VNC Viewer from RealVNC now free (from $9.99) in the Play Store

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We’re not sure if this has anything to do with LogMeIn’s announcement that their service will no longer be free, but RealVNC has dropped the price on VNC Viewer from $9.99 to Free. VNC Viewer allows you remote access to your desktop, but it’s not as easy to setup as something like LogMeIn. However, I prefer it over anything else because it’s just more robust. The fact that the RealVNC is now free makes it all the more worthwhile. The other good news is that it will connect to other branded VNC servers, but they are hoping you will buy a licence for their VNC 5. Hit the break for download links and screenshots.

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Samsung issues statement regarding incompatibility with third-party accessories

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Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 broke compatibility with a few third-party accessories. If you find yourself with an accessory that doesn’t work anymore, the only way to get it working again would be to root, but how many people are willing to do that? Samsung did make a statement regarding this issue, but I am not sure anyone is going to feel better about the situation…..

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with KitKat not working with third-party accessories, root fix now available

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Over on XDA, there are people reporting that their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is not working with third-party accessories. Back in October, we heard that Samsung may be implementing a system to block third-party accessories without their certification. The reports are coming from devices running Android 4.4 KitKat, meaning that Samsung may have activated the system with the update.

The first accessory that falls victim to this seems to be Spigen’s S-View Flip Cover. This leaves owners of the accessory without a way to use it properly and thus making them feel their money has been wasted. Spigen is currently working on a Slim Armor View case; however, its production may be halted until they sort things out with Samsung. So for the moment, avoid buying third-party accessories for Samsung devices. Read more

The Galaxy S 5 probably won’t sport magnetic resonance wireless charging

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Back in October, there was a rumor that Samsung would offer magnetic resonance wireless charging by mid-2014, and many were hoping it meant the Galaxy S 5 would be the first device.

What exactly is this type of wireless charging? It essentially allows the phone to be charged without actually touching the charging pad. Multiple devices can be charged at the same time as long as they are 3cm from the charging pad or station. Unfortunately 3cm isn’t all that far, and Samsung seems to agree.

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Unofficial method to connect Galaxy Gear to Nexus 5 worked out

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Over on the XDA Developers site, forum member pcelli figured out how to get a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch working with his Nexus 5 smartphone. This had to be done on an unofficial basis as up to now Samsung has only enabled support for the Galaxy Gear with other Samsung devices. Although there have been some hints indicating Samsung may eventually break down the wall around that particular garden, getting a Galaxy Gear to work with a non-Samsung device may never be officially supported. Read more

[Deal] 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases via Google Play

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For a limited time you can get 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases from the Google Play Store. These include The Nexus 5 Bumper Case ($26.24), LG QuickCover for the Nexus 5 ($37.49), Nexus 7 sleeve ($22.49), Nexus 7 Folio (out of stock), and Nexus 7 case ($37.49).

You don’t need to enter a coupon code or any other funny business. The discounted prices are already reflected when you add them to your cart. Google is saying this is for a limited time, but we don’t know for how long, so don’t hesitate.

source: Google Play

Nest CEO Tony Fadell speaks out on privacy concerns after Google acquisition, promises transparency

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A lot of people saw Google’s purchase of Nest, the popular modern thermostat manufacturer, as a sign of some pretty scary things to come.

For example: If you have your (internet-connected) thermostat set to stop heating your home while you’re on vacation, Nest (and now Google) will have access to that information. Imagine if that information was leaked, hacked, or sold to advertisers— do you really want the world knowing when you’re on vacation or out of your home? I certainly don’t.

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MOJO Android-powered gaming system rooted, given Google Play access

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Mad Catz’s Android-powered MOJO gaming console has been successfully rooted, and as a result, users will be able to access the Google Play Store, as well as thousands of other applications.

It obviously involves flashing a custom boot image using your computer (no overwriting the existing ROM), so be careful if you don’t have any rooting experience.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

Source: Play Store / Best Buy