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If you’re buying an Android Wear watch this weekend, read this first

Android Wear is finally here. Two devices were launched at Google I/O: LG’s G Watch, and Samsung’s Gear Live. Both became available in the Play store this week, and while we’re sure you read our comprehensive review, with much of the spec-sheet almost identical (the same 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage and IP67 waterproof rating) there’s not a lot to call between them. But there are some things to consider. We break them down for you here; just jump into the gallery below.

Filed under: Wearables, Mobile, Samsung, LG


Source: Google Play


Nova Launcher’s “L” update is out of beta, you can get the final version now via Play Store


Nova Launcher “L” update was in beta for some time now. You had to do a few steps in order to get that version of the app to your device. Well, this update is now available in its final release and you can download it via Google Play Store (link below).

We’re calling it the “L” update because the developer added animations, icons and so much more in order to make it look like Android “L”. Other than these additions to the application we also get some tweaks and improvements to its functionality (squished bugs and such). You can find more information in the Google Play Store or if you follow the link above.

Source: Google Play Store

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Now (almost) anyone (with cable) can watch CNN the way they want to

Back in April CNNx launched, letting viewers jump through the news of the day and watch what they want, when they want. The only problem? Other than the fact that it’s restricted to CNN’s iPad app and web site, only subscribers to a few providers could actually access it. Now, CNN is rolling out the service nationwide, and as Multichannel News points out, Time Warner Cable as the only major provider that’s not yet set up for access. While it starts off with a live feed of the channel, you can skip through the story rundown and select anything from the past day, then just watch that or see related info. The plan is to also bring this to other set-top TV boxes soon, but there’s still no word on access for Android devices, iPhones, or other mobile platforms. There’s a demo video after the break so you can get a feel for it, but iPad-owning cable/satellite TV subscribers can just open the CNN app and try it out right now go to the website here.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Tablets, Internet, HD, Apple


Source: CNNx, CNN app for iPad (App Store)


​Aerosmith made more money from video games than from any one of its own albums

All Xbox 360 Guitar Hero Games World Tour, 3, 2, Aerosmith

Planning to make it big in the music industry by releasing a hit album? Dream On. A long forgotten PC Mag article resurfaced this week to remind us that the music industry had changed drastically over the last decade. According to Activision chief Bobby Kotick circa 2008, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith “generated far more in revenues than any Aerosmith album ever has.” The game in question has sold over four million copies to date, droves more than most album sales in the modern market. An amazing fact, but don’t act too surprised: headlining bands have always depended on the power of their brand to move merchandise and T-shirts as much as their albums. Still, it’s a heck of a way to highlight the dilemma of the modern celebrity: who you are may be more important than what you do.

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Filed under: Gaming


Via: Vox

Source: Gizmodo, PC Mag


Recommended Reading: Google Glass in the courtroom and ‘Bill Walsh College Football’

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.


Today’s Tech: How a California Personal Injury Attorney Uses Google Glass
by Nicole Black,
Above the Law

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We’ve seen everyone from medical school students to airline staff using Google Glass. Heck, even lawyers are jumping on board. California attorney Mitch Jackson is using Glass in his practice to record witness interviews and depositions to be viewed later. Jackson touts the potential of Google’s spectacles in the jury selection process, especially when his consultant is across the country, and how useful the Evernote add-on is for easy case-file notations.

Bill Walsh College Football Review
by Jason Kirk, SB Nation

The lawsuit over using the likenesses of college football players in EA’s videos games has been discussed on this here site, and this week, SB Nation posted a review of 1993′s Bill Walsh College Football. For the unfamiliar, the title infamously used player likenesses, all-time-great team rosters and school color schemes while only naming teams after their city or state to avoid having to pay extra for licensing. That means you certainly won’t find any official logos here.

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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
Kevin Poulsen, Wired

We’ve already discussed the demise of a former DC-area restaurant due to what its owner claims was a malicious inaccuracy in a Google Maps listing. This piece from Wired takes a good long look at how folks who update Mountain View’s crowdsourced venue info can completely destroy businesses that don’t keep a watchful eye on that all-important online presence. Of course, there are also tales of troubleshooting errors before they cut into profits, too.

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Shut Up and Spend: Inside the Electronic Music Money Machine
by Trent Wolbe, The Verge

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as those in the biz call it, has taken hold in the US and infiltrated pop radio with the sounds of dubstep and more. It also happens to be a billion dollar industry. “EDM has become the first ‘voice of a generation’ that openly accepts a partner all other types of music bristled at: unabashed capitalism,” writes Trent Wolbe.

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Visions from the Edge of a Genre
by Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

Hardly any of the staff here at Engadget HQ were even thought about in the late 1960s, but we share a fondness for all things sci-fi and its lineage. During those years, a collection of films began to take key aspects of the genre that it saw fit, not looking to fit the mold entirely. In this installment from Laser Age” at The Dissolve, such films are discussed, including 1968′s Je T’Aime, Je T’Aime from Alain Resnais and French sci-fi author Jacques Sternberg.

