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Google ‘currently working’ on Google Maps redirect fix on Windows Phone, explains former stance

Google Maps no longer redirecting to Google Search on Window Phone, Google explains

As recently as yesterday, Google was explaining its auto-redirect of Google Maps on Windows Phone devices to Google.com as a question of incompatibility rather than one of choice. “The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web,” Google told us yesterday. Case closed, right? Apparently not.

As The Next Web reports, Google’s changing its tune today, and is working on a redirect as we speak. “We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users,” the statement reads. “In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users,” it continues. The kicker? “Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.” So! It looks like Windows Phone users employing Internet Explorer for Google Maps will soon be back in business. As of right now, we’re still seeing the redirect in place, but feel free to let us know if you’re already seeing the fix enabled!

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How to improve video quality on Sprint LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G comes packed with 13-megapixel camera sensor (8MP in some markets). While still shots taken by its snapper are quite impressive, the video recording might come a little short of what’s expected from the sensor that promises 1080p@30fps quality. Surely, it wouldn’t hurt to know some workaround that could help improve the quality a bit.

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It’s a good thing there are thousands of third-party developers out there who work several hours finding ways how to make things better. That said here is one workaround shared by an XDA developer who identified himself with a username _Epic.

Disclaimer: This workaround to improve the quality of video recording of LG Optimus G’s camera involves having to edit or alter a certain system file. There are possibilities that it may cause problems to the device. If you are willing to take that risk, it’s on you. However, you can neither blame The Droid Guy nor the developer for any damages this short guide may cause to your device.

Overview

To improve the video recording of LG Optimus G, the owner needs to edit some lines or replace a system file called media_profiles.xml. The developer behind this workaround said some values inside the file have been changed. Here are some changes done:

1) Increased 1080p bitrate to 20mbps

2) Increase audio bitrate to 320kbps for both 720p and 1080p

3) Changed audio channels to 2 for 1080p

4) Doubled the image decoding memory cap to 40mb

5) Increased all image encoding quality values to 100

If you’re okay with these values, then there nothing more to do than to download the custom file (media_profiles.xml).

Just before you take the first step, make sure you have created a Nandroid backup of your current ROM so you can always revert to your previous working system.

Guide

Step 1: Download media_profiles.xml (link here) and copy it into the root directory of your device’s internal memory.

Step 2: Using a file browser like ES File Explorer or Root Explorer, move/copy the xml file to the /system/etc folder.

Step 3: Ensure your system is mounted RW (you can find the option “mount system read write“).

Step 4: Once you copied media_profiles.xml into /system/etc folder, you will be prompted to confirm if you want to overwrite the existing file. Just choose Yes.

Reportedly, there is a noticeable difference between using the stock media profiles xml file and the custom one. For some, it is worth the risk but what do you think of it?

[source: XDA Developers]

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Oh noes! Google Maps isn’t working on Windows Phone

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Our Windows Phone-loving pals at WPCentral have found themselves in quite the pickle. First there's the whole to-do over YouTube and the fact that Google's not opening up its metadata to Windows Phone, so third-party apps can't search videos as well as we can on Android. (Or in the iOS YouTube app, for that matter.) Now they can't even use Google Maps. Not that there's been an official Windows Phone version of Google Maps — nor do we really expect one anytime soon — but for some reason pointing Internet Explorer to maps.google.com redirects back to the mobile verison of Google's home page.

Shenanigans? Or Gremlins? We're willing to bet it's just a hiccup and that Google's not shutting out Windows Phone from Google Maps, but it's an inconvenience, to say the least. And Gizmodo says this actually has been the case from the start. (Though that's apparently not true.) On the other hand, WPCentral's Daniel Rubino questions "why you would want to use Google’s less-than-awesome mapping service through a browser." With an attitude like that, pal, don't expect the boys and girls at Google to bend over backwards for you on a Friday.

