mardi 17 octobre 2017

CineTrak is a Free App to Track Your TV Shows and Movies

It can be difficult for TV show and movie lovers to keep track of what they've watched and monitor things they are interested in. This can be especially tough if you've cut the cord from your cable provider and no longer watch commercials or trailers on a daily basis. Enter CineTrak from XDA Senior Member 1a11ous, a free android app to find movies and TV Shows, build watchlists, and check reviews and ratings from multiple sources such as Trakt, IMDB, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes. You'll find a full feature list below, but some of its premium features which can be unlocked include access to curated lists, staff picks, user achievements and complete removal of ads.

CineTrak Feature List

  • Discover the best movies and TV shows from a wide range of lists: Trending, Popular, Box Office, DVD Releases, Most Anticipated
  • Built on Google's Material Design Guidelines which add eye-popping visuals and experiences
  • Easy access to Movie trailers, ratings, reviews, synopsis, duration, genre ..etc
  • Check-in to movies anytime and anywhere!
  • Simplified Movie and TV Shows Tracking and Watchlist management
  • Rate and Review movies: See what other critics are saying
  • Interact and connect with a large community of cinema lovers on Trakt
  • Carefully prepared Staff Picks and Curated Lists of movies and actors which bring you to the best of cinema (An example list would be: top Oscar winning movies)
  • Access your movie history log: Keep track of every movie you have watched! Just like your personal movie diary.
  • Easily access any movie on other famous resources such as IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Google, Wikipedia and Amazon Video
  • Collect Achievements: a large list of achievements to unlock. Make sure you collect them all.
  • Check your stats and discover what genre is your favorite or even how much time you've spent watching movies
  • Build your collections and manage your library of DVDs, Bluray , Digital media and 3D movies
  • Never miss awesome upcoming movies and DVD releases
  • Offline Capabilities: All data you accessed online will be available offline
  • Cloud backup: Protect and Access your data anywhere when you login with a Trakt account
  • Quick and easy Sign up: Use your preferred social media account (Google, Facebook or Twitter) or feel free to create a new account to start your journey
  • Not sure what to watch? CineTrak can recommend movie based on your history of movie watching.
  • Full integration with TRAKT
  • Connect with friends and share what you are watching

Check out CineTrak in our Apps and Games forum



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Chrome OS Instant Tethering now Enabled by Default, Likely Launching Soon

Instant tethering is a Google Pixel, Nexus and Chromebook unique feature which allows you to connect to the internet through your phone's data connection simply by being logged into the same Google account. A hotspot will automatically be created and the device that does not have a data connection will connect to it. This is an extremely convenient feature for those who use it, but until now it had to be enabled via a hidden flag, and it was a work in progress. Many reported it not working, and so it makes sense that it wasn't added to Chrome OS just yet. If you wanted to enable the feature, you had to delve into the settings of your Chromebook and find it.

Now according to the Chromium Gerrit, this flag will be enabled by default. If the feature is fixed, this a good thing and will allow users to easier tether their devices and share their network connections across their own devices, without risking other, unwanted people connecting. Protecting users is the ultimate goal with this, and it also is convenient which kills two birds with one stone.

This comes after another simple quality of life improvement made by Google and added to Chrome OS. Only recently were Android-like screenshots added to Chrome OS, a much needed addition considering it was nearly impossible to take screenshots in tablet mode before. It seems Google are showing a much greater dedication to their alternative desktop and laptop OS. The user experience has always been important to Google, and migrating features from Android and improving existing features has been their priority for the last few months it seems.

All going well, we should see this released in the Dev channel of Chrome OS, followed by the stable release which will come in the next few months.


