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3 years ago

The best f---ing weather widget you can install [AC After Dark]

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Sometimes a weather widget can exist simply for entertainment purposes

Everyone has a favorite weather widget that fits their style or craving for loads of information, but sometimes you want a widget that's made specifically for entertainment purposes. FWeather widget is one of those apps, and if you look closely at the picture above you can see why.

The latest update to the widget has now added a settings panel and a refresh button, which are welcomed additions. You can now tweak refresh interval, set a manual location for weather, choose what items are shown on the widget and switch to a "dark mode" if you'd like.

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3 years ago

Youtube updated with a few simple changes, no full changelog just yet

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Better sharing and video management along with a few quick bugfixes

An update to Youtube is rolling out for some users in the Google Play Store right now, and although we don't have a complete changelog from Google just yet we have noticed a few changes. Right off the top, version 5.1.1.10 offers you a quick way to share videos or add them to watch later, favorites or a new playlist straight from the recommended or search results page with a tap on the overflow button. Previously you could only add them to "watch later."

Another tiny change is the inability to subscribe to your own channel — makes sense, and we consider this one more of a bugfix than anything. Also new is a simple two-tap way to clear your video history from the overflow menu when viewing the list of your recently watched videos.

We're still waiting to see a full proper changelog from Google in the Play Store (we're still looking at the big one from last week), but you can still go check for and download the update.

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update hitting HTC One Developer Edition

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Latest OTA with new Sense enhancements now hitting Developer Editions

Following word that the update to Android 4.3 for the HTC One was hitting some phones in Taiwan, we have just grabbed the 564.04MB update on our unlocked Developer Edition. The update to software version 3.22.1540.1 brings all of the enhancements of Android 4.3, along with improvements to HTC's Sense 5 customization. This falls right in line with what president of HTC America Jason Mackenzie stated earlier this week, and if all goes to plan we'll see other models get the update soon as well.

We're also hearing reports of other unlocked international versions pulling down the updates. If you have an unlocked or Developer Edition of the HTC One, you may want to grab your phone and check for the update now — and let the rest of us know in the forums how the update goes.

More: HTC One forums

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3 years ago

Google Shopping Express app now in Play store, you still need to be in San Fran to use it

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From store to your door in just a few hours

If you're one of the millions who lives in the San Francisco general area, you might have heard about Google Shopping Express. Order anything (well, almost anything) from places like Target, Toys R Us or Walgreens, and Google will deliver it to you in just a couple hours. It's something Google has been testing, but today things just got a little cooler if you're an Android user.

Of course you still have to have residence in the areas Google Shopping Express covers (more info about all the rules here), but installing the new app will give you free deliveries for six months. Sounds like a great way to try the service to me. 

Anyone trying this? Shout out in the comments. Bonus points for the first person who has a Nexus 7 delivered from Toys R Us!

 

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3 years ago

Hangouts adds proper status indicators, improved contacts management

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Making it easier to find the people you want to converse with most

Along with notable updates to Gmail and Google Voice, Hangouts is receiving a bump to version 1.2 to add new features. The latest update makes it drastically easier to see who is online and available for chat and who is not, with green chat bubbles indicating online and grey ones indicating offline. When you're browsing through your contacts list you'll also now see new organization to put "People you Hangout with" at the top, "Suggested People" underneath and "Other Contacts" at the bottom.

You can also long press on contacts in Hangouts to hide them from ever appearing if you'd prefer to clean up the list. Now when you receive an invite to a Hangout, you'll see that invite above all of your conversations, which keeps it from getting buried underneath other active conversations. And last but not least, you can pinch and zoom pictures that you receive.

The update is rolling out over the next couple of days, so go take a look in the Play Store and see if you're one of the initial batch.

Via: +Randall Sarafa

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3 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 now available - donate to charity for 6 great games

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Six great DRM-free Android games and soundtracks up for grabs

Following up on the success of the first Android-only version of the Humble Bundle, it's time for a follow up — Humble Mobile Bundle 2. If you're not familiar with the Humble Bundle model, the idea is that you pay whatever you want to receive a selection of Android games, and choose how you want to allocate the money you do spend. You can split up your payment between the app developers and charity, and even specifically to each app.

