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Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

This morning the folks at Microsoft Garage have released the newest version of Next Lock Screen. This is arguably the first time the lock screen has truly lived up to its promise - bringing you everything you need in terms of notifications - to your lockscreen with great ease. This update remains as free as the original release of Next Lock Screen, and is compatible with most smartphones released in the past several years. This app will require Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up and is an official creation of the Microsoft Corporation.

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Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box aims to drive consumers toward Amazon's own services, and it does that by locking users down to the company's own ecosystem. Not everyone is satisfied with that, however, and so there is a strong community of DIYers who have rooted their devices to enable functions otherwise kept outside the curated wall, so to speak. Those users had an unfortunate surprise when updating to the latest firmware, discovering that it bricked rooted consoles upon rebooting.

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HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M8 and M7 update to Android 5.0 Lollipop

This morning HTC has tapped in with final upgrade approval for both the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 for Android 5.0 Lollipop. The first devices that will be updated are the Google Play Editions of both devices, with both the M7 and M8 seeing Over-The-Air updates this morning. The kernel sources for both devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop have both been approved as well, meaning we'll see Lollipop ROMs and unofficial builds aplenty very, very soon - once the hackers and developers get to work.

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Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Bloatware, a not so loved term used to describe unwanted software on your smartphone or tablet, the mobile equivalent of spam. It has been a long bemoaned blight in the mobile world and yet very little seems to be done about it because the powers that be simply would not allow things to change. In fact, things might get even worse, thanks to Digital Turbine's new Ignite product, which not only gives carriers the ultimate bloatware tool, it also potentially bypasses Android's security measures.

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AirDroid 3 mini-Review

AirDroid 3 mini-Review

Blurring the lines between desktop and mobile devices for years now, the development team at Sand Studio have released AirDroid 3. AirDroid 3 is the biggest update to the AirDroid ecosystem since the beginning, this system allows you to have pop-up notifications from your phone appear on your desktop computer's home screen. SMS messages appear and are able to be replied to with a tap, and you'll be able to take and make calls from your desktop as well.

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Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

This week the folks at EA Games have decided to release Peggle Blast, the first Peggle game made specifically for mobile devices. This app has been released for Android this afternoon, coming with a bit of gameplay very similar - but not the same as - previous Peggle game releases. This game is portrait-mode only (for now) and has a variety of in-game purchases instead of costing one price upfront. Join in then lose lives then buy more lives so you can keep on playing the game.

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Snapchat goes local with Geofilters

Snapchat goes local with Geofilters

Ever wonder what it'd be like to see Snapchat messages from those most local to you in the world? Too bad. Today Snapchat has revealed that they've been working on what would appear to be just such a feature - but it's not, really. They call it their Community Geofilter system, and it's hosted on their Community Geofilter site. Instead of allowing you to send snaps to those in your area, this system puts tiny pictures on top of your messages - like the word VEGAS if you're in Vegas.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Security for your Intel-toting PC may soon be getting a whole lot easer. Intel made clear this morning that they'd be acquiring PasswordBox, a service that will allow users to collect all of their webpage passwords in to one package, requiring that they only remember a single password instead. PasswordBox has been in service for about a year, having been downloaded by users over 14 million times in the past 12-18 months. Intel has not let it be known exactly how they'll be integrating PasswordBox into their own services yet, but they have suggested that the PasswordBox will be moved into their security software business.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA is rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for its Shield Tablet, the company has announced. The update is heading out for the US 32GB LTE model, making Shield the first LTE tablet in the United States to score Lollipop. Those who don't want to wait for the over-the-air update to make it their way can update the device now by heading into the system settings. Not up-to-date with NVIDIA Shield Tablet or Lollipop news? We've got all the details after the jump.

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