Google Play Store receiving improved fraud and spam detection

Google wants to make the Play Store a bit safer when it comes to avoiding fraudulent material and spam.

Google has announced a few key changes for the Play Store that focus on cracking down on developers fraudulently promoting apps. The company is rolling out new detection and filtering tools, which should help it filter out attempts to manipulate the Play Store and its app rankings. The goal is to boost the integrity of the Play Store and its apps.

One example could be a developer or promoter installing apps to help boost that app’s presence within the Play Store. Google’s new systems should be able to spot that fraudulent behavior and filter it out entirely. The same filters should be able to capture spam reviews, as well as fraudulent incentivized ratings and reviews.

Developers that break the rules repeatedly can potentially have their app, or apps, pulled from the Play Store.

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Lenovo Yoga Book review: Innovation at its finest

“Is that an iPad?”

The question echoes through the room as a curious passerby inquires about the black slate resting on the table.

“Oh, no, this is an Android tablet. I think it’s made by Google or something? Maybe Samsung?”

With a glut of near-doppelgangers filling the tablet market, the need for innovation has never been greater. The market needs devices that will stand apart, offering unique and diverse features that deliver benefits unduplicated by a myriad of competitors. It is at this moment that Lenovo is stepping up to the plate and taking a mighty swing with the Yoga Book.

Years of experience fill Lenovo’s résumé, highlighting previous tablets and various ploys to stand out from the crowd. With a dire need for a unique tablet, Lenovo is combining its previous experiments into a single brainchild, the Yoga Book.

Not wholly a tablet, the Yoga Book draws inspiration from laptops, tablets, and a host of hybrids that have dotted the landscape. The result is a wild amalgamation of technology that connects hardware and software, traditional and modern, bringing it together in a package that shouldn’t work, and yet excels far beyond expectations.


The design of the Yoga Book is sleek, progressive, astonishing, and simultaneously, remains comfortably familiar. With a clamshell design inherited from laptops, the Yoga Book welcomes the user gently, whisking away trepidation of new technology and softening the fact that it is an entirely different breed of device.

As usage begins, one quickly begins to realize that this is no common tablet. The hardware is most similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book, with a 360° degree hinge that converts the Yoga Book from a laptop-esque device into something far more reminiscent of a traditional tablet. While the weight is slightly greater than most tablets, Lenovo has engineered near-perfect weight distribution, eliminating any discomfort when holding the device.

Lenovo’s chosen design is simple, functional, and embodies the beauty of minimalism. Simple, gray plastic surrounds the device, as a way to improve durability and maintain a reasonable weight. The only adornments are a small Lenovo logo and the stainless steel hinge of the device that highlights the Yoga Book’s focus on functionality.


Perhaps most striking is Lenovo’s Halo Keyboard, which opens the door to a multitude of new opportunities. While the Halo Keyboard is a hardware keyboard, key travel is nowhere to be found. Lenovo has integrated the keyboard into an entirely flat surface, illuminating when in use, and even providing variable audible and haptic feedback to assist typing.

Upon initial use, the Halo Keyboard is frustrating and complex. Fingers accustomed to traditional keyboards struggle to acclimate to the simple tap that’s required. But as usage increases, so does comfort. Typing fluidity improves and in a short amount of time, the speed difference from traditional keyboards becomes negligible.

A trackpad is integrated into the Halo Keyboard and hints at the Yoga Book’s Windows-powered sibling. While trackpads remain a necessity in Windows, the addition is unnecessary on Android, an operating system designed for touch.

Above the keyboard rests a single button that transforms the Yoga Book into an entirely new tool. With the design of the device, Lenovo doubled up on the duties of the Halo Keyboard and pressing the pen button converts the aptly-titled Create Pad from a keyboard into a writing surface.

Bundled with the Yoga Book is Lenovo’s Real Pen, a multi-functional tool to increase the creative prowess of the Yoga Book. By default, the Real Pen has a stylus tip, which can be used onscreen and on the Create Pad. 2048 levels of pressure are able to be detected by the Real Pen, as a result of a partnership with Wacom. That same partnership extends innovation to charging, with the Real Pen using electromagnetic resonance to charge itself while in use.


There’s more to the Real Pen than the role of a stylus. Lenovo has bundled three pen tips, which can be substituted for the stylus tip. Along with the pen tips is the Book Pad, a specially sized writing pad with 20 refillable pages. The Book Pad magnetically attaches to the Create Pad and allows users to write with pen and paper, with the results instantly digitized and saved on the Yoga Book.

The vital core of the Yoga Book is performance. A great deal of tech is packed into a small device and without enough power, the Yoga Book would merely be a failed experiment. As Lenovo designed the Yoga Book to run with Windows and Android, the company opted for an Intel processor, specifically a 2.4GHz Intel Atom x5 processor. Paired with 4GB of RAM, the Yoga Book zips along.

