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AirDroid Beta 4.0.0.2 fixes major security issues, official rollout expected soon

A few days ago, independent security firm Zimperium released details about several major security flaws in the popular AirDroid application. In summary, attackers can easily intercept insecure requests to AirDroid's servers, as well as push malicious APKs to devices which appear as AirDroid add-on updates (which AirDroid then prompts the user to accept). Granted, the user has to be on an insecure Wi-Fi network for the attack to work, but it's still a major problem.

That alone is bad enough, but Zimperium informed AirDroid of the problem a whopping seven months ago. During that time, a major 4.0 update was released, which still had the same security issues.

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Joaomgcd's Join app gets voice control powers from Chrome in the latest update

João Dias, better known online by his handle Joaomgcd, is one of the most prolific indie developers around. In addition to his work on a smorgasbord of Tasker plugins, he's also released Join, a Pushbullet alternative that allows sending commands to your phone via a Chrome extension on a nearby PC. The latest update to the extension adds voice control, so users can "push" links to Android or perform other tasks with a Star Trek-style voice command. It even uses "Computer" as the prompt - classy.

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Sling TV introduces recording with a closed beta for its Cloud DVR service

While Sling TV makes a pretty compelling offering for those who want to ditch expensive conventional television service, its all-live setup is something of a bummer - recording has become so ingrained in the premium TV mindset that it's hard to give up. The company is rectifying that shortcoming with Cloud DVR, a (wait for it) DVR service that uses cloud storage to hold recorded TV episodes and other content. It's in closed beta right now - prospective users can sign up and cross their fingers at this address.

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[Update: Live on stable build] Latest Spotify beta brings back a redesigned bottom nav bar

I am certainly not the first to say it, but I do not like the bottom navigation bar thing. Perhaps because I have been trained to like the slide-out navigation in my years of using Android. Who knows. Regardless, it is a trend and we are seeing more apps toying with the idea. A few months ago, the Spotify beta app introduced this change. You had five tabs with which to navigate and that was that.

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Nextbit Robin receives Nougat in closed beta program [Update: Official]

The Nextbit Robin was released earlier this year, and shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone received a fair bit of publicity for having the unique ability to back up unused apps to the cloud (and retrieve them at any time), as well as simply being a good inexpensive Android device.

Back in June, Nextbit announced a closed beta program that any Nextbit user can sign up for. Now the first Nougat beta has been released to testers.

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OnePlus community build 3.5.6 (Open Beta 7) for OnePlus 3 brings audio tuner, November security patch, and more

For a few months now, OnePlus has been pushing beta community builds to the now-discontinued OnePlus 3 in an effort to merge its two ROMs, OxygenOS and HydrogenOS. Now, the Shenzhen-based company has pushed community build 3.5.6 to the 3, and it brings a number of improvements and fixes.

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Microsoft is launching a 'Skype Insiders Program' with a standalone beta version of the app

Skype, for all its flaws, is one of the most popular VoIP and video chat services in the world. You can help make it a little better by joining Microsoft's new Skype Insiders Program. It's basically a beta program, but they don't call it that. There's also a separate standalone app that you can install alongside the regular one.

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Huawei is launching an Honor 8 EMUI 5.0 beta test in cooperation with XDA

Huawei has made some great hardware, but the software is another story. The EMUI Android skin has been consistently sluggish, confusing, and redundant. Huawei has been promising a big redesign in EMUI 5.0, and now users of the Honor 8 have a shot at trying it out. You have to apply for inclusion in the beta test, and you can do so (oddly) at XDA.

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Samsung publishes [non-functional] Nougat beta enrollment app in Galaxy Apps store

It was not too long ago that Samsung gave U.K. owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the ability to enroll their devices in the Marshmallow beta program. This marked a step outside of Samsung's norm, which was internal testing of major software updates. So here we are in the latter part of 2016 and Samsung seems to be following its new methodology... At least, it looked that way briefly.

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Sci-fi western Space Marshals 2 hits the Play Store in beta form

Space is not lawless—it's up to the Space Marshals to keep the peace and go after the bad guys. There are plenty of bad guys to be gone after in Space Marshals 2. As you can probably guess, it's the sequel to the well-received original Space Marshals. It retains the tactical top-down combat, adding a whole new story and levels.

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