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Check out AcDisplay – A beautiful and minimalistic notification lock screen

Check out AcDisplay – A beautiful and minimalistic notification lock screen

There are plenty of lock screen and notifications apps in the Play Store these days but one that caught our eye is AcDisplay. This notification app works as a lock screen as well and lets you see all your notifications at a glance. The app has a feature called Active Mode that uses the sensors on your phone to wake it up when you take your phone out of your pocket and shows if you have any alerts and then goes back to sleep after a few seconds, you can adjust the time duration in the settings as well. The animations are seamless and you can choose to see or ignore the notifications by simply swiping them. The app also has other features including blacklist, dynamic background, low priority notifications and much more. You can easily go into the app straight from the lock screen without having to unlock the screen (if you do not have a screen lock on). When you are listening to music on your phone, you can control your playlist straight from lock screen as well. Thanks to its developer Artem Chepurnoy the application is quite stable and works very smoothly. I have been using this application since a few days now and have not experienced much battery drain. The application currently only works on devices running Android 4.4+ (KitKat). Well enough reading about it, head over to the Play Store and download it now. Let us know if you like it as much we do, happy downloading! Play Store Download Link:...

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Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc have yet to disappoint us, as they had promised they have delivered. Their latest stable ROM “CM11 M8” has been released and most of the handsets have started to get the update over the air. Cyanogen Inc have stopped making “RC” (Release Candidate) builds and have shifted their concentration to”M” (Monthly) builds. CM11 M8 is built on the Android 4.4.4 ROM, with it comes almost all the bug fix and security patches. Patches and bug fixes are not the  only thing you get with this update. The stock launcher, Trebuchet has been given a custom sliding panel to the left of the home screen. Similar to Google Experience Launcher. Last month Google announced their upcoming Android L OS, with it came a new notification option called “HeadsUp Notificaion”. The Cyanogen team have ported this feature in this build, so you do not have to wait for Android L. Security has also been increased with folder lock, so you do not need to individually unlock similar apps just unlock the folder and you are good to go. This makes it easily accessible as well protected from prying eyes. Here is the full changelog if you want to read. According to Cyanogen if you are using nightlies, and it is any nightly before June 29th, then you will have no problems in installing this ROM. If by any chance it is after that date, they you probably should download an older nightly before applying this ROM. Here’s the link to Cyanogen’s download page, grab the ROM for your device...

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google has started pushing out the Android 4.4.3 update for its Nexus devices as well as its Google Play Edition smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 GE (GT-I9505G), HTC One M7 GE, HTC One M8 GE and Sony’s Z Ultra GE have already started getting the update over the air (OTA).  The roll out as always will be in parts so if you are a proud owner of any Google Play Edition device, then you might start checking for the updates via the settings menu. The Android 4.4.3 update is mainly for  performance improvement and bug fixes. The main issue which it deals with is the massive battery drain, when using the camera. This was one major issue which alot of users were experiencing, and thankfully Google listened to those cries and sorted the issue. On the UI front you get a new dialer and peoples app. The new look of the dialer with a white background and light blue keys compliment the overall white KitKat theme. According to sources, the 4.4.3 update will come to standard smartphones as well, but that will take long because each OEM has to modify the OS as per their own UI theme respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A are already being tested by Samsung for the update as the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 never got the KitKat update in the first place, so Samsung are most probably jumping from Android 4.3 to Android 4.4.3 directly. The updates might not be as far away as expected though considering Google I/O 2014 is just around the corner and Google is most likely going to introduce its new OS Android 4.5/5 codenamed...

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Galaxy Note 3 starts getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in Pakistan

Galaxy Note 3 starts getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in Pakistan

Everybody is talking about Samsung’s latest  flagship the Galaxy S5, so we thought we should show some love to the an old friend the Galaxy Note 3.  There is good news for all our followers in Pakistan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has finally started to get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update Over the Air (OTA). The 379.61 Mb update brings with it a bunch of nice upgrades for the Note 3 with mostly under the hood performance tweaks. A few note able upgrades include: Music Album gets displayed on the entire lock screen when playing music. Camera shortcut now on the lock screen. A launcher setting menu has been added in settings, so you can easily swap between launchers. Performance and stability has been improved Less RAM consumption. Samsung Keyboard gets smoother to type.     We have also noticed that the text has become much sharper after the update, and the battery life has slightly improved. So if your device is still running on Jelly Bean then go to settings > about > software update and download it...

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Sony Xperia Z2 uses Heat-Pipe Technology to keep itself cool

Sony Xperia Z2 uses Heat-Pipe Technology to keep itself cool

Sony seems to have answered a long forgoing problem we all face when using our smartphones. The problem being our smartphones heating up, could be while playing games or using the camera for long periods. When the processor heats up, more battery juice is drained. This is an issue each and everyone one of us has faced and most likely continue to face in the future. Sony, though seem to be on the right path, as they have installed a heat-pipe technology in their next flagship smartphone the Xperia Z2. If you are a gamer or have built a high end Desktop PC, then you properly would have an idea of what is being talked about. If you don’t then thanks to Panasonic, here’s a quick Heat-Pipe Technology 101 class below:  “Heat-pipes are hollow metal pipes filled with a liquid coolant that moves heat by evaporating and condensing in an endless cycle. As the lower end of the Heat-pipe is exposed to heat, the coolant within it starts to evaporate, absorbing heat. As the coolant turns into vapor, it, and its heatload, convect within the heat-pipe.” Essentially, the liquid in the pipes cools the CPU when it gets hot, and then when the CPU cools down, so too does the liquid inside the pipes. Sony are the first mainstream manufacturers to utilize this technology in a smartphone. As the power game keeps on increasing, with processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, heating issues will keep on increasing. So, will other OEM manufactures take Sony’s path dealing with this issue or come up with another way only time will...

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HTC One M8 blowing the competition away in a screen latency test

HTC One M8 blowing the competition away in a screen latency test

During this fast paced war of  smartphones, facing each other in the epic of battles, be it processor power or how many more mega pixels your camera smartphone has etc. It is the little things which most people tend to over look until they have bought the product and then they realize it. Did my phone just lag? That is one thing which is crucial for any user to get the best experience he/she can have of his/her mobile device. You may have heard some people around you, or you might have experienced it yourself, that how iOS is so smooth and is the best when it comes to a lag free experience. They were probably right, until last year when Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 (67ms) and beat the latency score of Apple’s iPhone 5/5s (75ms). This year, it may be a bit hard to believe but, the all new HTC One (M8) has shattered all the previous records and according to French tech blog Lesnumeriques,  the M8 scored 46ms screen latency. Well as the competition gets hotter, we will be seeing devices with a better score and giving us users a much smoother experience.  Microsoft is one company which is working on a Zero latency program, so if you think the HTC One M8 is smooth, then you can not even begin to imagine what that would be. Well the future seems to be really bright in this domain and congratulations seem to be in order for the HTC team as well. So, is that one more reason to get the new HTC One...

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