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How to Make the Most Out Of Pushbullet For Android and Chrome

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Since its release, Pushbullet has quickly become a favorite amongst many Android users. This free application lets you "push" any link or image to your mobile phone right from your desktop or browser. This means that you don't have to get up and type in a link that you see on your desktop on to your smartphone.

However, besides pushing links, Pushbullet can be used to do a lot more. The following article helps you get more out of the service.

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The new Moto X could be the best Android phone ever made

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Today, Motorola announced its second-generation Moto X, the successor to the company’s rebooted flagship smartphone that was unveiled just over a year ago. Yes, the phone will simply be called Moto X again — not X+1, as some rumors had suggested — and it’ll be available for the same $499 unlocked as the original when it launches later in September (that's for 16GB; the 32GB version runs at a $50 premium). AT&T, among others, will be offering it starting at $99 on contract.

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Android Candy: Quit Thumbing Your Passwords!

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With great power comes great responsibility, and it's important to understand what PasswordBox allows you to do. When you initially launch it, you'll be prompted for how you desire the application to handle when it locks your data and requires you to retype the master password. Ideally, this would be "immediately after you quit the app", but PasswordBox allows you to sacrifice security for convenience and will stay unlocked anywhere from 30 seconds to several hours. It even will let you rely on your Android lock screen for security and never prompt you for your master password!

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Firewall detects rogue cell towers that try to intercept your calls

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Security

Most people know to turn off GPS on their mobiles if they are bothered about being tracked however fewer people know not to leave on Wi-Fi & call service as these also can be used to track you.

A CryptoPhone maker, GSMK, has developed a firewall that tells you if rogue cell towers are trying to connect to your phone. This is the first phone to protects against these attacks but it’s only compatible with one device, a modded Galaxy S3.

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Android-x86 4.4 review – technically a distro?

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We’ve been keeping an eye on the development of Android-x86 for a little while now, with the release of 4.4 seemingly imminent for some months now. In the past we’ve managed to use dodgy hacks of Android on proper computers or an emulated version via the ADK, but this promises to be one of the first complete ports of the mobile operating system to x86.

Android-x86 is straight-up Android. There are no extra Linux repositories or a custom desktop to accommodate a mouse and keyboard on a standard computer or laptop. What you get is the standard Android 4.4 interface that can be used by touchscreens along with mouse and keyboards. Android actually has some level of mouse support already included in its code anyway, so the main changes revolve around the actual porting of the kernel and components, along with support for the kind of hardware you only get on PC such as wired networks.

The live disc is handled quite differently from a usual Linux distro. Starting it live will get you into an instance of Android that you can easily play around with: it acts exactly like any Android device would if you’d turned it on for the first time, asking for settings and login details. All of this will not be saved so it serves well as a test of the system more than anything else.

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Best Android tablets (September 2014 edition)

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All of the tablets features here are very capable, powerful workhorses, and are ideal not only for home users, but also for enterprise users or those looking for a BYOD tablet. Any one of these will give you an excellent Android experience, and when combined with the right apps, will allow you to get a lot of work done when you're away from your desk.

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Citrix ShareConnect Puts Desktop Applications on Android Tablets

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“Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever and they face two major challenges; not all data is stored in the cloud and many desktop apps are not fully functional through mobile apps,” said Jesse Lipson, vice president, Citrix, in a statement. “With ShareConnect, users can access and edit files, use industry-specific desktop apps critical to getting their work done and even use their business networks – all through a simple interface, optimized pixel by pixel for tablets.”
Network access is built into the ShareConnect app allowing users to run resource-intensive desktop programs on the go. Applications are optimized for the iPad and Android OS, according to the company, opening in full screen mode and responding to pinches, swipes and other common mobile gestures.

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Tender For Base Framework For An Android Version Of LibreOffice With Basic Editing Capabilities

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TDF currently plans to invest into getting LibreOffice, its free office suite, to mobile Android devices like tablets and smartphones, extending the existing desktop version of the software.

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Sony joins the Android Wear ranks with underwhelming SmartWatch 3

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In March, Sony said it'd stick to its own smartwatch software in lieu of joining the Android Wear party with the likes of LG, Motorola, and Samsung. Today, Sony's completely reversing that stance with the introduction of SmartWatch 3, its fifth-generation smartwatch, which has completely embraced Google's Android Wear platform. Sony intends to add a Walkman app for music playback via a Bluetooth headset along with a remote control app for stuff you're playing on another device. Don't look for much more to distinguish this device on the software front.

In terms of design, the SmartWatch 3 leans toward a sporty look and seems to prioritize ruggedness with a steel-backed case, interchangeable silicon straps, and an IP68 waterproof rating. This makes it feel rather bulky and unrefined in the hand or on the wrist. The 1.6-inch transflective LCD display is also not particularly bright or impressive, making for a disappointing first impression — particularly when compared against the Moto 360 or LG's G Watch R, which place their emphasis on classic watch style and good looks.

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With Galaxy Note 4 launch, Samsung aims to pre-empt Apple, claim innovation mantle

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Samsung on Wednesday launched its Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, a curved screen phablet, and Gear VR, a virtual reality headset, but the larger mission for the electronics giant was to claim ownership of large screen mobile devices and to position itself as an innovation leader.

The timing of the launch event, held at the IFA conference in Berlin and New York, was hard to ignore with Apple's iPhone 6 debut next week. Samsung was clearly trying to claim the innovation mantle as Apple finally gets around to offering a larger screen iPhone.

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