Google announced last week that it would release a new locator feature for Android devices called Android Device Manager, which helps owners find their lost or stolen phones and tablets. It was supposed to roll out later this month, but in a Google+ posting Wednesday, Google announced its immediate availability.
The feature works similarly to other locator services, like Lookout and Samsung's Find My Mobile, but now you get the feature natively on your Android device. Here's how to get started with Android Device Manager:Enable Android Device Manager
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The fragmentation of the Android market is both a strength and a weakness for users and developers, according to a new report by Open Signal.
On the one hand, it can be difficult to find and make apps that function across the entire Android ecosystem, while on the other hand there are literally thousands of options to choose from. Not only is the Android ecosystem fragmented by operating system -- such as Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread -- it's also chock full of different devices made by dozens of brands.
"For consumers, extreme fragmentation means that … Read more
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Sweden has invented The Sweat Machine for purifying body sweat into drinkable water. The Improv Anywhere group makes 7,000 people follow commands. And NASA goes out of its way to make us feel small and insignificant. Thanks a lot, NASA! … Read more
Leap Wireless' prepaid brand Cricket Wireless is expanding its device financing plans to help customers purchase a new smartphone.
The company, which offers low-cost prepaid wireless service, announced Wednesday three new zero percent financing options for customers that will make it easier to get their hands on hot new smartphones. The company initially announced a device financing plan late last year. And at the time, it said it would expand that option.
The new options come in three flavors, which will be offered to customers based on a variety of factors, including credit history, the company said. When customers apply … Read more
LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control successfully minimizes the chance of confidential data breach by locking out USB drives. The application quietly runs in the background and will disable any USB storage device when attached to your computer unless the device is on the application's white list.
Though the download checks in at about 2MB, setting it up may take a while. Upon startup, the program prompts you to make an account and sign in, but you don't have to if you're just looking to use the app on a local computer. LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control works … Read more
We've seen plenty of gestural alternatives to the standard wireless mouse, but here's one that's lightweight enough to hang on your index finger.
Designed for Windows, Mac, and Android, the pointer has two modes: laser and air. In the former it works as an ordinary mouse, but set it to "air" and it's no longer bound to your desk. … Read more
Airline passengers may be able to use their favorite electronic gadgets from takeoff to landing if new FAA guidelines come to pass.
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to ease the restrictions on the use of certain devices at lower altitudes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Citing "industry officials and draft recommendations prepared by a high-level advisory panel to FAA," the Journal reported on Friday that passengers would be spared from having to turn off all electronic devices, though cell phones may or may not remain on the banned list.
The FAA's current guidelines prohibit the … Read more
Gamers eyeing Nvidia's Shield will be able to buy the device on June 27 to the tune of only $299.
Officially unveiling the date and the price drop via a blog on Thursday, Nvidia explained why it cut the cost from $349.
We've heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we'd have a home run.
So we're changing the price of Shield to $299.
If you've already pre-ordered Shield , you'll be charged the new, lower price. You will only be charged $299 when the product ships.