 



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Xposed Module Adds Tons of Features to Sony Xperia Home Launcher

Sony includes a number of features in their Xperia Home Launcher already, but some people would always prefer more. So XDA Recognized Developer and Themer serajr has released the Serajr Xperia Home Xposed Module for those running Android Lollipop, Marshmallow or Nougat. You simply need to make sure the version of your Xperia Home Launcher matches the compatibility list (included in the changelog) and it comes with the following features…

Serajr Xperia Home Features

Behavior:
– Phisical Buttons Device (Expand Xperia Home contents for non OSB devices)

Appearance:
– Icon Size (Shortcuts icon size)
– Label Size (Shortcuts label size)
– Show Labels (Desktop | App Drawer | Folder)
– Pagination Markers Style (Up to 3)

Apps:
– Permanently Hidden Apps (Get rid of unwanted apps anywhere on launcher)
– Rename Apps (Rename apps display name) << NEW
– 3rd Party Notification Badges (Display notification badge on the icon of any 3rd party app)

Widgets:
– Permanently Hidden Widgets (Get rid of unwanted widgets anywhere on launcher)
– Gesture Blocking Widgets (Select widgets will be excluded from desktop gesture recognition)
– Make All Widgets Resizeable

Desktop:
– Grid Number of Rows (Up to 15)
– Grid Number of Columns (Up to 15)
– Scrolling Mode (Default | Infinite Loop | Revert Position)
– Lock Desktop (Prevent adding, removing and rearranging shortcuts and widgets)
– Swipe-Up Gesture (Lock Screen | Power Menu | Notifications | Quick Settings)
– Swipe-Down Gesture (App Drawer | Lock Screen | Power Menu | Notifications | Quick Settings)
– Double-Tap Gesture (App Drawer | Lock Screen | Power Menu | Notifications | Quick Settings)
– Static Wallpaper (Keep wallpaper centered on all home screen panes)
– Multi-Line Labels (Allow line breaks in app shortcut labels)

App Drawer:
– Grid Number of Rows (Up to 15)
– Grid Number of Columns (Up to 15)
– Hide Apps in Drawer (Fastest and easy way to hide your unwanted apps)
– Scrolling Mode (Default | Infinite Loop | Revert Position)
– Disable Suggestions Panel (Disable suggested apps panel and swipe down gesture)
– Disable Search Bar (Fully disable search bar – including action icons)
– Swipe-Up Gesture (App Drawer | Lock Screen | Power Menu)
– Swipe-Down Gesture (App Drawer | Lock Screen | Power Menu)
– Always Show Indicators (Always show page indicators)
– Close After Starting App (Automatically closes the App Drawer)

Dock:
– Number of Shortcuts (Default | 6 | 8 | 10)
– App Drawer Button Style (Up to 5)
– Dynamic Ordering (Dynamic shortcuts ordering)

Folder:
– Close After Starting App (Automatically closes the folder)
– Folder Style (Up to 11) – Empty Folder Icon: Style 11


Check out this Module in our Xposed forum



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XDA User 3D Prints a Case for his Nokia 8

Many people waited patiently for Nokia to release their first flagship Android smartphone (and still wait for a bootloader unlock) but right now, there don't seem to be any cases available for the Nokia 8. Thankfully though, XDA Inactive Recognized Developer HD2Owner started working on a 3D printable case for the device. After multiple iterations, they feel it is optimized to the point that it is ready for the community. Not only that, but they released the design in a 3D-Printable STL format that you can download right now! If you have access to the necessary hardware, you should check it out by following the link in the button below!


Download the 3D-Printable STL file in our Nokia 8 forum



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ZTE Axon M is Official: 6.75″ Dual Screen Foldable Smartphone!

Amidst a sea of increasingly bezel-less smartphones, ZTE is looking to differentiate itself from its competitors. The company's flagship smartphone of 2017 may not pack the top-tier hardware specifications we're seeing in the latest flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, or Google but it has one particular hardware feature to make up for it—a second screen. Indeed, ZTE is attempting to do what Kyocera failed to do with its Echo device back in 2011. The company is hoping to beat Samsung to the market with the first truly functional, foldable smartphone. Can the ZTE Axon M live up to expectations?

