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Opera Max v2.0 Appears In The Play Store Under A New Listing With Mysterious 'Boost' Feature [Update: Sounds Shady]

Opera was once just a maker of browsers (a browser that cost money in fact), but more recently it's branching out into other areas. For example, the Opera Max VPN service. Opera Max compresses data before it gets to your phone to lower your usage, and there's a new version out today. Opera Max v2.0 is in the Play Store, but it's got an entirely new listing.

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Slickwraps Releases Limited Edition And Super Cool 'Helmetica' Series By Justin Maller

It's not the first time Slickwraps teams up with Justin Maller to create some really unique skins for phones and other gadgets that cater specifically to the geek crowd. Previously, the two released a superhero series with Captain America, Thor, Batman, The Hulk, and more, and now they're back with Justin's Helmetica series.

Justin Maller, of the Facets wallpapers (and app) fame, is an Australian illustrator known for his beautiful low poly designs. In his Helmetica series, he takes on some famous busts and helmets from pop and geek culture and revisits them with his own signature style. And now you can have those same designs on your Android phone (and iPhone and Macbook and iPad and Playstation 4 and Xbox One if that's what you prefer).

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Exposure Settings Make A Return In The Camera App

The camera might be, overall, the most complained-about feature in stock Android. While other flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, the iPhone 6S, and the HTC 10 have gratuitous features provided in their camera apps, the Nexus devices have none. No white balance adjustments, shutter speed corrections, or different filters. Maybe the most obvious option that has been missing is exposure settings, which just about every other device worth its salt has.

However, if dev preview 2 and 3 are of any indication, an option to make changes to exposure may be coming back. In Dev Preview 2, the Pixel C had a Manual Exposure toggle under 'Advanced' in Settings.

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[Promising] Android N Preview 3 Adds An Automatic Level For Power Notification Controls (Previously Known As Full Importance)

The saga of "full importance" notification levels in Android N continues. The feature was introduced in the first developer preview as a more granular control method for notification settings, then it was further modified in the second developer preview with some shuffling and renaming of the different levels and the addition of a sixth one, and now in the third developer preview, we're seeing one more option: Automatic importance.

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Android N Preview 3 Changes The Screen Unpinning Shortcut, No Longer Throws You Back To Recents Overview

Android Lollipop introduced screen pinning: a way for you to lock your device into one app until a specific shortcut was tapped to take you out of it and let you switch to something else.

In Lollipop, a screen is pinned by going to Recents and tapping the green pin button at the bottom right of any app card, and it is unpinned in one of two ways: short tapping Recents and Back simultaneously if no Accessibility service is enabled in your Settings at all, or long tapping Recents if at least one Accessibility service is switched on. That created several problems:

  • the confusion over which shortcut to use depending on whether you have some Accessibility service enabled,
  • the automatic switch to Recents each time you unpinned (you were pressing Recents after all...), which meant that you had to tap the app again to go back to using it,
  • and more recently, the conflict with Multi-Window on N, which requires the same long-tap on Recents action to get triggered.
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Our Google I/O Recap - In 7 Minutes (Video)

Looking to get your head around the majority of the announcements at Google I/O? We've got a video for that. Our summary of all the announcements from the keynote and day one of the show will catch you up with the major happenings at I/O 2016, with our very own Mark Burstiner.

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Gello, CyanogenMod's Custom Chromium-Based Browser, Is Rolling Out To Some CM Builds Now

Remember Gello, that neat Android browser based on Chromium code that was teased by the CyanogenMod developer team a little less than a year ago? It looks like the app is finally finished, or at least ready to make a version 1.0 debut. Joey Rizzoli, the CM developer who teased Gello last July, says that it's ready to go and that managers can begin to incorporate Gello into nightly builds. The browser will be added by the individuals or teams of developers responsible for upkeep on each CyanogenMod device build, so Gello may or may not be immediately on your device's nightly release.

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Samsung Video Billboard Turns A Moscow Office Building Into A 260-Foot Galaxy S7 Edge

These days advertising seems to be looking for an edge, a unique and original approach that will engage potential customers and hold their attention better than the bombastic and simple ads of days gone by. And then again, sometimes it doesn't... sometimes subtelty goes out the window, right before you apply a sign the size of a 25-story building to the other side of it. Such is the case with a Samsung advertisement in the Sokol district of Moscow, which uses a 262-foot tall building as a backdrop for the world's largest Galaxy S7 Edge.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Want A Proper Reboot Function In Stock Android?

The reboot button has been a contentious issue in stock Android for years now, and Google has to date seemed content in not providing this function to users. We actually brought this up with core Android dev Dan Sandler at Google I/O this year - or, rather, Artem brought it up. There's no doubt in my mind that at least some on the Android team don't like the idea of the button because it's a tacit admission that Android needs to be rebooted frequently enough to make the key useful - i.e., it is not as stable over long uptimes as, say, iOS.

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[Update: Now 69.99 At Best Buy] Deal Alert - UE ROLL Just $50 At Best Buy & Amazon (50 Percent Off)

UE's smallest speaker, the ROLL, is 50 percent off right now at Best Buy and Amazon, dropping the price to $50. It packs impressive sound for its diminutive size and boasts 9 hours of battery life, a 65 foot Bluetooth Range, and an IPX7 rated waterproof body. Plus it has a marine-grade bungee cord attached to it that you can use to strap it to things. Gotta love a bungee cord.

Only the red and purple color options are available to ship at Best Buy, though more colors may be available for pickup at your local store.

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