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LG Odin SoC resurfaces in leaked specs for LG F490L Liger

There's a saying that goes "if at first you don't succeed, try and try until you die". Or something like that. LG has long been rumored to have its own mobile processor in the works, but that has yet to become reality. But if this latest leak of a hitherto unknown LG smartphone, the LG-F480L or "Liger", is to be believed, then the LG Odin will soon materialize. But it will not be the LG Odin as we know, or have heard, it to be, but an LG NUCLUN instead.

Inbox by Gmail gives you another way to look at email

There are some that would have us believe that email is passé and is due an overhaul, if not a replacement, and perhaps to some extent they might be right. But for those who live in their virtual inboxes, that isn't even an option, Luckily for them, Google, whose business happens to be beholden to email, is a staunch ally. It has come up with a new app simply called Inbox that turns the age old email into something more dynamic, more personal, and even more productive.

Epic Dragons turns the table, makes players defend dragons

Crescent Moon Games, who has given Android titles such as Ravensword Shadowlands and Aralon Sword and Shadow, are back with another game called Epic Dragons. Mighty and epic as that may sound, this game is anything but. The dragons are not ferocious beasts but cute cel-shaded ones. And the gameplay isn't entirely epic but a tower defense with a slight twist. In this game, you get to be the one that plans out how these dragons will defend themselves against pitiful humans that want to hunt them down.

Excited for Android TV? Try it unofficially on the OUYA

The promise of Android on TVs has been a long and almost unreachable dream but that journey may now be at an end with Google's formal Android TV push. But while we are still waiting for the Nexus Player, the first Android TV device that isn't actually a TV, to ship, many are excited, if not curious, what this new "lean back" living room experience offers on the table. If you have an OUYA gaming console, however, you might not need to wait that long, provided you're willing to jump through hoops to get to your destination.

Google steps up 2-step security with USB Security Key

With the security situation these days, a password, especially a simple, easy to guess, and reused one, just no longer cuts it. To help users who may or may not have migrated to stronger passwords, some sites and services have implemented two-step authentication that takes advantage of the smartphone that we almost always have with us nearby. Taking that to a somewhat more convenient but more limited level, Google is introducing Security Key, which uses a USB flash drive to implement that very same security feature.

HTC EYE update rolls out for T-Mobile One M8, Verizon tomorrow

As promised, HTC has started the push to get its new EYE features to its flagship smartphone, at least for those who purchased one under T-Mobile's patronage. This practically puts the One M8 on the same level as the surprisingly premium, except in looks, Desire EYE, with the added bonus of a premium design and duo camera setup. Meanwhile, Verizon customers need not gnash their teeth as the OEM promises the same treatment for the Verizon One M8 tomorrow, at least if all goes well.

Paranoid Android 4.6 beta 5 “Playful Pitaya” goes live

Paranoid Android has made another beta release of the 4.6 branch of their custom ROM, and this time they're back on track at hammering out the feature set for Dynamic Status Bars, or DSB in the ROM's parlance. But although the dev team just ironed out some pretty major showstopper bugs, they seem to be inviting even more headache by letting users fine tune the DSB animation just the way they want it right down to the last millisecond.

Samsung Galaxy SM-A300H appears at FCC without 4G LTE

The announcement of Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, and the impending arrival of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, has taken up much of our attention these days, enough to distract us from rumors about Samsung's "premium only in looks" Alpha family that is yet to materialize in any official manner. To seemingly remind us that it's still in the running, one of them, particularly the SM-A300H has made its presence known at FCC, but sadly it didn't bring along with it some 4G connectivity.

Talon (Plus) for Android 5.0 released, Classic unpublished

It is a bittersweet week for fans of Talon for Twitter from Klinker Apps, who also develops EvolveSMS and Blur Launcher. The developer has just released Talon for Twitter (Plus), a new and improved version of the popular Twitter client, but one that has been designed for Android 5.0 and with Material Design in mind. But sadly, that also marked the death of the Classic version of Talon that works on other Android versions, due to Twitter's rather restrictive authorization token limit.
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