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Escape from Montegrande tests your skiing skills, speed

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Montegrande is the highest prison in the world. Anyone trapped inside the horrible place would want to escape for good. If you’re a prisoner, go on and try to escape from Montegrande and outsmart the policemen who will go on their way to hunt you down.

This ski pursuit challenge requires ski master skills. Don’t think the police can’t follow you because they are also skilled in skiing like you. Of course, skiing down the snowy mountain isn’t easy but it’s the only way you can escape prison. Montegrande is situated atop a mountain so prisoners will have a hard time escaping. But you’re a ski master, sure you make your way down and break free from being locked up for life. Why not try and take a chance, you’re doomed to stay in prison forever anyway.

As you go down the mountain, you can start a slighshot to defend your poorself from the angry policemen. You can also upgrade to a bazooka or shotgun after sometime for a more kickass gameplay. But if you’re too kind, go ahead and plant trees to block those people from following you. Along the way, be ready to meet some deadly ice, hippies, angry neighbors, and power ramps that will test your skills and speed.

This game reminds me a lot of KittenTaxi and Highway Madness where the plot involves bad characters escaping the police. Suddenly, games where the player is actually the villain is becoming more popular. So anti-hero games are the trend now?

Download Escape from Montegrande from the Google Play Store. Available at $1.99.

How to setup Trusted Devices on Android Lollipop to automatically unlock your phone or tablet

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


I can’t stress enough how important it is to use a security lock screen on your mobile devices. If you ever misplace your phone or tablet, no one will be able to get into the device. However, constantly entering a code to unlock your device is a royal pain in the you know what.

Finally, Finally, Finally Google has implemented Trusted Devices in Android. With Android Lollipop and a new feature called Smart Lock, you will be able to set any Bluetooth device, NFC tag, or even your face as a way to automatically unlock your device so you won’t have to constantly enter your PIN code or swipe a pattern over 100 times per day.

In this guide, I will show you how to use Smart Lock to bypass the security lock screen when your phone or tablet is safe and in your possession. If you prefer to watch instead of reading, I included a video at the bottom of this post. Note: If you don’t have Android Lollipop, you can still get the same features, and then some, using Delayed Lock. Check out that guide here.

Bluetooth devices are probably the best to setup because you know your phone is safe when it’s connected to them. For example, if you own an Android Wear smartwatch (or any other Bluetooth smartwatch that works with your phone), it’s always on your wrist. If it’s set as a trusted device, you won’t have to unlock your phone as long as it’s connected. However, if you leave your phone in a restaurant and walk away, your phone will lose the connection with your smartwatch and your security lock screen will go back into effect. So as you go about your normal day, you will probably never have to enter your security code. But you can rest easily knowing that if your phone is stolen or you leave it somewhere, nobody will be able to get into it. Not everyone has a smartwatch so that’s why you can also set your car’s Bluetooth hands free / stereo system or even another Bluetooth headset.

You also have the option to temporarily lock you phone even when it’s connected to one of your trusted Bluetooth devices by tapping the padlock icon on the lock screen. Your device will remain locked until you enter your code.

NFC tags is other option that is probably not going to be all that helpful for most of you. First, you have to own an NFC tag, and second, it only works when your phone or tablet is resting on the tag itself, so you can’t pick it up before turning it on.

Trusted Face is another option that Google threw in. If you remember, Face Unlock was launched with Ice Cream Sandwich as one of the security lock options, but not with Lollipop. Instead, you will only find Trusted Face in Smart Lock. The procedure for recording your face is the same as Face Unlock, but they also added an option to capture more images in different lighting environments giving you better reliability. Trusted Face isn’t really unlocking your phone, it’s a means to bypass the lock screen. So say you have enabled a PIN code for your security lock. When you turn on the phone’s display, it immediately looks for your face, but you won’t see yourself on the display like you did with Face Unlock. It does it all in the background, and if your face is recognized before you swipe, the security lock will be bypassed. If it doesn’t recognize your face, you will then have to enter your security lock. It actually works pretty well, but I couldn’t really show you on the video.

The only item that is missing in Smart Lock is WiFi. I would liked to have seen the option of adding any saved WiFi network such as your home or a friend’s house. For whatever reason, Google omitted it, and we can only hope it will be added at a later date.

To set a Trusted Device or a Trusted Face, just head into your Settings, and find Security by scrolling down. For some phones, you might have to tab over to a category. For example, Samsung phones have Security under the General tab. Tap on Security and you will see Smart Lock. After tapping Smart Lock you will have to enter your security code and then you will see two options: Trusted Devices and Trusted Face. Note: Smart Lock won’t be an option unless you have a security lock such as PIN or pattern enabled.


