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Android 4.3's subtle and delightful feature: A smart status bar clock

Android 4.3's subtle and delightful feature: A smart status bar clock | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
It's the little things that count.
We've started building up a list of features that came with the Android 4.3 update, but sometimes it takes a little while to pick up on some of the more subtle changes.
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The Inside Story of the Moto X: The Reason Google Bought Motorola

The Inside Story of the Moto X: The Reason Google Bought Motorola | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, a purchase that seemed baffling. What was Google thinking? Now that we've seen the Moto X, that question has been answered.
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CyanogenMod's new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download

CyanogenMod's new camera application, Focal, now availiable to download | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Last week, CyanogenMod announced that they were working on a completely new camera experience for their ROM to replace the rather bland and featureless application that Google have made. Taking fea...
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Why Google Play Services Are Now More Important Than Android

Why Google Play Services Are Now More Important Than Android | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Last week, Google rolled out a new version of Android to very little fanfare and quite a lot of boredom. There's a reason for that: Google Play Services.
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Quip Seeks To Change Mobile Word Processing, Now Available For Android As An Early Preview

Quip Seeks To Change Mobile Word Processing, Now Available For Android As An Early Preview | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Word processors were designed for desktop computers. Given that many of us still sit down at laptops or desktops when it's time to type, that isn't too muc... by Bertel King, Jr.
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Major Update to the Android Everything Tool

Major Update to the Android Everything Tool | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
A little over a month ago, we brought you news about the Android Everything Tool. The tool, made by XDA Senior Member ricky310711, really did as its title woul
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Google Quietly Added Built-In TRIM Support In Android 4.3 – Should Fix Most Storage-Related Device Slowdowns

Google Quietly Added Built-In TRIM Support In Android 4.3 – Should Fix Most Storage-Related Device Slowdowns | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Many users of the original Nexus 7 remember how slow the device could get after a few months of heavy use. At least part of this problem has to do with the... by Ryan Whitwam in Android OS, News
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Editorial: The only secure option is the one that lets us read the code

Editorial: The only secure option is the one that lets us read the code | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Unless you can see what it's doing, you have to trust that the software running on your mobile device is for your eyes only
We're going to spend a bit of time talking security on Talk Mobile 2013 this week.
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Unlock Your Device Using a Hover Gesture with Magic Unlock

Unlock Your Device Using a Hover Gesture with Magic Unlock | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to automate the unlock procedure of your device? We've featured a few interesting ways of turning off and on your device using sensors in t
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Experience The Future of Computers Today: Turn Your Galaxy S4 Into A PC With a Smart Dock

Experience The Future of Computers Today: Turn Your Galaxy S4 Into A PC With a Smart Dock | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought that Smartphones these days are so advanced they could actually replace the PC in your everyday computing life?
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How to Improve Your Android Phone’s Automatic Brightness With Lux

How to Improve Your Android Phone’s Automatic Brightness With Lux | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Like other smartphones, Android phones use an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust your phone’s display brightness. This often doesn’t work too well.
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Off the Grid: Why I Still Use a Dumb Phone

Off the Grid: Why I Still Use a Dumb Phone | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
OP-ED: What "dumb" technology has to do with getting lost, and how it's helped Greatist's happiness editor experience the world, cultivate relationships, and improve herself.
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Does NSA know your Wi-Fi password? Android backups may give it to them

Does NSA know your Wi-Fi password? Android backups may give it to them | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
EFF technologist says "back up my data" exposes users' data to government spies.
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Simple fix for MK802 IV Android mini PC WiFi performance

Simple fix for MK802 IV Android mini PC WiFi performance | Do The Robot | Scoop.it

Over the past year Android TV sticks have gotten more and more powerful, while prices continue to drop. These days you can get a device that fits in the palm of your hand, has a quad-core processor, and lets you run Android apps on a TV for well under $100.

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App Ops Brings Granular Permissions Control to Android 4.3

App Ops Brings Granular Permissions Control to Android 4.3 | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Say it with me: It's about time! While not officially released yet (and although similar functionality has been possible via root in the past) granular permiss
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Android 4.3's subtle and delightful feature: A smart status bar clock

Android 4.3's subtle and delightful feature: A smart status bar clock | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
It's the little things that count.
We've started building up a list of features that came with the Android 4.3 update, but sometimes it takes a little while to pick up on some of the more subtle changes.
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Oakland surveillance center progresses amid debate on privacy, data collection

Oakland surveillance center progresses amid debate on privacy, data collection | Do The Robot | Scoop.it

With this city repeatedly roiled by civil protests and the public’s attention sharply focused on government surveillance, local officials are pushing forward with a federally funded project to link surveillance cameras, license-plate readers, gunshot detectors, Twitter feeds, alarm notifications and other data into a unified “situational awareness” tool for law enforcement.

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Turn on password protection when in the Google Play Store

Turn on password protection when in the Google Play Store | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Here's a quick and easy way to prevent an unexpected credit card bill.
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How to install and use Flash Player on your Android device

How to install and use Flash Player on your Android device | Do The Robot | Scoop.it

So Adobe made the decision to cease any mobile Flash development some time ago which had the consequence that newer versions of Android shipped without it. While many may see that as a step in the right direction, it means that Flash-based contents on the Internet cannot be accessed on the device.

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How To Enable Hidden Android 4.3 Feature ‘App Ops’ For Individual App Permission Control

How To Enable Hidden Android 4.3 Feature ‘App Ops’ For Individual App Permission Control | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
As tech fans, we're often sucked in by the glamorous new features of a firmware update.
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Tired of pressing Android's power button? Gravity Screen On/Off handles that automatically for you

Tired of pressing Android's power button? Gravity Screen On/Off handles that automatically for you | Do The Robot | Scoop.it

The power button of your Android phone either wakes the screen up when you press it or turns it off when it is active. This is done to increase the battery life of the phone mostly. While there are ways to automate the process natively, for instance by configuring a screen timeout in your phone's settings, you do not get any options to automatically turn on the screen again when you want to use your phone.

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Transforming your old smartphone into a security system

Transforming your old smartphone into a security system | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Do you have old phones collecting dust somewhere in your house? Be honest. I certainly do, shoved into my desk and tucked into dresser drawers.
Sure, e-waste recycling is easier than ever, and ...
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Use iPod Docks on Your Android Device with PodMode

Use iPod Docks on Your Android Device with PodMode | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
So you've got an Android device running ICS or greater and it supports USB host mode. However, your car only has an iPod connector, but you want to listen to so
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Koush open-sources 'Babel' Google Voice integration for SMS apps

Koush open-sources 'Babel' Google Voice integration for SMS apps | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
Likely best known for his work surrounding ClockworkMod, Android developer Koush has been working for the past few weeks on a tool he currently calls "Babel" to integrate Google Voice into third-party messaging apps.
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VimpelCom joins other major Russian mobile operators ditching Apple and the iPhone

VimpelCom joins other major Russian mobile operators ditching Apple and the iPhone | Do The Robot | Scoop.it
It has been reported that the top three major Russian mobile operators have ceased selling the iPhone. VimpelCom has closed its partnership with Apple, following MTS and MegaFon.
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