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1 week ago

Aereo to support Chromecast starting May 29th

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Aereo, the service that lets you watch terrestrial over-the-air TV on other devices via the internet, has announced that its Android app will support Chromecast streaming starting May 29th. The functionality will come with an update to its app, which is currently in beta on the Play Store.

While Aereo is already a pretty neat idea and a great value — if you happen to be in a market where it's available — at $8 per month, the addition of Chromecast streaming brings things to another level. With the price of a Chromecast being less than what you'd spend on a good HDTV antenna yourself, you'll now be able to stream live local programming direct to your TV and seamlessly move between the big screen and your phone or tablet.

Source: Aereo

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1 week ago

Launch-day OTA updates waiting for European Galaxy S5 buyers

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Samsung Galaxy S5 update

If you're picking up an unlocked European Samsung Galaxy S5 on launch day tomorrow (or you've been able to get hold of one early), you'll want to make sure you snag the first two — yes, two — software updates for the new handset. After setting up your shiny new GS5, you'll be prompted to install one 30MB update, then another 16MB one. After that you should end up on build U1ANCE, which according to Samsung's changelog includes stability fixes.

As always, software on carrier-branded GS5s will differ, and we haven't noticed any updates on our AT&T model in the U.S. just yet.

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1 week ago

Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new tablet activations

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Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who activate a tablet on one of its "More Everything" plans an additional 1GB of data.

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1 week ago

HTC BlinkFeed and Gallery updates bring One M8 bug fixes and tweaks

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The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social content when you want" and the Foregrounder effect in Gallery now allows you to tap anywhere to apply the effect. Apart from that, bug fixes and performance improvements. Both updates are available now via the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Android update coming with regular malware scans

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A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and "behaving in a safe manner". Currently the system scans applications at the time you install them, but now it will continuously check all the apps on your device, even after they've been installed.

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1 week ago

How to get the vertical display on the Samsung Gear Fit

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One of the big blunders of Samsung's Gear Fit was that the screen was horribly annoying to read in the horizontal orientation while on your wrist. It just didn't look right and you have to shapeshift your arm to be able to read it straight on.

With a quick update however, they've added a new option that lets you change the orientation to vertical instead — making things much easier to read. Of course if you like the horizontal layout better, that option is still there as well.

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1 week ago

How to enable Samsung Galaxy S5 developer options

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Samsung Galaxy S5 developer mode

Developer mode is easy to get to, you just have to remember to enable it

As has been the case since Android 4.2, the developer options have been hidden by default from your Android settings menu. This is a good thing, actually, as it'll keep curious minds from potentially breaking things. It also helps keep your phone more secure.

But there are plenty of reasons why you would want to enable developer options on your Galaxy S5. If you want to plug in to a computer and do any sort of command-line work, this is going to be your first stop. Or if you need some extra debugging options as a programmer. Or, maybe you are that sort of curious creature who just wants to see how things work. Nothing wrong with any of that.

But, of course, you're going to first have to turn developer mode on for your Galaxy S5. Here's how to do it.

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1 week ago

HTC One M8 is now available at retail from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon

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Verizon had the retail store lock down on the new HTC One M8 since the initial release, but now those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can get in on the brick-and-mortar sales fun as well. T-Mobile's availability kicks off tomorrow. The HTC One M8 is now available for purchase in carriers stores that aren't sporting a big red checkmark.

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1 week ago

Wind-up Knight 2 readies for battle on Android

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Wind-up Knight 2, a side-scrolling 3D platformer, is now available on Google Play. As a clockwork knight, you'll jump and fight your way through a bigger world than before.

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1 week ago

Listen to this: it's Phil on the Ausdroid Podcast!

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If you just can't seem to get enough Android (or enough Phil) you can check out episode 108 of the Ausdroid Podcast where our own Phil Nickinson guest starred this week. Phil joined Jason Murray, Dan Tyson, and Phil Tann to talk Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and other fun Android-like things. If you're a fan of Android and Australian accents — this one's for you.

Check it out: Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

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