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New OnePlus One OTA brings much-needed fixes

While a lot of us have judged OnePlus for its sexist contests and broken promises, there’s no denying it made quite a nice phone in the One… if you can get it, that is. So we’re glad to see the updates, such as today’s OnePlus One OTA, streaming in at a decent pace, fixing bugs as fast as the Cyanogen team can go.

This new XNPH33R OTA introduces fixes for the touchscreen issues many were complaining about it in OnePlus’s forums, also known as BACON-55. This fix isn’t complete, says Android Police, since reports of shakiness are already in after the update.  There’s also a grounding issue that’s gone unfixed, decreased power consumption, and a security fix for the CVE-2014-4943 vulnerability. There’s also a new radio image in the update.

In case you had a One and were wanting to flash the update on your phone before the staged rollout decides to get around to you, you can grab the 66.6MB file from the Android Police source link below, and it’ll update your phone to Android revision KTU84P and OnePlus One version XNPH33R.

While this OnePlus One OTA certainly brings big fixes, many are already looking forward to the next version. Thoughts?

Source: Android Police


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WhatsApp brings voice replies to Android Wear, sort of

Android Wear is still what many of us like, but not necessarily what all of us want. It’s clear that we need more developers to embrace the platform, and some of us agree that we also need better watches to drool over. There is still much room for both Google and developers to take advantage of the platform, and as such we’re seeing this come first from WhatsApp.

The Facebook-owned company has just launched a new extension to allow you to interact with WhatsApp through your Android Wear smartwatch, and what makes this hot is that it allows you to voice replay to messages. If you think about it, this is the most logical step that any messaging app should take in order to fully take advantage of Android Wear, but if you count the amount of apps that can, you’d be disappointed.

At the moment this feature is sadly in beta, and it also requires a direct download in order to work. The biggest issue with this is that messages won’t arrive fully, but hey, it still is a beta away. If you’re already rocking an Android Wear device and you love WhatsApp as much as many of us do, hit the source link for your download.

Source: WhatsApp
Via: Phandroid


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Capcom brings Monster Hunter Freedom Unite to iOS

Capcom has today announced the release of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS devices. Based on Japan’s Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, the game was first released on PSP in 2009. In the game, players take on the role of hunter, challenged with taking down ferocious beasts while completing a wide variety of quests from villagers and other AI-controlled characters.

The game supports controller peripherals for iPhone and iPod Touch, and is compatible with iPhone 4S+ and iPad 3+. When not using a controller, users navigate using a virtual joystick, while camera control, item movement and other menus are located across the bottom and right sides of the screen.

Players start with a small selection of gear / defense items and offensive weapons, and can complete training missions before diving into the world on their own. These training missions introduce players to the concepts of weapon sharpness (and weapon types), item storage and delivery chests, beds for resting and restoring HP and removing status effects and other elements in this action-RPG.

From there, players are allowed to complete as many quests as they’d like, spending some of their money on contract fees and choosing quests based on level and difficulty. The stronger the player, the stronger quests can be attempted, but users can team up with others in four-player co-op battles (via wi-fi) when a current monster seems too difficult to defeat.

Each quest gives players a different task(s), like collecting materials from fallen enemies or defeating specific quantities of equally specific enemies. A supply box offers a map of the area, whetstones for sharpening swords, ammunition for long-range weapons and more. It’s up to players to decide which items to take with them, and when to use them in order to succeed. When a quest is successfully completed, users can head back to town and receive their rewards, including their original contract fee.

Players unlock new weapons and armor as they play, allowing them to take on stronger quests and stronger monsters, thus continuing the game’s cycle.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is available to download for $ 14.99 on iOS.


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Udacity brings mobile learning app to Android

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Udacity’s mobile learning app is now available on Google Play for Android devices, giving aspiring programmers easy access to their courses, which focus on making higher education more accessible and more affordable for students.

Udacity’s courses are taught by industry veterans from Facebook, Google, Cloudera and MongoDB, and range in topics from an introduction to computer science to HTML5 game development, cryptography, algebra and beyond.

The Udacity for Android app gives users a classroom that’s accessible wherever they go, so long as they have access to the internet. Users can stream lectures to their device, and challenge their knowledge with quizzes as they continue to learn.

