Judge says police can create fake Instagram accounts to see photos

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Many would argue that cops cross the line when they impersonate people on social networks to catch suspects, but that doesn’t mean that fake accounts are always off the table. In a recent opinion, New Jersey district judge William Martini contends that police don’t need search warrants to create bogus Instagram accounts for the sake of seeing a suspect’s photos. As Martini explains, it’s “consensual sharing” — the perpetrator is both making these pictures public and willingly providing access to others. That’s bad news for Daniel Gatson, an alleged burglar who insisted that law enforcement needed probable cause (that is, reasonable belief that there’s evidence of a crime) to peek at an Instagram feed laden with shots of cash and jewelery.

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Google+ can automatically ‘enhance’ your mobile video recordings

Google’s no stranger to tweaking your photos automagically, and now it’s extending that expertise to video. By using Google+ and its auto-backup system for your media, Mountain View says it can adjust the lighting, color, stability and, soon enough, speech in any video you shoot. Just be sure to have Auto Enhance activated on your device and, well, that’s the only thing you have to worry about actually. It’s a bit different than what the search giant did with Auto Awesome videos, actually, and if you want to see an admittedly low quality sample, pop beyond the break.

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Nexus 9 case roundup

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When a new Android tablet like the Nexus 9 arrives, third-party cases soon follow. The folks at our store are working out exactly what we’re going to carry for the Nexus 9, but we know two things about early adopters who already have their Nexus 9 in their hands — nobody likes to wait, and we all want something to cover and protect our new (and expensive) tablet.

Both the official Magic Case and Keyboard Folio are really nice cases, but we know they won’t be perfect for everyone. I spent the last week or so digging through Amazon and trying out a slew of third-party cases. We’ve put together a list of the “best of the best” for you to have a look through while you are waiting. The list of available accessories keeps growing every day, so I’m not done here. But this is a great start and chances are you’ll see something that would work well for you.



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The Latest Evernote Update Brings Relevant Content Suggestions To Your Work With ‘Context’

I’ve been an Evernote users for a long time now. I’ve watched it grow from a simple way to take and organize notes to a powerful work tool. I’ve written many reviews in Evernote (for easy cross-device sync), and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

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With the latest update, finding relevant content to the piece you’re currently working on is even easier. With a Premium Account ($5/month), Evernote will offer relevant suggestions from The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Fast Company, and Inc.

The Latest Evernote Update Brings Relevant Content Suggestions To Your Work With ‘Context’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Bonus Round] Volt, Taekwondo Game, Platform Panic, UFHO2, And Dumb Ways To Die 2

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got a gorgeous battery-based platformer, a semi-realistic 2D fighter, a micro-platforming title, a spinning puzzler, and a horribly violent/adorably cute sequel.

[Bonus Round] Volt, Taekwondo Game, Platform Panic, UFHO2, And Dumb Ways To Die 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Developer Changelog Posted For Android 5.0.1_r1 (LRX22C) To 5.0.2_r1 (LRX22G)

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Now that most of the critical issues have been worked out of Android 5.0 Lollipop, most of the releases are now going to center around cleaning up less pressing oversights and taking care of bugs. However, it seems that we’re still not quite through with the device-specific fixes as an update is now rolling out to the 2012 Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi), codenamed Grouper. No official changelog has been posted, but Al Sutton has compiled a list from the AOSP commits, giving us a pretty good insight into what’s new.

Developer Changelog Posted For Android 5.0.1_r1 (LRX22C) To 5.0.2_r1 (LRX22G) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Apex Launcher Gets A Belated Material Makeover For Version 3.0, Plus A New App/Widget Picker

unnamed (4)Apex might be the last of the major launcher replacements to get aredesign for Android 5.0′s visual style, but it certainly doesn’t want to be the least. Apex’s 3.0 update adds new Lollipop animations and a completely revamped visual style, making it more or less homogenous with Google’s own launcher, but with the range of settings and tweaking options that customization fans crave. You can download the standard Apex Launcher for free, with the $4 upgrade app available for more options.

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Phandroid’s news app gets a visual makeover, goes Material Design [Video]

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When Google announced Android L, now Android 5.0 Lollipop, at Google IO nearly 6 months ago, they also announced the biggest visual change for Android to date. The new user interface and experience dubbed Material Design, aims to provide a unified system of visual, motion, and interactive design that adapts across different devices and are inspired by tactile materials, such as paper and ink. Since then, Google and other application developers have been moving towards these new design practices.

