Mozilla Ditches Google, Makes Yahoo Default Search Engine

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Mozilla and Google have had a long-standing relationship of about 10 years. Google was paying hefty sums of money (reportedly around $100 million) every year to be the default search engine in Firefox. Google’s contribution covered something like 85% of the overall Mozilla’s income, and the Mountain View company was one the Mozilla Foundation’s biggest sponsors.

The most recent deal between Mozilla and Google was made in 2011, when Google agreed to pay for its search engine being default in Firefox until 2014. This deal just came to a close, as it was not renewed this year. Mozilla announced that Firefox will be using some smaller search offerings in various regions as their default se. . . READ ON »

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Learn More About Linux with Linux Man Pages

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Linux is quite a powerful and very configurable operating system. Thanks to some user-friendly desktop environments, This operating system can be used by beginners. Unlike Windows, Linux has many distributions that differ in many aspects like user commands, package managers, and so on. Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, and Gentoo are just a few of the most popular distros that should be on your list to try.

To get the most of Linux, for example to compile an AOSP build or kernel, you need to use terminal. The number of difficult commands can be overwhelming, so it’s good to have a source of knowledge. A book or the Internet can help you to answer all your questions. XDA Senior Member sylsau decid. . . READ ON »

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Detect, Avoid IMSI-Catcher Attacks with Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

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Privacy is always an important topic, as well as a delicate one to cover. Corporations spend millions to provide the best security systems, which are then quite often cracked by hackers or security researchers. You might not be aware that some fake cell towers (a.k.a. IMSI-Catchers, StingRays, GSM Interceptors, Subscriber Trackers) can be used to track and monitor specific groups of users and even remotely manipulate a particular phone. Scary, right? Unfortunately, few parts of the world are free of such unethical practices. There are various conspiracy theories–some credible, others not so much–involving the use of IMSI-Catchers in various contexts such as surveillance/spying and . . . READ ON »

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Materialized LeanDroid Fights Your Poor Battery Life

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Battery life has always been one of the biggest problems facing most Android devices. Phone manufacturers are battling it out putting increasingly powerful CPUs, more RAM, storage–but a bigger battery always seems to be left behind. Even Google noticed that something was wrong and added some battery saving features into Android L.

The large battery drain is often caused by unnecessary services running in the background. 3G/LTE connection uses lots of energy, as well as synchronization and WiFi. Among many applications that can be very helpful in keeping your battery lasting for a long time, LeanDroid seems to be one of the more popular options. We’ve talked about this application a few month. . . READ ON »

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Bump! Workaround for the LG G3 Locked Bootloader – XDA TV

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The LG G3 is a power house device. It’s been a favorite of many people. However, the Bootloader is sticky. If you want to unlock the bootloader so you can flash a custom recovery or ROM, you have your work cut out for you. LG did not make this easy by any means. Of course the brains at XDA have found a way to bump a custom recovery on the LG G3. Even then, the process isn’t the easiest to follow.

There is no need to fear! In today’s video, XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! your LG G3 so that you can unlock the bootloader on your LG G3. Jared shows you a way to make the process even easier using Flashify. He gives you a step by step demonstration of how to bump your LG G3. So grab your LG G3 and check out this . . . READ ON »

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Enable Call Recording on Xperia Z2 and Z3

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Call recording, while not legal in every part of the world, is quite handy in certain situations. Some OEMs have decided to implement call recording into their default Phone applications, and sometimes hide it. There are ways to enable the feature, if it’s there but hidden, through Xposed Framewok modules or other apps.

On the older firmwares, such as 4.4.2, Sony had a hidden call recording feature in SemcPhone.apk. This feature was split over multiple applications. XDA Senior Member AndroPlus found a way to restore the call recording feature by extracting the Chinese variant of the ROM. The extracted CallRecording.apk can be flashed onto the device using one of the popular recoveries.

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Google Play Store Payments Available in China

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Google has taken a big step to make its services accessible globally. Since the introduction of paid apps, Google managed to introduce them in over 2/3 countries in the world, but one country was still missing. And as you know by now, this country is China.

Over the past year, Google has extended paid apps to 60 countries across the globe including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela. China is by far the largest new market, with more than 700 million active smartphone users–and this number is still growing.

Google announcing merchant support in China gives local developers an opportunity to monetize their work directly rather than simply through advertising. Chinese dev. . . READ ON »

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How to Set a Video as Your Boot Animation

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If you wish to make your phone truly unique, you may want to consider adding a nice boot animation. A boot animation is nothing more than a set of PNG files that are played one after another at the desired frame rate, while the operating system loads. Various OEMs put their own animations and often add sound during the boot process to make their devices cooler.

Splitting one video into so many single files reduces fluidity, because device has to proceed every file. The guys from Motorola decided to change that behavior and compiled a new bootanimation binary that uses MP4 video files during the booting process. XDA Senior Member devilex94 noticed that and wrote an interesting guide for the XDA-University exp. . . READ ON »

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TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

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Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is available now! 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 Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Explorer and be sure the check out the article talking about Android 5.0 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia Z3. 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 Statusbar Download Progress. Then Jordan showed you the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. And later, rirozizo showed us t. . . READ ON »

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