Texpand Lets You Insert Commonly-Used Text In Any App With Any Keyboard

image (18)Compared to the early days of Android and iOS, it's amazing how good virtual keyboards have become... but that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. Long email and street addresses in particular are a pain to type in, especially outside of the browser where saved user information isn't available. If you're tired of typing out your thirty-character company email address, Texpand can help: it allows you to create customized shortcodes for longer strings of text and use them in any text field.

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10 Beautiful, Cool, And Original Wallpaper Apps To Dress Up Your Android Device


Even though they're technically "backgrounds," wallpapers are an intricate part of our smartphone and a unique way for us to show our personality. They adorn our homescreens, greet us each time we unlock our phones, and try to stay hidden while still being enjoyable. Some of us like nothing but a black screen full of widgets and apps, others prefer a gradient or pattern to add a touch of color, and some like simple graphics while others use photographs.

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Who's Down, A New Invite-Only Google App, Lets Your Friends Know When You're Available

image (12)There have been fewer and fewer new Google apps as the company expands into every conceivable web and mobile market, but they still manage to surprise us every now and then. The latest Google app is called Who's Down, and it's a strangely specific social tool. Basically it's an all-purpose "available" button. Slide the toggle from on to off, and anyone you've connected with can tell that you're available for... whatever.

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The Giant Samsung Galaxy View Tablet Gets A Custom CNN News App

image (5)The Galaxy View is big. Really, really big - the 18.4-inch device seems to be intended as a tabletop computer rather than a conventional portable tablet. Samsung's custom version of Android will make good use of the extra space, but even the tablet apps on the Play Store probably aren't well-formatted for a screen the size of a small PC monitor. To make sure users are getting a good experience on their Galaxy View, CNN has made an app especially for the tablet...

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PBS Video App Updated With Support For Android TV

PBS_20151030_222923While Android TV doesn't enjoy the wide support that Chromecast gets, and its current app catalog can't hold a candle to competitors that have been in the market for much longer like Roku, it's slowly and surely getting better. The latest major network to offer an official Android TV is PBS, the United States' government-funded Public Broadcasting Service. The free app is available to download on Android TV units now.

PBS Video uses the same Google Play Store listing as the phone and tablet version of the app, it's just been expanded to Android TV with additional API support.

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Amazon Music 5.0 Adds SD Card Downloads, Android Wear Support, Artist Pages For Prime Music, And More

image (22)Amazon has been slowly but steadily improving its official Music app for years. The latest update, which is christened version 5.0, adds quite a few features. Most notable among them is the ability to download music from your personal library and/or Amazon Prime Music directly to your phone or tablet's MicroSD card, assuming you have one. That should be especially useful for users with budget phones, which tend to rely on expandable storage and ignore the fact that many apps don't access it in the first place.

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[Bonus Round] Beneath The Lighthouse, Slashy Hero, Zombocalypse, Devious Dungeon 2, And The Walking Dead No Man's Land

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique radial puzzle game, a zombie-killing side-scroller, an interesting touch-based dungeon crawler, an old-school hack-and-slash platformer, and a Walking Dead tactical game.

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Samsung offering wireless chargers to those who register for Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay has been in customers’ hands for a while now, including Verizon customers that thought it might not ever come to the carrier. And there have been various promotions offering free stuff to sign up for the service. The latest is courtesy of Samsung and is open to everyone that can use the service.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, or Note 5, register for a Samsung Pay account and add a bank card to become eligible for a Samsung wireless charging pad. Then hit the source link to start the process of getting one for free! The deal is limited to 200,000 chargers and ends on November 8th, so you better hurry!

Unfortunately, you probably won’t get your charger immediately. It seems that those who participated in similar promotions before are still waiting on their chargers since they’re currently backordered. And if you’ve already gotten one, you aren’t eligible this time around.

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Samsung Galaxy View Coming Exclusively Through Bell

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Samsung’s ginormous tablet, the Galaxy View, is making its way to Canada and will be sold exclusively through Bell.  The massive tablet will begin selling on November 18 will be sold through Bell stores as well as The Source, an authorized Bell retailer.

As for specs, the Godzilla like table will pack a massive 18.4″ 1080p display powered by an octo-core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM.  The tablet will come with 32GB of expandable storage and will house a hefty 5700 mAh battery.  A 2.1MP camera also adorns the front in case you need to do some video chatting.  As the device is geared towards video streaming, it will come pre-loaded with Bell’s Fibe TV app.

Now if you’re interested in picking up this video centric device you’re going to have to shell our a pretty penny or two or….seventy thousand.  That’s right, the Galaxy View costs $700.  Pretty steep price when you could probably pick up a decent smart TV that can do many of the same things…


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Apple releases Beats Pill+ app for Android

Apple’s second application for Android happens to be far more useful than its first. Move to iOS is an app that assists in moving away from Android, so you can imagine that a lot of Android fans didn’t have particularly positive feelings about it. But this one is pretty good.

