21
Nov
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I love gadgets. I remember wandering around the electronics store, checking the specs on every portable radio cassette player, and drooling over an Aiwa one that could play both sides of the tape without requiring manual flipping. I was also the 14-year-old girl who went to the computer shop and had a list of every spec she wanted in her first computer.

Now in my (very) late twenties, that passion hasn't subsided.

21
Nov
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Back when I was using CyanogenMod on my Galaxy S3 and when Google didn't have a decent Gallery alternative, QuickPic was my go-to replacement photo browser. It was fast at combing through thousands of images and had a clean and clear interface that made it easy to get to the photos you wanted to view. Even though I personally have less reasons to use QuickPic now, many users are still hooked on its lightness, speed, and simplicity.

21
Nov
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It's definitely not as cool or timeless as that Guardians of The Galaxy deal, it's probably limited to the US or a few countries, it's likely not the most targeted deal for our audience, but we still feel compelled to let you know that Google is offering Lorde's Pure Heroine album for free right now on Play Music.

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If this is your jam, you'll be happy to find 10 songs in Lorde's album, including the chart-topper "Royals," and a few other interesting songs like, "Tennis Court," and "Glory And Gore." Unfortunately, this isn't the Extended Release, so you'll be missing out on the catchy, "No Better." I'd better stop typing before I completely morph into Ryan Seacrest.

20
Nov
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The newest beta of Chainfire's SuperSU comes with a major improvement—as of v2.27, you no longer need a modified kernel to gain root on Lollipop devices. This is a beta, and as Chainfire says, there's a chance you could break something and get in a bootloop. Still, this is a great development.

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20
Nov
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Roughly one year ago, the Rockstar Consortium filed a lawsuit against Google and a number of Android handset companies in the Eastern District of Texas for patent infringement. That consortium consisted of Apple, Ericsson, Microsoft, Sony, and Blackberry, companies that bought up a heap of Nortel patents related to telephony and internet technology.

According to re/code, a court filing made by Google earlier this week reveals that the dispute has been settled, and the two are seeking a dismissal of the case.

20
Nov
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The Pebble folks have announced a big update to the smartwatch that many wearers have been waiting a long time for. With version 2.1 of the Android companion app, users can receive notifications from any app they have on their device, rather than a few preset options, without having to turn to a third-party solution. People will have the ability to receive all notifications or select specific apps.

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The update is only available to 10% of users today, but it will gradually roll out to more people running Android 4.3 or higher.

20
Nov
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Andru is probably the most adorable power adapter in the universe. The bugdroid-inspired plug has movable arms, flexible antennae, and light-up eyes (blue means charging, white is for standby), making it a perfect desk charger and about 100 times more dynamic than the average power brick.

The 2.5" adapter has 5V/1A DC output, and normally costs $25 each for an Andru, Andru Dark, Andru Chill, or Andra (pink) unit. In preparation for holiday shopping (or just for fun, who knows?) PowerbyGen is offering all four variants together for just $65, about $35 off the normal price of a full set.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

While we weren't able to find anything else particularly interesting (note: Music Key is not linked to this update, previous versions had it, too), YouTube 5.18 does include some interesting strings referring to upload trimming. Specifically, these strings:

  <string name="android_youtube_upload_lib_name">AndroidYouTubeUploadLib</string>

<string name="video_trim_view_trim_time_regular">%1$02d:%2$02d</string>

<string name="video_trim_view_trim_time_zoomed">%1$02d:%2$02d.%3$03d</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_title">Trim your video</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_description">Drag the handles to trim.</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_zoom_description">Touch and hold to get a closer view.</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_got_it">Got it</string>

It looks like a new upload interface is on the way for YouTube's Android app, and it's probably about time - the current UI is pretty dated.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

Over the last few weeks, we've heard of a feature popping up for Google Play Music All Access users here and there (thanks for the tips!), whereby the app or web interface would link users to relevant music videos inside the app. When listening to or browsing music, the app would show a YouTube icon, sometimes in the center of the screen, sometimes weirdly positioned in the "now playing" bar. It was clear Google was still testing the feature but it looks like now, with the publication of an official change log for Play Music's latest update, Google may be flipping the switch on a wider basis.

20
Nov
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Droid Zap began as an exclusive feature that Verizon and Motorola hyped up together, but since then, the feature has spread out to all Android phones and iOS as well. Now the app is getting a visual refresh that should make it look at home on modern devices. The colors are bolder, cards are all over the place, and cute imagery ties everything together. There's also a floating action button hovering in the corner.

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