PSA: Skype is giving you 20 minutes of free calls to compensate for its recent outage


If you’re a regular user of Skype, then you’re probably aware of the catastrophic outage that took place on September 21. For those that are not frequent users, the service went down at approximately 9AM (EST) and wasn’t revived until around 4PM (EST), leaving many customers up in arms as they use Skype for business communications and subsequently missed vital meetings.

Skype has taken this into account and has since published a statement apologising for the services unavailability. To compensate for the error, it will be giving 20 minutes of free calls to every user which has to be used within 7-days of receipt. These minutes can be used to place a call to 60 landline destination and 8 mobile ones across the world.


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Sony updates TrackID with new lyric search functionality


Sony has just updated its TrackID application to build number 4.3.B.1.3 in the Play Store. This upgrade brings a plethora of new functionality to the service, including the ability to re-write the history module and search the Internet for lyrics. There are also a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements baked into the update, too.

To install the upgrade, simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘TrackID’, then hit the update button. Alternatively, you can hit the link below to initiate the download on your smartphone from the Web.

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Google Street View updated with support for Cardboard


Google has updated its official Street View application in the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade transports compatibility for Cardboard, giving users of the VR headset the facility to explore 360-degree maps by simply tilting their head.

To install the update, open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Street View’, then hit the update button. Alternatively, you can hit the link below to initiate the download on your smartphone from the Web.

Play Store Download Link

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Google Play Promo: EA and Chillingo games for very, very cheap (but for limited regions)


It’s been a while since you’ve heard of full-pledged premium games going for cheap via the Google Play Store, so you may want to take advantage of this. EA Games and Chillingo are taking part in a promo where they are now making these premium games – priced at premium rates before – available for just 10 cents (USD$0.10).

Understandably, they’re older games (not all). But they’re still very playable and might give you an enjoyable trip down memory lane. All that for 10 cents if you live in the US, Canada, Mexico, and a few more territories – it should be a pretty good deal for some of you out there. The games include Bloodstroke, Contre Jour, Dead Space, Fleece Lightning, Harry The Fairy, In Fear I Trust, Incredible Jack, Monopoly, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Power Ping Pong, Robbery Bob 2, Spider Jack, and Wake The Cat.


A couple of things to note – “Power Ping Pong” is neither old nor boring, in fact it’s a great game to take out of this deal. Also, “In Fear I Trust” is another new title, but only for those who like horror adventure games. As for “Dead Space”, we feel you should know that EA has announced that it is ending support for that game soon. For 10 cents, you might be able to enjoy the game for a while, before EA ends support.


Other than that, you should look over these games and see if you like any of them. As we’ve told you earlier, the promo is live only in the US, Canada, Mexico, and some other countries. You might want to check if the source link below is live for where you are.

SOURCE: Google Play

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AT&T’s 18.4-inch Samsung Galaxy View sighted on FCC

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We already know that Samsung is working on an 18.4-inch Android slate. It will be the biggest tablet offering from the South Korean tech giant so far and we’re only waiting for the company to make the official announcement. It was already teased during the Gear S2 smartwatch launch and is believed to be the one benchmarked at GFXBench as the SM-T670.

Recently spotted at the FCC grounds is a tablet identified as SM-T677A. It’s close to the SM-T670 but the ‘A’ indicates that it will run on AT&T’s LTE network. What else can we gather from the FCC page– the AT&T logo, stereo speakers, a kickstand, and obviously, a really vast display screen.

The SM-T677A tablet is listed as measuring 17.5-inches by 10.7-inches. Tablet’s diagonal size is 20.2-inches but screen is 18.6-inches. This upcoming Samsung device is expected to have the following specs: 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7 processor, 1920 x 1080p resolution, 2MP front-facing camera,2GB RAM, 32GB built-in memory, and a host of standards like accelerometer, barometer, compass, GSPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity. Out of the box, the 18.4-inch tablet will run Android 5.1.1 and Samsung TouchWiz but should be easily upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

No idea on pricing and availability yet–not even a hint from Samsung or AT&T but we’re hoping for this huge tablet to be ready in time for the holidays. Let’s just wait and see.

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In Bengaluru, India, OnePlus is promising that you’ll be able to get a OnePlus One in one hour or less

There are a number of things you can get in an hour – pizza naturally comes to mind first. But OnePlus now is promising that if you live in the city of Bengaluru in India, you too can expect to get a OnePlus One in one hour from placing your order, or the phone is free. For most of us, this seems like an entirely unnecessary marketing stunt, but the intensity of OnePlus’ marketing is what has gotten it to where it is now – and it’s clear that it works. Considering that the OnePlus One has technically be superseded by the OnePlus 2, the One actually still holds up quite well with its Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM – and the lowered price shouldn’t be looked past either, going for Rs 18,998 right now (~$290 USD).

