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[APK Download] Hangouts gets many little fixes in v5.0


A major update is rolling out to select users of Google’s instant messaging service. Hangouts 5.0 brings with it many fixes rather than a visual overhaul. The last update is the one that gave Hangouts its current look.

Hit the break for a brief changelog and the download link.

So what’s new with this version of Hangouts?

  • Animated GIF support
  • Splash screen with Hangouts, Google logos
  • Retirement of the Hangouts widget
  • Group MMS support for Google Voice users

Via: Android Police [APK Download]

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Motorola Kinzie will be the Verizon DROID Turbo 2 with flagship hardware

DROID_Turbo_Back_Slanted_2_Camera_Motorola_Logo_TAWe’ve been hearing plenty of rumors about Motorola and Verizon’s flagship DROID phone for the 2015 holiday season, and some new details have surfaced that clarify just about everything you’ll need to know about the phone.

The Motorola Kinzie appeared in benchmarks earlier this year, hinting at something bigger and better than the DROID Turbo, and just a few weeks ago some promotional material for the DROID Turbo 2 leaked, meaning something is coming sooner rather than later. Now it turns out the Motorola Kinzie is the DROID Turbo 2, and it’s slated for a Verizon launch relatively soon.

As far as hardware goes, the Turbo 2 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 CPU with 3 GB of RAM underneath a QHD 5.5-inch display. We’re still expecting a 20 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front camera, and Turbo Charging with an enormous battery life.

October 28th marks the DROID Turbo’s first birthday, so hopefully we’ll see something about its successor by the end of this month.

source: Droid Life

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Google releases improved Cardboard SDK and adds Street View

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Google announced today that its Cardboard VR app is now available in 100 countries for both iOS and Android. The company also stated that the app’s software development kit has been improved. According to the Google Developer’s Blog, the new SDK now features better drift control thanks to “a major overhaul of the sensor fusion algorithms that integrate the signals from the gyroscope and accelerometer.” This should diminish the amount of “drift” wherein the displayed images continue to move even after your head has stopped turning.

The SDK is also now compatible with the Unity programming language which enables the app to work with both Metal rendering on iOS as well as Android’s multi-threaded rendering system. Most exciting, however, is the news that Cardboard now works with Street View. Users can now immersively explore most anywhere in the world simply by sliding on a Cardboard-compatible headset.

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Source: Google Developers Blog


The new ‘Back to the Future’ vinyl box set is a work of art

The so-called “future day” — the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown forward in time to in Back to the Future Part II — is fast approaching. As such, the movie and music memorabilia masters at Mondo have put together a truly fitting record collection: The score for all three Back to the Future films will be available in full on vinyl for the first time. You can either pick up each movie individually as a two-record set for $35 each, or you can get all six records in an amazingly creative and beautiful box set. The full box set will run you $105. The individual album versions feature new artwork by Matt Taylor, who previously created screen-print Back to the Future posters for Mondo, while the box set artwork and design was done by DKNG Studios. Slideshow-328124

There’s something delightfully ironic about a movie that celebrates high technology and the future having its soundtrack released on such an old-school media format — it’s a shame there’s no reel-to-reel tape version available. But on the other hand, given the mid-’80s release of the first film, a vinyl release is entirely fitting. And those huge album covers are all the better to enjoy this wonderful artwork on. And the music has been remastered by composer Alan Silvestri specifically for this vinyl from the original recording tapes. If you’re interested in getting your hands on this release, it’ll go on sale on October 21st at an as-yet undisclosed time — keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed for the exact on-sale time.

Source: Mondo


The battle over backdoor government data access isn’t over

Police officers breaking down doors

Tech companies are more than a little happy that the US won’t require backdoor data access, but you might not want to join in the celebrations just yet. Firms talking to Bloomberg say it’s a “big win” that could help privacy, but it might not stop a cycle where tech firms like Apple and Google push for tougher data safeguards in response to stronger calls for access. Remember, the US was making similar requests with the short-lived Clipper chip 20 years ago — it may be just a matter of time before another administration decides that its security concerns override personal privacy.

Not that those same companies expect a backdoor law to take effect. Executives reportedly believe that the government is afraid of ruining exports by demanding the power to break publicly available encryption. After all, Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks have already lead to American firms losing foreign contracts over surveillance fears. There may not be much point to pressing for greater control if more countries refuse to adopt US-made software.

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Source: Bloomberg


Yes, Pepsi is launching smartphones in China

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In today’s edition of baffling corporate branding decisions, Pepsi has confirmed plans to launch smartphones and a line of accessories in China in the coming months, Reuters reports. The company made it clear that it won’t be manufacturing the phones, instead it’ll be licensing its brand to a partner (there’s really no shortage of phone makers in China). While Pepsi isn’t divulging more details yet, Mobipicker reports via Chinese blogs that one of the phones is called the Pepsi P1. For the most part, it looks like an unremarkable mid-range Android phablet with a 5.5-inch screen, 1.7 Ghz CPU and 16GB of storage. But hey, at least it sports some nifty Pepsi logo bling. The P1 will reportedly retail for around $200 in China, and we’ll likely hear official details on October 20. I wouldn’t expect this to hit the US or Europe, but don’t be surprised if Coca-Cola follows suit. (As Engadget’s Chris Velazco points out, this phone isn’t that crazy, as it’s coming from the company that gave us Pepsi-Man.)

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Via: 9to5Google

Source: MobiPicker, Reuters


Waze says the United States offers one of the best driving experiences in the world

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Google-owned navigation service Waze has just released an informative series of infographics that list the best and worst places to drive in the world. Waze evaluated the driving experience of about 50 million users of the service in 32 countries and 167 metro areas, rating their experiences on a scale from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). The infographics take into account traffic levels, road quality, driver safety based on accidents and even how easy it is to find a gas station.

