Hotel My Phone provides messaging and calls from friend’s phone


The people behind PPLCONNECT and PPLNOTIFY have another useful app on its hands. Hotel My Phone is a peer-to-peer phone sharing solution that displays contacts, sends/receives messages, and places calls all from a friend or family member’s phone. The developer describes it as “Airbnb for your smartphone.” Users connect to a digital hotel for smartphones. When one user forgets his or her phone or it runs out of battery, they can use Hotel My Phone to check-in on friend’s and stay in touch with everyone. Only people connected to the same digital hotel can use Hotel My Phone and each user’s data is kept separate from others.

Denzil D’Sa, co-founder of Hotel My Phone, had this to say about how the app works:

When a user checks-in to a friend’s smartphone hotel, their session is secured and only active for a 4 hour period maximum. This means, users can check-in to a friend’s app, text and call with their number, and then log out, while keeping both the guest and the host’s information secured and confidential.

Hotel My Phone is available now, for free, in the Play Store.

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Toshiba Releases Canvio AeroCast, A Wireless Hard Drive Able To Cast


Not wanting to be left out this holiday season, Toshiba has gone above-and-beyond simply keeping pace with its competitors. Today, the company has issued a press release unveiling what may be the gadget to purchase this December. It is a portable hard drive that is both wireless and capable of directly Casting to devices like the Chromecast.
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Corning announces that the Galaxy Alpha sports the new Gorilla Glass 4

Samsung_Galaxy_Alpha_blackWhile it’s been a few weeks since Corning announced the new Gorilla Glass 4, what it didn’t announce was that there were phones already sporting the new glass. While we don’t know why Corning waited until now to announce it, the company announced in a press release that the Samsung Galaxy ALPHA sports the new Gorilla Glass. While there are suggestions that the Galaxy Note 4 also sports it, Corning did not mention it in its press release. That said, Corning states that the new Gorilla Glass is a part of what makes the Galaxy ALPHA as thing as it is.

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Holiday Buying Guide 2014: The best Android tablets

 Best_Android_Tablets_2014_02_TAIt’s the holiday season! You are hunting for the perfect gifts for everyone near and dear to your heart. Giving the gift of a tablet works for just about anyone because the options are limitless. With so many options, there are also prices all over the place. You can walk into your local pharmacy and find an Android tablet for $50. Heading over to an online retailer and finding a tablet over $300 is just as easy. Choosing an appropriate tablet that meets price with quality is actually quite difficult because of the crowded field.

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Chromecast app now sports Material Design, Android 4.4.2+ devices get Cast Screen beta


On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.

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Latest Plex for Plex Pass update brings integration with the global search on Android TV


Plex for Plex Pass got a pretty sizable update today. Those of you with a Nexus Player or ADT-1 will love the integration with global search. One of the biggest complaints with Android TV has been the fact that searching for content from within the global search only yields results from Play Movies & TV. The good news is that apps can integrate with global search as long as developers add a few lines of code to their apps.

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Best Android apps for streaming networked pictures, music, and video to Chromecast [December 2014]

Chromecast_481The Chromecast is a great tool for slinging your media to a bigger screen from your phone. We’ve already covered ways to get the local content on your devices to a Chromecast, but many users still play media from a local network so they don’t have to worry about cluttering up device storage with music and videos. It’s convenient to store all of your large files on a bigger hard drive instead of keeping them split up across multiple SD cards.

This guide is going to go over the easiest ways to start casting your networked music, photos, and videos to go along with all of your local pictures and internet subscriptions.

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Android 5.0.1 OTA update for Nexus 6 now available to download, here’s how to install it


Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android 5.0.1 update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. Of course, it’s likely to take a few weeks for all devices to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

We have good news for those that just can’t wait a minute more. You can download the OTA Zip file and manually update your Nexus 6 without losing any of your data.

Just follow our step-by-step guide. If you already know what you’re doing, we have the download link below.

Nexus 6 (shamu) From LRX21O to LRX22C (5.0.1)