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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 30, 2014

Don’t Miss Your Calls with BB Notifier

Phones seemingly love getting lost from time to time. When we are in front of our PCs, we usually forget about not having our smartphones at our side, and if we use vibration mode, we may often miss an important call. Luckily, there are tools that can notify us about incoming calls. If you're running Windows OS, you can now have incoming call notifications in your system tray thanks to XDA Forum Member coder4hire and his new app BB Notifier. The...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 28, 2014

Velocity is Like OpenTable on Steroids

We all enjoy a night out with friends or our significant other from time to time. However, there is always that one painful step of agreeing on deciding where to go--and this only gets worse with more people in your group. Once a decision is reached, then comes hurdle number two: getting there and hoping they have tables available. Luckily, most restaurants in this day and age will allow you to book a table either by calling or by means...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 27, 2014

Android App Review: Manage Your Connections Automagically – XDA TV

Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface introduced this UI paradigm, and most apps are going Material--even "boring" old file managers.  What was once a standard app that allowed you to browse your device's file system is now available with Material Design glory thanks to XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 and his application Amaze File Manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews the Material Design-themed Amaze File Manager.  TK...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 26, 2014

CPU Spy Gets an Android Lollipop Makeover

At some point in the distant past, you probably heard of CPU Spy for Android by XDA Retired Recognized Developer storm717. We talked about it back when it was originally released quite a few years ago, and in the time since, the app has become a staple for those looking to fine tune both performance and battery life through kernel and governor tweaks. Fast forward three years, and we've seen quite a lot of change in the Android world. As our...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 26, 2014

Fight the Heat and Conserve Battery with EaseUS Coolphone

Memory hungry Android applications are often responsible for making our device overheat. Having a highly active CPU and GPU can significantly decrease not only performance due to thermal throttling, but also battery life of your device because it's working much harder. Furthermore, batteries less efficiently store charge when they're running at above optimal batteries. And since batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles, you will eventually find that your battery discharges much faster than it did originally. There are some things...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 25, 2014

ZArchive Manages Your File Archives

Today smartphones are quite powerful devices that can handle multiple processes at once. In fact, some of our mobile devices are more powerful than older PCs from not too long ago. Certain operations that require much computing power can be done right on phones, such as the CPU-intensive task of archive management. Not many of you may know that Android can be used to compress, decompress, and view content of various types of file archives. This is possible thanks to applications...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2014

Connect ALL THE THINGS with Xender

Smartphones, with all of their all connectivity options courtesy of OEMs, can easily connect themselves with various other devices. Android itself doesn't give you too many options when it comes to file sharing, so you need external apps that allow you to share the content of your device or use your PC to browse phones memory wirelessly. One app that allows you to connect with other phones to share your photos, applications, and other media files easily is Xender. The application...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2014

Pushbullet Universal Copy/Paste Availabe for Linux, Mac OS X

Pushbullet is one of those useful utilities that once installed, permanently resides on both your desktop and mobile device. This project is comprised of two elements: an Android application and a browser extension to communicate for your PC that communicates with your mobile device. These two combined allow some really nice functionality like sending links, sharing files, and even text messaging directly from your PC. The project is under active development, and we can see new interesting features show up once in a...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 23, 2014

MX Player Ready to Rock on Lollipop

A good video player should be reliable and free. One of the XDA Community Apps, MX Player, meets both of these requirements. A few days ago, this application was updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upon reading this, you may think that you would be greeted with some Material Design eye candy, but you would be wrong. MX Player is still the very same application that we love. Rather, now the application is able to function on Lollipop. The announcement for...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

Learn More About Linux with Linux Man Pages

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

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

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 22, 2014

Materialized LeanDroid Fights Your Poor Battery Life

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 20, 2014

Android App Review: Get Amaze with Material Design – XDA TV

Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface has introduced the topics of material design.  All apps are going to material design, even boring old file managers.  Those standard apps that allow you to browse the file system of your phone, and today’s app does it in material design. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 offers up a Material Design-themed file manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Amaze File Manager. ...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 19, 2014

Toggle Cell Radio 5.0 Micromanages Your Lollipop Connectivity

Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update. Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets,...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 17, 2014

Unlimited Screen Recorder Captures Screencasts on Lollipop

There are plenty of reasons why one would want to capture video from a mobile device. Perhaps you're showing a friend or parent how to perform a certain task on Android, or maybe you're in the mood to show off your skills in Angry Birds. Heck, you could even be a developer trying to educate your users. Whatever the case, creating and capturing screencasts can be quite useful. Unfortunately, most applications that allow users to record a screencast are of...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 17, 2014

ADB WiFi Connects Your PC and Phone–Even on Lollipop

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) can be used to perform various actions like pulling a logcat, pushing and pulling the files, and much more. To connect your device to your computer, you normally need to use a USB cable, which must be plugged in to your device and a computer. Unfortunately, cables seem to like disappearing at the least opportune moments--when you have to pull a log, for instance. With the ADB WiFi tool by XDA Recognized Developer bartito, you can put...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 16, 2014

Amaze File Manager is a Material-Compliant Root Browser

There are dozens upon dozens of powerful file managers available for Android. There are also quite a few file managers that aren't too painful to look at. Unfortunately, however, there aren't too many Android file managers that fall under both categories by being powerful and also a pleasure to look at. XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 hopes to change this with Amaze File Manager. As its name suggests, Amaze File Manager is an Android file manager. It features an attractive Material Design-compliant...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 15, 2014

Ditch Messenger and Regain Facebook Chat on Android

Facebook is the undisputed king of the social sites (with others such as Google + gaining popularity... and fast). Because of this status, they can pretty much do anything and everything they please with their platform, and users are to either take it or leave it. One of Facebook's latest moves, which royally annoyed a lot of people, was that they killed off chat functionality in their Android app. As an alternative, Facebook released what we know today as Facebook...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 13, 2014

Android App Review: Control Your Phone from Your Computer with Weak Control – XDA TV

Our smartphones are great devices, but sometimes their screens are just way too small. What if you are sitting at your computer and you want to chat with your friends via text message? What if you want to show a room full of people a video on your phone? What if you want to control your device with your computer keyboard and mouse? XDA Forum Member WeakControl offers up a way to connect to your device with a web browser....

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 10, 2014

SCR Screen Recorder Ready for Lollipop, Unrooted Devices

Screen recording was added natively in Android 4.4 KitKat. Almost instantly, various screen recording applications showed up. One such screen recording app is SCR Screen Recorder by XDA Senior Member iwobanas, which has now been updated to work with newly released Android 5.0 Lollipop. The vast majority of currently available screen recording apps require root access. SCR Screen Recorder, however, makes use of the android.media.projection API, which allows apps to capture the device's screen without ADB. As a result, this...

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