Even with all of its features, battery life is strong on the Yoga Book. Experiences will vary, particularly with the way that the device is used, but quality battery life should be expected. Lenovo opted for microUSB charging, holding the tradition. Depending on your view, this may be good or bad, but for now, it’s what users are going to get.

Software is an important facet of the Yoga Book. Lenovo has gone through several variations of software for its tablets, but the Yoga Book’s software is by far the best of the bunch.

Past software from Lenovo has been heavily skinned, taking references from iOS and ultimately resulting in a UI that was inconsistent, unattractive, and riddled with performance issues. After years of feedback, Lenovo is stepping away from its previous software. Android is allowed to shine on the Yoga Book, with only minimal customizations from Lenovo. Notable tweaks include a modified notification shade, a shift of the navigation buttons to the lower left corner of the screen, and a selection of apps from Lenovo to assist users. In addition to its own apps, Lenovo has included ArtRage and Dolby Atmos. Both apps complement the features of the Yoga Book and are welcome additions.


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As the sum of its parts, the Yoga Book stands on its own as a powerful, innovative device. But placing it against the competition reveals even more.

Lenovo’s aim is clear. The Yoga Book isn’t directed at creative-specific devices, such as Wacom’s offerings. The Yoga Book is targeting Microsoft’s Surface and ASUS’s Transformer Book. And the truth is, it stands a good chance of beating them.

With the Yoga Book, Lenovo has developed a device that innovates in all the right areas, creating a hybrid that’s logical and functional, without sacrificing the style and convenience that’s expected from this new breed of computers. Productivity and creativity are both given room to thrive and the Yoga Book paves a path for the two to coexist on the very same surface.

In short, Lenovo has created the best hybrid of the year.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: AutoTools, Tango

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. FX Launcher

FX Launcher

App info: Customize Desktop/Workspace – Custom icon size, padding, font, text size, text color, grid number, scrolling effect and etc. Customize Folder – Custom folder icon size, font, text size, text color, normal background, gradient background and etc.


2. AutoTools


App info: Supercharge Tasker! NO root needed for ANY actions! AutoTools expands the base functionality in Tasker by letting you do much more with much less work!


3 . Tango


App info: Tango brings Augmented Reality to your smartphone. The Tango app helps you launch your favorite AR experiences and discover new apps.


4. Zombie Anarchy: War & Survival

Zombie Anarchy

App info: Begin a desperate struggle to stand among the living in the best online strategy survival game. Find the last humans on Earth and train them in the art of survival as you wage war against the apocalypse.


5. Space Marshals 2

Space Marshals 2

App info: The sci-fi wild west adventure in outer space continues with Space Marshals 2. This tactical top-down shooter puts you in the shoes of specialist Burton in his struggle against the criminal elements of the galaxy.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Motorola offering $150 off the Moto Z

Do you want a Moto Z, whether it’s the unlocked model or a Verizon model? Now is the time to pick one up, as Motorola is offering a $150 promo code for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in both unlocked and Verizon form.

The Moto Z and Z Force are both great devices made even better by the addition of Moto Mods, which expand the capabilities of the phone with things like high powered speakers, a zoomable camera, and even a projector.

If you want to take advantage of the deal, hit the source link. You’ll need to give them your email to get the promo code. Let us know if you snag one!

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Barnes and Noble’s upcoming Nook Tablet 7 may feature Google Play Store

Barnes and Noble started off with its Nook tablet line with a heavily skinned version of Android. Since then, the company has dropped that effort and optioned to put the Nook brand on other company’s tablets, like from Samsung.

But it looks like Barnes & Noble may be going back to its old ways with a new tablet that just passed through the FCC. It’s called the Nook Tablet 7, and a lot of the specific details of the tablet are unknown at this point. The FCC report regarding the upcoming device shows there’s a MediaTek MTM8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics, and that there are front- and rear-facing cameras equipped.

There is also a micro-USB port, a microSD card slot to expand upon whatever amount of storage is built into the tablet, and the battery is measured in at 3000mAh.

B&N Nook Tablet 7

Another key detail is the inclusion of support for the Google Play Store. Barnes & Noble ended its own digital storefront some time back, so it would be important to have access to Google’s option. Which version of Android will be on the tablet is unknown.

Liliputing suggests B&N could be positioning the upcoming Nook Tablet 7 in the $50 market, up to compete with the similarly-priced Amazon Fire Tablet. As for a release date, that’s unknown, but it would be good of Barnes and Noble to get it out in time for the holidays.

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Samsung Unveils Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge in Singapore and Taiwan

One of the many color options for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was Coral Blue, which gave it yet another eye-catching shade, especially when it hit direct sunlight. Unfortunately for the Galaxy S7 lineup, that particular hue wasn’t included at launch.

