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Instagram adding translation feature for posts and bios

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 03:13 PM PDT

Instagram is adding a very useful new feature to the social network in the coming month. Soon you'll be able to translate posts and bios between 24 different languages.

Users will soon start to see a "Show translation" button underneath posts written in a foreign but supported language. It's a feature Facebook already has, and it can be very useful if you follow interesting people that post in other languages.

The feature should be showing up in the coming month, but some people are already seeing it. Also, it may not work on old comments, but it will work with new ones. Let us know when you start seeing it!

Source: Instagram (2)
Via: Engadget


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Google Maps v9.31 Beta promises SD storage for offline maps, installs to N Preview 4 with fix for Android Auto, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 03:09 PM PDT

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A brand new update for Google Maps just started rolling out last night and it's definitely a big one. Perhaps the most important detail is that this is the first installable on the Android N Developer Previews. The Timeline screen has also gone through a partial redesign and gained a couple of new tricks. However, the really interesting things are coming in the teardown. In fact, there's so much stuff that the teardown portion is going to be split into a second part.

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Google Maps v9.31 Beta promises SD storage for offline maps, installs to N Preview 4 with fix for Android Auto, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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AT&T updating Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ to Marshmallow

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 01:59 PM PDT

AT&T has not one, but two Marshmallow updates rolling out today. The carrier has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ are both getting the update to Android 6.0.

The Marshmallow update is a big one, though you may not see big changes in design. It includes Doze mode for better battery life, customizable app permissions for better security, Google Now on Tap, better volume control, and a lot of optimizations that make most devices run faster and smoother.

If you own one of these devices, get ready to download around 1.35GB of data to get the update. Check for updates in Settings > About phone > Software update and let us know when you get it!

Source: AT&T (2)


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Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 dual-port car charger review

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 01:59 PM PDT

Quick Charge-compatible car chargers are getting very common these days, but many only have one port. Those with multiple ports often have a single Quick Charge port, which is unfortunate for passengers or tablet dash installs. (A standard port can't keep up with an in-use tablet in the car. Ask me how I know.) The Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 car charger features two Quick Charge ports, as well as two microUSB cables.

Overview

Price: $15.99
Ports: 2 Quick Charge 2.0 USB ports
Cables: 2 microUSB cables
Where to buy: Tronsmart,

Build Quality

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The charger is made out of matte plastic and feels high-quality. The design is nice, and it's more compact than many dual-port chargers that include Quick Charge (though basic two port car chargers can be smaller). The size is important for some cars, as my car has a cup holder that can bump into bigger chargers. It's also not as tight as many chargers in the car's power port, so it's not difficult to remove.

The two included USB cables are of great quality, and are thicker than the average cable. This makes them resistant to kinking, which is great for the car. The cable ends are reasonably small, so you should be able to use them with most cases.

Charging

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As far as charging rate, it's actually on the high end of the Quick Charge 2.0 range. It charges over 1% per minute when charging my Moto X that's playing music over Bluetooth. It seems to charge noticeably quicker than some other Quick Chargers I've used, though there are others that are about as fast.

Conclusion

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This is a great choice for a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible car charger. It's well priced, it's quicker than many others, and it comes with two very nice USB cables.


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Chinese mega-firm Tencent acquires controlling stake in Clash of Clans maker Supercell

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 12:27 PM PDT

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The next time you wonder why in-app purchases are so popular, you can think back to this day when the company behind Clash of Clans was valued at $10.2 billion. Chinese internet firm Tencent is acquiring 84% of Supercell, giving it majority control of the game developer. Don't expect anything to change right away—Supercell is making oodles of money as is.

Supercell is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, but the current majority owner is Japan-based SoftBank.

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Chinese mega-firm Tencent acquires controlling stake in Clash of Clans maker Supercell was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps in Japan will get translated business type descriptions in the maps view soon

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 10:59 AM PDT

imageGoogle Maps is my go-to tool for finding local businesses, but it isn't always the most transparent way to see them at a glance. For example, I'll search for a café in a major retail hub, but half the results will be from the Starbucks inside Target or the little deli inside a grocery store - not exactly what I'm looking for in a quiet meal. Things might soon get a little easier on that account: the Google Asia Pacific blog says that upcoming versions of Google Maps will list business types right in the map view...

