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Phandroid News app update brings layout tweaks, performance enhancements and more

Phandroid - 49 min 20 sec ago

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If you enjoy using our Android app to stay abreast of all the latest Android news you’ll want to pay attention to this particular story: the Phandroid app has gotten an upgrade!

What you’ll be treated to once you take the download won’t be sweeping changes or an awesome new redesign that you’ll immediately notice, but the changes that have been made all go toward providing a much more solid experience overall. Here’s the full list in case you’re curious:

  • Added new UI effects and tweaks
  • Replaced DataDroid (deprecated) with Retrofit
  • Updated about and open source licenses
  • Improved speed of endless listView
  • Improved comment layout stability and speed
  • Fixed tablet layout for portrait mode
  • Fixed Disqus token bug, now will warn of expiring token
  • Fixed notification showing with app in foreground
  • Fixed inline YouTube url bug
  • Fixed all other reported bugs

You’ll definitely want to update your app as soon as possible if you’ve been annoyed by any of these bugs. While you’re at it, why not consider joining the Phandroid App beta community right here?

You’ll get all these updates sooner and it goes a long way toward helping our awesome developer Steve Albright create the best app possible (it helps that you’re reporting bugs without even having to submit a bug report). Be sure to let us know how the new changes are treating you in the comments below!

Phandroid (Playboard) | Phandroid (Play Store)

Fleksy Keyboard Updated To Version 3.0 With Premium Themes And 17 New Supported Languages

Android Police - 57 min 24 sec ago

unnamed (2)Auto-correcting keyboard Fleksy made headlines last month with its interesting support for Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatches, but don't let it be said that they're neglecting the standard Android app. Today the company is updating its unconventional keyboard to version 3.0, notably adding the "Fleksy Store" to the premium version. This store will offer themes for users to buy via in-app purchase. At launch (sometime this morning, US time) there will be six themes available, and anyone who's purchased the keyboard gets a free bonus theme.

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iBOLT car dock – a complete NFC driving experience [Review]

Android Guys - 2 hours 19 min ago
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I had the opportunity of reviewing the iBOLT car windshield/dash dock kit and it couldn’t have come at a better time, since the unusually hot weather we’re having in the UK had resulted in my previous dock losing it’s ability to actually support the weight of my device.

First impressions of the iBOLT are very positive, with the dock itself feeling extremely well made in hand. The kit comes with either an arm to stick to the windshield or a pad for attaching it to the dash. I opted for the windshield and had it attached within minutes. The iBolt is extremely easy to assemble out of the box and is secured to the windscreen using a very secure suction cup.

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There are three toothed supports which are adjustable on the iBOLT; two on the bottom and one on the top. The arm on the top slides up and down with a springback in order to insert your phone into the holder. This is then secured using a little switch on the rear of the holder to provide the downforce needed on the device to keep it secure. It’s this switch which can be often hard to access, especially with the holder attached to the windscreen as you can’t see it and can’t look behind it without banging your head.

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When it comes to the way it holds the device, the iBOLT is second to none, keeping my phone absolutely still when driving; often docks can hold your phone but it’ll vibrate up and down as you drive along.

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The iBOLT also takes advantage of NFC enabled devices by including a dongle that can be swiped against the device to launch a dedicated driving app. The iBOLT Dock’n Drive app turns your Android device into a driving assistant, providing a variety of utilities including a speedometer and compass. In addition, the app uses something called ‘ItCanWait’ functionality to suppress your incoming SMS alerts to avoid distraction.

Not only is the iBOLT a fantastic dock to securely hold your device, but it also comes with a great companion app that finishes off the package, offering the perfect tools for your device that can improve your driving experience.

com.ibolt.carhome (Playboard) | com.ibolt.carhome (Play Store)

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Twitch for Android gets updated with a brand new interface

Android Guys - 4 hours 39 min ago
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The popular live streaming service Twitch has just updated its Android app, and with it brings a beautiful new interface as well as some other notable changes to the functionality of the app itself.

The Android app allows users on phones and tablets to watch live streams of people playing games, and if you’ve never tried out Twitch before I’d definitely recommend it – it’s strangely addictive.

The new features for Twitch version 3.0 are as follows:

  • A beautiful new interface.
  • Follow your favorite channels.
  • Brand new broadcaster profiles.
  • Chat on a channel, even when the broadcaster is offline.
  • Expanded search that is by channels, people and games.