However, like many of OnePlus’ other campaigns, this one is only on from October 8th to the 10th (and you need to order it through the Blowhorn app), so you’ve only got just over a day to see whether OnePlus can follow through on its pizza-like delivery. Of course, if you don’t live in Bengaluru, OnePlus says that if this campaign is a success, it will attempt it in other Indian cities as well.

What do you think about OnePlus’ latest marketing stunt? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Mashable


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Apple Watch owners can use Facebook Messenger on their wrists

The dedicated Facebook Messenger app Apple promised for its wearable’s latest operating system, the watchOS 2, is finally here. So long as you’ve already installed the updated platform, you can start using third-party apps on your Apple Watch, including the social network’s messaging application. Since the watchface is too small to type on, the app lets you send and receive voice clips, stickers, Likes and emojis — abbreviated interactions that suit a tiny display. Facebook also upgraded the app to show your Messenger contacts and conversations via spotlight search on iOS 9 and to work with the iPad’s multi-tasking capabilities.

Source: iTunes

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California authorities need a warrant to probe your digital life

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The state of California passed the “Leno bill” that would keep your private digital info, well, private from law enforcement in June. Now, governor Jerry Brown has signed it into law. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, co-authored by senator Mark Leno, will protect the Golden State’s residents against warrantless surveillance of their digital data, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Perhaps surprisingly, California’s law enforcement officials were among the bill’s biggest supporters. The ACLU says that “major” state law enforcement groups pulled opposition of it and that cops were apparently happy to support SB 178 because it’s “in the best interest of all citizens of California.”

Via: Electronic Freedom Foundation

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

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OnePlus to announce the ‘next big step’ in India on October 12, may unveil OnePlus Mini

OnePlus has sent out invites for a media event scheduled for October 12, where CEO Pete Lau and India general manager Vikas Agarwal will “reiterate the relevance of Indian market in the OnePlus growth story and announce The Next Big Step.”

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How to prevent annoying ad pop ups on Galaxy S6, more app issues

We often receive more app-related problems from our community so this post is our answer to some of them. If you are looking for solutions to your #GalaxyS6 app issues, a quick search on this article may give you some idea on what to do.


Below are the topics discussed here today:

  1. “Pinterest could not be downloaded due to an error” message on Galaxy S6
  2. How to prevent annoying ad pop ups on Galaxy S6
  3. Cannot find Samsung Knox app on new Galaxy S6
  4. “Unfortunately, Clock has stopped” error on Galaxy S6
  5. Solution for clock and alarm clock freezing issue on Galaxy S6
  6. How to use VPN on a Galaxy S6

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of that page.

Problem #1: “Pinterest could not be downloaded due to an error” message on Galaxy S6

When I go to the Google Play store and try to download apps I get the following message “Pinterest could not be downloaded due to an error. (Error retrieving information from server. [RPC:s-7:AEC-7 RAYL-542U-4AHCC]).”

I guess this code changes each time you try to do an install.  I’ve also tried downloading the Facebook app and get the same information.  I have tried clearing my stored data and cache in the Google Play Store and restarting my phone and nothing seems to work. The only other application that I have personally downloaded is a Solitaire app. — Kim

Solution: Hi Kim. This is a generic error message caused by either a bad Google Play Store app or other services associated with Google Services Framework.

Delete cache and data

If you have already deleted Play Store’s cache and data, you must do the same for Google Services Framework app. Both apps are delicately intertwined that changes on one may drastically affect how the other works. Google Services Framework is an important app that allows Play Store to communicate with Google servers. If the Google Services Framework app stops working, there’s a chance that automatic updates and installation of new apps won’t work.

Use another Google account

Once you’ve done that, the next best thing to do is to try using another Gmail account. This means logging out the existing account on the Play Store app and logging in another one. After that, try to download and install your apps again.

Uninstall Google Play Store update

Another good thing to do is to see if the most recent update is the reason for the glitch. Uninstalling existing updates sometimes work so you can try doing the same for your Google Play Store app.

Problem #2: How to prevent annoying ad pop ups on Galaxy S6

When i wake my phone up after boot using it for awhile i get pop-ups from various Google Play games and internet pages. The longer I’m away from my phone the worse it is. For example first thing in the morning, i check my phone and i get half a dozen pop ups or more i literally sit and wait for the pop-ups to stop so i can check my phone for calls or messages. I’ve blocked pop-ups and notifications from every application on my phone.

I’ve virus checked it and swept my cache every few days and nothing helps.