Beats Pill+ is an app to control the Beats Pill+ speaker, though you probably guessed that. It has some cool features, like an amplify mode for two speakers to play the same audio, and a stereo mode so two speakers play their respective channels. It also allows another person to connect to the speaker and play music with you.

Little extras are a charge indicator and the ability to rename the speaker. Despite the iOS user interface, it looks to be a pretty decent app. There may be some compatibility issues that need to be fixed, but if you have one of these speakers, hit the source link to download the companion app!

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Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphone review

Bluetooth earphones are a new thing for me. I never really thought about it, but the concept of having no cords to get tangled in while jogging or doing chores sounds absolutely fantastic. But they have had significant drawbacks in the past, like battery life and weight. How do a budget pair of earphones stack up these days?


Bluetooth version: 4.1
Supported profile: Headset, Hands-free, A2DP, AVRCP, Apt-X
Battery life: 7-8 hours
Price: $32.99
Where to buy: Inateck, Amazon US ($10 off with 5QQAWHVN), Amazon UK (£5 off with 99XZX57W)

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These Inateck BH1001 earphones are made up of two large earbuds and a short cable in between, with a controller on one side of the cable. The earbuds have magnets inside them, which is meant for a pretty cool feature I’ll talk about later. On the ends are double seal tips that come in two sizes. On one side is a small cover for the micro USB port.

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphones 3

The controller has a multi-function button that turns the earphones on and off — as well as other functions — right by a mic and a status LED. The other side has volume buttons, which adjust volume independently of your device volume. Long pressing them changes the track.

Build quality

These Inateck BH1001 earphones are built fairly well. The earbuds are made entirely of plastic. The plastic is of decent quality, not fantastic but pretty good. This has the benefit of making the earphones really light, which is critical for comfort. There is no creaking or bending to speak of.

The wires are a bit thin, which may not be good for long term reliability, but they seem well built enough. All the buttons are nice and solid, and the micro USB port cover isn’t flimsy. For the price, I’m very impressed.

Audio quality

Did you expect sub-$40 Bluetooth earphones to sound good? No? Well, the Inateck BH1001 do. Once you get a good seal in your ears, the sound really is nice. The bass is surprisingly substantial and thumpy, and the mids and highs are very clear even at high volumes.

The balance of the sound, as with any budget audio product, could use some work. This isn’t an audiophile product, nor should you expect it to be for $33. But it’s far from bad, providing highs, mids, and lows without any one of those getting drowned out.

Overall the sound quality is plain good. I enjoyed listening to these earphones quite a lot.


As I’ve stated before, in-ear style earphones don’t fit very well in my ears. Yes, my ears are weird. But these fit pretty well and stay in my ears for fairly long periods of time! It takes a while to make a proper seal for proper sound and fitment, but once they’re in, they stay in. The plastic construction keeps them lightweight, which means they don’t feel particularly heavy in your ears.

The cable is supposed to be behind your neck, which means it doesn’t pull on your ears either.

Battery life

The rated battery life for the BH1001 is 7-8 hours, depending on where you look. And in my testing, it has lasted about as long as advertised. Considering many more expensive earphones advertise around the same battery figures, that’s plain impressive.

My testing was done at medium volumes, and blasting your music may lower battery life, but overall the battery life is very good.


One of my favorite features of these earphones is the magnetic ends. When you’re done listening to your music, take the earphones out and snap the ends together. They’ll stick together, becoming a necklace, and automatically pause the music. I love that feature.

The Inateck BH1001 also features a microphone for phone calls, but unfortunately it’s not so great. People hear me, but my voice isn’t all that clear. The sound is a bit muffled, probably because it’s a bit further back than it should be. But it works okay enough to be understood.


Included in the box is a surprisingly nice soft case with a zipper. It holds the earphones with space to spare, and even has a pocket for the extra ear tips and micro USB charging cable.

Inateck BH10019.5 / 10

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphones 4

These Bluetooth earphones pretty much do it all. They’re very cheap, lightweight, sound good, have great battery life, and feature wireless (and no flaky connections either). The only issue is the subpar mic, but honestly, they’re great otherwise.

If you’re annoyed by your earphone wires constantly getting in the way and want something new on a budget, this may be perfect for you.

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Telus Sets Some Dates For Marshmallow Updates

Telus Update Schedule

Telus has updated their software update schedule once again and this time we have some actual dates!  First let’s talk Marshmallow.  The HTC One M8 will be first to get Marshmallow as they are expected to release that update on December 17.  That will be followed by the Moto G (2015) which is set for December 20.  Those two will be followed roughly a month later by the HTC One M9 which is expected to get the update on January 21.  It’s kind of odd that HTC has their previous generation getting Marshmallow first but I’m sure there’s some sort of reason behind that.

