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3 years ago

Gapping and 4K heat reported by Sony Xperia Z2 owners

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With widespread delays reported, Sony's having a tough time getting its new flagship phone, the Xperia Z2, out to consumers around the world. But even in countries where the Z2 has already gone on sale, there are reports of hardware issues affecting some users. Following the Xperia Z2's recent launch in Singapore, Sony's local arm has issued statements addressing some owners' concerns over build issues with the device.

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3 years ago

Chromecast update fixes bugs, tweaks volume and improves networking

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Google's Chromecast streaming dongle is getting a minor update starting today, according to the official release blog. Chromecast build 16664 includes persistent volume levels across viewing sessions, as well as improved support for the IPV6 networking standard and "improved DNS robustness." On top of that, Google says the new build includes the usual bug fixes and stability improvements.

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3 years ago

How to customize BlinkFeed on the HTC One M8

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HTC BlinkFeed

How to add apps, social content, news, RSS, change colors and tweak settings in HTC's home screen reader

HTC's BlinkFeed home screen reader is at the heart of its Sense UI, bringing social updates, news and app content to a special scrolling list in the app launcher.

First introduced on the HTC One M7 last year, BlinkFeed returns in HTC Sense 6 with a new look, support for new services and even more customization options. Available first on the HTC One M8, HTC says BlinkFeed will eventually be coming to other Android phones through Google Play, giving owners of rival devices the chance to see what all the fuss is about.

And BlinkFeed is more customizable than ever in Sense 6. Check past the break to see how you can make BlinkFeed your own.

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3 years ago

UK university uses Google Glass to help Parkinson's sufferers

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While the the Google Glass Explorer Program hasn't yet reached British shores, Google has begun gifting trial versions of the connected eyewear to various organizations around the world ahead. One of the first institutions to get hold of Glass was the UK's Newcastle University, which used its five devices as part of a program to help Parkinson's disease sufferers.

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3 years ago

Google offers incentives to bring XP business users to Chromebooks

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With the recent demise of official support for Microsoft's Windows XP, Google is looking to attract business users of the 12-year-old OS with a handful of promotions for enterprises considering the switch to Chromebooks.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z2 available from Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u next week

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UK retailer Carphone Warehouse sends news that it'll begin stocking Sony's new Xperia Z2 in limited quantities from next week, ahead of the handset's general availability on May 1. The 5.2-inch Z2 sells for £549.99 outright, and is also available on 24-month contracts through EE, T-Mobile, Orange, O2, Vodafone and Talkmobile from between £38 and £53 per month. For a "free" Z2, you're looking at £42 per month — a 3GB deal on Vodafone with £100 cashback.

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3 years ago

Xiaomi Mi3 successor reported to sport more metal and a Snapdragon 801 chip

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The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is set to announce the Mi3S, a successor to the gorgeous looking Mi3 Android smartphone. According to myDrives, the new device will have an enhanced metallic design, as well as some shiny new specifications to boast about. The first is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which will be joined by 3GB RAM, LTE and a 13MP rear shooter.

Finally, the display is said to be similar to the Mi3 -- a 1080p 5-inch panel, and Xiaomi will look to price the Android device at 1,999 CNY ($320). We'll have to see how accurate these reports are. While the Mi3S is likely to be pushed hard in the Asia region, we'd like to see this handset released elsewhere. How about yourselves? Let us know your thoughts on the Mi3S in the comments.

Source: myDrives, via: Phone Arena

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3 years ago

LG L70 rumored for MetroPCS

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LG refreshed its mid-range lineup with the new L Series III ahead of Mobile World Congress, and now it appears one of them is headed to the U.S. Twitter leaker @evleaks has published shots of the L70 with MetroPCS branding.

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3 years ago

Chrome OS updated with improved window management and onscreen keyboard

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The stable channel of Chrome OS is being updated today with improved window management and a few much-wanted features. The first big change you'll notice after updating your Chromebook or Chromebox will be a new side dock that allows you to dock small windows to the screen edges. Also, you'll now have the option of using an onscreen keyboard, which will let you use your mouse or touchscreen for character input and device features (such as volume and brightness) without the physical keyboard.

