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Roku’s Dropbox channel puts cloud files on your TV

Dropbox's Roku channel

You can already access your Dropbox files on all your PCs and mobile gadgets, but what if you want to put them on your TV? If you have a Roku player, you’re set. Roku has launched a Dropbox channel that lets you browse your photos and videos on its set-tops, including in slideshows. Yes, you now have an easy way to recap your vacation on a big screen without turning to other cloud services. The channel isn’t flawless — TechCrunch notes that you can’t play long videos, so this won’t work if you’re trying to stream full-length movies. Even so, it’s a big help if you’d rather not have everyone gather around your computer to see your snapshots.

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Home Entertainment, Storage, Internet, HD


Zats Not Funny, TechCrunch


Tags: cloud, cloudstorage, dropbox, hdpostcross, internet, roku, storage, television, tv


OPPO R7 International Giveaway!

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Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday!

Congratulations to the winner of last week’s Galaxy S6 giveaway Patrik K. (Croatia).

This week, our good friends at OPPO want to help you get a brand new flagship smartphone!
More great OPPO related content!

OPPO’s R7 is a beautiful smartphone wrapped in a industrial metallic body, and totes a vibrant full HD Super AMOLED display. It is further powered by the Snapdragon 615 and 3GB of RAM.


It’s super easy to enter. Follow the directions down below! Good luck, everyone!

OPPO R7 International Giveaway!

  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.


Full terms & conditions and FAQ | Past giveaway winners [Gallery]


Android Authority this week – August 2, 2015

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Android fans, this week brought us not one, but two excellent smartphones selling for just $400, the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style. In other top news, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus leaked extensively, details and images of Sony’s next smartphones surfaced, and Google rebooted Android One with the new Lava Pixel V1.

Inside AA HQ

It’s clear from the events of this week that the next battleground for smartphone domination is the $400 price range. While phones like the Axon, Zenfone 2, and even the OnePlus 2 are important, when Motorola entered the fray with its own no-compromise flagship phone, the game has changed for good. It will be very interesting to see how Samsung, LG, or HTC react to this paradigm shift over the next months.

We have a new team member! Krystal has published her first review on Thursday and the reactions have been very positive. Yes, AA finally has a woman in the team, but we’re happy to see that you guys like Krystal’s tech knowledge and video editing skills. Let Krystal’s AA video be the first of many.

This week’s giveaway is a beautifully slim Oppo R7. Head over here to get your ticket and good luck!


The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

OnePlus 2 is here

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Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

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Xperia M5 and C5 leak


New Android One


Moto X Style and Play

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Happy Sunday!


China forces Samsung to allow “unwanted apps” to be deleted from Samsung handsets

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Samsung‘s bloatware apps are legendary in the Android community and the fact all these apps can’t be deleted has turned away many an Android purist. Thankfully for those people (in China at least), a consumer rights committee has been successful in forcing Samsung to allow “unwanted apps” to be deleted – Samsung says it will be providing software patches next month which make this possible. And the committee’s yardstick? The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9008S) which allegedly had 44 pre-installed apps of which 24 could not be removed – that might not sound like much, but it all adds up. Samsung has said that this will even be allowed on their most recent devices, including the Galaxy S6.

And the committee is keen to see this solution through, saying: “If Samsung fails to meet its own promise, then the legal tussle will be continued and expanded”. I’m genuinely surprised that Samsung has backed down and conceded this battle – if all it takes is a committee of well informed individuals to make Samsung, or any company, make their bloatware removeable, then I don’t know why this hasn’t been happening more – then again, this decision only has jurisdiction in China, for now.

What do you think about the decision to make Samsung allow “unwanted apps” to be deleted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Korea Times via SamMobile

The post China forces Samsung to allow “unwanted apps” to be deleted from Samsung handsets appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Fincon’s Angel Stone is the latest hack-and-slash RPG to hit the Google Play Store

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There is a time and place where hack-and-slash RPGs are most appropriate (read: weekends) and Fincon is hoping you’ll be choosing their latest game, Angel Stone, as your game of choice. Angel Stone adopts the top-down view that many RPGs before it have used and it looks pretty good doing it. You’ll be able to choose from one of three classes: Berserker, Gunslinger, or Shadow Mage, which presumably align with how much you like being close and personal (Berserker) or whether you want to stand back and deal damage (Shadow Mage). Check out this 5 minute gameplay trailer to get a better feel for the game’s lore and gameplay:

Still here? Good. As you can see, Angel Stone looks like it is very much in the same vein as RPG classics like Diablo, and manages to look really decent on a mobile device. The game offers single player, as well as cooperative play and player-vs-player arenas. For those of you who are interested in trying out Angel Stone, we’ve got the download link below where you can download the game for free (in-app purchases await inside, of course):

What do you think about Angel Stone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

The post Fincon’s Angel Stone is the latest hack-and-slash RPG to hit the Google Play Store appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Businesses can rent a Pepper robot for customer service


Folks in Japan might find themselves chatting with Pepper robots in business establishments these coming years. The enterprise version of the gentle-looking humanoid machine will be available for pre-order starting on October 1st, 2015, and businesses in the country can rent one directly from SoftBank. The carrier’s robotics division is offering a $444-per-month, 3-year contract to interested parties, which means they’ll end up paying around $16,000 within that period. Sadly, they’ll have to return the unit once the contract’s over.

