Google Engineer Max Braun made an Android-powered smart mirror and it is awesome

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The internet of things promises to bring us some incredible innovations in the future. For some, like Google Engineer Max Braun, innovation is just not happening fast enough though. Braun believed that lack of innovation was the reason he had to look into a boring old “dumb mirror” everyday. What happened to the interactive smart mirrors that the movies have been promising us for years? Well, Braun decided to take matters in to his own hands and just build a smart mirror of his own. Spoiler alert. It’s Awesome.

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Nova Launcher Prime is discounted worldwide until December 15, just $0.99 in the US and 10p in the UK

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One of the easiest ways to customize your Android device is to install a custom launcher, there are many to choose from, but one of the most popular options is Nova Launcher. While the basic version is free, you can add even more features such as Gestures, Unread Counts, and Custom Drawer Groups by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime, which is currently heavily discounted on the Play Store, almost anywhere in the world.  Read more

CyanogenMod lists the first devices to receive CM13 (Marshmallow) nightlies

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In recent times, most Cyanogen related news has been about which new handset will sport the alternative Android operating system, but today the Cyanogen team has announced the availability of CM13 nightlies for a selection of devices. As you might already know, CM13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the term ‘nightlies’ is basically a euphemism for betas.  Read more

Awaken your Light or Dark side as Google plays Jedi mind tricks with your favourite apps

Choose_You_Side_The_Force_AwakensSo. Star Wars. The new film (The Force Awakens) is being released next month, and the excitement is ramping up quite nicely. As I was never a fan of George Lucas’s sequel prequels, I can’t wait to see the old (and I do mean old) gang back together. There’s tons of merchandising available already, along with games on all sorts of platforms (check out Brad’s review of Star Wars: Uprising here), and now Google is getting in on the act allowing fans to choose the light, or go over to the dark side. Read more

Mozilla’s Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview app is now available to test on your smartphone

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to customize it to your heart’s content with third-party icon packs and launchers. You can even test out other mobile operating systems, such as Mozilla’s Firefox OS version 2.5 Developer Preview, which is now available to download as an app and will work similarly to other third-party launchers. Read more