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15
Apr

Google Handwriting Input app comes to Google Play, supports cursive, print and emoji input


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Google has just released a new app, Google Handwriting Input, to the Play Store. As the name implies, you can use it to handwrite both print and cursive text on your Android phone or tablet without the need to have a stylus. It currently supports 82 different languages and even allows you to draw out emojis if you’d like.

This new application won’t be for everyone, but it is a unique way to quickly input small messages to send to your friends and family. In terms of design, it features a familiar color scheme that can be found in the official Google Keyboard app. Here are the key features this app has to offer:

  • A useful complement to touchscreen typing or voice input
  • A fun way to enter emojis by drawing
  • Useful for languages that can be challenging to type on a standard keyboard
  • Works across your Android phones and tablets running Android 4.0.3 and up
  • If you claim your handwriting is terrible, try it out and see if it can convince you otherwise

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If you’re interested in checking it out, you can download Google Handwriting Input for free from the Google Play Store.

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15
Apr

Google Chrome update version 42 brings site notifications and bug fixes


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Google is now rolling out an update to Chrome stable that introduces a handy new feature and some bug fixes. The update, which will bring the version number up to 42, introduces website notifications. First launched in version 42 of Chrome Beta, this new feature will let you receive notifications once your favorite website is updated. In order for this to work, developers need to add the new Push API to their code so users can start getting notifications.

In addition, this new version of Chrome will also let you add your favorite websites to your home screen much easier. Once you begin to frequent a website, a banner will pop up on your screen and prompt you to add the site to your home screen for easy access. Google has also added in some bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

For those interested, here’s the full changelog for version 42:

  • Get the latest updates from sites with notifications.
  • Adding your favorite sites to your homescreen is now even easier.
  • Bug fixes and speedy performance improvements.

Chrome version 42 is now rolling out in the Google Play Store, so head to the link below to grab it!

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15
Apr

Deal: Pick up a refurbished Chromecast for only $20 from Groupon


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If you’ve been putting off buying a Chromecast dongle, now may be your chance to score one for cheap. Groupon is offering a manufacturer refurbished Google Chromecast for just $20, which is $15 off the normal retail price.

Even though it would be nice to have a brand new Chromecast, refurbished products aren’t bad options in the slightest. Each and every faulty product is sent back to get repaired and checked out for any more defects, so these products are approved by Google (or at least Chromecast technicians) before they’re sent out again. Additionally, you’ll still get a one-year warranty with the refurbished model, so there’s no need to worry.

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Google and many other retailers have been offering a good amount of bundles and deals since the Chromecast’s launch. Speaking from experience, I’ve received multiple free movie rentals from Google Play, roughly $20 in Google Play credit and much more. If you decide to pick one up, make sure you head to the Chromecast Offers website so you can cash in on some great deals. In fact, if you buy a Chromecast (new or refurbished) between now and April 19th, Google is throwing in $80 worth of movies, music and more.

If you’re interested in the Groupon discount, check out the link below.

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15
Apr

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to the AT&T LG G2






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LG seems to be doing their best to keep their current, and past, devices updated. Especially on AT&T. The Now Network has pushed out the Lollipop update for the LG G3, while not everyone has it yet, it is out there. Today they are beginning the update process for the flagships predecessor, the LG G2. The update officially comes in with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and weighs in at 725MB’s Making it one of the smaller Lollipop updates I have personally seen so far.


You will get all the awesomeness that is Lollipop like the lock screen notifications, bolder colors and fluid animations. It will also remove the browser bar and Famigo along with the AT&T Code Scanner and Beats Music. Current stock LG G2 owners will need to make sure they have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for the file to download and the update to complete. To check for it you will want to head to All Settings > General > About phone > Software update > Update now.

Source: AT&T

The post Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to the AT&T LG G2 appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

15
Apr

AT&T Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy Alpha getting Android 5.0 Lollipop updates






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Continuing on the trend of what I think I will call AT&T Lollipop week, we have two more devices getting the sweet treat. Just moments ago I alerted you guys the LG G2 seeing an update to Android 5.0, now I hear that the Galaxy S5 Active and, lower tiered, Galaxy Alpha are both seeing updates now as well. Unlike the smaller G2 update, which was 725MB’s, these updates are 1GB and 1.4Gb respectively. Guess which device gets the larger one?

The update brings in a lot of new UI enhancements for both devices along with a plethora of redesigned Samsung apps that are more inline with Google’s Material Design guidelines. The colors are bolder and sometimes brighter. You will also see the lockscreen notifications and Smart lock. It should be same update that the Galaxy S5 started to receive a week ago.


