[Update: Gone from the beta too] Twitter removes its homescreen widget support from the latest alpha

Twitter is struggling to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. Life can be tough when you’re a social network that almost everyone has heard about but no one knows how to use when they’re just joining for the first time.

But despite these tumultuous times at Twitter’s headquarters, the Android app has seen some of its best days in the past few months: an overhauled Material Design inspired interface, a test for a night mode, Android N Direct Reply, and more. But instead of giving something new, the latest Twitter alpha 6.9.0 takes away a feature: the homescreen widget.

If you have the widget added to your homescreen, you will see the above message instead when you’re on the latest alpha. The widget is clearly no longer functional. Whether this change will carry through to the beta and stable versions remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Twitter’s Android developers are at least considering the possibility of removing the widget support altogether. Maybe they found out it wasn’t used all that much and the people who had added it were so few that it didn’t warrant keeping it alive and supported. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, feel free to cry foul in the comments below.

[Source:-Android Central]

Android Wear 2.0: Update bringt native Apps, Tastatur und Widgets

Google aktualisiert sein Smartwatch-OS Android Wear. Die neue Version 2.0 bringt dabei zahlreiche Verbesserungen mit sich. Unter anderem dürft ihr euch auf native Apps, eine Bildschirmtastatur sowie Widgets für eure Watchfaces freuen.

Android Wear 2.0 ist da.
Android Wear 2.0 ist da. (Quelle: Google / Screenshot: netzwelt)
  • Das sind die Neuerungen von Android Wear 2.0
  • Diese Smartwatches erhalten Android Wear 2.0
  • Neue Smartwatches von LG angekündigt

Google hat sich zweieinhalb Jahre Zeit gelassen, um seine neue Version von Android Wear fertigzustellen. Was bringt Android Wear 2.0? Spannendste Neuerung von Android Wear 2.0 ist sicher die Möglichkeit Apps ohne verbundenes Smartphone nutzen zu können. Unter anderem stehen bereits Accu Weather, Foursquare, Google Fit, Runkeeper und Runtastic als native Apps für Android Wear-Uhren zum Download bereit.

Das sind die Neuerungen von Android Wear 2.0

Auch die Watchfaces wurden verbessert. Informationen aus zahlreichen Apps können nun in das Ziffernblatt als eine Art Widget integriert werden. So seht ihr mit einen Blick euren nächsten Termin oder die Entwicklung eurer Aktienkurse. Zudem implementiert Google die Option, Text über handschriftliche Eingaben auf dem Smartwatch-Display zu generieren. Weiterhin an Bord: Eine Bildschirmtastatur. Inwieweit sich das Tippen und Swipen auf den kleinen Panels als praxistauglich erweisen wird, bleibt abzuwarten.

Überdies erhalten die Uhren mit der neuen Firmware den Zugriff auf den neuen Google Assistant, den wir bereits auf dem Google Pixel XLausprobieren konnten.

Diese Smartwatches erhalten Android Wear 2.0

Welche bereits erhältlichen Android Wear-Smartwatches erhalten ein Update? Laut Google werden insgesamt 19 Uhren ein Update auf Android Wear 2.0 erhalten. Ihr findet alle für ein Update vorgesehenen Modelle in der folgenden Liste. Leer gehen demnach unter anderem Besitzer einer der ersten Moto 360, der ersten G-Watch von LG sowie der Sony Smartwatch 3 aus. Das Update soll in den kommenden Wochen ausgerollt werden.

Hersteller Modell
Asus Zenwatch 2
Asus Zenwatch 3
Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
Casio Pro Trek Smart
Fossil Q Founder
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Huawei Watch
LG G Watch R
LG Watch Urbane
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
Michael Kors Access Smartwatches
Motorola Moto 360 (2. Generation)
Motorola Moto 360 für Frauen
Motorola Moto 360 Sport
New Balance RunIQ
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
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Neue Smartwatches von LG angekündigt

Pünktlich zum Release von Android Wear 2.0 bringt LG auch zwei neue Smartwatch-Modelle mit dem System auf den Markt. Sie hören auf die Namen LG Watch Sport und LG Watch Style. Die Sport-Ausführung ist laut Google die bislang leistungsstärkste Uhr mit Android Wear. Dank GPS und NFC-Chip sowie einen Herzfrequenzmesser macht sie von den neuen Möglichkeiten des Systems umfassenden Gebrauch.Beide Modelle sind ab dem 10. Februar erhältlich – zunächst nur in den USA. In den kommenden Wochen ist ein Marktstart auch in weiteren Ländern geplant. Zum Preis machen Google und LG noch keine Angaben.

