Google’s Clock app is available in the Play Store

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The stock clock app is available for all to download in the Google Play Store and brings with it Google’s new Material Design language. Most people see the clock as the first thing they look at once they unlock their device. Google knows this and always keeps the clock app up to date with the latest in design. You get all the Material Design touches like bold colors, nice animations, and floating buttons.

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Uber hires former head of Google Maps to oversee future technology developments

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Brian McClendon, a former Google vice president that worked in the company for the past 10 years who helped develope Google Maps and Google Earth, has recently been hired by Uber to oversee its new technology center in Pittsburgh. As Uber is currently trying to improve its mapping technologies, McClendon had the perfect qualifications for this spot thanks to his years of experience and expertise in the field. McClendon will be in charge of guiding Uber’s mapping, self-driving cars, and vehicle safety measures and will be supervised by Jeff Holden, Uber’s former Chief Product Officer.

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Samsung releases new app to fix disappearing quick settings toggles

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Front_Top_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have reportedly been having issues where some of the quick settings toggles in the status bar have mysteriously disappeared from some devices. The mobile data, mobile hotspot, and private mode toggles were the few that were disappearing.

Fortunately, Samsung has released a new application onto the Galaxy Apps store that should resolve the issue, if you were affected by it. They haven’t mentioned exactly why these toggles weren’t appearing for some users, but it’s hard to complain too much when they’re pushed out a simple fix for the issue. Read more

Trademark filing points to a deluxe version of LG’s Watch Urbane

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Android Wear smartwatches are getting better looking with each new design. One only has to look at LG’s offerings to see how each new product has evolved; from the original G Watch’s functional square design (which I actually prefer), the G Watch R‘s sporty round face to the Watch Urbane‘s more sophisticated steel finish. But what if the Watch Urbane simply isn’t luxurious enough for you and you don’t want to splash the cash on a Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01? Read more

LG’s G4 Pro alleged to sport Snapdragon 820 CPU, 5.8-inch QHD display and 27MP rear camera

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LG’s latest flagship, the G4, has generally been well received since launch, carrying on the good work first seen in the G2 and in 2014’s G3 handset. The G4 sports the latest tech, other than using the heat-tastic Snapdragon 810 processor. If LG’s latest and greatest doesn’t make your heart skip a beat, perhaps you would be more interested in the G4 Pro that the Korean manufacturer is rumoured to be releasing in the third quarter of 2015. According to a post on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, the G4 Pro will be packing some very impressive hardware.

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Samsung prepping security update for SwiftKey keyboard vulnerability

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_Right_Edge_Slanted_01_TAEarlier today, a massive security exploit involving Samsung’s default SwiftKey keyboard spread across the internet like wildfire showing the dangers of manufacturers pre-loading third-party software on their phones. The vulnerability was pretty obscure and wouldn’t affect everyone with a Samsung device, but it was still a fairly serious exploit Fortunately, Samsung has issued a relatively quick response about the whole situation.

Samsung has stated that they’re working on a fix, and it will be deployed through a security policy update via Knox. The vulnerability was based in how language packs for Samsung’s SwiftKey-backed keyboard were updated, and doesn’t affect the normal version of SwiftKey that you may have downloaded through the Play Store.  Read more

Xiaomi’s Mi 4 gets a price cut down to Rs 14,999

xiaomi mi 4Xiaomi’s fantastic budget phone, the Mi 4, has taken an official price cut, bringing it down to just Rs 14,999. That’s roughly 234 American dollars, which is a steal for the hardware that you’ll get with the Mi 4.

The device launched at Rs 19,999 (~$313) and features a 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. It fits right in with Xiaomi’s aggressively priced, high-powered smartphones, and so far it’s been a huge seller for the company, moving over 10 million Mi 4 units worldwide. With this price cut, I think we can all expect it to keep selling extremely well. Read more

OnePlus 2 will have a newer version of the Snapdragon 810 processor

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OnePlus has announced new, albeit familiar, processor for the OnePlus 2. They are going with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor for it’s speed and ability to multitask while maintaining great battery life. The chip has eight CPU cores and 64-bit computing. Some other features the 810 can provide are 4K HD video, fast/crisp photos, and immersive 3D gaming brought to you by the Adreno 430 GPU.

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