I’ve trolled the internet looking for solutions and tried everything and NOTHING helps…. please please help me solve this problem the phone works perfectly for me other than those annoying pop-ups. — Elle

Solution: Hi Elle. Pop-up ads are not only annoying but can also be intrusive in the least. Pop-up advertisements have gradually become attractive for advertisers as Android’s popularity continues to grow over the years. Adware are delivered to an Android device by a number of ways including via mobile browser, push notifications, games, and apps. Fortunately, there are a number of ways as well available for you to prevent these pop-ups from coming back.

Wipe the phone clean

The first ideal step to resolve an issue like this is by doing a factory reset. This ensures that you delete everything, cleaning the phone in the process.

Prevention is the best cure

After doing a factory reset, the next best thing to do is ensure that you don’t install the same set of apps you had before. Most probably, these pop-ups are being delivered by one or more apps so after doing a factory reset, you don’t just re-install everything. Instead, what you want to do next is to install reliable or official apps only. By reliable we mean apps created by trusted developers or teams.

Avoid re-installing apps or games from unknown developers as they are the most likely reason for the adware in your phone in the first place. In order to monetize apps, some developers may have to resort to using dubious means like making their apps as delivery vehicles for viruses, malware, or annoying advertisements. Making sure that these types of apps don’t find their way into your phone is not simple but having a suspicious mentality when installing any app is a good way to start.

If you encountered similar pop-ups in a computer before, the tactic we recommended here is exactly the same one that you may have to do.

Keep in mind that not all developers don’t just create apps for free. Sooner or later, they will find a way to recoup the resources they have spent on creating their products.

Install trusted ad-blocking apps

If you did not root your phone, simply skip this solution. Apps that promise to block ads needs to access and modify host files, which is only allowed after rooting a device.

We recommend that you stay away from rooting if possible though.

Problem #3: Cannot find Samsung Knox app on new Galaxy S6

I am unable to access Knox 2.0. I could see Knox shortcut in apps. But in application manager Container agent 2, personal home, phone in personal home and setup wizard is showing as Not Installed. After tapping these, it opens the window with all grey fields like “uninstall” but can not perform anything as those taps are greyed and disabled. I have also got notification as Samsung account – Tap here to enter Knox. But nothing happens after tapping and also nothing happens after tapping Knox app shortcut in apps area.

I am unable to do anything.  Please help. — Sandeep

Solution: Hi Sandeep. Samsung Knox is not a pre-installed app so you need to download and install it first. This is the reason why you cannot see its icon, nor tap the usual buttons when you open the app menu. Download Samsung Knox from Google Play Store by clicking this link.

Problem #4: “Unfortunately, Clock has stopped” error on Galaxy S6

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I looked on a page that you have already and fairly recently made responding to people about this clock issue. I have cleared cache and app data, as well as gone into recovery mode, and cleared the cache partition. When I got the error again, I decided against my Will to do a factory reset. With the phone BONE STOCK, I still receive that error message. Now, I doubt it’s a 3rd party app related, as it was bone stock and still got an error, but I’ve been wrong before. Please help me. — Kevin

Solution: Hi Kevin. The effects of doing a factory reset can be negated if you simply install the same apps after doing it. Most app issues are due to other apps affecting the firmware so if you simply re-install all of your apps after a factory reset, you were virtually doing nothing at all.

Try booting the phone in safe mode to verify if another app is to blame. Because safe mode prevents third party apps from loading, it’s usually an effective method to try first. Here’s how to do it:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Once you see the Samsung logo, release the Power key immediately but continue pressing the Volume Down key.
  • Your phone should continue booting up and you will be prompted to unlock your phone as usual.
  • You will know if the phone successfully booted in safe mode if the text “Safe mode” is displayed at the lower-left corner of the screen.

Safe mode limits what apps you can use but we recommend that you let the phone run in this mode for at least 24 hours so you can observe how it goes. If the issue fails to occur in safe mode, that’s an indication that one of the apps is the culprit and you may have simply re-installed it after a factory reset.

Try uninstalling apps until the issue is gone.

Problem #5: Solution for clock and alarm clock freezing issue on Galaxy S6

I have alarms set and when I change them the alarm still shows the old alarm unless I reboot the system. Also, my clock is freezing.

Both of these things started after the upgrade to Lollipop. Then there was an update about 2 or 3 weeks ago and they started working correctly. Then my battery was draining VERY fast so I did a hard reset and reinstalled everything, now they are not working properly AGAIN. — Tina

Solution:  Hi Tina. We’re glad to know that everything is back to its working order. While updates are intended to enhance user experience, introduce new features, or fix known bugs, there are some rare cases wherein the opposite happens.