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T-Mobile HTC 8X gets Windows Phone 8 update packing text messaging and WiFi tweaks

T-Mobile HTC 8X gets Windows Phone 8 update packing text messaging and WiFi tweaks

T-Mobile and Microsoft have unleashed a new Windows Phone 8 update (version 8.0.10211.204, if you must know) to polish the OS for HTC 8X devices. Now, incoming calls can be replied to with pre-written texts and data usage can be kept to a minimum by preventing Internet Explorer from downloading images automatically. Text messaging has been spruced up as well, allowing multiple recipients to be added at the same time when sending a message, automatically saving unsent texts as drafts and letting users edit received messages before forwarding them. Redmond’s OS will now learn from a user’s WiFi connection history and prioritize which networks it connects to. If you’ve experienced some rebooting issues with your handset, it’s likely that the unspecified grab bag of “other improvements” includes a few welcome bug fixes to smooth things over. There’s no word on when the update will grace the 8X’s brethren on other carriers, but if your smartphone happens to call the magenta network home, mosey on over to the “Phone Update” settings section to check for the fresh release.

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Solid Explorer Finally Comes out of Beta, With Unlocker.

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One of my most used file explorers finally drops “Beta” With a  $1.99 price tag.

 

Solid Explorer ( 14-DAY TRIAL. In order to continue using the app after this period, purchase the Solid Explorer Unlocker, but first make sure you are fully satisfied with it.)  is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.
Main features:
1. Two independent panels for browsing
2. Drag and Drop inside and between panels
3. FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients
4. File sharing via FTP
5. Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives
6. Creating ZIP and TAR archives
7. Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive (more soon)
8. Bookmarks
9. Root access
10. Indexed search
11. Detailed file and directory information

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You can learn about planned features in the ‘About’ section.

What’s New  Google-Play

What’s in this version:

-fix for unlocker issue, sorry about that
===16 Dec===
-out of Beta, yay!
-support for Samsung’s Multi Window
-support for subtitles with streaming videos
-ability to set ringtones
-busybox included in the app
-fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-optimized package size
-minor bug fixes and stability improvements

 

 

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Solid Explorer Finally Comes out of Beta, With Unlocker.

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One of my most used file explorers finally drops “Beta” With a  $1.99 price tag.

 

Solid Explorer ( 14-DAY TRIAL. In order to continue using the app after this period, purchase the Solid Explorer Unlocker, but first make sure you are fully satisfied with it.)  is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.
Main features:
1. Two independent panels for browsing
2. Drag and Drop inside and between panels
3. FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients
4. File sharing via FTP
5. Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives
6. Creating ZIP and TAR archives
7. Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive (more soon)
8. Bookmarks
9. Root access
10. Indexed search
11. Detailed file and directory information

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You can learn about planned features in the ‘About’ section.

What’s New  Google-Play

What’s in this version:

-fix for unlocker issue, sorry about that
===16 Dec===
-out of Beta, yay!
-support for Samsung’s Multi Window
-support for subtitles with streaming videos
-ability to set ringtones
-busybox included in the app
-fixed issues with refreshing the gallery
-optimized package size
-minor bug fixes and stability improvements

 

 

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Solid Explorer Unlocker Now Available In The Play Store For $1.99

 

One of the most underrated productivity apps suddenly looks like it might be better than ever thanks to a newly unveiled add-on. In case you’re not familiar with Solid Explorer, it’s an app that is like any typical file manager out there— except it has one thing that stands apart from its competition: the ability to have two independent panels for browsing. What this does is allows you to have two separate folders open at the very same time— with each folder having the ability to be controlled. While this is a cool thing and all— it appeared that the overall app was a bit limited in functionality because it was offered as a trial, until now. The app developer has come out and released the Solid Explorer Unlocker, which gives full functionality for all users of the app including the ability to open two folders at the same time, have even better root access and better support for archived files.

The Solid Explorer Unlocker is available now in the Play Store for a few bucks, so if you’re an Froyo+ user and interested in giving it a spin– be sure to head on down and try it out today. You’ll be glad you tried it out… believe us.

 

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Nexus 4 Mod Allows For Improved Video Bitrate

 

It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 is a device that’s ripe for modifications and all, so a new mod has surfaced that allows for the device to have improved video capabilities. It appears that when you have a Nexus that’s been unlocked and rooted, the video framerate improves from 12Mbps all the way to 20Mbps. All that’s needed is a quick XML change to the following:

  • Using a file browser (like root explorer/es file explorer etc) go to the /system/etc folder
  • Make sure your system is mounted RW
  • Search for the media_profiles.xml file and open it up in any text editor
  • Once you scroll down you will see the following:
    Code:
    <EncoderProfile quality="1080p" fileFormat="mp4" duration="30"> <Video codec="h264" bitRate="12000000" width="1920" height="1080" frameRate="30" /> <Audio codec="aac" bitRate="96000" sampleRate="48000" channels="1" /> </EncoderProfile>
  • Change the bitRate from 12000000 to 20000000
  • Save and reboot.