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Google Maps in Japan will get translated business type descriptions in the maps view soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Snapseed 2.6 update brings neutral color picker and presets to RAW white balance editor, blue filter for black and white options

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 10:42 AM PDT

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The latest Snapseed update brings a couple of things that the development team say have been oft-requested by users. For those tweaking RAW images, you get two new handy ways to get the white balance. For all image types, an additional color filter has been added to the existing choices in the black and white editor.

You already could adjust the color temperature for RAW images with Snapseed, but this isn't a foolproof method since it requires you to be able to eyeball the photo to figure out when you have correctly set the temperature.

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Snapseed 2.6 update brings neutral color picker and presets to RAW white balance editor, blue filter for black and white options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s Upcoming Galaxy Note 7 Will Only Come In A Curved 5.8-inch Display Version

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 10:28 AM PDT

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Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note lineup is expected to receive an update later this year and all the new reports and rumours have started to pick up significantly these past few weeks.

According to a Dutch tech site, they have received word from an insider regarding the Galaxy Note 7 and the absence of the regular non-curved variant. It looks like Samsung has decided the Galaxy Note 7 will only come with a curved display model. While specs are still quite in their early stage, the phone will come with a slightly larger 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED QHD display, Exynos SoC with 6GB of RAM with the battery capacity increasing to about 4,000 mAh. The camera will feature the 12MP sensor with improved camera software, IP68 water/dust resistant rating, an iris scanner and a USB Type-C port.

[GSMArena / GSMHelpdesk.nl]

The post Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy Note 7 Will Only Come In A Curved 5.8-inch Display Version appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Introducing the Android Basics Nanodegree

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 10:13 AM PDT

Posted by Shanea King-Roberson, Lead Program Manager Twitter: @shaneakr Instagram: @theshanea


Do you have an idea for an app but you don't know where to start? There are over 1 billion Android devices worldwide, providing a way for you to deliver your ideas to the right people at the right time. Google, in partnership with Udacity, is making Android development accessible and understandable to everyone, so that regardless of your background, you can learn to build apps that improve the lives of people around you.

Enroll in the new Android Basics Nanodegree. This series of courses and services teaches you how to build simple Android apps--even if you have little or no programming experience. Take a look at some of the apps built by our students:

The app "ROP Tutorial" built by student Arpy Vanyan raises awareness of a potentially blinding eye disorder called Retinopathy of Prematurity that can affect newborn babies.

And user Charles Tommo created an app called "Dr Malaria" that teaches people ways to prevent malaria.

With courses designed by Google, you can learn skills that are applicable to building apps that solve real world problems. You can learn at your own pace to use Android Studio (Google's official tool for Android app development) to design app user interfaces and implement user interactions using the Java programming language.

The courses walk you through step-by-step on how to build an order form for a coffee shop, an app to track pets in a shelter, an app that teaches vocabulary words from the Native American Miwok tribe, and an app on recent earthquakes in the world. At the end of the course, you will have an entire portfolio of apps to share with your friends and family.

Upon completing the Android Basics Nanodegree, you also have the opportunity to continue your learning with the Career-track Android Nanodegree (for intermediate developers). The first 50 participants to finish the Android Basics Nanodegree have a chance to win a scholarship for the Career-track Android Nanodegree. Please visit http://ift.tt/28Qn3cu for additional details and eligibility requirements. You now have a complete learning path to help you become a technology entrepreneur or most importantly, build very cool Android apps, for yourself, your communities, and even the world.

All of the individual courses that make up this Nanodegree are available online for no charge at udacity.com/google. In addition, Udacity provides paid services, including access to coaches, guidance on your project, help staying on track, career counseling, and a certificate upon completion for a fee.

You will be exposed to introductory computer science concepts in the Java programming language, as you learn the following skills.

