I hope that everyone will forgive the pun, but I could not help myself.
A few days ago, Google published a new chrome extension. Google Tone. The idea being that with this extension, you could have computer A broadcast a tone, and send the URL of a website to the computers that 'hear' said tone (and have the extension installed, and active) will be taken to that website. Hmmm... maybe we should end every video with the Droidforums tone...
the demo video, mirrored by another YouTuber
But that is not the interesting part of the story. Where it gets fun is what happened later: a man named Jon Paukune apparently filed a copyright claim on the video, and the video is currently down because of that copyright claim. Details are still a bit sparse, so it is unclear what the claim is based on.
As someone who has had multiple copyright claims on their own work, I have often thought that the automated system that Google, and therefore YouTube, uses for content strikes has often been a bit harsh. As you may know, the claims can be made by anyone, without any need to backup the claim, and it is up to you, the accused, to prove your innocence if a copyright claim is ever filed. Its a very good thing that I can easily prove ownership of my hands and voice, but some things are not always as straight-forward.
Perhaps it is the holiday weekend that has this video down for so long, or maybe even it...
The Chromecast is so cheap that many of you have one for each TV in your house. This can make for a confusing mess. Which Chromecast are you streaming to when you hit the stream button? This was apparently enough of an issue that Chromecast has released an update. The update gives you a clearer vision of your streaming devices. This means you won't accidentally hijack your kids tv. The update also allows you to change the speed at which your backdrop images change. Head to the Play Store to grab the update.
The stock text messaging app that comes with your Android device is pretty capable, but there are hundreds of third party text messaging apps that bring even more features to your text messages. Yaata is a feature rich text messaging app for your Android device. The app allows you to customize and personalize the app to make it fit your perfectly. There are so many features included that this is pretty much the perfect text messaging app for power users and regular users alike! There are actually too many features to list here. There is a full list of settings for your sms and mms, settings for notifications, settings list for customization for individual contacts, and a whole list of theming options! Grab this app from the link below.
We have reported earlier in the week that Xposed Framework is here for Lollipop Touchwiz. The current install method for Xposed had been pretty complicated, but there is now a flashable zip which can be flashed in the custom recovery of your choice. I have not tested flashing this with flashfire on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge. It is tested and known to work with the Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Galaxy S5. Developer "Arter97" who put this together has mentioned that some users have had issue flashing this with TWRP. He suggest using CWM Recovery or PhilZ Touch Recovery. It is also highly recommended that you be sure to make a backup in case something goes wrong with the install and you need to restore your device. Head to the link below for the download.
The Nexus Player only comes stock with 4GB of storage. This is practically nothing in this day and age. In fact I can remember the first PC my family ever bought included a 3GB hard drive! Which of course back then was plenty, but now there are some apps that can take up all of that space. The good news is that "DeesTroy", known for his TWRP development, has figured out a way to add storage to the device using a standard OTG cable. He was able to attach a 64GB SSD with USB OTG and a repackaged boot image to use the SSD for the userdata partition only. If you are planning to use an SSD you can find the boot image Dees Troy used at the link below. otherwise you might want to see if a usb thumb drive will work with your OTG cable. Report back here with your findings!
Let the roms begin! Today the Nexus Player Received Official TWRP support. With Team Win Recovery Project you will be able to flash alternative firmware which will allow you to install a full mobile version of AOSP Android. With a true rom on the Nexus Player you will be able to run any and all Android apps. This should open up even more functionality for your Nexus Player. You can actually flash TWRP manually without being rooted. Head to the link below for install instructions and download links.
First, thanks to all who have served to make this nation free. Because of the sacrifices of the brave men and women who serve I am able to live in a land of freedom and voice my opinions without fear of being arrested. Day in and day out our troops answer the call regardless who the Commander in Chief is or their opinions on the matter. Regardless how one may feel about the CiC calling the shots, respect and honor should remain for those who sacrifice family, life, and limbs for our great nation. So thank you again for all who served. And on this memorial day weekend take the time to say a prayer or give a moment of silence to those who have fallen in defense of our nation.
We are four days from Google I/O where we are looking forward to what Google has planned for us. Here are some of what we expect from I/O.
Android M which is rumored to include a fingerprint reader
SlickWraps are the best way to protect your phone from scratches, especially on devices like the HTC One M9 which has a brushed metal back that scratches super easy. It is also just an awesome way to add a custom design. They also help you grip your phone better by adding a bit of texture. These slickwraps just look awesome! For the holiday weekend you can get 50% off the entire inventory! Just use code MEM50 Head to the link below!
"Neffstarr" puts out some of the best Wallpapers in Android. He is also one of the most dedicated when it comes to updating a wallpaper app. He religiously puts out several new walls per day! Each wallpaper is hand drawn, with different shadowing and lighting schemes applied. If you want a truly custom looking wallpaper you are sure to find it in this app. Anyone who loves Star Wars, DC, or Marvel or basically anything pop culture will also love this app since it includes walls featuring all those things! Grab this app from the link below.