 

Pretty exciting news indeed, right? You’ll find even more details once you hit the break.

source: XDA

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Nexus 4 Mod Allows For Improved Video Bitrate

 

It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 is a device that’s ripe for modifications and all, so a new mod has surfaced that allows for the device to have improved video capabilities. It appears that when you have a Nexus that’s been unlocked and rooted, the video framerate improves from 12Mbps all the way to 20Mbps. All that’s needed is a quick XML change to the following:

  • Using a file browser (like root explorer/es file explorer etc) go to the /system/etc folder
  • Make sure your system is mounted RW
  • Search for the media_profiles.xml file and open it up in any text editor
  • Once you scroll down you will see the following:
    Code:
    <EncoderProfile quality="1080p" fileFormat="mp4" duration="30"> <Video codec="h264" bitRate="12000000" width="1920" height="1080" frameRate="30" /> <Audio codec="aac" bitRate="96000" sampleRate="48000" channels="1" /> </EncoderProfile>
  • Change the bitRate from 12000000 to 20000000
  • Save and reboot.

 

Pretty exciting news indeed, right? You’ll find even more details once you hit the break.

source: XDA

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Simple Nexus 4 software mod allows for improved video recording with almost double the bitrate

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Those crafty software tinkerers over on XDA are at it again, this time introducing a simple hack/mod for the Nexus 4 that dramatically improves the device’s video capabilities. All you need is a rooted Nexus 4 (with an unlocked bootloader) and a root file manager application with access to your system partition. After a quick XML edit, the Nexus 4′s default bitrate of 12mbps can be increased all the way up to 20mbps. Nice. The instructions are relatively straight forward and are as follows:

  • Using a file browser (like root explorer/es file explorer etc) go to the /system/etc folder
  • Make sure your system is mounted RW
  • Search for the media_profiles.xml file and open it up in any text editor
  • Once you scroll down you will see the following:
    Code:
    <EncoderProfile quality="1080p" fileFormat="mp4" duration="30">
                <Video codec="h264"
                       bitRate="12000000"
                       width="1920"
                       height="1080"
                       frameRate="30" />
                <Audio codec="aac"
                       bitRate="96000"
                       sampleRate="48000"
                       channels="1" />
            </EncoderProfile>
  • Change the bitRate from 12000000 to 20000000
  • Save and reboot.

The jump in quality is said to make for a clearer picture while shooting video, resulting in less noise and artifacts than the default setting. Of course, these newly outputted video files will be a larger in size and, as we all know, the Achilles heel for the Nexus 4 is its lack of storage space. Might have to better manage your media if you plan on using this mod.

The original thread can be found on XDA where the dev responsible has even included a handy zip file for the flashing. As always, make sure you back up your ROM before experimenting with hacks like like this. Let us know how you like the results!

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[Review] Ingress Is, By Far, The Best Augmented Reality Game A Curious Explorer In The City Can Play

ingresstinyIf you’ve been paying attention to the news cycle lately, you’ve probably heard that Google—by way of the obscure “Niantic Labs”—released a game of some kind. You saw a trailer that depicted people discovering hidden energy fields within statues, landmarks, and artistic sculptures. You had no idea what was going on. You signed up for an invite anyway, because like any other weird Google product, you want in regardless of what it is. Well, I got my invite a couple days ago, and I’m happy to tell you, it’s absolutely worth it.

To say that Ingress is amazing would be an understatement.

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[Review] Ingress Is, By Far, The Best Augmented Reality Game A Curious Explorer In The City Can Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nokia announces new location cloud service for iOS, Android and others: It’s Here (update)

Nokia launches new multidevice, multiplatform location cloud service It's Here

Nokia’s revealed the next stage in its cartographic future and it involves a new cloud-based service. Titled “Here”, it’ll tap into Nokia’s map expertise and better still, work across multiple devices and operating systems — CEO Stephen Elop, attending the event in San Francisco, also referenced recent purchase of Earthmine, a 3D mapping company that will help the company offer StreetView-style digital vistas. The new web-based map (that’s live now) will work on any PC running Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome and Macs using Safari, Firefox or Chrome. On mobile, it’ll run on iOS 4+ and Android 2.2′s (or above) internet browser. According to AllThingsD, a free iOS app has already been submitted to iTunes, pending Apple’s approval in the ‘next couple of weeks’. Additionally, Nokia will have a Here SDK for Android and a web version of Here maps for Firefox OS ready by early next year