Major problems after updating to Lollipop have been reported to older Samsung Galaxy S models but not on the S6 series. We expect some minor annoyance (like the one you experienced) to happen occasionally though. Android Lollipop is still a work in progress and app issues are part and parcel of an evolving operating system. It’s simply impossible to iron out everything as there are millions of possible points of failure in an Android environment.

We appreciate your effort and time in sharing what works best in fixing your issue. We look forward to hearing from you here in our community.


See also Why Android Lollipop Causes Problems.


Problem #6: How to use VPN on a Galaxy S6

I would like to download data through VPN, but I don’t know how. I can connect with VPN, but after that I’m lost. Problem? I’m not computer literate and this wireless phone system is almost completely new to me.

Can you please tell me how to use this VPN app step by step with any of the US search engines? Please.

Thanks so much. — Henry


Solution: Hi Henry. A VPN is an interconnected group of computers linked together over the internet to allow users to use network resources more efficiently. It is usually managed by a group of IT experts (usually a business group) to provide good service to users. Using a VPN is advised if you are particular in safeguarding your browsing habits and internet communication from other parties. Many companies utilize VPNs to let their employees connect to their data centers even when they are not physically connected to their local area network. For a more detailed description how VPN works, try visiting this site.

To use a VPN on your phone, first you must install the app. There are many VPN services being offered for Android devices and you can use Google to look for one (if you haven’t yet). Keep in mind that most good VPN services are not free and you may have to pay for a subscription depending on your choice.

After installing the app, you may have to enter your credentials and configure a few things before you can start using it. Don’t worry, most VPN setups are straightforward so you can easily manage them. Because you will be mostly paying for the service, you are assured of help from a technical team should you encounter problems (although this rarely happens).  Try contacting the VPN’s technical support team for more product-specific details and configuration settings.


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If you are one of the users who encounters a problem with your device, let us know. We offer solutions for Android-related problems for free so if you have an issue with your Android device, simply fill in the short questionnaire in this link and we will try to publish our answers in the next posts. We cannot guarantee a quick response so if your issue is time sensitive, please find another way to resolve your problem. 

When describing your issue, please be as detailed as possible so we can easily pinpoint a relevant solution. If you can, kindly include the exact error messages you are getting to give us an idea where to start. If you have already tried some troubleshooting steps before emailing us, make sure to mention them so we can skip them in our answers.

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You’ll be able to purchase the OnePlus 2 without an invite on October 12

OnePlus is kicking off its first open sale for the OnePlus 2 on October 12, allowing customers without an invite to purchase the handset. The vendor will have the phone up for sale for one hour, starting at 12PM, across several time zones.

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CyanogenMod 13 is in the works, will bring Marshmallow

cyanogenmod_cidCyanogenMod 13 is currently being worked on and will bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow. We know this because the CyanogenMod team has already started to update code on their public Gerrit repository.

Right now, it’s not even close to a full working version, but it does show a start. At this time we do not know exactly how long it will take them to release a working copy of CyanogenMod 13, but it’s nice to know they have started. I’m sure there are tons of people out there getting excited for CyanogenMod 13, but you’ll just have to wait a little longer to try it on your device.

Source: CyanogenMod

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[Deal] Google Play has thirteen games for a dime each


Looking for game to play on your phone or tablet this weekend? Google Play has thirteen titles discounted all the way down to just one dime. The mobile games come from Electronic Arts and Chillingo, so you know you’re getting quality.

Here are the games:

Are you picking up any of the titles listed above? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Google Play (Twitter)

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Light photography startup intros L16 Camera that can shoot 52MP images

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You may no longer be interested in point-and-shoot cameras simply because most premium smartphones can now work as a high-quality camera. If you’re into more serious photography, you’d probably opt for a DSLR instead. We’re not familiar with the digital camera game and the numbers but it seems that there is a decline not just in demand but also in the number and frequency of new models coming out.

If you’d ask me, I want a digicam that could very well work and produce DSLR-quality photos. That’s all. Higher megapixels too maybe and maybe less buttons and features that real photographers don’t really need. I just want something that I could use with speed, precision, and vivid colors even under low light conditions.

There may be a few models in the industry that claim to produce images as if they’re DSLR-captured but a new camera from the Light startup wants to be a game-changer. This photography startup boasts of developing a technology that can combine shots from 16 different camera modules to complete an up to 52 megapixel image. To achieve that many megapixels, the L16 Camera utilizes ten cameras all capturing a single shot at the same time.

