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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Level is a visually pleasing finance app that links to your bank account

Didn’t really care for any of the apps we suggested for managing your budget? Level Money is another budgeting app, but this is probably the most uniquely designed one. The developer says “Level is the radically simple, digital equivalent of opening up your wallet to see what you can spend today, this week, or this month.” After linking your bank account(s), Level detects income and fixed expenses; therefore, users always know where they stand.

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Facebook ready to fragment on mobile platforms in 2014

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Users of Facebook’s mobile app for smartphones may know, if they’ve ever ventured beyond the newsfeed view, that the app is packed full of “features.” At their last earnings call in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “in the future, we expect to develop more of these services to help people share” in reference to separate apps like Instagram and Messenger. It appears that Zuckerberg dropped a big clue to the company’s 2014 strategy even though many glossed over the comment when it was made, a move to unbundle some of the buried features in Facebook and turn them into standalone apps. Read more

Spotify Announces Free Streaming With No More Time Limits On The Desktop

SpotifySpotify has long been around as far as music streaming services go. Boasting social features on top of millions of songs, it allowed you to express your music tastes to anyone you wanted to share your playlists with. However unlike most streaming services that have a free component, you had to pay for these features once the free trial was up. Even then you were subjected to time capped listening once your six month grace period of unlimited listening was up. As of today, that’s no longer the case.

Days before Beats Music officially debuts, Spotify announced that users will no longer be plagued by time limits on the desktop. On top of that Spotify is now free on mobile and desktop devices. The company raised over $250 million to make this happen. Of course the free plan isn’t without ad support. But the company feels that the longer someone uses its product, the more likely they’re going to end up paying for premium ad-free service. If you haven’t given Spotify a try, now may be the time.

source: Spotify

Starbucks app stores personal information in plain-text format

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If you use the official Starbucks mobile payment app, you may want to reconsider. According to security researcher Daniel Wood, the application stores information like your email address, password, and GPS location and an unencrypted plain-text format. Anyone who has access to your phone could do a bit of work to steal that information, which is not something you want someone else to have access to. Even worse, because the app makes payments using an on-screen barcode, that barcode method could be manipulated to suck money out of your bank account.

Fortunately, someone would need access to your phone to get this information, but it’s still a vulnerability that you should be aware of. Hopefully Starbucks addresses this soon.

source: Computer World

via: Engadget

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

Square Enix drops Final Fantasy VI on the Play Store for $15.99

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Square Enix has released their classic RPG, Final Fantasy VI, onto the Play Store. It’ll cost you $15.99 which is definitely more than the latest version of Angry Birds, but it’s packed with a lot more content, too.

Square has reworked the graphics to give them a more modern feel, and the controls have been altered to work on touchscreen devices. Overall, if you’re a fan of Final Fantasy games, this one’s definitely worth the price of admission. Hit the link below for the download. Read more

‘Nextbit’ team of superstars promises to “build something bigger” for mobile

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If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.

Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”

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RoboCop official app released and you don’t have to spend a dollar

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If you are a fan of RoboCop and you are looking forward to the release of the remake later this year, you will be glad to know an Glu Mobile’s official app has been released in conjunction with the updated movie. The good news is the app is free so you won’t have to spend the oft-quoted dollar to play. However, if you really feel the urge to grab some extra items through in-app purchases you can do so while muttering, “I’d buy that for a dollar.” Read more

Google Implements Data Compression and Bandwidth Management To Chrome For Android Plus More

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If you thought Chrome was pretty good for Android, it’s about to get even better. The Google Chrome team just announced via their blog the launch of a few new features and upgrades coming to the highly popular mobile browser. The company will be implementing a new data compression option and the ability to manage allocated bandwidth for the app, reducing your overall data usage by up to 50%. That’s a pretty big deal for those keeping a hawk’s eye on how much monthly data they’re using. In addition, the search giant is adding enhancements such as  “Safe Browsing” technology in an attempt to thwart malicious webpages.  Once the update rolls out, you’ll be able to go to Settings->Bandwidth management->Reduce data usage and toggle to “On“. This will also allow you to track how much bandwidth you’re saving on a monthly basis.   Read more