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Microsoft is working on an Android launcher called Arrow Launcher

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Microsoft has taken a surprising interest in Android of late with many recognized apps, as well as new apps, making their way onto the platform. Another app to join the new bucket of Microsoft apps to grace Android devices is Arrow Launcher, a new custom launcher that appears to be quite similar to Aviate in that tries to gather important information in the right places to make it easier for you. The three pages that make up Arrow Launcher are People, Apps, and Notes & Reminders – each is pretty self-explanatory, providing a quick and easy way to access things that you need on a daily basis.

Arrow LauncherArrow Launcher also lacks customization at the moment, with no way to add custom icon packs – whether or not this will eventually be added isn’t known. The launcher is obviously in its infancy – officially, it is only in private beta which you can be invited to if you join this Google+ community. Alternatively, if you want to try out Arrow Launcher as it is now, or just don’t want to join the beta, Microsoft has also included the APK for you to try it out – download link is below:

Arrow Launcher download

What do you think about Arrow Launcher? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Microsoft News via Android Police

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‘Submerged’ sidesteps combat for exploration on PS4 and Xbox One

In case you’ve already finished Journey and are looking for another gorgeous game that eschews violence, Submerged hits PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early August. From the sounds of it, the game should be a pretty relaxing affair despite the fact that protagonist Miku is searching a flooded city for a cure for her wounded younger brother. A post on the PlayStation Blog notes that you can explore at your own pace and climb around as you see fit. And as you do, you’ll uncover the tale of how the world came to be flooded and a tale of an equally destroyed family. The game gets its good looks thanks to the absurdly powerful Unreal Engine 4, and I’m feeling a bit of an Enslaved: Odyssey to the West vibe from it, myself.

PC and PS4 owners get the game on August 4th, and if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber you’ll snag a 20 percent discount at launch too. Folks playing on Xbox One, however. have to wait until August 7th before they can play.

Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, HD


Source: Upper-Cut Games, PlayStation Blog


Android Authority this week – July 26, 2015

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Android fans, this week was all about leaks and rumors. With three hot devices landing over the next weeks, there’s a lot to geek over about! The Galaxy Note 5 now has a reliable launch date attached to its name. A slew of leaks revealed almost everything there is to know about the 3rd generation Moto G, as well as a bunch of details about the next Moto X. We got our first look at the OnePlus 2 and learned a few more details about its camera. Samsung introduced its new flagship tablet series, the Galaxy Tab S2. And finally, Ubik Uno brought something unique to the table, via Kickstarter.

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Rumors and leaks are tremendously fun, but it’s important to remember that none of the exciting stuff would be possible without the hard work and technical genius of people working behind the scenes. In this spirit, we at Android Authority want both to celebrate the creativity and skill of Android developers, and to make it easier for you to enter this wonderful world, if you’re so inclined. If you’re an aspiring Android developer or even an experienced one looking to hone your skills, our developer-focused content may help. Also check out our weekly developer newsletter to get resources from across the web straight to your inbox.

Back to what we love most: new devices. Next week sounds like fun! On Monday, OnePlus will unleash into the world its “2016 Flagship Killer”. And yes, that is not a typo! In all seriousness, we’re excited for this device, especially since it looks like it will be just as affordable as the first gen. Motorola’s new Moto G and Moto X are just itching for the spotlight too, and hopefully there are still some surprise left in store. We’re attending both events (Josh in San Francisco, Lanh in New York), so you can expect some mighty fine coverage.

The prize in our weekly giveaway is a living classic. The Galaxy S6 will be remembered as the phone that changed Samsung’s reputation, and now you can stand to win one. Just head over to the sweepstakes page to get your ticket.

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Meet the Galaxy Tab S2

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OnePlus 2 leaks


New Moto G and X are here

Moto G 2015 early hands on

Something different: UBIK UNO

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Galaxy Note 5: the rumor mill spins on


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Samsung Galaxy S6 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday! This week, our friends at ARM want to help you get a brand new flagship smartphone!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Nexus 9 Giveaway: Akshay S. from India.

This week we are giving away a brand new, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6! 

Recent winner Dejan showing off his Galaxy s6!

Recent winner Dejan showing off his Galaxy s6!

