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    As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it's worth reporting. The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the ...

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    The big camera fix that the HP Elite x3 supposedly needed to get pre-sales back up and running has come to end users who already have the phone. Word from Windows Central forum users is that the Elite x3 has the Windows 10 Anniversary Update including the Double Tap to Wake feature, multiple tweaks and fixes that cover, among other things, that camera issue. The Windows Device Recovery Tool has the package for users to download, but there's an OTA out, too. Source: Windows Central

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    The Chromening of Android? Or the Droidening of Chrome OS? We still haven't had much to make of word last year from the Wall Street Journal that Google's two primary software platforms would merge together. Google denied any notion of it, but lo and behold what came this year: Android apps working on Chromebooks. As Android turns eight years old and all we get out of it is a stupid cake, we have to wonder what Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer might have to say about it. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 has been a steady product except for the several times it hasn't been. This is another time that Microsoft's updates have made it not a steady product. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been going out to the Surface Pro 3 for a few weeks and what it left for those owning the convertible with an LG Chem-made battery. What's supposed to have been a firmware improvement has turned into a degradation as users found that the computer was not charging when plugged. Furthermore, when a Surface Pro 3 came off the power supply, it would instantly turn off. One user was ...

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    Samsung is on the steep decline from the height of its recall of every sold Galaxy Note 7 unit with a potential of containing an explosive battery. Even as official new sales dates are a bit far off, carriers in the US have started selling brand new Note 7 phones in addition to handling exchanges. For AT&T, the games have only just begun as it has notified customers who have purchased a Note 7 prior to September 15 that new units are available for their exchange. Users are also getting an OTA update that will automatically download and install. Data charges for this update will be ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been listening to reviewers and the community about their concerns for the Axon 7 and its second response in the form of a software update has been published is being sent out over the air right now. Among the major updates in this build B27 include easing up on the fingerprint sensing, some battery optimizations, a new "fast battery drain" notification and the September 1 security patch level for Android, thus filling in the last Quadrooter vulnerability. Camera tweaks (specifically on the focus) and group texting have also made the cut. The biggest change ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    It's the second week of the month, which means that Google is either a little late publishing its Android platform version distribution numbers or we all haven't been paying attention. But September's pie, taken from seven days of tracking Google Play Store access ending September 5, shows no sign of Nougat. Who'd think that a two-week-old OS version with very little availability would not make it to this chart? [table] Version,Codename,API,Distribution,Change from last month 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1%,N/A 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.5%,-0.2% 4.0.3-4.0.3,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.4%,-0.2% ...

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    It seems that the oddity that was the Nexus Launcher is no more. Or, as leaker @LlabTooFeR would say "Don't know anything about Nexus Launcher... There is only Pixel launcher..." The original launcher, thought to take better advantage of Google Assistant features and to differentiate the upcoming so-called Pixel (neé Nexus) phones, had its .apk leak last month. Google's new Pixel Launcher. pic.twitter.com/g974gVOKzT — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 12, 2016 In the app information section, the Nexus Launcher's app version prefix code referred to Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1, ...

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    Two more weeks of beta testing, then it's time to take a hike. As a small aside to today's Apple hardware releases, we also saw the company update some other pages, too. For macOS, Sierra is now prominently featured for a September 20 release. For reference, watchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be sent to users starting September 13 and iPhone 7 orders will ship out on the 16th. Included in the software's feature set is integration of Siri and Apple Pay. Rumors are still holding up for a later announcement of new MacBook Pro models, so we'll see how Infinite Loop can bide its time from here. ...

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    Shooting video with the LG V10 was simply a treat. It gave us control over every aspect we've been used to for still photography — but for video. It gave us control over the audio we recorded. And it gave YouTubers, indie filmmakers and industrious folk another tool in their camera arsenal. It got bonus points for letting them check Facebook, too. Well, here comes the LG V20. It has all of the above, but better. The hardware, for instance, nets us an extra camera with a 135° wide-angle lens. Shooting stills is a breeze. Video is still a breeze if not a gust, to extend the metaphor. In ...

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    September 7 will be a big day for Apple, its fans and the developers surrounding its ecosystem. The iPhone 7 will be unveiled, software platforms are getting a major update and a whole bunch of apps are going to leave the App Store. Yes, the iOS app ecosystem may shrink just a tiny bit. Whoa. This is huge. Apple reviewing old apps for quality + encouraging shorter app names. pic.twitter.com/S7C10yCOBC — Jake Marsh (@jakemarsh) September 1, 2016 An email going out to developers and an update to Apple's Developer site has them in a tizzy. The company is focused on whittling away apps that ...