[Source:-netzwelt]

Adobe is forcing people to install a Chrome Plugin with its latest Reader update

This week Adobe pushed out a series of crucial security fixes to its PDF reader. Alongside the updates, the software firm appears to have installed an extra plugin onto the computers of customers.

According to numerous unconnectedindividuals on Twitter, the latest Adobe Reader update prompts people to install a Google Chrome Plugin.

The Adobe Acrobat and Reader updates (15.023.20053) are part of a release designed to fix a flaw that could let hackers take “control of the affected system”. But when you install this security fix, the Adobe Acrobatplugin is automatically added to your browser.

“It auto-installed,” security expert Troy Hunt told WIRED. “I literally walked up to my PC and the prompt was already there.”

When enabling or downloading the Chrome Plugin, people are required to grant it three specific permissions next time they open Chrome: to “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”, “manage your downloads”, and “communicate with cooperating native applications”. The plugin is intended to let users easily convert websites into PDFs. It should be noted that you can choose not to enable the plugin, and you don’t have to hand over permissions to Adobe in order for the bug fixes to take effect.This technique of auto-installing plugins is typically used by hackers to get access to people’s computers. Although this Adobe plugin appears to be from a legitimate source, it’s concerning that a company dogged with security issues should use such a tact.

WIRED has contacted Adobe for comment on the auto-install but the firm had not responded at the point of publication.

Adobe, in support documentation, issued alongside the plugin, says URL data is not collected for the company. “This [permission] is required to allow the extension to convert HTML content to PDF,” Adobe says. “However, the URL information is not sent back to Adobe.”

Hunt added: “I suspect Adobe is attempting to take a slice out of the native in-browser PDF viewers, but this certainly felt a bit too bullish.”

The firm continued that the information collected only includes the browser type and version, Adobe desktop production information, and data on how menu options or buttons are selected. It does not include personal information that could be used to identify a person, for example. Adobe claims that it details how it uses that information in its privacy policy.

The Adobe security updates were introduced to stop potential hackers from accessing computers remotely and installing malware. Across Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Flash Player there were 42 fixes for known problems.

[Source:-Wired]

TNA News: TNA Once Again Using Sherri Shaw Themes, Update on How Many Episodes of Impact Have Been Taped

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– It appears that at the end of this week’s TNA taping cycle, they will have taped 9 episodes of Impact. They originally planned to tape 12 episodes. TNA returns to Universal studios on March 2nd, and they will tape through March 9th.

– Earlier this week, it was reported that had been offered the theme songs composed by Sherri Shaw during the Billy Corgan regime for free but had turned them down. The company has now changed their mind, end last night, they used Shaw’s themes for Marshe Rockett and Allie.

[Source:-4IIMania]

Apple iOS 10.2 Latest News: iOS Update Intensifies Bad Battery Life Issue

Apple’s iOS 10.2 has been introduced to improve the user experience, especially with iPhones. With that, Apple users who have been experiencing serious problems with their batteries had been anxiously anticipating the release of iOS 10.2. However, recent updates may have resulted to the contrary, as concerns regarding bad battery life continues to surface online.

Apple’s iOS 10.2 update has been getting bad reviews lately as it seemed to have intensified the bad battery issue from the previous version. After updating their devices to iOS 10.2, many consumers have reported experiencing the so-called 30 percent battery bug.

Previously, Apple acknowledged a problem with some iPhone 6s units and older iPhone models. Once the remaining charge reaches 30 percent, the phones shut down as if they had run out of power. Apple explained that air contaminated individual battery components, and that freak occurrence is responsible for the current shutdowns. A free repair was offered for those units affected. However, only iPhone 6s units sold in September and October 2015 are eligible for the free repair.

Many Apple enthusiasts hoped Apple’s iOS 10.2 update would include a fix for the aggravating issue. However, for some users, the battery problems plaguing many older iPhone models have only gotten worse. The battery life reading and display may have also been affected by the update. It goes from 30 percent to 1 percent but stays at that 1 percent reading for a significant period of time.

Some people are now searching for methods on how to prolong iPhone battery life, while waiting for Apple to solve the iOs 10.2 issue. Some helpful remedies and tips to conserve battery life on iPhone include turning off Raise to Wake function of the device. This would help avoid unnecessary battery use, especially if users regularly pick the unit or swing it in their hand while walking. Another remedy is to get rid of any widget, as most widgets would consume batter power to keep up to date. Turning off background applications may also prolong battery life.

