TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 16, 2014



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!!


Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio


Amazon Prime Instant Video might finally come to Android devices

ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

Chrome for Android updated with improved text rendering for non-mobile sites

Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

DirecTV opens NFL Sunday Ticket to users without satellite service, but there is a catch

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Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

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The internet will be a safer place thanks to Google’s Project Zero

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Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.

Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.

This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.

source: Google Online Security

Relive Google I/O in under 2 minutes

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Google I/O was only 2 full days, but it was jam packed with probably more stuff than any of the previous years. We are all very busy and can’t always find the time to watch the entire keynote or many of the sessions that happened over the course of the 2 days. Well here’s Google to the rescue with a short video highlighting all the important stuff. When I say short, I mean short. We are talking 1 minute and 42 seconds to be exact. I think we can all find that much time, so hit the break to watch the video. And if you need to catch up on any news from Google I/O, click here.

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NVIDIA is working on a new gaming console

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We have seen evidence of a NVIDIA branded controller clearing the FCC that could work with a tablet that recently cleared the Global Certification Forum (GCF). The controller may still work with the tablet, but the BBC is reporting that NVIDIA is readying some sort of gaming console that will have a separate controller.

This gaming console would connect to your TV via HDMI, and  is expected to be powered by NVIDIA”s own Tegra K1 chip. It will not only play Android games, but it will also stream PC games to the TV as well.

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Samsung’s premium metal phone could be the Galaxy Alpha

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Which is it? Is the Galaxy S 5 Prime, the Galaxy F, or the Galaxy Alpha? These are the rumored names for Samsung’s expected premium smartphone.  When rumors started earlier in the year, it was believed to be the Galaxy S 5 Prime, but then the Galaxy F name picked up steam over the last month. Now today, Korean media is buzzing about a Galaxy Alpha, which happens to also have a metal build.

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