Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact get Cast Screen support for Chromecast

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A few months ago, Google brought Cast Screen to Android devices. It provides mirroring of an Android device’s screen to a wherever a Chromecast is connected to. Support is limited to under twenty devices but Google is working on adding more to the fold over time. Two Sony devices in particular are the newest to receive Cast Screen support. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be used with Cast Screen for seamless mirroring.

Source: Google Support
Via: Xperia Blog

LG looking towards webOS as an option for upcoming smartwatch

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We’ve already got two LG smartwatches running Android Wear — but who said the company couldn’t double dip into the market, this time with a device running webOS?

It doesn’t sound likeĀ such a bad idea, as Samsung has already diversified itself by offering Tizen-based smartwatches in addition to its Android Wear devices.

Speculation seems to be true regarding LG and webOS, as the company had a developer website set up earlier today for the project. (Although it has since been taken down.)

There are some screenshots from the site, though — check oneĀ out above and another after the break.

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LG G Stylus gets priced on LG’s Indian website

LGG3StylusLG has finally officially listed the G Stylus on its Indian website, along with a recommended price tag. The stylus-wielding smartphone is priced at RS 21,500, which isn’t too bad considering what’s under the hood.

The LG G Stylus packs a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 5.5-inch qHD screen, and Android 4.4 with most of the G3’s bells and whistles. It’s also equipped with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus the microSD card slot, a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel rear camera. It’s certainly not a Galaxy Note killer, but if you like the idea of having a stylus without breaking the bank, it’s a solid option.

source: Fone Arena

Evernote introduces Work Chat for communicating with co-workers

EvernoteEvernote has announced that it’s adding a brand new chat feature to its application called Work Chat. The feature will allow multiple people to communicate with each other and will let users see who is viewing a particular note and whether or not they’re viewing it on a mobile device or on a desktop. This real-time communication was designed to help speed up collaboration and projects in the workplace, as Evernote sees business users a large area for growth.

The feature is slated to roll out to Android, iOS, PC and the web app later this year. No word on if this will require a premium subscription to Evernote, but it seems handy regardless.

source: Engadget

Cyanogen declines Google’s interest in acquisition, will seek additional funding

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Google wants Cyanogen. So does everyone else, but no one will be purchasing the software developer for the foreseeable future. Rather than being acquired by the very interested Sundar Pichai at Google (or any other company), Cyanogenmod is focused on keeping its software open.

Shareholders are being told that Cyanogen is going to seek a $1 billion valuation in its next round of funding. It is a bit surprising to see a massive valuation like that when just $30 million was brought in last year.

On the heels of being a software partner for OnePlus, Cyanogen is reportedly going to provide software for Micromax devices. Another partnership is sure to help Cyanogen’s position as a viable operating system.

Source: The Information
Via: Engadget

Verizon reportedly set to carry the upcoming Nexus 6

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Get your grain of salt ready. A report coming from Pocketnow states that the Nexus 6 will be available through Verizon. There was plenty of chatter last year that the Nexus 5 would join Big Red, but that never happened. One good sign is that the Nexus 7 (2013) is available and operable on Verizon’s network. It just is hard to believe that this is truly happening until we actually see it happen.

Like any other device from Google, availability is expected to work on just about any carrier’s network. Verizon, and often Sprint, are left out due to the CDMA technology and wireless bands used. A GSM network is more favorable for a Nexus device. Google opts to go with the latter with global availability being the focus.

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Get 500 Amazon Coins for streaming with Prime Instant Video for the first time

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Have yet to stream anything on Prime Instant Video using your Android device? Amazon wants to change that. When streaming something from Prime Instant Video to your Android device for the first time, the company will reward you with 500 of its Amazon Coins. That amount of Amazon Coins equates to $5 that will be transferred over to the Appstore. The promotion is running right now and ends October 16.

Hit the break for directions and download links.

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Chrome Beta’s Google Play page contains screenshots from Android L

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We are expecting Android L to arrive very soon, likely between October 15 and November 1. Google has already updated the screenshots for the Chrome Beta app to reflect the focus of the upcoming version of Android. The design language, Material Design, is name dropped in one place and Chrome is obviously going to be adopting the new look. The keyboard revamped for Android L makes an appearance as well.

Hit the break for the gallery of screenshots.

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Instapaper ditches price tag in favor of a subscription model

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Instapaper is making the transition over to a “freemium” business model. The price tag attached to the app has been removed and anyone can get started with Instapaper for free. For $2.99 or $29.99 per year, Instapaper unlocks a valuable set of features. The main set of premium additions are full-text search, unlimited highlights, and text-to-speech playlists. Also, a premium account ensures a user can use third-party apps with Instapaper.

Hit the break for the paid features and download links.

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