The Android app has been built specifically with varying screen sizes in mind, to take advantage of the full screen real estate on larger Android devices, while also not sacrificing quality on smaller screens.

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An offline mode will be released in a future update, giving Android users the ability to download their course videos and view them even while offline.

In addition to this Android launch, Udacity has announced four new courses with Google concerning Android fundamentals, cloud fundamentals, UX fundamentals and web performance. More information on these courses and the entire Udacity platform is available on the company’s website.


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Udacity brings mobile learning app to Android

udacity android 650

Udacity’s mobile learning app is now available on Google Play for Android devices, giving aspiring programmers easy access to their courses, which focus on making higher education more accessible and more affordable for students.

Udacity’s courses are taught by industry veterans from Facebook, Google, Cloudera and MongoDB, and range in topics from an introduction to computer science to HTML5 game development, cryptography, algebra and beyond.

The Udacity for Android app gives users a classroom that’s accessible wherever they go, so long as they have access to the internet. Users can stream lectures to their device, and challenge their knowledge with quizzes as they continue to learn.

The Android app has been built specifically with varying screen sizes in mind, to take advantage of the full screen real estate on larger Android devices, while also not sacrificing quality on smaller screens.

udacity 650 2

An offline mode will be released in a future update, giving Android users the ability to download their course videos and view them even while offline.

In addition to this Android launch, Udacity has announced four new courses with Google concerning Android fundamentals, cloud fundamentals, UX fundamentals and web performance. More information on these courses and the entire Udacity platform is available on the company’s website.


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Udacity brings mobile learning app to Android

udacity android 650

Udacity’s mobile learning app is now available on Google Play for Android devices, giving aspiring programmers easy access to their courses, which focus on making higher education more accessible and more affordable for students.

Udacity’s courses are taught by industry veterans from Facebook, Google, Cloudera and MongoDB, and range in topics from an introduction to computer science to HTML5 game development, cryptography, algebra and beyond.

The Udacity for Android app gives users a classroom that’s accessible wherever they go, so long as they have access to the internet. Users can stream lectures to their device, and challenge their knowledge with quizzes as they continue to learn.

The Android app has been built specifically with varying screen sizes in mind, to take advantage of the full screen real estate on larger Android devices, while also not sacrificing quality on smaller screens.

udacity 650 2

An offline mode will be released in a future update, giving Android users the ability to download their course videos and view them even while offline.

In addition to this Android launch, Udacity has announced four new courses with Google concerning Android fundamentals, cloud fundamentals, UX fundamentals and web performance. More information on these courses and the entire Udacity platform is available on the company’s website.


Inside Mobile Apps

Udacity brings mobile learning app to Android

udacity android 650

Udacity’s mobile learning app is now available on Google Play for Android devices, giving aspiring programmers easy access to their courses, which focus on making higher education more accessible and more affordable for students.

Udacity’s courses are taught by industry veterans from Facebook, Google, Cloudera and MongoDB, and range in topics from an introduction to computer science to HTML5 game development, cryptography, algebra and beyond.

The Udacity for Android app gives users a classroom that’s accessible wherever they go, so long as they have access to the internet. Users can stream lectures to their device, and challenge their knowledge with quizzes as they continue to learn.

The Android app has been built specifically with varying screen sizes in mind, to take advantage of the full screen real estate on larger Android devices, while also not sacrificing quality on smaller screens.

udacity 650 2

An offline mode will be released in a future update, giving Android users the ability to download their course videos and view them even while offline.

In addition to this Android launch, Udacity has announced four new courses with Google concerning Android fundamentals, cloud fundamentals, UX fundamentals and web performance. More information on these courses and the entire Udacity platform is available on the company’s website.


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FiftyThree’s “Surface Pressure” pencil brings back joy of drawing to iOS 8 devices

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Drawing with a digital stylus can hardly replicate real pencil tips, but artists and pencil lovers might find the new technology behind FiftyThree’s Bluetooth Pencil as close to the real thing as digitally possible. All you have to do is angle the stylus and line thickness is matched. It’s like using a real drawing tip, but with a digital stylus, which typically does not register 3-dimensional pressure:

Pencil’s tapered tip was inspired by the expressive richness of real pencil points, which allow creators to change the character of the line with the angle of the tip. With Surface Pressure you’ll be able to control the lines you create based on how much of Pencil’s tip or eraser is in contact with your iPad. Use the point for fine details or the angled edge for broad strokes. Surface Pressure unlocks new capabilities for each of Paper‘s tools—fill faster as you draw, shade as you sketch, or carve away in varying widths as you erase.

