Developers can have varied “What’s New” descriptions in the Play Store for different builds

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Google just keeps making things easier for developers. Starting today, developers can tailor the “What’s New” description in the Play Store for the different builds of an application. Have the beta? Developers can make you “What’s New” description different than the displayed for an alpha build. It is great and all, but developers just have to take the initiative of doing so.

Source: Android Developer

Marketing poster for Verizon’s all new HTC One (M8) leaks online

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Who would have guessed that another leak of the 2014 HTC One would come out before its official unveiling date? (We’re guessing everyone.)

As it turns out, a leaked image of Verizon’s marketing poster for the upcoming HTC flagship has leaked online, featuring the front and back of the device, with the previously leaked flip front cover on the device as well.

Again, expect the device to be officially announced on March 25.

Source: Phone Arena

White House may drop BlackBerry after testing Samsung, LG smartphones

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President Obama, it may be time to put down your beloved BlackBerry. Both the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communications Agency have started testing smartphones from Samsung and LG. Also, the United States Department of Defense is also testing other devices. A Samsung spokesman would not confirm any of this; however, they did say the company is interested in the government sector. LG decided to just deflect any knowledge of the situation. Read more

Latest Motorola Camera update now lets users snap pictures via the volume button

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Whether you will use it or not, options are always good to have, right? In Motorola’s latest Camera update, users are now able to use the hardware volume button to snap a picture. Sure makes selfies a little easier right? This will work on only the Moto X, Moto G, DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini with 4.4.2. We have download links after the break.

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T-Mobile taking pre-orders for Galaxy S 5 on March 24th, no down payment required

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If you’re ready to place your preorder for the Galaxy S 5 on the Un-Carrier, you’ll be able to get in line this week. T-Mobile will open up preorders for the device on March 24th, and you won’t have to put any money down up front. You’ll still be on the hook for the 24 monthly payments for the device afterwards, but hey, being free up front still looks nice for Samsung’s latest flagship.

The $0 down payment option will be available until March 31st, so if you’re planning on being an early adopter of the device, T-Mobile is a solid option for getting your hands on one. We’ve already seen that customer interest in this device is very high, so it looks like they’ll lock in more than a few customers with this deal.

For the full press release, hit the link below.

source: T-Mobile

Google knows the YouTube app has been crashing, and they’re working on a fix

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Since updating some Google Now features, the YouTube application has been suffering some issues that are causing the app to crash on startup. It’s a weird situation, but Google is aware of it. They’ve worked out a fix that should solve almost all users errors, but if you’re still having problems getting your app to open, they recommend sitting tight and using the mobile version of YouTube in your browser until all of the bugs are completely ironed out, which hopefully shouldn’t be much longer.

Anybody experiencing YouTube glitches lately?

source: Google Product Forums

via: Android Guys

Project Tango may give robots the ability to freely navigate the International Space Station

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Currently, NASA uses small satellites called SPHERES to navigate around the International Space Station. These SPHERES roam around a 6 x 6 x 6 foot cube around the ISS, and they exclusively use sound beacons to triangulate their position and move around. This is all possible thanks to a Nexus S powering each of the three SPHERES currently in operation. However, NASA is looking to upgrade those Nexus devices to something a little more powerful. Read more

Pebble Steel gets price cut to $229 if you don’t want a metal band

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If you’re thinking about buying a Pebble Steel, you might want to consider the version without a metal band. The leather band watch, in both black and stainless steel are currently on sale for $229. That’s a $20 discount from its normal price. They’re currently on back-order for  few weeks, but if you’re interested, head to the source link below and order one that’ll ship as soon as it’s available.

Source: Pebble

HTC launches a countdown for next week’s live stream of their announcement

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There it is! A ton of people, including myself, were wondering whether or not HTC would be live streaming the announcement of next HTC One. The answer is yes. A live stream will go live next week on March 25, next Tuesday. The page currently has a countdown that reads “THE BEST IS ABOUT TO GET BETTER” and includes a timeline of tweets involving HTC.

As you can tell, my tweet did make it to HTC’s timeline on the countdown page. If that kind of stuff makes you giddy, tweet HTC and head over to the source link. We will be live from HTC’s announcement in New York City next week, so stay tuned.

Source: HTC

Google announces changes that will keep our emails safe from prying eyes

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Thanks to the NSA, privacy might be the biggest buzzword right now. A lot of people are concerned about who could be reading their emails. If you’re using Gmail, you might sleep better tonight after you read about the changes that Google has made.

The first change is that Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS. HTTPS has always been supported, but with the addition of encryption, nobody will be able to listen to your messages, even if you are using a public Wi-Fi. This goes for computers, phones, and tablets.

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