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iCloud for Windows 5 Adds iCloud Photo Library and Two-Factor Authentication

Apple has released iCloud for Windows 5 with support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication for Apple ID accounts. Windows users were previously limited to accessing iCloud Photo Library through the web interface.

Apple recommends that iCloud for Windows users have Windows 7, 8 or 10 installed. For email, the software currently supports Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2013, while Outlook 2016 users can access iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on

Use iCloud Photo Library on your Windows PC to download all of the photos and videos from your Apple devices to your computer, or upload your Windows Pictures library to iCloud. And when you turn on iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your captured memories with just the people you choose.

Apple has published a support document for setting up and using iCloud Photo Library on Windows.


Spotify now works with the original Chromecast!

If you are like me and were disappointed that your first-generation Chromecast was not compatible with Spotify, the update we have been waiting for is here!

Users on Reddit have noticed that a firmware update to the first-generation Chromecast has made it possible to cast Spotify to it from your Android device. To get the update, all you need to do is reboot your Chromecast to force the download. You can do this from inside the Chromecast app or by unplugging the micro USB from the back of the Chromecast and plugging it back in.

Owners of second-generation Chromecasts and the Chromecast Audio have enjoyed this feature for a while, and when it was first announced, many original Chromecast owners were worried that they would be left behind. Now that Spotify is working on all the Chromecasts, maybe we will see it coming to the Nexus Player soon, too.

Now go cast your Spotify tunes to whatever Chromecast you want!

Source: Reddit Via: Engadget

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Nexus 6P, Note 5, Xperia Z5 #DataHorrorStories Opera Max Mega Giveaway!


We are excited to bring you guys a very special halloween giveaway sponsored by Opera Max. Why so special? We are giving away a ton of devices! There will be 3 lucky winners who will receive the following prize packs:

Opera Max is a standalone app that routes your Internet traffic through its own servers. It then compresses this data and sends it back to you, which means you get access to all your favorite content but without consuming nearly as much data. This not only works for web browsing, but also for watching videos, viewing pictures, using data in apps, and more. Opera Max boosts that it can help cut your data usage by up to 50%, and yet the compressed information shows no noticeable loss in quality.

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You can earn tickets into the giveaway by downloading Opera Max, following Opera on Twitter/YouTube and sharing your data horror stories on social media with the hashtag #datahorrorstories.


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  • 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.
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  • The prize will ship when it is available to purchase.

REX Global takes majority stake in Yota Devices


Hong Kong based REX Global has taken a 64.9% stake in Yota Device’s, the company behind the unique YotaPhone smartphones that include a second, E-Ink powered screen on the back side of the devices. According to the terms of the deal that have been revealed, REX Global is investing $100 million in Yota with at least $50 million of that being made available to Yota to provide an immediate cash infusion.

The next major event for Yota will be the release of the next generation YotaPhone in early 2016. That device is going to be produced by ZTE, which should help address some of the manufacturing issues that befell Yota in bringing the YotaPhone 2 to market. Access to other players in the Chinese market will be one of the intangible benefits of the new investment by REX Global. Yota’s CEO Vladislav Martynov says the company has “a pipeline of different products” and the infusion of financial resources from REX Global will help the company start to pursue some of those opportunities.

Yota will continue to operate out of Russia where most of the company’s employees are located. Yota’s long-time investor Rostec will continue to maintain a 25.1 percent stake in the company and Yota Management will retain a 10 percent share.

source: Engadget

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Sprint adds OneDrive for Business cloud storage to business offering


Sprint continues to build out their Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering that targets business customers by adding 1TB of cloud storage per user to each account for no extra charge. The cloud storage solution will be provided to Sprint customers by Microsoft OneDrive for Business and will be made available to new and existing customers.

Sprint notes that use of cloud storage options can help businesses control their operating expenses as they can save money by purchasing phones for employees with only 16GB of internal storage instead of opting for more expensive phones with more embedded memory. Sprint also hopes businesses will be enticed by OneDrive’s support for file sharing and collaboration features.

