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Lepow ADD Magnetic External Battery Review – XDA Developer TV

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Here on XDA Developer TV, we’ve covered a few external batteries to help extend the use of your device when the on-board battery starts to deplete. The items we have covered have been everything from a standard battery from Lepow, to a battery plus a plethora of options like an SD Card reader from RAVPower and a huge 14000mAh Power Bank from RAVPower.

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the Lepow ADD. This device is marketed as a backup external battery charger, but it has an twist, it has two parts, so you can have a huge battery, or separate it to charge one and carry a light stinger for your short trips. Does this one stand out? Check out this video . . . READ ON »

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RavPower 14000mAh Power Bank Review

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A little over a month ago, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan reviewed a device that was an external battery plus a plethora of options from RAVPower. Perhaps the most useful feature of that device is its battery, because while it is nice to have a Wireless Internet repeater, most of the time you just need to juice up your phone. So why buy a multipurpose device when you can get just a battery—and one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen, at that!

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory, the RavPower 14000mAh Power Bank. This device is marketed as a backup external battery charger.  And in a market full of external battery juicers, does this one s. . . READ ON »

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RAVPower RP-WD01 Wireless SD Card Reader, USB External HDD Reader 3000mAh External Battery & More! – XDA Developer TV

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How many times have you been playing with your phone and your battery goes dead? Well in this day and age, you can pick up huge battery packs that will charge your device in no time. But sometimes you don’t need the battery, so carrying around a heavy battery pack isn’t always worth it. Well what if the battery you carried gave other functions.

In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan takes some time to talk about a unique smartphone accessory: the RAVPower RP-WD01 5-in-1 device. This device is marketed as a Wireless SD Card Reader, a USB External HDD, SDD, USB Flash Disk Reader, 3000mAh External Battery Pack, NAS File Server, and WiFi Hotspot. Is this device a Jack of All Trades, but master of . . . READ ON »

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Simulate the Moto X Touchless Controls with Open Mic+

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Aside from Active Notifications, one of the Moto X‘s coolest features is undoubtedly its touchless controls. Rather than having to first open Google Now before saying the hot word, this can be done anywhere without ever laying a finger on the device. Now thanks to XDA Forum Member RSenG2x, you can have similar functionality on your own device.

Open Mic+ allows you to use Google Now anywhere. You are able to issue commands by simply saying “Okay Google,” or waving your hand in front of the screen. It doesn’t matter if your screen is on or off; Open Mic+ is always listening. It can even be configured to run at boot, so that you never have to manually initiate Google Now.

Open Mic+ supports i. . . READ ON »

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Create Your Own Device Manager Functionality with OwnMdm

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Not too long ago, Google unveiled Android Device Manager, allowing users to locate and sound an alarm to their devices when they have been misplaced or stolen. Recently thereafter, Google even allowed users to secure their devices remotely with the web-based tool.

Having additional options is always nice, though, and XDA Senior Member pacosal created an alternative that allows you to create your own Mobile Device Manager. The aptly titled ownMDM allows you (and only you) to remotely control your devices using two parts: a PHP-enabled web database that issues commands and a mobile app with device administrator functionality.

The real draw in pacosal’s solution, however, is the multitude . . . READ ON »

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Easy File Transfer Between PC and Device with Websharing 2.0

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Many moons ago, a developer known as XDA Forum Member tliebeck released a pretty interesting file manager called FX File Explorer, which among other things, allowed you to view and organize your media files in a more intuitive way without having to guess what you were looking at. This same dev also had another app under the name of WebSharing 1.0. This app along with most of its features was a perfect companion to the aforementioned file manager. As time went by, so did the development of WebSharing and its capabilities, leading us to today and a brand new version of the app. As it is commonplace with the Internet era lingo, the app has reached a level of evolution which grants it the “2.0” designati. . . READ ON »

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Location-Based Notifications for Yourself or Others

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Not too long ago, Google Now and Google Keep both acquired the ability to set location-based reminders. This is a great feature, as a reminder can only ever be as useful as its predefined triggers. One major issue with the two aforementioned apps, however, is their requirement for relatively new versions of Android (4.0 or greater). Since a sizeable chunk of the Android pie (32%) is made up of Android 2.x users, there has to be a more inclusive solution.

Thankfully for users running older versions of Android, XDA Forum Member safet.me created Location Reminder. As you would expect from an app promising location-based reminders, Location Reminder allows you to set predefined locations to trigger notif. . . READ ON »

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Mi File Explorer Given Massive Update to v4

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About a year and a half ago, we wrote about how the much lauded MIUI File Explorer was ported to other devices and given root access capabilities. Since then, XDA Senior Member HootanParsa‘s project has grown and matured in many ways. Along with changing its name to Mi File Explorer, HootanParsa’s app has been completely reworked with an entirely new codebase, rather than the ported MIUI file explorer seen at the project’s inception.

Now, the project has hit its fourth version (4.0.1, to be exact), and it offers a dramatically upgraded feature set. As of version 4, it gained a Holo-compliant user interface, along with two additional list view modes and a visual skin selector. In addition. . . READ ON »

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Quickly Optimize APK and Classes.dex with GOptimize

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If you’re trying to minimize your load times by lowering I/O time, optimizing your applications’ resources may be worth looking into. Naturally, loading smaller APKs leads to less time spent reading the application data. With any form of compressed data, there eventually becomes a tradeoff in compute versus read time in higher levels of compression, but for the most part application loads and general device performance seems to be limited by I/O rather than compute performance.

For this reason, XDA Senior Member gu5t3r created a simple BASH script to help you quickly optimize your applications. It mainly works by compressing your PNGs more efficiently. However, it skips the pesky Nine. . . READ ON »

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