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SwiftKey Beta gets new clipboard manager feature

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 03:43 PM PDT

SwiftKey is a fan favorite keyboard that has a very loyal following. The beta version of the app was just updated with some awesome new features that have been sorely missing from Android itself.

The keyboard now has a clipboard manager, storing the things you copy and paste for an hour. If you copy something, your previous copied data will not be gone, but saved in a list. This is a fantastic feature for moving around data on your smartphone (and even computer, where clipboard managers are popular). You can even pin some data to keep it for longer than an hour.

If you want to check it out, head to the Play Store and update SwiftKey Beta then head to the app's settings.


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Verizon offering $300 off any phone $400 and up for new accounts and lines

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 03:43 PM PDT

Verizon is having a massive promo right now. You can pick up any phone over $400 and you'll get a whole $300 off. You can use the code "FORYOU300″ to get the discount, and it'll work as long as you sign up for a payment plan.

Unfortunately, this promo doesn't seem to work with upgrades. You can only use it for new accounts and new lines on an existing account, so those who want to upgrade seem to be out of luck. You can give it a shot, maybe support will help, but support will usually tell you nothing can be done.

The deal will work on any device over $400, including the iPhone (if you really want to stoop so low). Let us know if you take advantage of it!


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That unofficial 'Game Boy' smartphone adapter from April Fool's is now a working product, may actually come to market this year

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 03:18 PM PDT

dsc00724A little over a year ago, one of the endless April Fool's jokes that crops up around tech sites struck a chord with gamers. The "SmartBoy" from Hyperkin, sellers of new replacement parts for classic consoles, was a concept that slid an iPhone into a plastic case that perfectly reproduced the buttons and grip of the original Game Boy from 1989. It also includes a real game cartridge slot, so authentic Game Boy games could theoretically be played using a modern smartphone screen.

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That unofficial 'Game Boy' smartphone adapter from April Fool's is now a working product, may actually come to market this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Shazam updated with auto mode to identify songs in the background

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 02:58 PM PDT

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Shazam is usually very good at identifying songs you encounter throughout the day, but you have to open the app and make it do that. Well, not anymore. In the most recent update, Shazam has gained support for auto mode on Android. Just start it up and go about your business while Shazam catalogs all the songs it hears.

Auto mode is available right on the main screen in the app.

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Shazam updated with auto mode to identify songs in the background was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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One Year of Android Security Rewards

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 02:07 PM PDT



A year ago, we added Android Security Rewards to the long standing Google Vulnerability Rewards Program. We offered up to $38,000 per report that we used to fix vulnerabilities and protect Android users.

Since then, we have received over 250 qualifying vulnerability reports from researchers that have helped make Android and mobile security stronger. More than a third of them were reported in Media Server which has been hardened in Android N to make it more resistant to vulnerabilities.

While the program is focused on Nexus devices and has a primary goal of improving Android security, more than a quarter of the issues were reported in code that is developed and used outside of the Android Open Source Project. Fixing these kernel and device driver bugs helps improve security of the broader mobile industry (and even some non-mobile platforms).

By the Numbers

Here's a quick rundown of the Android VRP's first year:

  • We paid over $550,000 to 82 individuals. That's an average of $2,200 per reward and $6,700 per researcher.
  • We paid our top researcher, @heisecode, $75,750 for 26 vulnerability reports.
  • We paid 15 researchers $10,000 or more.
  • There were no payouts for the top reward for a complete remote exploit chain leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise.
Thank you to those who submitted high quality vulnerability reports to us last year.

Improvements to Android VRP

We're constantly working to improve the program and today we're making a few changes to all vulnerability reports filed after June 1, 2016.

We're paying more!
  • We will now pay 33% more for a high-quality vulnerability report with proof of concept. For example, the reward for a Critical vulnerability report with a proof of concept increased from $3000 to $4000.
  • A high quality vulnerability report with a proof of concept, a CTS Test, or a patch will receive an additional 50% more.
  • We're raising our rewards for a remote or proximal kernel exploit from $20,000 to $30,000.
  • A remote exploit chain or exploits leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise increase from $30,000 to $50,000.
All of the changes, as well as the additional terms of the program, are explained in more detail in our Program Rules. If you're interested in helping us find security vulnerabilities, take a look at Bug Hunter University and learn how to submit high quality vulnerability reports. Remember, the better the report, the more you'll get paid. We also recently updated our severity ratings, so make sure to check those out, too.

Thank you to everyone who helped us make Android safer. Together, we made a huge investment in security research that has made Android stronger. We're just getting started and are looking forward to doing even more in the future.

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Google is rolling out a brand-new Now On Tap bar layout with nearby places and quick actions

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 01:59 PM PDT

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Google Now On Tap has been, to put it gently, less than totally useful to most people. While the high-minded concepts behind Now On Tap were quite impressive, Google has had a harder time than I think many of us thought it would actually making it into a consistently helpful and intuitive product. It appears that in the last couple of days Google has been rolling out an all-new set of features to Now On Tap that honestly make it a bit more of a virtual assistant than a contextual search engine.