Gallery: Nokia Here event

Behind the glossy HTM5 exterior, Nokia reckons its “capture, compute, experience” system, and its cloud-based processing will offer a more potent offline experience. Nokia’s not stopping there, however. The Finnish phone-maker has apparently seen 75 times more use of its mapping data compared to last year, and it’s looking to tap into user-submitted data. A new Map Creator tool will let people assign more specific information and detail to Nokia’s original maps and satellite photos. The phone-maker’s already launched its own site for the new location service, Here.net, and aims to fold in users’ submissions into its own official map offering. Collections will let you store and share your favorite locations, while Explore (replete with its own map button) will let you know what’s available in the immediate vicinity. The maps will also contain all of the previous Nokia functionality, including live traffic information and transit directions.

Here appears to encompass most of Nokia’s previous mapping services and apps — take a look for yourself at the source below.

Update: We’ve got a few more tidbits about Here to share with you. It turns out, the iOS app will provide offline maps, voice guided walking directions and public transportation directions at launch. Additionally, Nokia revealed the name for the technology powering its City Lens app. Called LiveSight, it’s a 3D map technology that Nokia claims “provides the most precise and intuitive augmented reality experience” that we presume will find its way into other applications. PR with full details of all the cartographical goodness await after the break.

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Review: AccessToGo Connects iPad to Windows at 2 Speeds: Regular or Blazingly Fast

AccessToGo Remote Desktop/RDP Client  
Developer: Ericom Software Inc.  
Price: free   Download

Ever find yourself thinking, “Wow, this iPad is great. If only I could use Internet Explorer.” OK, probably not. Most people who want to use an iPad to access their Windows desktop or use programs on their home computer have more complex needs than browsing the Internet. Nevertheless, no matter what applications you want use, if it’s on your PC and you’re not, AccessToGo makes an RDP solution that could help you get it.

AccessToGo from Ericom Software is really two apps in one. First, it’s a mobile RDP client that’s to use and available to anyone using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 (Pro, Enterprise or Ultimate). It’s also a powerful RDP accelerator that saves bandwidth and speeds up applications for users working remotely. How much faster? Well, that will depend on what you’re doing but it could be up to 10x faster for graphic-rich content like streaming video and PDF display.  (more…)

Finish reading “AccessToGo Connects iPad to Windows at 2 Speeds: Regular or Blazingly Fast” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Microsoft Windows 8, RT fixes will be rolled out on November 13th

Microsoft’s recently launched operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, will be getting their first update on Tuesday, November 13th, according to the bulletin posted on the company’s website. The purpose of the roll out would be to address the vulnerabilities of these systems as well as provide updates to Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Reports also suggest the .NET Framework would be getting a bump together with Windows Server, Office and Internet Explorer.

According to the advance security bulletin on Microsoft’s website, the patch will have its focus on three critical vulnerabilities found in Windows 8 that affect the 32-bit and 64-bit version of the system, and one critical and important issue on Windows RT. These critical vulnerabilities found by software engineers of Microsoft, if exploited, would allow code execution even in the absence of user interaction, a typical activity of self-propagating malware such as network worms.

The important vulnerability stated in the bulletin pertains to the possibility of compromised confidentiality wherein user’s personal information may be stolen without the knowledge of the user. While the software giant provided sufficient information why an update is needed to be rolled out, it hasn’t revealed specific holes to its systems but they will be revealed soon after the update is available for users to download.

There are two ways Windows 8 and RT users can do to get updated: first, they can leave automatic updating function on so the systems can automatically pull down patches; or second, they can go to Microsoft’s Download Center and manually download the package to their devices. Either way, it is imperative users would download the update on Tuesday or as early as possible to avoid security breaches.

To recap, the update will be made available for download for Win 8 and RT users on Tuesday and it is expected to address some critical and important vulnerabilities within the system. If you want to learn more about this advance notification of security bulletin, you can visit this link.

