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HERE Android Beta Update Tours You Around The City With 'Get Your Guide', Lays Foundation For Future Third-Party Content

Not too long ago, we were impressed if a GPS application successfully got us from point A to point B without leading us off a bridge or taking us a dozen miles away from a more direct route. But then some apps started to nail it. Google Maps was good enough to sell Android phones on its own. Alternatives like HERE maps have proved themselves as competent.

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Google+ Android App Can Now Open Links In Chrome Custom Tabs After Latest Update

When Google+ 7.0 rolled around last week, the major change that everyone spotted was the auto-hiding bottom tab bar. However, upon inspecting the apk, our resident teardown master Cody noticed a couple of strings that alluded to the addition of Custom Tabs. The feature didn't appear to be live back then so he scratched it off at something that was still being implemented.

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Panasonic Announces The Android-Powered Lumix DMC-CM10 Camera

Over the years, we've seen many companies release Android-based cameras or camera-like phones. Panasonic's Lumix CM1 was part of the latter category and the newly announced CM10 is its twin, except it doesn't place calls. That's almost all the difference there is between these two models.

The Lumix CM10's claim to fame is its 28mm F/2.8 Leica DC lens with 1-inch CMOS image sensor and manual focus ring that can take photos at a resolution of 20MP and videos at up to 4K. The rest of the CM10's specs are quite underwhelming, but they're not necessarily what you look at when buying this camera.

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Facebook Is Testing A Slightly More Material Look For Messenger, FAB Included

Facebook Messenger on Android doesn't look exactly Material, but it seems modern. Well, at least more modern than the regular Facebook application. And often times it feels like the developers working on these two apps are completely different teams because the Messenger one seems willing to experiment and try new things and go in weird and fun new directions, whereas the Facebook app team is just stuck in its ways.

One change that might be headed to Facebook Messenger is a cleaner look with a hint of Material Design inspiration. The most visible change is the switch from the full-width bottom blue bar to the blue floating action button (FAB) that lets you start new conversations.

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CyanogenMod Is Shutting Down Its WhisperPush Secure Messaging Service Starting February 1st

After being part of CyanogenMod for two years, the end of the road has come for WhisperPush. The project announced today that it would end support for its own implementation of the secure messaging protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.

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Ultrasound-Based Proximity Software Could Replace One Of Those Unsightly Black Circles At The Top Of Your Phone

When you make a phone call, there's a reason your ear doesn't press all the on-screen buttons. The optical sensor near the earpiece is that reason. Thing is, the sensor needs an opening to see if anything is close. It's a small blemish, sure, but it's one manufacturers would love to do away with as they come up with increasingly sexy hardware (soon TVs won't be able to show these devices in commercials without covering them with black bars).

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Verizon's 'FreeBee Data' Allows Partners To Deliver Content By The Gigabyte Without Eating Into Customer Data Plans

Let's say that you're an advertiser, and you just paid six figures for a professionally developed mobile game. We'll call it "Flappy Curd," on the assumption that you are being contracted by a dairy consortium. Your game is a smash hit, winning rave reviews and racking up millions of downloads. But one crucial segment of the market is under-exposed: Verizon Wireless customers. That's because people on Verizon are spending so much money on data plans that if they download Flappy Curd (a 1.2GB game), they can't look at photos on Facebook for the rest of the month. What's a dedicated advertising manager to do?

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Saygus Phone Switches Manufacturers Again, Company Undams Lake Of Word Vomit On Twitter To Justify Actions

Remember Saygus... again? Well, everyone's favorite homegrown smartphone train wreck took to Twitter yesterday to unleash a torrential downpour of excuses for what essentially amounts to additional delays. Surprised? No, I do not believe anyone is at this point.

The short of it (I am condensing because there are 15 separate tweets and 18 replies) is that Saygus dropped their manufacturer in China again because their ODM partner had a "vast difference in biz [sic] policy," which is business-speak for something involving money. What sort of issue it was, exactly, was not elaborated on. That they said "ODM" is also quite revealing, confirming what I had long assumed about Saygus: the core design of the phone was being outsourced to another company.

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Facebook Is Adding Tor Support To The Android App

Say what you will about Facebook's commitment to privacy, the company does offer a Tor address for secure, anonymous connections. That's cool, but you need to use a Tor-enabled browser. That will change in the coming days as Facebook rolls out support for Tor in the Android app.

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[Deal Alert] Choetech Has Sales On USB Type-C Cables, A Type-C Wall Charger, And A Solar Charger Via Amazon

Smartphone batteries are getting bigger, but you still need to juice them up from time to time. The change to USB Type-C means you suddenly have many fewer compatible cables, but Choetech is selling some for cheap, and yes, they're Benson-approved. There's also a USB solar panel on sale, because why not?

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