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Fairphone – the Fair Trade Coffee of Android

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Think of the phone as the Fair Trade Coffee of Android, for instance their website says “We believe in conflict-free, fair resources that put people first. We’re starting with conflict-free mineral from the DRC that support families, not armed militias.” In addition to putting social values first when it comes to mining the resources, they do so too at the manufacturing stage saying “Factory workers deserve safe conditions, fair wages and worker representation. We work closely with manufacturers that want to invest in employee wellbeing.”

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You can return your Android app and get full refund

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Android is already a far better choice than iOS, given the fact that you can install any app even if it is not in the ‘App Store’, by simply selecting the ‘unknown source’ option. There is another area where Google beats Apple and that’s app return and refund. While you can’t really return and get refunded for an iOS app without contacting Apple, Google gives a window of a few minutes to try and return paid apps.

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Nexus 5 2014 with Android Lion leaked in benchmark test

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Is Android L going to be called Lion? We’ve no certainty of that and the following information should be taken with a grain of salt, but supposedly, Google might choose Lion as the identifier for the new Android OS. Lemon Meringue Pie and Lollipop might also be among the names Google is pondering upon, but we don’t know which is the one that will stick.
The Nexus 5 2014 was listed in the leak with a 5.2 inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 12 MP rear and 2 MP front camera. So far, these are mildly impressing specs, the best feature of the Nexus 5 2014 being its Snapdragon 805 CPU. This device might also be the one we’ve been hyping about so much, dubbed Nexus 6, Shamu or even Nexus X, but it might as well be a wholly different device.

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Amazon brings Prime Instant Video to all Android phones

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Amazon is finally giving Android users a way to watch movies and TV shows from Prime Instant Video on their phone. That should be pretty good news for Amazon Prime subscribers, as they've long been able to stream onto most other major platforms — the iPhone included — while Android has remained left out.

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VR headset mixes Oculus firmware and Android phablet

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Samsung and Oculus have joined forces on a 3DOF “Gear VR” virtual reality headset with 96° FOV that uses a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 as a computer and display.

Why reinvent the wheel? That’s the idea behind a growing number of telepresence robots, home automation devices, and other gizmos that leverage existing smartphones and tablets as the brains of the outfit. Using a similar strategy, Samsung and Oculus have teamed up on a mobile virtual reality headset called the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. The headset offers optics and firmware from Oculus, and requires the newly announced, Android-based Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet for the computer, display, and audio. The Samsung Gear VR initial Innovator Edition will ship later this year as a beta product aimed at developers.

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Android hardhat augments reality for industrial workers

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Daqri’s smart hardhat features a transparent safety visor with a Google Glass-like display and a range of sensors and cameras. Daqri’s 4D Studio authoring software can be used to develop augmented reality overlays for the device that can provide background information, navigation pointers, and training guides for industrial and field equipment. The Daqri Intellitrack technology in combination with cameras and depth sensors is said to enable precise placement of supplementary information so workers can quickly understand the workings of a particular device or identify problems.

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Best Android Apps for Recording and Editing Music on the Go

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Whether you are a celebrated film composer or a perpetual dabbler into the aural arts, creating good music brings joy that can rarely be described in words. Over the years, the process of creating music has undergone a major transformation. Where old singers used to meticulously scribble musical notes on crumpled sheets of paper, we now find musicians with iPads and earphones. In fact, technology has taken over music editing so much that you can even create a complete symphony just by using a computer.

While whether the huge technological takeover is a topic for another article, we'll let you decide what's best for your musical studio by giving you plenty of new options when it comes to editing music on the go. So, without much ado, here are some of the best apps that let you record and edit music on the go.

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Firefox Beta Gets Built-In WebRTC Video Calls On Desktop, Chromecast And Roku Video Casting On Android

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Moz/FF

On Android, the main addition is Chromecast and Roku video casting support. When you play a video on a site like CNN that serves up (mobile) videos through an HTML5 player and doesn’t use Flash (and your Roku or Chromecast are up and running), you can now stream your mobile video right to your TV in the living room. For Chromecast users, that should work without any major setup. Roku users will have to install the Firefox channel on their device, though.

Mozilla notes that some sites customize their HTML5 video player so the “Send to” icon that would usually appear in the player to make this work won’t show. To get those working, you have to start playing the video and the “Send to Device” icon will then appear in the URL bar.

All of this, as usual, is still very much in beta and prone to bugs. But that’s what the beta channel is all about, after all, and if you find any issues, you can file your bugs here.

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LibreOffice For Android Should Be Ready For Usage Starting With February 2015

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For now, there are only a few Office suite available for the Android platform (WPS Office, Office Suite Pro, Google Docs and AndrOpen), but only AndrOpen has support for odt and ods files, and it has an ugly interface, making the software unusable.

The LibreOffice developers have released a new daily build version, allowing the users to test the app.

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New ultra secure cell phone, Blackphone, is reportedly flying off the shelves

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Security

There is, apparently, a big demand for commercially available encrypted smartphones perhaps impervious to the data demands of spy agencies and cyber criminals worldwide.

Indeed, Toby Weir-Jones says sales of his new ultra-encrypted smartphone, called the Blackphone, are flying off the shelves since it began officially shipping in June.

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