Pepper for Biz isn’t that much different from the base version, which sold out in under a minute after it went up for sale in June. It still can’t do any manual labor and can’t help out around the house or the office. All its pre-installed applications are related to “office reception” — it can talk to customers and save their information — so it‘s most likely ideal for companies who want to use it for customer service. While both versions of Pepper are only available in Japan at the moment, business owners Stateside who want a cute robot receptionist may want to cross their fingers. Alibaba and Foxconn invested $236 million in SoftBank Robotics last month, and they plan to release Pepper internationally.

[Image credit: kirainet/Flickr]

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Tags: japan, pepper, pepperforbiz


Tiny sensor tells you when your favorite places are crowded

Density's sensor

You probably aren’t a fan of showing up at the coffee shop right when there’s a large line, or at the gym when there are no free machines. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find out how busy a place is at any given moment, without resorting to estimates? The new Density sensor might help. The tiny infrared detector is effectively a smarter, more connected pedestrian traffic sensor: it tells apps how many people are entering or leaving a building at any moment, giving you a good sense of whether that restaurant is packed or blissfully empty. Shops can use that data to their advantage, too. They can offer discounts whenever it gets quiet, or notify you the moment there’s a free seat.

The sensor is already in use at Requested (which lets you ask for discounts at eateries), Workfrom (remote working spaces) and parts of UC Berkeley’s campus. Density and gadgets like it could do much more if they become truly ubiquitous, though. Eventually, you might never have to guess whether or not your usual haunts are hopping — you’d know right away whether or not you should wait an hour or find an alternative.

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PSFK, Fast Company


Tags: crowd, density, infrared, internet, internetofthings, mobilepostcross, peripherals, sensor


Barmark: a game with no death or goals, only “personal perfection”


Games are fun and challenging, but we can’t deny they are also a bit stressful. Most times you will need to go through pulling some hair before you get your dose of satisfaction, but Barmark aims to do things differently. Barmark is one of those aesthetics-focused titles with a high priority in finding inner peace.

This game features no deaths, goals or points. Instead, it allows you to alter your surroundings “in order to achieve harmony and personal perfection”. I know, it sounds totally weird, but the game is actually quite interesting, and design buffs will find it especially enticing.

The user will be dropped in one of 8 possible landscapes (selected randomly), along with a couple archanimals which will be chosen to live in your land. You can then travel the lands and activate certain machines that can alter your surroundings. Continue changing your space by finding endless machine combinations and planting flowers to keep your animals happy, as well as yourself.

Barmark is a very interesting concept; one I happen to like during stressful days. We know some of you prefer those action-packed, thrilling games, but Barmark will be there when it’s time to wind down and find zen. Of course, it’s not a cheap game, as all that design and balance is not easy to produce. The game costs $2.99 from the Google Play Store. Who’s buying?

Download Barmark from the Google Play Store



Frontback’s selfie app is back thanks to an anonymous rescuer

Frontback is happy again

Tech startups rarely get a second chance if they fail, since they can’t usually draw on the help of either a huge following or a pile of cash. However, the recently defunct Frontback is getting that rare reprieve. The selfie-oriented social service has reached a deal with an as yet unnamed “partner” that will keep it running for the foreseeable future. This mysterious helper believes there’s “something incredible” behind the concept of posting both front and back photos, Frontback says, and it’s offering “fresh ideas” for what to do next. There’s no certainty that Frontback will live happily ever after, but it’s at least not going to fade out any time soon.

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Cellphones, Internet, Mobile


Business Insider


Tags: frontback, internet, mobilepostcross, photography, selfie, smartphone, startup


Leak again claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won’t have a microSD slot

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We always suspected that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won’t have a microSD slot, much like the Galaxy S6, but the latest leak puts yet another nail in the coffin – and by now, there are a lot of nails. Leaker @evleaks has posted a list of specs for the Samsung Noble, a name known to be the codename of the Note 5, that ends with the suggestion of “no SD” – it’s not particularly surprising seeing as Samsung has removed the microSD slot from all its recent devices, but we still held out hope for its larger brethren.

The other notable spec from @evleaks’ tweet is the processor, alleged to be a Exynos 7420 – this is the same chip as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, however we’ve been hearing conflicting rumours that the Note 5 will actually have the newer Exynos 7422. Obviously, we won’t have long to find out which of these stories are correct as the Note 5 is due for announcement on August 13th, however it does suggest the possibility of different variants for different regions, which wouldn’t be unusual.

What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 not having a microSD slot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via TalkAndroid

The post Leak again claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won’t have a microSD slot appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


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