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Twitter adds internal browser to Android app in the beta version

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Twitter is testing an internal browser for its Android app, which has been enabled for those on the beta channel. It’s a server side change that will automatically be enabled without having to update the app.

The current stable version of the Android app includes an optional quick read mode, that strips the page of its usual formatting and presents a simplified text and image view optimized for mobile reading. This new update will put the browser in your Twitter app, so links will look exactly like they do in Chrome. Read more »

Check out the new ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer here

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Just about two months left for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron to release and they have now released the third and arguably the most badass trailer of the film yet.

The newest trailer talks more about the Ultron Program and how it came to be. There is also more of Ultron himself in this trailer and we also get a better look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. And of course, more of the Avengers themselves. Read more »

Google changes its stance on Android Lollipop disk encryption from mandatory to optional

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Last year, when Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, one of the key features was full disk encryption that would make it impossible for someone to get data off your device even if they had the device. While this worked in a very specific scenario (it required having a passcode lock on the phone) it was still more secure than before.

Unfortunately, this came with a terrible performance penalty, as noted by AnandTech and Ars Technica in their reports, where the new Nexus 6 with disk encryption was slower than the older Nexus 5 in several tests due to its permanently enabled encryption feature. Read more »

Samsung details the process behind the glass and metal on the Galaxy S6 edge

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Behind the beautiful design of the glass and aluminum body of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, there is a lot that goes on to make the phones look and feel the way they are. Both the phones use glass on the front and back, with the S6 edge having a curved glass on the front, and both phones have an aluminum frame that goes around and inside the phones.

The glass on the S6 edge is made using a process called 3D thermoforming, where the glass is pressed between two moulds after heating it to 800 degree Celsius, which gives it the curved edges on either side and it is then polished to give it the desired finish. Read more »

Tinder Plus expected to arrive today for $9.99

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Dating app Tinder will soon be announcing its monetization plan with the launch of Tinder Plus. The updated app will bring two new feature for those who don’t mind paying for them.

One of the features is something that has been requested a lot, and that is undo for dislikes. When you dislike someone, that person is removed forever and won’t be shown again, unless maybe you reinstall the app. With the undo button, you can bring back accidentally disliked cards back with the press of a button. Read more »

Apple shows off iPhone 6 camera with dedicated photo gallery

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There is little doubt about the fact that iPhone have had some of the best mobile phone cameras for a while now, and that the iPhone 6 is easily the best camera Apple ever put on a phone. The iPhone camera is also one of the most popular, being the number one camera on Flickr (and this includes phones and proper cameras) for several years now.

The company has now made a dedicated gallery of images on its website showcasing some of the pictures people around the world have taken with the iPhone 6. Each photo is followed by a description of what’s going on in the photo, along with the name of the app(s) used to create the image. Read more »

Check out the new Xperia Z4 Tablet and M4 Aqua promo videos

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Sony announced the new Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone. The Z4 Tablet is the company’s latest flagship tablet while the M4 Aqua is more of a mid-range offering.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB memory, stereo speakers, 8 megapixel camera, and digital noise cancelling. It’s also IP68 certified, making it waterproof and dust resistant. Sony also made a Bluetooth keyboard for it to be used as a notebook. Read more »

Swatch announces Touch Zero One fitness tracking watch

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Swatch has announced the new Touch Zero One watch that is made specifically for volleyball players. The watch can track your steps, distance travelled, power hits and power claps, and then calculates the calories burnt.

The watch then pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth and the Swatch app helps you track your fitness level and also use a virtual coach to set fitness goals for yourself. Read more »

Samsung still sending unencrypted data through its Smart TVs

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Samsung came under fire recently for listening to conversations on its Smart TVs and then sending the data unencrypted over to its servers. Samsung responded by saying that the television on which this was found was an older model and newer models don’t have this issue.

Unfortunately for Samsung, the researchers at Pentest Partners found even the new TVs exhibit the same behavior. While the previous test featured the UE46ES8000 model from around two years ago, the new test featured the UE55HU7500 model launched last year and still on sale. Even on this model it was noted that data was being sent in plaintext. Read more »

Firefox for Android gets revamped tablet interface, HTTP/2 support

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Mozilla is rolling out an update for the Android version of Firefox on the Play Store. This update brings with it a new tablet interface and HTTP/2 support.

Firefox now has a revamped tab layout on top that looks just like the tab design on the desktop version of Firefox. There is also now a fullscreen tab panel, which shows a grid of open tabs with thumbnails for a better view of your open sites. Read more »

Google reverses its stance to disallow sexually explicit content on Blogger

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Earlier this week Google announced that it won’t be allowing people to have sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform. Earlier such content would be marked as ‘Adult’ so as to provide a warning to viewers before the content was presented to them but then Google thought even that wasn’t enough.

However, it seems the company has received a fair amount of backlash on the decision, following which it has promptly reversed its stance on it. Read more »

Google gets experimental reader mode in Chrome for desktop

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One of the best features of Safari on desktop or mobile is the Reader mode, that extracts the basic text and the relevant images from a web page and presents it in a more readable manner, free of distractions such as advertisements and odd font choices.

Google has been working on something similar for Chrome. They already added it in Chrome for Android a while back but oddly you have to mess around in chrome:flags to enable it. Now they are bringing it to Chrome for desktop and you can use it with more fiddling around. Read more »

Microsoft makes Android tablet keyboard for hardcore Excel users

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Microsoft has released a new keyboard specifically for Android tablets called Keyboard for Excel. It works only on Android tablets and is aimed at hardcore Excel users who enter a lot of numbers in their sheets.

The main feature of this keyboard is the 10-key number layout or a numpad on the right that makes it convenient to quickly enter numbers and offers similar experience to the numpad on your computer keyboard. Read more »

Microsoft Band gets bike tracking, virtual keyboard, and dictation

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Micosoft Band. the company’s first proper wearable device, just got a major update. One of the key additions is bike tracking. The device will now be able to track your biking activity, whether it’s outdoors on a proper bike or indoors on a stationary exercise bike. The band adjusts its sensors such as the heart rate monitor to adapt to the different stress levels of biking compared to other activities.

The other major additions is a virtual keyboard. The band now shows a tiny keyboard on its tiny display. It uses the same Word Flow or swipe feature present on Windows Phone 8.1 keyboard. If you don’t want to type, there is also a new voice dictation feature. Both of these only work with Windows Phone 8.1 devices, however. Read more »

Check out the first LG G Watch Urbane promo video

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The original G Watch R was already a good looking watch and the first to have a proper circular display instead of a flat tire. But LG recently launched the G Watch Urbane, which improved upon the design of the G Watch R.

The G Watch Urbane has a stainless steel body that comes in gold and silver finishes. It also has a thinner profile and narrower bezel than the G Watch R, making it sleeker and more unisexual than the G Watch R. The Urbane comes with a leather band but it can be replaced with any 22mm band. Read more »