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Lockdown Pro 2 Brings Material Design and Media Support

Lockdown Pro 2

Back in March of this year, we took a look at a rather innovated security application by XDA Senior Member thotran7989. Aptly titled Lockdown Pro, this app allowed users to lock applications with a PIN or pattern unlock. But rather than simply locking apps like the sea of other app locker solutions, Lockdown Pro differentiated itself by offering pre-defined locations where the phone locks automatically, as well as simulated force closes to prevent intruders from figuring out that they’ve been locked out.

Fast forward about seven months, and a lot has changed in the Android world. Ever since Google publicly unveiled Android L at the I/O 2014 keynote, both third- and first-party applications have been . . . READ ON »

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Mural Watchface Brings 500px to Android Wear

Mural Watchface Android Wear

On a traditional watch, you can’t really do too much to change its appearance once you’ve selected your timepiece and purchased it. Undoubtedly, one of the best features found on Android Wear devices is the ability to change your watchface to suit your mood. What if you took this one step further and had an application to select from some of the most stylish wallpapers available on the Web? Well, when trying to come up with a solution, XDA Senior Member alucine came up with Mural Watchface for Android Wear.

Mural Watchface is an Android Wear app that brings some beautiful photos from the 500px service straight to your Android Wear watchface. The images are presented alongside the weather, dat. . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Favorite Features, Release November 3rd? – XDA TV

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Google Confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop for November 3rd! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Android 4.4.4 for the T-Mobile HTC One M8 and be sure the check out some of our favorite features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for XHangouts. Then TK got his Hands On a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. And later TK gave us an event recap of the Big Android BBQ 5. Pull up a chair and check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Prepare Your Build Machines: Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Now Official

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Today is an important day for any and all Linux enthusiasts. One of the key distributions, Ubuntu, has been updated to version 14.10. Ubuntu is one of the most user-friendly Linux distros. A very simple installer and easy UI make it one of the commonly selected distribution for users abandoning Windows.

With Ubuntu 14.10, only minor changes have been made. The kernel has been updated to 3.16, Xorg to 1.16, Unity to 7.3.1, and LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Rhytmbox and Firefox to their latest revisions. The test release of 14.10 contains a brand new Mir and Unity 8, which will be implemented as default in Linux 16.04. This is expected to be released in April 2016. Ubuntu is a “cutting edge” (not “b. . . READ ON »

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Track the Time You Waste on Social Media with Socials Addict

Socials Addict Android

When you use your phone, you often don’t even realize how much time you spend waste on various social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are only a few examples of the very long list of social media portals. I’m sure that you are not using a physical stopwatch–but let’s be frank, it’s more than a few seconds per day.

This time spent watching cats and stalking beautiful photos is nothing but total waste of productivity. You can do something about this by using an application by XDA Senior Member mohamedrashad. Socials Addict calculates your time spent on popular social media sites and tell you how addicted you are.

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Document the Story of Your Social Life with 8tory

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The different forms of social media are growing every day. It’s hard to imagine a day without using Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. If you are not a very communicative person, you can certainly still appreciate the ability to use social media logins to sign up to various websites. In short, social media as a whole is difficult to live without.

Every few weeks or months, we see one or several new social media platforms pop up. One of the newest is 8tory. XDA Forum Member carlsmileee recently presented a client application for this service that has some interesting functions worthy of mention. The application automatically stores the best moments of your life (according to the app of course), monitors the . . . READ ON »

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Make Calling Your Loved Ones Easier and Cheaper this Diwali

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Diwali, or Deepawali as some Indians call it, is the pride and joy of Indian festivals. The Festival of Lights as it is aptly titled is a festival celebrated in the Fall every year that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. It is the time of the year when family and  relatives are the closest, getting together to commemorate the occasion with pujas and firecrackers.

For those of us who have friends and family far from home and are unable to be with them physically, phone calls are the way to go, to wish each other as well as catch up on recent events. However, interstate or intercountry phone calls can be hard on one’s wallets, so these qu. . . READ ON »

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Big Android BBQ 5.0 Recap – XDA TV

Big Android BBQ

This fifth annual Big Android BBQ has come and gone. The speakers have spoke, the sponsors have sponsored, enthusiasts have enthused, the developers have developed and of course the BBQed meat has been consumed. Did you miss out this year?

In this video, XDA TV Producer TK talks about his experience at this year’s Big Android BBQ event. He talks about the event, shows some pictures and even interviews some attendees, with the help of XDA TV Producer AdamOutler. We’ve already posted the Opening Keynote on the XDA Roundtables channel, and we have more videos from the event to come, so be sure to subscribe. Check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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Microsoft to Counter “OK Google” with Bing Torque

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When Microsoft is making apps for Android, users should be aware that something strange is going on. And when these apps have the goal of replacing Google Now’s voice search, we can only say “Oh my!” using our best George Takkei voices. Well, Microsoft decided that they were indeed up for the challenge, and as such, they have released Bing Torque for Android Wear. Whether this application has even a trace of a chance at beating Google Now’s nearly ubiquitous “OK Google” functionality remains uncertain.

Bing Torque lets you search for things by twisting your hand back and forth. After performing this nearly acrobatic maneuver, you can ask your question–and if you̵. . . READ ON »

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