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Microsoft outlines Internet Explorer 10 differences between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Microsoft outlines Internet Explorer 10 differences between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, finds they still have common ground

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 together mark a rare confluence for Microsoft: they represent the first instance of the company’s desktop and phone platforms sharing the same browser base, and that has wide-reaching implications for what developers can do. The Redmond team doesn’t want anyone plunging headlong into web apps without knowing what to expect, however, and it just reminded us in a blog post that there are still a few off-limits areas for Internet Explorer 10 on the mobile side. Not surprisingly, elements that demand a truly big screen or a windowed interface won’t fly — there’s nowhere to drag-and-drop from or open a new window to. A few other aspects are more likely to catch web developers off-guard, such as the lack of in-line video, a handful of touch inputs, ActiveX and the level of file access. The most important common ground stems from simply having a modern rendering engine whose HTML5 and CSS3 support will prevent any rude shocks. There’s much more at the source link, although Microsoft and designers may just be happy that any Windows Phone web development is a question of finding those few things that won’t work, rather than reinventing the wheel.

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[App Review] Solid Explorer, the File Explorer to Rule Them All

If you are anything like me, you like to keep your files clean. While most Android devices come with a built-in file manager, they either 1) are lacking features or 2) look awful. Step into the world of Solid Explorer Beta2. Don’t let the Beta part fool you though, this is one of the most beautiful and full-featured apps I have used in a long time.

Features

Like most file explorers, this application has the ability to read ZIP, TAR and RAR files along with being able to create ZIP and Tar files from you device. You can also install, move, copy, and cut files. And for rooted users, it can do system mounting and change permissions. One of the most impressive features though, which is unique is its ability to interface with your cloud based storage. After linking either Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or Skydrive you have he ability to easily sync files back and forth between your local and cloud storage. If you like you cloud home based it also supports FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks and Interface

The user interface is beautiful and  intuitive.  There are 2 themes, light and dark. They both fit in very well with the Holo theme. The interface is well laid out and gives multiple options for viewing your files. There are very nice charts that lay out your available storage and where it is being used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts 

This app is beautiful and intuitive and has a top-tier feature set. I believe this should be on every Android device and will always be one of the first apps I download.

Description

Solid Explorer is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android.———————————————————IMPORTANT!Many people complain about the need of install the BusyBox.
Even if you think it’s not necessary, you’re wrong. If you’re rooted you really should have these binaries installed (they are included in every custom rom) and even if you think that it’s installed probably it needs to be updated to the latest version. Otherwise root functions will not work. So please download the installer when prompted, open it and tap “Install” button. After that you can remove the installer. Thank you.———————————————————The application is still in development state and may be UNSTABLE so please treat it with understanding.
It is really recommended to send crash reports with detailed information about the problem. This will help me to solve eventual issues faster.Main features:
1. Two independent panels for browsing
2. Drag and Drop inside and between panels
3. FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients
4. File sharing via FTP
5. Support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives
6. Creating ZIP and TAR archives
7. Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive
8. Bookmarks
9. Root access
10. Indexed search, also available from the system (that means that you can search for files from the Google Search widget/app)
11. Detailed file and directory information
You can learn about planned features in the ‘About’ section.

Enjoy!

Application:  Solid Explorer Beta2

Developer:  Krzysztof Głodowski

Cost:  Free

 

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[Download] Google Play Store 3.9.17 APK

Real quick, our friends at Android Police have managed to obtain the latest Play Store, version 3.9.17 from an Android 4.2 build. Not much is new other than some 144×144 tablet icons and various code changes. The APK has to be sideloaded, so just download it and install with your favorite file explorer. It’ll override your current Play Store version since it’s signed by Google, so installation is rather painless. Check it out.

Download the Google Play Store 3.9.17

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Google’s Music Explorer available in the Play Store for some users

Google recently showed off Android 4.2 and some of the cool features that go with it, including some pretty wild camera effects. One of the features they demoed was a Music Explorer that can be used to discover new artists and music in the Play Store. That feature has existed in the Play Store for a while, but Google’s taken it a step further and really improved the interface. As an avid music listener, I think it’s great to have another tool that makes finding new music this easy.

Well it looks like the new Music Explorer is live for many of you. Unfortunately it isn’t working on my Play Store yet, but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it over the next few days. Is it live for any of you? Let us know how it works in the comments.

source: Phandroid


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Google’s Music Explorer now live in the Play Store for some users

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It was earlier this week Google let us in on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and some of tasty treats that would be debuting on Nexus 4. Google went over many of the new features, also demoing Music Explorer, a graphical music discovery tool for the Google Play Store.

