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YouTube Kids 1.95.2 allows parents to block channels or specific videos [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 03:14 PM PST

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Google's YouTube Kids application launched just under two years ago, as an attempt to make YouTube a bit more children-friendly. The app has been somewhat successful, with a few bumps along the way. Now Google is introducing a feature that frankly should have been there day one - the ability to block channels and videos.

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We found evidence of this in an APK teardown almost a month ago, but now the feature is official.

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Verizon puts Mophie Juice Pack Moto Mod up for pre-order

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 02:15 PM PST

Verizon has put up a new Moto Mod for pre-order on its site. The Mophie Juice Pack adds a 3,000mAh battery to your Moto Z and snaps right onto its back.

Other features of the accessory include a set of lights to show you its charge level and a USB Type-C port for 15W quick charging through the battery that will also charge your phone.

Verizon has the Mophie Juice Pack Moto Mod listed for $79.99, with orders expected to start shipping it on November 28th. Hit the source link if you're interested in picking one up.


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Google Allo updated with new themes, smart sticker and emoji suggestions

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 02:15 PM PST

Google has announced a new update to its Allo chat app. The app now has a bunch of new themes which change the background and chat bubble colors to suit your mood.

There's also a new feature called Smart Smiley. It will suggest emoji and stickers based on what you're writing. The "smart" part of the feature is that it will let you finish sentences with predicted emoji and even suggest them based on the conversation before you've written anything. It's a bit like an upgraded version of the same feature in Line Chat, which is pretty cool.

The company also added Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them stickers for the fans of the movie. Head to the Play Store to download the update, and let us know how many of you actually use the service in the comments!


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Amazon Echo can now send texts, if you’re on AT&T

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 02:15 PM PST

AT&T has announced that beginning tomorrow, AT&T mobile customers will be able to send text messages using their voice via an Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot. AT&T is the first carrier to offer this functionality.

You can add up to 10 contacts to this "skill" (basically a third-party addition) and send them text messages hands-free by speaking to Alexa. Of course, you'll need an Alexa-enabled device to do so, but Amazon's own Echo devices aren't the only ones with Alexa on board.

The feature starts rolling out tomorrow and AT&T will be putting the Echo and Echo Dot on its site and in retail stores for you to purchase. How many of you will be using this feature?


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Pixel Security: Better, Faster, Stronger

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 02:02 PM PST

Posted by Paul Crowley, Senior Software Engineer and Paul Lawrence, Senior Software Engineer

Encryption protects your data if your phone falls into someone else's hands. The new Google Pixel and Pixel XL are encrypted by default to offer strong data protection, while maintaining a great user experience with high I/O performance and long battery life. In addition to encryption, the Pixel phones debuted running the Android Nougat release, which has even more security improvements.

This blog post covers the encryption implementation on Google Pixel devices and how it improves the user experience, performance, and security of the device.

File-Based Encryption Direct Boot experience

One of the security features introduced in Android Nougat was file-based encryption. File-based encryption (FBE) means different files are encrypted with different keys that can be unlocked independently. FBE also separates data into device encrypted (DE) data and credential encrypted (CE) data.

Direct boot uses file-based encryption to allow a seamless user experience when a device reboots by combining the unlock and decrypt screen. For users, this means that applications like alarm clocks, accessibility settings, and phone calls are available immediately after boot.

Enhanced with TrustZone® security

Modern processors provide a means to execute code in a mode that remains secure even if the kernel is compromised. On ARM®-based processors this mode is known as TrustZone. Starting in Android Nougat, all disk encryption keys are stored encrypted with keys held by TrustZone software. This secures encrypted data in two ways:

  • TrustZone enforces the Verified Boot process. If TrustZone detects that the operating system has been modified, it won't decrypt disk encryption keys; this helps to secure device encrypted (DE) data.
  • TrustZone enforces a waiting period between guesses at the user credential, which gets longer after a sequence of wrong guesses. With 1624 valid four-point patterns and TrustZone's ever-growing waiting period, trying all patterns would take more than four years. This improves security for all users, especially those who have a shorter and more easily guessed pattern, PIN, or password.

Encryption on Pixel phones

Protecting different folders with different keys required a distinct approach from full-disk encryption (FDE). The natural choice for Linux-based systems is the industry-standard eCryptFS. However, eCryptFS didn't meet our performance requirements. Fortunately one of the eCryptFS creators, Michael Halcrow, worked with the ext4 maintainer, Ted Ts'o, to add encryption natively to ext4, and Android became the first consumer of this technology. ext4 encryption performance is similar to full-disk encryption, which is as performant as a software-only solution can be.

