We can always talk about the weather … and weather apps. And these are some of the best weather apps for Android.
Unless you happen to live in a holodeck or maybe a climate-controlled biodome, the weather has ways of encroaching on our lives if we're not prepared for it. Maybe you should've grabbed a jacket before that cold front blew through. Maybe today's line of storms weren't the best time to wear a white top. Maybe you should've shoveled the driveway now before the last cold blast blew through and froze your driveway solid. Save yourself from an ice slick, or a cold wind blowing through your thin shirt, and keep a weather app handy. Your phone may have come with a weather app or widget, but that should never stop you from checking out the competition.
And so while we're about to showcase apps that will vary drastically in bells and whistles, keep in mind that if the weather data that app provides isn't accurate enough for your particular place, then you should keep looking for something that does.
Microsoft has announced a new API for OneDrive that will make it easy for developers to integrate the company's cloud storage service into their apps. The API supports all major platforms, including the web, Windows, iOS, and Android.
Being a tech-forward parent presents its own unique set of challenges, and letting your kids use YouTube is one of the best examples of this.
I have trouble believing that YouTube is safe for adults most days, which is why I'm often hovering over my children to ensure whatever they are watching on Google's video service is safe. It's not even that YouTube is bad for children — the service just plain wasn't built to cater specifically to little heads, and that can cause problems. User-targeted pre-roll ads and algorithm-generated "what to watch next" videos aren't great for youngsters, to say nothing of the toxic wasteland that your average comments section tends to resemble.
To resolve this, Google has released YouTube Kids. It's an entirely separate app with its own set of rules, and if you're a parent looking at this as a potential solution to YouTube proper for your kids, here's what you need to know.
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has just announced that pre-orders for the LG G Flex 2 in black are now available. Previously slated for February 28, the G Flex 2 can be yours when taken out with plans starting from £24 a month (accompanied by a down payment of £310 for the phone). To help sweeten the deal, you'll receive a free Bluetooth speaker and QuickCircle case.
Samsung has released a post-Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5, re-introducing the silent mode (or rather, the mute button). It's a feature that was missed by many once updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. As reported by SamMobile, the G900F variant of the Galaxy S5 is currently receiving the build (G900FXXU1BOB7) in the UK. The mute button has been placed among quick settings, just below the notifications tray.
British manufacturer Kazam – created by ex-HTC staffers – has announced six new models in its Trooper range. All devices run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, and are aimed at the budget segment. Kazam is differentiating the series by offering LTE as well as 3G-only connectivity options.
Google has announced that it is rolling out the Lollipop update to Android One handsets in India. The OTA update will be arriving in stages and will be delivered weekly, which means that not all users will receive the update at once.
Google already shows a warning message when you attempt to download malicious software, and the search giant is now expanding its efforts with the SafeBrowsing initiative to protect you from visiting websites that are flagged for malware. Chrome has been updated to display a new warning message to users visiting a website flagged by Google, and Google Search's ranking signals now feature the ability to automatically identify whether a site has malicious content.
Samsung has entered into an agreement with LG and Apple to supply both companies with new 20nm LPDDR4 DRAM chips for upcoming smartphones. The deal would see Samsung fulfill Apple's demand for memory chips for the next iPhone, while LG would use the components for the G4. According to the Korea Times report:
Sony has unveiled the Xperia E4g, which is essentially a marriage between the recently announced Xperia E4 and LTE connectivity. Think of this announcement much like how Motorola handled the Moto G and its LTE variant. The Xperia E4g will ship in April for €129.
The Twitter team has rolled out an update for the official Android app, enabling the "While you were away" feature. This helps you to remain up-to-date with everything happening on the micro-blogging site, providing you with some top tweets determined by who you interact with most on Twitter.
LG rolled out its first video for the Watch Urbane, the manufacturer's latest smartwatch. The all-metal watch which will be available in gold and silver trims, with LG stating that the Watch Urbane is the closest we'll come to seeing an analog watch face on an Android Wear-powered smartwatch.
HTC's latest teaser for the upcoming One M9 suggests that we may see a more powerful BoomSound stereo speaker configuration on the device. The Taiwanese manufacturer teased a video on Twitter with the tagline "Get your hands on bigger boom", followed by a reveal date of March 1, which is when the One M9 is set to officially debut.
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