And here’s a video demoing the new version.

Twitch (Playboard) | Twitch (Play Store)

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Final Fantasy III and IV now 50% off on Google Play

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:36pm
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Two great classic JRPGs, Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV, are usually fairly expensive on the Google Play Store, but for a limited time you can get them for half off the normal price.

The games usually sell for $15.99 and are currently $7.99. This may still be slightly expensive for a game, but think about the quality you’re getting, especially since they’re remakes of the classic Nintendo games from Square Enix.

According to Google Play, Final Fantasy III was first released in 1990 and was the first title in the Final Fantasy series to become a million-seller. A full 3D remake was released in 2006. The story is about darkness falling over the land, robbing it of light, and four children being chosen by the crystals to set forth on a journey to save the world.

Final Fantasy IV, which was originally released in 1991, it was the fourth installment in the Final Fantasy series. It was the first game to introduce the Active Time Battle (ATB) system, “which has become synonymous with the series,” plus it introduced the Augment system, “which enabled the transfer of abilities from other characters and gave players an edge in battles.” The game follows dark knight Cecil who tries to prevent the sorcerer Golbez from seizing powerful crystals and destroying the world.

Either game is worth the price and a worthy addition to your Android game collection.

FINAL FANTASY III (Playboard) | FINAL FANTASY III (Play Store) FINAL FANTASY IV (Playboard) | FINAL FANTASY IV (Play Store)

 

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Download and install Google Play Store 4.9.13 aka Material Design update [APK]

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:30pm
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It was just a matter of time before we’d see Google releasing the update of the Google Play Store which brought it in-line with the Material Design of Android L. We’ve seen it leak recently and the rollout started today. Google+ received the Material Design overhaul first and is now followed by the Play Store, which reached version 4.9.13.

Even though certain parts of the app did get the Material Design overhaul, this is definitely not the final update to that design element as most of it is still intact. Google will definitely tinker with the app’s design more in the near future. That being said, you’ll see the changes made if you visit the content pages, in other words visit a certain app, movie, book or music content. You’ll notice new animations and header along with the new badges. The design looks completely different compared to previous versions. They’ve also changed the content description which is now displayed in full screen, no additional clicking necessary. As we said, this part of the app looks completely different and we like it a lot.

If you’re not willing to wait for your turn and want to sideload the app right away, you can download it HERE.

Source: Kirill Grouchnikov (Google+)

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New Google Play version rolls out with elements of material design

Android and Me - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:20pm

A new version of the Google Play Store is rolling out with a dash of Material Design added in. While the main page of the store hasn’t changed, individual content listings have improved greatly with a new layout inspired by Material Design. The new look features larger images, fluid new animations and a design that fits right in line with Android L. While the old Google Play layout wasn’t bad by any means, this new look is fresh and breathes new life into the older, more cluttered design.

Material Design and Android L aren’t quite ready for the mainstream yet, but it’s heartening to see that Google isn’t slacking in preparing its apps for the fall release. The Play Store update should be rolling out to all users within the next few days, but if you’re itching to get your hands on it, simply hit the source link below to download. Then come back and give us a shout as to what you think of the new design.

Amazon Fire Phone now shipping, arrives on doorsteps this Thursday July 24th

Phandroid - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:06pm

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After years of countless rumors and speculation, Amazon finally did the tech world a favor and made their upcoming smartphone — the Amazon Fire Phone — officially official. Launching this Thursday, July 24th on AT&T, the phone appears to be shipping right on schedule.

Our own Rob Jackson received his confirmation email from Amazon, showing the phone scheduled to arrive before 8PM Thursday evening. Accompanying the shopping confirmation was an email notifying him that, as promised, his Amazon Prime membership had been extended for another year (a $100 value).

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Amazon has also posted a user guide for new Fire Phone owners, although the single page PDF has only 1 quick suggestion at the moment: plug in the phone. We assume additional pages will be added as the phone nears its official release. In the meantime, you, your friends or family members can check out the handy Amazon Fire Phone FAQ on Android Forums for help on getting started with their shiny new investment.

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[Android Forums 1, 2]

LG G Pad 10.1 hits US market via Best Buy

Android and Me - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:35pm

LG’s recently-launched G Pad 10.1 tablet is coming to the US market through Best Buy. The LG G Pad 10.1 is now available both online and in-stores from Best Buy for $249.99. While LG’s G Pad 8.3 is aimed at the higher end of the market, the G Pad 10.1 features more mid-range specs to keep it at a very acceptable price of just $249. The large size and low price makes it a great tablet for the family.