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Google is rolling out a brand-new Now On Tap bar layout with nearby places and quick actions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos now lets you view images as a slideshow

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 01:40 PM PDT

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What photo manager doesn't let you show off images in a slideshow? Google Photos, it turns out. If this is news to you, then you're finding out right at the moment when the situation is changing. Google Photos has now added a slideshow option.

I don't need to explain slideshows to you. You've been watching computer programs automatically cycle through images since the days software came on floppy disks. The Google Photos experience isn't going to blow your mind.

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Google Photos now lets you view images as a slideshow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Facebook Messenger's homescreen is about to get a total overhaul

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 01:22 PM PDT

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Facebook announced an all-new layout for its Messenger app today (presumably for Android and iOS, though only iOS screenshots were provided). The new "home" area in Messenger is designed to make the app more than just a dumb message hub, and much more of a "Facebook people I care about" hub. Instead of simply being a list of chats, Messenger will now show you your favorite contacts, upcoming birthdays (because Facebook), and who's online now.

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Facebook Messenger's homescreen is about to get a total overhaul was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New version of SwiftKey Beta adds a built-in clipboard manager

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 01:00 PM PDT

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SwiftKey was snapped up by Microsoft recently, but the company isn't giving up on making its app better like so many other companies have post-acquisition. A new version of the SwiftKey Beta is out today with a much-requested feature—a clipboard manager. It temporarily saves everything you copy, lets you add new items manually, and more.

Here's the changelog posted by SwiftKey, which gives you a basic overview of the feature.

Clipboard makes copy & pasting better by giving you control.
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New version of SwiftKey Beta adds a built-in clipboard manager was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Facebook Messenger launches a new Home page to make conversations easier

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 10:48 AM PDT

Facebook recently brought support for text messages on the Android platform to its Messenger app, but it looks like the changes aren't stopping anytime soon.

Facebook today officially announced a brand new Home page, which will work as a new way to look at the inbox experience. Leading up to this point, the home page for Messenger just listed off the many different conversations a user was having. That's changing in a big way, with a redesigned layout, more information, and an easier way to see who's online and, potentially, ready to chat.

On the new Home screen, users will see a few of their most recent conversations at the top and then a list of their favorite contacts just below that. In the middle there's a dedicated section for birthdays, used as another prompt to send a message. And then below that, there's a section for active users, showing who is on Messenger at the moment. Finally, the list of messages with other contacts are below that.

The new Home within Facebook Messenger is rolling out now, so keep an eye out for it. And once you get it, let us know what you think of Facebook's latest change.


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A chat app with the same name as Google's Allo was mysteriously delisted from the Play Store

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 10:43 AM PDT

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When Google announced Allo, the first thing many people did was go to the Play Store and search for the term "Allo." To their surprise, perhaps, there was a shockingly on-point result: a chat app named Allo Group Voice Chat. This seemed... problematic for Google's new chat platform trademark, to say the least. We asked both Google and Allo what was being done about this and never received a response from either party.

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A chat app with the same name as Google's Allo was mysteriously delisted from the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android N Developer Preview 4 breaks Android Pay functionality once again

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 10:42 AM PDT

nopeLet me just start this article with the following caveats: one, Google makes it more than clear that not everything will work in a Developer Preview Android build, or in the new beta system in general. Two, Android Pay is hardly an essential service - suddenly losing access to it doesn't make your credit or debit cards stop working. Three, it's easy enough to get it back by flashing an older Developer Preview or stock build on any Nexus device that's likely to run into this particular problem.

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Android N Developer Preview 4 breaks Android Pay functionality once again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[APK Download] Google Calendar now finds when you're free when you schedule an event

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 09:03 AM PDT

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A couple of months ago, Google's Calendar app received an update that allowed users with an Apps or Edu account to schedule meetings with multiple people based on when everyone was available. While Google Apps users are often last on the pecking order, this time it was regular users who didn't have access to the new "Find a time" feature, likely due to privacy concerns (it's one thing to share your work calendar with your coworkers, but entirely another to share your personal calendar with anyone with your email address).

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[APK Download] Google Calendar now finds when you're free when you schedule an event was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 new Android games this week: PKYBALL, Lost Frontier

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 08:48 AM PDT

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.

Lost Frontier

DescriptionLost Frontier is a turn-based strategy game, brought to you from the creators of the Battleheart and Zombieville series'. In a fantasy-western setting consumed by steam-punk technology and the supernatural, can you survive with just your wit and a six-gun at your side?

 

Tiny Sea Adventure

Description:  Have you always wanted a yellow submarine? Introducing Tiny Sea Adventure! FEATURES:Dive to the depths of the ocean, Dodge fish and jellies, Catch falling coins, Compete with friends for high scores. Tiny Sea Adventure is free to download. Awesome submarines are available for purchase in-game.

 

Epic Flail

DescriptionEpic Flail is a fast paced 2D brawler with a gladiator theme that mimics the action packed fighting scenes from Japanese anime. Epic Flail has the player trapped in the arena, fighting through different modes and defeating other arena legends and even the gods themselves.

