Jealous that your HTC One M8 isn’t the Harman Kardon edition? As always, XDA has your back

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With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.

Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!

source: XDA
via: Cult of Droid

AllCast app will soon be able to stream to devices from Google Music app

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Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.

According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.

The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.

Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.

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LastPass updated, adds biometric security on Galaxy S5

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The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner isn’t only useful for its users to unlock the device — many app developers have taken advantage of the technology as well, the latest being LastPass.

The popular password storage system has added biometric security in its latest update for the Galaxy S5, leveraging the device’s fingerprint scanning abilities.

Now, users can swipe their finger on the screen for a faster and more secure way to log into accounts (instead of using the master password each time).

The update is available through LastPass’ Premium Service and is available for download now. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.

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Google to launch $100K developers’ challenge for Project Ara

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As Google continues their march toward release of the modular Project Ara smartphone, one of the things they will need to make the device successful are apps, especially those that are unique to the modular platform. At the second day of their Project Ara developers’ conference, they have announced a developers’ challenge that will launch in May and run through September with a $100,000 prize. » Read the rest

Google, NASA test Project Tango equipped SPHERES in Zero G

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Although just recently surfacing publicly, Google has been working on their Project Tango smartphones for a while now. Not all of that research and development on the 3D world sensing phone was confined to the Google campus though. Turns out Google has been working with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate the Project Tango technology onto a robotic platform called SPHERES. The SPHERES platform is intended to be a zero-gravity autonomous unit. » Read the rest

Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

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The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

Samsung Tizen SDK now available for all, more apps incoming

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The Tizen Software Developer Kit (SDK) is now available for developers to get their hands on. This allows developers to design applications specifically for the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

In addition to making the Tizen SDK available, Samsung provided a list of apps currently available. They include: Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta (Cloudwear), Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, CNN, Conde Nast, eBay, Expedia, Flick Dat, MapMyFitness (Under Armour), MyMusicCloud, and News Republic (Mobiles Republic).

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Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs. » Read the rest

MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

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Applications for Google Glass, otherwise known as “Glassware,” are becoming more and more innovative each day.

MedicAR, developed by Droiders, is only one of the latest apps for Google Glass that will surely make a difference in the lives of many.

Although not the most realistic simulation application, MedicAR uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. The app will guide users through specific procedures and show them where to cut, which tools to use, different steps to take, and how to clean it all up after the “operation.”

Hit the break to see the app in action in a video.

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