The group recently launched the L16 camera at a special event in California–specifically the Code/Mobile conference. Since Light is all about making beautiful photography as its foundation, the L16 cam promises not just beautiful and crystal clear photos but also WiFi connectivity so you can easily share an image online to your social networks. If you’re the type who doesn’t know much and care about complex camera techniques, this L16 from Light can be your ultimate friend. Sure, photos can easily be edited now but really, who has time for that? Not everyone. Some people just want a simple yet effection solution: point-and-shoot camera.

The startup Light will only produce a limited number of L16 cameras although we’re not certain how many exactly. You can now pre-order for one now if you agree with the $1,299 price tag. That one is actually a promo price because it really costs $1,699. That’s one expensive camera which is arriving not anytime soon but next summer. That’s quite a long time from today so I guess this is still a concept.

Specs of Light’s L16 camera include Android, WiFi connectivity, and 16 unique lenses. It looks like a phone at first glance with its 5-inch touchscreen display. Device is thicker but about the same size as the not-so-old Nexus 6.

We have no problem with startups announcing new products but everything is regarded as a concept for now if it’s still raising funds or even already in production. Everything can happen from now until the scheduled launch date.

The sub $2000 costing is very high for a digicam. Even if it’s “special” and can do wonders, it is pricey. For that price, some people we know would still go for a DSLR or an expensive smartphone. And oh, that next summer arrival? Some nation (ehemm..China) might beat you into it and copy the idea.

What do you think? Would you buy an L16 Camera?

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LEAKED: Samsung’s new Mongoose processor gives great performance numbers


As Qualcomm is steadily building up to the official release of its new system-on-a-chip (SoC), the Snapdragon 820, Samsung is trying to keep step. The Korean gadget giant is making sure that its chip business will remain viable even when Qualcomm outs the SD820, and from this leak, the new chipset from Samsung – codenamed Mongoose – seems to be doing just fine.

The leak seems to be from a Chinese source able to bring Geekbench test numbers to us from testing the Samsung Mongoose SoC (which is also called the Exynos M1). The leaker says that the Mongoose cores are being tested at a frequency of 2.3GHz, and it has scored 2,294 points in the single-threaded test and 6,908 points in the multi-threaded test. See the original image below.


To give you some context on that, these numbers are then compared by SamMobile to Geekbench numbers of the current Exynos flagship SoC, the octa-core Exynos 7420, and the current Apple A9 processor – the latter being one of the fastest chips we’ve seen in the market to date. See the table below for the comparisons.


The numbers look good, and we hope we can get more info on what this new Exynos processor can do. There are some rumors that this might be called the Exynos 8890, but there is just no data behind that rumor. So, a bit more waiting to do for this one.

VIA: SamMobile

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You can now buy the InFocus M812 for $300

InFocus M812If you live in India, you can now pick up the InFocus M812 for Rs 19,999 ($300 US) through Snapdeal. For the specs that it carries, this price is quite good.

It has a 5.5″ 1080p IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3, an aluminum unibody design, Snapdragon 801 chipset, and 3GB of RAM. The storage is 16GB, but it also has a microSD card slot if you want more storage.

It also packs a 13MP rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and dual-tone flash. The front camera is 8MP. The phone also comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop with a InLife skin overtop.

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Source: Snapdeal
Via: GSMArena

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Here’s how to install Android 6.0 on your Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4Remember the Nexus 4? You might, but Google isn’t particularly invested in keeping it in everyone’s memory anymore. Out of all the devices slated to get the Android 6.0 update, the Nexus 4 didn’t make the cut. To be completely fair, the Nexus 4 is pretty old, and all devices will eventually reach the end of their official support, but if you’re still rocking a Nexus 4 it might be a little disappointing.

The good news is that it’s still a Nexus device, and that means unofficial support for the device will last for years and years past when Google decides it’s time to retire the phone. A Nexus owner, Dmitry Grinberg, has kindly uploaded a list of instructions for building your own Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM to install a Nexus 4, complete with an optional radio flashing that will bring LTE support for the not-officially-LTE Nexus 4.

If you’re not interested in compiling things for yourself, there’s also a pre-built image you can go ahead and flash to get your Nexus 4 updated to the latest Android release. Not a bad deal for a device that’s no longer officially supported.

source: Dmitry Grinberg

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Motorola preparing to send out a soak test to 2015 Moto X Pure Edition

motorola_moto_x_pure_edition_logo_background_TAMotorola is sending out emails about a soak test for 2015 Moto X Pure Edition users, so anyone with a non-carrier version of the device should expect to see some new software soon.

