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[Neat] Chrome Dev Can Show Web Content Snippets On New Tab Page After Toggling A Flag

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 03:00 PM PST

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There's a particularly neat feature lurking in the flags in the latest version of Chrome Dev. If you toggle "enable-ntp-snippets" you'll get a handy list of content from around the web on the new tab page, complete with text snippet previews.

So far, this flag appears to only be available in Chrome Dev. You'll find it under chrome://flags/#enable-ntp-snippets. The default behavior right now is to have this feature disabled, but you can toggle it to enabled to test it out.

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[Neat] Chrome Dev Can Show Web Content Snippets On New Tab Page After Toggling A Flag was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of February 2016

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 03:00 PM PST

nexusae0_Game-Roundup-HeroConsidering the shortness of February and the general malaise that is the entertainment industry between January and March, it's impressive that Android received so many high-profile games during the month. And indeed we did: JRPG fans have no less than three new classics to check out, there's a new chapter of The Walking Dead for horror fans, and plenty of titles for more causal players to try. Below in no particular you'll find our picks for the seven best new Android games of February, plus a few honorable mentions.

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of February 2016 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chrome Dev Has Started Opening Chrome Custom Tabs For All Apps, But Not For Everyone

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 01:22 PM PST

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Google started offering Chrome Custom Tabs in v45 as a way to open links, and some app developers have started taking advantage of the faster rendering and Chrome data integration. Now, Google appears to be taking matters into its own hands to make links load faster when you use Chrome Dev. Some users are seeing Chrome Custom Tabs loading for all apps when Chrome Dev is set as the default.

With Chrome Dev, links from other apps will now open in a Custom Tab, which loads much faster than the full browser.

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Chrome Dev Has Started Opening Chrome Custom Tabs For All Apps, But Not For Everyone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Amazon’s new approach to encryption is the exact opposite of what you’d expect

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 12:02 PM PST

You might want to avoid Amazon's Fire OS 5 update. Photo: TechSmart/Flickr (CC-licensed)While Apple is embroiled in an ugly battle with the FBI in the hope that it can protect the privacy and security of its users, Amazon is throwing away the encryption it previously offered its own. With its latest Fire OS 5 update, the company has removed the ability to encrypt data on its Fire

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Get a lifetime of learning with the eduCBA Tech Training Bundle [Deal]

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 12:02 PM PST

8521db0004659cbb6c5e89666836077ffbd207fc_main_hero_imageWelcome to your personal online classroom, where you can finally study at your own pace, on your own time (and pajamas are encouraged). With more than 500 courses currently offered, and more coming, eduCBA delivers course on all things tech. From coding to design, one purchase will grant you access to endless growth potential in

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Galaxy S7 trounces iPhone 6s in camera tests

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 10:25 AM PST

It's not even close. Photo: SuperSaf TVRemember when the iPhone had by far the best camera you could get in a smartphone? Those days are long gone. In the camera comparison video below, Samsung's new Galaxy S7 edge well and truly trounces the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in almost every test carried out. I know the iPhone doesn't have a

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Here’s when your Samsung Galaxy is getting Marshmallow

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 08:58 AM PST

When is Marshmallow coming to your Galaxy? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung's latest upgrade schedule for Android 6.0 Marshmallow has leaked out again! This is supposedly the latest version, published internally on February 29, and it tells us when we can expect to see Android 6.0 on the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy S6 series, the Galaxy S5, and

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Amazon intros Echo Dot and Amazon Tap portable speaker

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 08:05 AM PST

Rumors of the Amazon Echo getting a smaller sibling have been circulating since the beginning of the year, but details were slim with little more than it would be portable and coming soon.

Today Amazon has finally made the official reveal of not just one, but two new smaller Echo like devices; the Amazon Echo Dot is a miniature version of the Echo and the Amazon Tap is a portable Bluetooth speaker with Echo capabilities.

Amazon Echo Dot

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The Echo Dot, as the name aptly suggests, is a considerably smaller version of the Amazon Echo. And to be clear, the size difference is significant: the Echo is 9.25-inches tall and the Echo Dot is a mere 1.5-inches. While it does have a small built-in speaker, it seems like the Echo Dot is much more geared towards the voice assistant and smart home functionality rather than audio playback. Amazon pitches it as a perfect fit for the bedside table or kitchen. If you do want to use the Echo Dot as a home audio solution, you can connect it to an existing home stereo with an audio cable or Bluetooth.

The Echo Dot is available now for $89.99, but only to owners of the Echo or a Fire TV with Alexa support by saying "Alexa, order an Echo Dot."

