How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.

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Pinterest gets a facelift and more with version 4.0 update

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Pinterest is currently rolling out a pretty sizeable update for its official Android application. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, speed optimizations, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog. 

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New, huge Billboard on Times Square gets Android-ified by Google

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New York City’s Times Square has a huge new billboard lighting things up and Google managed to land the inaugural advertiser spot on the billboard. The billboard runs from 45th Street to 46th Street, roughly the length of a football field, and is eight stories tall. Located above the Marriott Marquis and operated by Clear Channel, the billboard is made with a display running 24 million pixels and is the “highest resolution LED screen of its size in the world.” Read more

[Deal] HTC offering free suction mount and bar mount with the purchase of the RE Camera

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It’s week of 4 of the 9 week “Hot Deals” promotion from HTC. This week they are offering a free suction mount and bar mount with the purchase of the RE Camera. The RE Camera goes for $199, and the free accessories are valued at $44.98.

The sale kicks off at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT, and will run until 12:00 am ET / 9:00 pm PT tonight or until inventory runs dry. Hit the source link to get your order in.

source: HTC Hot Deals

 

How to sideload apps (APK files) on the Nexus Player or ADT-1

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Since Android TV is Android-based, you can sideload just about any Android app you want. Now that doesn’t guarantee that it will work properly. In fact chances are that it won’t. However, if you’re sporting an Air Mouse remote control or a USB Mouse, a lot of apps will be usable. The good news is that sideloading an APK is really easy. You don’t have to connect your Nexus Player or ADT-1 to your computer and fumble around with ADB commands. It’s so easy that my dog could do it. Well, maybe not, but I’m pretty sure you can so hit the break to get started.

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Moto 360 with Champagne and Stainless Steel Slim Bands available through Motorola

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What makes the Moto 360 so special is its customization. It comes in a few different colors with various bands ranging from leather to metal. Of course, you can always replace the band with another third-party choice. Though, Motorola now has another variant of the Moto 360 available through its site. The Slim Metal bands in Champagne and Stainless Steel have arrived. They both measure 18mm.

The price of the Moto 360 with Slim Bands is slightly varied. The Champagne color climbs to $329 while the Stainless Steel remains $299.

Source: Motorola

Samsung files complaint to remove NVIDIA’s graphics chips from the United States

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Things are not exactly friendly between Samsung and NVIDIA. In September, NVIDIA launched a lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm alleging patent infringement. Samsung returned by saying that NVIDIA has falsely advertised its Tegra K1 processor. This is swiftly responded to by proof of actual benchmarks. The false advertising response was issued nearly two weeks ago, but now things are getting serious once again. Samsung filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission. What is the goal of this complaint? To block NVIDIA from providing its graphics chips in the United States. While it does sound unlikely to happen, it is certainly a possibility.

Via: Reuters

Qualcomm MDP/T adds tablet to Snapdragon 810 development device family

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Earlier today we learned that Qualcomm was making available a new smartphone for developers to use as a reference platform based on the forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. It turns out the smartphone is not the only form factor getting this treatment from Qualcomm. The company is also making available the MDP/T which is a 10.1-inch tablet powered by the Snapdragon 810. Read more