If you’re like me, you’re a fan of the latest Android design guidelines, you’re often found praising the word of Matias Duarte, and you just so happen to love when apps are updated to follow Google’s Material Design language. Today, I bring you the latest app to partake in Materiyolo, our Phandroid News app.

As you can see below, we’re rocking the Material Design goodness, applying Phandroid blue to the status bar, navigation bar, and even Phandroid green for the brand new refresh animation, category highlights on the navigation drawer, and for the new FAB (floating action button), which takes you to the article’s comment section when tapped. We’ve also added all of the required animations and transitions that just make moving around the application a thing of beauty. In addition to the visual makeover, we’ve added an easy share icon and favorite icon to the article cards on the main screen. Wallpaper enthusiasts will be happy with our last addition, as you can now easily set any image as your wallpaper directly from the app.

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Check out the video below where I go hands on, covering all of the visual changes and new features in our Phandroid News app. Be sure to let our Android developer Steve Albright know that he’s a baller below in the comments below, if you are experiencing any issues, or if you have any feature requests that you’d like him to bring in a future update. And remember, you can always disable the ads via an in-app purchase of $3.79 a year.

The app is currently in beta, but will be gradating out of the beta channel come Monday when it’s uploaded to the Google Play Store for our official launch. If you can’t wait until Monday, you can always check out the official Phandroid Beta community on Google+.

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Bring Back the Old School with the NES30 Bluetooth Controller [DEALS]

In today’s modern age of mobile technology, with thousands of Android devices on the market and most of the world having super powered devices in their pockets, it’s fun to think back on simpler times. Before gaming became mobile, before it became 3D even, when you couldn’t wait to get home from school every day to sit in front of your box-behemoth of a TV and play your beloved NES. Those were the days, eh?

Well, now you can combine that nostalgic old school gaming joy with the Android device you love and use every day. The NES30 by 8Bitdo is a very well reviewed bluetooth controller that’s designed with the classic NES controller in mind, the difference being the two additional action buttons and two shoulder buttons to make the device more compatible with a variety of games. Of course, it also connects via bluetooth (which didn’t exist in 1985) or USB to Android and iOS devices, Nintendo Wii, Mac and PC. But we’re talking D-Pad baby – no joysticks on this guy!

With an MSRP and Amazon price of $40, we’ve got it for just $29.99 (with free shipping!) at the Android Community Deals store – that’s 25% off for you “numbers guys.” The controller also supports multiplayer gaming, so pick up a couple of them if you plan on playing with a friend. The controller’s rechargeable battery lasts for 20+ hours on a single charge, giving you plenty of time to get your game on. Throw it back like it’s Thursday – get the NES30 Controller from AC Deals!

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Evernote now adds context to your memos on Android and Windows

Evernote’s bringing Context, one of its more interesting announcements during its fourth conference in October, to Android and Windows. This feature, which was first made available to iOS and Mac users in November, pulls content (based on what you’re typing, hence its name) from various sources and displays them on screen. By “various sources,” we mean your old notes, your co-workers’ notes and a handful of websites, which includes The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and TechCrunch — just click on an entry inside the Context panel to read it.

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T-Mobile rolls out a software update for its HTC One M7

T-Mobile owners of the HTC One M7 smartphone could start seeing a small software update for their device over the next few days or weeks. The download will bring the version number up to 6.10.531.10.



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Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 tablet gets a minor software update

Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out a small software update for its version of the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. It won’t update the device to Android 5.0 Lollipop but it does address a few minor issues with the tablet.



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Dictionary.com updates free and premium Android apps with new features

The Dictionary.com free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions.



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Xiaomi reportedly raising over $1 billion in new round of funding

A new report claims that Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion in a new funding round that could be finalized as early as Monday. The latest influx is supposedly led by All-Stars Investment, run by former Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji.



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Duolingo Adds Beta Support For Swedish In Latest App Update

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Duolingo, perhaps the best app for language learning on the Android platform, has added yet another option for prospective students: the native tongue of PewDiePie, Swedish. With the latest update, Swedish joins recent additions Irish and Dutch along with Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Danish as options for English speakers. For now, Swedish is in a beta stage, according to Duolingo’s website. You can still use it as normal though, they just don’t promise absolute stability.

