Gmail and Drive get more integration

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The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the  email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 24, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

[APK Download] Chrome Beta for Android adds a little Android L Material Design

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Galaxy S 5 HDR capabilities showcased in Samsung’s ‘Sunrise to Sunset’ video

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If you have about 90 seconds to spare, take a look at a video from Samsung shot entirely with the Galaxy S 5 in HDR mode. It was shot in Trieste, Italy and is quite breathtaking. Interestingly enough, at the end of the video it states, ”certain images and videos may be enhanced.” Unfortunately we don’t know to what extent the original footage was altered, but take a look at the video after the break.

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[APK Download] Chrome Beta for Android adds a little Android L Material Design

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A couple of days ago, the Play Store app was updated with Material Design, and now the Chrome Beta app gets a little lovin as well. It’s not full blown because the tabs don’t show up in the Android L recents like we saw at Google I/O, but there are other changes such as the tab switching interface, a bigger omnibar, and an action overflow menu.

You will also get a simplified sign in for multiple accounts along with other bug fixes. The version is 37.0.2063.39 and is rolling now. You can hit one of the Play Store links after the break, but if your device isn’t eligible yet, you can opt for the APK download link from XDA.

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Report: Google’s YouTube reaches deal to acquire Twitch for $1 billion

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Back in May, it was reported that Google was exploring the purchase of Twitch, the premier game streaming service. Although not officially announced, today it was revealed that a deal has been reached for roughly $1 billion.

Apparently both companies started talking back in September, but nothing leaked until May. It’s also expected that Google’s YouTube division will be the ones swallowing Twitch. YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion back in 2006.

Twitch has grown considerably over the years. Back in 2011, Twitch had just 3.2 million active users, but today that total tops 50 million.

source: Venture Beat

Samsung Gear VR Manager leaks

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More information has surfaced about The Samsung Gear VR today, specifically related to its mechanism for controlling basic functions of the VR. The Gear VR Manager, an app downloaded to your Samsung mobile device, works hand-in-hand with other Samsung apps made for the VR, like VR Panorama and VR Cinema. Some features of the VR manager include VR Lock, which sets up a security lock whilst wearing the headset, and a Warning Alert that gives the user an alert every hour reminding him that he’s in a virtual world.

In addition to the latest information about software aspects, there are also some revelations about hardware. The headset purportedly sports a back button and touchpad for navigation, since your mobile device will be rendered useless once connected to the Gear VR. The back button also is used as a see-through button, allowing the user to see the real world around him after long-pressing the button. Simply spouting “Hi Galaxy!” will open up the S Voice app, which can launch other applications. » Read the rest

Moto 360 to include ambient light sensor, a first for Android Wear

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For those of you anxiously awaiting the Moto 360 (myself included), a new tidbit of information has come out regarding Motorola’s most recent foray into the world of smartwatches. In a hands-on video posted to TechCrunch’s YouTube page,  a representative for Motorola lets slip that the Moto 360 includes an ambient light sensor, a feature that is sorely missing from the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (the only two Android Wear devices to be launched so far).

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Motorola launches Back to School Sale with discounts of over $100 on all Moto X variants

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Hot on the heels of an identical discount, Motorola have announced their Back To School sale, offering savings of up to $125 on all three variants of their Moto X flagship. The 16GB model is going for $299 (down from $399), 32GB for $324.99 (down from $449.99) and the 64GB model for a measly $374.99 (down from $499.99). All three options come unlocked and can be customized via Motorola’s Moto Maker.

The sale, which runs until July 31st or while supplies last, is likely an attempt by Motorola to unload some inventory in anticipation of the upcoming Moto X+1. If you’re looking for a great smartphone with constant updates, personalized colors and a stock Android experience rivaled only by Nexus devices, this is the perfect opportunity. Follow the source link to purchase yours today!

Source: @Motorola

 

Google rewarding Chromecast owners with 90 days of unlimited All Access

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Google is saying thank you for owning its $35 darling. To celebrate the first birthday of Chromecast, the company is giving every owner 90 days of Google Play Music All Access. Well, almost every owner. For existing subscribers of All Access or people that have already had a promotional code used, Google will not allow this promotion to be applied. So for those getting to take advantage of this, you basically save $30 which is what three months of a subscription would cost.

Source: Google Chrome Blog [Promotional Offers Link]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stealthily places a game in the Play Store

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On August 8, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will see a movie reboot. To coincide with the release of the film, Nickelodeon has launched an official game. The app features all four of the TMNT crew as they fight through New York City in order to reclaim peace from the Foot Clan. There is a story mode alongside a special survival mode that tests your skill to see how long you can last while fending off enemies. This app does cost $3.99 and features in-app purchases, so do know that it may run up quite the tab.

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