Action Launcher 3 gets its December update, changes include unread count badges

As most of you know by now, Action Launcher 3 is what I use on all of my devices. I love the feature set and developer Chris Lacy puts a lot of effort and dedication into the app. He is also pretty responsive to user feedback. 

The December update for the launcher is live, bringing a number of changes. Here's the changelog:

• NEW: Unread badge support ('Alpha'): currently displays the number of unread SMS messages, missed calls, unread Gmail/Inbox messages and upcoming calendar appointments.

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[Update: Fix is live] AirDroid Beta 4.0.0.2 fixes major security issues, official rollout expected soon

  • AirDroid has released the 4.0.0.3 update for Android, and the 3.3.5.3 update for the Mac/Windows clients, which fixes all known security flaws. The developers claim all communication channels are now

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A few days ago, independent security firm Zimperium released details about several major security flaws in the popular AirDroid application. In summary, attackers can easily intercept insecure requests to AirDroid's servers, as well as push malicious APKs to devices which appear as AirDroid add-on updates (which AirDroid then prompts the user to accept).

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Netflix VR for Daydream is now available on the Play Store

imageGoogle is making no small effort when it comes to lining up content for its new Daydream virtual reality platform, and that content isn't restricted to games and 360-degree video. Following in the footsteps of HBO and Hulu, Netflix now comes in VR flavor for those subscribers with a Pixel phone and a Daydream View headset. The app is live on the Play Store right now, though it's not compatible with non-Daydream systems - sorry, Gear VR owners.

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[Something about Droids] Google Allo adds a themed sticker pack for Rogue One

stickersRogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters in under a week, and fans of the long-running franchise are practically radioactive with anticipation. Since Google is a company that 1) likes money and 2) probably has more than the usual number of employees who list their religion as "Jedi," is going Allo-in with its latest promotion. [Editor's note: Michael, one more crappy pun like that and you're fired.] Starting today, new stickers featuring characters from Rogue One are available in the Allo chat client.

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Android Pay v1.12 prepares for launch in Japan with Rakuten Edy and other e-money providers [APK Teardown]

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Android Pay made its first Asian appearance in Singapore back in late-June. A couple months later, in August, rumors began circulating that Google was in negotiations with numerous financial companies to prepare for a launch in Japan. Names of the likely partners included: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, East Japan Railway Company, Rakuten, NTT Docomo, and JCB, to name a few. Since then, details have been sparse; but with evidence discovered in the latest update to Android Pay, it's now clear that a deal has been struck with Rakuten.

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Will Samsung ‘Brick’ the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada Like the USA?

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We already told you that Samsung is working with carriers in Canada to make the Note7 useless. Starting December 12, we expect the fiery tablet to lose all Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality.Then on December 15, the device will be disconnected from the carrier networks in the country.

But things will get even gloomier in the US. Samsung just confirmed it will start rolling out an update for the Galaxy Note7 in the US which will prevent the device from charging at all. Samsung wants to render the phablet completely useless, so people who are still holding on it will have no choice but to return it.

In its statement, Samsung says 93% of the potentially dangerous handsets have been returned, but the Korean tech giant wants to make sure all 100% devices will be accounted for.

Anyway, Samsung doesn’t say anything about devices in other markets, so we can speculate this measure could be extended towards Canada in the upcoming few weeks. We’ll update you if any information becomes available.

Samsung doesn’t mention if the update will be imposed upon Galaxy Note7 owners. If this will not be the case, we can’t help but wonder if some users will by-pass installing the update and keep using the device as a camera or as a storage device.

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Facebook finally gets HD video uploads, tests PIP video, easier notification browsing, and more

Facebook seems to be making some significant improvements to the video features of the Android app, something that has been a weak point of the FB experience on Android for quite a while now.

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While the iOS app has offered a toggle for uploading videos in HD for a long time (earliest reference I've found dates to more than 2 years ago), Android's app has been sorely lacking this feature.

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Verizon says that it won’t release update to disable Galaxy Note 7

Hot on the heels of Samsung announcing that it will be sending out an update to disable remaining Galaxy Note 7 units out in the wild in the United States, Verizon Wireless has news of its own to announce.

According to Verizon’s statement, they will not send out the update that will disable the Galaxy Note 7. The carrier says that due to the holiday traveling season, it doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to disable some customers’ only method of communication, especially for those who don’t have another device to switch to readily available.

“We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders, or medical professionals in an emergency situation,” Verizon said in their statement.

This is an interesting development. The Galaxy Note 7 has already proven to be a potential risk to owners and others, so Samsung sending out the update to disable the handset certainly makes sense. However, one can see where Verizon is coming from in this case, even if airlines are still blocking the Galaxy Note 7 from being allowed on planes.

What do you think of Verizon’s decision?


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