TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 23, 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 set up a wireless hotspot for tethering on Android to avoid paying carrier subscription fees

Apps

Yahoo Aviate exits beta, open for everyone in the Play Store

Microsoft’s OneDrive now offers 15 GB of storage for free

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Google entering the domain registration game, invite-only beta for now

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Is there an industry Google will not get involved with? Say hello to Google Domains. This one makes sense, though, considering Google is a internet and search powerhouse. Right now Google Domains is in invite-only beta; however, you can request an invitation very quickly. As to what nets you an invite, we are not quite sure just yet. The invitation request is a short form that asks for your email and if you have ever purchased a domain. Read more

HTC takes a shot at Galaxy S 5’s Band-Aid design

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If you thought companies were done slamming Samsung over the Galaxy S 5’s design, you don’t have to look any farther than HTC’s latest tweeted image. The graphic shows three Band-Aids that just so happen to share the colors of Samsung’s latest flagship, followed by the sleek HTC One. The image was captioned “One of these things is not like the other.”

HTC isn’t the first company to attack Samsung, and they certainly won’t be the last. None of HTC’s recent marketing tactics have put too much of a dent in the smartphone market, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying.

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Wireless charger for Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch stops by the FCC

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Thanks to a brand new FCC filing from Motorola, we now know that the Moto 360 will either utilize or support a wireless charger. The FCC filing we are looking at uses the smartwatch, wireless charger, and AC/DC adapter for testing. And what is the wireless charging standard the Moto 360 will use? The Qi wireless charging standard.

We will certainly be hearing more about the Moto 360 and other devices when Android Wear is fully introduced Wednesday at Google I/O.

Source: FCC

Samsung may post a weak Q2 due to slower device sales

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It looks like Samsung’s Q2 earnings may not be quite as great as the company originally anticipated. Early reports are saying that Samsung’s market share and device sales have dipped a considerable amount thanks to heated competition from other manufacturers like Apple and LG. Samsung’s market share in the smartphone market is predicted to drop to about 30 percent, and operating profits are expected to be around $7.74 billion. Those are still very impressive numbers, but for a company that’s on top like Samsung, shareholders want things to continually improve, not stagnate. Read more

‘Heads Up’ notification mode from Android added to CyanogenMod

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The CyanogenMod team has added a new feature to its latest nightly build, and it’s a feature that’s been hidden inside the code of stock Android for some time now. It’s called “Heads Up,” and its a notification mode that allows users to interact with floating alerts that are overlaid over what users are doing.

Google hasn’t yet activated the system in stock Android, but many users think it’s much more useful than Android’s default alert system. Basically, there’s a little box that’s displayed at the top of the screen above whatever you’re doing.

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Yahoo Aviate exits beta, open for everyone in the Play Store

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Upon being purchased by Yahoo and staying in beta, Yahoo Aviate Launcher has been relaunched for anyone to install without an invitation. For the unaware, Yahoo Aviate is an adaptive launcher by organizing everything specifically for you after learning trends and preferences. It also works with your location and time of day to tailor the experience. In a way, Yahoo Aviate is a little bit like Google Now except for the fact that it is always actively displayed.

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