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3 weeks ago

Windows 7 hacked to run on the ASUS ZenFone 2

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Because, ya know, someone thought this was a thing that needed to be done.

A member of the XDA forums has taken the ASUS ZenFone 2, an Intel-powered Android smartphone, and booted Windows 7 on it. Surprisingly, the OS runs quite smoothly, with no major bugs. The video has Windows 7 booted, though it is said that Windows 8 and Windows 10 could be installed in the same fashion, and should both work equally as well.

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3 weeks ago

Microsoft updates Xbox Music with free streaming for tracks stored on OneDrive

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Xbox Music on Android has just picked up an update from Microsoft. The company has implemented a number of improvements, some detailed in a previous teaser. Strangely enough, Microsoft has chosen not to alter the branding of Xbox Music, but has gone ahead with the rebranding to Groove on its own Windows platforms.

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3 weeks ago

Halo Channel for Android offers a ton of content for diehard Halo fans

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Halo fans, get ready to enjoy a breadth of content on your Android device. Microsoft has just released the Halo Channel app for Android, offering up a ton of content from the Halo universe, ranging from fan creations to behind-the-scenes videos and game tips.

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3 weeks ago

Setting up a kid-friendly Android device

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New User

While handing your phone or tablet off to a child can offer a moment of peace while they are distracted by a game or video, there's a lot more to the experiences children can have in Android. Choosing the right device for them to enjoy is only part of the process, though. Android is primarily made for adults, so there's a little bit of setup necessary to make your average smartphone or tablet child-friendly.

Here's a quick tour through those steps, and some tips on keeping your child safe through Android.

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3 weeks ago

Sony's My Xperia Theft Protection reportedly breaking unlocked devices

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Sony's My Xperia Theft Protection (MXTP) feature, currently live on a number of the company's newer products, will apparently break bootloader-unlocked devices. For new devices that haven't been unlocked, enabling MXTP removes the ability to unlock the bootloader. The real problem presents itself when you enable the feature on a device where the bootloader is already unlocked.

From Sony's Unlock Bootloader site:

After unlocking your device, you should not enable My Xperia (found in the settings menu under security on some devices running Android 5.0) as this might cause the device to malfunction.

Currently, MXTP is available on the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, C4, and M4 Aqua. It's worth noting, however, that Sony doesn't officially allow these devices to have their bootloaders unlocked at the moment.

Source: Sony, via Xperia Blog

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3 weeks ago

FirstLook You is bad and everyone involved should feel bad

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FirstLook You

The previews and pre-roll content for just about any movie theater in America today include at least one app you can install on your phone. Some of these apps place your phone in a silent mode and reward you with discounts on concessions for not being That Guy, while others offer you some kind of ad-related interactive experience. Cinemark's FirstLook programming now includes an ad encouraging users to conduct a "Selfie Movie Review" after the movie with a service called FirstLook You.

It's a service in partnership with Yahoo Movies to get people involved in talking about the movie when it's still fresh in their minds, and would probably be pretty cool if the implementation wasn't the worst software experience I've had so far this year.

The Cinemark ad gets users interested in the service by showing a user giving a review for a movie that is already out, and aside from exactly zero of the Selfie Movie Reviews in the ad being actual selfies — none of the users were holding phones, in fact it all looked recorded on professional cameras — it seemed like a good idea. With services like Periscope gaining popularity daily we're clearly seeing more folks interested in sharing their thoughts with the world in video form, and while I wouldn't say a separate app is needed for reviewing movies I could see how regular theater attendees would be interested. Curiosity piqued, I installed the app right there in the theater. At least, I tried to.

FirstLook You

Somewhere in the ad I remembered a URL was flashed, but since I knew the name of the service I figured I could just check the Google Play Store, only there are no apps named FirstLook You. I fumbled around with what I thought the URL was until I struck gold, and the link on the page directed me to install an app called Vivoom. When I opened the app, FirstLook You was nowhere to be found. Vivoom is an app that lets you record 15 seconds of video, apply an interactive border, and then share it to Facebook or Twitter. Confused, I went back to the URL and tapped the Launch icon again. With Vivoom installed on my phone now, the website launched an intent that added a skin to the app, and all of a sudden it now looked like I was using an app called FirstLook Now with all of the Vivoom buttons.

How is this easier than opening Periscope or just posting to Facebook and YouTube?