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 serves as testament to how committed Samsung is to producing world class flagships. Featuring so many best in class technologies, an amazing and super bright and crisp quad HD Super AMOLED display, and ultra fast rapid charging, it is arguably one of the best smartphones of 2015.

The Galaxy S6 features a 5.1 inch quad HD display, 3GB of super fast DDR4 ram, a 2650mAh battery, dual standard wireless charging, a 16MP rear camera, and is all encased in a beautiful metal and glass design. And it’s super easy to enter, so check it out down below!

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Great content from ARM’s blog – learn more! 

If you’re interested in knowing more about the great tech that powers all the mobile devices we know and love, then look no further than ARM’s robust community. It’s a great community where you can ask questions and learn more about developing for ARM. Be sure to check out all of our great ARM content, too.


It’s super easy to enter. Follow the directions down below!

Samsung Galaxy S6 International Giveaway!

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  • The giveaway is an international giveaway (Except when we can not ship to your Country.)
  • If we can not ship to your country, you will be compensated with an online gift card of equal MSRP value to the prize.
  • We are not responsible for lost shipments.
  • You must be age of majority in your Country of residence.
  • We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur.
  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
  • We reserve all rights to make any changes to this giveaway.
  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

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Good luck, everyone!


Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-reach areas

The coin above wasn’t enlarged to make the pincer-like device look extremely small — it’s really that tiny. That “pincer” is a two-millimeter-thin instrument designed and built by a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University for incredibly precise minimally invasive surgery. It’s pretty comparable to the da Vinci surgical robot, though that one has bigger needles and requires five to eight millimeter incisions. According to the Vanderbilt team’s lead researcher, Robert Webster, the da Vinci works great for abdominal surgery, but it’s not ideal for smaller parts of the body. Unfortunately, “the da Vinci uses a wire-and-pulley system that is extremely difficult to miniaturize any further,” he said.

A perfectly straight probe has limited capabilities, though, so the team spent six years designing one that has a bendable tip that surgeons can steer. Since their attempts to put together several minuscule pieces ended in disappointment, the team decided to change tactics and cut slots out of the tip of a nickel titanium tube to make it flexible. Surgeons can then pull a wire that runs through the tube and is attached to the tip to bend the instrument up to 90 degrees.

The project’s consultant, Professor S. Duke Herrell, believes that bendable wrist makes all the difference in the world:

Adding the wrists to the steerable needles greatly expands the system’s usefulness. There are a myriad of potential applications in some really exciting areas such as endoscopic neurosurgery, operating within small lumens such as the ear, bronchus, urethra, etc. This would allow us to do surgeries that at present require much larger incisions and may even enable us to perform operations that are not feasible at present.

The researchers want to test their creation by using it for a transnasal procedure to remove tumors in the base of the skull and the pituitary gland. That process usually involves opening up the face, but by passing this instrument through the nasal cavity, the patient can recover more quickly and prevent scarring where it will be perfectly visible. Afterward, they aim to find a commercial partner that can help them pass through the FDA, perform clinical trials and get the device to the hands of capable surgeons.

Filed under: Science


Source: Vandebilt University


OnePlus 2 leaked AnTuTu benchmark video shows us pretty much what we were expecting

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As if there wasn’t already enough OnePlus 2 news circulating, we’ve now gotten a OnePlus 2 leaked AnTuTu benchmark to examine. Featured in a pair of videos, what’s alleged to be a OnePlus 2 is put through its paces in the AnTuTu benchmarking app, scoring 49,221 – curiously, this score is lower than that of previous benchmarks, however this might suggest there are multiple variants of the OnePlus 2. This is supported by the fact that the resolution of this device is only 1080p and that it only has 16GB storage; certification at TENAA showed a different story, depicting a device with 1440p resolution and 32GB storage. Check out the videos below:

For those unsure of whether this is the OnePlus 2, previous photos spotted at TENAA suggest that the device in the video is the real deal, as well as the fact the model number of the device is A2001, confirmed to be a variant of the OnePlus 2. Of course, it’s all very confusing as to why we’re seeing different hardware in the certified device and the device in this video, but we’re leaning towards the idea that there are different variants.