As a recap, the G Pad 10.1 features a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It may not be the most impressive tablet on the block but at just $250, it’s exceptionally well-priced. Let us know in the comments if you decide to pick one up!

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Review

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:32pm
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Lenovo is back again with another addition to the Yoga tablet line. It’s safe to say that Lenovo’s top-of-the-line Android tablet is better than ever. As we mentioned with our review of the Yoga Tablet 10, Lenovo is pushing the envelope of design, which could be good or bad depending on which way you look at it. The new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has some nice upgrades from the previous model, but still falls short in some of the same places.

Hardware

As with the previous 10-inch Yoga tablet, the build quality in the HD+ is excellent. The device features a 10-inch 1920×1080 display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera and 1.6 MP front-facing camera. Yoga Tablet 10HD+_Hero_01 The display is pretty sharp and bright, but one thing that could be annoying to some is its glossiness. I didn’t find it a problem when using it inside or in shaded area. It also has some decent viewing angles, which is always a plus. One of the best features, which also could be considered its worst, is the tablet’s design and like the previous model, it’s extremely thin at its thinnest point and up to about 3/4-inches at its thickest. The thickest part of the device is sort of a cylinder with the power button on one end and the 3.5 mm headphone jack at the other, which it’s also a handle for the device. This is a good idea theoretically in my opinion and great comes in handy when holding the device or transporting it, but it’s a slightly awkward feeling if you’re holding the device and using it in portrait mode. The thick side also houses the built in kickstand that is still a bit hard to engage, as with the previous model. If you are using the device on a table or to have it sit up on your lap, it’s perfect, but if you wanted to have it in a position that you could type on it, it’s a bit too tall in my opinion with the kickstand out. If you were using it the same way but without the kickstand engaged, it’s seems to be too small of an angle. To give you an idea of how these angles differ, think of an iPad with its Smart Cover as a happy medium just about in-between both of these angles which seem either slightly too large or small for completely comfortable typing. angle The tablet comes with 32 GB of built-in storage that is more than enough, plus hidden behind the stand is a compartment where you can add additional storage with up to a 64 GB MicroSD card. I mentioned above that the HD+ has a Snapdragon 400 processor and 2 GB RAM, which is more than enough to satisfy the standard user. Just about any app I used on the device ran with no issues, including games like The Dark Knight Rises. Comparing TDKR running on this with it running on my OnePlus One with a Snapdragon 801 processor, it’s clear which is the winner, so as you can imagine, the graphics on high-end games are reduced and it’s just slightly choppy. Games that aren’t as graphics intense like Leo’s Fortune and even Horn ran beautifully. The cameras on the device are fairly decent for a tablet cameras. I didn’t test them extensively, but the photos I took turned out pretty clear and were decent in lower light. You should have no problems video chatting with the front-facing camera either. IMG_20140626_162525 Two of the last things I want to mention about the device is that the 9,000 mAh battery is fantastic as well as the fact that it has front-facing speakers. In use, the tablet gets about 18 hours of battery life, but I’ve seen the tablet display that it had about 38 hours of battery life when I didn’t use it a lot. There were times when I didn’t use it for a week or more and barely any power was lost, so it works great in standby mode. The speakers on the device are loud and were great for tablet speakers, especially when I tested it out watching Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.

Software

On the software side of things, the device is running Android 4.4.2. For most of the review, it was running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean then right when I was finishing writing this up, it got updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Lenovo had mentioned that the device would be receiving the KitKat update at the end July, which was about an 866 MB update One nice thing about the software on the tablet, although not the absolute latest version of Android KitKat, is that it’s pretty close to a stock experience, Before the update, it had tablet style menus in Settings but the upgrade brought a Nexus experience to the Settings, only with a slightly different color scheme .The desktop and even on-screen navigation buttons are also Nexus-style as well, so you’ll be right at home. The only downfall with the launcher is that it’s not great if you have a ton of apps or aren’t very good at organizing them since there is no app drawer, much like on the iPad or MIUI. Don’t forget, you can always install a third-party launcher so it’s not the end of the world. The notification drawer and Quick Settings are stock as well, with slightly different icons. Some nice additions that Lenovo added to the software is the Smart Side Bar that can be accessed by swiping from the bezel onto the screen on either side as well as the Dolby app that allows you to adjust sound settings for numerous modes such as for movies, music, games and voice, plus you can make custom configurations as well. The Smart Side Bar gives quick access to your videos, photos and books, recently used apps and sound and visual modes. The KitKat update appears to have made the sidebar work much better than previously as there were times when I couldn’t get it to come out when it was running Jelly Bean. Also, before the update you could double tap while on your homescreen and recent apps would appear, but that appears to have been taken out of the software, unless there is a setting somewhere that I couldn’t find to turn it back on. Screenshot_2014-07-22-17-10-51 Another thing that Lenovo added to the software is the ability to run multiple apps at once by having one open then opening the recent apps and sliding it to the window.pane. I had no trouble watching a movie and surfing a webpage a the same time. IMG_20140722_171829~2