Having just left Jurassic World, I recorded my 15 seconds of rambling nonsense and sent the video off to be skinned. The name of the movie, a Yahoo Movies branding, and the number of stars I ranked the film were added in a border to my video, and it was now ready to share. I left the app to share it later, thinking I may try to do a better job recording a video to share, and when I returned all of the FirstLook You branding was gone. The video I had made was still there, but in order to gain access to the FirstLook You features I had to go back to the URL from the theater and re-launch the web intent. Nothing about FirstLook You was native to the Vivoom app, so it all has to be done manually each time. How is this easier than opening Periscope or just posting to Facebook and YouTube?

It couldn't be more clear this is a brand new effort from Cinemark, Yahoo Movies, and even Vivoom, which had less than 500 installs at the time of this writing. I think the core idea behind FirstLook You is interesting, and encouraging users to share thoughts on the movie they just saw is a great way to get people involved and potentially create additional social buzz for a film. To make this work, however, just about everything involved in the execution of this idea needs to go back to the drawing board.

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3 weeks ago

Disney's official Star Wars app keeps you tapped in to the galaxy far, far away

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Disney has given Star Wars fans a little treat with the release of an official Android app for the franchise. The app keeps you up to date on the latest Star Wars news, such as movie announcements and trailer releases, along with other fun features like an augmented reality mode, themed selfies, and more.

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3 weeks ago

Fleksy keyboard is now free, with previous owners bagging $8 worth of in-app gifts

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The Fleksy virtual smartphone keyboard was already a popular product when it was priced at $1.99. Now the app is available for free from now on, with its revenue now coming entirely from in-app purchases.

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3 weeks ago

Sony's live streaming app lets you broadcast to YouTube and Twitch from your Xperia

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Samsung launched Game Recorder+, a utility that allows you to record and share gameplay videos from select high-end Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S6. Sony is now joining the action by launching a similar utility dubbed Live screen streaming for Xperia handsets.

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4 weeks ago

Alaska Airlines app finally updated with modern design, a few new features

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Alaska Airlines has finally updated its Android app after a long wait, bringing it up to a modern and full-featured design more in line with the new iOS app that has been available for some time. If you've used the Alaska Airlines app previously you'll know it was quite a blast from the past, and the new experience is dramatically better. The new home screen nicely displays upcoming trips, and a slide-in panel gives you quick access to booking trips, checking in or accessing your account.

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4 weeks ago

Tinder's Verified Profiles will let you know if you swiped right on a celebrity

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Popular dating app Tinder is currently rolling out a new update to introduce Verified Profiles to the service. When you find a celebrity, athlete, or other notable figure on Tinder, the checkmark next to their name will let you know that they're actually who they say that are. No word yet on what it takes to get verified with Tinder.

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4 weeks ago

Action Launcher 3.5 jumpstarts the Google Search box with a customizable 'Quickbar'

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Action Launcher 3.5 Quickbar

Action Launcher 3 — one of the our Best Android Launchers of 2015 — today has gotten a pretty big update that makes it an even more compelling install. With Version 3.5 you can now customize the search bar — which actually has become an all-powerful "Quickbar."

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4 weeks ago

Rdio introduces new curated stations from local influencers and record labels

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Rdio has announced a new feature addition to its streaming service, curated stations from local influencers and record labels. With this, subscribers will be able to discover new music with little effort.

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4 weeks ago

Getting rid of the bloatware on the ASUS ZenFone 2

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Saying goodbye to those apps you never wanted to begin with.

Let's be honest — the ASUS ZenFone 2 ships with a lot of applications that many of us are never going to use, and never wanted in the first place. A few of them are essential, like the dialer and messaging app for dual-SIM users, and others are done well and worth keeping if you're going to want the functionality they bring to the table. Always look at an app before you try to nuke it out of existence.

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4 weeks ago

Moto X (2014) users, how do you feel about the 5.1 update?

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Moto X 2014 owners on every US carrier ended June with a big update, and now it's time to talk about whether it was worth the wait.

Excited doesn't begin to describe a lot of Moto X (2014) users out there when the phone was quickly updated to Lollipop, but it didn't take long for that excitement to sour. The update to 5.0.2 introduced software lag, battery drain problems, and several isolated issues that turned a fantastic phone into a mediocre burden for many.

Plenty of good things made it into the update as well, especially for those who are a fan of Motorola's enhancements to an almost Nexus-esque experience, but it's easy to let the negatives get you down when the phone performed so well out of the box.

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