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[Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images]

Filed under: Misc



Sony’s next flagship phone allegedly shown off with new body, same camera

The jump from Sony’s Xperia Z1 to the Xperia Z2 was relatively minor, so don’t be surprised if this familiar-looking leak turns out to be legit. According to a Baidu Tieba user from China, we’re looking at a prototype of Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 aka L55t (China Mobile variant with TD-LTE) which is, surprise surprise, running on a more powerful Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset (the Z2 uses MSM8974AB) plus Android 4.4.4. Judging by the photos, this device shares the same height as the original Galaxy Note and hence the Xperia Z2, meaning the screen size should stay at 5.2 inches. Likewise, the Z2′s 20.7-megapixel camera is here to stay. What makes this prototype stand out is its new, simpler body design, which is a surprise given how the range’s appearance has changed little since the Xperia Z. That is, unless, this phone turns out to be just a variant of the Z2, so only time will tell if our guess is right.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Sony


Source: Baidu Tieba


ROM of the Week: Slimbean

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ROM of the Week is dedicated to highlighting our favorite custom ROMs and builds for Android users. If you’re the type who likes to tinker and push their device to new limits then this column is for you.

Note that this isn’t the sort of thing that every AndroidGuys reader will enjoy; however, it can be an eye opener. Our hope here is that we help you discover something new and exciting that you can do with your favorite smartphone. Enjoy!

This week’s ROM of the Week goes to Slimbean and is it far from “slim”.  Slimbean has many unique features such as PIE controls, unique lockscreen and many shortcuts.

The colors throughout the entire ROM can be inverted to the color scheme, even Google apps along with any other installed app.  What really makes this ROM great is even though it is packed with many great features, it is super fast, Lightning fast!

When the developers started building this great custom ROM, they had two main objectives: Fast and Useful.  You see a lot of ROMs out there that have tons of features, but some developers forget about people rocking older devices that don’t have quad-core processors or 2GB of RAM.

With Slimbean you get a great ROM that is quick, efficient and has all the useful features you could expect from a ROM.


Here is a short list of features that can be found in Slimbean:

  • Privacy
  • Color Scheme
  • Performance
  • Slim Control
  • PIE Controls

One of my favorite features is “Slim Control”.  This feature allow you to have automatic updates for the ROM and GApps.  This is extremely useful people who want those updates to just happen without having to re-flash a new version.

It also allows you to take control of what APKs reside on your phone, which gives you full control over what apps you want on your device.

Overall, the developers of Slimbean have created a wonderful ROM that is packed full of features, yet extremely efficient for newer and older devices.  I highly recommend you check out their website found here and see for yourself what Slimbean has to offer.

Device Support

Slimbean supports a lot of devices which can be found here!

The features really speak for themselves and thanks to user @noodles90 for all the hard work in putting these together! Check out the features below or if you’re having JavaScript issues, you can check them out on the next page.

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[DEALS & STEALS] SanDisk SD cards are up to 92% off on Amazon

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If you’re in need of some SD cards this is your lucky day. SanDisk SD cards are up to 92% off on Amazon. Please note that this is a limited time offer and we have no idea how long will it last, so act quickly if you want to get your hands on one.

Some of the articles on sale (for a full list click on the source link below):

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB – $199.99 now $47.95 (76% off)
  • SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB – $159.99 now $85.04 (53% off)
  • SanDisk Ultra 64GB – $99.99 now $63.04 (63% off)
  • SanDisk 32GB – $99.99 now $13.29 (87% off)

There are many more items to choose from. As we said, follow the link below if you want one.

Source: Amazon

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Android “L” developer preview gets ported to HTC One (M7)

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Other than the official Android “L” Developer Preview which is available for LG Nexus 5 and Asus Nexus 7 (2013) devices by Google, we’ve seen it ported to the Nexus 4 recently. We knew that this is not the end of it though, of course.

HTC One (M7) unexpectedly gets its own Android “L” Developer Preview port thanks XDA Senior Member ssrij and a team of developers. Nexus 4 port was kind of expected, but not this one. The port is still in alpha though, so keep this in mind if you intend on flashing it. The port was made possible thanks to ramdisk and kernel modifications which ssrij had to do. We say it once again, this is an alpha version of the port and some things will simply not work, at all.

Keeping all this in mind, if you’re interested in it follow this link.

Via: XDA

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​Breach is a completely modular, hackable and open source web browser

When it comes to surfing the web, our options are limited: the market is dominated by three or four mainstream web browsers, all of which share major similarities in design and function. Unless you want to build your own browsing program, you’re stuck with their modern browsing paradigms. For San Francisco programmer Stanislas Polu, that wasn’t good enough, so, he created Breach — an open source modular web browser designed to allow anybody to tweak and modify it on a whim.

Breach wants to be a different kind of web browser, one that’s not only a tool for browsing the internet, but one that is built of the technologies that power it. Using the Chromium Content API as a base layer, Polu built a browser with a UI coded entirely in JavaScript and HTML5 — each element of the experience existing as its own individual webapp with access to Breach’s deeper API. In fact, when the browser first boots up, it doesn’t even have the ability to navigate the internet. “You don’t have any modules running yet,” it warns. “Let’s add ‘mod_strip’, a module that provides a basic tab strip and URL box support.” Install a module, and your browser suddenly has features. Neglect to, and it won’t be able to do much at all.

The new browser only launched its public Alpha release this week, and doesn’t have many modules to call its own. The basic strip and data components are active, but an official bookmarks module and other functions aren’t yet done. Still, that’s not the point: Breach is designed so any user with an idea for any feature can create it themselves in JavaScript or CSS. It’s a barebones experience now, but one that’s created so you can add any meat you fancy. We can’t say it’s likely to replace Chrome or Firefox in our hearts yet, but it’s a neat take on an old technology we all use every single day. Check it out at the source link below.

Filed under: Internet


Via: Aaron Draczynski (Twitter)

Source: Breach

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