Trusted Devices allows you to set as many Bluetooth devices or NFC tags as you want. Bluetooth devices must already be paired to your device, but it’s also very easy to add a device that you just paired. Upon pairing a device for the first time, you will get a notification asking you if you want to set it as a Trusted Device. Just tap “Add as Trusted Device,” enter your security code, and you’re all set. If for whatever reason you swiped away the notification card, you can still add it by going to Trusted Devices through the Settings.


For NFC tags, you will only need to touch your device to any NFC tag. After it’s paired, you will then enter a name for it such as Nightstand, My Car, or whatever. Now whenever your phone or tablet is touching the NFC tag (device has to be turned on and unlocked to initiate), the security lock screen will be bypassed. It’s not the greatest implementation since most people don’t have NFC tags lying around, not to mention having to keep the tag connected to the phone at all times.

The Trusted Face option will simply walk you through the process of capturing your face.



I put together a video showing you how it all works……..

Click here to view the embedded video.


I hope this guide helped you out. If I missed something, please let me know in the comments.


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Eye SW update for T-Mobile HTC One M8 rolling out tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the launch of the HTC Desire Eye – the new smartphone with probably the world’s most powerful selfie camera – HTC also rolled out new features for its camera suite, called the Eye Experience software. Last week, HTC One M8 developer and unlocked versions got an OTA rolling out these new software features, and it seems like T-Mobile HTC One M8 models will be the next to get them.

HTC VP for Product Management Mo Versi announced via his Twitter account that the software update just got technical approval (most probably from T-Mobile) and that the update should start rolling out tomorrow OTA. If you’re a T-Mo user of the HTC One M8, you should expect a pretty hefty update by tomorrow.


We’ve discussed the Eye Experience at length here recently, when HTC put out tutorial videos for them. If you want to check them out, go to our past post here. But we warn you, though some of these features are definitely useful, some will border on creepy and “what were you thinking?!?” Just our two cents there, but of course, you will be the final judge of that.

The update will include, specifically – Face Tracking, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Voice Selfie, Live Makeup, and Photo Booth features. Give us some feedback of you do like these features.

SOURCE: @moversi

Samsung Tweet Hints at Lollipop Update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A tweet recently sent out from the official Samsung Mobile account may hint at an update to Android 5.0 for the Galaxy Note 4. The thing is, it is no shocker that Samsung’s newest flagship device would eventually receive an update to Lollipop, it’s only a question of when. 

With Google loading up servers with its final code for Lollipop, OEMs such as Samsung, HTC, and LG will begin working to bring the latest update to all of its top devices. However, this process takes time. HTC is the only company to ever promise a delivery date, which is 90 days after they receive final code from Google.

For Samsung, and the huge list of devices they support, that delivery window is probably a bit wider. However, with the Note 4 launching so close to the release of Lollipop, maybe new Note 4 owners won’t have to wait too long.

If anymore murmurings take place, we will let you know.

Via: SamMobile | @SamsungMobile

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LG G Watch Update 4.4W.2 (KNX01Q) Brings Offline Music Support

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Remember those Android Wear improvements that Engineering Director David Singleton outlined last month? According to reports from reddit users, it seems a few are coming to fruition in the form of an over-the-air update for G Watch units.

The first of two planned Wear updates before the end of this year, firmware 4.4W.2 (build KNX01Q), introduces offline music playback and GPS support. For the G Watch, that translates to the addition of a “Play Music” button and Bluetooth selection menu for switching devices during music playback, however, there does not seem to be a way to transfer music between the watch and a connected smartphone yet.

The G Watch lacks the hardware to take advantage of GPS distance and speed tracking, of course, but that support is intended for the as-yet unreleased Sony Smartwatch 3.

Assuming all goes well, we can probably expect other Wear devices to receive the update soon. Before that happens, we are expecting clarification from Google regarding music transfer.

Next on the horizon? Downloadable watch faces. That is an update we are eagerly anticipating.

Via: Reddit


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Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.

One of Songza’s claims to fame was their Concierge function. This feature provided users with a list of activities or settings that listeners could select to launch a playlist matching what they were doing. For example, listeners could choose from activities like working out or studying or trying to go to sleep. As Play Music’s product manager Elias Roman indicates, the new options give Play Music “context.”

Google makes this work by collecting data like time of day, location, or the device a user is listening on. However, the final stage is handled by real people who help put together the play lists and determine what will next. The end result for users is that they can access a fairly well put together playlist with only a couple taps.

Google hopes Play Music is a step above what Songza was offering though. To get there, Google is limiting these improvements to All Access subscribers. For those who can access the new lists, which appear on the “Listen Now” page, they will not have to deal with ads. Users also get full control over the playlists, reordering songs or cutting them out completely. Users will also be able to launch a radio station based on a song they hear or add it to their Play Library. Google is also making it possible to download the playlists, up to around 25 songs, for offline listening.

You probably already have Play Music installed on your Android device, but if for some reason you don’t, use one of the links below to grab it from the Play Store. You can also check for the update using the links.