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Unified Remote Android Wear Support Graduates From Beta To Full Version

unnamedUnified Remote is a remarkably powerful app for remotely controlling the functions of your PC. (Not your TV, unless you have an IR port.) The last beta release of the app, which used the frustrating Google Groups testing system, implemented remote control support via an Android Wear app. Now you can get that Wear support in the standard Play Store version, no beta opt-in necessary. You’ll need the full version, a $4 add-on, to access the Wear app.

Unified Remote Android Wear Support Graduates From Beta To Full Version was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Archos VR Available For Purchase

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Talk Android reported previously that Archos was working on a VR headset that would be compatible with most phones, including the Nexus 5, that would offer 360° viewing and would be compatible with apps that run with Google Cardboard.

Well, now you can pick up a set today! For just $36.68 USD, Archos VR won’t set you back too much and if you prefer plastic to cardboard, this may be a nice alternative to Google Cardboard.

archosvr_picture2The goggles do not have any internal hardware, so there won’t be any need for charging. Just attach your phone in on one side, adjust the clips and you’re good to go. The lenses are also adjustable so if you have certain viewing requirements, this may be of some help.

Head over to Archos’ website to purchase a pair. Link here.

Source: HDBlog.it

 

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Google+ Auto Enhance expands its reach to videos

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When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of working with video uploads rather than just photos. Tim St. Clair, the Google employee that shared news, says it will “make your videos look and sound better.” Google+ will analyze the the picture and audio quality and provide users with a side-by-side comparison to see which one is preferred.

Hit the break for directions and the video demonstrating the feature.

From Google+ on the web:

  1. Open a video
  2. Click “More”
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

From the Google+ Photos app:

  1. Open a video
  2. Tap the overflow menu button
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

Pretty simple, right? Go ahead and enjoy your revitalized videos!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: +Tim St. Clair

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Android 5.0.2 factory image for Nexus 7 (2012) is available

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Have the 2012 model of the Nexus 7? Then go ahead and install the latest version of Android. On the Android Developers site, Google posted the Android 5.0.2 factory image for people that like doing things themselves. The factory image posted, though, is only for the WiFi variant (“nakasi”) and Google has yet to post any Lollipop factory images for the mobile data-enabled variant (“nakasig”). The Android 5.0.2 factory image is build LRX22G.

New to the whole process of installing a factory image? We put together guide with plenty of details so you can do it easily.

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Amazon is finally shipping the Nexus 9 Magic Cover, but only in one color

Amazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you’ll have to make do with Coral Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it’s something, right?



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Santa Phil Day 6: Win one of two Nexus 9 tablets and keyboard folios!

The Six Days of Santa Phil are coming to a close, and we’re going out right. Up for grabs today are two 32GB Nexus 9 tablets. You’ve got the opportunity to win one, and someone else has the opportunity to win the second. (You’re not winning both, in other words.) And with each tablet we’ll throw in a keyboard folio for good measure.

To enter: Leave your best holiday haiku here in this contest thread. (Not in the comments below. If you leave your haiku in the comments here, we can’t be held responsible for the amount of ridicule you may endure.) That’s it. We’ll accept entries through 5 p.m. PDT Monday, Dec. 22. Good luck!



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Google+ Can Now Auto-Enhance Video On Android And The Web

nexusae0_GoogleThumb_thumb1Those Google+ users who often use the service for posting videos now have some exciting new tools. The automated enhancements for photos has been available for more than a year, and now the feature is coming to videos as well. Videos uploaded to the service that are flagged by Google’s automated system can be enhanced with improved stability, color correction, and lighting enhancements. Improvements to sound for better voice quality are planned for a future update.

Google+ Can Now Auto-Enhance Video On Android And The Web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Motorola Moto X (2014) heading to India on December 22

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We have good news for prospective buyers of the Moto X (2014) in India. Online retailer Flipkart, the self-proclaimed “Online Megastore,” announced that the 32GB version of the Motorola handset will be available on December 22. It will be available only in black.

Flipkart did not attach a price for now, but it is expected to cost somewhere around INR 34,999 (or about $552) when it arrives on Monday.

