Google’s 2-step verification easier with Google Authenticator update

If you are interested in adding some extra security to your Android device, you might want to check out Google’s 2-step authentication feature. If you are already using this function, it is a little bit easier to use now due to an update released by Google through the Google Play store.

2-step authentication adds extra security by requiring a user to have something, in this case their smartphone, to go along with the thing they know, their password, when signing in to web sites or their Google account. The smartphone requirement comes into play thanks to the Google Authenticator app which is used to generate a code to be used along with a password. The update today adds the ability to turn-on 2-step authentication without scanning a QR code or re-entering a password on a device.

If you are not sure whether you are using 2-step verification or want to turn it on, check the security settings for your Google Account on your device. Google also provides some video instructions on setting up your Google Account on your desktop computer to use 2-step verification.

Use one of the download links below to grab the app.

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[Awesome] Make your own Android figurine via Cubify

Android figurines are all the rage these days, but wouldn’t you like to create your own? Well Cubify gives you the opportunity to do just that. You can completely customize it with accessories, outfits, uniforms, tattoos  colors, and so much more. They have a pretty slick interface which will show your creation in 3D. After you’re done, all you have to do is place your order, and your custom bugdroid will be delivered to your doorstep. You have your choice of three different sizes; 2.5-inches for $29.99, 3-inches for $34.99, or 3.5-inches for $39.99.

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Qualcomm Announces Two New Snapdragon Quad-Core Chips


Qualcomm is certainly on a tear recently isn’t it? After seeing its smooth new Snapdragon S4 Pro power not just one superphone, but a second superphone as well— it has now announced a few new offerings that will soon be available to the masses as well. The two new processors will be known as the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q chips– while being touted as powerhouse chips for budget or entry-level devices. Each will feature support for LPDDR2 memory, which allows for improved features such as 720p display and 720p video encode and decode. In addition, both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips. However, there’s a big difference with the MSM8625Q chip as it will feature Qualcomm’s integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem– meaning it’s a dead giveaway that it will operate on networks like Verizon, Sprint and MetroPCS. The MSM8225Q on the other hand will have an integrated UMTS modem only.

So all in all, it’s some solid news that Qualcomm is expanding its quad-core offerings to all, instead of the elite. Here’s hoping it these new chips don’t cut back on too much such as a reduction in the overall speed of the processor or a less-than-stellar GPU. Given Qualcomm’s track record however, we’ll just assume whatever features have been held back or are of lower quality won’t affect the overall performance of devices too much. Hit the break for the full presser.

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ASUS and Google could be prepping a modified version of the Nexus 7 priced at $99

DigiTimes is at it again. I do have to say that that they are right some of the time so this is worth throwing into the rumor mill. They claim that ASUS and Google are working on improving the Nexus 7, and by the end of the year they will release two refreshed versions. They will both be thinner, but the most interesting part of it is the fact that one of the models will cost just $99. At this point ASUS has denied the report so we really need to take this with a grain of salt.

They didn’t offer any other information other than these tabs will use TN panels made by HannStar Display. I guess none of this is shocking, but I will be a little surprised if it comes true. With Amazon dropping their basic Kindle Fire to $159 and the impending iPad Mini, Google wants to keep the momentum going. I’m not sure two newer versions of the Nexus 7 is all that great of any idea though. To me, it makes more sense to come out with the one cheaper version and then maybe a Nexus 10 priced at $299. I guess we will all just have to stay tuned and wait for the next piece of information to leak.

source: DigiTimes


Bluestacks And AMD Team Up To Bring 500,000 Apps On Windows 8-Based AMD PCs


As Bluestacks takes over both PCs and Macs everywhere, we will start to see additional exposure of the nifty tool much more in the tech world. That’s why Bluestacks has announced a partnership with famed PC chipmaker AMD, which will offer Android apps in AMD’s AppZone. What this means is if you’re on an AMD-based machine and running Windows 8, you’ll be able to not only view the software titles, but you’ll be able to run the software with no issues— as if you’re on your smartphone or tablet. What’s even better is the fact the specialized Bluestacks software on AMD machines will be CPU and GPU-optimized, so users can rest easy knowing their software is going to run as smooth and cleanly as possible.

For the time being, the apps for AMD machines will be available in English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. That’s all for now, but additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.

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Kim Dotcom’s Megabox service will apparently put the music industry out of business

Even though our site has quite a bit of daily traffic, 50 million people each day is a lot. With the theory of “making shareware, into freeware”, former Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, achieved that substantial goal.. Through his various legal troubles and protests from anti-piracy supporters, Dotcom is more eager than ever to create his Megabox application, that can possibly change the music industry.

But what does this service do, that makes it “so important”? A couple months ago, Kim Dotcam released a statement on Twitter, describing that his Megabox app would allow users to distribute media, especially music, freely. On Tuesday, he also said that his idea will, “Turn this world upside down,” and that the service will be, “Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from attacks.”

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LG Optimus Vu II now official, sports S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.0

After speculation already outed the device for Korean markets, LG has finally made the Optimus Vu II official. While initially little was known about the device, the Korean-based manufacturer has figuratively spilled the beans, and what spectacular beans they are.

The LG Optimus VU II will sport the same 5-inch display (4:3 aspect ratio) as its predecessor, though this time it will be accompanied by a physical home button near the bottom. Also new is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beefed-up 2,150mAh battery. The square shaped device will run atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The fun doesn’t stop there however, as LG has also included NFC, VoLTE connectivity and an IR blaster, complete with a dedicated QRemote app, which turns your device into a universal remote. The company is also touting its redesigned Rubberdium Pen 2.0, which offers a finer point for better precision.

Pricing is set at $865, with your color choice of either black, white or pink. Currently, there’s no word on availability outside of Korea, so it looks like we’ll have to sit tight for more details.

Source: LG

ASUS reveals changelog for Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity Jelly Bean updates, rollouts begin tomorrow

After announcing that its Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets would be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ASUS has finally revealed the long-awaited details. In a post on the company’s Campus Life blog, ASUS released the official changelog for the update, detailing the specific changes that will be made. Furthermore, the manufacturer has given us a time table for when we can expect the updates to roll out. For the full low-down, jump past the break.

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Samsung: Galaxy Note II to sell three times faster than the original

When Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Note last year, consumers were undecided as to whether or not it was a viable option for the everyday smartphone owner. And, while that question may still not be answered, we’ve witnessed the device’s success first-hand. Regardless, Samsung introduced its successor last month in Berlin at IFA 2012, and the device packs quite the punch. With a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II is destined to be a powerhouse.

At a company briefing today in Korea, J.K. Shin, head of the manufacturer’s mobile division, speculated that the Note II would sell three times faster than the original, considering the numerous additional carriers that will be offering the device this time around. In terms of raw numbers, Samsung’s new flagship is slated to go on sale in 128 markets, and be available on 260 different network operators. The original Galaxy Note was only available on AT&T in the US, with an extremely brief stint of availability on T-Mobile. The Galaxy Note II  is set to arrive later this year on at least five major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint an US Cellular.

Source: Bloomberg