Well, it looks like you wont have to wait until Android 4.2 to try out Music Explorer for yourself, as Google has just flipped the switch enabling the feature for many Android users in the Play Store. Similar to something we’ve seen from the Microsoft Zune back in the day, Music Explorer introduces users to similar artists they’ve looked up in the Google Play Store using a snazzy UI. A similar option was always available in the Play Store, but it was never pretty as this. Let us know if it’s gone live in your Play Store!

Thanks, Tommy!


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Google’s Music Explorer Goes Live in the Play Store, a Visually Beautiful Music Discovery Tool

When Google introduced Android 4.2 this week, they made quick mention of a new music discovery service that would soon arrive in the Google Play store. The service, called Music Explorer, is now live and fully functional if you’d like to give it a spin. Actually, we heard from readers who saw it go live [...]

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CyanogenMod 10 to get CM File Manager with next round of nightlies

Those of you that are sporting CyanogenMod 10 will be happy to know that they are incorporating their own file manager, appropriately named CM File Manager. It maintains the Holo UI and of course leverages root capabilities. So far it looks like it won’t have any network capabilities like the ability to access any of your network drives over WiFi. I’m sure this will be added at a later date, but if it’s something you need, you won’t be able to dump ES Explorer or File Expert just yet.

It was already forked into their project last night, and should show up in the next round of nightlies.

source: +CyanogenMod


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CM File Manager comes to CyanogenMod 10 – Root access mode included

Those awesome developers from what is still one of, if not the best custom ROM in the world of Android have just released a brand new File Manager. Today CM10 nightlys will start enjoying a brand new CM File Manager full of features, function, and a beautiful user interface that streamlines it right into the elegance of CM10. More details below, including that “root access mode” feature too.

CyanogenMod for those that don’t know, is a custom ROM built from the Android Open Source Project and tweaked to be fast, simple, stable, yet full of features, tweaks and add-ons to make it a community favorite. Today they’ve merged their very own File Manager into their ROM to bring even more features and functionality. While I’m a huge fan of Root Explorer, the folks from CM might have just replaced it overnight.

Obviously this was just released and it still needs some work — like thumbnail previews — and a few various fixes but I’m sure it will be a powerful tool in the weeks ahead. One of the philosophies of CM is “any feature we add in should be seamless in it’s implementation, intuitive in its usage and functional to a large group of users.” and that is exactly what this new File Manager is. They’ve used the Holo UI theme elements to make it a familiar looking app, and so far it works great.

One neat feature, which also kills root access type file explorers, is the “Access Mode.” Here you’ll start in safe mode so the file manager can’t cause harm to your device by inexperienced users deleting things they shouldn’t. Then you can opt for a prompt user mode where you’ll be guided and prompted before doing anything too dangerous, then full on Root Access mode where you’re free to do as you please. Once you enable Root Access Mode it launches in that mode — so use caution.

For those that are fans of file manager and explorers get ready to enjoy another impressive option right from the CM developers themselves. It’s being merged into nightly builds as we speak. Enjoy!

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[via CyanogenMod]


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No Google search app for Windows RT users

The Google Search is one of the best ways to search the world’s most used search engine on mobile devices. We have widgets on Android smart phones and tablets, there is an app for iOS devices, and now on Windows 8 devices. But what about Windows RT devices? Well, if you try to search for Google Search in the Windows Marketplace on a Windows RT device, you would not get it. And if you try to side load it, you will get an error message saying, “Sorry, this app can’t be installed because your PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements.” Well, that is a sad story.

Does this mean that the Google Search is still not ready for Windows RT based systems? That is indeed the case. There were initial words on the internet that Microsoft might not have approved the app for the Windows RT based system. When Search Engine Land contacted the search engine giant, this is the reply they got:

We always aim to have our products available to as many people as we can and plan to launch updated versions of the Google Search app over time.

And then, reportedly, Microsoft also sent out an email to the online publication saying:

You’d have to ask Google, but apparently their search app doesn’t work on ARM devices. We just checked the app details in the Windows Store and ARM is not listed as a supported architecture.

This clearly means that even though Microsoft is ready to offer Google a chance to come into the Windows RT ecosystem, Google, for some reason, does not seem to be interested in ARM based devices.