Stay in the flow and change drawing styles simply by changing the way you hold Pencil—no stopping to fuss with the settings menu. This new feature is unique to Pencil and will be unlocked for all existing Pencil users with an update to Paper this Fall.

For users already familiar with FiftyThree’s beautifully designed Pencil stylus and Paper app, the new update to Pencil cannot come sooner, but you still have to wait for the release of iOS 8 this fall.


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Huawei brings 6.1-inch Ascend Mate2 4G LTE to America

This morning is proving to be quite the busy one for Chinese OEMs, and following ZTE’s launch of its new Grand S Pro just an hour earlier, we’ve got a fresh announcement from Huawei, as the manufacturer makes with the details for US availability of its Ascend Mate2 4G LTE, a phone we first got to visit back at the CES in January.

Unlike the five-inch ZTE model, this time we’re squarely in phablet territory, with the Ascend Mate2′s display measuring in at an expansive 6.1 inches. Unfortunately, the IPS panel’s resolution isn’t as high as the size might suggest, coming in at just 720p.

With a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 and 2GB of RAM, processing power similarly falls short of flagship-level performance, but the phone’s cameras sound capable enough, with a 13MP f/2.0 main shooter and wide-angle 5MP front facer. The Mate2 will ship with 16GB storage (microSD expandable), and measure a not-too-thick, not-too-thin 9.5mm deep.

So far, there’s nothing too impressive here… and then we get to the battery. Huawei gives the Mate2 a sizable 3900mAh power pack, easily besting the capacities of larger phablets, like Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 – frankly, we’re better off comparing it against full-fledged tablets. You can even use the battery as an external power source to help charge other phones – early orders will come with just the cable you’ll need.

Huawei says that giant battery gives the Mate2 the ability to browse the web for twelve hours, watch three movies back-to-back, or talk for over a solid day straight; does it actually deliver? Well, we recently had the opportunity to check out the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE for ourselves, and put it through its paces for our review; check out the whole thing to learn just what we found, including if this mammoth battery lives up to the hype.

Sales of the Mate2 open today for pre-order, exclusively through Huawei’s new gethuawei.com site. There, the phone will run you just shy of $ 300, unlocked and contract-free (and with a complementary case, to boot). Band support is all ready for either AT&T or T-Mobile LTE, but while that leaves you free to pop in the SIM of your choice, orders placed between now and June 22 will also come with a SIM pre-paid for a month of service; just which carrier that’s for hasn’t yet been revealed, but we expect that detail to arrive shortly. Shoppers ordering today should look forward to their phones arriving in about a week.

Source: Huawei


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Hotsauce brings you ratings for the best dishes from 200,000 restaurants

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Social eaters are always wading through Yelp reviews to find the best restaurant with the right number of stars within the right budget and distance. What happens after that decision is often even more complicated. Imagine, looking at poorly-lit photos of restaurant food and deciphering the items on each menu – that’s what Hotsauce is about.

 We’ve created an intelligent algorithm to solve a very simple problem. It analyzes millions of reviews for thousands of restaurants, understanding what previous diners loved and hated, to present you with popularity ratings for each dish. We want you to know what’s good to order and what to avoid.

We built this app because we hated having to read through reviews just to figure out what’s good at a restaurant.

Aside from the great rating mechanism, photos, and dish-selection simplification, the app also offers up easy-to-read descriptions of oft-difficult to understand slogans for items like “Tagliatelle al Tartufo”. If you didn’t know, it means flat, wide pasta with truffles – delicious!

Additionally, the app is seeking to add another great feature for eaters such as myself – vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free distinctions for special diets. “Yessssss!” was basically my actual reaction. Yelp’s health score reports may be useful, but I’ll stand in line for spicy street tacos even if it’s illegal and looks like a dump. What I really need help with is understanding what I can order if I don’t eat meat. That’s Hotsauce for finding vegetarian hotsauce.


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