PSA: 3rd party apps that bypass the security lock screen (ie Delayed Lock, SkipLock) no longer work in Lollipop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brought a new feature called Smart Lock, which allows you to set certain locations or Bluetooth devices as trusted so that you don’t have to constantly enter your security PIN, Password, or pattern to unlock your phone or tablet. Third party apps such as Delayed Lock, SkipLock and Secure Settings have already been giving users this ability for a couple of years now. Unfortunately, these apps will not work in Lollipop due to the fact that Google has changed the security in that third party apps can no longer unlock the device.


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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets support for Chromecast Mirroring [Update LG G Pad 8.3 GPE too]

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The number of devices that can cast screens via Chromecast continue to grow. We recently saw the Galaxy Note 4 added, and now the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has been added to the list.

You can cast your screen by opening the Chromecast app, and selecting “Cast Screen” from the menu. If you have a Shield, try it out. It works great with Google Earth.

Update: As one reader pointed out, The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition was also recently added. Thanks Josh.

source: Google Support

How to stop ‘OK Google’ from displaying over your Android Wear watch face

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You might have noticed that “OK Google” appears every time your watch face lights up on your Android Wear smartwatch. It’s there to remind you that you can say “OK Google” to search for something or start an app. After a week or so, you pretty much get the hint and no longer want it covering your face. How do you get rid of it?


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Excessive use of smartphones and tablets will cause spine injuries that could result in surgery

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Well this news really hits home since I am actually suffering from neck injuries as a result poor posture while either using my computer or my smartphone. A new study conducted by Doctor Kenneth Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation, reveals that heavy users of smartphones are likely to lead to degeneration of the spine that will more than likely require physical therapy, and possibly surgery.


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AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 get KitKat 4.4.4 updates

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Both the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint Galaxy S 5 are getting updates. Unfortunately no Lollipop love just yet, but they are the latest version of Android KitKat, which is 4.4.4. They should hopefully squash a few bugs while you wait for the bigger Lollipop update.

The AT&T Note 3 gets Kids Mode, Side Sync 3.0, Safety Assistance, Camera enhancement, and Knox 2.0, while the Sprint GS5 gets international WiFi calling, HD voice icon, and Google security patches.


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Google Search can now provide love quotes and flip a virtual coin

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Need some inspirational love quotes? Try saying, “OK Google….Give me a love quote” and you will get just that. Of course, you might be wondering if you should continue dating that special someone or not, so you can also say, “OK Google….flip a coin” You can also use it to decide whether you should get sausage or pepperoni on that pizza. Both phrases work on mobile as well as the desktop, assuming you are using Google for search. You can also type in your phrase. Give them a try today.


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Lollipop update for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition delayed

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HTC promised the One (M8) Google Play Edition would receive the Lollipop update today, but unfortunately it’s being held back due to the need to “re-spin” it. That can only mean that there was a bug that Google felt was big enough to stop it. I know this is bad news, but the fact that a major bug was caught is actually good news right? No word on exactly when we can expect the update to hit, but my guess is next week.

source: @moversi

Moto G (2014) suffering from poor memory management, apps constantly closing

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Moto G (2014) owners are making a lot of noise in the Motorola forums regarding a memory management bug. Multitasking appears to be non-existent as apps are closing instead of running in the background.

According to users, we aren’t talking about situations in which they have 10+ apps open. Its happening when only one or two apps are active. They simply force close. This not only includes major apps like Facebook and Whatsapp, but it’s also happening to the Camera app and even SwiftKey. Streaming music is also near impossible because whatever app is being used will just shutdown after one or two songs.


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Sprint already dropping price of Nexus 6, issuing refunds for those that already bought one

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The Nexus 6 was going for $299 on contract, but in quick fashion, they have dropped the price down to $249. They even dropped the off contract price down by the same amount, bringing it to $648.

Even better news….those that bought the device from 11/14 to 11/18 will get a refund as a credit on their bill. Nothing like finding out that you’re about to receive some money.


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Google working on a double keyboard for mobile devices to translate languages between two different people

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Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.

The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.


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