Vevo releases major update to music video app

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Music fans who enjoy checking out the videos that artists put out to go along with their music may want to check out Vevo which released a major update to their Android app this week. Moving the app up to version 2.0, the update brings a new interface design that includes a real-time news feed. Vevo has also tried to step up the ability of the app to identify music videos that may be of interest to users based on what they have been listening to.

Chinese supplier for Samsung accused of child labor violations

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More bad news for Samsung as a new report says one of the company’s suppliers in China is engaging child labor. The Shinyang Electronics factory has been identified by China Labor Watch, a New York-based organization, as having several children and underage student workers employed at the plant. CLW alleges that not only are children being used, they are being forced to work 11 hour days with no overtime pay nor are they receiving social insurance.

OnePlus Two in the works with a codename of ‘Lettuce’

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While you’re waiting to get your hands on the OnePlus One, we are now starting to get info about the successor….the OnePlus Two. It’s in the works with a codename of “Lettuce” and apparently the OnePlus One was codenamed “Bacon.”

That’s all we have for now, but you can be sure that whatever specs the OnePlus Two has, it will be more superior than the OnePlus One.

Also, in case you have figured it out yet, the OnePlus Three will most likely be codenamed “Tomato.” That and 50-cents won’t even get you a cup of coffee.

source: evleaks

Federal Trade Commission suing Amazon for wrongfully billing consumers with in-app purchases

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that Amazon wrongfully billed consumers with in-app purchases committed by children. The company was apparently allowing children to make in-app purchases without parental approval. As soon as an in-app purchase request is brought up, there is no way of stopping the user from going through with it. Amazon has had policies to require a password when the amount exceeds $20, but in-app purchases typically total much less (until they build up). While a specific amount is not detailed, the FTC does say the total is in the millions. Last week, Amazon declined a settlement to avoid any future troubles.

Source: FTC

Samsung Galaxy Award competition announced to produce Samsung Galaxy Tab S accessory

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Samsung has announced a partnership with International Talent Support to create the Samsung Galaxy Award, a competition for creative designers to come up with an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The winner will receive €10,000 ($13,600 USD) for producing a design for an accessory that is “both effective and unique.” Samsung indicates the accessory can be a cover, a case, a bag, or whatever else the designer can come up with. The one requirement though is that is has to be made from Diesel denim material, part of an effort by Samsung to merge technology with fashion.

Samsung will accept drawings for prototypes from participants in the ITS program. The designers will prepare their sketches using a Samsung Note tablet and an S Pen. Ten finalists prototype drawings will be exhibited on July 11th and 12th, although Samsung does not indicate when a final winner will be selected. It seems to be implied that Samsung will eventually put the winning selection into production, so be on the lookout for a denim based accessory to appear sometime in the next few months.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

Verizon LG G Vista specs revealed

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The LG G Vista has been leaking slowly, and now we have a few specs to share with you. The Verizon-bound device (VS880) is expected to sport a 5.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. It’s also expected to be 9.9mm thick and weigh in at 162 grams.

This is an obvious mid-range device, with hopefully pretty competitive pricing. Unfortunately we don’t know what Verizon plans on charging for this device nor do we know when it will be released. We will keep you posted.

source: @evleaks

Unknown Motorola smartphone running Android L leaks

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We know that Motorola is readying the Moto X+1, but let’s not forget the DROIDs. We can only assume that new DROIDs will be announced around the same time, just like last year. TK Tech News has already leaked the Moto X+1, but they were given images of another device, but all we know is that it probably isn’t the Moto X+1. What we do know is the display is larger than the Moto X, but it’s our understanding that the Moto X+1 will have a larger display as well, at 5.2-inches. They do compare this device to the Nexus 5, and does appear bigger.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 9, 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!!

Android Wear

Google creates workaround for Android Wear paid apps issue

[APK Download] Update to Google Camera puts Android Wear devices to work

Leo’s Fortune, a new platformer that pleases the eye, hops into the Play Store

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If you are in need of a mobile platformer that is graphically intense, look no further than Leo’s Fortune. The game is about Leo, a fluffy little ball, who is hunting a thief that still his gold. Players will control Leo and voyage, survive, and follow through twenty-four levels in order to reacquire the gold. Upon completing the main story, players can enter into Hardcore Mode that provides the task of completing the game without dying a single time.

The game became available today in the Play Store for $4.99, but that is the one and only cost players will ever come across. Leo’s Fortune does not even feature in-app purchases anywhere. The graphics are stunning and the gameplay seems pretty smooth. So while $4.99 seems a lot for any app or game, rest assured you are getting a very high quality product.

Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links.

Lenovo’s octa-core Golden Warrior officially announced for July 18th

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Lenovo’s Golden Warrior smartphone has finally been given an official launch date after a few previous leaks. The device will hit shelves in China on July 18th, and Lenovo is offering a fantastic deal to Weibo members that will allow them to get their hands on the phone for roughly $32. Even if you can’t manager to get in on that deal, the device will run between $130 and $145, depending on which Chinese carrier you want the golden smartphone on.

Motorola discusses inspiration behind the round shape of Moto 360

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Of all of the Android Wear devices that have been announced, the Moto 360 is arguably the most hyped device of the bunch. Many people are excited for the 360 because not only will it be a solid Android Wear device, but because it looks great for a watch. The rounded design and aesthetics of the device continue to look impressive, especially compared to the typically-square designs of other smartwatches.

[APK Download] Update to Google Camera puts Android Wear devices to work

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Need a way to snap photos with your smartphone without actually touching your smartphone? Don’t laugh, it can be done! The latest update to the Google Camera app makes it possible to do just that. Now, when paired with an Android Wear device, users can use the display as a remote shutter button. In addition to tapping to shutter, the smartwatch can also show a countdown for when the photo will be taken. And finally, the update allows Android Wear devices to display photos that were just taken.

Hit the break for download links.

[APK Download] Gmail app update allows sharing Drive files

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One of the most common things to do when composing an email is attaching a file. With any email client, this is pivotal. For some reason though, the Gmail app for Android has lacked the ability to attach files from Drive. That changes today with an update that allows users to insert files from Drive. If the file is not already shared with the recipient, you can quickly do so from within the app.

Hit the break for a demoing GIF and download links.