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Download and install the HTC One M8’s Gallery app on any Android device [APK Download]

If you’re a fan of the HTC One M8’s Gallery app but aren’t fortunate enough to own the device itself, then good news since you’re now able to download and install the APK file on any device.

“Turkbey06″ over at XDA has modified the One M8’s Gallery app to enable it to work on other Android devices. It was tested on the LG G3, but users of other devices are saying it works just fine.

To download the HTC One M8’s Gallery app, simply head on over to the XDA thread. No root access is required so you should fine it just works.

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AMOLED Burn-in Fixer for Nexus 6 and other AMOLED display devices

Burn-ins on your AMOLED screen are the worst. They are just absolutely terrible. There is nothing worse than seeing a ghost on your phone for all eternity. The good news is that you don’t have to site idly by while your OCD goes crazy.

One Brendon Sled has taken it upon himself to fix your devices unfortunate screen. AMOLED Burn-in Fixer is an app designed to be effective and easy to use.

The basic idea behind the app is to invert the colors of your status bar and/or navigation bar (depending on which location is showing signs of burn-in) to reverse the eye sore.

There are three easy steps to fixing these burn-ins. Install, Test and Fix. It is that simple.

1) Install

Step one, install the app from the Google Play Store for free. You can either search “AMOLED Burn-in Fixer” or make use of the widget at the bottom of this post.


2) Test

Step two, test your screen for signs of burn in. You just follow the yellow brick road on this one. Tap the “Test Burn-in” tab, then select “Hide UI”. You will be presented with a solid gray background that will reveal any burn-ins to you. This will most likely be around the status bar and navigation bar areas as previously stated.


3) Fix

Step three, fix all the things! Once you determine the areas that require doctoring, go back to the “Fix Burn-in” tab and select the locations you require. Then, follow the instructions on screen. Enable inverted colors in your system settings and hide the app settings.


Everything is simple and painless. You just have to leave the inverted screen up until the signs of any burn-in are reduced to your satisfaction.

Unfortunately, the app only installs on Lollipop devices.

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Google adds screen reader support to Docs, Sheets and Slides apps

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH  14, 2014: Google Corporation Building sign.

Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides apps aren’t easy to use on a phone’s small screen at all, but this set of updates could make things just a bit more convenient for both iOS and Android users. Documents now come with real-time spell check, spreadsheets are now able to hide rows and columns, and presentations can lump similar shapes together. Even better, they all now work with Android TalkBack and iOS VoiceOver — screen readers that will make the apps friendlier to the visually impaired — though those who only need just a bit of help reading on a small screen can use the magnification tool instead. Finally, if you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, you can start using your fingerprint to unlock the apps if you want to make sure no nosy workmate can get into your files. The updates are now rolling out for both mobile platforms and are now available on Google Play and iTunes.

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Via: Google Drive, Google Play, iTunes (Docs), iTunes (Sheets), iTunes (Slides)

Source: Google Docs Blog


Khan Academy brings its online course catalog to the iPad

The New York Times Schools For Tomorrow Conference

Despite having an iOS app for some time now, Khan Academy hasn’t offered the full range of course material on those mobile devices. With an update today, though, eager learners can access the company’s full range of courses on an iPad. The new version brings 150,000 exercises to the mobile device, with the opportunity to get instant feedback. Khan Academy’s iOS software got some slate-specific tools too, including handwriting recognition and a “friendly guide” that observes your response time to suggest activities that’ll help you get better at the tough questions. There aren’t any plans to bring the app to Android or Windows yet, as the e-learning provider says iPad is it’s most popular platform behind the desktop experience. However, folks with one of Apple’s tablets can nab the update from iTunes now.