So if you want to search Google on your new Windows RT device, you will have to go to Internet Explorer 10, open Google.com, and then make your search. And apparently, there will be no Chrome also. A statement from Google says:

Our understanding is that Windows on ARM [Windows RT] will not support a version of the Chrome browser. Internet Explorer will be the only desktop web browser on ARM-based devices.

And in reply to this, Microsoft told Search Engine Land,

With Windows RT we’re committed to meeting customer expectations for core experiences while also giving customers the choice of a wide range of applications and services from other providers, all easily accessed from the Windows Store. If developers want to build a browser for Windows RT devices they can do so through the Windows Store, similar to other mobile device ecosystem.

Source: Search Engine Land

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Kindle for Android updated with Japanese text support, Jelly Bean improvements

Kindle for Android

With Amazon having recently announced the sale of the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets in Japan, they're complimenting their launch by updating the Kindle for Android app. The new version now supports manga books, as well as right-to-left vertical text. Those aren't the only changes within the app though, as noted in the change log –

  • Improved support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the Nexus 7 tablet.
  • Send PDF, DOC, DOCX, and image files to your Kindle using the share buttons in popular Android apps like Adobe Reader, Documents to Go, ES File Explorer, and many others.
  • Several bug fixes.

If you frequent using the Kindle for Android app, you'll find the update available now in the Google Play Store.

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Solid Explorer Beta Updated To v1.3.8, Brings Streaming Media From Dropbox, Box, And Drive, Plus A Lot More

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Among people who love file managers, there’s no doubt that Solid Explorer is a favorite. It’s full-featured, intuitive, and powerful. Adding to its already-impressive feature set, it was just updated to version 1.3.8 in the Play Store, bringing along a slew of enhancements that are sure to please the Solid fans among us:

-status bar
-special bit flags for file permissions(root only)
-fixed freezes when transferring over ftp
-fixed a bug causing the files to be deleted instead of moved
-quick config popup under jump action
-ability to stream media from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and ZIP files
-fixed some issues related to media streaming
-manual toggle for system remount (root only)
-stability improvements
-minor bug fixes

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The update is live in the Store now – if you already have Solid installed, you can go ahead and pull it down.

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Xbox 360 To Offer Internet Explorer Connectivity

Software giant Microsoft will include the Internet Explorer Browser as one of their new updates to their gaming console XBOX 360 dashboard simultaneously with the unveiling of Windows 8 on October 26, the company announced this week.

According to Cnet reporter Dana Kerr, XBOX 360 users can now be able to add their personal touch on their dashboard, watch live stream videos, bookmark favorite site with the inclusion of Internet Explorer browser.

Internet Explorer’s General Manager Ryan Gavin announced the browser will be available soon on Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold members.

“Starting today Internet Explorer will begin being rolled out on Xbox LIVE and will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members,” Gavin told Cnet.com Wednesday “IE on Xbox enables you to view content on the web on your TV and includes great features like the ability to personalize your dashboard by pinning your favorite web sites and watching HTML5 videos on the web.”

The inclusion of Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360 system was long anticipated since the beginning of 2012. During the E3 gaming conference, Microsoft already gave tech enthusiasts a sneak peak of the Internet Explorer-enabled Xbox, which would allow Microsoft to further expand the functionality of the Xbox system.

Aside from internet connectivity on the gaming console, users will also have access to use Window 8’s Xbox Smart Glass on Web features such us scrolling, pinch, zoom, and text input. This feature is available to Xbox Live Gold members, which requires a fee of $50 per year.

Microsoft also announced the addition of 30 million music tracks to the Xbox Music service, which allow users to stream music for free and create custom playlists.

Xbox Music will be available on Xbox 360 consoles, PCs, and Windows 8 Tablets and soon on Windows Phone 8.

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Engadget Giveaway: win an exclusive Atari 2600 with PC components!

Engadget Giveaway win an exclusive Atari 2600 with PC components!

