TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 16, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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Facebook ‘Safety Check’ lets friends and family know you’re safe during a disaster

CBS All Access launches for $5.99 a month, offers full seasons and episodes on demand

Twitter adds new audio feature to mobile client


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Twitter adds new audio feature to mobile client

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Twitter has announced the addition of a new option to their mobile client to make it easier for users to access audio content. With a single click on a link provided in a tweet, users will be able to launch the Twitter Audio Card. The Audio Card will pop up a display with information about the linked music like album art and other info and it will start to play the content. The Audio Card can be left maximized or it can be minimized so users can continue to browse their Twitter timeline while listening to the audio content.
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Blocks modular smartwatch will use Samsung’s Tizen OS

 

blocks smartwatchBlocks, a company based in the UK that’s investing into modular tech design, has announced some new details regarding their upcoming modular smartwatch. The watch works pretty similarly to what we’ve seen from Project Ara where you’ll be able to swap out different pieces of the hardware to keep your device up to date and customize it exactly how you want it. We’ve yet to see a modular device become extremely mainstream, so the idea may not be a commercial success, but there are plenty companies willing to tackle it, anyway.
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Sony is updating their entire Xperia Z line to Android Lollipop

Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact_345Google unveiled Android Lollipop yesterday, so now we’re seeing device manufacturers clarify when they plan on updating their devices to the latest version of Android. Fortunately for owners of Sony devices, it looks like several devices will see the update at some point in the future.

Sony has stated that the entire premium Xperia Z lineup will be getting the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and all of their variants.
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CBS All Access launches for $5.99 a month, offers full seasons and episodes on demand

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CBS has announced an All Access subscription that allows on demand access to full seasons and episodes of many of their television shows, plus access to a live stream of CBS if you live in a supported market. This comes just a day after HBO revealed they were working on a subscription package that would let customers purchase programming without a cable subscription.

The service officially launched today and is available on the web and mobile apps for $5.99 per month. That’s a little cheaper than Netflix, but the catalog isn’t enough to completely replace Netflix. It offers full seasons and next day access to current shows, plus a hefty back catalog that totals about 6500 episodes. If you like seeing your favorite shows as soon as possible, it might be worth looking into. And six bucks a month isn’t terrible, either.
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Humble Mobile Bundle 9 gets two new games for the big donors

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The ninth edition of the Humble Mobile Bundle launched just over one week ago. It included at the time Syberia, Neuroshima Hex, Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition, Leo’s Fortune, Out there, and First Strike. The final three mentioned were given only to donors exceeding the average. Now, two additional games are up for those donors. For exceeding the current (and rapidly changing) $3.38 donation amount, you get So Long, Oregon! and Mountain.

This is definitely one of the best Humble Mobile Bundle’s ever launched. The games, especially Leo’s Fortune, are of very high quality. So if you are feeling extra charitable today, go right ahead and get giving!

Source: Humble Bundle