[Photo credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times]

Filed under: Internet, Software


Source: The Verge, iTunes


Screen Mode app takes new angle on accessing your smartphone screen


One of the bigger annoyances all smartphone users deal with is getting access to the screen as quickly and easily as possible. Possibly in a perfect world, we might all leave our screens on all the time so a mere glance would reveal all we expect to see. In the real world though, that would lead to some very short periods of time in between battery charging. So, a variety of measures have been enacted to turn our screens off and only show limited notifications in an effort conserve battery life. However, that also means going through the trouble of turning a device back on to use it. The new Screen Mode app from XDA Senior Member Meko07 hopes to address this situation.

To help ease the process of turning a smartphone screen back on, device manufacturers have looked for a variety of innovative methods. LG has their Knock On system that just requires a couple taps of the screen and Motorola implemented methods so a wave of the hand will turn on a screen. Meko07 decided to use a different tactic though, relying on a smartphone’s sensors to detect the angle of the device and turning the screen on based on that. In addition to unlocking and locking the screen based on the angle, the app also adjusts the screen’s brightness.

This could be a good solution for owners of devices that do not have a quick way to unlock their screen or just want an easier way to adjust the brightness. The Screen Mode app is free, so if you want to give it a try, just hit the Play Store links below.


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Google adds a snooze button to Inbox emails

No, you don’t need to reply to that email immediately in the middle of dinner. Now Google’s trying to help that happen, with Snooze. A new addition to its Gmail Inbox app, users can “snooze” emails with automatic quick settings or their own customized reminders. You can delay a message for later the same day, tomorrow or even a week from now. There’s also the hilarious someday option — we’re going to assume it’ll reappear later in the week, but don’t hold us to that. You can even “geo-snooze” a message to remind you when you’re at a place, rather than a prescribed time. You can still access any reminders or snoozed messages if you manage to make time and adjust reminders if needed. Inbox zero could be within in your grasp in 2015. Well, kind of.

Filed under: Software, Google


Source: Gmail blog


Adobe Lightroom mobile comes to Android, but it’s only for phones

Last spring, Adobe brought a version of its Lightroom photo-editing software to the iPad making for some convenient editing on the go. Months later, a version of the app is ready for Android devices and it brings all of the key features from the iOS version to those handsets running Google’s mobile OS. You’ll notice that I said “handsets” there, and that’s an important caveat. The app is designed for use on phones, and not tablets. Adobe says a version that’s optimized for tablets is on the way, but for now, the app is meant to be used on phones. If you’ll recall, the iPad version preceded the iPhone app, which, you know, makes sense. While this new Lightroom mobile equips devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and later with its toolbox of tweaks (more on that in a minute), the creative software company recommends that you have at least 8GB of free space on your device to keep things running smoothly.

Just like the iOS version, the Android app is a free download, but you’ll need a Creative Cloud subscription to use it. You don’t need the full membership though, as the photography-specific plan is now a permanent fixture at $10 a month. Lightroom mobile syncs edits, metadata and collections with Lightroom 5.4 (or higher) on both Windows and Mac. It also automatically imports shots from your phone and allows you to access Creative Cloud-stored files for editing while your away from that work machine. Don’t expect the full set of tools, as the mobile software is limited to much of what’s in the Basic Panel and cropping tools. Options like color temperature, exposure, highlights and contrast are available, but those handy presets that you’ve created, or purchased from the likes of VSCO, won’t be accessible. Adobe says that expanded preset support is something it’s working on, but there’s no timeline for when they’ll be added to the mobile apps.

Just like the iPad app, Lightroom mobile uses the RAW file to create a compressed preview version that’s only about 5 percent of the original size (around one to two megabytes). The original is maintained, and a 2,560-pixel wide image ensures that the collection you edit during your evening commute doesn’t take forever to download or take up all of your storage space. As we’ve already mentioned, Adobe says you’ll need 8GB of internal storage (not extra space you’ve added on a microSD card) to move the files back and forth, along with a minimum 1.7GHz quad-core CPU.

