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Microsoft releases new Arrow Launcher for Android in private beta – here’s how to get it (APK download)

If there was one thing Android didn’t need it would be another third-party launcher, but Microsoft seem to disagree and have come out with a new one rather surprisingly for a rival platform.

Called Arrow Launcher and currently under private beta, Microsoft has taken the launcher experience into their own hands on Android and it’s quite a clean and simple experience, with it resembling very closely to the Nokia Z launcher.

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How to get the Microsoft Arrow Launcher

  1. Request to be added to the Arrow Launcher Beta Google+ community.
  2. Download the APK file and manually install Arrow Launcher.

It’s unclear Microsofts motives for creating the Arrow Launcher and whether they’ll use it in future to showcase their ecosystem apps, or whether it is purely just to get their name as a software developer in the Google Play Store.

Will you be downloading the Microsoft Arrow Launcher? Let us know in the comments below.

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What is your favourite Android Launcher, and why?

With Microsoft now entering an already crowded section of the Google Play Store that is the Android launcher category, we want to know what your favourite third-party launcher is and, most importantly, why.

We’ve already covered what we consider the top Android launchers to replace your stock launcher on your device, but that’s just our opinion and does stick to the more well known replacements. Do you have a new relatively unknown launcher that you really like? Or perhaps it’s a certain configuration of one of the more popular launchers that works really well for you? Either way, we want to hear from you just what you think is not only the best, but your favourite Android launcher.

Simply drop us a comment below and state your go-to Android launcher and why you like it and we can see the communities choices.

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‘Skysphere’ will be your dream living space, can be completely controlled with Android app

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We all like having our own little space, where we can simply be ourselves and do whatever. This is usually just a little room somewhere in the house, but there’s some people who will not conform with having such an average man cave. Plastic engineer and graphic designer Jono Williams went above and beyond, building the best lounging room I have ever seen.

He calls it the ‘Skysphere’, a name that is very descriptive of the floating room’s aesthetics. Erected in a hill surrounded by trees, the Skysphere looks like something coming out of a science fiction film. And it’s not only its look that is innovative, this living space was designed in a very high-tech fashion.


For starters, the tower runs on solar energy alone. Its panels were discretely installed on top, and can power the space for 2 days, making it a perfect weekend getaway.

Lighting and security systems were based on an Android device connected to an IOIO development board. This allows him to control everything from his phone, as well as voice commands.

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Jono confesses his favorite part of the Skysphere is the unique built-in couch cooler, though. Refreshments are always at arm’s length and the fridge will even send a notification when it’s running low.

That pretty much sums up Jono Williams’ man cave. I must say this thing is legit! We know he spent about 3 years building it – now I am wondering how much it costed him. I would love to get myself something similar! Wouldn’t you?



Next-gen Moto G box shots spoil almost everything

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The third-generation Moto G has been one of Motorola’s poorest-kept secrets in recent memory, and things certainly aren’t getting any better this weekend. A Brazilian retailer has inadvertently posted (and promptly pulled) unboxing photos that confirm nearly everything you’d care to know about Moto’s latest budget smartphone. The pics show that the new G will pack a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (up from the current model’s 1.2GHz chip), a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter and colorful shells. It’s also safe to say that at least some models will tout 5-inch 720p screens, 16GB of storage, dual SIM slots and (in Brazil’s case) digital TV tuning.

There are still some unknowns, such as whether or not there will be significant differences between versions — will you get more RAM and storage if you have a little extra cash on hand? Even so, it’s reasonable to say that the G likely to show up at Motorola’s July 28th event will be a welcome but incremental upgrade — it’s the next-gen Moto X that should be the star of the show.

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Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Lenovo


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Pakistan to shut off BlackBerry email over surveillance jitters

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Remember the days when governments were threatening to cut off BlackBerry’s secure email because they couldn’t spy on your messages? They’re back. Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority has ordered local carriers to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Service from November 30th due to “security reasons.” While the agency isn’t specific about what those concerns are, BES typically encrypts messages in such a way that an outside party can’t (usually) intercept them in mid-flight. Most likely, Pakistan is worried that gangs and terrorists will use BlackBerry phones to chat in secret.

The move isn’t totally surprising for the country, which has gone so far as to require fingerprints as a condition of cellphone service. However, there are questions about both potential abuse and effectiveness. As observers at Privacy International have warned, Pakistan’s intelligence outfits aren’t known for being scrupulous — they’ve spied on journalists, judges, politicians and others daring to challenge the status quo. If BlackBerry were to find a way to offer access to email, it could jeopardize the privacy of many innocent people. Moreover, the BlackBerry shutdown will only do so much when other secure messaging options (such as Apple’s iMessage) aren’t facing similar threats. There’s a chance that the move will prove ineffective as BlackBerry users either switch communication methods or use entirely different devices.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile, Blackberry


Source: Reuters


Winklevoss twins get closer to launching their bitcoin exchange

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss at a virtual currency hearing

You may still think of the Winklevoss twins as those guys who claimed to have invented Facebook, but they’ve just taken a big step toward making their names in the digital currency business. The two have filed a New York trust application necessary for them to launch their Gemini bitcoin exchange. The move won’t put Gemini on the same level as a bank if it’s approved, but it will let the exchange accept deposits, issue loans and serve as an agent for government institutions.

