Here's the news that the thousands of you who have been hovering over every update on our previous WhatsApp Calls post have been waiting for. The service's calling functionality now seems to be open, no questions asked, no invites needed, no hacks required. The only "catch" is that you seem to need version 2.12.19, which you can find hosted on APK Mirror or on WhatsApp's website.
Once you download the apk file and install it (make sure you have Unknown Sources enabled in your phone's Security Settings to be able to do so), you'll open WhatsApp and the app's UI will have switched over to the new one with the Calls functionality enabled.
Copy, the cloud storage solution from Barracuda, just received what the developers call a "massive" update. The key feature is one that might not be immediately obvious: a totally rewritten sync engine, which promises to bring faster load times and more overall smoothness. If you update Copy and feel like everything is just working better, you can probably thank the new sync engine.
The other major addition is native PDF support, which gives it feature parity with competitors like Dropbox and Google Drive. By this I mean that the Copy app can open up your stored PDFs itself, rather than refer you to a third-party app.
If our readers are anything like our writers, then there's a definite dearth of available USB chargers at their desks, nightstands, and hotel bedrooms. Here's a cheap way to charge a ton of devices quickly, on sale today from Amazon for just thirteen bucks. The EasyAcc 5-port adaptor will let you charge five phones, tablets, smartwatches, portable power packs, and what have you at once. With a power output of 40 watts and two 2.4-volt ports, it should be able to handle a few high-capacity gadgets as well.
Looking for some high-end headphones? Then you need to head on over to Amazon post-haste. Some of Sony's best around-the-ear noise-cancelling cans, charmingly named the MDR1RNC and MDR10RNC, are on sale for 50% off or better. But this is a Daily Deal for the United States, so you've only got until midnight Central time to get an order in. That's 1 AM for you in the Eastern time zone and 10 PM for those of you on Pacific time.
The MDR1RNC is the more premium option, normally going for a whopping $500, but now discounted to $237.99. These active noise-cancelling cans claim to block up to 99% of ambient noise when powered thanks to the "full-auto AINC auto noise canceling function with Dual Noise Sensor technology." The set includes massive 50mm drivers with frequency response from 5-24Hz.
Today Google has announced a number of changes that make it easier to handle multiple accounts from a single place, and they're biggies. For starters, there's the option to view all accounts in a single inbox. And that's joined by the ability to browse conversations in non-Gmail accounts as you would native ones. Options supported include Yahoo, Outlook.com, and other IMAP/POP accounts.
HTC was one of Android's earliest supporters. When the Dream launched in 2009, little did HTC likely know that its fortunes would skyrocket in the few years after, along with its share of the smartphone market. Not long after, though, those fortunes began to wane - with the launch of the original One series (One X, S, V), HTC's first attempt to rebrand its smartphone design image began.
The One X was, and I still think is, a beautiful phone. While the Tegra version was lamentable, the Qualcomm-powered variants received generally wide praise. The next year, One M7 launched. It, too, was very good-looking, and while the Ultrapixel camera was controversial, the phone debuted to very positive reviews.
Most rooted users already know about GMD Gesture Control—it's a way to control the device and launch apps with on-screen gestures. If you're not rooted, it's the kind of thing that might make you want to try. This app has just gotten a big (and much anticipated) update to v8.0 with a new design and support for Lollipop.
Just about every American carrier is eager to take your pre-order for the new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9, but if you prefer to get your phones from Amazon, they'll happily take your money too. Right now it looks like the only way to buy the phones are through the carriers, complete with the various lock-outs on AT&T and Verizon models, but you can purchase them with new contracts, renewed contracts, or contract-free.
At the time of writing the One M9 is available in 32GB for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, with prices ranging from $199.99 to $749.99.
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