Unfortunately, Motorola is being fairly discrete about what the soak test actually is. It could be Android 6.0, or it could be a bunch of bug fixes. It might even be a stability update preparing for Android 6.0. Hard to tell until someone actually receives the update on their phone. Hopefully that won’t take too long.

via: Droid Life

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Medium gets updated to version 2.0 with better navigation and new features

medium 2.0Medium for Android has been updated to version 2.0, and it’s brought tons of new functionality with it. The interface has been tweaked for significantly easier navigation, and it’s picked up a Material Design-inspied action button to quickly move through the application.

One of the biggest new features is the Explore section of Medium, which creates an endless stream of relevant stories and information for you to look through. The stories in this section change daily, and include a few different categories including trending tags, debut authors, 5-minute reads, and the classic top stories on Medium.

Medium will allow you to highlight and leave comments on different sections of an article, and from that comment others can participate in a discussion about whatever it is you’ve struck up a conversation about. Authors can even recommend specific responses for others to read first.

The 2.0 update brings a few other useful things, too, including notifications, support for all devices on Android 4.1 and up, and a new logo and fonts. If you enjoy using Medium, you’re definitely going to want to grab this update.

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‘Pix the Cat’ now in Play Store exclusively for NVIDIA SHIELD


Working with Playdigious and Pastagames, NVIDIA has released Pix the Cat for their NVIDIA SHIELD devices, both the Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 variants. Pix the Cat is an arcade style game in which the player takes on the role of Pix as he plays his own game. 

Players try to progress through the Grid of Infinity, going deeper down into the nested levels as they try to attract stacks of ducklings for drop off at designated targets. Along the way Pix has to avoid a variety of danger and minimize the number of moves made in order to maximize the score. In addition to playing through the digital levels, players can joust against other players in a local battle mode that includes up to four PixBots.

Pix the Cat is available for $9.99 in the Play Store and is featured on the SHIELD Hub.


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Uber accuses Lyft CTO of corporate espionage

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Lyft and Uber are more than business rivals, they are bitter rivals. That bitterness has taken a nasty turn as an Uber investigation into a breach of their driver database has escalated to accusations of corporate espionage. Uber says an IP address tied to Lyft CTO Chris Lambert has been identified as a source that accessed an Uber security key.

The problem for Uber is the fact that the security key in question was public available on the company’s Github for almost a year. Access logs show Lambert’s Comcast IP address was used to access the Github page. Beyond that though, there does not appear to be any evidence that anything illegal was done. The investigation has also revealed that the database breach was launched from a different IP address.

Nevertheless, Uber’s attorneys have been filing a variety of motions with the courts and have persuaded U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to issue a subpoena for Comcast records as they may help reveal information about the hacker.

This is not the first time the ride-sharing services had battled each other. Last year Uber appeared to try to harm Lyft by targeting Lyft drivers for conversion, sometimes by ordering fake rides to open communication.

source: Reuters
via: The Verge

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Facebook introduces ‘Reactions’ to give users more ways to share their reaction to a post


Today Facebook introduced an extension to the like button, giving users the ability to chose from six different emojis that portray their reaction to a post. The new feature is called ‘Reactions’ and will first launch in two test markets, Spain and Ireland, before Facebook decides to roll it out to the rest of the world. 

We’re excited to start this test, but understand that this is a big change, and one that we want to make sure to get right. So we’re starting by offering Reactions to Ireland and Spain, where people will be able to react to any post across Facebook – a post from a friend, advertiser, publisher or business.


The Reactions emojis will be located alongside the original like button. Facebook will use Reactions to have a better understanding of what each individual user is interested in, with the goal of making news feed content more relevant to that interest. According to Facebook, it will allow businesses and publishers to better understand users’ content demand and see how people are responding to their content on Facebook. Page owners will be able to see all of the reactions to their post on Page Insights.

The new feature is still under testing, and Facebook will improve on it as users provide feedback.

Source: Facebook
Via: Techcrunch

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LG GATE will bring enhanced security levels to the V10


You may remember that Samsung’s KNOX security brings enterprise-level security to many of its popular devices. LG today announced  that LG GATE will be coming to the V10 as it has with some of its previous devices. It aims to meet the United States Federal Government standards with FIPS 140-2 device encryption. It also meets the AES-256 security standards.


The LG V10 also has an additional layer of security that many new devices have been seeing lately–fingerprint scanning. While it does provide an extra level of obstruction for getting into your device, fingerprint scanning has never been dubbed the most reliable form of security. As far as smartphones go, it’s more of a convenience thing.

LG GATE will bring some very nice enterprise-level security to the scene, however, folks need to keep in mind that it won’t protect you from anything. Sure, it’ll keep you safe from outside intrusions, but as far as viruses and malware go, nothing beats common sense. Make sure to stay off of questionable websites and don’t download anything that seems risky in the slightest.

