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Jul

RIP New Music Tuesday. Hello New Music Friday.


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If you’re like me, your Tuesday morning ritual includes browsing the New Releases section of your go-to streaming service. Did you notice the list didn’t change today? Whether it’s Apple Music, Rdio, Spotify, Tidal or another app, you’ll have to wait a little longer this week to get your new music fix. Why? Well, this is the week the music industry transitions from releasing albums on Tuesdays to doing so on Friday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an organization that’s “the voice of recording industry worldwide” and represents over 1,300 record companies, opted for the switch to cut down on piracy. By establishing a global release day each week, IFPI looks to cure the woes caused by albums being available in some countries before others.

It also hopes to drive album sales since folks are more likely to use the weekend to hit retail stores or goof off on a computer or mobile device. So, unfortunately, you’ll have to grind through the work week without new releases from Veruca Salt, Tyrese, Owl City, Ghostface Killah and others until Friday. Of course, this also takes some fun out of mid-week procrastination. Bummer.

[Image credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW]

Filed under: Misc, Portable Audio/Video, Internet

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Source: CBS Philly

7
Jul

The OnePlus 2 will come with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM


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Another day, another OnePlus 2 specification confirmed by the new smartphone manufacturer. OnePlus has just announced that the OnePlus 2 will feature 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, which will bring faster loading times, smooth gameplay and a slew of energy saving features to the device.

From OnePlus:

Another notable benefit is lower power consumption for better battery efficiency. That means you’ll be able to use your favorite apps (and more) without draining the battery. With LPDDR4, you get twice the bandwidth performance as the LPDDR3 at the same power consumption profile. The RAM of the OnePlus 2 uses a lower operating voltage than its predecessor, decreasing from 1.2V to 1.1V. And with speeds up to 32 GB/s, it is also twice as fast as the LPDDR3.

If you’re still unsure of what LPDDR4 means, or maybe you’d like to dive in a bit deeper, our very own Rob Triggs explained it very clearly in his post LPDDR4 – everything you need to know.

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OnePlus also claims that this will be the last OnePlus 2 announcement until the July 27th unveiling, so we’ll have to wait until then to hear anything more from the company. Aside from the 4GB of RAM, the OnePlus 2 will also feature a fingerprint scanner that’s “faster than Touch ID”, a USB Type-C port, a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and possibly an all-metal chassis. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has also confirmed that the device will be sold for less than $450.

This is certainly shaping up to be quite the smartphone, and we can’t wait to test it out. Although the OnePlus posts may die down over the next few days, we’ll be sure to let you know if we hear anything regarding the new handset.

7
Jul

Action Launcher version 3.5 update brings a new customizable ‘Quickbar’ feature


Action Launcher, one of our favorite third party launchers here at Android Authority, is receiving an update to version 3.5 today. Among other notable improvements and bug fixes, v3.5 of the app brings a new customizable Quickbar feature that will make your home screen much more efficient.

You can now add shortcuts and custom actions to the Search bar that will give you easy access to performing specific tasks or launching certain applications. There are a few preset Quickbar setups to choose from, including audio, social or productivity, or you can choose whichever apps you’d like.

Here’s a quick look at the full changelog for the version 3.5 update:

  • NEW: Introducing the Quickbar! You can now customize the search bar/action bar with apps, shortcuts, folders and more!
  • NEW: Add shortcuts to Manage apps and Battery usages. Can be used on for customizable Shortcuts and on the Quickbar.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Adjust size/position of Google logo in the search bar to match latest Google App.
  • CHANGE: Settings -> Shortcuts -> Global search mode has been removed. This functionality can of course still be configured, but now must be done so via the Quickbar.
  • FIX: Fix issue where some shortcuts such as Google Inbox and Swarm would display the incorrect icon.
  • FIX: Stability fix when changing wallpaper on Galaxy S6.
  • FIX: No longer display Edit option when dragging widgets/shortcuts to a Home screen.

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Action Launcher version 3.5 is now available in the Google Play Store, so be sure to check it out by following the link below.

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7
Jul

LG launches the G4 into the sky to showcase how good its camera is


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The LG G4 packs one of, if not, the best camera currently on the market, and to show just how good it is, the South Korean company has decided to strap it to a drone and launch it up into the sky recording the entire journey in 4K video for us to see. The results are pretty astonishing.

