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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 27, 2014

Don’t Forget About Birthdays with Birthday Reminder

A person's birthday is, without a doubt, one of the most important days in his or her life. In our fast-paced lives, we often forget about calling our loved ones and friends to wish them a happy birthday. Google Calendar in Android is quite helpful in letting us know about scheduled meetings and tasks. Unfortunately, the calendar isn't that good at notifying us about upcoming birthdays. Every tool that can help with our ability to remember is definitely worth a shot....

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 25, 2014

Top 5 Apps for 2014 + Top Xposed Mod of 2014 – XDA TV

It’s that time of year where you look back and remember the things that happened during the year. You learn from the bad things, and celebrate the good things. It’s been a great year here at XDA TV and we are looking back at some of our favorite items from the year. Tuesday we talked about our Favorite Xposed Mods of 2014, and yesterday we talked about the Top 5 stories and videos from 2014. In this episode, XDA TV...

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Samantha · Dec 24, 2014

Turn Your Camera Into a Live Puzzle Game

The classic sliding puzzle game hasn’t changed much, if at all, over the years. Dating all the way back to 1880 with the first sliding puzzle game dubbed the Fifteen puzzle, its only ‘advancement’ has seemingly been making its way onto the computer screen with a convenient reset button. The core mechanic of the game has stayed the same throughout the years, being able to slide tiles along certain routes to end up with a final configuration--perhaps a picture, or a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 24, 2014

Koala Phone Launcher Helps the Visually Impaired

Smartphones, especially those with smaller screens, aren't always the best option for those among us who hail from an older generation. Small letters and numbers may be an obstacle that is difficult to surmount. People with vision problems often decide to get a classic feature phone with hardware buttons, leaving all of the advanced technology behind. Among the many launchers available for Android, one is quite unusual. XDA Forum Member tomasslavicek created an application whose main goal is making a phone...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 23, 2014

Smart Unlock Bypasses Lockscreen Security on Trusted Wi-Fi

During this year's Google I/O Keynote, Dave Burke introduced a new concept for handling lock screen security. Lollipop's new API allows using smartwatches or different portable devices as trusted devices to determine whether lock screen security is needed or not. In practice, this works by disabling lock screen protection when your phone is within range of your smartwatch--simple but efficient. Unfortunately for many users, this functionality is only available on Lollipop, so KitKat and Jelly Bean devices have been left...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2014

Now Gesture Tweaks Replaces Google Now with Custom Action

On most modern Android devices with software navigation keys, swiping up from the bottom of the screen launches Google Now. And for those devices with hardware navigation buttons, long pressing on the home button accomplishes the same task. With no native settings in Android to change the action to anything else, these convenient gestures remain untouched and unused on many devices. So until Google finally realizes that not everyone cares for or uses Google Now--at least not enough to warrant...

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Samantha · Dec 21, 2014

ToqAN Fixes Android 5.0 Notification Bug on Qualcomm Toq

The Qualcomm Toq is probably one of the lesser known smartwatches on the market right now. This can probably be attributed to the fact that device was a proof-of-concept device built by Qualcomm that was meant to encourage other OEMs to take up Mirasol displays for their own smartwatches, and that it was available for sale in only limited quantities. Its standout feature, as you may have guessed, is its Mirasol display, which is comparable to e-ink displays on wearables...

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Samantha · Dec 20, 2014

Stop Your Screen From Turning Off with KeepItOn

We all know the feeling of reading a news article or rather long document, when our screen suddenly turns off after a minute or two. This can be extremely annoying when you’ve found yourself a perfectly comfortable position while lying in bed. You're then forced to stretch out that finger to reach the power button and unlock your device. Of course, you can change the sleep settings to a longer period of time, but this is hardly an effective solution. In situations...

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Samantha · Dec 19, 2014

Github Tutorial App Shows You How to Use… Github

Github can get pretty complicated and using it can become quite daunting, especially for a rookie who’s just getting started. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there aren't too many ways around it in the community-driven open-source development world, particularly if you want to compile a custom recovery, or a ROM or something else from source. So to help you out with all the ins and outs of Github, XDA Recognized Contributor and Themer Vivek_Neel created a Github Tutorial app. Github Tutorial, unlike...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 18, 2014

Chainfire Turns Your Bootanimation into a Logging Center

Having a nice boot animation certainly adds a little bit of aesthetic polish to your ROM. But other than its purely aesthetic value, boot animations don't really provide any useful information. When your device is boot looping or one of your services is constantly crashing, ADB is still the most reliable option to get information. There are plenty applications able to get logs straight from device, but not many can access logs while booting. XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 18, 2014

Lean Mean Battery Power Saving App Review

We talk a lot about battery topics here at XDA TV. We talk about everything from Power Banks to USB Desktop Chargers to Battery Saving Apps. We talk about this stuff because both we and our viewers are not “normal” users. We don’t use our devices to check Facebook on our breaks and find the nearest skinny jeans store. No, we use it for much more--and all that screen on time can really eat up your battery. XDA Senior Member Flyview...