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Android L is for Lockdown

Posted by egzthunder1 October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Root is, without a doubt, the (un)holy grail of the Android world. Those wonderful permissions that allow you as the user to pretty much do as you please with your device are certainly a major delight, and really one of the top reasons why Android devices have gained as much popularity as they have–not just among end users but among developers as well. There is yet another aspect of the OS that keeps people coming back for more, and that is the fresh, constant stream of updates and new OS versions. However, these two can hardly coexist with one another. Normally, whenever a new update for … well… anything comes out, it does so with features, bug fixes, and plugged holes. The latter are the ones that are normally required to obtain things such as root level access on our devices. This means that if you update, for the most part, you can kiss root goodbye. Granted, there are apps that will help root survive even an OTA upgrade but still companies making these OS and devices always are on the look out to ensure that the holes and exploits are plugged.

The latest and greatest installment of our beloved Android OS is Lollipop (Android 5), which is something that has been on pretty much everyone’s mouth in the tech world for the last week or so as it became available in the latest and most functional Developer Preview. The latest Lollipop installment is build version LPX13D, and aside from being one step closer to the final release, this one also brings the kiss of death for root, which pretty much is the case with all updates as we mentioned earlier. No biggie, right? We simply root again and be done with it, right? Or we simply use a root survival app and we keep going, right?? Nah, not exactly. There are several changes in device security, prompted in part by people and companies seeking the security and sanctuary of their precious data and nude pics. So, with that in mind, Google came to the rescue.

XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire has been warning us of all the upcoming changes in the Android world for quite some time now, especially since the newer Jelly Bean and KitKat updates hit the shelves. Well, so far, we can officially say that he has been dead on target on everything he has said regarding the increased security on new versions of Android. The newest Lollipop update, LPX13D, seems to break root, like most updates do. However, it seems to do more than just break it because with the correct combination of factors, a device can become unrootable. Chainfire goes on to explain that the reason why root gets “broken” is mainly because the script required to grant root is no longer allowed to run at boot time from init.d, but rather it is forced to run from a SELinux dedicated context instead. This, apparently, is a new requirement for all apps and services running at boot.

The solution that Chainfire provides is to enable root at kernel level. In other words, you need a custom kernel in order to obtain root. However, many times, you need root in order to flash a custom kernel. Fine, some of you might say that by flashing via custom recovery, that the kernel can be flashed with ease. What if the bootloader is locked? Better yet, what if the bootloader cannot be unlocked? Yup, you got yourself a stock device forever (or until someone gets past the security measures). Essentially, Google is giving manufacturers a golden opportunity to put root access to rest for good. They will not do it to their devices, as the Nexus line has an unlockable bootloader, but no one can guarantee the case will be the same for other manufacturers.

The question then becomes, would the OEMs be willing to close off the devices for good, particularly considering that a large chunk of the sales come from word of mouth? Once Lollipop starts rolling out in its final form, it will be mighty interesting to see which OEMs go in what direction. One thing is for sure, these are trying times for people who enjoy their devices because of the freedom they have with root level access. Once you face the crossroad, which direction will you take?

If you are interested in the full explanation by Chainfire, you can head on to his Google+ page and read his entire take on this issue.

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ZTE planning to announce new flagship on October 23rd

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


ZTE have been on a streak recently releasing a ton of solid mid-range devices including the Grand X Max and the ZMax, but for the first time in a long time the budget-friendly manufacturer is preparing to launch a flaghship. With plans to launch on the 23rd (this Thursday), the ZTE Z5 takes some design cues from Nokia’s Lumia devices. 

Not much is known about the device but according to ZTE, the Z5 will feature a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a Neovision professional camera interface. According to their press material it is also supposed to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, but considering Google’s Nexus devices haven’t shipped with the new OS, its safe to assume that the Z5 will ship with Android 4.4 and will be updated to 5.0. The company is also expected to launch an NBA variant due to their partnership with the Houston Rockets. Let us know in the comments if ZTE’s upcoming flagship tickles your fancy.

Source: My Drivers
Via: Android Headlines

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Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices.

The smartphones will be used in 60 medical clinics in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three hardest hit countries. Some of the Galaxy S3 Neo’s will be loaded up with the U.N.’s Smart Health Pro app so medical professionals can use the smartphones for treatment activities and to collect medical data. Some of the phones will be used by patients who have been quarantined so that they can maintain contact with their families.

In addition to the smartphone donation, valued at approximately $1 million, Samsung is also providing financial support to help with the purchase of hazmat suits in Ghana and for the distribution of hand sanitizers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In South Africa, Samsung is helping with the launch of an Ebola SMS text service.

source: Samsung

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Joinz – minimal puzzle game

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Joinz - minimal puzzle game

Price: $1.99 Joinz is a clever block sliding puzzle game that is easy to play, nice to look at but tricky to master. You will be coming back again and again to try and beat your high score or top your friends on the leaderboard. Contains no in app purchases or ads! Joinz is an… View Article

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