Several other minor updates will be rolling out to all of the Nexus’ in November and a bug fix/security update should be hitting Galaxy S6 and S6 Edges some time today.

While we can’t say it definitively, other carriers will likely have a similar schedule for their releases.


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The Sony Xperia Z5 Has Landed On Bell

Sony Xperia Z5


Sony’s latest flagship has officially landed.  The Sony Xperia Z5 is now available at Bell stores across Canada.  The device is priced at $199.95 on a 2-year term and $649.95 outright and is available in both black and white.  Here’s a rundown of the sepcs once again:

  • 5.2″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 810 Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 23MP Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2900 mAh Battery
  • IP68 Water/Dust Resistant
  • Fingerprint Reader

Although it looks very much like previous Z devices, things have been upgraded internally.  Plus they’ve added a fingerprint reader this time around and the camera has been receiving some high praise around the web.  I’m excited to check this guy out!

Anybody planning on picking one up?


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Titanfall coming to mobile in 2016

There are plenty of console and PC video games that make the transition into mobile apps in some form. We’ve seen companion apps, somewhat related games made for mobile (Fallout Shelter comes to mind), and even full spinoffs like Call of Duty. And in some form, Titanfall will be coming to mobile.

Game developer Respawn Entertainment has partnered with Nexon, a free-to-play publisher, and mobile developer Particle City to create a Titanfall-based game for iOS and Android, among others. It’ll likely be free with in-app payments, which is Nexon’s style. What kind of game it will be is unbeknownst to us. It could be a spinoff of the full game, or some card collection game. We hope it isn’t the latter.

The game will be launching sometime next year, so hopefully more details surface soon!

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Snapseed, Newegg Mobile

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Skype - Version 6.8.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Add fun to your video messages by adding a video filter. Just tap on the filter icon on the lower left.
  • Get spooky with new ghostly Halloween emoticons and video message filters…. Mwahahahah!
  • Quickly send photos and files to the entire group by tapping on the corresponding icon in the group chat media bar.
  • Want to chat with a friend who isn’t in Skype? Invite your friends to join Skype from the contacts tab.


Snapseed - Version 2.1.0


What’s new in this version:

  • RAW support
  • Tap to hide controls on the main screen
  • Zoom navigator doesn’t obscure any part of the image
  • Filter name is displayed in title bar
  • Exif data is now fully preserved


BetterBatteryStats - Version 2.1.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Android Marshmallow Support
  • New Artwork
  • New responsive widget
  • Optimized legacy widgets
  • New version of the system app
  • Numerous bugfixes


Amazon Music with Prime Music - Version 4.6.5

Amazon Music

What’s new in this version:

  • Amazon Music…now rollin’ with Android Auto support! Play favorites from Prime Music or your library on your commute using an elegant, car-optimized interface
  • Prime Stations now appear in your search results – finding and discovering your new favorite Prime Station has never been easier
  • Now get Prime Music search suggestions as you type, enabling you to quickly find and play music with the fewest number of taps
  • Made performance improvements & fixed several bugs


Newegg Mobile- Version 4.0.0

Newegg Mobile

What’s new in this version:

  • Redesign Android App based on the latest design guidelines.
  • Combine Android Phone App and Android Tablet App into one universal app.


Fleksy + GIF Keyboard – Version 7.0.4


What’s new in this version:

  • All new Theme Builder! Design your own theme with an image or choose the background color(s) that your heart desires. You can also share them with your friends! Check it out (open on your device) ==> http://ift.tt/1GVVnKG
  • New Badges for sharing Themes, GIFs, and Stickers


Photo Editor by Aviary - Version 4.2.1

Photo Editor by Aviary

What’s new in this version:

  • All new Enhance! Try out the new Hi-Def, Scenery, Food, Portrait and Night presets. Let us know what you think!
  • Many under the hood updates to improve performance and prepare for new features coming soon. 


NBA 2015-16 - Version 6.01

NBA 2015-16

What’s new in this version:

  • Redesign of the NBA app for easier navigation to top content, live scores and video
  • New NBA LEAGUE PASS subscription options including NBA SINGLE GAME
  • Improvements for NBA SINGLE GAME subscribers
  • Performance improvements


ExDialer - V195


What’s new in this version:

  • Settings for swipe gesture action
  • Always display 3-dot menu button, on Android5.0+ devices (since on some new devices menu can’t be accessed)


Google Photos - Version 1.8.0

Google Photos

What’s new in this version:

  • Now in more countries
  • Hide a person from appearing under People. This also prevents events with that person from appearing in “Rediscover this day” cards in the Assistant.
  • When viewing search results, pinch to zoom in and out.
  • Spooky fast performance improvements and bug fixes.


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