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Cloud-based Robin smartphone won’t fly on Verizon or Sprint

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 03:25 PM PDT

Robin comes in mint and midnight color options. Photo: NextbitIn a move that will come as a surprise to anybody who backed Nextbit's successful crowdfunding campaign, the company has cancelled the CDMA version of its Robin smartphone. Nextbit cited its inability to fully understand the costs involved with getting a smartphone onto Verizon's and Sprint's CDMA networks, as well as the lengthy approval process

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Maps v9.22 Shows Plans To Support Saving Offline Maps Based On Routes, Also Takes Us Down To Funky Town For A New Easter Egg [APK Teardown]

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 02:51 PM PDT

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The latest update to Maps v9.22 included a respectable number of new features and improvements, but that's not all it had to show off. A teardown reveals that the developers are preparing a feature that users have been requesting for quite some time: saving routes for offline use. But that's not the only item on the teardown docket, we've also got the makings of an easter egg that might just take us back to 1980 for some disco.

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Maps v9.22 Shows Plans To Support Saving Offline Maps Based On Routes, Also Takes Us Down To Funky Town For A New Easter Egg [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Review: LEO Privacy Guard

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 02:40 PM PDT

It's more important than ever to protect the data on our devices. Our phones and tablets go everywhere with us, and contain data from every aspect of our lives.

Passcode and swipe patterns do a great job of locking our devices, and for many people this will be enough in terms of protection. But if your device is shared, or if you have some sensitive files or information on there, you may want to think about ways of adding more security to your mobile device.

LEO Privacy Guard from LEOMASTER is an app that offers these extra protections and promises to safeguard you from prying eyes, lock down your apps or media and make sure the contents and communications on your phone stay private.

LEO Privacy Guard is pretty packed full of features, the most simple and straightforward of which is its overall privacy checker. When you first open the app, it can give you a privacy score based on how easy to access your data is as well as how secure your network is. The app will then guide you through ways to improve this score using its other in-built features.

Key features include the ability to lock particular apps so that when opened, they require an extra swipe gesture or passcode to enter providing that additional layer of security; the ability to hide individual photos or videos from your gallery app so that they are only viewable through LEO Privacy Guard; and set certain contacts to private so that their communication appears only in the app, too. These features work as advertised and you are even able to create various profiles for different settings. I found it useful to have a set of Home settings, placing restrictions on work-centric apps and some games so that I felt comfortable handing the device to someone else. Equally, you could set a Work profile which locks down personal info or hides some private photos that can be activated while you're in a work setting.

LEO Privacy Guard itself is secured by a swipe gesture meaning that no one else can access your privacy settings and remove restrictions.

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Navigating around the app is easily done as it has a straightforward user interface that most Android users will be comfortable with. The app has been poorly translated into English at times, leading to a bit of confusion and diminishing the overall polish of the offering.

The most surprising, and probably my favorite, LEO Privacy Guard feature is the app's 'break-in' alert. This feature takes a front facing photo any time someone tries to access a locked app or get into your Privacy Guard app and inputs the swipe gesture incorrectly. It works every time, and is a great way to see if a friend or family member has been trying to peek at your stuff. I also really like the ability to set 'App Covers' for locked applications. This means that rather than apps appearing outwardly as locked or secret, they can present themselves with a crash screen or a fun swipe to unlock page that only the user knows how to bypass and access the app — it's less conspicuous than just requiring a passcode.

The abundance of features in the app — particularly those that are not purely security focused — is both a pro and a con. There's a RAM booster, a mobile data monitor, a battery monitor and charging screen, as well as the ability to uninstall or backup your apps. Although optional, I feel like they mostly bloat the app and would personally prefer a dedicated app that solely looked after device security. The RAM booster itself clears the RAM, but like with most of these offerings, a number of the processes killed immediately start again. The battery screen is also not recommended as it displays an ad front and center on your lock screen while charging — not something I want to see.

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Speaking of ads, they are present throughout the app and regularly clutter the UI. There is seemingly no way to remove these even through in-app purchase. In a similar vein, installing LEO Privacy Guard also places a shortcut for a service called App Joy on your home screen — this contains what is essentially a list of sponsored apps.

LEO Privacy Guard is certainly worth checking out if you're after an extra layer of security for your apps or media. It's capable of locking down apps, contacts, photos and the ability to capture a photo of those trying to pry on your private info is neat. There are issues with UI as well as additional and perhaps unnecessary features, but the app could be useful for those searching for a little extra privacy on their Android device.

Check out LEO Privacy Guard on Google Play where it is available to download for free.


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Gameloft And Disney Team Up For The Magical Park-Building Game 'Disney Magic Kingdoms', Out Now

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 02:36 PM PDT

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For many young kids, Disneyland is a dream come true. And if they're old enough to dream of going on Disney rides, they're probably also old enough to know that Gameloft is a game developer to approach with caution. Some games are good. Others are ripe with in-app purchases. And the ones that are good tend to have IAPs, too.

Disney has partnered with Gameloft to produce Disney Magic Kingdoms, a game about building your own park and keeping visitors happy.

