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About a month ago we let you know that Motorola was working with a company called VivaInk to create digital tattoos that can be used to unlock the Moto X.

Now, Motorola has made the product more official by releasing a promotional video about the tattoos.

The tattoo (non-permanent) is an adhesive unit that can be applied to the skin and used much like the way NFC is used — by holding the tattoo near your device, it will unlock it automatically. The tattoos come in packs of 10 and sell for $10. Each tattoo has an expected lifetime of five days before falling off. (Of course any contact with water will decrease that lifetime significantly.)

They’ve been available for purchase through VivaInk for the past month, but Motorola just announced it now on its blog, along with a promotional video. Check out the video below.

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Source: Motorola / VivaInk

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LG announces game that can be played inside the QuickCircle Case’s window for the G3

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Well, this is new.

The LG G3′s QuickCircle case has a circular window which allows users to see important notification information and date/time data. But now, users will be able to use the window to actually play games while on the run.

Starting today, users will be able to download “Puppy Pop,” which will be able to be played within the QuickCircle window.

 The game is developed specifically by LG for the G3. Players gain points by drawing lines through three or more identical puppies in order to remove as many as possible from the screen before the clock hits zero. Scores can be shared via social media. 

This is a pretty interesting development by LG. Although the market for QuickCircle apps is nowhere near saturated (actually near non-existent), this represents a push for developers to begin making apps for the case.

Source: LG

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Samsung announces next Developers Conference

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has been building it’s own ecosystem for a while now, and it can’t continue without developer support. They hosted their first Developers Conference last October, so it’s no surprise they are going to do it all over again this year. With the introduction of the Samsung Mobile SDK and the S Health SDK, how can they not?

It’s going to be in San Francisco again this year and the dates are November 11 – 13th. For more information, check out the source link below.

sources: samsungdevcon / Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

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Google partners with Udacity to teach about Android app development

Posted by wicked July - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We all want to create an application. While there are simplified tools out there allowing users to drag and drop blocks to build something of their own, it does not go very much further. And learning to develop apps is a time-consuming task that not many people have the patience for. It can be rather difficult. Google, though, wants to promote the education of developing Android apps and is doing so by partnering with Udacity.

Featuring Google Developer Advocates Reto Meier, Dan Galpin, and Katherine Kuan, Android Fundamentals will be a free online training course providing the best practices for development. Android Fundamentals is targeted for people that are new to mobile and Android development and not programming in general. So you will need to bring some basic knowledge to the table to truly get something out of this.

While the service is completely free, there are paid options to enhance the program. The full course materials include videos, quizzes, and forums which are all free. The paid options can bring feedback from coaches that have experience.

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Source: Android Developers Blog

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HTC One (M7) gets a taste of Android L

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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If you are interested in seeing what Android L may look like on an HTC device, you are in luck thanks to the efforts of the folks over at the XDA Forums. Senior member ssrij and several other developers managed to hack together a version of Android L for the HTC One (M7) using ramdisk and some kernel modifications.

The Android L port they created is still very rough and several functions are not yet operating. That includes features like WiFi, Bluetooth, the camera, and sound. You can still get a feel for what Android L will look like, which was the main goal in Google’s release of the developer preview in the first place. Even the official developer preview has proven to be a little too immature and missing too much for most people to consider making it a daily driver.

If you want to give Android L a try on your HTC One (M7), hit the source link for more information on how to grab the ROM.

source: XDA Developers

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New Console OS wants to bring Android to the desktop

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Although there are options already in existence to run Android on desktops, both natively and within emulators, a new kickstarter project for Console OS promises to bring a native build of Android for the desktop to market that will be easy enough for everyday users to run. If successful, the Console OS team believes this option will be popular in helping consumers tap into the apps they use on their smartphones and tablets while working on their computers.

According to Console OS, their solution has been built from the ground up to enable fast switching between Windows and Android operating systems. It will also support multi-touch and non-touch displays. Console OS will be capable of running from an internal hard drive or users can run it from a USB external hard drive. The development team also says Console OS will have full support for Android 4.4 KitKat.

Console OS will be a free option when finally released, however a paid subscription will give users access to features like “InstaSwitch” so operating systems can be swapped without a reboot along with native DVR support. The other issue will be support for particular hardware as a separate version of Console OS will have to be built for each specific device. This is where Kickstarter support may be appealing to some as it gives you a voice in which devices get support.

According to the Console OS team, their version of Android for the desktop will be available before the end of 2014.

Update: According to Console OS, their pricing model is not a subscription model. Instead, users can buy an upgrade to Console OS Pro for $19.99. The plan is to release at least one major update each year which will cost an additional $19.99, although users will not be required to update. As part of the Kickstarter campaign, if you get in early you can buy the upgrade for only $10 and will have access to upgrades for no additional charge for life.

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source: Console OS, Kickstarter
via: Android Police

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Photoshop Express receives update, adds RAW file support and blemish removal

Posted by wicked July - 12 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Adobe knows that the world is evolving to be mobile-centric, so it order to adapt, it’ll have to continue heavily supporting its mobile applications.

As a result, the company has updated Photoshop Express on both Android and iOS to add blemish removal and defogging tools. Most importantly, perhaps, is the added ability to import RAW files for editing. You can do all of this for free — just head to the link after the break to download the app from the Play Store.

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Source: Engadget

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Microsoft opening beta program for OneNote users on Android

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Microsoft is opening a beta-testing program for its OneNote app on Android — any user can join, all you have to do is sign up with Microsoft’s new beta program.

After you sign up, Microsoft will push out an update to you for OneNote. You’ll get a whole bunch of new features — just make sure to give some feedback!

Microsoft will even accept suggestions from users for ways to improve the app in the future.

 

Source: Microsoft

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You can now easily correct a misheard word in Google Now with “no I said” command

Posted by wicked July - 8 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Has Google Now ever misheard a word you meant to say?

Chances are, it has. Although the service is pretty damn accurate, it’s still a developing technology and has a ways to go before being perfect. Google knows its product isn’t perfect, and in addition to improving voice recognition in Google Search, it has now added a “no I said ___” command for when the app mishears something you said.

For example, if you were to say, “Show me the nearest bars,” and Google heard, “Show me the nearest cars,” you could simply start up a new command and say, “No I said bars.”

Google Search would replace “cars” with “bars,” and continue the originally intended search.

This adds a very natural interaction to Google Now’s arsenal, and you can expect more commands just like this one to be added to the app in the near future.

Source: 9to5 Google

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Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Android updates. We all love them, but hate waiting for them.

Android Wear users didn’t have to wait long for their first update though, as Google is pushing it out now.

Version KMV78V of Android Wear (4.4W) is currently coming to the Gear Live and the G Watch. Naturally, it’s nothing big — pretty much all bug fixes.

If you have a watch already (Google I/O attendees, we’re looking at you), let us know if you’re getting the update and if you’re seeing anything new on your watch.

If you haven’t gotten it yet, just check for the update manually by tapping the screen, scrolling down to Settings > About > System updates.

 

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