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Faiz Malkani · Mar 12, 2015

Chrome v42 Brings Push & Notification APIs for Web Devs

Yesterday was Wednesday and as has become the norm on Wednesdays, Google pushed out updates for several of its apps. Among them was Chrome, with the stable channel being updated to v41 and the beta channel being updated to v42. While the changes in v41 such as pull-to-refresh have been around for a while on the beta channel, the release of v42 brought about new features such as Promote Add to Homescreen and Push Notifications on the web. Of the...

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Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 12, 2015

VAIO Corp. Launches Its First Smartphone: VAIO Phone

VAIO Corporation was formed when Sony sold its computer business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) last year, and the new company wanted to focus on selling VAIO-branded laptops in Japan for the future. The future is here, and with it comes the first mobile product from the new company, simply called the VAIO phone. The phone looks a lot like the Nexus 4, with its glass back panel, and as blogofmobile points out, looks like a rebranded Panasonic Eluga U2. For...

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Dave Drager · Mar 12, 2015

Under The Hood at XDA Developers

Running a website as large as XDA isn't an easy process - we depend on a web development team here in Philadelphia, plus the fantastic products and serviced offered by our host, LeaseWeb, to ensure the availability and speed of the site that every Android enthusiast knows and loves. Knowing that our visitors are more technical in nature than most, we thought that they might appreciate a look 'under the hood' at XDA to see what makes us run. The...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 12, 2015

Clip Stack: A Clipboard Your Phone Needs – App Review

With the wonderful capabilities of our smartphones, we have access to piles of information, helpful tricks and millions of cat videos. Smartphones have brought friends and family closer. Find something funny, adorable, or twisted that your friends will like? Copy that link and share it on social media. However, if you want to share multiple links, it can be a tedious process. The developer little_cup offers up an app that allows you to control your clipboard and easily store multiple...

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Faiz Malkani · Mar 11, 2015

Paperboy News Reader, a Feedly Client Done Right

While some folks still enjoy the pleasures of an early morning newspaper, the world is rapidly moving towards a future where all forms of press are going digital. The importance of news coupled with the eminence of smartphones in our day to day lives has created a pressing need for quality news applications. While there are a good number of news readers out there, most of them fall short of the mark due to various compromises, in areas ranging from speed and versatility to...

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Faiz Malkani · Mar 11, 2015

Google Publishes its First Watchface Featuring Street Art

When Android Wear was announced last year, watchfaces were left solely to the device OEM with numerous third party options available, unofficially at first and officially when the Watchface API was made public. However, Google itself never sought to venture into this space until now and earlier today the first watchface from Google hit the Play Store, titled "Street Art watch face". Google has worked closely with artists in the past, even going on to form an official Google Art Project to enable...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 11, 2015

RAVPower 15W Foldable Solar Charger – Accessory Review

Last week we reviewed the RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub & Portable Travel Router. This device is the successor to the RP-WD01 that we reviewed as well. Today, we are going to talk about the exciting world of travel solar chargers. The premise is simple, the sun reaches everywhere, maybe not all the time, but it is an endless resource. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews the RAVPower 15W Foldable Solar Charger. Not too long ago, TK reviewed the...

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Aamir Siddiqui · Mar 11, 2015

More LG G4 Press Renders Leaked

Some more leaks have emerged of what appear to be early press renders of LG's 2015 flagship, the LG G4. Courtesy of @OnLeaks and nowhereelse.fr, the new images show the front, back and sides of the device. The front of the device is adorned by the front facing camera, the earpiece and sensors. The LG branding and logo also appear on the bottom, making the device look similar to the LG G3. The sides of the device show a straight...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 10, 2015

Xposed Installer Alpha 2 & More – XDA Xposed Tuesday

The Xposed Framework on Android 5.0 Lollipop is getting closer and closer to a final release. When that will happen, no one is quite sure. But, the alphas are flowing and the bugs are being worked out. Fear not Samsung TouchWiz users, there is always hope that someday Xposed will work on your device again. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you watch a video in a pop up...