This won’t be the first time that a bitcoin exchange has launched since New York implemented its BitLicense rules — ItBit managed to beat Gemini to the punch. However, the Winklevii are hoping that their higher-profile service will be the ticket to legitimizing bitcoin in the US, where virtual money is only just finding its feet.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle]

Filed under: Internet


Via: Reuters

Source: Coindesk


Latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus rumour says it will have Exynos 7420, 4GB RAM and 3,000mAh battery

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We’ve kind of lost track how many rumours there are about Samsung‘s upcoming flagship devices, but here’s one more anyway. The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus rumour tries to confirm exactly what hardware is inside the device – early rumours suggested the device would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, however today’s rumour says that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (or “Edge+” as the trademark reads) will actually have an Exynos 7420 processor, the same Samsung home-grown processor to feature in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

The rumour goes on to say that the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will also have 4GB RAM – a point previously disputed – and will also have a 3,000mAh battery. Seeing as the Galaxy S6 Edge had a 2,600mAh battery, we’ll see if the bump to 3,000mAh is enough to accommodate the larger screen on the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. All this information is from an anonymous source, so it’s best taken with a grain of salt, but for the most part, we can picture these being correct.

What do you think about this latest Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus rumour? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: SamsungViet via Phone Arena

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We’re hosting a Q&amp;A with the US Labor Secretary about the ‘gig economy’

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Services like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Postmates are hallmarks of what’s being called the “gig economy.” And while presidential candidate Hillary Clinton remarked that companies like these are “unleashing innovation,” they’ve also raised questions about workplace protections. So, to answer some of your questions (and ours), we’re hosting a Facebook Q&A this Monday, July 27th at 5PM ET with Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

It will be moderated by our own Terrence O’Brien and you’ll get answers directly from the Secretary on our Facebook page. Start thinking about what you’d like to ask him and join us here on this page (where we’ll embed the post once we get started) on Monday. If you can’t make it, drop your question in the thread below. And last but not least, you’ll also want to read Nicole Lee’s piece on the future of the gig economy.

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Services like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Postmates are hallmarks of what’s being called the “gig economy.” And while…

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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: 3D-printed villas and Earth-like planets

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

NASA dropped a bombshell this past week: The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered the most Earth-like planet to date. The rocky planet is slightly larger and warmer than our world, but it orbits a star and has the right conditions for liquid water. Meanwhile, the search for alien life goes on — and Stephen Hawking gave his support to a $100 million project seeking to find out if we’re alone in the universe. Exploring distant worlds is a challenging endeavor — last week NASA proposed a novel robotic spacecraft that could harvest wind energy while surveying gas giants like Jupiter. And the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter to save Neil Armstrong’s moon landing space suit, which is starting to fall apart after years of storage.

What if you could point a gadget at an apple and instantly know how much sugar it contained? That’s the promise of SCiO, a tiny hand-held device that can measure the molecular footprint of virtually any object. In other tech news, designer Kristof Retezár created an amazing gadget that harvests water from the air while you ride your bike so you don’t have to stop for fill-ups. MIT researchers demonstrated a water filter made from a tree branch that can remove 99 percent of E.coli bacteria. And researchers developed a 3D-printed bottle cap that can tell you if the milk’s gone bad before you take a sip.

3D printing is also progressing on the macro scale — last week a Chinese company showed just how far 3D-printed architecture has come by assembling an entire villa in less than three hours. If you’re looking for something even more futuristic, we present you with the Skysphere — a solar-powered home in the clouds that responds to the sound of your voice. City dwellers will swoon at this tiny apartment that packs an entire two-bedroom house into a single space. The secret? A hidden bed that drops down from the ceiling. And just for fun, we showcased the work of Nathan Sawaya, who makes incredible large-scale Lego sculptures of comic heroes and villains.

Filed under: Misc, Handhelds, Household, Peripherals, Science



Report: Moto X (2015) price leak indicates the device will cost $179.99


2015 is shaping up to be quite interesting as far as Motorola products go. For the past two years, attention largely focused on the flagship Moto X, then shifted focus to the mid-range Moto G, and finally finished off with the entry level Moto E. This year however, seemingly all the talk is touting the features and nuances of the Moto G (2015) due in large part to the substantial leaks that have appeared for the hardware.

Even though we are just days away from the July 28th press event Motorola is planning (presumably) to unveil its new handsets, the leaks just keep on coming. Thanks to a screenshot obtained from a U.S. Cellular inventory management database, we now know what will apparently be the price for the Moto G (2015): $179.99. This is essentially the exact same price last year’s model launched at, which is quite impressive when considering just what the device is said to be packing.

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According to leaks to-date, the Moto G will have a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, come with 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 610 CPU, 8 or 16GB of storage, may have water resistance, LTE, and come with Android 5.1.1. It will apparently also be sold on Motorola’s website where buyers can make use of Moto Maker, the first for the G-series.

It will be interesting to see how the Moto G fares, along with the X and rumored X Sport that are said to be announced alongside with this device come Tuesday. Given that these will be the first products launched in the company’s post-Google world, Lenovo might try for a more aggressive advertising campaign or promotional angle to try and garner higher sales. Likewise, if the devices prove to be quite popular, it might spur Lenovo to actively get into the smartphone game in Western markets, using the Moto series as a segue.


Make sure to check back again on Tuesday so you can get all the official news and updates about the new Motorola line-up when it lands.

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