But, now that the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t available to buy, it looks like Samsung has decided to spread that shade around a bit — at least for folks in Singapore and Taiwan. The Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge officially goes on sale in both markets this week. There’s nothing different about this Galaxy S7 Edge as far as specifications go when compared to the already available models, except for the color.

Galaxy S7 Edge Coral Blue2

Samsung took some time to market the new color, and, well, it’s interesting, to say the least. Who doesn’t think about a mermaid when talking about a smartphone, right?

Galaxy S7 Edge Coral Blue3

As it stands right now, the Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge appears destined only for Singapore and Taiwan. However, there was a leak that surfaced earlier this month that hinted at a U.S.-based debut, under Verizon Wireless’ banner, at some point in the future.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge in Coral Blue?

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Todoist, Fly Delta

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google Calendar - Version 5.6.2

Google Calendar

What’s new in this version:

  • Added a new 4×5 month widget


Todoist - Version 11.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Access smart Quick Add (pretty much) everywhere on your phone
  • Reply to comments right from your notifications
  • View Todoist alongside other apps with multi-window support
  • Quickly find any task or project with Google’s new In Apps search
  • See the task context when you add a comment or reminder (so you won’t forget which task you’re commenting on/reminding yourself of)


Messenger - Version 2.0.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Unread counts on the launcher icon
  • Improved contact list and group messaging interface
  • Settings and Advanced Settings screens have been re-arranged
  • Other visual adjustments


NBC - Version 4.0.1


What’s new in this version:

  • Completely redesigned to make finding your favorite shows easier than ever.
  • We heard your feedback and now the NBC app has less commercials!
  • Enhanced Chromecast support along with the features you love: your Watchlist, Favorites and the live stream.


tinyCam Monitor - Version 7.1.0

tinyCam Monitor

What’s new in this version:

  • Redesigned video playback with slow/fast play speed
  • Android 7.1 support – app shortcuts and round launcher icon
  • New 2×5 vertical layout.
  • CPU usage in background mode and web server.
  • Improved in-app motion detection. 16×9 grid is used.
  • Improved audio graph and web server.


Fly Delta - Version 4.0.0

Fly Delta

What’s new in this version:

  • “Today” now seamlessly integrates your boarding pass into one screen. Simply tap the Check In button to begin
  • Your electronic boarding pass will now automatically update
  • Today now reflects your current SkyMiles Medallion status.
  • Track My Bags now has a “Track On Map” button – allow you to follow your bag’s journey on a map
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements


Google Allo - Version 2.0.0

Google Allo

What’s new in this version:

  • GIF Keyboard support
  • Direct Share Support
  • Android Wear Support


Evernote - Version 7.9.6


What’s new in this version:

  • App shortcuts: search, take text notes, audio notes, and camera notes directly from the home screen
  • Note stats: view word, character, line, and paragraph counts for your notes
  • Improvements to auto-focus in our camera
  • Squashed a bunch of bugs!


Pushbullet - Version 17.7.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Quick-reply from PC support for Allo! (and KakaoTalk too)


Join by joaoapps – Version 1.0.27

Join by joaoapps (Beta)

What’s new in this version:

  • Share your devices with other accounts so they can push stuff to you
  • Remote phone call handling
  • App Shortcuts on Android 7.1
  • Reply to SMS and chat apps remotely on Android Wear
  • Push history now available on the web


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LG U Smartphone with 5.2″ display and octa-core processor launched in South Korea

South Korean smartphone giant LG Mobile launched a new smartphone LG U in its home country. It will be exclusively available via a local operator from October 31. There is no information about the launch of this smartphone outside South Korea. But looking at the specifications of the smartphone it is an entry level device and comes with 5.2-inch display and octa-core processor built-in.

LG U Smartphone
Talking about the specs of the smartphone, LG U comes with the dimension of 147.6 × 73.2 × 7.7mm along with 135 grams weight. It is available in three different colors White, Black, and Pink. It comes with 5.2-inch full HD display and resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The pixel density of the screen is 423PPI.

It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It comes with 1.14GHz octa-core. The type of chipset is not known. It has 2GB RAM on board and 32GB internal storage. It supports micro SD card up to 2TB, which is nice.

Talking about the cameras of the smartphone, it comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with LED flash and there is an 8-megapixel front shooter as well for the selfie. The rear camera can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. The camera app comes with auto correction features like Beauty Shot and Auto selpi. The smartphone powered by a 3000mAh battery.

On the connectivity front, it is a 4G LTE smartphone and supports dual SIM cards. On the other hand, it comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and 3G HSPA+, 2G, Edge/GPRS support on board. There are FM radio and 3.5mm jack and micro USB port as well on the smartphone. The smartphone also comes with a fingerprint scanner to enhance the security.


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