Online statuses now appear in Hangouts on Gmail

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Something that’s annoyed a lot of users since Google Talk became Google Hangouts is the scattered contacts list. Google’s fixed that, by having friends who are online shown first, followed by those who aren’t. You can also pin your favorite contacts to the top so you can easily communicate with them. Still, you can message offline contacts of course, and they’ll get the message the next time they check Hangouts. 

Source: +Gmail

Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

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Google seems to be looking in to the possibilities of creating a new office space in a former airplane hangar in Los Angeles. The hangar was owned by Howard Hughes in the 1940s and has been a filming location for movies such as Michael Bay’s recent Transformers and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The building is one of many in the area, but most have already been leased by various companies as office spaces, including YouTube. 

Source: WSJ

Leaked Xperia Z3 photos show the device dismantled

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With the Xperia Z3 set to be announced next week, all the leaks are coming in. Xperia Blog has gotten their hands on some of the clearest pics we’ve seen thus far, of the device in all different angles and even disassembled. Looking at the picture, we can now see the the device will come with a hefty 3100maH battery. You can check out all of the photos of the device via the source link.

Source: XperiaBlog

Nova Launcher Beta updated to include new drawer animations

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Nova Launcher Beta has been updated once again, this time bringing new app drawer animations among a lot of other bug fixes. Some of the new animations included are circular opening, slide up motion, and a lot more. In addition,app drawer search now shows recently installed and updated apps without search query.

To download the beta, you have to be part of Nova’s beta community. To do that, head to the Google+ community, add yourself, opt-in to the beta program on Google Play, and finally download the beta from Google Play.

You can check out download links and a changelog past the break.


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Microsoft reportedly working on Chromecast competitor

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With Chromecast’s booming popularity, everyone’s trying to come up with a competitor. Count Microsoft in. According to recent FCC filings, there’s a device Microsoft is working on codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. A separate filing at the Wi-Fi Alliance website details that the device will use Microsoft’s Miracast to stream from a Windows Phone or Windows laptop to larger screens. This is obviously still very much in the works, so there’s still a lot to learn about the speculative device.

Source: The Verge

Verizon HTC One Max receiving Sense 6

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Good news for you Verizon HTC One Max owners – your phone is being updated to the latest version of HTC’s third-party firmware. That’s right, Sense 6.0 is headed your way through a 613.5MB update that brings your device up to software version 3.09.605.2, includes a revamped BlinkFeed experience, several updated core apps, new font and color customizations and a handful of important bug and security fixes that should improve the performance of your device.

You can go ahead and see if your device is ready for the update by heading to Settings -> About -> Software Updates. If you don’t see it just yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way.

Source: Verizon Wireless

1Password update brings new features and pricing changes

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A new update to 1Password, the universal, cross-platform storage for all of your account passwords, is being pushed out today. There’s some good stuff and some bad stuff. The good news is that there are new features, but the bad news is that 1Password is switching to a “freemium” style pricing model, which means the app is free to download, but certain features will cost to enable. That means you can pick and choose the features you’d like to download instead of paying a fixed price for all of the features.

In addition to the above changes, 17 new languages have been added in, vaults can be created right through the mobile application (no more desktop version required), and much more. Download links past the break.

Source: Agile Blog


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AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

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AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar. 

The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try. 

Source: Motorola

Google rolls out new UI for YouTube’s TV app

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Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.

Source: YouTube blog

Dropbox update includes document previews, improved search

 

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A new update to Dropbox was pushed out today, that allows users to preview PDF, Word, and Powerpoint documents before downloading and sharing, which is sure to save some time. In addition, the search function  has been improved to include recent search tracking, typehead suggestions, and the highlighting of search terms.

Check out a full change log and Play Store download links after the break.


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