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GermainZ · Mar 9, 2015

WiFi Data Leaks and Prevention

Got a device capable of connecting to WiFi networks? The answer is most probably "yes". In that case, you should know that it's most probably leaking potentially private information. Keep reading if you're interested in knowing what is being leaked and how to prevent it. When your device is fully asleep, your WiFi chip leaks two pieces of information periodically: The names of the networks you've previously connected to. Your device's MAC address. Note that we're talking about deep sleep....

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 9, 2015

Xposed Lollipop Alpha 2 Released, Google’s MVNO- XDA TV

Huawei's new Android Wear smartwatch is on Amazon! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of Android Lollipop for the Verizon HTC One M8 and be sure to check out the article talking about Google's plans for the MVNO. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos released earlier this week on XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 6, 2015

LG G4 Confirmed, New Blackphone 2 & More – XDA TV

Nvidia unveiled the SHIELD Tegra X1 TV Box! 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 the Cyanogen's new corporate identity and partnership with Qualcomm and be sure to check out the article talking about Lollipop devices being no longer encrypted by default! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 5, 2015

RAVPower RP-WD02 – Android Accessories Review

There are so many Power Banks out there. However, they are not all the same. Some sacrifice weight for capacity. Others do the opposite. Some come with two ports and some come with more, while others come with less. Some are just batteries with a case around it, but others have some unique features. In this episode of XDA TV, Producer TK reviews the RAVPower RP-WD02 Wireless Filehub & Portable Travel Router. This device is the successor to the RP-WD01...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 4, 2015

Pixie Dust – XDA Game Time!

There are some excellent ‘AAA’ tier games by huge development houses that offer fun, and, most of the time, in-app purchases. There is no doubt that some of these games are great. However, at XDA we like to keep an eye on the little guy. Some of the more successful Android developers have started out as the little guy. Today we celebrate another simple game developed by an XDA member. XDA Senior Member Rolf Smit offers up a 2D sandbox...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 3, 2015

True Silent Mode for Lollipop – XDA Xposed Tuesday

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a great release. It’ has improving usability with material design, given us quick access to our notifications on our home screen, and more. However, there are some very unique idiosyncrasies regarding the notification sounds and silent mode. Basically, it’s not truly silent. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that helps you truly silence your Lollipop device. XDA Recognized Developer tonyp created the True Silent Mode module. TK shows off...

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Jimmy McGee · Mar 2, 2015

HTC One M9 & Samsung Galaxy S6 Unveiled – XDA TV

The HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 were unveiled at Mobile World Congress! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of the Huawei Watch Android Wear device and be sure to check out the article talking about IKEA selling Qi enabled furniture. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Be sure to check out the other videos...

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Tomek Kondrat · Feb 27, 2015

Console OS Brings Android to Your PC

Android was always considered as a mobile operating system. While phones and tablets are over 95% of devices running Android, developers put lots of effort to make Google's OS available for other platforms. You've probably heard of Bluestacks, which brings the Android world to PCs, Macs and TVs. The American company is just one of the many brands that ports the Android OS to personal computers. In June 2014, the Console OS team launched its Kickstarter campaign for a system that...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 27, 2015

MWC Announcements, FCC Rules on Net Neutrality – XDA TV

The FCC has ruled on Net Neutrality! 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 the Pebble Time Kickstarter and be sure to stay tuned for even more mobile world congress announcements! 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...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 26, 2015

Lollipop Style Lockscreen for Android 4.1 – XDA App Review

Android 5.x Lollipop has provided many visual updates, including the lockscreen. Unfortunately, some carriers and manufacturers are not offering Lollipop for some recent devices. On the flip side, some Lollipop users still prefer the old style of lockscreen. XDA Senior Member thotran7989 offers up an app that allows you to customize everything about your lockscreen. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Hi Locker.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application....

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 25, 2015

IF by IFTTT, If This Then That App Tutorial & Review – XDA TV

We've talked about using Tasker and other products to automate tasks on your phone. However, Tasker isn't the only option and sometimes can be a little bit confusing to setup. There is finally an Android App for the automation website IFTTT. IFTTT, if you don't know, stands for IF This Then That. In the app you set up some triggers and actions or recipes as they call it. XDA TV Producer RootJunky presents instructions on how to setup some recipes...

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