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Xposed Framework Lollipop update released to public

Xposed Framework Lollipop update released to public

This week the folks behind Xposed Framework have revealed their newest creation: Xposed Framework for Lollipop. Android 5.0 Lollipop broke Xposed Framework support when it was first released, making all the modders open their desk drawers and pull out their Discmans with Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" onboard. It was a depressing time. Now it's time to put the CD player away, because Xposed Framework is back, and it's ready to download for those of you so excited you'll install anything, even an Alpha version.

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Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Google’s View-Master: here’s how it works

Believe it or not, you won't actually need a View-Master to view the content Google is presenting this week. The View-Master device is just a box with a magnetic switch - just like Google Cardboard. To "view" a View-Master reel - like the "reels" you remember from the original View-Master, you'll need only your smartphone. To view these reels correctly, you'll need a Google Cardboard headset - and that doesn't need to be manufactured by Mattel. The View-Master headset just makes everything easier to understand visually.

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Smart home, smartphone, smart selling: Xiaomi’s power plan

Smart home, smartphone, smart selling: Xiaomi’s power plan

Xiaomi's schemes for smart home domination rest on a three dollar gizmo and a willingness to practically give it away, a warning note for rivals that, should a US launch happen, the Chinese curiosity could upset the game considerably. The Xiaomi Mi Module is a 22 yuan add-on linking regular appliances - whether they be heaters, rice cookers, or, as Xiaomi has already created for smog-heavy China, an air purifier - to the cloud, but rather than trying to fence the whole thing in, the company hopes to offer them at cost. It's a strategy that's at odds with how many of Xiaomi's competitors do business, and one which symbolizes quite how well a different approach can resonate with consumers.

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August Connect and August Smart Lock review

August Connect and August Smart Lock review

Your connected home is only complete if it’s secure, and that starts at the front door. Though several cameras and motion sensors plan to tell you if something is going on, there’s no better first step for security than a locked door. There’s also nothing cooler than locking and unlocking your home from a phone, and the peace of mind you get from checking in on your front door from anywhere is comforting. Beautiful enough to reside in the Apple Store, we wanted to know if August was just a pretty face, or a home automation must-have.

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Xiaomi Mi Note hands-on: More than just an Apple clone

Xiaomi Mi Note hands-on: More than just an Apple clone

Xiaomi is on a charm offensive, and that means setting the record straight. Outspoken VP of International Hugo Barra returned to San Francisco alongside Xiaomi President Lin Bin to introduce the MIUI flavor of Android, not to mention the latest Mi Note smartphone, to a curious - if a little skeptical - tech press. Wildly popular in China and other countries, but known more for the inspiration it's accused of taking from Apple and others in the West, Xiaomi isn't quite ready for a US launch but thought it was high time we saw just what Chinese users are enjoying.

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Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

Xiaomi’s Mi coming to US, just not how you’d think

It would appear that Xiaomi is coming to the United States to sell devices after all. Just not smartphones. Or tablets. Much of the rest of their wide variety of odd electronics from all corners of the electronics industry are on their way, on the other hand. Instead, they'll be bringing their Mi dot com sales website to the United States for sales of products on the accessories side of things - and other oddities. As far as smartphones and tablets go - they've got no plan in place for those as of now.

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ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN might be the worldwide leader when it comes to sports information delivery, but apps — not so much. On iOS, ESPN has separate apps for the iPhone and iPad. Dubbed SportsCenter and ScoreCenter, respectively, the duopoly was confusing, but necessary. The larger iPad brought more to the table than the smaller iPhone, but now that we’ve got larger iPhones, ESPN is bringing some solidarity to their app offerings. A new app, simply known as ESPN, will be available on both iPhone and iPad, and has been reworked form the ground up.

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HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

HERE maps for Android updated, leaves Beta

This week the folks behind the app HERE - from the ol' Nokia crew - have update their app directly out of Beta mode. This means it's the first full release of the HERE maps app for Android and prepared to be truly worthy of the 3-million downloads its already received. Users are invited to check out improved routing, new interactivity with maps - like contact info, photos, reviews, 3D venue maps, and a new "visual polish" to make sure you understand how important and shiny it is.

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OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

In the wake of their odd breakup (or separation, or maybe they’re taking a break, who really knows) with Cyanogen, OnePlus announced they’d come to market with their own operating system. Quickly dubbed Oxygen OS, we were promised more details at a later date. Today is the day for more details, so what are we getting? A look at Oxygen OS’ logo, and a brief introduction to the team building it. If you were wondering how OnePlus was going to answer Cyanogen’s work on their hardware, the answer is Paranoid Android.

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BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

A smartphone that lasts 4 days with standard usage and an impressive 45 days on standby. Such numbers are quite rare with today's feature-packed smartphones. But that is exactly what BLU Products is trying to sell with the Studio Energy. And it's selling it with a very low price tag to boot. That is, if you are willing to accept some compromises along the way as the smartphone won't exactly have flagship specs. But if you're looking for a long lasting, affordable prepaid option, this might be it.

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