Accessories

Along with the tablet for review, I also received a green and grey sleeve. While it won’t really protect the tablet from huge falls, it will protect it from scratches. The HD+ fits in the sleeve nicely, even with its “unique” design. It also closes magnetically so you don’t have to worry about the flap opening. IMG_20140722_175416

Overall

Looking at both the hardware and software together, it’s not a bad tablet for $369. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is a worthy upgrade from the previous model, but still has some of the same shortcomings with the stand and software. As we said with the Yoga Tablet review, if you favor battery life over raw power, then this is worth considering. There also aren’t many tablets with an included stand, front-facing speakers and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Google Play Store 4.9.13 begins its roll out, features fresh new Material-ish design

Phandroid - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:01pm

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A few moments ago Googler Kirill Grouchnikov announced via his Google+ profile that an all new version of the Google Play Store is currently rolling out to Android devices. Still in the first phase of its rollout, Google Play 4.9.13 brings a whole new fresh can of paint to the former Android market.

Featuring Google’s recently unveiled Material Design, app, game, and other listings have been revamped enough that you’re going to want this. Now. You’ll notice huge featured banners are once again making their return with embedded video trailers where available.

Other changes include Google+ recommendations from friends and buttons for reviews or similar apps/games all lumped into the same section. Wordy text for listings has also been cleaned up, hidden behind an additional button press in order to view full app or game descriptions (once installed, only the changelog will be displayed).

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For those that simply can’t wait for it to roll out to their device, a 3rd party download link has been provided below for manual installation. Enjoy!

Download Google Play 4.9.13: MediaFire

Thanks, Tito_01!

Here’s a sneak peek at The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land coming soon to mobile devices [VIDEO]

Phandroid - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:47pm

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AMC’s The Walking Dead is preparing for its 5th season this October. For Android users who are fans of the show, today we’re being treated to a mini-trailer for the upcoming mobile game titled, “The Waking Dead: No Man’s Land.” Developed by new Finnish game studio Next Games, the mobile game will feature the same post-apocalyptic drama of the show, only it will offer an interactive experience made especially for smartphones and tablets.

The trailer doesn’t show much in terms of gameplay, but it does offer a sneak peek at the more graphically intensive visual style Next Games will be using for their title. You may remember Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead which recently launched on Android featuring a cell-shaded look that more closely resembled the look of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Next Games says their title will also be based around making difficult choices, while looking for safety, but it’s unclear the type of action (FPS, strategy, quick time events) we’ll be looking forward to.

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land will be debuting on mobile around the same time the mid-season premier of season 5 hits airwaves. Next Games will be offering another never-before-seen trailer during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con at the Walking Dead booth during the event. Until then, take a look at what Next Games has in store for our mobile devices next year.

Google Play Store Update 4.9.13 Adds Material Design App And Content Pages [APK Download]

Android Police - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:34pm

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Google teased an upcoming release of the Play Store with Material Design element at I/O last month, and we actually got a pretty good look at the new version ourselves last week. Starting today, that new version, 4.9.13, is rolling out, and we've got the APK for you, as always. Take a look at this quick visual overview of the changes (we've got more images down below as well), and be sure to read Liam's post on the update for all the details.

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[ಠ_ಠ] There Is Now A File Manager For Android Wear – Next Stop, Photoshop?

Android Police - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:18pm

fAndroid Wear is a cool platform that Google designed to have a more limited feature set. After all, it's running on a tiny screen strapped to your wrist. We need to remember, though, that it's still Android and that means people are allowed to run pretty much any insane pile of code on it. Case in point – File Manager for Android Wear. The name tells you what it is, and I'm telling you you should not spend $3.99 on a file manager for your smart watch.

