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WordPress 4.4 Introduces A New Look When Viewing Page And Post Lists, Post Previews, Stats, And More

The WordPress developers have bumped the Android app up to version 4.4, introducing a number of visual tweaks in the process. Some of them are better for phones than they are for tablets. Whether they're an improvement is for you to judge.

For starters, the page and post list page has changed from two panels into a list of floating titles. You can see the headline, a few lines of text, and a featured image. Edit, Preview, Stats, and Trash options line the bottom.

This change results in less information displayed on tablets in landscape mode than we saw in previous versions.

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Hands On With Android Wear On iOS

Full disclosure: I own an iPhone 6. It's not my daily driver (I use it for testing and design research), but when Android Wear for iOS was announced, I thought it might be fun to connect my Moto 360 to the iPhone and see what our friends using iOS might experience if they decide to pair up with an Android Wear watch.

The app

First things first: the Android Wear app for iOS. In general the experience will seem familiar to Android users. Pair up your watch using its special name/code, then view a video going over the basics, etc. The iOS onboarding process feels a bit laborious, since - if you follow the app's guidance - you'll have to do things like venture into iOS settings to enable bluetooth, double click the home button, and go back to Wear, but it's not unbearable and in practice you can just swipe up the iOS quick settings from the bottom.

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Wacom Announces The Bamboo Spark, A Pricey Pen, Pad, And Case Combo That Lets You Record Digital Writing On Conventional Paper

Do you long for the simpler days of pen and paper? Do you need direct pen input to your tablet or phone for drawing or equations? Do you just want a really nifty folio case to make all the other board members jealous at the next meeting? In all three cases, Wacom has you covered. The famous graphics tablet company is branching further into mobile accessories with the Bamboo Paper, a folio that combines some impressive technology to let you write on standard paper and save your work digitally to Android or iOS.

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Here's how it works. The Spark includes a specialized Bluetooth-enabled pen, but it's writing in old-fashioned ink - there's no stylus, powered or otherwise, in the package.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Is Now Available For Purchase From Retailers And Carriers

It's been a while since we've seen Samsung do anything in the high-end tablet market; in fact, the original Tab S was probably the last flagship tablet the manufacturer released. But today marks the nationwide availability of that tablet's successor(s), the Tab S2 9.7 and S2 8.0.

As the names suggest, this pair packs 9.7-inch and 8.0-inch displays, respectively, both using the 4:3 aspect ratio that many users crave (and equally as many users hate). Otherwise, these are both packing some pretty intense hardware under the hood:

  • SoC: Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
  • Display: 2048×1536(QXGA) Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 8MP AF(rear), 2.1MP(front)
  • Memory: 3GB(RAM) + 32/64GB internal memory, microSD up to 128GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4GHz/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth®4.1 BLE
  • GPS: GPS, GLONASS
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Finger Scanner, Gyroscope, Compass, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
  • Video: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, VP8.
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Madfinger's Next High-End Freemium First-Person Zombie Shooter, UNKILLED, Is Live On The Play Store

Fans of Madfinger's over-the-top Dead Trigger series have been waiting for a follow-up for some time. Wait no longer, FPS enthusiasts: UNKILLED, the self-styled "best-looking zombie shooter ever made for mobile devices," is now available for wide download on the Play Store. You'll need an Android 4.1 or higher device, about 200MB of storage, and a strong tolerance for shooting things in the face in order to install it, but you won't need any money.

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Google Admin Gets An Updated Material Design Look, New Icon, Richer User Profiles, Bulk Actions, More [APK Download]

It's taken Google more than a year to update its own apps to comply with its new design philosophy, and we're still seeing apps just now receive the Material blessing. Google Admin, the administrator app of Google Apps, is the latest one to get a fresh coat of paint. This follows the update to the Admin web console that we saw back in February this year.

You should know by now what to expect of a Material design look so I won't dwell over that. For a comparison, this is what Google Admin looked like a few days ago and below is what you should see once the app is updated.

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Lenovo's VIBE P1 And P1m Bring 5000mAh And 4000mAh Batteries And Fast Charging To The Midrange (But Not To North America)

I love this smartphone era we're going through. Two years ago, something like Lenovo's new P1 or P1m would have cost a fortune, but now these devices are launching in the low to midrange, with prices that could awe and tempt the best of us. As David said a few days ago, the cheap smartphone is rising and that benefits us all.

So what's so special about these Lenovo devices? Mostly, their battery size. The larger P1 (5.5" Full HD IPS display) has a 5,000 mAh battery, good for about 45 hours of 4G talk time. The smaller P1m (5" 720p IPS display) gets a 4,000 mAh battery, which should last for 16 hours of 4G talk time.

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Rebuild 3: Gangs Of Deadsville Is A Zombie-Themed Base-Builder That You Might Actually Want To Play

When you read the words "zombie-themed base-builder," some of the more hilariously awful games on the Play Store come to mind, including this classic gem of wanton intellectual property theft. But don't close the tab just yet: Rebuild 3 is a zombie of a different off-green hue. First of all, it comes from developer Northway Games, which made such unique titles as Inredipede and Deep Under the Sky. Second, it's a premium $5 title with no in-app purchases, which is more than you can say for the vast majority of both builder and zombie games for Android.

And third, it's just a solid game overall.

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Sony's Xperia Z5 Series Pricing Surfaces Across Europe — From €549 For The Z5 Compact To €799 For The Z5 Premium, Even More In The UK

Sony is one of the very rare companies who know how to balance the right level of features between smaller and larger devices. Their newly announced Z5 series has a very powerful Z5 Compact, a good Z5, and a slightly fluffed up Z5 Premium, all without compromising on processor, RAM, or camera performance.

However, that comes at a price and we're just starting to discover what the tag will be on these smartphones. Sony's announcement didn't include any pricing details, but retailers all across Europe and the UK have begun listing the different Z5 devices on their sites. Here are the known amounts of euros and pounds you should part with:

So yeah, that's a boatload of money for the Z5 Premium and a lesser one for the other two models.

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Greenify 2.7 Adds Experimental Android 6.0 Marshmallow Support, Tweaks Hibernation Options

If you're like me, then there are at least 2-3 apps that find a new home on your phone every week, because they just seem cool. These apps start piling up after a while and eating away at your battery and RAM in the background, even when you're not actively using them. Greenify solves this issue by hibernating selected apps when they're not in the foreground, essentially stopping all of their processes until you launch them again. And now the app has received a nice update that makes it even better.

Version 2.7 adds experimental Android 6.0 support so you can use the app if you've flashed Marshmallow Preview 3 on your device.

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