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Google Glass XE16 Update Is Live, Bringing KitKat, Photo Bundles, Sorted Voice Commands, Improved Battery Life, And More [Update: XRV15C Hotfix Rolling Out]

The day Glass Explorers have been anxiously awaiting is finally here, and just in time for the open registration event! After a lengthy 4-month wait, XE16 has emerged and transcended its potential vaporware moniker to became a reality. As we've already learned, this latest installment includes a massive version bump to KitKat, photo bundles, photos in Hangouts, sorted voice commands, and much more.

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Warning, it looks like everything on Glass will be deleted during the update to XE16. Make sure to back up photos and videos, and be prepared to reinstall any non-official apps. Official Glassware will reinstall itself automatically after the update.
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External Blues Redux: Apps Still Have A Loophole For Writing To The SD Card On KitKat, But For How Long?

"Because the history of computing has taught us is that data will not be contained. Data breaks free. It expands to new media, crashes through barriers; painfully, maybe even dangerously. But, uh, there it is… Data finds a way." - Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Gift Shop)

When we last left our favorite removable storage device, OEMs had begun adopting Google’s policy for restricting write access to SD cards. Given the nature of the Android community, it was probably safe to assume the story wouldn’t simply end with some people rooting to re-enable classic file system access and the rest passively accepting that the SD slot was just for decoration.

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Root Your Verizon HTC One M8 And M7 With WeakSauce By Justin Case And Beaups

You've taken the plunge and thrown down some cold hard cash on a brand new HTC One M8, but you're feeling stifled because Verizon doesn't want to allow the bootloader to be unlocked? You might want to check out WeakSauce, a handy new root exploit by XDA recognized developers Justin Case (jcase) and beaups. It's a simple tool that can set up root on both the HTC One M8 and last year's model, the HTC One (codenamed M7).

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

Note: WeakSauce is only for the Verizon variants of the HTC One M8 and M7.
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HTC Releases One (2013) 4.4.2 Kernel Source For Numerous Carriers And Unlocked Devices

HTC has released a whole slew of kernel source files for the 2013 version of the One today, following the gradual rollout of Android 4.4.2 to the device around the world. There are, frankly, too many variants to name in this post individually, but some of the highlights include Vodafone UK, AT&T, Sprint, O2 in Germany and the UK, and a number of unlocked variants. The screenshots below tell the full story.

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If you want to download said source code, head on over to the HTCdev site and have at it.

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Google Play Listings Now Support Distinct "What's New" Text For Alpha, Beta, And Production Channels

Developers have certainly made great use of the Alpha and Beta distribution channels in the Play Store since they became available last summer. There was one glaring oversight: developers could only write a single block of text for the "What's New" section. This often led to changelogs that left beta testers in the dark about changes or confusing regular users with promises of new features and fixes that hadn't yet materialized in the stable channel. Well, this problem ends today. Google has finally opened up support for distinct changelog text for each channel!

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Things don't look all that different from before.

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[GDC 2014] Google Releases Version 1.0 Of Cross-Platform 'LiquidFun' Physics Engine

Last December, Google announced LiquidFun, a cross-platform physics engine developers could use to create realistic gaming experiences. Now, as a part of Google Developer Day at this year's Game Developers Conference, the company has released version 1.0 out into the wild. It's also provided no shortage of videos demoing what the project is capable of.

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Samsung Opens Up Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo To Developers With Release Of The Tizen SDK For Wearables

When Samsung announced the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo last month, the news came with the confirmation that the company was dropping Android from both devices. Instead, both smart watches are powered by Tizen. This may not mean all that much for consumers in the short term, but it does impact developers. For you, Samsung has just shared the first version of the Tizen SDK aimed at wearables. This is what you need to grab if you intend to build apps for the company's two intelligent wristwatches.

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Samsung has versions of the SDK available for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu.

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Security Researcher Dan Rosenberg Calls Bullshit On Samsung "Backdoor" Vulnerability Published By FSF

If you've been watching your tech news feed regularly over the past day or so, you've probably come across at least one story making the rounds about a "backdoor" vulnerability in some newer Samsung phones. The original report, published by the Free Software Foundation and written by Paul Kocialkowski, a developer of Replicant, does all but directly accuse Samsung of planting a method of securing remote access to users' devices. A quick read over of the piece makes it rather obvious that the author has a rather significant bone to pick with any and all proprietary software:

Provided that the modem runs proprietary software and can be remotely controlled, that backdoor provides remote access to the phone's data, even in the case where the modem is isolated and cannot access the storage directly.

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Pebble Announces App Challenge Competition Offering A $5,000 Grand Prize For The Highest Voted Submission

Following last week's big update, the Pebble smartwatch now has a centralized app store where Android users can find nifty content for their monochromatic watch. What next? The team is kicking off the Pebble App Challenge, offering up $5,000 to the app developer who finishes first and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists. Users get new apps, some developers get nice stuff, and we the public get to watch the action firsthand.

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The challenge starts today, with developers having until 5pm PST March 23rd to make submissions. Between March 24th and the 27th, developers, Pebble owners, and the broader public will vote for their favorite apps, with the top sixteen moving on to the final round of the competition.

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