Check out the video after the break.

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7
Jul

Cityglance, an app that aims to connect users together on public transportation, is now available in the US


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Cityglance, an app that aims to connect users on public transportation, is now available to download via the Play Store in the United States.

Public transport carriers hundreds of millions, if not billions of people every day, and most of the time, passengers don’t know anyone on their bus or train. Cityglance aims to help you connect with people you find interesting by sending them “glances.”

Some cool features this particular app has is the ability the share thoughts and photos to Cityglance. There are also ways to report malfunctions and delays to other people that have Cityglance. It’s essentially Facebook, only specifically for the travelling community.

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The only problem with an app like this is that a lot of people need to have it for it work properly, and at this point, there’s less than 5,000 installs. If you’d like to take it for a spin and see what Cityglance is all about, scan the QR code or hit the download link below.

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7
Jul

Samsung starts rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in the UK


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Samsung has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in the UK. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • OS Upgrade – Lollipop 5.1.1
  • Security Enhancements
  • Improved User Interface
  • Stability Improvements
  • Further Improvements to Performance
  • Enhanced Features

As usual, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the update manually.

To do so simply open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Once done, the upgrade will start downloading from Samsung’s servers.

 

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7
Jul

Tinder adds verified profiles for people way out of your league


Just like Twitter and Facebook, Tinder is stepping into verified profiles for “notable public figures.” Those semi-celebrities will get a blue check mark on their profiles and, consequently, perhaps more attention than they’d like. Tinder announced last year that it was exploring verified profiles for celebrities, but it looks like the feature has taken a while to get up and runnnig. The company isn’t offering up any details on how people can sign up for verified profiles, but former CEO Sean Rad hinted that it might be best on your Facebook verification status. We’ll likely start hearing about the process from the Chosen Ones soon. Overall, it’s a pretty unsurprising move for Tinder, since it will help prevent imposters from posing as notable people. But it’ll be interesting to see how that little blue check mark starts affecting the service. Swipe right, and pray.

Filed under: Internet

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Source: Tinder

7
Jul

Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch [iOS Blog]


IPSWApple is no longer signing the iOS 8.3 software update for all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, meaning that users can no longer downgrade to that version using iTunes. Apple is now only signing iOS 8.4 and later.

iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users that have jailbroken their device on iOS 8.3 should not worry about accidentally updating to iOS 8.4, as an untethered jailbreak is available for both software versions courtesy of Chinese tool TaiG.


7
Jul

Future ‘Dragon Age Inquisition’ add-ons are only for newer systems


You know that you need the latest game consoles (or a good PC) to get better graphics and special features, but it now looks like you’ll need them if you want to see a game’s extended storyline, too. BioWare has quietly posted word that “all future” downloadable content Dragon Age Inquisition will only be available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There’s a save importer arriving this month that will transfer your progress if you buy both a new system and a fresh copy of Inquisition, but you’re otherwise stuck if you’ve poured all your energy into the role-playing title on a PS3 or Xbox 360.

The reduced support isn’t entirely surprising. BioWare has already said that it was troublesome to build the latest Dragon Age for five platforms (two of which are nearly a decade old), and add-ons certainly don’t help. Also, there’s a question of whether or not it’s worth the effort. It’s no secret that last-gen systems are far from top sellers, and numerous major publishers (including BioWare’s parent EA) are devoting virtually all their energy to games for modern hardware. While there’s no doubt that consistently offering DLC for old platforms would be ideal, it may be tough to justify the investment in a shrinking group of players who are both holding on to aging consoles and willing to buy expansions.

Filed under: Gaming

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Via: Eurogamer, Kotaku

Source: Dragon Age

7
Jul

Showtime’s cable-free TV streaming is here


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Eager to watch shows like Penny Dreadful or Ray Donovan without either subscribing to cable or buying the shows outright? You can, if you live in the US. Showtime has launched its promised stand-alone streaming service on Apple devices and Roku players for $11 per month, and you can also access it through either Hulu or PlayStation Vue. Sign up and you’ll have both on-demand access as well as live access to both East and West coast feeds, preventing your New York friends from spoiling the plot when you live in California. There’s no mention of when the dedicated Android, console and smart TV apps are coming. Still, you now have one more way to watch a premium TV channel after you’ve cut the cord.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Showtime Press Express

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