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XBMC gets modified to run on Android TV, works like a charm

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The popular home media center application XBMC (soon to be known as Kodi) is running on Android TV like a champ. Keyan Mobli, who’s part of the XBMC dev community reports that it wasn’t too much work to get it going on Google’s TV version of Android, which is due to launch in the coming months.

What you see above is a photo of XBMC showing on the Leenback Launcher of Android TV that’s running on ADT-1 (dev box for developers given at Google I/O 2014). Mobli shares that 1080p video playback is a breeze and everything is running flawlessly. Read more »

MIUI v.6 launches for the Xiaomi Mi 2 and Mi2S in a week’s time

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Xiaomi plans to launch an update for its Xiaomi Mi 2 and Mi 2S smartphones by the end of this week. The update in question is MIUI v.6, which was first mentioned at the launch of the Xiaomi Mi4.

The latest version of MIUI will sport a more simplified look that’s free of clutter. It’ll be sporting the popular “flat design” with a bunch of new features. Read more »

Sony Underwater Apps for Xperia smartphones go live

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Sony Mobile released six apps that showcase the water resistance of its flagship Xperia smartphones. Sony Underwater Apps is currently available in the United States for Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z.

The apps, which look undeniably fun and goofy, utilize a great deal of clever engineering to work. Read more »

You can now download torrents on your iOS device

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Torrent apps have not been allowed on iOS devices for a while due to all of the stigma (usually due to piracy) associated with the downloading medium.

That is, until now. Blue Downloader is a bit torrent application for iOS that let’s users download torrent files right onto their device. Read more »

Get a Now TV Sky Sports Pass for £10.99

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Want to watch all of your favorite sporting events on Sky TV, but are bummed out by the price tag for only 24 hours of access?

Well now, you’ll be able to get a Sky Sports Pass for for seven days and enjoy streaming your games all from your mobile device or tablet. Read more »

OnePlus One gets Android 4.4.4 update along with new camera feature

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Today a new firmware update for the OnePlus One started rolling out, albeit slowly. It’s expected to have reached all the devices out there by the end of this week and it brings with it the absolute latest version of Android – 4.4.4.

Alongside that and many bug fixes, there’s also a new camera feature called Clear Image which stitches together 10 individual shots for a final “super high-res photo”. Read more »

XDA-modified YouTube app allows playback with the screen off

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Playing YouTube videos with the screen off has been a highly requested feature for a very long time and finally you can have it today. Thanks to the work of an XDA developer theos0o, who has modified the YouTube 4.4.11 apk file, the feature is now a reality.

The nice thing about the modified app is that you don’t need to have root privileges on your device. Simply uninstall the existing YouTube app by visiting the Play Store (you can always re-install it later on), then side-load and install the modified YouTube app. Read more »

Facebook Messenger receives barrage of one-star reviews amid forced switch

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As has been expected for quite a while, Facebook has started taking the Messenger part out of its official app for iOS and Android this week, prompting those who want to use the feature to install the standalone Messenger. To say that this hasn’t gone well with users would be an understatement.

Facebook Messenger is now the No.1 app in the iTunes App Store for iOS, but it has a paltry one-star rating. It’s unclear if something like this has ever happened before – for the most downloaded app in the App Store to have such dismal reviews. Read more »

Meta M1 is a steam-punky premium smartwatch

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Meta used to be the king of the smartwatch roost back in the day, but they’ve been pretty quiet on the wearable front. That is, until now.

Meet the Meta M1, which goes on pre-order today. Read more »

Oppo outs ColorOS V2.0.0i Beta for Find 5

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The Chinese designer and manufacturer of high-end smartphones Oppo released a new ColorOS Beta for the Find 5. Version V2.0.0i brings a host of improvements to the company’s 2012 flagship, though there’s no official word on which Android version it is based on.

Color V2.0.0i Beta brings a revamped, more minimalistic UI redesign. Read more »

Android YouTube app now supports 1440p resolution

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Google recently introduced the option to select the resolution of the video you are watching in the Android version of the YouTube app. Depending upon the device you are using, the maximum resolution option would differ, although it is known to get confused at times.

So far, the maximum resolution option available in the app was 1080p, even if you have happen to have a smartphone or tablet with higher resolution. But to address that minor inconvenience, the app now goes up to 1440p on select devices. Read more »

VSCO Cam for Android updated to v3.0

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VSCO has updated their VSCO Cam app for Android to version 3.0. The update was released on iOS months ago but it took them quite a while to bring it to Android.

The main feature in this update is the ability to find and follow other users of VSCO Grid. VSCO Grid is a social network where you can upload images from the VSCO app. So far, the only way to view and follow the profiles of other VSCO users was from the website or the iOS app but now you can do it from within the Android app as well. Read more »

College campuses allow for visual tours with Google Maps

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Thinking about checking out potential college campuses, but don’t have the time to see them in person?

Fret not, because Google’s got you covered. You can now take online tours of College Campuses right through Google Maps Street View. Read more »

Yelp for iOS will translate reviews for you

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Yelp’s great for finding new restaurants in strange cities, but what about foreign places where you don’t speak the native tongue?

Well have no fear, because the Yelp app for iOS will now automatically translate reviews in a language you’ll understand. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Duo Camera effects can now be shared online

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Today HTC’s published an update to its Gallery app in the Play Store. This update enables owners of the One (M8) to use the new Duo Effects Gallery, which is a Web viewer that lets you share the interactive viewing experience of the Duo Camera’s effects with anyone.

This Web interface lets people you’ve shared your works of art with change the focus point in an image, as well as choose which part of the picture has effects applied. UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus effects are now shareable with whoever you like. Read more »