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5 days ago

Vysor is an interesting new way to control Android from your computer

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There are a couple of ways to remotely view and control your Android from a desktop, but none of them are particularly easy to use. Some require root access, some require subscriptions, and some aren't really worth using due to low framerates and overall quality. The mind behind Rom Manager, Voice Plus, AllCast, and other popular Android apps has been working on a better way to remote control multiple Android phones and tablets for a while now, and like almost everything Android the work was discovered late last night and leaked before it was finished.

The app is called Vysor, and while it's not quite finished yet we've been using it for a little while now and can't wait to see the finished product.

Unlike your average Android remote app, Vysor is a Chrome app first. You launch in Chrome, turn on USB debugging on your phone or tablet, and connect to the computer. Once ADB connects to your machine, Vysor is installed and your mobile screen shows up on your desktop. Your mouse and keyboard can now control your Android, complete with keyboard shortcuts for back, home, and multitask. In our testing it works great on Mac and Windows, and aside from the occasional need to play with USB connection mode (thanks, Installer Mode nonsense) Vysor works as soon as you plug the cable in after the initial setup.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished.

Framerate isn't the best, you won't be playing fast-paced games or anything, but for most day to day tasks it's smooth enough to be enjoyable. You'll also find the screen on your Android stays on for the transfer to your computer to work, so if you're doing something that drains the battery faster than the connection to your PC can charge it you'll have a problem before too long. Dropping the brightness helps a lot, but your usage is going to vary from device to device.

As cool as a nice, free remote control service is, Vysor Share is where the real fun is. Your remote session can be shared to someone else with Vysor installed on their Chrome instance, and that user has the same ability to view and control the existing Vysor session. In his scrambling to properly announce this service after the leak, Koush explains this feature came from his long desire to remotely deploy and observe code on hardware that wasn't sitting right at his desk. It's a cool way to do exactly that, though the lag you experience in Vysor increases in obvious ways with everything streamed over the Internet.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished and prepared for an actual launch. In the mean time, if you've been looking for a new way to remotely view and control Android phones and tablets you should absolutely give this a shot.

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5 days ago

These are the 'Galaxy Gifts' available to Note 5 and S6 edge+ buyers

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These are the Galaxy Gifts available to Note 5

Samsung has for the past few years cut deals with a variety of big names in a number of spaces to offer a set of so-called "Galaxy Gifts" for those buying new Samsung phones and tablets. With the retail availability of the Note 5 and S6 edge+ in full swing, there's a new set of Galaxy Gifts for the latest phones.

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6 days ago

Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant now in public beta in U.S.

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The Cortana digital assistant for Android, which was released as a private beta by Microsoft in July, is now available as a public beta release for US users.

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6 days ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Libib, Fleksy, Project Fi and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 week ago

Wear Rider for Android Wear is a real road trip

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Not all apps or games on Android Wear blow you out of the water, especially with the hundreds upon hundreds of apps available in the Google Play Store. Wear Rider from Teensy Studios is a free game that has a lot of promise to be an awesome, engaging and fun game. The issues that it has are enough to almost make it not worth it though.

Wear Rider has a simple premise, made to be played for fun. You ride a motorbike down the highway, weaving through traffic to avoid the other vehicles on the road. If you run into one of them, the game will end. It's simple, but definitely addictive even with the issues that the app definitely has.

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1 week ago

Motorola Gallery on the Moto G 2015

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Moto Gallery

Motorola Gallery is a simple, yet powerful photo viewer and editor, and it's already installed on your Moto G 2015.

Motorola has included their full-screen immersive gallery application in the Moto G 2015 software. While the Highlight Reel feature is not included (it's left for the more high-end devices) the app itself is still feature rich and offers most anything you would want from a photo gallery.

Let's dive in and take a look at how the Motorola Gallery app works.

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1 week ago

Street Art Watch Faces bring a different aesthetic to Android Wear

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If you've ever spent much time in a city, you've probably seen murals or other street art that breaks up the monotony of building after building. In cities all over the world, artists turn brick and mortar walls into works of art. With that in mind the Google Art Project has given us the Street Art Watch Face for Android Wear.

The Street Art Watch Face revolves around the pieces of art developed by a variety of artists. The watch face moves from one piece to the next at the beginning of the hour. While the app isn't filled with tons of options, you can see the care that was put into what is available. The colors of the actual time display stand out from the artwork, without taking away from each individual piece.

There are three distinct ways to display the time on your Smartwatch. The default is to have an analog display, clean and easy to read with a hour, minute, and second hand on the clock. The digital display gives you bold numbers at the bottom of your screen. Your third choice is a minimal display. You get a simple circle for your clock, with two beads to display the hour and minute. It might take an extra moment to decipher the time, but it's definitely minimal enough that you can easily enjoy the artwork.

The option to display the date is defaulted to on, and it appears as nothing more than number. Depending on which time display you choose it will appear near either the center of your screen, or over to the right. You can also easily turn off the date by opening up the app on your phone. When your screen switches over to the next artist, you'll get a peek card with info about the face the next time you look down. These cards will give you the name of the artist, and the name of the artwork. It isn't much, and can easily be swiped away, but it's nice to see the artist info displayed so easily for each individual piece.

Unfortunately at this time you can't change the watch face, but considering that each one is only around for 30 minutes at a clip, this isn't a huge deal. There are over a dozen different faces for you to check out, so disallowing you to choose between them might be a bid to make sure you see each one. Available now for free in the Google Play Store

With its gorgeous artwork at the center of the Street Art Watch Faces, you should definitely be taking a look. It doesn't have tons of options, but it does have the ones you need to be able to clearly read the time while admiring each piece. Even better, the app is 100% free.