Between LG GATE and taking personal precautions, the LG V10 will be one secure device. Anyone plan on picking one up when it arrives in the US?

source: LG GATE

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Sharp shows off new AQUOS Xx2, AQUOS Xx2 mini

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Sharp has two new models in store for us. Softbank is scheduled to release one next month, running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. The latest AQUOS phones–AQUOS Xx2 and AQUOS Xx2 mini–are expected to show off Sharp’s IGZO display technology. The 5.3-inch and 4.7-inch mobile devices will both offer fast processing, longer battery life, and impressive cameras.

The AQUOS Xx2 comes equipped with a 13.1 megapixel camera, hybrid automatic focusing, fingerprint sensor, 32GB built-in storage, Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM, and WiFi. Phone is said to be dust- and waterproof so it can stand the test of time. This flagship model is available in three color variants: White, Puple, and Black.

There’s also the smaller AQUOS Xx2 mini that features a 4.7-inch display screen. It mostly has the same specs and features as its bigger sibling, AQUOS Xx2, but it’s set to be released much later in January 2016. This device also runs Android 5.1 although we won’t be surprised if Sharp will have the Android 6.0 Marshmallow ready by New Year. Phone also promises faster performance, 1080 × 1920 pixel resolution, and a 13.1MP camera. Unlike the AQUOS Xx2, this one doesn’t have any fingerprint sensor.

One of the main difference between the two is that AQUOS Xx2 has a glass back material while the AQUOS Xx2 mini has an acrylic panel. No word on pricing and exact availability but smartphones will be released by Softbank in Japan.

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Samsung assures users that LoopPay hacking didn’t affect Samsung Pay

Samsung immediately released a statement after a New York Times article revealed that Chinese hackers were able to infiltrate LoopPay, a subsidiary of the Korean OEM, as early as March. There were fears that because of this incident, the recently launched mobile payment gateway, Samsung Pay, may have been affected and customer data compromised. But Samsung assured its users that they were not in any way impacted by the breach and that this was an isolated incident that didn’t affect them at all.

The LoopPay office network was the primary target of the hackers, and they are operating on a physically separate network from that of Samsung Pay. The affected aspects of LoopPay was the network that handled their email, file servers and printing. There wasn’t any point during that incident or until now that the personal information of Samsung Pay users were at risk, as per the statement. Samsung goes on to further explain that LoopPay acted quickly to fix the breach, hiring the necessary security teams to identify and quarantine the affected aspects.

Samsung Pay actually uses a digital token instead of a card number for every transaction you make. This means that there is a different code that cannot be repeated or replicated after your purchase/transaction. Merchants and retailers won’t be able to see the actual data, including the encrypted token and the certificate information, which can only be used once.

It’s a good thing that Samsung got ahead of the story or at least quickly reacted to it, as the success of Samsung Pay hinges on whether or not customers feel secure in using this mobile payment gateway. They believe that they are “off to an amazing start” but it’s still too early to tell if the numbers will reflect that, especially given the competition with Android Pay and Apple Pay.

SOURCE: Samsung

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Google Play Store brings up to 85% off games in Games Festival

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If you’re a mobile gamer that’s always on the lookout for free or highly discounted games to play on your smartphone or tablet, then brace yourself, free up some space on your device and head on over to the Google Play Store as the Games Festival is in full swing until October 14. Get t o enjoy 31 games, a mix of the old and the new, that are up to 85% off, both on the actual game price and in-app purchases as well.

There’s a little something for everyone in the game section for the Games Festival, which actually started last October 1 and will run up to October 14. If you’re into TV-movie-YouTube tie-ins, you have Despicable Me, Glee Forever (apparently not because the show is now cancelled), and Dude Perfect 2 (those crazy guys from YouTube gaming channels), all with discounted in-app purchases. Football fans will go crazy over the recently released FIFA 16 as now you can get those added IAPs you’ve always wanted.

Some critically-acclaimed minimalist games are also included in the game, like the award-winning Monument Valley, the creepy but interesting Limbo, and the frustratingly difficult Hook. There are a lot of other familiar names in the game collection on sale, like Dragon Ball Z, Sim City Build It, Clash of Kings, Summoners War, Assassins Creed, and so much more.

While a lot of these games are free to download and play, it is in the in-app purchases where users sometimes have regretfully gone crazy over, and so having them go on sale is a great thing. Check out all the participating games in the Games Festival page.

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Virtual reality option now available on Google Street View


Google Cardboard and its virtual reality capabilities may not still be that mainstream, but the more features that will be added to this and various other apps, then the appeal to users will continue to grow. This time, Google Street View is being virtualized if you use Google’s VR toy when you view the app, which has just recently been separated from the main Google Maps app. You can get a better view of the place you’re virtually looking at, as if you’re actually there.

