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[New App] LiveLeak Releases Official Android App That Is Every Bit As Ugly As The Website

YouTube is not the only source of online streaming video. In fact, there are certain vids you simply won't see on Google's streaming video site. For times like that, there's LiveLeak. The website doesn't work very well on a mobile device, but now there's an app. It's unattractive, and works in a somewhat bizarre way, but it's still an improvement.

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The LiveLeak interface is just a long list of videos in various categories. There isn't a coherent navigation system, either. All the areas of the app are in the action bar menu – at least there's an action bar, though.

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Another Android 4.3 Change: Photo Spheres Look A Lot Better Now

Google Maps product manager Evan Rapoport revealed another Android 4.3 change on Google+ this morning - better photo spheres. Photo spheres were introduced in Android 4.2, and I truly believe they're one of the biggest things to happen to personal photography in years. They're limited to Nexus devices for the time being - and viewing outside of Maps / Google+ is still hard - but it's encouraging to see that Google is still going strong developing the feature.

There are two changes to photo spheres in Android 4.3, but they're big ones. First, alignment and stitching are "much better" - arguably two of the biggest problems with photo spheres.

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[Updated] Root On Android 4.3 Is Still A Bit Broken, But Chainfire's SuperSU Works, And Here's Why

It's no surprise that Google's latest update to our favorite operating system is in instant demand amongst power users and enthusiasts. Without fail, the people eagerly installing 4.3 are frequently the same ones who consider root privileges a necessity for a good Android experience. Unfortunately, it seems a wrench has been thrown into the works when it comes to exposing ultimate access, and people are experiencing more than a few hiccups because of it.

For those who have already tried playing this game, you're probably aware that the original superuser app (by ChainsDD) and it's replacement authored by Koush aren't exactly compatible with the latest and greatest version of Android.

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Sundar Pichai Tells WSJ Reporter That A New Samsung Nexus 10 Is On The Way

Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati has let it slip that none other than Chrome/Android head Sundar Pichai has divulged the existence of a next-generation Samsung-made Nexus 10 tablet. If Pichai related more details to Efrati, he's keeping them under his hat. Still, Samsung is more or less confirmed as the OEM for Google's next 10-inch slate.

The Nexus 10 was announced along side the Nexus 4 late last year. It came with an unprecedented 2560x1600 LCD panel, which has since spurred other OEMs to step it up in the display department.

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Benchmarked: 2013 Nexus 7 vs. 2012 Nexus 7 - Just How Much Faster Is It? A Lot, Apparently

While we aren't going to claim benchmarks are any kind of end-all measurement for real-world performance, there's little denying many people take a lot of stock in such utilities when purchasing a new device. The new Nexus 7, which is now packing basically the same chip as the Nexus 4, should provide a major performance boost over its Tegra 3 predecessor. But just how much of a boost? Google quantified it as 1.8x CPU performance, and 4x GPU performance. Let's see what the popular holistic benchmarking app Geekbench 2 has to say about that, along with the memory benchmark Androbench.

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The Hour-Long Nexus 7 2013, Android 4.3, And Chromecast Event Is Now Available On YouTube

Do you have a spare 64 minutes and a burning desire to analyze every second of Google's latest press event? Alternately, did you miss the livestream and Sundar Pichai's dulcet tones because a faulty alternator stranded you at a truck stop for two hours? Then you're in luck, and so am I! The full version of Google's July 24th event has been posted to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

If you'd like to dig deeper, check out our coverage of the new Nexus 7, the Chromecast TV dongle, the introduction of Android 4.3, and an in-depth look at the new additions to the third Jelly Bean release.

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[New App] Quad Drawer From LevelUp Studio Is A T9 App Launcher With A Ton Of Features

Good old T9 is still good for some stuff, as we recently learned from T9 App Dialer. Apparently this is becoming a thing now, because here comes LevelUp Studio (of Beautiful Widgets fame) with an alternative T9 app launcher. Quad Drawer lets you tap out app names, but it does a lot more.

You can launch Quad Drawer like any other app to get the keypad, but it also has swipable tabs with multiple ways of listing your apps – recent, install date, alphabetical, and most used. As you spell out app names, Quad Drawer offers a big list of options, but the top result is highlighted and has a launch button down at the bottom of the key pad.

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Chromecast Availability Update: Amazon And Best Buy Are Out Of Stock, Play Store Now Ships In 3-4 Weeks

It's been less than a day since Google unveiled the Chromecast, and after both virtual and physical dashes to the store, it's worth pausing to see how the dust has settled. Many of us couldn't help ourselves and may have accidentally bought two as impulse buys, but there are bound to be some of you who needed a bit more time to come to a decision. Here's how the landscape looks. I'll cut straight to the bad news - Amazon is sold out.

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Best Buy was your best bet until just recently, but now the device is sold out online there, too.

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[SIMply Absurd] LG Partners With MediaTek To Create Triple-SIM Phones

Almost all the GSM phones released in North America have a single SIM card, but there are a lot of areas of the world where having a dual-SIM device is a big advantage. These devices can utilize two networks at the same time for calls, data, and SMS. For when two just isn't enough, LG is going to soon offer phones with three SIM slots.

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LG is teaming up with MediTek to create the new triple-SIM devices, which will almost certainly never arrive in the US. We don't even have three legitimate GSM networks to connect to. The devices will essentially be capable of grabbing data from one network, receiving an SMS on a second, and having a voice call on a third all at the same time.

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App Ops: Android 4.3's Hidden App Permission Manager, Control Permissions For Individual Apps! [Update]

Android 4.3 has a hidden feature! It's called "App Ops" and it lets you selectively disable some permissions for your apps. Is some misbehaving app constantly pinging your location and draining your battery in a few hours? You can fix that now.

Update! Optional permissions at install

I'm working on my full 4.3 teardown, but I just ran across this and had to add it here:

<string name="grant_confirm_question">Do you want to grant the following permissions? It will get access to:</string>

I found this in the Package Installer, so once this is fully launched, it looks like you'll be able to deny some permissions the time of installation, too.

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