Like all other updates, they are rolling out in stages. You might be lucky and se it today, or you might not see it until the end of the month. At least you know it is out there legitimately though. Head to Settings > About device > Software Update > Check for Updates. If you see it is ready, then make sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for it to download/install.

Source: AT&T Galaxy Alpha | AT&T Galaxy S5

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15
Apr

Netflix will roll out a new look for its TV apps later this year


This quarter’s Netflix earnings report is especially interesting because it’s the first one since HBO’s online-only Now service launched, so investors and other looking to see how it responds to direct competition. The streaming company just announced that it not only added nearly five million subscribers in the last three months, but it has a new UI coming for its TV apps in the second half of this year. It’s described as bringing video playback “forward” into the browsing experience, but there’s not much more detail available. At CES in January, director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards told us that it’s looking to put internet TV on the same footing as cable, and a new way of using its apps could do a lot to help that.

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We’re wondering if Netflix could start pushing live streaming channels like traditional TV, or just video previews that start playing even before you choose what to watch. Netflix also plans to “evolve” to using HTTPS instead of HTTP while browsing and watching — good for keeping your credentials safe on shady hotspots and possibly keeping your boss from knowing just how much you’ve been streaming at work.

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15
Apr

Samsung teams up with Refinery29 to launch new VR series


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Samsung has teamed up with online fashion blog Refinery29 to create a new virtual reality series, called Fashionably Bound, which is expected to make its way to the South Korean company’s Milk VR application later this week. 

Fashionably Bound will immerse its viewers in a complete 36o-degree surround sound-enabled experience which showcases the street style of cities, such as New Orleans, Berlin and Tulum. 

Users will be able to enjoy virtual tours of nightlife, boutiques, dining and fashionably dressed people in each location. 

Through its new partnership with Refinery29, Samsung hopes to “open up the world of virtual reality to the tech-savvy female consumer, one style destination at a time.”

Hit the source link below to find out more. 

Source: Refinery29

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15
Apr

[Deal] Cricket Wireless Offering Samsung Galaxy S6 for $19.99 Initial Payment


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ATLANTA, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Wireless announces the new Samsung Galaxy S® 6 will be available in its stores and on cricketwireless.com, beginning April 24. This amazing smartphone retails for$649.99, but thanks to Cricket’s new Phone Payment Plans*, customers can get the Galaxy S 6 for $19.99 initial phone payment, with approved credit, and a smartphone plan. Alternatively, customers can take advantage of Cricket’s 90 days same-as-cash payment option after a $49.99 initial payment, and no credit check.

“The Samsung Galaxy S 6 is a must-have device for smartphone lovers, and consumers are beginning to shop for a great deal. That’s where we come in,” said Andy Smoak, head of devices for Cricket Wireless. “Cricket’s low monthly rate plans combined with our new Phone Payment Plans make the latest premium devices like the Samsung S 6 easier to get. Add in the fact that Cricket has more 4G LTE coverage nationwide than T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint or Boost, and it makes Cricket a great choice for smart consumers.”

For a limited time, customers switching from T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost, and others who switch to Cricket’s $50/mo. or $60/mo. plans get one month free service**.

To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit http://www.cricketwireless.com. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at twitter.com/cricketnation. For news, information about events and other press materials about Cricket, visit the new Cricket Wireless Newsroom.

About the new Cricket Wireless

Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 300 million people; easy and affordable unlimited plans that are all in with taxes and fees included – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2014 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

*Phone Payment Plans: Available at participating locations only. Credit financing and rent-to-own leasing options are not offered by Cricket Wireless LLC or its affiliates. Credit offers available to well-qualified customers. Activation of Cricket service on a qualifying smartphone plan and the first month service charge payment due at sale. See installment loan agreement/rental agreement for full details.

**Free Month of Service: Offer ends 4/30/15. New customers on Smart and Pro plans only. Must complete two months of service. Number porting required. Not available to AT&T customers, or Cricket CDMA customers. Free month applies to rate plan only and excludes features or other services. Active account in good standing req’d. Account credit applied approx. 5 days before 3rd month payment due date. Restrictions apply. See store for details.

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15
Apr

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15
Apr

The iPad for poor people has arrived, here is our review


All right. Well, take care yourself. I guess that’s what you’re best, presence old master? A tremor in the Force. The last time felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. Red Five standing by.

I find your lack of faith disturbing. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Red Five standing by. Red Five standing by. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

Thanks for looking at our theme.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? As you wish. Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. You mean it controls your actions?

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle.

A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Red Five standing by. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

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You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Red Five standing by. All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

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You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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