If you donate over the average of what has been donated up to that point, you receive additional games as incentive. The games are DRM-free, often include soundtracks in the price and are usually a great group of hidden gems. Here are the games this time around in the Humble Mobile Bundle 2:

  • Star Command (new to Android)
  • Time Surfer (new to Android)
  • Punch Quest
  • Bloons TD 5
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Carmageddon

So what are you waiting for? The average donation for Humble Mobile Bundle 2 stands at just $4.30 to pick up 6 DRM-free Androd games. Head to the source link below to check out the games and donate now.

More: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Gmail app getting updated with new, cleaner design

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Gmail for Android gets the cards treatment

The Gmail Google+ account says that they will be rolling out a new update for the Gmail app today that brings a better conversation view, better multi-select, and an overall cleaner design for Android users. In addition, you'll be able to tell is sync is enabled or disabled right from your inbox with a new notification card.

The new cards-inspired design is the latest we've seen that has Matias Duarte's influence, and paves the way for what we think is Google's goal — a unified design among all the Google applications for Android.

The update should start rolling out today, and if it follows Google's usual schedule all users should have it in about a week.

Source: +Gmail

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3 years ago

Google Voice adds support for SMS short codes

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A welcomed feature that has been a long time coming

Thousands of hearts rose and sank today when a Google Voice update landed in the play store, and it turned out to just be an update to add texting short codes to the service. While we've been holding out for a somewhat bigger update to Google Voice for some time now, we're not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

The addition of texting short codes means that folks who rely on Google Voice as their primary number can use these codes for things like online banking, SMS alerts from services and many other uses. Previously if you attempted to enter a short code, the app would offer to attempt and send it via the default messaging app and carrier number — while this was useful because you'd get the short code sent, it wasn't from the number you wanted.

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3 years ago

Celebrate National Coffee Day Sep. 29 with the Dunkin' Donuts app and get a free small coffee

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Get your free cup with the Android app at Dunkin' Donuts

September 29 is officially National Coffee Day, and Dunkin' Donuts wants to give you free coffee to help celebrate. While there probably won't be any roasted turkey or fireworks (unless you really love your coffee) DD has to go big when it comes to coffee. If you happen to be in or around Atlanta on September 29, they have a special treat in their Roswell location (775 Holcomb Bridge Road) with live music, deejays, and the Dunkin’ mascots, Cuppy and Sprinkles.

For those of us not lucky enough to be able to meet Cuppy and Sprinkles live, you can pull into your local Dunkin' Donuts shop and use the Android app to get a free small iced or hot coffee. In addition, you'll be able to score a 1 pound bag of coffee for $5.99 or a carton of K cups for $7.99. The coffee is good. The price is right, and they support Android with a decent app. Go on and get your free cup. I recommend the hot, as iced coffee is no way to celebrate the freedom from tyranny that National Coffee day stands for. Just like Mel Gibson in The Patriot. Or something.

Source: Business Wire

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod updating to Privacy Guard 2.0 with new features, coming to CM 10.2

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Granular control over permissions for each app with a simplified control interface

The latest versions of CyanogenMod 10.2 will include new improvements to the Privacy Guard app, giving you better control over apps and their permissions. CM's Privacy Guard app lets users manage which apps have access to which permissions in the system, not only surfacing exactly what apps are doing but giving you control of what information you share voluntarily.

With the move to Privacy Guard 2.0, CM is integrating something called "AppOps" which Google introduced with Android 4.3. AppOps gives the system the ability to revoke permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. The new Privacy Guard with AppOps will let you simply toggle off individual permissions for location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS and more.

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3 years ago

FIFA 14 lands on Android

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Title arrives today on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Following Madden 25 last week, EA's leading soccer/football title FIFA 14 is now available on Android through Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Like the console version, FIFA features a wealth of real-world clubs, tournaments and players, as well as commentary in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. EA's Football Club Match Day feature also lets you play along with real-world fixtures from this year's leagues, including real-time updates of injuries and suspensions.

Like Madden, the new FIFA follows a "freemium" pricing model — there's no charge to download the app, but you'll pay real money for in-game stuff. As we've come to expect from big-name EA games, the graphics are slick and the controls work reasonably well too.

But you're also looking at a pretty big download for FIFA 14 — 1.35GB in fact, so you might want to check your internal storage before you download. Grab it from Google Play using the button above — which will get you a free gold premium pack — or head on over to Amazon to pick it up from them.

