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Deal: Last chance to enter the 50″ LG TV + Sound Bar giveaway


Finding the money to upgrade your home entertainment system can be difficult at times. That’s why our friends at StackSocial decided to help you out with that problem, by giving you the chance to win a 50-inch LG TV and Sound Bar for free. The giveaway is still going on, but not for much longer. If you want a shot at winning these items, you’ll need to place your entry by tonight.

Here’s how to enter: Simply head to the giveaway page and enter your email address in the space provided. That will score you one entry into the contest. If you’d like to enter more than once, you can do that, too. After entering your email address, share on Twitter for additional entries. The more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. Make sure you enter with a valid email address so StackSocial can contact you if you win.

This is your last chance to enter, and it really couldn’t be any easier. Head to the link below to sign up for the giveaway.

Editor’s Note: This deal is through StackCommerce, in partnership with AA Deals Store and other StackSocial partners — and not an exclusive Android Authority contest.

Head here to enter the giveaway


App installer exploit affects older versions of Android but isn’t as scary as it sounds

A scary-sounding exploit and scary-sounding headlines about half of Android devices being probably are more bark than bite. Again.

A new(ish) exploit has been published today by the folks at Palo Alto Networks that describes how a bug in the Android package installer could potentially infect older phones with malware. The exploit works against versions of Android older than Android 4.3 and doesn’t affect apps installed via Google Play. It’s still something that needs talked about, as plenty of users could be affected.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry much — even though roughly half of all currently active Android devices are sub-Jelly Bean. Here’s what’s up.


‘Windows apps’ is the new and simple label for universal Windows 10 apps

Microsoft may have settled on a new but simple label to describe its universal apps that will run on all Windows 10 devices. That name? “Windows Apps”.


Google Keep gets labels for easy organizing and recurring reminders

One of our favorite Gmail features — labels — has at long last arrived for Google Keep.

The addition of labels means that you can now tack any number of labels you want onto a task in Google Keep, grouping tasks by whatever grouping you desire. Priority tasks, project tasks, daily to-dos, the honey do list, and so forth.


Uber suspends French driver accused of sexual assault

French news daily Le Parisien reports that Uber has suspended one of its French drivers after his arrest on sexual assault charges. This follows Its UberPop service being banned (again) in Germany, the company’s offices in both France and South Korea being raided by the police, and the UN flat out refusing to work with them. In India, Uber has had to begin collecting safety information throughout New Delhi after one of the company’s driver was charged with rape.

The incident occurred in mid-January. Uber reportedly suspended the unnamed driver immediately upon being contacted by the assaulted customer and has been cooperating with the police investigation. “Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible incident,” an Uber spokesman told Engadget. “We immediately and permanently removed the driver from our platform upon learning of the incident in January. We are working with the authorities on their investigation and will do whatever we can to support their efforts.” The driver is set to stand trial in May.

Filed under: Transportation


Via: Bloomberg Business

Source: Le Parisien


Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop OTA for the Note 4 in Belgium


Samsung has just started pushing out the much-anticipated, eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Note 4 located in Belgium. This 1.3GB upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

To start the update, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

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BT launches new 4G LTE service in the UK

BT brand identity

Whilst it’s waiting on approval for its £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, BT has decided to take full advantage of the 4G masts it will soon acquire by launching its own SIM-only LTE service in the UK.

The tariffs are as follows:

  • £5 per month — 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.
  • £12 per month — 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of data.
  • £20 per month — unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 20GB of data.

All plans are 4G-enabled and will require you to sign a one-year contract. They’ll also give you access to all of BT’s OpenReach Wi-Fi hotspots.

However, there is a catch. The aforementioned prices are only valid if you have an active BT Broadband subscription, if not, you’ll need to pay an additional £5 per month for each one.

The full press statement can be seen below:

“The three new BT Mobile ‘bring your own phone’ (SIM Only) plans offer an unrivalled combination of fast 4G on the UK’s biggest mobile network and unlimited access to the UK’s largest wi-fi network of over 5 million BT Wifi hotspots.

If you’re in a BT Broadband home, you can get the best value 4G tariffs, saving up to 50% per cent on your BT Mobile bill compared to non-BT Broadband customers. Each account holder can have up to five discounted SIMs on their account – up to total of 10 per household.

The new 12-month contract deals are ideal if you want to keep your current phone but add a great value bundle of 4G data, minutes and texts. You can can also use your own 2G or 3G phone, or buy a new 4G phone from the BT Shop from just £99 with an exclusive voucher offer.

BT Mobile gives you control over your mobile spend and the flexibility to make the most of your plan. This includes a monthly spend cap that you can set yourself to avoid surprise bills, and the ability to monitor your spend through the BT Mobile App.

And if you find your usage changes, you can move to another plan without extending the length of your contract. This applies even if you move to a cheaper plan.

BT Mobile customers can also get free BT Sport via the BT Sport App, even if they don’t have BT Broadband, and enjoy live and exclusive Barclays Premier League football matches.”

Source: BT

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Review: Translator – An app that will make your life easier

Everyone who is living in a foreign country and facing issues with the language of locals knows how hard it makes the routines of daily life but in that case, if you have a good translating app in your smartphone, your work is half done. Gone are the days when you needed to carry fat dictionaries – now all you need is this amazing app known as Translator.

TranslatorTranslator offers translation of more than 40 languages. It has a very simple user interface, where you can add a word or a small sentence in the language you desire in a box and get a translation in the box below it. Also, you can record your voice to get a translation as well, or if you are in a foreign country, you can record the person you want to communicate with and easily understand what he said, and also you can communicate with them by translating in their language and using the ‘Listen’ option.

In recent past, I was travelling to another city in Turkey and the person sitting next to me didn’t speak English. We both communicated with each other with the help of the Translator app, and it was definitely a new experience. Only thing that I find missing in the app was offline-translation, which allows you to use the app in a scenario where you don’t have a mobile or WiFi network.

This app is one of the best apps out there to use for translation, whether you are travelling or learning a new language or trying to communicate with someone, I am sure it will not disappoint you.

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CM12S OTA update is coming to OnePlus One users in India

oneplus one unboxing (23 of 29)

OnePlus and Cyanogen have certainly gotten off to a rough start ever since the One’s launch in India, which ultimately banned (then unbanned) the device from being sold in the region due to an exclusive partnership between Cyanogen and Micromax. Following the big debacle from a few months ago, many OnePlus One users have been wondering if their devices would ever get the update to CM12S. If you’re an owner of the One handset and live in India, you’re in luck. Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, recently revealed on Twitter that OnePlus One users in India would in fact receive the update to CM12S as an OTA.

For now, we haven’t been given any sort of timeframe for the update, but we do know that CyanogenMod 12S is making its way to the United States sometime this week. We’re not sure if that’s an indicator for a potential timeframe or not, so we’ll have to wait for further word from the OnePlus team.

We’ll surely let you know if OnePlus holds up its end of the bargain and delivers the update on time. Once the U.S. update rolls out, it shouldn’t be too much longer until other regions see the update as well. OnePlus One owners in India, are you excited for CM12S?


HTC One M9+ resurfaces, appears headed for China

With the HTC One M9 release imminent, rumours have surfaced of another variant called the M9+ after a launch event in Beijing got sent out earlier today.

A bigger device with the Duo Camera as seen on the M8 as well as a fingerprint sensor on the front of device is what makes up the M9+.

Another leak seems to indicate a model designated as the M9pt which seems to be destined for China has a QHD display, a MediaTek 64-bit Octa-Core chipset and 3GB of RAM.

The launch event in China is scheduled for April 8th so it won’t be long before we find out for real.


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