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After Scuffles With Apple, Google, And Others, Holder Of Defunct Patent Goes After Independent Developers [Update]

The short version of this story is that Tse Ho Keung, holder of a patent that is currently within an inch of its life, has so far failed to get any traction in lawsuits against major tech companies (...and Blockbuster), and has resorted to threatening independent developers in a dual effort to either gain money or to avenge the name of his patent by forcibly eliciting amicus briefs and declaratory statements.

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[Android Wear 5.0.1 Feature Spotlight] Double Or Triple Click The Watch's Button To Activate Theatre Or Sunlight Mode

There's a lot to love about Android Wear 5.0.1. The new custom watch face support was just the tip of the iceberg, as we have recently discovered that you can disable Tilt to wake, image searches are more functional, and screenshot support is available but finicky. Another new feature that made it onto Wear 5.0.1 is the new mode switcher for Theatre and Sunlight, both of which are accessible by swiping down on the watch face and scrolling beyond the Mute screen.

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[Update: Rolling Out] Nexus 5 To Receive Android 5.0.1 OTA Update Today According To Sprint And T-Mobile

Update: Here is the link to the OTA file, direct from Google's servers.

We get excited about bugfix releases around these parts, even if they don't bring the kind of glossy user-facing changes that the big updates do. Android 5.0.1 hit AOSP early this month, and now it looks like the over-the-air update will be on its way to Nexus 5 owners before the end of today. Sprint and T-Mobile have both shared the news themselves.

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[Android Wear 5.0.1 Feature Spotlight] You Can Take Screenshots From The Wear App, But It's Pretty Weird (And Broken On The G Watch R)

Taking screenshots of Android Wear has been doable since it launched with a wired or Bluetooth ADB connection, but the Lollipop update added screenshot functionality to the Android app exactly as rumored. Great, this should make us all very happy. The only problem, though, is that Google's implementation is bizarre and a little buggy. Here's how you do it.

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[Update: ZIP File] Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Is Getting Its Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA

Update: Here's the OTA zip file straight from Google's servers.

Google and Samsung haven't forgotten about the first Google Play Edition phone. Yes, the Galaxy S4 GPE is getting its Android 5.0 update right now. Time to hit that update menu.

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[Android Wear 5.0.1 Feature Spotlight] Image Search Surfaces Results Directly On Your Watch

Ok Google, Show me images of Chris Hemsworth. Awwww, that's what I'm talking about! *Clears throat*. Oh hi, I didn't see you there. Come in. We're serving some cool images right to your wrist in the form of Google Image searches on Android Wear. Want some? You'll need the latest Wear update (I don't recall this working before and neither does our tipster - correct us if we're wrong) and you should initiate an image search by asking Google to "show images of [subject]" or "show photos of [subject]."

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Very inception.

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Plex Update Adds Support For Playlists On Android And Android TV, Improves Play Queue Handling, And More

If you have a lot of media files on your computer or server and you like the freedom of streaming them to your mobile phones, tablets, TVs, and other screens, chances are you're either using XBMC or Plex. For fans of the latter, there's some good news waiting for you in the form of a major update to the Android app.

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Playlist support has been added to Plex on both the mobile layout and Android TV.

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[Android Wear 5.0.1 Feature Spotlight] Tilt To Wake Can Be Disabled Now, Gesticulate All You Want Without Turning Your Watch's Screen On

Here's a feature I have yearned for in Android Wear since I first used my LG G Watch: disabling the gesture monitoring that wakes the screen when you tilt the watch toward you. Sure, it feels a bit magical at first, but I am a fairly active person and I wave and gesture a lot when I'm talking. This means that my watch's screen keeps turning on when I'm running, driving, or just having a regular conversation. It's distracting, especially at night when I'm driving or riding in a car, and it sure wasn't helping the battery life either.

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[APK Download] Android Wear App Gets Bumped To 1.0.5, Bringing Material Elements And Paving The Road For Wear 5.0

Android Wear is receiving one of its major updates in the next days to 5.0 with a lot of goodies in tow, like official support for custom watch faces, undoing for notification dismissal, and more. The app counterpart on Android devices is getting updated too to keep up with these new features, and that new version is starting to roll out now.

What's New?

The update bumps Android Wear (the app, not the software running on your watch) to 1.0.5 and doesn't seem to bring much beside a spiffy interface update to a more Material look.

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[Update: 4.4 Support Is Back] Facer Gets Updated With Material Design, Now Only Works With Wear 5.0

Update: Looks like Google let the developer restore 4.4 support to the existing app. So...you can have Facer again.

When it comes to rolling your own watchfaces, few apps do it better than Facer. It's crazy-customizable, feature rich, and easy to use. I figure at this point most hardcore Wear users are sporting it (or have at least tried it out), and today it's getting a pretty significant update.

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