Android’s stock data-wipe tool doesn’t fully delete your personal files, can allow easy recovery

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Before selling a used smartphone, most users take the time to erase personal data contained on the devices to prevent anything from falling into the hands of strangers. Most smartphones come with an option for doing this built right into the operating system, but a newly-discovered flaw in how Android handles the process could allow anyone to recover your personal information, including text messages, social media data, and a lot more.

How much more, exactly? According to researchers at security software maker Avast who purchased 20 smartphones from eBay, they were able to recover over 40,000 photos, 750 emails and text messages, and even a completed loan application. A few hundred contact entries were also pulled from the phones, and the original owners of four of the devices were found using the recovered information. That’s not even the worst part…

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Weather Channel announces major Android app update with redesigned interface, ‘Social Weather’

Back in April, The Weather Channel released an entirely redesigned app for the iPhone, and today, the company has finally started rolling out a similar update to Android devices. The update totally revamps the app’s interface. Previously, navigation within the app was based around tabs, but now all your information is contained within a single interface that allows you to scroll up and down to view more information.

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Google silently drops all but three devices from Play edition listings

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There’s something bizarre going on at Google Play. If you visit the site’s Devices section and take a look at its Google Play edition listings, you’ll notice that it’s been pared down to just three devices: the HTC One M8, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the Moto G. For one reason or another, devices like Sony’s Z Ultra and last year’s HTC One M7 are missing in action.

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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux in beta

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Google has officially introduced Linux support for Chrome Remote Desktop and provided step-by-step instructions to setup the beta through its Help Center. Linux already supported remote assistance login via PIN passwords, but now it gains long-awaited full remote desktop capabilities. Chrome Remote Desktop is also available for Windows, OS X, Chrome OS, Android and iOS devices.  Read more

Google Search app can now fix its voice recognition mishaps with a quick command

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If you’ve ever been using any form of Google voice recognition and gotten frustrated that the friendly female on the other side just can’t understand you, you may be happy to know that a quick command can now fix misheard words. Previously, you would have to start the query over completely, but the Google Search app can now fix its blunders on the fly using a natural corrective voice command.

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Samsung’s Gear VR headset pictured, purportedly launching at IFA 2014

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We told you in May about a device that Samsung is purportedly working on to be its entrance into the currently-Oculus-dominated virtual reality market. Today, we now have a glimpse at a couple images that claim to show the upcoming device/accessory in the flesh (via Sammobile), and with IFA just around the corner, the leaks come at a pretty appropriate time.

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Console OS hopes to bring a ‘manufacture grade’ Android experience to the Microsoft Surface

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Console OS,  a crowdfunded Android-based operating system made by Mobile Media Ventures that is currently seeking backing via Kickstarter. Although the platform is nearing its initial goal of $50,000, today its organizers announced plans to add support for Microsoft’s Surface devices. To do this, the Console OS campaign is adding a stretch goal $75,000 to make this idea a reality.

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Hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (Video)

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Android Wear devices are finally here and the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first two available, arriving just before the Moto 360’s release later this summer. These two Android Wear smartwatches pave the way for similar devices in the future and set somewhat of a standard that can be improved upon.

Today we’re taking a closer look at both smartwatches, but if you’d like to see a comparison between the two, be sure to check out our previous article here or our initial Android Wear review. Meanwhile, let’s pop open these boxes and go hands-on with the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Check out our video overview below.

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ZTE Nubia Z7 gets official, but don’t count on it coming to your neighborhood

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Last week we got a glimpse of a device rumored to be ZTE’s Nubia Z7 and while it doesn’t look exactly like the handset that ZTE revealed today, there are definitely some similarities. So now that it’s here, what does the Chinese manufacturer’s new flagship smartphone bring to the table? How about a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4.

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