[SOURCE:-Mobile apps]

Google Maps update removes one feature, replaces it with two brilliant new ones

Google Maps just rolled out a new update to its iPhone app

Google Maps has been updated on iOS.

Interestingly, the new software removes the Travel Times and Transit widgets Google added to Google Maps last month.

Google has not given a reason for the removal, but has instead replaced the iOS 10 widget with a new alternatives in the latest update, which brings the app to version 4.25.0.

The brand-new iOS 10 widget brings traffic time for your location.

The widget, which can be accessed by either swiping left on the Lock Screen or the Home Page of your iOS 10 device, displays a small map showing traffic congestion close to your current location.

The Google Maps widget displays a brief summary of traffic at your locationEXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

The Google Maps widget displays a brief summary of traffic at your location

Tapping the Show More button launches a more detailed map, with wider reaching traffic dataEXPRESS NEWSPAPERS

Tapping the Show More button launches a more detailed map, with wider reaching traffic data

Additionally, the widget offers up a short description of the conditions, something like “Light traffic in your area. Faster than usual.”

It’s a handy way to check the state of the road in your location without the need to login to your Apple device and launch the Google Maps app.

Secondly, the new Google Maps update also brings the ability to search for places along a route while you are already using the turn-by-turn navigation feature.

Back in August, iPhone users were finally given the ability to add multiple stops when planning a single trip on Google Maps.

This feature has long been available on the web version of Google Maps, first introduced in 2015, but has taken an inordinate amount of time to make the jump to mobile, where it debuted on Android devices earlier this year.

In the latest version of Google Maps, it is possible to add more stops from the navigation display.

Simply tap the Search icon and then pick from a list of categories, including Gas Stations, Restaurants – or search for a specific place by name.

Results will be plotted along your current route, where they can then be added to the ongoing turn-by-turn navigation.

[sOURCE:-Express]

Samsung brings Gear S3 features to the Gear S2 in latest update

Samsung brings Gear S3 goodies to Gear S2

Samsung has just released a pretty major update for the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic that adds some of the best new features included on the Gear S3.

While built-in GPS isn’t going to magically appear on your smaller Samsung smartwatch, that rotating bezel will become as smart as it is on the S3 and a whole lot more.

The headline news is that you’ll now be able to use the bezel to accept or reject calls, dismiss alarms, timers and alerts just like you can on the Frontier and Classic.

Essential reading: Samsung Gear S3 tips, tricks and hidden features

New Gear S3 watch faces also make an appearance, which can be downloaded from the Samsung app store while widget support has been improved for third party widgets including Uber, Yelp and USA Today. You can now also access an enhanced weather widget as well as S Health’s leaderboard and challenges widgets.

Staying on the S Health front, Samsung has followed up its Gear Fit2 update by adding the same automatic exercise detection for a series of activities including walking, running and cycling. There’s also rep counting for squats and crunches, pace coaching, a stretching guide and a smart Auto Pause mode that stops the workout when you’re taking a breather.

gear s3 features on gear s2

To make communicating from your watch a little easier, handwriting recognition has also been added to the mix with support for English, Korean and Chinese. That’s joined by the ability to sketch responses, send emojis and record and send voice messages.

Location tracking support has been added to bring the new SOS feature over from the S3 letting you quickly press the home button three times to raise the alarm to emergency contacts. In the apps department, you can now download Reminder and Alti-Barometer apps as well as play new games that utilise the rotating bezel including Monster Vampires.

The over the air update has already started to roll out worldwide and at just 113MB, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get some Gear S3 goodness on your Gear S2.

[sOURCE:-WAreble]

Samsung brings Gear S3 features to the Gear S2 in latest update

Samsung brings Gear S3 goodies to Gear S2

Samsung has just released a pretty major update for the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic that adds some of the best new features included on the Gear S3.

While built-in GPS isn’t going to magically appear on your smaller Samsung smartwatch, that rotating bezel will become as smart as it is on the S3 and a whole lot more.

The headline news is that you’ll now be able to use the bezel to accept or reject calls, dismiss alarms, timers and alerts just like you can on the Frontier and Classic.

Essential reading: Samsung Gear S3 tips, tricks and hidden features

New Gear S3 watch faces also make an appearance, which can be downloaded from the Samsung app store while widget support has been improved for third party widgets including Uber, Yelp and USA Today. You can now also access an enhanced weather widget as well as S Health’s leaderboard and challenges widgets.

