Google will start automatically deducting VAT from apps sold to European countries

Google_Play_Store_Logo_456There’s a change that will start affecting many developers that publish their apps on Google Play in the near future, especially those that frequently sell apps to European countries. Starting January 1st, Google will begin automatically deducting VAT (Value-Added Tax) from the sale price of applications due to a change in European law as to how the tax must be collected. Currently, developers can handle paying VAT separately and not have Google skim anything (besides the 30% fee) off the top.
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Verizon launches Blaze Red G3 for (RED) on Cyber Monday

verizon blaze red g3In celebration of (RED), an AIDS awareness brand, Verizon has launched a special version of the G3 that features a slick red paint job. The finish is being called “Blaze Red” and matches up with (RED) colors as well as the standard Verizon branding.

Aside from the new colors, this model is identical to the other colored versions. You’ll still get the same great specs and everything else that came with the phone when it originally launched, so there’s no need to feel bad for not waiting.
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Carriers might start silently installing bloatware on your devices

digital turbine igniteCarrier bloatware on Android devices is nothing new. Some are worse than others about it, especially Verizon and AT&T, but just about every service provider is guilty of tossing at least one or two apps onto every phone they sell. It looks like some carriers are investing in a way to make sure that you keep those apps installed on your devices, though.
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[Deal] Lenovo bundling the A7 Tablet with headphones and case for $100

lenovo A7 tabletLenovo’s A7 tablet offers a solid mid-range option for someone that needs something portable and functional. Today, you can snag one with a couple of accessories for just $100.

The tablet features a 1280 x 800 screen, a quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage for apps and games. Unfortunately, it’s still running Android 4.2, but to compensate this bundle throws in a pair of JBL in-ear headphones and a Samsonite folio case. Not a bad deal, especially for the price.
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[Deal] Staples offering the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 for just $100

Galaxy-Tab4-7.0If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the holidays, Staples has a fantastic deal on the 7-inch version of the tablet. It’s on sale for $149 currently, but the promo code 45209 will knock an extra $50 off, effectively bringing the tablet down to half of its original retail price. Plus, you get free shipping.

The tablet isn’t incredibly high end, but for $100, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen with a quad-core processor and Android 4.4 isn’t a bad deal. It’s available in black and white.
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Lollipop ROM for Sprint’s Galaxy S 5 leaks

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Main_TAWe’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.

Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.

source: XDA

via: GSM Arena

Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service being phased out

ChatOnIf you’ve owned a recent Samsung device, you’ve probably seen their instant messaging client ChatOn somewhere on the device. ChatOn was Samsung’s in-house competition to apps like WhatsApp that came preloaded on nearly every Samsung smartphone.

Unfortunately, it turns out that just being preloaded on devices wasn’t enough to strike up users, and Samsung has announced that they’ll be gradually turning off the service around the world. Since profits have been constantly declining this year, Samsung’s management is looking to focus on successful key areas of their business while chopping off the services that aren’t doing well. Samsung’s music and video hub closed earlier this year, and now you can throw ChatOn to that pile.
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SwiftKey theme packs are up to 66% off for Black Friday weekend

swiftkey saleTo kick¬†off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.

These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.

source: SwiftKey

Microsoft Office integration hits Dropbox app

dropbox_businessMicrosoft and Dropbox had previously announced a partnership integrating Microsoft Office with Dropbox’s excellent cloud storage services. The new features have finally rolled out to the application, so users will now be able to edit Office documents from within Dropbox, or to save their files directly to Dropbox from an Office program.

The new features have made their way to the Android and iOS versions of the app, so you should be able to access the new stuff by updating your app. We should see the improvements on the web versions of the services soon.

source: Dropbox