ZTE Axon M
Display 2 x 5.2″ @ 1920×1080.  (1920×2160 "single screen" when folded)
Size & Weight 150.8 x 71.6 x 12.1mm, 230g
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530 GPU
RAM 4GB
Battery 3,180 mAh
Internal Storage 64GB
MicroSD Slot Yes (up to 256GB)
Rear Camera 20MP f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, dual-image stabilization, dual LED flash
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Yes (integrated into power button)
Software Android Nougat 7.1.2 (promised update to Android Oreo)
Price $650
Availability U.S: AT&T ($24.17/month on AT&T Next) this Holiday 2017

Japan: NTT Docomo

China: China Telecom and JD.com in Q1 2018

Europe: Q1 2018


Design

Before we talk about the Axon M, we need to talk about its predecessor, the Kyocera Echo. The Echo was released far ahead of its time when Android was still in its pre-Holo days. Not only was the ecosystem inadequate for the Echo (the device had a "tablet mode" before Google started its tablet push with Android Honeycomb), but it was clunky to use.

When folded together, the Echo measured approximately 17mm in depth which is far thicker than the average device today. Furthermore, the large bezels contributed to the feeling that the device was huge (keep in mind that 4.7″ was large for a smartphone back then). For these reasons and some more we haven't listed, the Kyocera Echo failed to capture the market and the foldable smartphone concept died with it.

The 2011 Kyocera Echo

But this is 2017 where the industry has been improving on every aspect of smartphones down to nearly eliminating bezels in some cases. Thus, the time is ripe for the foldable smartphone concept to be revived, and it seems that ZTE is the first to take a crack at it. Meet the ZTE Axon M. With a strong hinge connecting two regular smartphone displays and software trickery via Android's splitscreen functionality plus some home-baked tricks, Axon is pushing a flexible design ahead of the advent of foldable and bendable smartphones in the coming years.


Display

Both of the Axon M's displays measure 5.2 inches in their diagonal, both featuring the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio as well and they are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Above the "back" display you'll see the camera – a single camera for both selfies and regular pictures –  and the device closes like a flip phone giving you a screen on each side. At 1080p resolution, they aren't the sharpest displays out there, but the relatively small size of each pushes the pixel density to 426 ppi, and you'll end up seeing twice as many pixels as in other FHD displays once you enter the signature modes that make this device so special.


Software

There are three modes that the Axon M can be used in: Extended ModeDual Mode, and Mirror Mode. In Extended Mode, applications can be stretched across both displays to fill up the combined screen area. In Dual Mode, you can run two different applications at the same time on each display. Finally, in Mirror Mode the Axon M can mirror the same app across both displays.

On stage, ZTE demonstrated a few uses cases of each mode. For Extended Mode, the company showed a user scrolling through their Facebook feed that stretched into the other display. The company stressed how this results in reducing the amount of overall scrolling that a user needs to do. In Dual Mode, ZTE showed off watching a video while also sending a tweet at the same time (and also spoiled a certain Game of Thrones episode in the process). Finally, in Mirror Mode the company showed off a chess game being played between two players on opposite ends. They attempted to show off Google Duo video conferencing, though the person who was being called never picked up so we didn't get to see that in action.

The device launches with Android Nougat 7.1.2 on board, but ZTE is promising a prompt update to the latest Android Oreo. They also promise regular software updates for the device.

Developers looking to optimize their applications can head to developer.ztedevice.com to learn more, though ZTE states that most applications will not need to be optimized for use on the Axon M, and they made sure that the top hundred Play Store applications work without a hitch on this device as well.


Internal Hardware

Powering the device is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GBs of RAM. Though the Snapdragon 821 was last year's premiere SoC, it's by no means inadequate. Some of the fastest phones out there including the first generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL are based on this processor, and at the same top clockspeeds of 2.15GHz. By itself, the Snapdragon 821 shouldn't pose a problem in terms of performance, though some of you may understandably be disappointed by the lack of the latest offering from Qualcomm.

Even with the Snapdragon 821 SoC, the ZTE Axon M isn't guaranteed to be a smooth performer. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delivered embarrassing real-world performance when compared to its contemporaries, after all, though Samsung did clean up its act with its Galaxy Note 8. ZTE doesn't have room for mistakes, however, since I can't see users giving dual screen smartphones a second chance if this generation is inadequate. Do keep in mind that the phone is essentially powering up two FHD displays, so we'll have to run it through its paces in order to see just how well it can keep up and perform in the real world.

