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by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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Google is taking security for Gmail to a new level. They recently updated the up with the capability to block third party add-ons that have the capability of snooping in your emails. They did this by implementing something called Content Security Policy, which stops web extensions from running code that has the potential to bypass security.

It's possible that some useful third-party add-ons will be disabled by this upgrade, but either they are legit and will get an update which restores limited functionality, or they were probably something you don't want to begin with. Here's the full quote below from Google's developer blog:

by wicked at Dec 17, 2014
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Third party keyboard app Fleksy received a major update today. Version 5.0 introduces extensions, a new feature that allows you to customize your input options and 14 new themes.

Fleksy’s extensions include: GIF Keyboard, Numbers Row, One-handed Mode, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Pops. The GIFs Extension allows you to discover and send GIFs as easily as emoji. Browse curated categories, or search for your own.

This update will allow users up to three extensions at a time for free, with additional “Slots” available for purchase. To add extensions, users can find this feature under a new settings menu and drag and drop desired shortcuts to the slots up top.

Here's the full list of what's new on this update:

Fleksy 5.0

★ Huge redesign - Material is here!
★ Extensions!
Add or remove the features you enjoy:
- GIF Keyboard
- Numbers Row
- Editor
- Shortcuts - omw > on my way
- Launcher
- Rainbow Pops
- Invisible Keyboard
★ 14 new themes
- Material
- Chameleon: Changes color to match each app!
- Hunger Games
- Frozen
★ Magic Button
Change Emoji to Comma
★ Background cloud syncing
★ New language packs for all languages
★ Keypress vibration
★ Badges
★ Tons of other fixes


Fleksy app is available for free and $1.99 on Google Play.
by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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OnePlus is now banned from selling their devices in India. This was caused by a deal made between Cyanogen and Micromax to exclusively sell devices in that country. Here's a quote with more of the details,

It looks like OnePlus continues to be hounded by various odd issues, from legal trouble to production issues, to licensing hiccups and more. The scrappy company is forging ahead though, and it will be interesting to see how they weather these stumbling blocks.
by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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Apparently, the FCC is putting the hammer down on Sprint for some questionable practices it engaged in during the fall of 2013. According to the FCC's investigation, Sprint sent out unsolicited text messages to a portion of its customers without their consent, and then still charged them (counted these texts against their allotment) for the texts.

The FCC even claims that Sprint intentionally did this to "cram" these customers with extra charges. Here's a quote with more of the details,

by pc747 at Dec 17, 2014
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Android 5.1 lollipop is slated to push in the first quarter of next year (Jan-Mar) to Nexus devices, GPE devices, and more likely Moto devices. Below is the list of improvements.

  • Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
  • General improvements in system stability
  • Improved RAM management
  • Fixes for sudden app closures
  • Improved battery management
  • Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
  • Issues with wireless connections fixed
  • Problems with Okay Google function solved
  • Notifications problems solved
  • Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
  • Other improvements and changes
  • Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)

Thanks: @ggrant3876

Source: Exclusive Android 5.1 release date and improvements revealed - AndroidPIT
by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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Even though there probably aren't too many people out there who use Google Wallet with their iPhone, Google still likes to be forward-thinking with their app development. The case-in-point for today is that Google just added support for Apple's Touch ID sensor to their Google Wallet app.

In iOS 8, Apple opened up third-party support for their Touch ID sensor built into the Home button on the iPhone. Google apparently didn't want to leave any of their Google Wallet customers who switched to an iPhone out in the cold when they want to use that app. This way, you can now sign in to your Google Wallet app using the Fingerprint Sensor on your iPhone.

Of course, there are a few things that this update won't do as well additional features as well. Here's a quote,

Source: iTunes
by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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According to the latest rumor, Samsung might be working a bit ahead to make sure that the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge stay on the cutting "edge" of software. Supposedly, the two flagship phablets might be skipping the 5.0 version of Android Lollipop and go straight to the 5.0.1 version.

It actually wouldn't be too surprising if this turned out to be true. Google cranked out 5.0.1 pretty quick after the initial 5.0 rollout still contained a few bugs. Because of the timing, it makes more sense for Sammy to work on adopting this newest version rather than working on two versions at once.

Source: SamMobile
by dgstorm at Dec 17, 2014
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Here's an Off Topic news flash to warm your heart and get you a little choked up on this hum drum Wednesday morning. The above video shows off the creative power of technology and how it can improve the lives of those we care about.

Derby the Dog was born with deformed minuscule front legs. This basically left him in a state in which he must crawl around, pushing himself with his back legs. Then, Tara Anderson entered his life. She fell in love with Derby and adopted him, and at first she outfitted the pup with some wheels that allowed him to get around pretty well. Unfortunately his movements were still pretty limited, especially his pivoting capabilities.

However, it just so happens that Anderson also works as 3D Systems’ director of CJP product management. She teamed up with her co-workers to use the 3D printing technology form their company to create prosthetic "limbs" for Derby. The results were astounding, and now little Derby can run around like all the other dogs and actually keeps up with Anderson and her family when out and about.

It's amazing what the creative spirit can accomplish!
by DroidModderX at Dec 16, 2014
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We have already compared the Nexus 6 to the Note 4 in both the GeekBench and the Quadrant Benchark tests. The Nexus 6 had the edge on the Note 4 in the GeekBench test while the Note 4 killed the Nexus 6 in the Quadrant Benchmark test. I am beginning to think that Quadrant is just outdated and is no longer useful in benchmarking these newer devices. The video above gives an even clearer indication that this is the case.
by Jeffrey at Dec 16, 2014
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TMobile announced a new program Data Stash that will allow you to rollover you unused monthly data and store it for 12 months.

Why not call it rollover?
AT&T actually owns the use of the term "rollover" from its days when it rolled over minutes as Cingular Wireless.

John Legere said:

[​IMG] "Can you imagine your gas station siphoning unused gas from your car each month? The US wireless industry is even worse," said John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile. "Americans have been gamed by the carriers into buying huge data plans – all to avoid getting screwed with overage penalties. Only to find out they bought more than they need which is then confiscated by the carrier. For the consumer it’s lose, lose."

"That data is rightfully yours," added Legere. "And, we’re putting an end to this appalling industry practice today. With Data Stash, when you buy additional high-speed data, there’s no need to lose what you don’t use."

TMO wants your business and has launched some very aggressive programs recently.

Go ahead – Keep the data that’s yours

Head over to the TMO site for the scoop.
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