Yahoo Weather makes your device match the environment with animated effects


Yahoo doesn’t just want users to read out about the weather. They want users to actually feel it (without actually feeling it). Today, the company started rolling out an update to its Yahoo Weather app that introduces animated effects. Based on the weather outside your window, the app will adapt the display with effects for rain, snow, fog, heat, lightning, and frost. Yahoo feels that this takes things to the “next level.” So while the weather outside is frightful, the fire inside is so delightful. And Yahoo Weather will make sure you know that.

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[Deal] Anker Astro E4, E5, and E6 external battery packs discounted at Amazon


Battery life is much better than what it once was, but it could always be improved. Until devices can run for days without requiring a charge, external battery packs will have a demand. Anker, the company that produces some of the strongest external battery packs, has three models available at a discount through Amazon. The sizes range from 13000mAh to 20800mAh. Even that smallest capacity is able to charge some of today’s smartphones four times. The largest is enough to at least charge a phone and a tablet twice each. And, unlike many other external battery packs, Anker’s have multiple ports for simultaneous charging.

The following are the external battery packs with the corresponding coupon code:

  • Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 External Battery Pack with PowerIQ 13000mAh — ANKEREE4 [Amazon]
  • Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 External Battery Pack with PowerIQ 16000mAh — ANKRPPE5 [Amazon]
  • Anker Astro E6 External Battery Pack with PowerIQ 208000mAh — ANKRCWE6 [Amazon]

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will be upgraded directly to Android 5.0.1

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Back_Galaxy_Note_4_Logo_TAWith Android 5.0.1 rolling out to Nexus devices, it’s technically the latest and greatest that Google offers. Unfortunately, because of the way the Android update process works, many devices will be upgraded to 5.0 first and may or may not see that incremental upgrade over the next few months.

To work around this, Samsung looks like they’re going to be updating their latest Galaxy Note devices directly to 5.0.1 and just skip 5.0. The Galaxy S 5 LTE-A has already seen this update, and it’s been solid so far, so it makes sense for Samsung to go ahead and start sending it out to other devices like the Note 4 and Note Edge. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge spotted with gold trim


Everything is better in gold, right? Hardware manufacturers seem to think so because new devices are constantly seeing gold introduced as color options at launch or a bit down the road. The Apple iPhone, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S 5, and LG G3 are just some of the devices available in gold. It looks like the latest handset to ‘go gold’ is the Galaxy Note Edge. While the front and back of this Galaxy Note Edge is black, the frame is gold. Furthermore, the camera lens and flash LED are lined with gold. It looks much better than many of the devices that go full-gold.

The Galaxy Note Edge in gold was spotted in Vietnam; therefore, chances are it stays overseas and folks in other regions like North America are bound to current color options.

Via: GSMArena

Android 5.1 to roll out in February, 2015


Lollipop Forest

The final version of Lollipop (5.0) was unveiled back in October and manufacturers have only just begun rolling out the upgrade to unlockedĀ variants of their flagship smartphones. However, it appears that an Android update with Silent Mode, changes to the Material Design color palette, improved RAM management and much, much more on board is on its way.

According to AndroidPIT and a couple of its trusted individual sources, Google is preparing to release a rather large Android 5.1 update in February, 2015, which is set to bring many interesting new features.

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Google publishes short story written by three authors using Docs


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Google brought together three authors to write a short story. The twist is that they collaborated across the country using Docs. Edan Lepucki, Mike Curato, and Tope Folarin simultaenously wrote the short story featuring 1600 words and three illustrations in one hour. The opening line, which the authors had to work the story around, was submitted by Lauren Lopez of Malaysia. Google is celebrating the power and creativity of collaboration while showcasing what is possible with its productivity suite.

You can click here to read the short story and hit the break for a recap of how it came together.

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AOSP available for additional Sony devices released in 2014


Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.

Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.

Source: Sony

Ting Mobile bringing fiber optic network to Charlottesville, VA


Ting Mobile, a Canadian-owned wireless carrier based in Mississippi, has reported plans to buy Blue Ridge Internetworks in Charlottesville, VA, and to eventually expand the local fiber optic network. According to Ting Mobile CEO Elliot Noss, the new offering when built out may best be described as “Google Fiber lite.” New broadband plans are expected to cost less than $100 per month and will be capable of supporting speeds of up to 1 GB per second. Read more