Microsoft has two versions of its Xbox One SmartGlass app in the Play Store—regular and beta. The beta app is getting an update today with some previously announced (and pretty neat) functionality. However, you'll only get the full effect if you're in a supported country, which for once is not the US.
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It's only a few short weeks until Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 4, and rumor has it the Korean smartphone giant is swinging for the fences in hopes of regaining momentum. We've seen some images of what may be the Note 4, but specs have come in dribs and drabs. Now large Indonesian smartphone seller Erafone has posted a product page for the Note 4 with a full set of (possibly legit) specs.
The mere existence of a Humble Bundle app made it a little easier to sideload all those APK files, but the quality of the app was seriously lacking. Well, now it's all fixed up and out of beta. The v2.0 update to the Humble Bundle app brings a new design and easier access to all of your purchased content.
I know what you're thinking. "Isn't that the lame tower defense game that's vaguely related to Warhammer?" No, this is the other new-ish Warhammer game—the good one. Warhammer 40k: Carnage is a side-scrolling shooter filled with chainswords, jump packs, and all the other gear an Ultramarine needs to get by. It's usually a $7 game, but now it's down 70% to just $1.99.
Google's Niantic Labs operates as a semi-autonomous company within Google that works on projects like Ingress and the travel app Field Trip. Ingress gets most of the attention, but now Field Trip might become a bigger part of all Android users' lives. Data from Field Trip is about to be integrated with Google Now to make sure you know what cool stuff is around when you're away from home.
If you've had your eye on Samsung's (really expensive) Note Pro tablets, today is your lucky day. There's a refurbished Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 deal on eBay right now for $429.99. That's more than $200 less than the current retail price of the device, and almost $100 less than other refurb deals out there.
T-Mobile likes to call most of its plans "unlimited," but only a few of them actually have unlimited access to LTE speeds. These plans include unlimited bandwidth, but that doesn't mean you can do whatever you want. The terms and conditions prohibit the use of p2p file sharing, and now a leaked internal memo points to a new offensive against such violations. Beginning August 17th, T-Mobile goes to war against torrents.
Amazon is making it a little easier for devs to put out bug-free apps on its Android Appstore with the new Live App Testing feature. Taking advantage of this capability lets you roll an update out to a limited group of testers who hunt for bugs and send usage data back. It's a little more locked down than Google's Play Store beta program, but that might be preferable sometimes.