Staying on the S Health front, Samsung has followed up its Gear Fit2 updateby adding the same automatic exercise detection for a series of activities including walking, running and cycling. There’s also rep counting for squats and crunches, pace coaching, a stretching guide and a smart Auto Pause mode that stops the workout when you’re taking a breather.

gear s3 features on gear s2

To make communicating from your watch a little easier, handwriting recognition has also been added to the mix with support for English, Korean and Chinese. That’s joined by the ability to sketch responses, send emojis and record and send voice messages.

Location tracking support has been added to bring the new SOS feature over from the S3 letting you quickly press the home button three times to raise the alarm to emergency contacts. In the apps department, you can now download Reminder and Alti-Barometer apps as well as play new games that utilise the rotating bezel including Monster Vampires.

The over the air update has already started to roll out worldwide and at just 113MB, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get some Gear S3 goodness on your Gear S2.

[Source:-Wareable]

Samsung brings Gear S3 features to the Gear S2 in latest update

Samsung brings Gear S3 goodies to Gear S2

Samsung has just released a pretty major update for the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic that adds some of the best new features included on the Gear S3.

While built-in GPS isn’t going to magically appear on your smaller Samsung smartwatch, that rotating bezel will become as smart as it is on the S3 and a whole lot more.

The headline news is that you’ll now be able to use the bezel to accept or reject calls, dismiss alarms, timers and alerts just like you can on the Frontier and Classic.

Essential reading: Samsung Gear S3 tips, tricks and hidden features

New Gear S3 watch faces also make an appearance, which can be downloaded from the Samsung app store while widget support has been improved for third party widgets including Uber, Yelp and USA Today. You can now also access an enhanced weather widget as well as S Health’s leaderboard and challenges widgets.

Staying on the S Health front, Samsung has followed up its Gear Fit2 updateby adding the same automatic exercise detection for a series of activities including walking, running and cycling. There’s also rep counting for squats and crunches, pace coaching, a stretching guide and a smart Auto Pause mode that stops the workout when you’re taking a breather.

gear s3 features on gear s2

To make communicating from your watch a little easier, handwriting recognition has also been added to the mix with support for English, Korean and Chinese. That’s joined by the ability to sketch responses, send emojis and record and send voice messages.

Location tracking support has been added to bring the new SOS feature over from the S3 letting you quickly press the home button three times to raise the alarm to emergency contacts. In the apps department, you can now download Reminder and Alti-Barometer apps as well as play new games that utilise the rotating bezel including Monster Vampires.

The over the air update has already started to roll out worldwide and at just 113MB, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get some Gear S3 goodness on your Gear S2.

[Source:-Wareable]

UPDATE: Randy Gregory Not In Compliance, Can’t Practice Yet

UPDATE: As you will read below, it was thought that Randy Gregory might return to practice on Wednesday. It turns out those reports were wrong. The NFL has stated that Gregory is not “in compliance” and that he is not eligible to practice yet. Just another source turning out to be wrong in the twisted saga of Randy Gregory’s suspensions.

Original article:

Back on November 11th of this year, word leaked that Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory had either failed or missed a drug test that would result in another suspension, this one for a year. While there was no official word from the Cowboys or the NFL on the matter, it just seemed like everybody agreed it had happened and that Gregory would not be able to help the Cowboys this year. All of that has changed.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Gregory is appealing the suspension and that he will be able to practice starting this Wednesday and may be able to play beginning with the Detroit Lions game.

Other outlets are saying that the NFL hasn’t told the Cowboys anything about imposing a new suspension for whatever happened with the supposed failed/missed drug test. So either there isn’t a suspension in place yet, or there is and Gregory is appealing it. Whichever is the case, it seems Gregory is going to return to practice Wednesday.

Todd Archer reports that he could get a two-week practice exemption.

When the Dallas Cowboys return to practice Wednesday, defensive end Randy Gregory could be on the field, according to sources.

While Gregory’s suspension runs through Dec. 18 when the Cowboys play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he could be granted a two-week exemption to practice because of the length of the suspension. When he is eligible to return to the active roster Dec. 19, the Cowboys would not have a post-suspension roster exemption and would have to make a move to add him to the 53-man roster.

Archer also states that the Cowboys have heard nothing new on a penalty being imposed, so the thinking is that it might not be settled until the offseason and Gregory could actually play this year.

Gregory has been a regular at The Star according to the DMN.

Although Gregory has not been allowed to take part in practice until this week, he has a locker at The Star and is at the facility on an almost daily basis as he continues his dependency treatment.

So, there seems to be a lot up in the air right now. Has he been suspended a third time or hasn’t he? Is he appealing it? How much do these “sources” actually know? And finally… can Gregory actually help the Cowboys pass rush if he can play?

[Source:-Bloogging the Boys]