We’re not going to beat around the bush here: this is one of the most exciting contests we’ve hosted in a long, long time, and you’ll definitely want to enter. Our friends at Atari were kind enough to give us an extremely limited-edition (there are only two in existence) Atari 2600 gutted with modern PC components and signed by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell — and one lucky soul will be able to call this beauty their very own! The gaming company is doing this to promote the 35th anniversary of the 2600′s original release, as well as its latest creation, arcade.atari.com, which is an HTML5-driven, multitouch-supported hub that lets you play eight classic Atari games online (including Pong and Centipede). Not only that, the team — consisting of Atari and the Internet Explorer team — put together an SDK to help you build your own games on the classic platform. After you enter to win (all you have to do is leave a comment below), make sure you head over to the Arcade to spend countless more hours in the land of nostalgia.

Note: For bragging rights, feel free to post your high score as your comment entry.

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Windows 8 Flash bugs fixed by Microsoft

Flash has been one of the most important technologies or platforms to display multimedia content in browsers. The same technology, which was ported to Google’s Android mobile operating system, is now being taken down from the latest edition of the operating system, Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, due to security reasons.

Most of the attacks on Windows machines have been due to the vulnerabilities that are left unpatched on Flash on the machines, and the number is not less. The latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 8, comes with the latest release of the company’s internet browser, Internet Explorer 10. In this new release, the company has built Adobe’s Flash right into the core of the browser, trying to copy Google with its Chrome internet browser.

But by doing so, the Redmond software giant has left of lot of gateways open for hackers in Internet Explorer 10. The updates released for Flash on the Internet Explorer 10 have to come from Microsoft through Windows Update and not via Adobe because of the integration of the technology into the software itself.

To patch a few of the vulnerabilities found in the software, eight vulnerabilities to be exact, Adobe did release an update back in August. But the Windows 8 RTM tablets which shipped at the time did not have these updates installed. So they were left unhealed for the threats.

This is a risk, a very big risk, and hence, the software giant promised to fix the issues, but not until late October. But due to the harm it may cause, the company changed its statement and said It would issue an update “very soon.” That “soon” seems to have come now.

PCWorld writes:

Friday’s Flash update will be offered to Windows 8 RTM, and to the final public beta, Windows 8 Release Preview. That sneak peak, which users downloaded free of charge, does not expire until Jan. 31, 2013.

So if you have a Windows RTM machine, you better update your software soon.

Source: PCWorld

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Review: Adventure Game Fans Might Not Mind the Chaos of Chaos Minders

Chaos Minders  
Developer: Acvenco Systems Ltd.  
Price: $0.99   Download

If you’re in the market for a adventure game for your iPhone and think a Mario meets Fruit Ninja hybrid sounds fun, then check out Chaos Minders. A platform adventure game starring Crawford the chaos minding explorer, Chaos Minders is all about concentration and quick reflexes. With side-scrolling action, players jump and slash their way to further adventures and even a bit of storyline revelation along the way.

Chaos Minders is integrated and features high score competitions and game achievements, as well as Facebook and Twitter sharing. As you help Crawford navigate the jungles of whatever chaos he’s in the midst of, you are playing for higher scores and level completion. (more…)

Finish reading “Adventure Game Fans Might Not Mind the Chaos of Chaos Minders” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Microsoft warns users about the IE security flaw

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser is the default internet browser that comes preinstalled on all Windows computers. The software has been the most used internet browsers for many years until recently a more advanced, well designed, and more secure internet browser, Google Inc.’s Chrome, took the title of the most used internet browser. But there are still many loyal users of the Internet Explorer that Microsoft programs, and now, they are at the risk of getting hacked.

The Redmond based operating system giant has recently discovered a security flaw in its internet browser and is advising users to take care of their personal details on their computers and other data as there is a risk of hackers using this flaw to hack into computers. The company has also released a temporary patch for Internet Explorer to close the gates for the hackers. But there is only so much the patch can do.

The company is working on modifying the code of the software to permanently rectify the flaw. The patch that the company is advising the users to download and install is called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, or EMET in short.

Users who are using Internet Explorer as their primary internet browser are supposed to download this EMET tool and manually configure the patch to make their browsers somewhat secure till the actual patch is released by the company. But the company’s instructions as to how the tool needs to be configured is a bit technical and there is a doubt whether every home user will be able to follow the guide.

There is no time given by Microsoft for the release of the update to Internet Explorer. But security experts say that the company may not take more a week’s time to come up with a permanent solution. Till then, security experts also suggest that using a different browser which is more secure, such as Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, would be a better solution.

So if you are an Internet Explorer user, you better switch to a more secure browser soon, at lease for time being.

Source: Reuters

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