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    As tired as Apple can get this season for keeping its update pace quite high for the public betas of iOS 10 and macOS and the developer betas of the whole kit and kaboodle, it's important to keep in mind that the software engineers in Cupertino are juggling so many balls at once. Recent stories have made that apparent like Barbara Streisand requesting to Tim Cook that Siri pronounce her name correctly. There was also that patch for three major vulnerabilities from a malware creator serving governments called NSO Group. And don't forget about Apple's wannabe Snapchat project and all of its ...

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    Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget

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    Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time. Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light. Kiss your corneas everyday. Android Police was told by a Android project lead that "the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google's standards, and that it didn't perform in an ...

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    We're in the home stretch of Apple's next major hardware event. It's usually at that event that we see major changes to the company's software platforms take place. It's just as well that we're once again ramping up another set of software betas for developers, the fourth so far, for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3. The biggest change for iOS 10 this round, as evidenced by an Apple press release, is the inclusion of more than 100 new and redesigned emoji, the bulk of which are new from the Unicode 9 standard. Tweaks include more gender variants of occupational emoji, ...

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    As HP ramps up its export operations for the latest and greatest Windows 10 Mobile phone yet, we're finding out that fans of Microsoft and hunky hardware might have to wait to get their fingerprint fix. As Windows Hello is prepared to support fingerprint-based biometric security, it seems that the manufacturer has jumped the gun a bit by having one on. In an HP QuickSpecs document for the Elite x3, there's an asterisk saying that the fingerprint reader will "not be enabled until OTA coming soon." How soon that will be, we aren't sure. Microsoft is targeting print support for sometime this ...

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    If you're looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers. One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain. Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on ...

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    Time for another check on how Android is being kept up these days and for Marshmallow, it's a better month of gains. Its share of the version distribution pie has jumped up by three percentage points, the most it has increased in its lifespan. The following numbers were collected from Google Play Store logins in the seven days up through July 11. [table] Version,Codename,API,July (%),Change from June (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.9,-0.1 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.7,-0.2 4.1.x,Jelly Bean,16,6.4,-0.4 4.2.x,Jelly Bean,17,8.8,-0.6 4.3,Jelly Bean,18,2.6,-0.1 ...

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    Android is a great open source operating platform for mobile, but let's face it: it's not the most secure thing out there. Then again, you want secure? You want BlackPhone's PrivatOS, based off of Android? Be prepared for lockdown. Tinkerer's hell. One or the other. Pick one poison over the other. It's how it has been for a while. But Canada-based Copperhead Security has been trying to seal the deal between security and openness with its own Android-based operating system called — what else? — CopperheadOS. And it's selling modified Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones with CopperheadOS on ...

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    OnePlus is giving the update process another go for its latest flagship. The last update for the OnePlus 3, which brought OxygenOS 3.2, had some major issues like notifications not triggering until you open the corresponding app and having the screen turn on in your pocket — leading to "pocket drain."  That update was held back shortly after release. Today, it's been replaced with an update to version 3.2.1. Once again, we see sRGB display mode, better RAM management, updated icon packs and big fixes to dual SIM support and those darn notifications. All that, among other things. The OTA ...

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    Just after another Apple software beta package dropped for developers, the public will get its first crack at the all-new iOS 10 today. Apple sent a press pre-release of the news to outlets about the development as well as the public beta for macOS Sierra 10.12. The program is free to enter and will offer a more stabilized consumption experience in regards to what new features and tweaks you'll expect. Whether you'll "Press Home to Unlock" or "Rest Finger to Unlock" is going to be up to you and up to Apple to see what they've decided to include and exclude from that second developer beta. ...

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    After crossing the Commerce Department's sanctions against Iran, ZTE is continuing to cooperate with the government's investigation. As such, the department has extended a reprieve that allows for the manufacturer to continue to source parts and software from the US. The reprieve that was supposed to end on Thursday will now end on August 30. ZTE Chairman Zhao Xianming said in a statement that the company can continue to benefit from its "relationships with hundreds of American companies and our continued investment in the U.S." Those companies make up about 43 percent of ZTE's business ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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