Google deletes multiple Pirate Bay related apps from the Play Store

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In a bid to curb piracy related websites and services, Google has cracked the whip on a wide range of Pirate Bay related apps. Applications like The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror and PirateApp have been removed from the Play Store completely.

The developers were given the following warning – REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information.

Existing users of these applications can continue to use them as normal, although new users will not be able to get it from the Play Store. The Pirate Bay Proxy app has been made available on the developer’s website, allowing users to sideload it on their devices.

Gavin, who is responsible for the app claims that Google has wrongly deleted his app as it does nothing different than what a myriad of other browsers do, including the Chrome browser. The Pirate Bay Proxy app directs users to a proxy website beforehand and lets them use the web browser as normal. We can expect Google to continue its anti-piracy push over the coming months with several other piracy related apps taking shape each day.

What do you make of this new revelation?

Via: Torrent Freak

Microsoft’s Torque search now works on Android smartphones as well

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Microsoft has now updated the Torque application on the Play Store, bringing support for Android smartphones as well. This dedicated Bing search app was previously available only on Android Wear offerings, but has now made its way to smartphones as well.

Just as the smartwatch version of the app, Torque for smartphones will let you shoot up a search query with a shake gesture. This might not be as convenient as Google Now, but it’s a worthy option to have nonetheless. Torque lets users get traffic details, weather information and sports scores all in one place, just the way Google Now does.

Microsoft Torque Search brings the most powerful voice-enabled web search to either Android Wear or Android Phone. With a flick of the wrist, Torque wakes up your Android Wear watch for you to say what you want to search. You can also shake your phone to do the same thing if you don’t have a physical watch. Torque Search used Microsoft’s state-of-the-art advanced speech and gesture recognition technologies with Bing powered web search, which offers a truly unique experience.

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Verizon To Implement Carrier Aggregation, Femtocell Accessory For 2015

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Verizon’s vice president of network support, Mike Haberman, recently held a roundtable discussion with reporters covering Verizon’s plans for 2015 concerning network development. Haberman committed Verizon to carrier aggregation, a few other LTE Advanced features and hinted at being able to purchase a LTE femtocell in order to boost coverage indoors.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop update rolling out to Moto G (2013)

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Another Motorola device is among the first to receive an over-the-air software update. Owners of last year’s Moto G (XT1033) are being asked to download Android 5.0. It provides all of the Lollipop goodness including Material Design and a slew of features like notification controls. In the update message, Motorola did not say how big the file is; however, we assume it is rather large. The software version is 220.21.16.en.03.

Let us know in the comments if you have received the software update.

Via: XDA Developers

Feedly updated with high resolution images support and new settings theme

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Since Google Reader’s shutdown, Feedly has taken over as the go-to for curating RSS feeds and other forms of content. So there is an expectation for Feedly to be of premier quality. Today, an update to the app delivers on that expecation. Version 25.0.1 introduces better Twitter integration, high resolution images, and usual bug fixes. On the design side of things, the settings menu has two new themes: Holo Light and Material Light. The first is from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the latter is straight out of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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