Google Drive can launch desktop programs from Chrome

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It can be tedious to work with cloud files as soon as possible because you have to first download the file and then select the program to open it with. A small change to Google Drive nixes that extra step. Now, when choosing a file in Drive, users can choose to “Open with” compatible desktop programs.

The only browser to use this function with is Chrome as there is a required extension available in the Chrome Web Store to get started.

Hit the break to see the function in action.

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NBA Game Time and MLB.TV launch Android TV apps

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Nexus Players still haven’t shipped, but that hasn’t stopped developers from jumping on board. NBA Game Time and MLB.TV both launched apps in Google Play for Android TV devices. For now that’s only the Nexus Player.

MLB.TV won’t have any content until next year, but with NBA Game Time, you will be able catch every game this year through the NBA League Pass subscription. Unfortunately Chromecast support wasn’t announced for NBA Game Time, but MLB.TV already offers that.

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Motorola announces the Moto Maxx (aka DROID Turbo) for Brazil, Mexico, and other Latin American countries

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The DROID Turbo as a brand might be exclusive to Verizon Wireless, but Motorola announced the same phone under the Moto Maxx name for other markets. It’s already available on motorola.com for Brazil, and it’s coming to Mexico in mid-November followed by additional Latin American countries soon.

The Moto Maxx is the same exact phone as the DROID Turbo in terms of hardware. So it will still sport a 5.2-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, a Snapdragon 805 as part of the Motorola Mobile Computing System, 3 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, 21 MP rear camera,  2 MP front-facing camera, and a 3,900 mAh battery for 48 hours of battery life. On the outside, it appears they will only offer the ballistic nylon option, not the metalized fiber composite. The ballistic nylon is the better of the two in my opinion.

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Legendary developer Chainfire roots Nexus 9 mere hours after the source code is made public

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It was only a matter of time before the Nexus 9 was rooted, and thanks to veteran developer Chainfire, that time is now. Less than a few hours after the source code for the HTC-designed tablet was released, Chainfire has come up with a root method that will be familiar to anyone who has used ADB and FastBoot in the past. If you’re looking to get down and dirty with your new tablet, hit the source for instructions on how to get started.

Source: XDA

Binaries for the Nexus 9 are being included in factory image build

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Google recently released a factory image for the Nexus 9 tablet, but we were still waiting for binaries to be made officially available. Well, it turns out Google already released those binaries and most people didn’t even notice. The binaries for the Nexus 9 have been included on the LRX21L factory image on a separate vendor partition, which also explains why the factory image is a pretty large download.

Now that we’ve got everything cleared up for the Nexus 9, we’re just waiting on Lollipop images for other devices.

source: Android Police

Sharp shows off extremely battery-friendly smartwatch

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It seems like just about every technology manufacturer is throwing their hat in the smartwatch ring, and Sharp is no exception. They’ve recently showed off their take on a wearable device, and it takes a much more conservative approach to what we’ve been seeing lately. Instead of offering tons of bells and whistles, the Sharp watch tries to give you something with extraordinarily long battery life. Read more

HTC is planning their own line of premium tablets to launch in 2015

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If it wasn’t clear with the announcement of the Nexus 9, HTC is back in the tablet game, and their Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin had some details to share during the company’s recent earnings conference call. Planning a launch sometime next year, the Taiwanese company may be looking into co-branding to expand HTC’s brand appeal (similar to their former partnership with Beats). HTC North Asia President Jack Tong also revealed that HTC is aiming for the mid and high-tier tablet market, claiming the profit margin in the budget tablet sector is too slim.

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Google bringing SD card support back to Android in 5.0 Lollipop

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It was long thought that Google wanted to phase out external storage in Android, opting for cloud-based solutions, not including SD card slots in Nexus devices and slowly removing SD card functionality in AOSP Android. However, Google is adding some new APIs to Android 5.0 to allow easy access to SD cards after bringing back limited SD functionality in Android 4.4. The new APIs will grant developers access to SD card directories and files after the user grants the application permission once. Read more

Nexus Player factory image and binaries now available

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I know nobody has a Nexus Player (fugu) yet, but the factory image and binaries are already available for it. If you’re a tinkerer, you just might need them some day to restore your device so make sure to bookmark this page.

I wish we could say the same for the other Nexus devices like the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, but unfortunately the Lollipop update has been delayed until November 12. I know that’s a complete disaster for many of you, but I think we can just sit back and relax. Before you know it, next Wednesday will be here and the world will be restored again.

sources: Factory Image / Binaries