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3 years ago

Pocket update brings Immersive Mode for distraction-free reading

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One of the most popular reading apps across any platform, Pocket, is receiving a quick update today with important changes for how you view content in the app. Folks using Pocket on a device running Android 4.4 will now see the app enter "Immersive Mode" when viewing an article in full screen, which hides all interface elements so the content take up as much room as possible. Android 4.1-4.3 devices will hide just the status bar, but that's better than nothing.

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3 years ago

Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

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Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

A growing national Wifi network would provide the backbone for another competitor in mobile service

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.

Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks of wireless spectrum and rights to traditional cellular towers, Comcast would leverage its currently-available network of Wifi hotspots to provide the majority of traffic for phones. Its Wifi network is growing with installations of public access points — over a million across various markets — in large cities and special residential routers that Comcast provides with a publicly-available signal in over eight million homes. But it naturally wouldn't be able to cover the entire country comprehensively — that's where other carriers come in.

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3 years ago

Nokia X hands-on

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It's a Nokia, with Android, minus the Google

Nokia made a big deal out of the Nokia X – and it's sibling products, the X+ and XL – back at Mobile World Congress, it's first foray into the Android world. But it's not exactly Android in the sense we're familiar with in these parts. Take out the Google and add in some square tiles and you're on the right track.

The Nokia X is definitely aimed towards the low end; a Snapdragon S4 and 512MB of RAM are long past being 'cutting edge.' The low-resolution display, fixed focus rear camera and paltry 4GB of on-board storage scream nothing but 'budget device.' But that doesn't mean we aren't interested by it.

Amazon did something different with Android and it was hardly a failure, so perhaps there is a method to Nokia's madness. And there's absolutely no better way to get a handle on what's what than by putting it through the full review treatment.

And so, that's exactly what we're going to do. The full review is on its way soon, but in the mean time we've taken a quick first look at a retail version of the Nokia X. And you'll catch that in the video up top. Stay tuned for more!

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3 years ago

Bible App 5 now available with enhanced sharing features

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Bible App 5

Share passages, bookmarks and thoughts with friends though a single app

Bible App has received a big update today, bringing social features to the good book in version 5. You can now explore the Bible with your friends, and have a stream of their activity in the Home view of the app itself.

Other new features include being able to like and comment on friends bookmarks or notes, where you can share ideas and questions about anything you've read.

The app is free, and you can download it right from Google Play.

Source: YouVersion; Thanks, Robert!

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3 years ago

United Airlines app updated with Android-style UI and new features

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Complete UI overhaul fronts list of changes for popular Android travel application

United Airlines has had a usable Android app for some time now, but it wasn't always the prettiest out there. Today's update to version 2.0 changes that, making those with an eye for proper design happy while also adding new functionality. The app has received a complete UI overhaul (or an "Android friendly design" as they call it), with new buttons, layout and navigation tabs.

Booking search results are now improved, giving you the choice of a regular list view to get more flights in each screen or a detailed view with more information on each flight. Calendar selection for flight search has also been improved, and seat selection has a new design as well. When you're at the airport with a mobile boarding pass, it has also received a refresh and made it easier to manage multiple passengers.

The update is now live in Google Play at the link above, and we're sure more than a few people flying United will be happy with this complete set of design improvements.

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3 years ago

Pushbullet update adds Tasker Event support, full image previews on desktop

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Pushbullet is a great way to send links and images to your phone as well as see your notifications on your computer. An update today makes it even better.

Version 13.8 adds Tasker support and shows images from your phone notifications on your desktop. The actual changelog:

  • Pushbullet now shows the full image from your notifications on your computer. (When you get a text message you'll see the picture of who it's from!)
  • Added Tasker Event plugin support (requires Tasker 4.3)
  • Make the app even more efficient + fixed some bugs

Pushbullet is free, and definitely worth havign a look at. frab it from the Google play link at the top of the post.

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