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3 years ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers

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Find the fanciest foliage you can, and show how you take pictures of the plants

For many of us around the world, April is a time where the flowers really start to come out and show off their beautiful colors. But no matter where you live, there are always chances to see some amazing foliage and flowers whether it's in a manicured garden or a public space. We want to see what you can do to show off the flowers you find this week.

This week we're offering up prizes to two winners, with each receiving a ZENS Qi Wireless Charger.

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 15) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.

Enter this week's photo contest

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3 years ago

Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

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Facebook Messenger

Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle the Pure Awesome of the Facebook Messenger standalone app, and for Facebook’s relatively fresh news app, Paper.

Though this means you’ll need to install and manage two apps, hopefully it will result in greater performance individually. What do you guys think of the change? Do you already have Facebook Messenger installed, or would you rather keep your Facebook chats bundled in the core experience?

Source: The Verge, TechCrunch

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3 years ago

HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

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HTC Flip Case for One M8 now in stock at ShopAndroid!

Got a new HTC One M8 and you're wondering just how to protect it? Fret not, for ShopAndroid.com is here to save you with a shipment of brand new HTC One M8 Flip Cases! This case, made by HTC for their brand new flagship, wraps your precious in a colorful and protective layer of premium material, while also allowing access to important features like buttons and cameras. There are even cut-outs for the speakers so you can pump out the tunes while rocking out in style.

ShopAndroid has the HTC One M8 Flip Case in stock and shipping now in Warm Black, Light Brown, and Sweet Lilac (otherwise known as "pink"), and you can pre-order Imperial Blue, Poppy Red, Orange Popsicle, and Atlantis (i.e. "green"). And should you want something that shows a bit more of what's happening with your HTC One M8, the [HTC One M8 Dot View Case is also available for pre-order).

Order Now: HTC One M8 Flip Case from ShopAndroid

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3 years ago

Clash of Clans picks up biggest update yet with 'Clan Wars'

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Clash of Clans has had one of its biggest updates in the infamous game’s history today. Now players can raid without any risk to their resources, shield, or trophies, and work towards two new achievements. This is done with a new system called war bases, where multiple players can lump all of their troops together in the same place and, once attack day arrives, they all head out to raid other war bases together. In the meantime, your village stays entirely separate from the whole affair. The full details on the update are available at the SuperCell forums.

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3 years ago

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

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If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the vulnerability sent server teams around the world scrambling to patch their systems. Among them: Google. In a posting today on the Google Online Security Blog, Google revealed that they had patched OpenSSL vulnerabilities in a number of their services.

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3 years ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Architecture' winner!

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From concrete skyscrapers to wooden barns, we saw great photos of architecture this week

This week's photo contest was focused on taking great pictures of architectural features, and as usual the turnout was great. We saw dozens of great entries come into the forums over the last week, all showing off great architecture in an artistic fashion. No two pictures were alike this week, each making use of great vision and some clever editing.

Unfortunately we only had one prize to give away to just a single picture, but it was definitely an image worth the victory. Check out the winning picture below, and get ready to hop back into the forums for this coming week's photo contest, which will be announced shortly.

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3 years ago

Tri-band variant of Sprint Galaxy S4 receiving update to enable Wifi Calling

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No word on update for original Galaxy S4 on the carrier

The tri-band Galaxy S4 (that's the one with Sprint Spark capabilities) is the latest Sprint device to get the recently-introduced Wifi Calling feature. This means after the update you'll be able to make completely free calls when connected to Wifi without the potential of using up your minutes if you don't have an unlimited talk plan.

Best of all the service itself is free, with no strings attached — your phone will handle the move to Wifi calling seamlessly in the background. The update for Wifi Calling will be rolling out to all tri-band Galaxy S4s (sorry, the original Galaxy S4 isn't included in this rollout) starting today, with all updates being completed in a few weeks.

Sprint still plans to bring Wifi Calling to additional devices throughout the year, but it's good to see it at least getting to the most popular devices first.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Dropbox's new app Carousel aims to organize all of your photos

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Dropbox today announced a brand new app for handling photos called Carousel. In it, you'll be able to instantly back up pictures as you take them to the cloud, share photos with friends, view images by date and location, and leave comments on photos shared by friends.

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3 years ago

Microsoft OneNote for Android now lets you create notebooks and sections

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A couple of quick improvements are hitting the Microsoft OneNote app on Android today, bringing it closer to parity with the app on other platforms. It's a short changelog, but the biggest thing to note here is that you can now create Notebooks and Sections directly on your OneDrive account on your Android devices. That's one less step to having synced notes across devices, and a big deal for Android users.

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3 years ago

Dropbox launches Mailbox for Android

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Mailbox for Android

Popular iOS email client and Dropbox property Mailbox is coming to Android. The app, which was purchased by Dropbox a year ago, will include an "auto swipe" feature that will allow users to archive an email now and automatically archive similar emails that arrive in the future. Mailbox is launching today on Google Play and you can find it at the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

Motorola names Rick Osterloh new president and COO

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Motorola Mobility has a new President and COO: Rick Osterloh. Formerly SVP of Product, Osterloh is taking over the helm of Motorola from form CEO Dennis Woodside. Woodside, if you'll recall, stepped down in September to take a position as COO of Dropbox, following Google's selling of Motorola to Lenovo.

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3 years ago

New Android Calendar look and features leaked

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Another batch of screenshots featuring significant UI updates to Google Android apps has surfaced. The first few were looking at Gmail, and now it's Google Calendar. Besides the obvious visual overhaul, there's a new view for birthdays and a daily agenda. There's also some fresh social integration.

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 now available from Odin Mobile, speciality carrier serving the visually impaired

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Odin Mobile sells wireless devices and service for the visually impaired, and just started carrying the Nexus 5. For $399, subscribers get the handset and a month of usability support over the phone, though you can skip the service and save $40. Devices are preloaded with a smattering of accessibility apps set up, which is a nice touch. One of them is Talkback, which is actually baked into Android, and allows users to get audio queues about which apps their finger is hovering over.

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3 years ago

Update for Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra fixes KitKat audio bug

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There's an update available for Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra that promises to fix a speaker issue that cropped up when the handsets were updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The new firmware build 14.3.A.0.757 corrects the bug that sent audio through the handset speaker (the one you use when using the phone as a phone) instead of the louder external speaker.

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3 years ago

Samsung gets up-close and personal in new Galaxy S5 ad

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Samsung is boasting "meaningful innovation" in its latest Galaxy S5 TV commercial. The video goes over the device in slow, sexy pans, highlighting the "state-of-the-art camera", heart rate sensor, IP67 water and dust resistance, 5.1-inch HD display, and dimpled back. The first Galaxy S5 ad aired during the Oscars last month.

We're not quite sure what the tagline "Real innovation begins when inspired by what matters to you" means, but maybe you guys can offer your take in the comments.

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