Remote for Google Play Music Desktop Player controls Play Music on your computer

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I've long dreamt of a way to control Play Music on my desktop with my phone. It's one of those things I'd basically given up on, until I found out about Desktop Remote, for Google Play Music. It uses a "wrapped" web Play Music interface so your phone can control the music playing on your desktop PC.

I've been using this today and I can say it works really well. Much like Radiant Player for macOS or the official Chrome extension, it controls the function keys so the play/pause/skip buttons work for Play Music.

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Remote for Google Play Music Desktop Player controls Play Music on your computer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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CrossOver for Android runs Windows programs on x86 Android tablets and Chromebooks

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If you have ever used Linux, Mac, or another *nix operating system, you've probably heard of Wine. No, not the beverage - it's software that allows Windows programs to run on platforms that aren't Windows. Wine is one of my favorite open-source projects, under development since 1993 and having a massive community of developers and testers. Wine also maintains a database of compatible programs, which should give you an idea of the impressive compatibility.

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YouTube is getting a new UI and animation for video description and actions

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It would appear that Google is rolling out yet another tweak to the YouTube app's interface. This time, there's a new layout and a slick animation when you expand the video description. This is also where you'll find most of the video actions now.

You can see above the two states of the new UI. On the left, everything is collapsed. Tap the down arrow there, and the description expands along with larger buttons for thumbs up/down, share, save, and add to list.

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OnePlus announces second version of its Bullets earphones, coming soon

OnePlus has been teasing a new announcement, one thought to be for new earphones. Today was the day of the announcement, and it was indeed a set of earphones called the Bullets V2.

The landing page for the Bullets V2 goes in depth about every single feature, from the 9mm drivers made with a partnership with LOFO, 2 gram ear chambers and flat cables. The in-line remote has three buttons and a microphone and is made for controlling Android devices.

The earphones will come in black and white, though the white is mostly gold. There is no availability date or price listed, so all we have to go on is “coming soon.” But since OnePlus is a budget brand, we can’t imagine they’ll be too expensive. Are you guys excited for these? Leave a comment!


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Samsung bringing back Action Memo for the Galaxy Note 7 next month

For those who picked up a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recently,  you might have realized that one of the most useful S Pen features is gone. Action Memo let you do things like write phone numbers and immediately use them, take snippets of the screen as notes, and more.

If you check out the Play Store listing for the Samsung Notes app, almost half of the reviews are negative due to missing features, and they have a point. Samsung released a new device without the features of the old device, making the S Pen a lot less useful.

Thankfully, Samsung has responded to these criticisms. Action Memo will return in an update to Samsung Notes that’ll roll out before late September. So rest easy and give it a month, because your Note 7 will soon be just as useful as previous models.

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Xperia XZ and X Compact appear on Sony site, X Compact render leaks

Sony used to have a line of devices that were true mini flagships. The Compact line was a version of the flagship with a smaller, lower-resolution screen, but Sony mostly kept to high-end specs despite the size. This is where every other mini “flagship” fails: they use mid-range or even low-end specs.

Thankfully, the series might be making a comeback. Sony’s Czech site popped up the names of the Xperia X Compact and the Xperia XZ, though no info was given. And as another bonus, a render of the Xperia X Compact has been leaked.

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There were no details given about either phone, but seeing the return of the Compact series is definitely great. Not everyone wants a huge phone, so having small high-end phones is pretty important. However, we’ll have to wait to find out more about these devices. Is anyone looking forward to the next Compact device from Sony?

Sources: Techtastic, @evleaks


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Google's useless Device Assist app is shutting down

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If you are one of the small number of people who use Google's Device Assist app, I have some bad news. Support for the app is being dropped effective immediately. Users are being notified of the app's demise via a "detected issue" card that directs them to Google's online tips site instead.

Google launched the Device Assist app in late 2014 to offer troubleshooting tips on Nexus and Android One devices. It was never particularly helpful, though it was good for a laugh when it recommended device restarts while stock Android still lacks a reboot option.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now official in China with 4100mAh battery, 13MP camera

Xiaomi is back at it again with a brand new device in its Redmi Note lineup, officially announcing the Redmi Note 4 for the Chinese market.

The Redmi Note 4 shares plenty of similarities with the Redmi Note 3 before it, as far as specifications are concerned, but the changes in design are probably going to catch quite a few eyes. As far as those specs go, the Redmi Note 4 boasts a deca-core Helio X20 processor under the hood and a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D display.

The Redmi Note 4 boasts a 13-megapixel camera on the back, which features a f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. The new handset also includes dual-SIM support thanks to a slot that can also be used for a single SIM and a microSD card, and a battery that measures in at 4100mAh.

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There are two variants of the Redmi Note 4. One offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage for CNY 899 (about $135), and the other boasts 3GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage for CNY 1199 (around $180). Both variants will be available in China beginning Friday, August 26.

What do you think of the new Redmi Note 4 from Xiaomi?


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