Sprint’s MaaS product was launched back in July and gives business customers a selection of devices to add to the program, 12 or 24 month terms, and a variety of data options. All of this is provided at a predictable monthly cost. Sprint also stresses that their MaaS program provides extended warranty coverage and “white-glove” technical support. The addition of a cloud storage option helps sweeten the pot and Sprint indicates they will be adding anti-virus options to MaaS in the near future.

source: Sprint

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Early Play Music All Access users will be able to keep their $7.99 rate when YouTube Red launches


If you adopted Play Music All Access back in the summer of 2013 and are still using the reduced $7.99 plan, you’ll be glad to hear that Google will be granting you a month’s complimentary access to YouTube Red from Wednesday, October 28. If you’re happy with the additional service and do decide to continue using it, you’ll be able to add it to your account free of charge.

For those unaware, YouTube Red provides subscribers with the ability to save clips for offline playback, play audio in the background and view videos without ads on smartphones and tablets.

Here’s what Google had to say:

“We’re giving you a free month of YouTube Red starting on October 28. There’s no action needed from you. And if you choose to keep YouTube Red after November 28, you’ll receive the discounted Play Music price of $7.99 per month for as long as you’re a member.

YouTube Red gives you the same benefits as Music Key – ad-free videos, save offline and background play – across all of YouTube whenever you log in to YouTube or a YouTube app.

We hope you love your free trial membership of YouTube Red. Your first billing date will be 12/1/15. And you can always manage or cancel your membership in your settings.”

Via: Android Police

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[TA Deals] Win an Alienware gaming laptop!


We serve up news, reviews, guides, and opinions pertaining to the world of Android on a daily basis. That’s why you come to Talk Android. But I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you are also interested in other types of hardware. Maybe laptops? I sure hope so because our online store just launched an incredible giveaway that you absolutely cannot miss. A gaming laptop made by Alienware, a leader in the PC gaming field, is the prize of a giveaway on Talk Android Deals.

Here’s what the Alienware 13 R2 includes:

  • 13-inch Quad HD+ display
  • Intel processor
  • All-day battery life
  • Optional graphics amplifier
  • Optional 62WHr battery

The value here is going to be somewhere around $999. What’s not to love? If you win, you’ll get a sweet powerhouse laptop and save a lot of money!

[Talk Android Deals]

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AT&T’s now rolling out the Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy S5


AT&T has at last started rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy S5 located in the United States. As far as added functionality goes, this upgrade brings the latest version of Android 5.1.1 to the handset, together with a much-needed patch for the Stagefright vulnerability.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Android 5.1.1
  • Android For Work
  • Security updates
  • Fix to Ultra Power Saver mode for devices using On Device Encryption

As is the norm, this update is being distributed in stages. To see if it’s ready for your device head into Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to install the update.

Source: AT&T

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Google made an info hub to help the migrant and refugee crisis


A number of tech companies, such as Apple, Google and Facebook, have joined the global efforts to aid Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis. With that in mind, Google today introduced a new initiative designed to assist the migrant relief overseas, adding to the matched donations it announced last month. The search giant has now built a mobile site for people in need, called Crisis Info Hub, which offers quick and simple access to vital information about lodging, medical facilities and transportation. Google’s also looking for volunteers to help improve Translate, a service that’s useful to the migrants and refugees who are in a new country. If you speak German or Arabic and you’d like to lend a hand, head over to Google’s Translate Community page to get started.

Via: The Next Web

Source: Google


Fear not, Android users: The taco emoji is coming soon

Earlier this week, iOS and Mac users rejoiced at the arrival of the taco emoji, just one of a number of new emoji that were added to the operating systems via a software update. Unfortunately, Android users don’t yet have access to these emoji, something that’s an undeniable bummer. The good news is that the senior VP of Android says more emoji will be coming soon, the bad news is we don’t know when. Last night, Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted that he’s heard the feedback and that Google is working on it — but when that change might happen is up in the air. Still, it’s good news — every day that goes by without a taco emoji is a day that isn’t lived quite to its fullest.

Via: Android Central

Source: Hiroshi Lockheimer (Twitter)

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