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“Save Once, View Anywhere” with Facebook’s new feature

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:43pm
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Facebook is introducing a new ‘Save’ feature which, like many other apps and services, allows you to save articles or posts you see in your News Feed and view them at another time.

This feature can be perfect for quickly getting caught up on your News Feed without viewing every post or article at once, then doing so when you have a quiet chance.

Save will allow you to swipe right and tap the ‘Saved’ button to view them all, or if you forget, you will see reminders of your saves periodically in your News Feed.

We will start to see the Save feature in the next few days as the update rolls out to Android, iOS and web browsers.

 

source: Newsroom 

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No updates planned for Android L Developer Preview

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:35pm
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If you are one of the many Nexus 5 owners and even some Nexus 4 owners who have the Android L developer preview on your phone as a daily driver, you might be sad to see that the developer preview will not be updated.

While the build is intended for developers to get a peak at Android 5.0 and to build and update apps for it, it was never truly meant to be a permanent build. Many people still use it today and have had little to no bugs encountered, but it looks like we won’t be seeing another taste of “L” until the official release, which is anticipated to be in October if history is to repeat itself.

Are you still using the developer preview on your phone? Let us know how it’s been so far!

 

source: Android Community

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Watch This App: Strava Running and Cycling GPS

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:35pm
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Biking, jogging, and running gets even better now that Strava offers support for Android Wear. Users can now start and stop activities using their voice, keeping smartphones tucked away neatly and securely. No more worrying about dropping your handset as you pull it out to check your stats. A wonderful app for those who spend… Read more »

The post Watch This App: Strava Running and Cycling GPS appeared first on SmarterWatching.

Read the rest at SmarterWatching.com!

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Watch This App: Strava Running and Cycling GPS

Android Guys - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:35pm
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Biking, jogging, and running gets even better now that Strava offers support for Android Wear. Users can now start and stop activities using their voice, keeping smartphones tucked away neatly and securely. No more worrying about dropping your handset as you pull it out to check your stats. A wonderful app for those who spend… Read more »

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Read the rest at SmarterWatching.com!

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RedLaser now available for Google Glass, aims to be the perfect shopping assistant

Phandroid - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:33pm

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Barcode scanning ‘RedLaser’ is seeing a Google Glass port of its popular mobile app. The shopping assistant, which is owned by eBay, allows users to scan and compare prices of products in the real world but it isn’t tied down to only searching through eBay. Quite the contrary.

Once a barcode is scanned, RedLaser will show results from various big name retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Nordstrom, or Foot Locker. For those times when a barcode isn’t available to scan, the Glassware also allows users to search for a product by voice, pulling up the product and even providing navigation and directions to where you can buy it locally. RedLaser says they have “thousands” of retailers at their disposal, and with the app now available on Google Glass, shopping will never be the same. Here’s the description from their Glassware listing:

“The leading shopping and price comparison app that helps +30 million users to shop smarter is now available on Glass – turning you into the ultimate shopper! With RedLaser for Glass you will be able to easily compare prices of thousands of online and local retailers just by scanning a product’s barcode right from your Glass. Ask Glass to find a product to quickly locate available stores, navigate to a nearby local store or even purchase online by sending yourself an email notification to complete the transaction on any mobile device or PC you own.”

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While the usefulness of Google Glass is still under careful consideration for some, the obvious benefit is, because it’s always strapped to your face, information is never more than a few voice actions away. Being able to scan barcodes and compare prices while shopping is exactly why the wearable was made and anyone lucky enough to own a pair during this beta period owes it to themselves to give this app a shot.

To enable RedLaser on your Google Glass headset, simply jump on over to the Glass store via the link below.

Install from the Glass store: RedLaser

[New App] ChoreMonster Presents A Way To Make Kids Actually Want To Do Their Chores

Android Police - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:11pm

ChoreMonster-ThumbThose of you who don't have kids may feel free to hit the back button right about now. Don't worry, I won't mind. Not every post is going to catch your interest, and unless you have little tykes (or big tykes) running around the house, this isn't going to be one of them. Go ahead. We'll wait.

Great, now that there's no one left reading this except parents, I'm suddenly very aware of how I, too, don't have children.

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