Amazon Tap

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The Amazon Tap is the device that was rumored previously, as it is a truly portable speaker, unlike the Echo and Echo Dot. The big question there was how would the always listening functionality work on a battery-bound device, and the answer is that it does not. This is perhaps why Amazon opted to drop "Echo" from the name of this product. The Tap gets its name from the method for calling up Alexa on the device, which is by tapping the microphone button on the side of the speaker.

In order to use Alexa functionality, the Tap needs an Internet connection, and this can be achieved either via Wi-Fi or with a mobile hotspot from your smartphone or tablet. When not connected to the Internet, the Tap is just a Bluetooth speaker. It has solid specs there, but we'll have to see how it stacks up against some of our favorite Bluetooth speakers when we get our hands on one.

The speaker has up to 9 hours of playback on a single charge and comes with a charging cradle that makes it resemble a slightly smaller version of the traditional Echo when docked. At 6.2 inches tall, it is a few inches shy of its big sibling and a almost an inch narrower as well. On the top of the Tap are volume and playback controls.

Unlike the Echo Dot, anyone can order the Amazon Tap, but it's a pre-order today and will ship on March 31st. The Tap is priced at $129.99, which compares favorably with mid- to high-end Bluetooth speakers, and of course, it has the added bonus of Alexa. For an extra $19.99 you can add a Tap Sling Cover in 6 colors that adds a loop and some protection for your Tap.

It seems odd that Amazon is limiting the sales of the Echo Dot, as the size of the original Echo does seem like it may have been a sticking point for some users, but perhaps it is attributable to Amazon being unable to produce the device in significant quantities at the moment.

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Thumb Drift From SMG Studio Drifts Into The Play Store, Explodes After Hitting Wall

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 08:01 AM PST

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You may know SMG Studio from the neato tower defense game OTTTD or the frustratingly addictive One More Line. Now, SMG has turned its attention not to turning, but drifting. The cars in Thumb Drift are tuned for big drifts around corners, but they also explode immediately when you hit the wall.

Thumb Drift is part racing and part endless runner. The game measures the distance you manage to cover before hitting a wall, which you will do a lot.

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Thumb Drift From SMG Studio Drifts Into The Play Store, Explodes After Hitting Wall was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google’s next Nexus to rip off iPhone’s 3D Touch

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 07:50 AM PST

3D Touch is awesome on iPhone 6s. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle's next-generation Nexus smartphone will adopt the iPhone's 3D Touch technology, according to an "insider" familiar with the company's plans. It's thought HTC will be tasked with building the device, and it should arrive later this year. 3D Touch is still seen by many (mostly those who are yet to use it) as a gimmick.

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Clash Royale, Dig Pig

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 07:49 AM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Road to be King

DescriptionHold your finger on your screen and dodge hordes of foul creatures and dangerous traps. Go as far as you can to set your highest score and compete against friends. Collect crystals to buy and upgrade special items that will help you along the way. You can also pick up special power ups to becoming even more powerful.

 

Dig Pig

Description:  Pig is single and he's looking for love, but online dating only gives him matches on the other side of the world. Help him dig his way through the Earth while avoiding the obstacles. Sound easy? Make sure you aim for the right spot on the map! Easy and intuitive to play, but hard to master.

 

Chased By The Sun

DescriptionWelcome to CHASED BY THE SUN, the not-so-endless runner starring the tiny green spaceship with the gigantic ball of thermonuclear plasma in hot pursuit!

 

Miner Z

DescriptionIt's the Zombie apocalypse and you are one of the last survivors. You have one option, dig or die! Tunnel through the perilous mine as you try to escape the Zombie hoard. MinerZ. How deep can you dig?!

 

Clash Royale

DescriptionEnter the Arena! From the creators of Clash of Clans comes a real-time multiplayer game starring the Royales, your favorite Clash characters and much, much more. Collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring the Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses you know and love, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more.

 

Ignatius

Description: Ignatius is a atmospheric puzzle-platformer game with an interesting story. The game with its visual form and plot refers to the old silent movies. Graphic design of "Ignatius" is a unique combination of different aesthetics – hand drawing , noir , vintage , art deco and even steam – punk elements .

 

Flipper Fox

DescriptionMeet Ollie, the happy-go-lucky party planner on your adventure through the colorful world of Flipper Fox! Swipe to flip tiles, creating a path for Ollie to find the supplies needed to make his friend's parties a hit! Collect sweet gifts across over 180 head-scratching puzzle levels!

 

Axe in Face 2

DescriptionThe mighty Redbeard is back in the killer follow-up to the best Nordic mobile game of 2011! Help Redbeard defend his precious flowers from hordes of invading Vikings, making use of his sharp axe and unparalleled throwing skills, spells from the Gods and awesome power-ups!

 

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy

DescriptionWith a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a chilling musical score by famed Hollywood composer Angelo Badalementi, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered serves as the definitive version of the supernatural murder mystery and (re)introduces the groundbreaking title to old and new fans alike.