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1 week ago

Pebble Time update brings enhanced notification support to Android users

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The Pebble Time app for Android has been updated with some enhanced support for notifications. With this update, Pebble has added a notifications app which allows you to act on any notification that has not been dismissed from your paired phone. Additionally, notifications dismissed on your phone will now dismiss on your watch.

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1 week ago

Swarm brings back another old Foursquare feature, leaderboards, in latest update

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Foursquare is once again bringing back a feature that was a part of its main app before it spun off its check-in features to Swarm. Now Swarm users can access leaderboards with the latest 3.0 version update.

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1 week ago

Stay on track with the Driver Watch Face on Android Wear

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Accessing all the info you need by just glancing down at your Android Wear device saves you time everyday. The Driver Watch Face gives you the time, date, and two readouts of the time along with 3 customizable widgets for the rest of your info. Combined with a design that gives you options, it's got undeniable style.

The Driver Watch Face has a clean, and fairly simple design. The top of your screen has 3 widgets, all of which can be adjusted in the settings. The bottom right quarter gives you the battery readout for your Smartwatch, a digital readout of the time, and the date. The rest of the watch face is analog, with a second counter around the edges.

From your watch there aren't many editing options. The ability to change colors is all you get. All of the real settings are available only through your phone. Your options are all on the same vertically scrolling menu, with a preview of what the watchface will look like with your changes. Driver Watch Face is jam packed with options, so that you can adjust things until they are a perfect fit. As far as appearance goes you can change the background of the watch, the dials that hold the widget info, the type of hands on the analog face, and the color of the borders, background and text. Those are just the beginning.

Scroll down and you'll find you can change the Widgets that are displayed at the top of the watch face. You can set the widgets to show you your daily step count, the number of unread Gmail messages, number of missed calls, the weather, your Smartphone's battery and plenty more. You can also adjust how often the Driver Watch Face will refresh for weather, or heartbeat info. The last few settings are at the bottom in general settings. This includes changing the timezone on the digital display, choosing your weather unit, deciding between 12/24 hours, and several more as well.

Driver Watch Face is available on the Google Play Store for $0.99 and considering all the options, it's certainly worth checking out. Everything works quite well, and depending on the settings you choose you can easily change the look of the face drastically and keep it looking new. In ambient mode the only info that isn't visible are your widgets, and even that can be adjusted in settings. If you've been looking for a watch face that gives you tons of information, options to tweak it on style and presentation, and does it all with a great design then you should definitely check out the Driver Watch Faces.

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1 week ago

Google Photos' latest feature will take you on a walk down memory lane

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Google is now rolling out a feature to Google Photos that should help you relive awesome moments from the past. Going forward, on any given date, Google Photos can show you pictures that were taken on that date in past years so you can take a brief walk down memory lane.

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1 week ago

Yahoo Weather will now alert you to approaching rain

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Yahoo Weather has been updated, adding new weather alerts to make sure you never get caught in the rain. The app's new alerts will tell you 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected to start so you can be prepared.

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1 week ago

Travel through time with Fist of Awesome on Android TV

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If you've ever looked at a 2D side scrolling fighter game and wished there was a mode in which you could punch bears, your wish has been granted. You can now play a time traveling lumberjack tasked with saving the world by punching one bear right after another. We know, it sounds ridiculous, and it absolutely is. Even better, Fist of Awesome is available to be played on Android TV.

Fist of Awesome is the story of Tim, a Lumberjack who sort of falls into adventure. By adventure we mean that he loses his family, his house is set on fire, and he finds a single weapon against the evil bears and other fauna of ill intent — the Fist of Awesome.

This Fist is alive and aware, explaining that Tim is no longer where he was. In this world, Bears rule and they are not fans of humans. Tim must now travel through time punching bears in the face to fix the timelines. You travel through the woods, the city of Bearhattan, and a cave filled with dinosaurs and prehistoric bears in the year 10,000 B.C. Those are just the first few levels!

When you aren't punching bears, the game is filled with puns and jokes from Tim and the Fist alike. The rest of the gameplay is fairly standard 2D action. You combat your enemies by punching them, kicking them, using special powers, or flying leaps. The graphics are pixelated, but it really does just add to how over the top, ridiculous, and dare we say awesome this game really is.

At the end of each level, you'll get scored. You will get experience to go up levels, your score, the time it took to complete the level and your hit accuracy. Since throwing more punches can help you to up your chain bonuses, you really need to decide between accuracy or a killer chain. When you go up a level, you'll also be able to improve one of your traits. The traits are Health, Power, Speed, and Special. Special unlocks extra special powers aka new moves that your Fist will show you.

Fist of Awesome is the only game from I Fight Bears, and will easily consume a weekend if you sit down to play it. Whether you share Tim's newfound disdain for the furry monsters of the woods or you've had a bad day and need something silly, sitting down to travel through time as a lumberjack with a magical Fist of Awesome is a great choice. It's simple, fun, absurd, and absolutely worth the $3.99.

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1 week ago

Bing for Android now allows users to access search data inside other apps

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Microsoft has updated the Bing search app for Android to give users a way to access its search and data information inside other apps. This new feature should allow users to access helpful information without having to leave, for example, Facebook or YouTube.

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1 week ago

A look at the Moto app on the Moto G 2015

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Moto

Motorola has enabled some features from the Moto app for the new Moto G 2015. We first saw these "smart" — and fully disableable — features with the original Moto X, and they have been refined to work better with newer versions of Android. To Motorola's credit, the current version provides three simple, yet powerful functions that work well — even on the "lesser" hardware of the Moto G 2015.

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