Despite the fact that Netherlands is one of the most densely-populated areas in the world, the country outranked all the other countries with the least amount of traffic. What’s even more surprising is that the United States, as if we’re living in some sort of alternate reality, scored an impressive 7.2 on Waze’s scale, achieving the title as the third-best place to drive in the world. After personally driving in some of the most populated cities in the U.S., I find this a little hard to believe.

On the flip side, if given the chance, you probably won’t want to drive in El Salvador, Guatemala or Venezuela anytime soon. These countries scored an unfortunate 2.1, 3.0 and 3.1 on Waze’s scale, respectively. The reason for the low scores, according to Waze, is due to “frequency and severity of traffic jams, lack of driver services, and poor road infrastructure.”

Be sure to check out the full infographic below for more details.


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There are a few other graphics on Waze’s blog that are worth checking out that dive a bit deeper into traffic habits, number of commuters per city and more. If you’re interested, check out the source link below for more information.

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SCOSCHE and The National Breast Cancer Foundation partner up for goPink for Hope

Consider yourself fortunate if you don’t know anyone who has been afflicted by cancer. Cancer does not discriminate as it knows no age, race, gender, social class, or sexual orientation.

SCOSCHE and the National Breast Cancer Foundation have partnered up to off a line of goPink for Hope line of audio products and mobile accessories in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. SCOSCHE will be donating 25% of all proceeds from the sale of select items to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and customers will also receive a 25% discount on all goPink products which are the same as their normal products, but are covered in SCOSCHE’s shade of pink.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation website is a great resource of information and I encourage you to check it out. There are many questions and literature for you to read through and can be of value.

According to the press release these items are included in the promotion:


  • boomBOTTLE, SCOSCHE’s award-winning Bluetooth speaker, is designed to accompany users on hikes, bike rides and any outdoor activity. The unique, cylindrically shaped boomBOTTLE boasts dual 40mm drivers for a high quality audio experience, and its IP4X waterproof rating allows it to perform during unexpected weather conditions.
  • SportclipAIR are Bluetooth, wireless earbuds designed for the active user. The versatile SportclipAIR delivers premium sound, while providing maximum comfort, durability and extended battery life (up to 7 hours) during workouts or commutes to and from work.
  • lobeDOPE is a stylish on-ear headphone dressed in a myriad of colors inspired by Southern California lifestyle. These lightweight headphones’ ear cushions conform to the user’s unique ear shape, providing a comfortable listening experience.

In addition to SCOSCHE’s high-quality audio products, the goPINK for Hope collection includes convenient mobile accessories for smartphones, tablets and more.

  • superCUBE™ flip is a universal 12W USB wall charger compatible with iOS and Android devices that utilizes intelligent charging circuitry to charge USB-powered devices at the fastest rate possible, regardless or make or model. Its flush folding prongs make it easy to store in bags and purses.
  • flatOUT™ LED, 3 ft. charge and sync cables for Lightning or Micro-USB devices, are built to perform reliably and consistently. They feature an integrated LED light that pulses red when charging and solid blue when the device has reached its charging capacity.
  • strikeLINE™ II is a charge and sync cable for Lightning devices designed with a rugged strain relief cable for enhanced durability. Additionally, its slim-tip design allows users to charge their device without having to remove their cases.
  • boltBOX is a retractable 3 ft. long charge and sync cable for iOS devices. The boltBOX features a magnetic locking connector that extends and retracts by pulling on both ends simultaneously. The compact cable is housed in a sleek enclosure that allows users to always have their cable with them.

“We are delighted to partner with NBCF for this very worthy cause,” stated members of the Alves family who founded and still own and operate SCOSCHE Industries. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help raise much-needed funds for breast cancer research, outreach and services that can actually save lives. Our goPINK for Hope campaign is a great way to honor breast cancer awareness month – we’re giving our customers a 25 percent discount on a variety of terrific goPINK collection Scosche products, and then donating 25 percent of the purchase price to NBCF. It’s a win-win situation.”


If you’re interested in helping make a difference in helping to end cancer, and also want to make a purchase and visually show your support head over to and make a purchase. My own grandmother died from breast cancer and causes like this I hold near and dear.


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Is this soft drink brand going to release a phone?


We all know Pepsi as a global soft drink brand, but perhaps soon you’ll know it as a phone brand. PepsiCo, the parent company that also operates Frito-Lay and Gatorade among other properties, is seemingly preparing to release an Android phone under its soft drink brand’s name. Overseas, the company teased the Pepsi P1 on Weibo.

The P1 will allegedly have a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM, 13MP / 5MP cameras, 16GB of internal storage, and Lollipop. The battery providing energy for everything is 3000mAh. The best part about the P1? It is said to cost $205 in China. But don’t expect the Pepsi P1 to be available around the world; most of these peculiar devices tend to remain in Asia.

We’ve reached out to PepsiCo for an official statement.

Via: The Verge

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[Deal] Samsung Galaxy Note 5 just $570 on eBay


Normally the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 retails anywhere from $700 to sometimes even surpassing $1000, depending on the retailer. It’s a high price to swallow, but thankfully, deals on the device appear all over the Internet. This time around, you can get the Galaxy Note 5 (N920i) for just $570 on eBay.

As a quick refresher, it’s sporting a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 7420 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 processor, a Mali-T760MP8 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB storage options, no microSD support, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and it’s sporting the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI atop of Android 5.1.

Unfortunately, it’s only available in black. Either way, you’ll need to act fast before its all gone!


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