallow does bring some pretty nifty new features like Now on Tap and Doze.  Overall performance should also get a bump with the new software.

[Rogers / Telus]

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HTC Adds Two New Colour Options For The One A9

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 10:03 AM PST

HTC One A9 Garnet

The HTC One A9 was one of the more intriguing devices the Taiwanese company launched last year.  The design was a bit of departure from their norm and very much resembled the iPhone 6.  The specs were good, but not great, yet the price would lead you to believe you were purchasing a true flagship phone rather than a very nice mid range offering.  The device also never made its way to carriers; instead, HTC is selling it directly through their website.

While I'm still not sure that HTC has a winner in the One A9, they have expanded the colour options available that may draw in some buyers who want a good looking phone.  The two new colours include Garnet and Gold.  The Garnet in particular looks quite stunning (in my opinion) and I'm really hoping that they bring back this colour option with the M10 this year as it simply looks amazing.

What do you guys think of the new colours?

HTC One A9 Gold

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Deal: Best Buy giving away $10 gift cards with Chromecast and Chromecast Audio

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 10:02 AM PST

If you don't mind going with the achromatic version of the new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio, then this is one of the relatively few solid deals we've seen on the new Chromecast models since they launched last year.

Pick up either the Chromecast or Chromecast Audio at the standard $35 price and you will score a $10 Best Buy gift card to go with it. You can always just turn around and grab a Google Play gift card with that money to load up some content for casting.

Between this and the bevy of offers usually available to Chromecast owners through Google, you will quickly see your cost of ownership drop close to nothing.


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Google removes the Samsung supported Adblock Fast from the Play Store

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 10:02 AM PST

It has been two days since Samsung announced a new set of APIs within its stock web browser that would allow for content and ad blocking. The first app to get attention from that announcement was Adblock Fast, the official launch partner of the new feature in Samsung's stock app.

That didn't last long, though. According to The Next Web, Google has already pulled Adblock Fast from the Play Store. The app managed to garner plenty of downloads and shoot up the charts after its unveiling and Samsung's announcement, so its removal was sudden and unexpected. According to the report, Adblock Fast's developers were sent an email from Google that stated they had violated Section 4.4 within the Developer Distribution Agreement, and told them it's a "policy strike" that saw the apps removal from the digital storefront.

Section 4.4 basically reads that developers cannot build apps that interfere with other installed apps on an owner's device:

"4.4 Prohibited Actions. You agree that you will not engage in any activity with the Store, including the development or distribution of Products, that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner the devices, servers, networks, or other properties or services of any third party including, but not limited to, Android users, Google or any mobile network operator. You may not use customer information obtained from the Store to sell or distribute Products outside of the Store."

The fact that Adblock Fast was using an official API from Samsung within that company's own app, sanctioned by Samsung's own teams, suggests that the app wasn't doing all of these things. However, it was at least disrupting web pages, as it removed ads and some content, so this is the area that Google could have taken exception with.

However, it should be noted that other apps of this ilk — including Adblock Plus, which even uses Samsung's API as well — are still available in the Play Store.


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T-Mobile brings back ‘fourth line free’ family promo

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:47 AM PST

With the amount of promos that T-Mobile runs, it can be more than a little confusing to keep track of the carrier's current offers. Today brings us yet another T-Mobile promo, with the company reviving its popular "fourth line free" promo for families. Essentially, this means that you have the choice of two plans that offer you four lines for the price of three.

Here's what it breaks down to. For $120 per month, you can get four lines with 10GB of data each, as well as unlimited talk and text. For $150 per month, you can get four lines with unlimited LTE data, talk and text. All in all, it's actually one of T-Mobile's simpler deals.

The especially good piece of news is that the promo is open to more than just new customers. Existing customers can give T-Mobile a call or head into their nearest store to take advantage of this promo for their family. If you already have four lines, there's no reason why you shouldn't take advantage of this and get the fourth line free. There's no pre-planned end date to indicate how long you can keep the pricing, but T-Mobile's policy ensures that you'll be able to keep the unlimited LTE plan for at least two years.

This offer will only be available for a limited time and T-Mobile hasn't given a specific close date, so you may want to hurry if you're planning to take advantage of this.


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Opera Max Update Improves Security And Speed For Users On Public Wi-Fi

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:43 AM PST

OperaMaxBrowsing the Internet on a public Wi-Fi connection comes with its share of risks. With the latest update, Opera Max will better protect users who go online on an unprotected network.

Opera Max will do this by switching all of its VPN data connections to SPDY with SSL tunnel instead of HTTP 1.1. This way your Internet traffic should not only consume less data, it will be encrypted as well. Opera says this will also speed up the experience on crowded networks.

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Opera Max Update Improves Security And Speed For Users On Public Wi-Fi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OrangePixel's Space Grunts Is A Roguelike Turn-Based Shooter, And It's 50% Off For The Launch

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:43 AM PST

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When things get freaky in a moon base, who are you gonna call? Ghostbusters Space Grunts, of course. In OrangePixel's latest Android game, you take control of a Space Grunt and blast your way into said moon base to see what's going on. It's a dangerous mission, and you're going to die... a lot.

Space Grunts looks at first like a standard top-down shooter, but it's a bit more structured than that.

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Marshmallow beta comes to Galaxy Note 5 in U.S.

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 08:35 AM PST

Has your Note 5 received Marshmallow yet? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidSamsung has begun rolling out a Marshmallow beta to a small number of Galaxy Note 5 handsets in the U.S. This is the first time Samsung's flagship phablet has received an Android 6.0 update, and it comes just days after the company began upgrading the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Around 200 Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920A)

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An exoskeleton named Phoenix removes cost as a barrier to walking

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 07:33 AM PST

Steve Sanchez says the Phoenix is a breakthrough in exoskeleton comfort. Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni has created bionic machinery that can help a person rise out of a wheelchair and walk. Yet, there's one barrier preventing some people from walking – cost. This week, Kazerooni's work takes an important step forward. His company, SuitX debuted a lightweight exoskeleton, dubbed Phoenix, for people with mobility disorders at an

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Google Play Music's Podcasts Interface And Functionality Is Live For Some Users

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 03:58 AM PST

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We've known since last October that Google Play Music was getting ready to welcome podcasts into its fold of audio entertainment, but yesterday Sportscaster Bill Simmons broke the news that the feature was going live this month. It turns out that the option is already active for a few Android users through the weird magic of server-side A/B testing.

Our own Cody had already gone through a mini teardown of version 6.3 of Google Play Music that was released last week, and found lots of hints that podcast support was being thoroughly implemented.

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Microsoft is acquiring SwiftKey for rumored $250 million

Posted: 03 Feb 2016 02:18 AM PST

Microsoft snaps up another hot app. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidMicrosoft is acquiring SwiftKey, London-based makers of the popular virtual keyboard for Android and iOS, in a deal rumored to be worth $250 million. SwiftKey insists it will continue to develop its keyboard for both platforms going forward — and it will remain free. "We're excited to announce an important milestone on SwiftKey's journey," reads the

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