When you’re wearing your Google Cardboard and you open the Street View app which is now on version 2.0, put your device on cardboard mode. Tap on the Cardboard icon and the screen will split in two, which will give you a more natural view as if you’re still there. So now you have “two unique eyes” that will give you slightly different views of the street you’re looking at.

This actually isn’t the first time that Google Street View has gone into virtual reality territory. But since it has now become a separate app, you don’t need to go through the extra step of going to Google Street Maps and then switching to Street View just to be able to do this.

If you haven’t downloaded the Street View app yet, you can get it from the Google Play Store. If you already have and the update hasn’t reached you yet, you can get the APK Mirror if you can’t wait for the official release yet.

VIA: SlashGear

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Vine now recommends other videos based on what you’re watching


If you’ve ever fallen into the blackhole of such social media sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, etc, then you know that they have made it almost impossible for you to leave their apps until you realize that you have spent half a day just looking at pictures of cute cats. Vine is one of those apps, and the latest feature in its updated Android app will make you stay even more, as it will show you similar vines based on what you’re viewing at the moment.

Basically, as you’re viewing your stream or looking at a certain user’s profile, you’ll see a “Similar Vines” button underneath. When you click on it, it might open up a whole new world of other Vines and other users that the algorithm says you might like. So if you’ve been watching a whole lot of One Direction-related Vines (no judgement here), then you will probably be redirected to 5SOS, Justin Bieber or other teen pop-related Vines. The app will judge you on your viewing behavior of course.

Vine says that they will understand and determine what posts to recommend the more that you watch and even interact with fellow Vine viewers and creators. This is part of the new recommendation engine that they’ve been working on, that aims to make you just want to stay in the app forever (or at least when you have free time).

The update has rolled out for Android users, so make sure you’ve already updated your app. Vine is hoping you enjoy going “literally down a rabbit hole of content.”


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Toshiba launches sensor for iris scanning, security and authentication

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Hackers and tech security analysts will always tell you that the username/password process used for almost all digital authentication these days is remarkably inefficient, because it requires the users to remember the codes. That would mean shorter, more familiar codes so you don’t forget – but shorter and more familiar leaves your information terribly unsecure and vulnerable to hacking. Fingerprint scanning offers the next best thing, but Toshiba wants to up the security level to iris (eye) scanning.

The Japan-based electronics company is launching its new near-infrared camera sensor codenamed “T4KE1” (yes, it looks suspiciously like “Take 1”), which is built specifically for security and scanning a user’s iris – which of course is unique to every person alive – for recognition and authentication.


The hardware is pretty straightforward, the T4KE1 is a standard CMOS sensor with 2.1MP capability, outputting images and video at 60fps and at Full HD (1080p). As needed for iris recognition, the sensor discards usual color filters and has a robust near-infrared spectrum sensitivity. The iris scanner sensor also has a serial interface so that it can be adapted easily into next gen products.


As of now, Toshiba is providing reference models of this camera module so that manufacturers can test it out with their next generation designs. Will we be seeing iris scanning in our mobile phones soon? For Toshiba, it will surely be a good thing if manufacturers make that jump.

SOURCE: Toshiba

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Android x86 has a Lollipop release candidate, good enough to run your PC


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a legit Android operating system running your PC or laptop, you’re not alone. The developers over at the Android x86 project have wondered the same thing and are now trying to do something about it. Their latest breakthrough is a release candidate (RC) – that’s developer-ese for “very nearly there, but not quite” – that’s based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The goal is this, to be able to run the Android operating system on a platform like the ASUS Eee netbook, or any small laptop of the same ilk. And no, it’s not Chrome OS, because we know Chromebooks already exist. The goal of Android x86 is to be able to install the Android OS on a netbook the normal way, and use it the normal way.


The latest Android x86 RC supports both 64-bit and 32-bit systems, and is built around Android 5.1. It is also able to use OpenGl hardware acceleration from either Intel, Radeon (AMD), or NVIDIA graphics chips – so this is a big deal. And then, you can also use the expansion slots on your netbook normally, as USB and microSD cards are now automatically mounted, like a normal OS should.


So how do you install this? If you have a small Windows netbook lying around without any use, you can certainly try to install Android x86 on that, although developers have been using specifically the aforementioned ASUS Eee PCs and netbooks, the Dell Inspiron Mini Duo, the Lenovo ThinkPad x61 Tablet, among other models. You can download the ISO file from the download page and either burn it to a DVD to use as an installer, or use it to do the installation from a USB drive. Complete instructions can be found at the Installation guide page.

SOURCE: Android x86

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