  • Build app user interfaces
  • Implement user interactions
  • Store information in a database
  • Pull data from the internet into your app
  • Identify and fix unexpected behavior in the app
  • Localize your app to support other languages

To enroll in the Android Basics Nanodegree program, click here.

See you in class!


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Get a free Moto 360 Sport when you buy a 64GB Moto X Pure Edition

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 10:11 AM PDT

In light of graduations taking place all over the United States, a deal recently cropped up that would allow people to get a 64GB Moto X Pure Edition and a Moto 360 Sport for only $399, a savings of $350. That deal took the use of a couple coupon codes, but Motorola is here to streamline things and even offer a free smartwatch at the same time.

Right now, the 64GB Moto X Pure Edition retails for $299.99, and the Moto 360 Sport is selling for $199.99 (down from $299). If you head over to Motorola's official site and buy the 64GB Moto X Pure Edition, you can add the Moto 360 Sport and the watch will show up as free.

The deal is running until June 28 at 10:59am CT, so it won't be around forever.

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Samsung launches Samsung Creators, Gear 360 in US

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 09:00 AM PDT

Virtual reality is the place to be and Samsung is diving in headfirst. The company has already created its first VR headset and is now working to bolster the ecosystem. Samsung has previously supported programs to aid the development of virtual reality software, but the company is beginning a new program called Samsung Creators, which aims to assist storytellers in using VR. Samsung Creators will offer training and seminars at major events such as VidCon, giving some of the internet's largest storytellers access to VR.

We want to bring the power of VR technology directly to the people. To help creators learn and perfect the art of VR storytelling, we've built an entire VR ecosystem that pushes beyond the frame and empowers them to develop unforgettable, immersive stories, and inspires us all to do the same.Marc MathieuSamsung

In addition to Samsung Creators, Samsung is also rebranding Samsung Milk VR as Samsung VR. This rebranding comes with a major change, with the service now offering support for user-generated content. Users can now capture 360-degree video and upload it to Samsung VR, with the content being available to view through the Gear VR.

To complement the user-generated content support in Samsung VR, the company is also launching the Gear 360 in the US. Samsung's Gear 360 is a portable 360-degree camera that uses two 180-degree cameras to simultaneously capture content from all angles. Users can edit and share the video directly from their Galaxy S7 or a PC. While 360-degree video is now supported on major platforms such as YouTube, it's most stunning when experienced through a virtual reality headset, which allows you to naturally view the scenes unfolding.

The Gear 360 is priced at $349.99 and will be available for purchase in limited amounts to attendees at VidCon. Samsung will provide info on wider availability at a later date.


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Instagram now has 500M registered users, of which more than 300M use the app daily

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 07:26 AM PDT

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Instagram's filters may have set the bar low for "photography" but, by doing so, they democratized something that many users were either too afraid to attempt or deemed too complicated and demanding. The app has gone from being known for crappy photos of daily meals to becoming the place where audiences can find and follow brands, popular or esoteric interests, and niche hobbies.

Now, it's celebrating more than 500 Million registered users. But even if that isn't as impressive as Facebook or WhatsApp or other popular social networks' numbers, retention and loyalty are super high.

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Instagram now has 500M registered users, of which more than 300M use the app daily was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay v1.4 prepares to launch streamlined loyalty signups, Transport for London integration, and discovery for apps and local retailers that accept it [APK Teardown]

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 06:33 AM PDT

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If the presentations at Google I/O last month were any indication, Android Pay is growing quite quickly. Several new features were announced, but most were still only demos, not available to the public. A fresh update to the Android Pay app came out yesterday and a teardown reveals a few of those key features are either ready to launch or getting closer. There's also work being done on a map that will show merchants in close proximity that accept Android Pay, and a shortcut already showing up that will direct users to apps with Android Pay integration.

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Android Pay v1.4 prepares to launch streamlined loyalty signups, Transport for London integration, and discovery for apps and local retailers that accept it [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 22 Jun 2016 06:03 AM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Smart Wallpapers

Smart Wallpapers

Description: How many times you have been bored with a simple wallpaper? With the Smart Wallpapers you will have lots of information at first glance or double tap. Live indicators show you information what you need on your device screen and this is a just beginning because we are planning to add a huge number of indicators.

