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Rumors of Samsung deactivating recalled Galaxy Note 7s are false

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 03:12 PM PDT

There have been rumors floating around that Samsung was planning to deactivate the Galaxy Note 7 devices that hadn't been recalled by September 30. This would prevent further explosions, like the one that injured a 6-year-old boy.

There was some outrage about this rumor, but Samsung says that this isn't something the company has announced. So rest assured that there's nothing official about these rumors and that your Note 7 won't suddenly stop working. However, you should really stop using it immediately, as the explosions are violent and dangerous. It's not worth getting hurt over.

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Longer tweets on Twitter are coming September 19

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 03:11 PM PDT

twitterBack in May, Twitter revealed they were changing the way their tweet character limit worked. Currently everything you can shove in a tweet - text, media, polls, etc - count towards the 140-character limit. Twitter has not revealed the exact date this change is coming, but The Verge believes the change will come September 19.

The change will go into effect for images, GIFs, polls, and videos, although The Verge is unsure if it will all happen at once or over a gradual period.

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Longer tweets on Twitter are coming September 19 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Download the new, rebadged Pixel Launcher here

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 02:23 PM PDT


A few hours ago, LlabTooFeR tweeted out some screenshots of the launcher formerly known as the Nexus Launcher. On the surface, the Pixel Launcher looks nearly identical to the Nexus Launcher, save for an icon change and a version number change; however, we have a post in the works on some new integration between the Google Calendar icon in the app drawer and Pixel Launcher.

The Pixel Launcher solidifies our beliefs that Google's smartphones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL this year.

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Download the new, rebadged Pixel Launcher here was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pixel Launcher pics and APK leak

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 02:09 PM PDT

We're getting a new look at Google's upcoming Pixel Launcher, and we can even give it a shot! This is very similar the the Nexus Launcher, just renamed for the upcoming Pixel devices.

The launcher has the Google Now button up top and no app drawer button. Instead, you swipe up to access your app drawer. It's a fantastic way of accessing your apps. Overall, the experience isn't too different from the current Google Now Launcher, but it's definitely a smooth and functional launcher.

If you want to give it a shot, @LlabTooFeR was kind enough to post a download link! Head over here to download the apps and let us know how you like them!

Sources: @LlabTooFeR, (2), (3)

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Latest Pokémon Go update adds features, blocks rooted/jailbroken users

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 02:09 PM PDT

Pokémon Go is a mixed bag. On one hand, it's a fun game and encourages people to go out and explore the world with others, bringing a lot of people together in the process. On the other hand, it's been plagued with bugs and server issues. An inability to connect, not tracking walking distance, and many other problems have been major annoyances.

If Niantic fixed those bugs and that was the end of it, things would have been good. But Niantic decided to take the broken Pokémon tracking system, and instead of fixing it, removed it entirely. With a lack of communication from the company, people were understandably upset.

Now we get another bombshell dropped on us. The latest update to the game blocks rooted and jailbroken users from accessing the game. Root (and jailbreak for iOS users) is used for so many things, yet Niantic is basically treating all rooted users as cheaters and blocking them from playing the game.

The sad part is that you can get around this with Xposed if you really wanted to, so blocking the cheaters isn't really going to work with this move.

If you're interested in what was added, here's a changelog:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes

This is going to upset a lot of people and I can see quite a few dropping the game entirely. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Google is testing a crazy new bottom bar interface in Maps

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 01:22 PM PDT


The current version of Google Maps has an Explore bar at the bottom of the screen, giving you access to nearby points of interest. It appears that some people have started seeing a different version of that bottom bar with options for seeing locations, driving, or transit details. It looks rather handy.

This design is much more akin to the bottom bar UI that's been adopted in a number of Google's apps recently.

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Google is testing a crazy new bottom bar interface in Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes in 6-year-old’s hands

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 01:07 PM PDT

As two weeks ago, Samsung claimed that there were 35 cases of problems when it comes to the Galaxy Note 7's battery. There have been no major injuries until today, where a Note 7 exploded in the hands of a 6-year-old.

The boy was watching videos on the device when it exploded, just in other instances of Note 7 issues. He was rushed to the hospital for burns across his body.

It's awful that this happened, and just goes to show that the warnings to shut down and stop using the Note 7 might be the best course of action. Lithium ion battery explosions are no joke; they're violent and dangerous. If you have a Note 7, we urge you to stop using it and contact Samsung as soon as possible.

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The Nexus Launcher is being renamed the Pixel Launcher, and it's not hard to figure out why

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 09:47 AM PDT


Following solid rumors that the next Google flagship smartphones will be designated Pixel and Pixel XL, we now have even more substantial evidence that the beloved Nexus nameplate will be retired. ROM developer LlabTooFeR has posted several screenshots of the rebadged launcher on Twitter.

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It looks exactly like the Nexus Launcher.

Visually, the launcher looks identical to the previously leaked Nexus Launcher; there are no changes to be found anywhere.

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The Nexus Launcher is being renamed the Pixel Launcher, and it's not hard to figure out why was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Fallen London, JifiCal

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 08:13 AM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1 . Conscient


App info: Conscient is a very simple automation app that lets you launch certain apps whenever certain conditions are met. In Conscient, it is called Fences. You can assign a complex context like Walking or Running and have your favorite app launch automatically.


2. JifiCal


App info: JifiCal is all about managing your favorite calendar app in a most natural manner.


3. Samsung SLEEPsense

Samsung SLEEPsense

App info: Samsung SLEEPsense is an under-the-mattress sleep monitor that tracks your sleep through the SLEEPsense app on your smartphone.


4. Opera VPN

Opera VPN

App info: Opera VPN blocks ad trackers and lets you change your virtual location. Unblock more content and access your favorite websites and apps from anywhere – completely free.


5. Fallen London

Fallen London

App info:  For those who love to read and for those who love to play, Fallen London offers you a unique narrative which evolves with every choice you make. Define your destiny through the stories you embark on and the character you cultivate.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Chrome Dev adds a 'Read it later' feature, also present in Chrome Beta

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 08:04 AM PDT


Read it later apps are massively popular, with examples such as Instapaper or Pocket being among the most downloaded apps on Google Play. Google is also getting into the game now, albeit in a different way, with the Chrome team adding a read it later feature to the development versions of the browser.

As alluded to, both Chrome Dev and Chrome Beta have this, but in slightly different guises. In Chrome Beta, version 53.0.2785.97, the feature needs to be turned on in chrome://flags with #enable-read-it-later-in-menu, with an option then appearing in both app-specific and 'system-level' Custom Tabs that says 'Keep tab in Chrome'.

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Chrome Dev adds a 'Read it later' feature, also present in Chrome Beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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