Solar eclipse and police activity cards now showing up in Google Now

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Good news for heavy Google Now users; you’re getting two new types of cards in your automatic information feed. Google has added in support for police activity as well as solar eclipses. The police activity is pretty useful, as it shows nearby criminal activity which can give you a heads up on areas or roads to avoid.

The solar eclipse card is pretty weird, but it gives you information on ways you can safely view the eclipse, so that’s pretty cool. Not life changing, but a cool feature regardless.

Fortunately, these cards won’t require an update to the Google Now app (as long as you’re already on the latest version) since the info comes from Google. Keep an eye out and let us know if you see either of them on your device.

source: Reddit

via: 9 to 5 Google

Google may sell Project Ara modules in a Play Store type marketplace

project_ara_the_verge_1Google’s Project Ara is one of the most highly anticipated developments in the modern smartphone world, assuming it gains traction with developers, manufacturers, and consumers. We know the basic idea behind it, but one thing that Google has never truly clarified was how potential customers could purchase smartphone “modules” for their devices. Thanks to a new interview at a Purdue Presidential Lecture, the head of Project Ara, Paul Eremenko, talked a bit about how the modules would be sold, and it’s shaping up to be pretty interesting.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 22, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

How to lock any app on your phone or tablet for guests and kids in Android Lollipop

Accessories

Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock now in stock and ready to ship from Google Play

Android Wear

Microsoft wants you to use Bing Torque instead of saying “OK Google” on your Android Wear smartwatch


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LG G3 now receiving major stability update

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LG is in the process of pushing out a relatively major over-the-air stability update to all unlocked variants of its flagship smartphone, the G3, currently located in India, Thailand and a bunch of European countries. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, such as Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it does include a handful of ‘system stability improvements,’ which are geared towards making a user’s experience better when using the device.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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T-Mobile launches annual Postseason sale

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T-Mobile has today got its annual Postseason sale under way over on its online store. There you’ll find a selection of Samsung’s latest devices with $30 slashed off their respective price tags until Tuesday, October 28. All you need to do is enter the following promotional code: BASEBALL30, at the checkout to receive the deduction.

Hit the break for the full list of devices included in this promotion together with their individual discounted prices.


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Google introduces ‘Inbox’, an alternative to Gmail that works for you

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Google just unveiled “Inbox,” which sounds a lot like our earlier story on Bigtop. It’s a completely separate app from Gmail, which aims to be a better alternative for those that find they are overburdened with email. When Email started, it was a simple way to pass messages, and it made you more efficient. However, as email as grown over the years, it’s gotten so distracting that it sometimes is hard to actually get things done. One could argue that it no longer makes us efficient.

According to Google, Inbox works for you and helps you get to the important information quicker. This is all done by new features such as Bundles, Highlights, Reminders, Assists, and Snoozing.


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Just how big is the Nexus 6?

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The Nexus 6 isn’t for everyone because of it’s enormous 6-inch (5.96) display, but how does it stack up against its predecessors? Thanks to Phone Arena, we have images of the Nexus 6 next to each Nexus phone ever released.  Some of these images my scare you, but what was a large phone in 2010 is not a large phone today. Hit the break for all the images and let us know what you think of the Nexus 6. Too big? Just right? Or dare I say, too small?


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Microsoft wants you to use Bing Torque instead of saying “OK Google” on your Android Wear smartwatch

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I’m not sure what’s going on at Microsoft these days. First, Microsoft Research released a pretty much useless keyboard for Android Wear smartwatches, and now, Microsoft Garage has just released Bing Torque.

Bing Torque replaces the need to speak “OK Google” each time you want to ask a question. With Bing Torque, you can just twist your wrist and then say your question. If you’re reading between the lines here, it’s not just the “OK Google” command that’s being replaced here. Yup, you guessed it. Next time you want to find out how tall President Obama is, you will be asking Bing. Microsoft is saying that it’s like having Cortana running on your smartwatch. However, it might not work for commands like, “Set a timer” or “Send a text to _____.”

The app works well on the LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, and Samsung Gear Live, but not so well on the Moto 360. If Bing is your thing, then by all means, hit the break and check out the screenshots and download this app today.


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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announce 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Last month, Samsung and Barnes & Noble unveiled the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook with a 7-inch screen. Realizing that might not be big enough for some people, they went ahead and announced a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) version. It’s essentially the same device as the smaller version other than the display size, and you get the same Barnes & Noble extras.

It’s available starting today in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide or on their website. The price is $299, and that includes $200 in free content from the Nook Store, which includes bestselling books, popular TV shows, top magazines and apps.

Hit the break for the full presser.


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