 

JIRA in Motion (Beta)

JIRA in Motion

DescriptionJIRA in Motion is a native mobile app you can use to connect to your JIRA instance on the go (JIRA Cloud or JIRA Server version 7 and above). See your current progress on your agile board, move issues from your backlog to sprints, search for issues – all from your phone or tablet.

 

ADW Notifier 2

ADW Notifier 2

Description Would you like ADW Launcher 2 to show over your icons how many pending notifications do you have from the apps you want? Just install this plug-in and create your rules in an easy and intuitive way.

 

NBC Olympics – News & Results

NBC Olympics

DescriptionGet ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics with athletes profiles, highlights from past Games, U.S. Trials coverage and the latest news across all 34 Olympic sports. Plus, track the Team USA roster as it takes shape leading up to the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5.

 

XDA

XDA

DescriptionXDA is the first and only app built entirely in-house with our own API to access the famous XDA Forums. XDA-Developers.com is the world's largest Android forum where you can come to discover apps, ROMs, root tools, kernels, and more, or you can make some friends and just talk about phones.

 

Playbook for Developers

Playbook for Developers

DescriptionLearn about the latest Android features, tips, best practices that will help you develop and launch your app, engage and grow your audience, and earn more revenue on Google Play. Choose interests to get curated posts and videos both from Google and across the industry.

 

Unique Watch Faces

Unique Watch Faces

DescriptionBLACK OWL has been designed for those business men and professionals who love to work through the night. Pamper yourself with the features of Unique Watch Face. Shows you Phone and watch battery Status. Displays a Date and Day.

 

ADWCloud Plugin (Dropbox)

ADWCloud Plugin (Dropbox)

DescriptionDo you have a designer soul and would like to easily share your ADW Launcher 2 custom widget creations with the community? If you have a Dropbox account, with this plug-in you'll be able to share the template and a preview so you can send them by email or publish it to your favorite social network through this online storage service.

 

Football 3D World Watch Face

Football 3D World Watch Face

DescriptionTo every Football / Soccer Fan all over the world! Watch Face made from a Fan to all Footbal / Soccer lovers! Amazing rotated in full 3D real Match Balls right at your wrist! Eye catching animation and beautiful waving flag in background..

 

Calendar Widget: Agenda

Calendar Widget - Agenda

DescriptionAgenda is a collection of modern, beautiful and useful Agenda widgets. Beautiful widgets with useful information for your busy day. Integrate seamlessly into any home screen layout you're currently using. Synced with Google calendar.

 


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Twitter and Vine video limits expand to 140 seconds

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 09:56 PM PDT

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Twitter isn't just a place for spitting out sharp criticism and inane musings. Okay it is, but those expressions aren't limited to text. The social network allows for up to 30 seconds of video.

That limit is changing. Twitter is bumping up the max length of a video up from half a minute to 140 seconds.

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Twitter and Vine video limits expand to 140 seconds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Evernote's passcode lock, formerly a paid feature, is now free to all users

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 06:20 PM PDT

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The good folks at Evernote have done something they don't normally do: They made a feature once exclusive to paid users free to all. Now, no matter how much money you've forked over to the company, you can set a passcode for the app to keep unwanted eyes off of your notes.

If you aren't an avid user, you might be surprised that the ability to protect the app with a passcode had been a paid feature.

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Evernote's passcode lock, formerly a paid feature, is now free to all users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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More confirmation that Samsung not making flat variant of Galaxy Note 7

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 05:00 PM PDT

We've heard quite often that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will come with a curved screen like the current Galaxy S7 edge, but what about a flat variant? Every time we see a Samsung "edge" device, it has a flat variant alongside it.

Rumors said that Samsung may not be making one at all to accompany the curved Note 7, and now another source has further confirmed this. For those of you hoping for a regular old flat Note 7, you may not get one. The edge technology has matured significantly and can be useful, though, so it might be worth a try.

What are your thoughts on this? Will you pick up a curved Note 7, or are you set on a flat device? Leave a comment!


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