“App Ops” privacy feature removed from Android 4.3

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That awesome “App “Ops” feature that appeared on Android 4.3 is now gone. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has found that Google removed the feature because it was “put there accidentally and wasn’t supposed to be part of Android 4.3.” The feature allowed users to “install apps while preventing the app from collecting sensitive data like the user’s location or address book,” an incredibly safe and useful feature.

The EFF says that Android should bring back the feature, as well as introduce the capability to let users disable network access for applications that clearly don’t need it, like flashlight apps, wallpapers, UI tweaks, and some games. The Foundation urges users not to update to Android 4.4.2, despite the fact that the update includes security enhancements and bug fixes.

Source: EFF
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LG G Pad 8.3 GPE receiving Android 4.4.2 now

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The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 is starting to receive the Android 4.4.2 update. According to a reader over at Droid Life, the 8-inch near-Nexus tablet is receiving the update sized at 52MB. The update “improves performance and stability and bug fixes.” On the surface, there are no major user interface changes. Head on over to Settings/About tablet/System updates to see if your LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is ready for Android 4.4.2.

Via: Droid Life

Photo of Verizon’s Moto G leaks, usual branding is missing

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In a shocking move, Verizon will not be putting its logo on any of part of the Moto G‘s body. The device, which will land in the United States in January, is breaking away from Verizon’s norm. The image above comes from none other than @evleaks. As you can see, the only thing that gives away the device as being Verizon’s is the 3G indicator. Devices like the LG G2, HTC One, and famously the Samsung Galaxy Note II had Verizon branding stamped all over the place. Even the Moto X had a Verizon logo on the back, but that was nowhere near as obnoxious as last year’s Galaxy Note. When the Moto G becomes available on Verizon, it will only operate on their prepaid network. Read more

[Deal] 20% off tablet, smartphone accessories on Best Buy’s site

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Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.

Source: Best Buy

Mirror for Android allows rooted KitKat devices to record and share with Apple TV

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Developer Koushik Dutta just keeps delivering mirroring apps. With his latest, Mirror for Android, you can record your Android device’s screen to share with Apple TV. But the app doesn’t limit to screen recording. It can also use the smartphone’s microphone to record your voice. For now, the main purpose would be to provide demonstrations in a practical way. Rooted devices running Android 4.4.2 are the only ones currently compatible with this app. To get in on the fun, you will need to join the ClockworkMod community, thus gaining access to the beta. Then, the app should be available for you in the Play Store.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

[Deal] DROID MAXX available for $12.49 at Amazon, new accounts only

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Thinking about jumping to Verizon and want the DROID MAXX by Motorola? Look no further than getting setup through Amazon. The online retailer is offering the device for just $12.49 when you create new account. But you’re going to have to pay more if you want to add the device on a new line or via an upgrade. New lines cost $70 and an upgrade is $100. None of those prices are bad, especially considering what you can do in the 48 hours that the device’s battery lasts for. Follow the source link below to be taken to the listing.

Source: Amazon

Cut the Rope 2 gets a release date.. for iOS, Android likely next year

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The good news is that Cut the Rope 2 will be heading to Android. The bad news is we just don’t know when. Zeptolab has announced that the iOS version will be available on December 19 while providing no information on Android. The release will likely be early in 2014, so there isn’t too much of a wait. Instead of twiddling your thumbs, watch a new trailer for the game (after the break). Read more

T-Mobile offers $0 down on Galaxy line, throws jab at AT&T in the process

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T-Mobile really did put that graphic in their latest ad. In this “Un-leash with T-Mobile” advertisement, John Legere & Co. are offering all of Samsung’s Galaxy devices for $0 down. After saying that there are no annual contracts and upgrade hassles, T-Mobile takes out their boxing gloves by emphasizing the “best of all, no AT&T.” T-Mobile is continuing their pursuit of being the un-carrier in the United States with their new techniques. Never before has a carrier been so aggressive against their competition. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all followed T-Mobile when they launched their Jump program in July.

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Samsung moving their plants from China to Vietnam

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By 2015, Samsung will no longer have a manufacturing plant in China. Instead, according to Bloomberg, the company is relocating to Vietnam “to secure even lower wages and defend profit margins as growth in sales of high-end handsets slows.” As many of us know, large companies like Samsung manufacturer in countries where wages are low to maintain high margins. The plant, which cost $2 billion to build, will open in February and reach full production in 2015. This new plant will account for 40% of the smartphones in Samsung’s operating profit. China’s higher wages are driving companies away and Vietnam is becoming more cost-effective. Read more

Oppo confirms Find 7 smartphone, mid-range Find 5 mini could be in development

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Oppo doesn’t plan on stopping with their N1 smartphone. The company has confirmed that the rumored Find 7 handset does exist via Twitter. The image above is a teaser that Oppo posted and confirms that their next device will be the Find 7. According to the previous leak, the Find 7 will have a 2560×1440 resolution on a 5.7-inch display. Interestingly, it will also have Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. A 13MP camera will be on the back with a 5MP one facing the user. And 4G LTE connectivity will finally be available in China with the Find 7. For now, the Find 7 could be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January; however, nothing is confirmed at this time.

If the Find 7’s specs were a little too much for you, then the Find 5 mini may be the device for you. It is the rumored smaller sibling to their Find 5 smartphone that launched last December. Unlike other devices with the “mini” name, the specs will indeed be lowered. The Find 5 mini is said to have a 4.7-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. A quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM is packed inside. The camera will be set at 5MP. Stay tuned for updates on these two.

Source: VR-Zone