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Verizon’s LG G Pad 8.3 Gets A Small Update To Add LTE Roaming And Fix Power-On Issues

thumbLG’s G Pad 8.3 is, at least for the moment, the company’s most high-end tablet available on Verizon’s proprietary CDMA/LTE network. today this carrier-specific model (VK810) gets a small software update to address one big user issue, one small carrier issue, and an outdated app. The latter is the Redbox streaming video app, formerly supported by Verizon, and now out of service. The latest update removes the RedBox app completely.

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Facebook makes special holiday features available for Messenger

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Despite claims that Google+ is a “dead” social network, it appears Facebook has decided to take a page or two out of Google’s playbook for the holidays. Google+ users are familiar with the goodies that Google makes available for their social platform during different times of year, like virtual snow added to winter pics that are posted. Facebook has released some similar features for their Messenger application.

The following features will be rolling out to Messenger users for the holidays:

  • a special festive frame for New Year’s Eve selfies;
  • snow globe chat heads;
  • stickers inspired by the holidays;
  • a Stickered for Messenger app from Creative Labs that will let users add stickers to photos and then send them to friends.

The Stickered for Messenger app should be appearing in Google Play shortly and will be followed by a release in Apple’s app store for iOS devices.

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T-Mobile, FTC reach $90 million settlement over ‘cramming’

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When a carrier surprises customers with unauthorized (or unknown) charges on their monthly bills, it is known as cramming. Over the last few months, the largest carriers in the United States were exposed for doing so. The government is coming down on them with little remorse. On Wednesday, Sprint was served with a $105 million fine from the FCC. And on Friday, T-Mobile reached a settlement with the FTC to avoid any further potential damage.

T-Mobile will pay a whopping $90 million in fines that will go to the FCC. In addition to be fined nearly as much as Sprint, John Legere & Co. will be required to refund affected customers. The carrier will then have to receive permission to apply the charges, that were previously unauthorized, in the future.

Despite the disappointment and defense from John Legere months ago, T-Mobile folded to get the government out of its way.

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Via: Re/code

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Santa Phil Day 6: Win one of two Nexus 9 tablets and keyboard folios!

The Six Days of Santa Phil are coming to a close, and we’re going out right. Up for grabs today are two 32GB Nexus 9 tablets. You’ve got the opportunity to win one, and someone else has the opportunity to win the second. (You’re not winning both, in other words.) And with each tablet we’ll throw in a keyboard folio for good measure.

To enter: Leave your best holiday haiku here in this contest thread. (Not in the comments below. If you leave your haiku in the comments here, we can’t be held responsible for the amount of ridicule you may endure.) That’s it. We’ll accept entries through 5 p.m. PDT Monday, Dec. 22. Good luck!



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The ASUS ZenWatch video review walkthrough

Got two minutes? Here are the broad strokes of the ASUS ZenWatch, the first Android Wear from the Taiwanese manufacturer. And two minutes really is all it takes to convey that this is arguably the best-looking Android smartwatch thus far, from the stainless steel body to the hefty leather strap. And should you want to use something else, that strap is plenty easy to swap out.

On the negative side? Well, there’s not a lot. ASUS doubles up on some of the software, and it tends to nag you about installing other apps more than anyone else we’ve seen so far. But otherwise you get the same Android Wear experience as on other smartwatches — only in a design that definitely turns heads.

When you’re done here, be sure to check out our complete ASUS ZenWatch review!



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This Samsung Galaxy S4 skin case comes in 5 colors and is only $2.95 today!

Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when held, the Mobi Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that give your Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust, glossy coating with cut-outs for all ports and buttons. Gets yours today and save 80%



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gReader Gets Material Design And Lollipop Support In 4.0 Update, Is Actually Material And Still Has Customizable Themes

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In a major update, gReader has given itself a brand new look in addition to support for Lollipop devices. Unlike many recent app updates that have claimed to add Material Design, gReader is not exaggerating in their claim; it looks very good. And, true to form, gReader has preserved the ability to customize its look with themes, so you can still make it your own.

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gReader’s 3.x versions already had a fairly modern look, so it wasn’t a great leap to conform to Material Design guidelines.

gReader Gets Material Design And Lollipop Support In 4.0 Update, Is Actually Material And Still Has Customizable Themes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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