It's been 6 years since the Kyocera Echo, but this time we hope it'll only be one year for the next Axon M. We'll let you know how the Axon M performs in our hands-on review!


Battery

ZTE has embedded a 3,180 mAh capacity battery into its dual screen Axon M. Whether this will be enough for the Snapdragon 821 and two TFT LCD displays is something we'll have to find out through day to day usage in the coming weeks.


ZTE Axon M Pricing & Availability

The company states that the phone will retail for $650 exclusively at AT&T, and for $24.17/month on AT&T Next. The company has also announced a partnership with NTT Docomo in Japan. In China, the M will be available through China Telecom and JD.com in Q1 2018. Finally, the company states the M will launch in Europe during Q1 2018, but no further information was given about which countries it will be available in.

Axon Passport M program will come for free for all purchases of the Axon M.


What are your thoughts on the ZTE Axon M? Let us know in the comments!

 



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Nova Launcher Beta Updated With More New Pixel 2 Launcher Features

Ever since its original conception, Nova Launcher has been one of the most customizable and actively updated launchers out there. It's a great alternative for those looking to give their device, no matter how old or recent, a fresh look and feel. Nova Launcher 5.5 aims to bring the Android Oreo look, feel, and even features, to pretty much any Android device. The latest beta brings even more Oreo features to the table – this time around, they are adding some Pixel 2-exclusive tidbits.

The third Nova Launcher 5.5 beta includes, most notably, support for placing the search bar on the dock. Since it's the Nova bar rather than the stock Google one, you will be able to customize it however you want. Also, for more freedom of choice, you can place the said bar over the dock icons rather than under them. This is not the first launcher to include this, as Action Launcher has already received a similar update some days before. So, while Nova is playing catch up here, it's still a much-needed and appreciated update.

However, this is not the only change we're seeing in this beta. Going to the app drawer, the navigation bar icons are now tinted dark whenever the status bar icons go dark (on Oreo, since dark navigation bar icons are a part of API 26). However, this is only with the drawer: if you toggle Dark icons in Appearance settings only the status bar will be tinted. A block-style pop-up menu a la Pixel launcher and adaptive icon animations, as well as some small changes in app shortcuts and shadows, are also present.

If you'd like to test out this beta build, you should be able to grab it from the Play Store already or download the APK directly from the Nova Launcher website. Have in mind that this is a beta, and you'll need to be enrolled in the beta before downloading these updates.


Source: +KevinBarry



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All Future Official LineageOS 14.1 Builds Are Safe From the KRACK Vulnerability

Security has been a big focus within the Android community for enthusiasts, and for quite a while too. As some OEMs have dedicated themselves to monthly security updates, it has actually influenced the phones that some people buy. This is also true for custom ROMs as well since many of us want our devices as secure as possible, so we tend to gravitate toward the options that provide those patches the quickest. A new WPA2 WiFi vulnerability called KRACK made headlines this week and the folks at LineageOS says all future official 14.1 builds will be secure from this attack.

The KRACK vulnerability is interesting due to how secure many people thought WPA2 WiFi authentication was. Many had switched to it from WEP a while back due to the fact that it dynamically generated new keys to encrypt packets to improve security. This attack was brought to the attention of the public thanks to a research paper by Mathy Vanhoef that shows how it is possible to trick the underlying mechanics of WPA2. For anyone in the Dallas Texas area on November 1st, you can see a proof of concept exploit called Key Reinstallations Attacks (KRACK) at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security on November 1st.

Due to the fact that KRACK attacks the WPA2 protocol, it's said that 41% of active Android devices are currently severely vulnerable to the attack. When we consider how many Android smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, set-top boxes and IoT devices there are out in the wild, that shows how devastating this exploit really is. For those who are interested in more details, you can read about the step by step process for how KRACK actually works against susceptible devices here.

So now that we know its existence, many enthusiasts are looking for how we can stay safe from the exploit. Google schedules security updates at the start of each month and the company has said they'll be patching vulnerable devices "in the coming weeks" which has led many to suspect the patches will be included in the November security update. For LineageOS users though, the official Twitter account has confirmed that all official LineageOS 14.1 builds from now on will be safe against this attack.


Source: @LineageAndroid



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