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3 years ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets another maintenance update

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Both the small maintenance update and larger cumulative update are rolling out OTA

For a company that is largely untested when it comes to providing updates to Android devices, Hisense seems to be looking after its Sero 7 Pro pretty well. Another update, albeit an extremely small one, should be rolling out to nearly all users by now. For those that missed past updates, a cumulative update of 330.6 MB will be available for you to download. For those already on Build number P756.6.02.11.00, the update comes in at a scant 1.7 MB. The latest Build number is now P756.6.02.11.00, with no other obvious software differences in sight.

This update does not change the Android version number, which is still the same one that the Sero 7 Pro had out of the box — Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. With Android 4.4 just around the corner, one has to wonder what Hisense's plans are for the future of this tablet's software.

Thanks, Joshua!

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3 years ago

Using Quick Memo for notes and annotations on the LG G2

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Jot a simple note or circle and clip a portion of your screen

Along with other nifty software features like Slide Aside and QSlide, LG has included an app called Quick Memo on the G2 that makes it simple to annotate screenshots and write notes with just one tap. You can access Quick Memo simply from the notification bar quick settings menu, where by default it is in the leftmost position. Tap it and you'll be taken to a simple interface that lets you write on the screen with a variety of drawing tools.

By default Quick Memo takes a screenshot of whatever app or home screen you were on when launching it and lets you draw on top of it, but you can also toggle over to a plain old notepad if you'd prefer. You can select between four different pen tip styles or a snipping tool as well as 16 different colors for the pens. Of course you don't have access to a stylus for precise input like you would on a Galaxy Note 3, but for quick jots your finger does just fine.

Once you've drawn your next masterpiece or circled an interesting portion of a web page, you can instantly share the image out to any app in your sharing menu that can handle pictures. You can also choose to save the note to your Notebook app or into your Gallery for use later. Quick Memo is a simple tool that will be useful for those who think and remember things visually, and can easily be hidden for those who don't. Stick with us after the break for a quick video showing off Quick Memo on the LG G2.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android not coming this week

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Head of BBM at BlackBerry Andrew Bocking has sent out an updated statement about the launch of BBM for Android and iOS.

Hi Android and iPhone users,

This is Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry. As a follow up to our first blog post on Saturday, I want to take a moment to provide you with an update on the rollout of BBM on Android and iPhone.

Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways. The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.

We attempted to address the problems caused by the unreleased version throughout the day on Saturday, but as active users of the unreleased app neared a million – and accelerated – it became clear that the only way to address the issue was to pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone.

The team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app when we go live with the official BBM for Android app. We are also making sure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.

Thank you for your patience while we take the time needed to deliver the experience you expect from BBM. We will continue to provide you with updates here on InsideBlackBerry.com and through @BBM on Twitter. We will notify everyone who has pre-registered on BBM.com when BBM is available on Android and iPhone.

Andrew Bocking

EVP, BBM

Not this week, and no new speculative dates were given. I guess we'll know more when we know more.

Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

QSlide on the LG G2: A quick way to access frequently-used tools

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Simple access to functions that usually sit in a 'tools' folder on your home screen

LG is using the G2 as a platform for launching many new software features, one of which is QSlide — a new way to use small utility apps quickly without pulling you away from whatever else you're doing. Not to be confused with "Slide Aside" (that's a full-app multitasking feature), QSlide is a collection of apps launched from the notification shade that pop up over your current activity so you can multitask in a different way.

Simply pull down the notification shade and tap one of the handful of available options under the quick settings: Richnote, Videos, Email, Phone, Voice Mate, File Manager, Calendar or Calculator. A small windowed app will pop up without exiting your current app, letting you quickly get a task done and go back to the first. If you need to reference something else while you have a QSlide app open, just use the slider at the top of the window to change the transparency.

Once you've set the app to be transparent, you can interact with anything that is "underneath" it just as if it wasn't there. Go copy text, reference a web page or whatever else and then come back to your Richnote or Calculator entry. The apps can also be expanded to a full screen with just one tap. QSlide is an interesting feature that can save you from having a "tools' folder on your home screen for these common functions. Hang tight after the break for a video walkthrough of using QSlide on the LG G2.

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