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The Galaxy Note 8.0 is touted to be the "biggest phablet" in the market and naturally, its accessories will mostly address its size and how to keep it safe from falling. The latest accessory to be introduced is the card dock, which helps you perch your phablet on the windshield.


While some like the new 8.0 accessory as it will help them with GPS navigation, possibly from an app from Google Play as well as hands-free calling, others don't like the idea that it will stare back at you while you are driving in all of its 8-inch glory. You will have to deal with that blind spot for as long as you want to keep your phablet perched on position.


Its glossy black finish is typical of other Samsung accessories, looks sleek and functional and the Galaxy Note 8.0 fits securely. It is sold separately and is a good addition to your stock accessories.


source: androidcentral

 

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According to the NY Times, NYPD officers are armed with guns and Android smartphones in combatting crime and promoting public safety. Over 400 phones have been distributed to help them access pertinent police data using these phones while they are on duty.


However, these phones will not be used for calling but will be used to take advantage of data connections instead. Police officers can now look up a potential suspect's information and access vehicle registrations using a smartphone application. The police app might even eventually replace police car computers because it is quicker to retrieve data using the application.


Naturally, these phones will need data plans, which will be taken out of the City's funds so that officers can now take advantage of real-time info and data to identify criminals, apprehend them and bring them to justice-all thanks to an Android police application.


Source: NYTimes



One of the biggest advantages Android has always had over iPhones is just how much customization you can cram into your device. What follows is a guide on how to make your phone look sleek, and what apps you'll need to replicate designs put together by our personal layout designers.

 

The following details are only the ingredients that you can use to imagine your own unique setup, everyone will have a slightly different experience.

This layout provides the user with exceptionally clean, and is so well done you'd have to look twice to verify whether this was directly from Google or not.

 

The quick access to common settings is a great boost to the overall design as well. The sharp clock and weather widget are right up front, and the color choices really stand out against the backdrop in a way we've never really seen before.

 

One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs. Sure, there's rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.

 

In a nutshell we will show you a new look for your Android handset and tell you which apps you'll need if you want to mimic the feel. Note that the following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish - results will vary. But that's awesome. In fact, many of the designs we highlight tend to use the same apps.


Source: Holo Cards




Skala View is the companion app to Skala Preview for Mac - the fastest way to send pixel perfect, colour perfect design previews from your Mac to your Android device.


Previewing your design in situ lets you test tap sizes, text sizes, colour, contrast and ergonomics, all at a time where changes can be easily made - during the design process. It closes the loop, meaning you can iterate faster to a better final design.


★ Pixel Perfect

  • Skala Preview sends lossless, colour accurate image previews to any Android or iOS device. Previews are pixel perfect. Colours are identical to how the final app or website will look on the device.
★ Zoom In
  • Preview at precisely 100%. Zoom to exactly 200% to view a mdpi design full screen on an xhdpi device. Zooming in shows crisp pixels, not an interpolated, blurry mess.
★ Portrait & Landscape
  • Preview designs in portrait or landscape orientation.
★ Realtime Preview
  • If you're using Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 or newer, Skala Preview can preview your canvas as you edit. No saving, no keyboard shortcuts, just lossless previews in realtime.
  • It is the absolute fastest way to preview a design mock up on an Android device.
★ Send Files & Clipboard
  • If you're using Fireworks, Pixelmator, Acorn, another image editor or an older version of Photoshop, Skala Preview can send images via the clipboard or by dragging files to its dock icon or window.
  • The clipboard is sent automatically, so you don't have to break your workflow to send - Just copy something and it'll appear on your device.
★ Multiple Devices At Once
  • Send to as many devices as you'd like. It's even possible to view different colour blindness testing, orientation or zoom level on multiple devices at once.
★ Colour Blindness Testing
  • Ensure your design can be used by those with protanopia, deuteranopia, tritanopia or complete colour blindness.
★ Brightness
  • Quickly test your design with a variety of display brightness settings.


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Rovio has released a new Angry Birds game called Angry Birds Friends. It has Facebook integration and focuses more on playing with friends than playing alone. If you haven't tried it yet, we've taken a closer look to show you what it's all about.


In this FREE new game, you can use your phone to challenge your Facebook friends for the title of ultimate pig popper and bird flinger! Play in weekly tournaments with your friends and see if you can snag the coveted bronze, silver and gold trophies. Plus, gather daily rewards, send and receive gifts, and brag about your accomplishments! And if you're playing Angry Birds Friends on Facebook, your tournament progress will automatically be updated, so you can continue playing wherever you are!


Features:


  • - Tournaments with new levels every week!
  • - Challenge your Facebook friends for bronze, silver, and gold trophies!
  • - Brag, send gifts, and invite your Facebook friends to play!
  • - Four classic power-ups, plus one exclusive to Angry Birds Friends on mobile!
  • - Daily rewards!
  • - Free bird-coins just for completing the tutorial!
  • - Syncs automatically with your game on Facebook!






 


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