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Faiz Malkani · Dec 16, 2014

Record or Broadcast Your Device Screen Using Shou.TV

In a world where static pictures have become monotonous and GIFs dominate the Internet, this paradigm shift has affected the mobile ecosystem as well, with screenshots slowly but steadily being replaced by screen recordings. Before Android 4.4 KitKat, there was no official solution to record the screens of Android devices, and the few solutions that did exist at the time used rudimentary capturing methods with below-par results. However, Google introduced ADB screen recording functionality in Android 4.4 KitKat, which made a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 12, 2014

Use Widgets on Your Lock Screen with Widget Pager

To make our devices more efficient, many have turned to the use of widgets. Developers who care about their users often decide to put lots of work into making widgets an integral part of their applications and services. Widgets debuted on Android home screens, but Google later allowed users to use them on their lock screens in certain versions of the platform. In the versions of Android that allow for lock screen widgets, you can ordinarily use only one widget...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 12, 2014

Remember Everything with Calendar Events Notifier

The calendar application has and will continue to be one of the most important tools on our mobile devices. Android's developers quickly implemented the calendar application in a very early version of the OS, and since then, the application has seen some major updates. That said, it still serves one main function: organizing your life. In the first party Google Android calendar, you can set a reminder for upcoming events. Unfortunately, it's rather easy to miss notifications and skip events...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 11, 2014

Protect Your Privacy with Krypton Web Browser

In recent years, we've heard quite a bit of various government agencies breaching their users' privacy. In addition to national surveillance, Google and other large corporations collect data from users to generate revenue by personalizing and better targeting ads. To the privacy conscious, this is undoubtedly a concerning trend. As such, many developers have decided to take privacy matters into their own hands. There are some browsers available on the Google Play Store that allow for private browsing. One of the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 11, 2014

Automate Your Scrolling with Smart Scroll Tools

Paper still has its value, but smart devices are slowly replacing traditional paper and pen, as well as classical books and traditional press. If you read a lot (and find yourself scrolling frequently), the screen of your tablet or smartphone may quickly become quite dirty and full of fingerprints, making the experience less than desirable. Luckily, there are some alternative and hopefully better methods of scrolling that will save you some time and frustration. A few months ago, we wrote...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 11, 2014

Better Notifications with C Notice – XDA TV

In the past, we have reviewed much of the “C Series” of applications from an XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah. We talked about C Locker, C Floating and C Widget. All of these apps offer excellent solutions to certain problems. Well this developer is back at it with another great app. XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah offers up app that lets you see your notifications without opening the tray. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews C Notice.  TK shows off the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Dec 9, 2014

Man Man to Teach You More About Linux

No matter how deep your knowledge is about PCs, you occasionally may find yourself with a certain question that needs to be answered. All major operating system have thorough documentation with loads of useful information. Smartphones can come in handy when you have no access to the Internet on your PC or your desktop environment doesn't want to initialize properly. Not too long ago, we talked about Linux Man Pages by XDA Senior Member sylsau. This application allows you to browse...

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Samantha · Dec 7, 2014

ACA Clock Widget Keeps Track of Multiple Time Zones

For many Android users, the home screen never stays the same for more than a couple of days. I don’t know if it’s because of the absolute vast options for customization, their aesthetic tastes simply change quickly, or simply that they enjoy playing around with home screens. In any case, any customization addict knows that this pastime wouldn’t be possible without the right apps. With this said, ACW Clock Widget is a great application for home screen customization. Developed by...

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Samantha · Dec 5, 2014

ADB Tools Connects Your Android Device with ADB over WiFi

Normally anytime you need to connect your Android device to your PC with ADB, you probably scrummage around your drawer a little bit and find that tangled up spare USB cable for your device. Of course, this means that you’ll be limited by this physical cable form factor: untangling it, bending it at the right spot so there’s a connection, moving aside the TV remote, earphones and wallet on the table to make room for your device. So naturally, it...

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