Android App Review: Secure Your ‘Recipe’ with Safe N Secure Notepad – XDA Developer TV

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If you’ve ever handed someone your phone to someone, whether to show them a funny picture or if they ask to check it out, you know the terror that runs through your mind thinking of what they could stumble upon: your usernames and passwords for different sites, your special ‘recipe,’ your mistress’s phone number, anything.

Well, XDA Forum Member msappz offers a new way to keep your secret life private. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer Walter White TK reviews Safe N Secure Notepad. TK shows off the application and gives his thoughts, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Dead Trigger 2 Tegra 4 Graphics Mod (for non-Tegra 4 Devices)

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Some things simply have fantastic timing when it comes to releases. Halloween is the day when we bask in all those creepy monsters and nightmare-ish creatures that come out only during the night. In order to better celebrate this wonderful, candy stuffing holiday, we came across a small tutorial that should make your gore-craving inner zombie tremble in its boots.

As some of you may remember, Dead Trigger was released about a year and change ago, and it was dubbed as one of the best FPS games for handheld devices. The graphics, when Google demoed them in front of a live audience, were simply amazing. However, there was a small caveat and that was that the app needed to run on Tegra 2-equipped devices in order to displ. . . READ ON »

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Android 4.4 KitKat to Target Wearables, Ease Fragmentation, and Improve Support for NFC and Lower End Devices

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The Google Nexus 5 is so close that we can almost taste its KitKat-laden goodness. But while the device itself has been leaked nine ways ’til Tuesday, relatively little has come to light about the device’s OS, Android 4.4 KitKat. We’ve seen a few leaked images here and there, but we’ve not heard much about the key changes differentiating KitKat from the incumbent Jelly Bean. Now, Amir Efranti, over at JessicaLessin.com has managed to geta closer look at the OS.

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So what are the biggest changes this time around? For starters, Google is well aware of the fragmentation issue. In fact, one need only go so far as the Android Developers Dashboard to see the distribution of d. . . READ ON »

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Stop the Snooping with Screen Locker

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Don’t you hate it when you pass your device over to a friend, only to find them perusing through all of your private photos and personal data? You could always choose to keep your device to yourself, but this isn’t always ideal. Rather, wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply make it so that your friends can only see what you want them to see?

Born out of necessity, XDA Senior Member elesbb created an app that accomplishes this very task. When activated, the aptly titled Screen Locker app locks your screen and disables device touch input. It also disables your status bar and hardware button presses. Thus, users are locked into viewing the screen that you left them with, and only the appropriat. . . READ ON »

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Easily Mute Your Camera Shutter without Root

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Sometimes, silence is golden. This especially holds true when you’re trying to capture prized memories of loved ones. Naturally, having a camera shutter make a sound would ruin the moment and turn a candid into something a bit more staged.

We’ve covered a few ways of muting your camera shutter in the past. However, these have all required root access, something which unfortunately not everyone has. Now thanks to XDA Senior Member providence, there is a simple and non-root option that mutes your phone’s audio when you enter your camera app and unmutes the phone’s audio when you exit the app.

While this solution was originally created for use with the author’s Note 3, it shoul. . . READ ON »

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What’s New on the Nvidia SHIELD? – XDA Developer TV

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Just over three months ago, Nvidia released the Nvidia Shield to the world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan got his hands on it and did an unboxing, review, and a couple gameplay videos. However, there were admittedly some hiccups for Nvidia in their first foray into device manufacturing.

Luckily for us, Nvidia took our “constructive” criticisms and listened. They released an update that has addressed a majority of the problems. The update fixes everything from the much needed ability to move games to the SD Card to the odd solution of living room gaming entitled console mode. So if you want to see the many improvements that Nvidia has released, check out this video.. . . READ ON »

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How to Add Animations to Your Application

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Transition animations are the spice of life. Ok, well maybe not life itself, but they certainly can help make a mundane task just a little more exciting. After all, it’s no secret that most of us like a little bit of eye candy. And like the Mac OS X genie effect in this article’s title image, animations help tell a story. They better frame what’s happening in your app, and show this in a context that we can more intuitively understand.

Because of this, it’s important to judiciously make use of animations when developing an app. No, we’re not advocating for 1990s-style marquee text, but a little animation here and there can help add that last bit of polish to your application in prog. . . READ ON »

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Sense 5 Toolbox Brings Tons of Tweaking via Xposed

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If you’re an HTC Sense stalwart (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and you’ve been longing for a bit more customization on your Sense 5 (or 5.5) ROM, there’s a fantastic multi-purpose toolbox for you. XDA Senior Members langer hans and Mikanoshi created an Xposed-based toolbox that brings you a handful of customizable mods.

One of the main features of the Sense 5 Toolbox is that it allows you to rearrange your quick control (EQS) tiles. And once you’ve found a setup that works for you, you can backup the tile order so that your next ROM flash doesn’t clear the order. There are also a handful of other modifications such as tweaks to your physical buttons, an a. . . READ ON »

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USB Reverse Tethering Guide, No Software Required

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Usually when you think of the word “tethering,” you think of using your mobile device’s data connection to provide the glorious Internet awesomeness of memes and lolcat images to your desktop or laptop computer. Often times, however, you may find yourself in need of Internet access on your mobile device in an area lacking WiFi or network connectivity. In these cases, you must reverse tether.

XDA Forum Member phamthanhnam created a detailed guide for rooted users that allows you to share your PC’s Internet connection with your mobile device over USB. This works with Windows, Linux, and Mac, and it does not require any additional tools. However, you must enter in some terminal c. . . READ ON »

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