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5 days ago

Tasker 101: the basics

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A nice task/profile for a long nap...

You have Tasker; we'll show you how to use it

We've covered what Tasker is and what it can do for you, but as most anyone who uses Tasker will tell you, the hardest part of Tasker is getting started. The learning curve is a bit steep, but we're here to help you get the basics down and get you building your own Tasks and basic profiles.

So, grab the app and let's get started.

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5 days ago

Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions

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Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts

We put Facebook's much-maligned messaging app permissions up against Google's Hangouts app

Not to belabor the point — because I think most everyone who read our takedown of all the FUD and confusion surrounding the ill-informed stories about Facebook Messenger got it — but here's an interesting exercise. We recently recommended that when you have questions about the permissions an application is declaring, you should look at a similar app. It might not tell you the whole story, but it should give you a pretty good idea of whether an app has the power to do something nefarious.

If, say, one wallpaper application has the ability to make phone calls and another doesn't, you need to look for why it needs that ability. Make sense?

So let's put Facebook Messenger up against another popular messaging app — Google Hangouts. If you somehow haven't used Hangouts before, it's Google's messaging service, and it also now is Google's preferred text messaging app. (Though you'll still find other messaging apps on most manufacturers' phones, even if they have Hangouts installed.)

Let's put the permissions side by side — as copied directly from Google Play — and see what it looks like. All in the name of science.

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5 days ago

HTC One M8 on T-Mobile getting Android 4.4.3 update

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Owners of a T-Mobile flavored HTC One M8 should be see an Android 4.4.3 styled update heading their way today. We've already seen a few tips that people are waking up and seeing the 582MB update on their devices this morning.

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5 days ago

Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via Android app

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There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an Android app.

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5 days ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 18, 2014

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below.

As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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5 days ago

Acer bringing Liquid phones to Mexico, Liquid Leap in tow

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Acer is now selling five of its Liquid Android smartphone products in Mexico, via Office Depot, in a continuing expansion of the brand to many countries in Pan America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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5 days ago

Sony document suggests smaller Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact inbound

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As is so often the case leading up to major trade shows, we're hearing about potential new Sony devices. This time round it's a new one, though, as an official Sony document makes mention of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact – say that three times fast – which one would presume to be a smaller tablet than the current Xperia Z2 Tablet.

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5 days ago

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is stunning and U.S.-bound

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Sharp and Softbank have announced a pair of new Android phones initially confirmed for Japan that quite literally have to be seen to be believed. If you like the idea of no side and top bezels on your phone, then this is the one for you. The Aquos Crystal follows a more TV-like design with all the non-screen parts of the front of the phone dropped to the bottom leaving the rest to be all screen. And it's pretty stunning looking. Better yet, it should be coming to the United States.

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5 days ago

Twitter's latest social experiment overwhelms users with needless spam

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In its latest experiment, Twitter is receiving a lot of complaints from irked users when it decided to tweak its network to retweet messages that users mark as favorites. Users are complaining that they are seeing tweets that are favorited by those whom they follow in their Twitter timeline like a retweet, with many also getting notification alerts when others follow a new users.

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6 days ago

T-Mobile's new plan accommodates larger families

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T-Mobile already has a special promotional 4-line family plan with unlimited text and talk along with 10 GB of data total, and now it seems that the un-carrier network is launching an even larger family plan to accommodate groups of up to 6. The 6-line plan is similar to the 4-line plan and will cost $120 per month.

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