 

Dawnbringer

DescriptionEnter the demon-infested realm of Mourngard. Explore the ruins of a deserted world. Venture into the darkest dungeons and vanquish an unrelenting demon horde in this grand fantasy adventure. A forsaken land. A banished hero. Two brothers in strife.

 

Frantic Shooter

DescriptionThe galaxy needs heroes like you! Frantic Shooter is a TPS that will leave you breathless while shooting space debris aliens in the purest arcade style.

 

Cthulhu Realms

Description: Star Realms has gone insane! Introducing Cthulhu Realms! Are you zany enough to play the crazier and creepier cousin of Star Realms? Download and play today to find out why Cthulhu Realms is so crazily addictive! In Cthulhu Realms, each player tries to drive their opponent insane or have more sanity than their opponents when the deck runs out.

 

PKYBALL

DescriptionPrepare to smash it! A hyper-charged arcade smash sport designed to test your skills and reflexes to the max. Fight your way through the leaderboard and become a PKTBALL master!

 

Take Off Flight Simulator

DescriptionIn this flight simulator game you can take off, fly and land your airplane at the airport like a real pilot and take control of your jet in emergency situations in the sky. Send your fleet to international airports in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, London and Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates.

 

Be My Guest

Description In Be My Guest, a guest is over for dinner, and your goal is to overfeed him. But don't let him get too full, he might die! And don't let him drink too much liquid, he might starve. And don't feed him bombs, he'll probably explode. Be a good host and clear out your kitchen – but keep your guest alive!

 

Wiggly Pig

DescriptionControl hooves of your little piglet hero to move it forward and escape the big bad wolf. QWOP-style walking simulator game with cute character, silly skins, frustratingly charming gameplay and dangerous obstacles.

 


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Verizon now offering the ASUS ZenPad Z8

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 08:48 AM PDT

Wireless carriers love to offer tablets, as they're an accessory that doesn't necessarily need carrier support but can be a great money spinner if customers choose to purchase a tablet from a carrier. The latest tablet to be offered by a carrier is the ASUS ZenPad Z8, which is now available from Verizon. Let's take a look at what the Zenpad Z8 is selling itself on.

  • 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS display
  • 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage plus a microSD card slot
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-mgeapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • 4680mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 4G LTE support

As you can tell, the ASUS ZenPad Z8 is a respectable tablet. It's nothing flagship, but it also brings in better specs than many of the other low-cost tablets offered by wireless carriers. Speaking of cost, Verizon has the ZenPad Z8 priced at $249.99 full retail price or $149.99 on a two-year contract. It's also available for $10.41/mo for 24 months on a device payment plan.

Check out the source link below for Verizon's official announcement.


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LG officially announces the X power, X mach, X style, and X max

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 08:48 AM PDT

LG is following the release of its flagship, the G5, by adding four new devices to its lineup.

These handsets are set within the X brand, which means they should be a bit more affordable when compared to the high-end G5. The features lists, especially for the X power, aren't lacking, though. Specifically, the X power features a 5.3-inch HD display, with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM under the hood. There's a 13MP camera on the back, and a 5MP front-facing camera on the other side. LG's crammed a huge battery as well, measured in at 4100mAh. The X power's frame measures in at only 7.9mm thin, and it boasts PE+ fast charging technology.

LG's X mach is all about speed. The device features support for LTE Cat. 9 3CA data transfers and a 1.8GHz hexa-core processor. It has a QHD IPS Quantum display, and the camera on the back features a 1.55μm sensor, which should make the low-light images much better. The X mach also boasts 3GB of RAM.

The X style will apparently stand out by "boasting gracefully curving lines and extra-slim body," but what that actually means in practice remains to be seen at this point. The X max "sports a large display," but LG isn't announcing how big it is just yet.

LG should get around to announcing release dates for each handset, along with pricing, at some point in the near future.

What do you think of LG's four new handsets?


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Twitter rolls out its in-app Periscope button to everyone

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 12:03 AM PDT

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After an initial test back in May, Twitter has begun rolling out its new Periscope button to everyone on Android and iOS. When composing a tweet, users will now be greeted with a "Live" button within the media picker, serving as a shortcut to directly launch the Periscope app (or to download it if it isn't installed) and immediately begin live broadcasting to any audience.

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Twitter rolls out its in-app Periscope button to everyone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile Tuesdays switching Domino’s out for Lyft in wake of crazy demand

Posted: 15 Jun 2016 06:09 PM PDT

It looks like T-Mobile Tuesdays were a bit too much to handle for Domino's. Tuesday's deal offered a free medium two-topping pizza from Domino's, which a lot of T-Mo customers didn't get to redeem because of overwhelming demand at many locations.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that there have been over two million downloads of the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, and that next week the perk will be $15 in Lyft credit. There will also be a free Vudu rental, Wendy's Frosty and $20 of free stuff on MLB.com. 

It seems that T-Mobile Tuesdays is a big success, and we're sure people appreciate getting free stuff just for being a customer. T-Mobile is looking more and more attractive with every Un-carrier move.


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