What do you think about these benchmarks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: EasonQin, SteveHemmerstofer via Phone Arena

The post OnePlus 2 leaked AnTuTu benchmark video shows us pretty much what we were expecting appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Frontback shutdown shows that selfies don’t equal success

Frontback is sad

The selfie craze might not be slowing down any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that self-portraiture products are a license to print money. Need proof? Just look at Frontback. After two years of investment and hype from the likes of Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, the selfie-plus-rear-photo service is shutting down. The social network will wind down as of August 15th, and you’ll have until September 15th to download all your pictures. Frontback’s iOS client will be reduced to a camera app during the transition, while the Android version is disappearing.

As the creators note, there was a big difference between creating a selfie-oriented social platform and sustaining it. While Frontback did rack up 2 million users, it took newcomers “too much time and effort” to understand the app — people tended to use it on an “infrequent” basis after signing up. In other words, it’s not enough to use selfies as a main selling point. While big services like Instagram and Snapchat thrive on “here I am” snapshots, it’s really their simple concepts and strong community features that keep people hooked.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile


Via: TechCrunch

Source: Frontback


Latest leak of the Motorola Moto G 3rd gen show the full contents of its box

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The 28th of July can’t get here quick enough. In yet another leak of the Motorola Moto G 3rd gen (2015), the full contents of its retail box have been laid bare for the whole Internet to gawk at. In it, we see the Moto G itself (of course), a number of additional coloured shells for customization, and the usual assortment of power cables and such. From the packaging, we can confirm pretty much everything we already knew about the device – the Moto G 3rd gen will be running Snapdragon 1.4GHz processor, have a 5-inch 720p display, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 16GB storage (though a 8GB variant is also likely) and the device has a IPX7 rating for water resistance. Check out the leaked images in more detail below:

Motorola Moto G 3rd gen
Motorola Moto G 3rd gen
Motorola Moto G 3rd gen

We’re also expecting Motorola to announce that the Moto G 3rd gen will be available through Moto Maker, which will increase the amount of customization that will be possible with the device’s appearance – though this service will likely still be restricted to the US only. With that, there’s really nothing else that could possibly leak out before the announcement event on July 28th, though I’m sure somebody will prove me wrong.

What do you think about the Motorola Moto G 3rd gen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: hellomotoHK via TalkAndroid

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Nintendo wants to build a sleep monitor with a projector

B6JW6T Woman with Sleep Mask

Nintendo first announced its intention to develop a sleep monitor as part of its “quality of life” initiative in 2014. Now, thanks to a recently published patent unearthed by NeoGAF forum members, we have an idea of what the system could look like. The gamemaker is apparently planning to build a sensor-laden alarm clock-like gadget that’s equipped with a projector. Since the documents are mostly in Japanese, we only have their summaries and the device’s illustration to go by, which you can see below the fold.

It’s unclear at this point if the sleep monitor is a two-device system, or if it’s just the dock and the handset-like drawing is merely the user’s smartphone. Either way, Nintendo’s tracker will be equipped with sensors, microphone and a camera that will keep track of the user’s temperature and pulse rate, among other things. It will then use the data it collects to assess a user’s emotional state and calculate his/her “sleep score” — the person’s stats and results will be projected on the wall or the ceiling. Some people will undoubtedly find all those sensors a bit too intrusive (perhaps even creepy), but this is just a patent anyway. We’ll know the monitor’s features for sure when Nintendo releases it, which according to IGN could be sometime in 2016.

[Image credit: Alamy]

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Via: IGN, NeoGAF

Source: FPO (1), (2), (3), (4)


New Android One device to be introduced on July 27 in India


Google introduced the Android One program back at Google I/O in 2014 in attempt to bring reliable, affordable devices to emerging markets. Google’s ultimate goal is to bring Android to more places around the world. The program began in India and has now expanded to many countries. Most recently, Android One arrived Myanmar and Pakistan. Android One is not going away any time soon. The company is proud to announce that today it has added Lava to its list of partners.

The new mid-range device by Lava International will be India’s latest Android One smartphone, and it’s coming on July 27. It will come with a 5-inch display, 2GB of RAM and be powered by a MediaTek processor. It’s still unknown whether the handset will come with 4G LTE but it’s more likely than not.

Android 5.1 Lollipop will be running upon startup and the price tag from Lava is set at Rs. 12,000.

Source: TechOne3

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