Google debuted the ability to record your screen in Android 4.4 KitKat, but it was more for developers in that you needed to use ADB to control it. There were also other third party apps that made it easier, but you needed to root. Now with Android 5.0 Lollipop, you can record any app as long as the developer utilizes the new API for android.media.projection.
Microsoft Office on Android isn’t a new thing. Users were able to view documents and have limited functionality in editing them for free. However, more advanced support and cloud functions have been something that required a valid Office 365 subscription. But that appears to be no longer the case as Microsoft is offering its suite of apps and the ability to edit documents for free.
In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelation that our privacy may not be as private as we once thought, there has been a monumental push to make things more secure. From Google encrypting things in Lollipop by default to people scrubbing their entire existences from the Internet, the privacy wars are only going to escalate. Well those of you concerned with your online privacy should check out a new Chrome extension called ShadowCrypt.
2014 gave us the first smartphones with a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, but that’s not good enough is it? I am thinking 700+ ppi makes a lot more sense doesn’t it? Yup, I am talking Ultra HD baby, as in 4K. Well Samsung seems to agree as they are working on a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display that will sport a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a ppi of 746.
For those interested in an unlocked Xperia Z3 you’ll be excited to hear that the Sony Store has it. According to the web site the device will go for $679.99 and will start shipping on Monday, Nov. 10. It should be noted that this is the global variant (D6603) with support for LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,13,17, and 20. If you do decide to order one, you’ll have your choice of the colors available, including black, copper, olive green and copper. Hit the source link to score one.
We have already seen leaks of Android Lollipop for both the Moto X (2014) and the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and now its time for the LG G3. Don’t expect it to be the stock experience as LG has their own skin called Optimus. However, they seem to be using the new style of notifications and tweaking the notification area. You might get a few Material Design animations too, but this is going to look a lot like the current UI.
Underneath it all, you should get some of the new features like the new and improved Android Beam, Trusted Devices, and the ability to restore apps from an older device during the initial setup. Hit the break for a few more shots.
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Motorola made a small splash last year when their update to Android 4.4. KitKat reached the Motorola Moto X even before Google could get the system update out to their own Nexus 4 smartphone. Motorola appears to be on track to duplicating that feat, or at least coming very close, after a copy of Android 5.0 Lollipop was found running on a Moto X 2014. Read more
Yesterday HTC launched a new program to give people a good reason to visit their web site – nine weeks of hot deals. The first one was a doozy as HTC offered the new Nexus 9 tablet for only $199 for a 16GB model. No doubt this caused a virtual feeding frenzy on the HTC site once the sale opened up. Even with all the extra stress and frustration that goes with events like this, HTC apparently felt some of the problems people experienced went above and beyond what could be reasonably expected for a flash sale. For that, the company has issued an apology. Read more
If you’re in the market for a new Chromebox you should start paying attention. Dell released a Chromebox bundle online for $199. That bundle includes a wireless mouse and keyboard (valued at $39). The Chromebox from Dell sports 2GB of RAM, a fourth-generation Intel processor, and an Intel 7260ac HMC network card. However the deal does not include a monitor so if you’re going to buy this make sure to have one on-hand.
Normally the Chromebox retails for just under $300. So if you’re in the market for a new Chromebox, hit the source link below. There’s no telling just how long this deal is going to last, so you better hurry.