Additionally, Pixel phones have an inline hardware encryption engine, which gives them the ability to write encrypted data at line speed to the flash memory. To take advantage of this, we modified ext4 encryption to use this hardware by adding a key reference to the bio structure, within the ext4 driver before passing it to the block layer. (The bio structure is the basic container for block I/O in the Linux kernel.) We then modified the inline encryption block driver to pass this to the hardware. As with ext4 encryption, keys are managed by the Linux keyring. To see our implementation, take a look at the source code for the Pixel kernel.

While this specific implementation of file-based encryption using ext4 with inline encryption benefits Pixel users, FBE is available in AOSP and ready to use, along with the other features mentioned in this post.


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[Deal Alert] Deus Ex GO is 80% off in many countries, $0.99 in the US

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 11:39 AM PST

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The GO series of games have, by all accounts, been a big success for Square Enix. We at Android Police love both Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, and Deus Ex GO is no different - it's great. Even more than the thousands who have already bought it can enjoy it now, as it's down 80% to 0.99 (or the equivalent) for a limited time. This goes for many countries, and may even be worldwide, but we cannot verify that.

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Qualcomm Unveils High-End Snapdragon 835 with Quick Charge 4.0

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 09:25 AM PST

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Qualcomm today pulled the veil off its latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 835 (no, it's not the Snapdragon 830) which will go into premium phones in 2017.

Once again the chip giant has partnered up with Samsung to produce the silicone piece. The Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm's first chip to be based on Samsung's 10nm FinFet processes, as the now previous-gen Snapdragon 820 and 821 were based on a 14nm processes.

Qualcomm promises the Snapdragon 835 will be 30% smaller and will offer 27% more performance and 40% less power consumption. The reduce footprint means manufacturers will have more space to fill under the hood. OEMs could choose to add other components or just add a bigger battery.

The new processor comes with Quick Charge 4.0 which Qualcomm claims will deliver 20% faster charging and 30% higher efficiency compared to the previous-generation.

Unlike Quick Charge 3.0, the new Quick Charge is compliant with Google's new specifications for Type-C charging. It is said that Quick Charge 4.0 should provide around five hours of life on a quick five minute charge.

Expect the Snapdragon 835 to start shipping out in early 2017. Most high-end smartphone coming next year like the Samsung Galaxy S8 will probably come sporting the new 10nm chipset from Qualcomm.

[Qualcomm]

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Explodes, Leaves Winnipeg Man With Third Degree Burns

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 09:10 AM PST

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You thought that fiery stories about phones catching fire were behind us now that the Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been removed from the market? Well sadly it appears this is not the case.

Another premium Samsung phone is again at the center of this tragic story. It's the Galaxy S7 – the phone which the Korean tech giant offers as a replacement for ex-Note7 users.

According to a recent report, 34-year old Canadian Amarjit Mann was driving while having his Galaxy S7 phone in his pocket, when he felt the "warmness". Mann took the phone out of his pocket with the intention of throwing it out, but unfortunately the device exploded in his hand.

Luckily the car's windows were open, so Mann managed to dispose of the phone. Although he states that for one moment the phone remained glued to his palm. Unable to call for help, Mann drove himself to the hospital to get treated for the third degree burns on his hands.

As you can see in the picture above, they look pretty serious. Mann purchased the Galaxy S7 six months ago, off a local carrier, which instructed him to contact Samsung directly.

Mann says he plans to file a lawsuit against the Korean tech giant and ask for compensation. Doctors told the Canadian mechanic it would take up to 8 to 9 days for his hands to heal. While the Galaxy S7 explosion seems to be an isolated event, it does raise questions over the safety of Samsung products all over again.

[Winnipeg Sun]

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Qualcomm makes Snapdragon 835 and Quick Charge 4.0 official

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 09:05 AM PST

Qualcomm has lifted the curtain off its latest processor, which more than likely will find its home inside many flagship smartphones in 2017.

The Snapdragon 835 is the next flagship processor from Qualcomm, who is actually collaborating with Samsung and its 10 nanometer FinFET process. That process will give the new processor a smaller footprint inside the device, which will make room for other components, like a larger battery gets tucked inside.

Qualcomm also expects there to be better battery life tied with phones that use the Snapdragon 835 thanks to a "more advanced chip design." Qualcomm expects the SD835 to appear in phones beginning in early 2017.

The other announcement today from Qualcomm is Quick Charge 4.0, which will be supported by the Snapdragon 835. With Quick Charge 4.0, Qualcomm says you can get five hours of battery life with just five minutes of charging, which is indeed impressive. Getting to a 50 percent charge from zero, Qualcomm says, will take about 15 minutes.

Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4.0 will be available in the first half of 2017.


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Any.do announces faster syncing, a calendar, and AI assistant coming in v4.0 update

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:54 AM PST

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Any.do is one of the most popular to-do list managers on Android, and it's about to get a major update. The Any.do team has just announced the v4.0 update, which is rolling out to Android soon (it's on iOS today). It includes a few features users have been asking for, specifically a built-in calendar and real-time sync. Then there's the new AI assistant, which people weren't asking for, but Any.do hopes you'll like anyway.

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Any.do announces faster syncing, a calendar, and AI assistant coming in v4.0 update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet 7-inch now official with Google Play Services for $49.99

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 08:16 AM PST

Near the end of October, Barnes and Noble's newest tablet made the FCC rounds, pointing to a bit of a change of pace for the book seller when it comes to its tablet efforts. Namely, the inclusion of Google Play Services. And sure enough, that is indeed the case.

Barnes & Noble has made its NOOK Tablet 7-inch officially official, which features a 7-inch display and Android on board. That display has a resolution of 1024×600 and there's a 5MP camera on the back as well as a 2MP front-facing camera. The NOOK Tablet 7-inch features 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. B&N says the battery will last up to seven hours with general use.

Barnes and Noble's new tablet is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and the big takeaway this time around is the inclusion of support for Google Play Services. That means you can access things like Play Music, Play Books, and Play Games, as well as the Play Store to get even more apps.

The NOOK Tablet 7 is available to pre-order right now, and it retails for $49.99. Barnes and Noble says it launches on Friday, November 25.

Do you plan on picking one up?


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Enpass Password Manager brings its Android app to the Chromebook, with offline support and autofill

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 05:59 AM PST

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For more than a year, I have been using Enpass to save my passwords and other personal information, and absolutely loving it. I know there are alternatives, but for more reasons than I can count, Enpass is the best for me. If you're an Enpass user as well, there's probably one piece of the puzzle that you've been missing: Chromebook support. The existing Enpass Chrome extension only works if you are on a desktop computer with the Enpass app installed, so it's of no use on Chrome OS.

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Enpass Password Manager brings its Android app to the Chromebook, with offline support and autofill was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BBC releases the Story of Life, a collection of Sir David Attenborough's work

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 05:54 AM PST

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Ask any Brit about Sir David Attenborough and I'm sure most would respond positively. Attenborough, a broadcaster and naturalist who has created the 'Life' TV series and refined how to make documentaries, has had his work compiled into an app, appropriately titled 'Attenborough's Story of Life.'

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The app has many moments from Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, plus others from countless other shows Attenborough has made, including from the Life series.

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BBC releases the Story of Life, a collection of Sir David Attenborough's work was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay says Cześć to Poland

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 08:56 PM PST

Twitter launches Snapchat-like QR codes for profiles, because why not

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 05:51 PM PST

twitter-qrOne of the more unique features of Snapchat is the ability to generate QR codes for your account. When you have the Snapchat application open, you can simply hold your camera over another user's code (or select the code from your local images), and you can instantly add them as a friend. Now Twitter has added the same functionality to its mobile apps, albeit not as easily accessible.

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To find your account's QR code, simply head on over to your profile page, tap the overflow menu at the top right, and select QR code. You then see your profile's code, with the option to save the image to your gallery or send it to another app.

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Pulse by Klinker Apps is a new SMS app that brings Pushbullet-like sync and reply for messages across devices

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:56 PM PST

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To say that there are a lot of SMS clients on Android would be an understatement. Yet most people tend to stick to the default one that came with their phones and we know that a lot of those lack any useful or cool features. The name of Klinker should be familiar to some, since they gave us Talon for Twitter, Sliding Messaging, and EvolveSMS. Even though it's just Luke now, that doesn't mean that the neat apps have stopped.

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Pulse by Klinker Apps is a new SMS app that brings Pushbullet-like sync and reply for messages across devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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'Quick, Draw!' is like Draw Something, but with Google's artificial intelligence network

Posted: 16 Nov 2016 04:56 PM PST

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Google has published numerous experiments with its cloud AI technologies, but 'Quick, Draw' is perhaps the most fun one yet. Using the same technology that interprets written symbols in Google Translate, the game attempts to guess what you are drawing. When you start, you are prompted to draw a specific thing, and the game continues making guesses until it wins or time runs out.

At the end of six rounds, it provides you with information about all your drawings, including other guesses and what other users provided.

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'Quick, Draw!' is like Draw Something, but with Google's artificial intelligence network was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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