Amazon launches Live App Testing tools for developers

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In an effort to make developing apps for an easier process, Amazon has released a suite of tools for developers to test their application through the Amazon App Store. These tools will allow a developer to push out updates to selected users to make sure the app works well in a consumer environment instead of just the test environment the app was built in. This includes testing in-app purchase APIs and stability to guarantee your app or update is rock solid before it gets pushed out to the masses.

[Deal] Amazon Fire TV marked down to $84 for limited time

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The Amazon Fire TV device is one of the more expensive solutions for consumers looking for a media device to hook up to their television. The normal $99 price is not entirely unjustified as Amazon does make their Amazon Prime video service available through the platform and the game support is relatively strong compared to other devices. Amazon even makes a dedicated gaming controller available for $40. Amazon also built in voice control capabilities as we have all seen Gary Busey demonstrate.

Now, for a limited time, Amazon is offering the device for only $84 dollars. Hit the source link if you want to take advantage of this deal. There is no indication as to how long it will last.

source: Amazon

T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network

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Data throttling has been a topic lately, and it looks like T-Mobile isn’t excluded. According to an internal memo, the carrier is planning on throttling the data speeds of a specific set of users on its network. Fortunately, they aren’t taking Verizon’s approach to try and force people off of older plans, but depending on what you do with your phone, you might be affected.

T-Mobile is planning on going after users that either engage in high data usage activities, like p2p file sharing, or tethering outside of the terms and conditions of their service. So if you’re downloading movie torrents on T-Mobile’s LTE network or tethering your phone without paying for the hotspot features on your plan, you can expect to start seeing some slower data speeds. The throttling is only going to affect customers on the $70 unlimited or $80 Simple Choice plans, since the newer plans already have throttling caps in place anyway.

Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

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It’s pretty annoying when your flight gets delayed, or even cancelled. It’s even more annoying trying to find an alternate flight to get to where you’re going.

But now, you won’t have to worry about it.

Google Now has added an “alternate flights” view after your flight has been delayed or cancelled, which is a pretty convenient addition to the service.

Source: Engadget

 

Humble Mobile Bundle 6 gets three new titles added to the mix

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Last week Humble Bundle announced their latest mobile package of titles. As they normally do, for buyers who donate more than the current average, one of the benefits offered is access to any titles added to the package prior to it being closed. Humble Bundle normally adds titles to the bundles and Humble Mobile Bundle 6 has now been shown to be no exception.

Samsung finally unveils the Galaxy Alpha

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After many months of speculation, Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Galaxy Alpha today. This one is all about the design as JK Shin said “The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market.”

That desire is metal. However, don’t expect an all metal device here. It includes a metal frame, but the backplate is still that lovely perforated design. It definitely resembles the iPhone 5S, but it’s a lot thinner. At 6.7mm, it’s nearly 1mm thinner than Cupertino’s current flagship.

Galaxy Grand 2 in gold gets outed on Samsung’s India site

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The Galaxy Grand 2 is going for gold. The device has been spotted on Samsung’s India site where it is donning the color gold. For now, it is listed out of stock; however, that is likely a placeholder as the color addition has not been announced just yet. The home button, camera trim, faux leather back panel, and edges have all been touched with gold.

Does a gold color option make you think anything more of a device?

Source: Samsung India eStore
Via: Sammy Hub

Amazon Kindle app update includes full-screen viewing for KitKat devices and a few other goodies for everyone else

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Using the Amazon Kindle app as your go-to reading application just got a whole lot more useful due to version 4.6’s enhancements. The only addition not available to everyone is immersive full-screen mode as that is a capability that launched with Android 4.4 KitKat. Everything else is fair game and most of it is simplification changes. For example, the screen orientation lock can be toggled by tapping the bottom right corner of a page. The system brightness can be accessed through the reader’s settings. And audio playback can be controlled from the lock screen of the device.

Hit the break for download links.

Box Notes arrives for devices running at least Android 4.4, does not require a standalone app

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One of the world’s best cloud storage services is finally bringing its note-taking feature to Android. Box has announced today that an update including Box Notes is rolling out now. It operates with devices running at least Android 4.4 and it does not act as a separate application. Box Notes is built right into the Box app. In addition to bringing Box Notes to Android, Box has made it more useful by including checklists and support for additional languages. As expected, the Box Notes feature will allow users to collaborate on notes with editing tools and bullet/numbered formatting.

Hit the break for download links. And before you start using Box Notes, you may want to take a look at our list of the best note-taking apps available.

Motorola bounces back in Q2 2014 due to Moto G, Moto E success

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It isn’t its flagship smartphone that is bringing Motorola success. Motorola has experienced a very successful second quarter in 2014 due to the success of its budget handsets. The Moto G was first up and featured quality specifications for a great price without a contract. The Moto E went even further down in both categories and allowed Motorola to capture a market that would otherwise be left for feature phones.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 12, 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!!

Guides

Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

Apps

Madfinger Games working on virtual model builder called Monzo

TapPath attaches custom actions for tapping links one or more times

Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

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It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean.

TapPath attaches custom actions for tapping links one or more times

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The process of sharing a link on Android has remained pretty much the same for quite some time. There are outside solutions, though, that improve the way in which users interact with links. TapPath introduces layers to the way in which a link is tapped. Users can assign a certain amount of taps to a particular application.

Right now, tapping a link once will send a user to the device’s browser in most cases. With TapPath, you can switch that to sharing the link to Twitter for example. And the same applies for taps beyond that. Two taps can result in adding the link to an app like Pocket to read later. The same things goes for a triple tap. To make sure everything runs smoothly, TapPath has a delay saying so it can recognize how many taps you actually meant to do.

Hit the break for the introductory video, gallery, and download links.