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4 years ago

There is no magic in root

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There is no magic in root

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Android root apps

Removing some of the mystery of the superuser

While reading around the Internet last week, I noticed several otherwise fine publications making a mistake that far too many people make — claiming that rooting your Android phone or tablet or watch (we can't forget the watches) will make things run better.

That's a trap that far too many people fall into, because having superuser access (root) on any Linux-based machine can allow you to do things that make your device better. It can also allow you to do things that make a device run worse, or even break everything and leave you with a pile of copper and silicon that won't ever do anything ever again. The old adage of "with great power comes great responsibility" really is true.

But by itself, having superuser access does nothing.

4 years ago

Turn your Android into a monitor for your DSLR with a cheap accessory and an app

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Turn your Android into a monitor for your DSLR with a cheap accessory and an app

Instead of an expensive monitor use your Android phone or tablet

A little while ago we looked at using an Android phone with a DSLR and how the experience was actually pretty good. Using the Chainfire app with a Canon DSLR opens up a world of possibilities. Before we looked at importing your DSLR photos, but there's more to it than that. With a cheap accessory on top of this you can actually create a low-cost, yet still effective external monitor for your camera.

4 years ago

Moto X gets price cut to $299.99 with the use of promo code

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Moto X gets price cut to $299.99 with the use of promo code

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Motorola Mobility's Moto X smartphone can be yours for just $299.99, without a contract, if you use a specific promo code while ordering it online for a limited time.

4 years ago

Sony lists Xperia Z2 on the US Sony Store website for $699.99

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Sony lists Xperia Z2 on the US Sony Store website for $699.99

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Sony is now showing the Xperia Z2 smartphone as listed on the US Sony Store website, for the no-contract price of $699.99, which is apparently a reduction from its normal $749.99 price tag.

4 years ago

Google will ditch the 'free' label on games with in-app purchases

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Google will ditch the 'free' label on games with in-app purchases

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The European Commission has announced that Google will stop labeling Android games in the Google Play Store as being "free" if they have in-app purchases, as part of an agreement between the company and the commission to offer better consumer guidance when downloading apps.

4 years ago

Monument Valley to get more levels, could double playtime

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Monument Valley to get more levels, could double playtime

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Monument Valley, the popular and critically acclaimed optical illusion based puzzle game, will be getting some new content in the near future that could double the amount of its current game time.

4 years ago

Reviewed: Rachio Iro lets you water your yard from anywhere

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Reviewed: Rachio Iro lets you water your yard from anywhere

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Rachio Iro

The Rachio Iro is no watered-down connected irrigation controller

Do I really need my sprinkler system hooked up to the Internet?

That point was about to become moot as I picked up the screwdriver and removed the basic timer that had served both myself and my lawn well for the past 10 years. Nothing frilly — just your basic monochrome LCD display that controlled the half-dozen zones and their numerous sprinkler heads.

Water turns on, water turns off. If it rains, and I remember to do so, I could manually turn everything off. Every spring I'd try to remember how to manually cycle the system to make sure everything still worked. Simple enough.

But we have to connect all the things these days. And when Rachio announced the Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, well, why the hell not. We asked them to send us one to test out, and they obliged.

And in the heat of the July summer in Florida, down came the trusty old timer, and up went white Rachio Iro. We're using the $249 eight-zone model. A 16-zone Iro is available for $299.

4 years ago

Doctor Who Legacy game to get new content thanks to comic books

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Doctor Who Legacy game to get new content thanks to comic books

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Doctor Who Legacy, the popular free mobile game based on the even more popular BBC sci-fi TV series, will be getting some new content very soon, thanks to the launch of the two new Doctor Who comic books from Titan Books.

4 years ago

Twitter is about to make direct messages a little less maddening

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Twitter is about to make direct messages a little less maddening

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Twitter

Managing your direct messages on Twitter is about to get a lot more convenient, as the microblogging service announced today that it is rolling out an update over the coming weeks that makes "deleting DMs more consistent" across the web and mobile.

4 years ago

Android Central 194: Bearded Men of Genius

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Android Central 194: Bearded Men of Genius

We're live! With beards! (Well, some of us are.) This week on the Android Central Podcast: We get our hands on the HTC One E8, the LG G3 is finally available in the U.S., and more thoughts on Android Wear. Plus we answer your questions live!

4 years ago

NVIDIA SHIELD gaming tablet allegedly coming July 29, starting at $299

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NVIDIA SHIELD gaming tablet allegedly coming July 29, starting at $299

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SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA has a Shield gaming tablet based on Android coming out very soon. We just saw an image of the device leak yesterday, but today we're getting all the details on the tablet. Ready for an 8-inch 1200p tablet with a Tegra K1 SoC? Yes you are. Read on for full details and specs on the SHIELD tablet.

4 years ago

Industrial design finished for the Recon Jet HUD glasses

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Industrial design finished for the Recon Jet HUD glasses

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Recon Jet

We've been covering the Recon Jet HUD glasses for a very long time. It was over a year ago they were first announced, but a few delays have pushed the launch date back. It was seven months ago that the hardware was redesigned, and production was set to ramp up. However, a email blog post from Recon CEO Dan Eisenhardt says that the industrial design has now finished.

4 years ago

Glympse and Kik team up to help friends share their location

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Glympse and Kik team up to help friends share their location

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Popular location-tracking service Glympse is announcing a partnership today with Kik Messenger that will bring offer time-limited location sharing between friends. Now you can share your location or request that a friend share their location using Glympse straight from a Kik conversation, found right from inside the app.

4 years ago

Project Athena is the Chromium team's experimental redesign of Chrome OS

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Project Athena is the Chromium team's experimental redesign of Chrome OS

Material Design is Google's attempt to unify design across its products. We've seen the first of it with Android L, but it won't be too long before it shows up in other products. A screenshot for an upcoming experiment of Chromium OS, called Athena, shows what it might look like with a touch of Material Design.

4 years ago

HTC One E8 hands-on

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HTC One E8 hands-on

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HTC One E8

Turns out an M8 in a plastic shell is still a pretty awesome phone.

A couple of months after the launch of the HTC One M8 came word of a new plastic-clad variant aimed at emerging markets — the HTC One E8. Looking like a mashup of various HTC designs from the past year or so, the E8 aims to translate the core of the M8's high-end experience into a less expensive package. Right now HTC is targeting markets like China, Russia and India with the E8, so there's no indication of any wider international launch. Nevertheless, we've got the device in-hand, and we've given it the full hands-on treatment.

And as it turns out, transplanting the M8's guts into a soft-touch plastic shell makes for a pretty compelling smartphone.

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