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3 years ago

Google Glass XE17.2 rolling out to bring better handling of low-power states

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There's an update for Glass on it's way — XE17.2 to be exact — that kills a few more bugs and offers better device management when the battery gets low.

Among various bug fixes, this release better handles instances when Glass is extremely low on power. One thing you might notice is a new screen with a red flashing low battery indicator when Glass doesn't have enough power to turn on and needs to be plugged in.

Be on the lookout for it, and sound off if you think it makes a difference after you've used it a while.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Chrome for Android updated with support for multi-windows, full screen video, and undo function for closed tabs

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Chrome for Android has an update on the way. The new update is said to add "support for some multi-window devices," which sounds like a method to fully support devices with multi-window features — like the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 — without a second "helper" application involved. We've reached out to Google for full clarification. Other improvements include full screen video playback with HTML5 controls and subtitles, and an "undo" function for closed tabs. Of course bug fixes and stability improvements are part of every update.

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3 years ago

Twitter no longer mulling SoundCloud acquisition

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We had reported that Twitter is considering making a bid to acquire German music service SoundCloud, but now it appears that the social network is no longer interested in a deal.

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3 years ago

Chrome OS updated with launcher folders, improved window controls, and more

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We love it when a Chrome OS update brings some new features and UI changes. The under-the-hood fixes are always appreciated, but you often don't get that fuzzy update feeling unless there are changes you can see. Lucky for us, the 35.0.1916.116 update brings a couple great new features to the UI — folders in the launcher, and the return of the minimize button. Hooray!

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3 years ago

Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your Android

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Apps be careful

Keeping infected apps off your Android requires common sense more than anything

Android Central University — SecurityIt's not exactly a secret that Android's pretty open, and that it's possible for bad people to do bad things with apps. That's possible with any computer system, of course. And like any other computer system, Android has checks and balances that help keep you safe. Most of them are done without you having to lift a finger. There are gates that have to be opened for malware to get through, and chances are the bad guys are hoping you'll hand them the key in the first place.

There are basic steps you can take to help make sure that doesn't happen.

We'll walk you through five easy ways for keeping virus- and malware-laden apps off of your Android.

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3 years ago

The Fitbit channel on IFTTT lets you automate based on your activity

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One of the leading fitness bands out there, Fitbit, now plugs into the service that plugs into everything else, IFTTT. Between these two, you can set up handy if-this-then-that tasks that automagically kick in with the right triggers. New Fitbit triggers include daily activity summary, daily goals achieved (steps, distance, calorie burn, etc.), and sleep data. On the action side, outside applications can now log heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight from connected channels into the Fitbit service. Examples of IFTTT recipes include sending you an iOS notification if you don't meet your daily exercise goal, or logging sleep data in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

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3 years ago

Incipio NGP Impact Resistant case for Galaxy S5

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Incipio NGP case for Galaxy S5

We recently took a look at the Incipio Feather Ultra Thin case for the Galaxy S5 and found it to be a fine minimalist choice, but for those who need a bit more protection there's the NGP Impact Resistant case. The styling of these two cases is nearly identical, but for extra protection this NGP model is extra thick and provides a bit more cushion.

It's easy to notice the extra material surrounding the phone on the top and bottom, which are more comprehensively covered to protect from unexpected tumbles. You can also see extra coverage around the power and volume buttons, which are completely covered due to the extra thickness on the sides. Thankfully none of the extra rubber and plastic changes the usability of your phone — it just gives you a little more to hold onto.

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3 years ago

Reported HTC One M8 Prime image reveals raised Duo Camera

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Information about the rumored HTC One M8 Prime hasn't been as plentiful as that of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (despite the tremendously leaking nature of the standard HTC One M8, but that doesn't mean it's not too late to start. After yesterday's M8 Prime specs leak, today we're looking at what is purported to be the M8 Prime's camera.

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3 years ago

Verizon to flip the switch on nationwide HD Voice VoLTE in a few months

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Verizon has just announced their plans to start rolling out voice over LTE, also known as HD Voice and VoLTE. The system should be rolling out over the next couple of months, and enable high-quality audio calling provided both users are in an area with a VoLTE network and are using supporting handsets. They'll be using AMR-wideband to deploy HD Voice. Verizon promises this upgrade will also include the ability to instantly hand off to a video call, and will eventually lead to improved file transfer size, group messaging, and location sharing.

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3 years ago

LG G3 stops by the FCC for some poking and prodding

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The LG G3 has been leaked to the point where we're wondering if LG will have anything left to surprise us when the finally and formally unveil it. So imagine our surprise when the LG G3 slipped through the FCC with a confidentiality letter hiding any photos of the device undergoing testing. What, not more photos? Nope, just radios and FCC labels.

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3 years ago

Box brings a new gallery, previewer to its updated Android app

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Box update

LG's continued partnership gets users 50GB of storage for free

Cloud-storage provider Box today is releasing a major update to its Android application, adding a few new features and continuing its partnership with LG to bring a goodly amount of storage to the South Korean manufacturer's users for free.

A new previewer in the app supports more than 100 file types so you can see exactly what you're dealing with without having to guess at extensions or (worse) open the file to find out. You get page thumbnails, grid views, and the ability to search text inside documents themselves — all from the Box app. There's also a new gallery tool to quickly and easily let you preview images stored on Box.

And if you're using Box's OneCloud suite, you get a built-in gallery as well, a new business messaging client called Hall, Docs to Go integration, and much more that'll help the office types.

And for those using a "G Series" smartphone or tablet from LG, you'll get 50 free gigabytes of online storage. (See the fine print on that here.)

Check out the promo video after the break, and get your download on here or at the link above.

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3 years ago

Google+ update bringing beautiful Stories feature

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Google+ update

An update for Google+ for Android is bringing several updated features, most notably a new Google+ Stories feature. Additionally, the app is seeing several user interface improvements, and handy features like being able to create animated GIF images on demand and browsing big photo libraries. The Google+ app for Android has always been a worthy offering, and the latest updates make it even more so.

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3 years ago

Vector 41: Mergers and accusations

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 Mergers and accusations

Vector is Mobile Nations technology news and analysis show featuring the biggest stories, the hottest trends, and the most interesting guests in the industry. On this week's show, Ben Bajarin of Techpinions talks with Rene about mergers, including the just-completed Microsoft and Nokia, the ongoing Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the just announced AT&T and DirectTV, and the rumored YouTube and Twitch and Apple and Beats deals.

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3 years ago

Samsung trademark application in Korea hints at a Gear Blink for your face

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We've already heard rumors of a Samsung face-mounted wearable in development and a new report may suggest an actual name. Previously dubbed 'Gear Glass,' a recent trademark application in Korea suggests such a device might actually be known as the 'Gear Blink.'

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3 years ago

Apple lawyers claim Samsung lawyer's 'jihadist' comparisons are making talks difficult, Samsung says Apple's being difficult

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Apple and Samsung were revealed to be in fresh settlement talks to put these billion-dollar lawsuits behind them, but it turns out that talking smack about each other over the past few years whilst being engaged in said lawsuits has made things, shall we say… difficult. In fact, judging by the tone of statements issued by both lawyers to the court that ordered, one might think they don't even want this to work and just want to spend the next decade litigating. Anything's possible, we suppose.

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