Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

This year’s Google I/O may have been dominated by the search giant’s grand unveiling of Android L, but there were still plenty of other major announcements besides. Notably, the $35 Chromecast dongle, which turned the streaming market on its head when it first released back in 2013, would support Android Mirroring a la Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring, and following the annual developer conference, we couldn’t wait to give it a whirl. Having rolled the feature out earlier on this week, many Chromecast-owning Droidsters have jumped on this new feature, but unfortunately, it’s rather limited with regards to the devices that it will stream from. Thankfully, though, there’s a relatively painless workaround.

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Although the FIFA World Cup has almost drawn its conclusion now what with Germany and Argentina battling out the finale this weekend, this hasn’t stopped the recent wave of football / soccer-related apps. In fact, given that fans in Europe and across much or the footballing world are just a couple of weeks away from the commencement of the new season, perhaps this is the best time for these apps to begin appearing, and Nike has jumped right in by releasing a new app for Android and iOS providing fans of The Beautiful Game with a one-stop source for content and social interaction.

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Rovio Entertainment has long since offered free versions of every addition to the still-popular Angry Birds series, but for those on iOS, Angry Birds Star Wars II has just gone completely FREE. Moreover, the Finnish mobile gaming giant has also rolled out a total of 30 new levels by means of an update, so if you’re up for yet another dose of the world’s most well-known casual game, we’ve got both details and download link right here!

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Being able to interact with the world in a different way through touch and audible gestures feels like you’ve been catapulted into a futuristic, science-fiction movie. But what if there was a way to remove the limitations associated with having to bark out voice commands in public and use nothing more than a little brainpower to get things done with Glass? The future is here thanks to London-based company This Place and its new Glass compatible technology.

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There’s been so much talk, conjecture and wild speculation about the iWatch over the last 12 months that it’s impossible to actually focus on the individual parts of the actual product. Will it be an intelligent watch akin to the Pebble or Galaxy Gear? Are we all barking up the wrong tree by thinking it’s a watch when it’s actually a wearable packed full of health related sensors? Apple’s next product release is fast approaching, meaning that we shouldn’t have to wait much longer for the big reveal, but if you’re of an impatient disposition then why not head over to the Google Play Store and get the iWatch now?

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Google Now is still very much a work in progress, and even though it has evolved significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, it’s always going to have its imperfections. One such case is when, rather irritatingly, the voice recognition feature cannot properly comprehend what you’re saying, and if you’re asking a long question, having to repeat the entire speech becomes cumbersome even at the second time of asking. Now, though, thanks to an update, you can correct just the word that Google Now has failed to latch onto by using a simple command, and although it’s rare for the polished service to mishear anything anyway, it’s a good little tip to know.

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As if to really drive home the fact that wearables are becoming the kind of thing that every company on the planet needs to make, Adidas has today announced its very own fitness band, dubbed the FIT SMART.

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Although many of Google’s big announcements over the past year or so have related to Project Glass, this year’s I/O developers conference was all about Android, Android Wear, and the Chromecast, with the search giant also rolling out some new products and services for the home and auto markets. Chromecast, which first hit the scene last year, is not only incredibly cheap, but also highly functional, and at the aforementioned I/O in June, we learned that the Big G was about to add Android Mirroring to the HDMI dongle’s repertoire. Today, the company has delivered on that promise, and now, Android-wielding Chromecast users can beam the contents of their display onto their HDTVs.

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Google made a whole bunch of exciting announcements at I/O in June, and today signals the first wave of deliverance on those promises. Following the news that Chromecast users will be able to beam the contents of their Android smartphone or tablet to their TVs through the new Android Mirroring feature, it is now also possible for Android Wear enthusiasts to utilize their wrist-worn gadget as a remote shutter for their device’s camera.

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There are literally hundreds of reasons why a particular device may appeal to one person and not another, but when you strip that away we’re all concerned with the privacy and integrity of the data that passes through that device. If your smartphone of choice resides on the Android side of the fence then it could be time to rethink how sensitive data is wiped from memory after a new research has suggested that data removed using Android’s native wipe feature can be restored.

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As technology enthusiasts, most of us are fascinated by the booting of operating systems on devices that the software mightn’t necessarily be familiar with. There’s a massive market for software products that facilitate, say, OS X on a PC and likewise, Windows on a Mac. Console OS, which seeks to bring a genuine Android experience to Intel-based machines, has announced its intention to bring the infrastructure to the Surface Pro line-up, including the Surface Pro 3.

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Android’s open-source nature is a bit of a double-edged sword in many respects, for although it’s customizable to the nth degree, it’s also much more susceptible to malicious intrusion when compared with the likes of Apple’s iOS. On a regular basis, we hear of new, cunning schemes designed to attack smartphones and tablets running on Google’s flagship mobile OS, and today, we’ve encountered a particularly alarming security hole that could potentially help a hacker relieve you of vast mounds of cash.

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The Apple iPhone regularly scores high when it comes to customer satisfaction, quality of camera, and in fact, most other smartphone-centric research. These traits of popularity perhaps go some way to explaining why the fruit company’s flagship 5s was the most popular worldwide in the first quarter of this year, and moreover, why the antiquated iPhone 4s managed to grab fifth spot.

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If you’ve been worried about your car security and not satisfied with just having an alarm locking mechanism for deterring unwanted individuals, then you’re going to love the product that we’re showcasing today. Named simply “CarLock”, it’s a car security system consisting of three parts; the CarLock OBD device that will plug into the car itself, a companion smartphone app (for Android and iOS at present), and CarLock Cloud, which we will come to later. Intrigued? Continue reading past the break to find out more.

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Nokia, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, has long built great smartphones, particularly those of the Lumia variety. But while the market has been enticed by the sleek, funky designs and top-notch rear-facing camera technology, most have been put-off by the Windows Phone OS, which is nowhere near as evolved as, say, Android.

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If you’ve been on an airplane in the last ten years, then the chances are you’re already well aware of some of the rather overzealous restrictions that are being enforced upon air travellers. Mothers forced to prove that baby milk is indeed just that by drinking it is a story we’ve all heard before, but now it seems that the US Transportation Security Administration isn’t content with just making sure liquids are as they appear, anymore.

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Having visually compared Android L with KitKat, we found out that Google is pushing hard to take Android one step further from where it stands right now. But how does it compare to its fiercest upcoming rival, iOS 8? That’s exactly what we’re going to find out, by comparing Android L preview with iOS 8 beta, visually.

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The next major version of Android, dubbed as ‘L’ (Lollipop?) was announced by Google at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Android L brought with it a ton of new changes, most of which are for developers. But the user-facing end got a neat facelift too, and as ever, we took the latest OS from the search giant for a spin on a Nexus 5, and couldn’t help comparing it with last year’s offering, Android KitKat.

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It’s only going to be a matter of time until every major appliance in the home is connected to our mobile devices in some fashion. We already have kettles that can be switched on via a mobile app; intelligent thermostats that evolve and become more capable based on our behaviors as well as lighting systems that can be altered directly from a companion app to suit or moods at any given time. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

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Google’s Android Wear platform is nearing maturity, and following the I/O developers conference, devices are already beginning to ship. Thus, it should come as little surprise to see the Play Store stocking up with content related to the wrist-based OS, and having already seen a few standalone apps, custom watch faces have also started popping up.

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