Remember when I said most of the key features from iOS made it over to Android? Well, the one difference is Lightroom’s commenting system is absent on this version, but Adobe says it will be part of a future update. You can, however, still like, flag and reject images as needed. My biggest gripe here is the lack of tablet support. I’ve used Lightroom mobile on an iPad, and the app seems much better served with the larger display of a slate. Here’s to hoping Adobe’s plan to outfit Android tablets is just around the corner, but until then, those who prefer Google’s software will have to settle for using smaller screens.

Filed under: Software, Mobile


Source: Adobe, Google Play


Facebook takes its app to Colombia

Facebook took it’s app to Zambia back in July, and now it’s heading to Latin America. The social network announced today that folks in Colombia would now be able to use a handful of connected tools free of charge. Tigo customers can access Instituto Colombiano para la Evaluación de la Educación (an education service) and Agronet (agriculture and rural development info) at no cost, as well as things like Facebook, Messenger, UNICEF, Wikipedia, AccuWeather and more. In addition to the initial 16 services, more will be added in the future as continues to expand its reach to other parts of the world. While a load of useful tools have been a part of the free app for a while, the version that’s launching in Colombia is the first to offer access to government services.

During a Q&A in Bogotá, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that due to the infrastructure required to do so, giving folks in developing areas access to the entire internet for free may never happen. However, through the project, handy apps for searching job listings, speaking with a doctor and getting local news will help give users info they usually wouldn’t have access to. Zuckerberg also noted that by removing the data plan requirement, only the cost of a phone is the barrier to access, and the one-time cost of the device itself is much cheaper. What’s more, once reaches more locales, further reducing the cost of those handsets is a goal for the future.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Software, Mobile


Source: Facebook


Google details Ara Manager app for wrangling all your modules

We’ve known that there’ll be an Ara Manager app to help Android users grok their shiny, new modular toys, but we’ve just gotten a better sense of how it’ll actually work when Ara devices trickle into the wild later this year. At its most basic, the app — which should come pre-loaded on Ara phones — allows users to lock and unlock the modules currently slotted into the phone by using a bit of current to disengage the electro-permanent magnets holding them in place. We knew that already, though: What’s new?

Well, what about when you’ve got multiple, similar modules slotted into a phone’s endo, like a regular camera and a thermal camera? You’ll be able to use the app to determine which one you want to use at any given time, though it’s not exactly clear how the interface will let you do that. Oh, and seeing as how there’s firmware specific to each module, the app will also let you manage the updates and “support packages” that’ll assuredly become available as developers refine their modules. Beyond the mechanics of managing an Ara phone, the app will provide users will status information (think battery levels, vendor details and the like), but maybe the app’s most important role is a sherpa of sorts, a guide to help people figure out their devices by flagging potential issues and offering suggestions for optimal module spots. Linaro CEO George Grey hinted that slipping hardware into certain slots would lead to less-than-ideal performance, but sadly, he didn’t dive into what exactly that meant.

Filed under: Mobile



Google moves one step closer to becoming a universal translator

Even with the assistance of modern technology, holding a conversation in two different languages can be difficult. Google Translate allows you to speak with someone and have each utterance translated as text and audio, but until now you had to manually toggle every time the other person talked. As expected, Google is speeding up the process with smarter language recognition and speaker switching, which comes as part of a new update. So when you boot up the app and press the microphone icon, it’ll recognise which of the two languages is being spoken, offer a translation and then automatically alternate whenever the conversation flips over. No more tapping on the screen again and again.

In addition, Google has revamped its camera mode to quickly translate words and phrases directly on your screen. So if an important sign on the Paris Metro has you stumped, you should be able to just grab your smartphone, tap the camera icon and wait for a translation to appear augmented reality-style. The feature currently works for English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish words, and Google says it’ll be adding support for additional languages over time. Of course, this is hardly a new idea — Word Lens had a similar proposition, and ever since Google acquired its developer Quest Visual we’ve been waiting patiently for its inevitable debut.

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Source: Google


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