 

Evo Explores

DescriptionIn Evo Explores you should trust your eyes. If something looks real – it is real! If you don't see a problem – there is no problem at all. Manipulate impossible surreal structures, explore optical illusions and solve mind blowing puzzles. Every new level will unravel the history of Byte planet and its citizens.

 


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Microsoft Hyperlapse Adds 1080p Video Support And Option To Save To The SD Card

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 07:27 AM PST

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Hyperlapse is Microsoft's fancy name for smooth time-lapse videos. The Android app can shoot new scenes or import your existing videos and stabilize them, remove the shaking, and either keep them at the same speed or fast-forward them up to 16x for a more adrenalin-pumping effect.

The app received an update to add two important features when you're dealing with video. First is the ability to shoot and export edited video in 1080p, and second is the option to save videos to the SD card.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse Adds 1080p Video Support And Option To Save To The SD Card was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung won’t commit to supporting Apple in FBI standoff

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 06:57 AM PST

apple-samsung-iphone-galaxy-patent-warChiming in on one of the biggest tech stories of the year, Samsung says that customer privacy is "extremely important to it" and argues against software backdoors — but won't totally commit to supporting Apple, either. In a statement, Samsung writes that: "Ensuring trust in our products and services is our top priority. Our phones

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[Update: New Logo Is Live] LastPass' New Logo Dumps The Asterisk For Dots And A Vertical Bar, Looks Pretty Confus•••|

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 05:10 AM PST

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Asterisks are serious business. It appears that LastPass was hit with a trademark lawsuit about its logo last year (personal theory: maybe from Asterisk.org?), forcing it to change its brand's identity. The asterisk had to go so the company looked at the visual interface of password fields and saw that dots were now the norm for hiding passwords, not asterisks.

That's where the new logo was born from. The signature red color remains, the black/red logo is also alive, and the font appears to be unchanged.

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[Update: New Logo Is Live] LastPass' New Logo Dumps The Asterisk For Dots And A Vertical Bar, Looks Pretty Confus•••| was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony’s Xperia X, Xperia X Performance will not have Quick Charge 3.0 either

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 02:44 AM PST

Following the news that Samsung's new flagship phones will not be compatible with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 standard, we're now learning that Sony's new devices will not be using the standard either. The newly announced Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia X Performance will be using Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 standard despite the fact that the Qualcomm processors used in either phone is fully compatible with Quick Charge 3.0.

We speculated that Samsung was omitting the feature in order to offer charging parity between the Exynos and Qualcomm powered variants of its phones, but we're not sure what to make of Sony's decision to stick with the older standard. There's a good chance that Quick Charge 3.0 will be turned on for these devices with a software update after the phones are released. HTC promised Quick Charge 3.0 support for the HTC One A9 through a software update when the phone was initially launched in October of last year, but the phone is still only compatible with Quick Charge 2.0. This leads us to believe that Qualcomm may be having issues with the new Quick Charge standard itself.


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HTC Releases First Teaser Video

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 09:42 PM PST

HTC released a little teaser a little while back in the form of an image.  Well today we get our next teaser from the struggling Taiwanese company and this time its a video!

Unfortunately, the teaser really doesn't show us anything.  Instead, the video just talks about how obsessed HTC is with making our phones even better.  How they don't stop working and stay up all night perfecting the smartphone.

Sadly, they have fallen flat on these pursuits in recent years.  While the M7 was a phenomenal phone, the company quickly lost momentum with the M8 and M9.  Hopefully the M10 helps bring back some of their former glory.

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Google I/O 2016 Registrations Open On March 8th

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 09:10 PM PST

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Google has now officially announced the registration date for its annual developer conference.

Google I/O 2016 registrations will open on March 8th and the conference itself will be held on May 18th to the 20th. Just as Sundar Pichai revealed earlier this year, it be located at Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California instead of the usual Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Pricing information for regular and student attendees will be announced on March 8th as well but it's worth pointing out that the pricing last year was $800 and $300 for students.

Will we get Android N? A new Nexus tablet? You decide.

[Google I/O]

The post Google I/O 2016 Registrations Open On March 8th appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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New torture tests pit Galaxy S7 Edge against iPhone 6s Plus

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 05:26 PM PST

Samsung's IP68 rating keeps it usable and safe underwater, but not so much when it gets dropped. Photo: EverythingApplePro/YouTubeIn the endless battle for supremacy between Apple and Samsung, it looks like the Korean company has leaped ahead of Cupertino's tech giant when it comes to water resistance, but the iPhone 6s Plus still reigns supreme in terms of shatter resistance. YouTuber EverythingApplePro set the new Samsung Galaxy S7 next to an Apple iPhone

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