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Gameloft And Disney Team Up For The Magical Park-Building Game 'Disney Magic Kingdoms', Out Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Wrists everywhere love TAG’s first Android Wear watch, more to come

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 12:20 PM PDT

The Connected watch is selling well so far. Photo: TAG HeuerTAG Heuer's first Android Wear watch might be pricey at $1,500, but that hasn't prevented it from being successful. The Swiss company has revealed that it "totally underestimated demand" for its first smart wearable, and it has more planned for 2017. The TAG Heuer Connected combines stunning Swiss hardware, loosely based on the iconic Carrera

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Get lifetime access to VPN Unlimited and To Do Checklist [Deal]

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 11:46 AM PDT

VPN-Unlimited-BundleAmong the top concerns for anybody who spends a lot of time on the computer are how to stay safe online, and how to stay on task. This pair of awesome apps addresses both, with VPN Unlimited creating a private, protected link to the web, and To Do Checklist preserving your productivity. The best part: right

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Google Adds Android TV Backdrop App To the Play Store

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 11:26 AM PDT

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Google has released a new app in the Play Store, but before you get too excited, it's not technically a new app. It's just new to the store. It's the Android TV Backdrop Daydream app. If you've got an Android TV device, it already has this app installed, but now that it's in the Play Store you should get automatic updates.

The Backdrop Daydream is the app that handles showing you pretty pictures on the screen after your device has been idle for a few minutes.

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Google Adds Android TV Backdrop App To the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile Binge On now supports your YouTube addiction

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 11:13 AM PDT

Binge On YouTube with T-Mobile. Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.T-Mobile Binge On, the awesome service that lets you enjoy all the videos your eyes can handle without eating into your data plan, now supports YouTube, Discovery GO, and a whole bunch of other streaming services. The full list of services added includes Baeble Music, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, KlowdTV, Red Bull TV, and

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OnePlus starts soak testing its Marshmallow upgrade

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 09:51 AM PDT

OnePlus 2 is finally getting OxygenOS 3.0. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidOnePlus has begun soak testing its OxygenOS 3 upgrade based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the OnePlus 2, according to user reports. The release brings a long list of new features and improvements, including the ability to customize the physical alert slider, and support for Marshmallow's fingerprint API. Considering OxygenOS is pretty close to stock

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WhatsApp beta adds support for bold and italic text

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 08:46 AM PDT

Bold and italics in WhatsApp. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidWhatsApp makes it easy to express yourself with emojis and images and other kinds of modern media — but what if you prefer the good old written word? Until now, the platform has only supported basic text with zero formatting options. But in the latest WhatsApp beta, users have the option to use bold and italic

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WhatsApp Now Lets You Format Text As Bold Or Italic, Send Google Drive Files As PDF, And More

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 04:10 AM PDT

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Given the fast rate at which WhatsApp betas are rolling lately, we keep getting frequent tips about certain small changes to the app that have occurred over one of the many revisions but that we can't pinpoint to a specific version of the app (unless we go ahead and install and test each version, but ain't nobody got time for that!!!). So here we are today with a list of changes that have been implemented at some point during the past week or two and that are all available in version 2.12.535 of the app.

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WhatsApp Now Lets You Format Text As Bold Or Italic, Send Google Drive Files As PDF, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Marshmallow Beta Rolling Out To Select Xperia Z2, Z3 And Z3 Compact Phones

Posted: 16 Mar 2016 10:29 PM PDT

Sony Marshmallow

Sony's Marshmallow beta program was announced a little over a month ago and since then, there hasn't been much activity until last week when the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3C all started to get the Android 6.0 OTA.

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The build number for this update is 23.5.A.0.486 and it brings all the new features found in the Z5 build of Marshmallow. The most significant is actually a direct port of the Camera 2.0 interface found on the Xperia Z5. Due to Google's implementation of Doze in Marshmallow, Sony was required to remove Stamina mode from all its Android 6.0 builds.

Do remember that while everything may seem fine, Sony has still labeled this as beta software and as such, it is not intended to be used as a daily driver. However for those that are keen on trying this out for themselves, you can follow Xperia Blog's tutorial here.

[Xperia Blog]

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Fossil Announces Two New Android Wear Watches

Posted: 16 Mar 2016 08:59 PM PDT

Fossil Q Marshal and Q Wander

The smartwatch craze is still in full affect and it's not just the tech manufacturers that are churning out watches.  Mainstream watch makers have taken to making smartwatches as well and one of the bigger players in the watch world is back with two more Android Wear powered watches.

Fossil recently announced two new models, the Q Marshal and Q Wander.  Both devices feature round circular faces but we can't quite see whether or not they're sporting the flat tire look.  We don't have much information on the rest of the specs but I'm guessing they're probably spec'd similar to all the other watches on the market right now.  In terms of pricing, both devices are priced at $275 USD and come in both 44mm and 46mm sizes.

No word on availability but once we hear something we'll pass it along.

[The Verge]

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Gold Platinum S7 & S7 Edge Coming To Canada This Month

Posted: 16 Mar 2016 08:29 PM PDT

Galaxy S7 Gold Platinum

Are the Black Onyx and Titanium Silver Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge not quite what you're looking for?  Well perhaps the Gold Platinum version is a little more up your alley.  Well if that's the case, then we've got some news that should perk you up.

According to the guys over on MobileSyrup, the Gold Platinum Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are expected to hit Canada by the end of the month, March 28 to be exact.  There wasn't any info on which carriers would be picking up the new colour but given that all carriers carried the Gold Platinum S6 it wouldn't be a surprise if they all got the S7 and S7 Edge in that colour scheme.

Once we have some more information on availability we'll be sure to pass it along.

[MobileSyrup]

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30 games coming to Oculus March 28

Posted: 16 Mar 2016 03:59 PM PDT

Oculus Rift

There will be 30 titles to launch with the Oculus Rift on March 28th. It's an impressive lineup of virtual reality games that best represent gaming on the highly anticipated console platform. Check out the vid above which showcases some awesome games placing you in the first person flight or driving experience, control third person adventure... View Article

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