Kickstarter is teeming with innovation, but very few projects manage to really catch our attention. This new article series is our attempt at bringing the best funding campaigns to your attention. This will include all kinds of different mobile-related products, so be sure to stay tuned for a new Kickstarter project of the week every single… week.

Today we are going with my personal favorite project, not only of the week, but of the year. If you are an avid runner or biker you will definitely understand my instant infatuation with the Lumenus products. These guys have created a set of clothing accessories and backpacks that will keep you safe during the night.


Think of these as your portable/wearable smart light system. They have integrated turn signals, brake lights, performance indicators and more. But won’t it be an annoyance to operate a separate set of blinkers and lights? The best part is that you don’t really control it manually. This thing already knows when to activate certain lights and let other drivers know what you are doing!

How does that work, exactly? These products happen to be pretty smart, and they connect to the official app, which would be installed in your phone. The application uses GPS and navigation to process everything. For example, if the GPS detects you slowing down, it will turn on the brake lights. And because you set your route in navigation beforehand, it will also know when you need to turn, and will use the blinkers accordingly when approaching an intersection.


For performance buffs there’s also a light that informs you how well you are doing with your daily jogs or rides. And guess what? These have a smart touch to them, as they can also give you call and text notifications.

I happen to be a motorcycle rider and riding is my life, but I am definitely conscious that I am also putting that life on the line every time I mount my bike. This is definitely a hobby you need to respect. Your life can be gone in a second when you are in the road. The sad part is that often accidents are not really your fault, they can also be caused by distracted drivers who don’t see you. When you are running or riding, being as noticeable as possible is key! You want to make sure you wear bright colors and reflective clothing… or something awesome like the Lumenus products!

By the way, these happen to look great! Even the bright yellow Performance Vest looks cool. And the other jackets and coats are actually quite stylish. The backpacks look pretty darn good, too.


Want to get your hands on a Lumenus product? The idea is that they want to bring this to market, but need the funds in order to do this, hence they went with popular page Kickstarter. You can back the project at different price levels and choose between the backpacks and the other clothing accessories. For example, those who pay $125 or more can get a backpack, while a Performance Vest will cost you at least $175, while the Lightweight Jacket and Commuter Coat both cost $275. There are slightly cheaper prices for early birds, though. And shipping begins in June 2016.

Interested? I know I am. Just click on the button below to see the Kickstarter page and hit the comments to let us know what you think of Lumenus. I love the idea, do you?!

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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Let’s jump right into those headlines:

  • The Google Play Store is having a Cyber Weekend sales event in honor of Black Friday. During this time you can save a bit of money on some stuff including a few Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, some music, movies, books, TV shows, and even magazines. Hurry and take advantage before these deals expire.
  • Unfortunately, we do have some bad news this week. EverythingMe Launcher has shut down for good. The popular and very well-done launcher app was unable to properly monetize the experience despite having millions of users and have decided to shut the doors for good.
  • Good news everyone! It seems Futurama will be returning as a mobile game. Based on the description, it appears as though it’ll be a puzzle game with a story line written by Dave Grossman, the same guy who did The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games. It could be fun and we’ll tell you more when we find out more.
  • In preparation for The Force Awakens, there will be a new Star Wars VR app coming to Google Cardboard on December 2nd. The app will let people view some stuff in full VR that ties directly into the introduction of the movie. This is something fans definitely won’t want to miss.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, if you go to you can join the dark side or light side. Once you do, a select number of Google’s apps will do some fun stuff based on your decision. Some of the apps include Chromecast, Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Calendar, and YouTube.

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A new app has been released called Jiffy. The point of Jiffy is that it connects you to services in your vicinity including snow removal, appliance repair, electrical, and others. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Canada so you’ll need to be a resident of the Great White North to use it, but it looks like a fun service that can be really useful for Canadians everywhere. Here’s hoping they have plans of expanding some day.
Get it now on Google Play!
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EA has released a new game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, a title they’ve been teasing for months now. It’s an adventure game with action-RPG elements where you assemble a crew of your favorite Star Wars characters and go into battle. It is an EA game which means there are in-app purchases and how bad they are depends on your opinions on in-app purchases as a whole. In either case, it can be a fun time waster for fans of Star Wars and you can try it out for free.
Get it now on Google Play!

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Pintasking is an application that allows you to keep entire Android apps in a floating button that opens them quickly. This is a great app for heavy multitasking and for people who want to get to certain apps very quickly on any screen. It has extra features for browsers and there is even a root option in case you want that. It’s free to download with an optional $3.99 in-app purchase for more functionality.
Get it now on Google Play!
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Shooty Skies is a retro-style arcade game where you take to the skies and shoot bad guys. You fly in a plane and take on all sorts of various bad guys and it’s all wrapped up in charming, Minecraft-style graphics. There are also boss fights, various pilots that you can unlock, loot that you can collect, and more. It’s free to play with in-app purchases but the in-app purchases haven’t stopped this game from accumulating an impressive 4.6 rating on Google Play.
Get it now on Google Play!

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call of champions Android Apps WeeklyCall of Champions

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Call of Champions is a new MOBA and if you’ve played a MOBA before, then you know what you’re getting into. You grab yourself a team and try to take down the bad guys. You can also compete online against other people in matches that last abot five minutes. There are 15 playable characters including a promotion that gives you one for free when you start playing and the game seems to work well for most people so far.
Get it now on Google Play!

Thanks again for checking out the Android Apps Weekly show! If we missed any big news you want to us to know about, tell us about it in the comments! We’ll see you next week.


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Rest your tinfoil hats, folks (at least for a bit). Today opens a new era in North American history. One in which the NSA can no longer freely collect data on your telephone calls. Effective midnight, last night, the National Security Agency can no longer grab phone call information from carriers without a proper procedure. Carriers will be the only ones holding this data from now on, making it available to the NSA only with a court order.

“(The new system) allows national security professionals to retain the capabilities necessary to continue protecting the country, while strengthening the civil liberties protections that the American people cherish.”-James R. Clapper, The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Before this, the NSA was able to grab all kinds of data from your phone activity. This includes numbers, call length and sometimes even location. Needless to say this is considered a form of invasion of privacy, making today a victorious day for security buffs.

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And this is not really the dirtiest trick they have played on us. The NSA has been known to hack SIM cards, steal Huawei’s source code and use popular games to spy on people. In fact, it’s said they were planing on using the very Google Play Store to implant spyware on target smartphones. It’s a real mess!

But despite all of these issues, the NSA continues to fight for its power over communication information. Especially following recent world events which raise concerns on security. The NSA is now asking permission to keep its already collected data through February 29th, 2016.

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So there you have it, guys! Another victory for the people! We know there are plenty of other things to worry about. After all, the NSA is not just gonna give up now. But having a victory under our sleeve is definitely special, wouldn’t you agree?


Android fans, this week Xiaomi launched a metal-made smartphone for just $140; Huawei introduced its newest phablet flagship, the Mate8; we saw some great Black Friday deals; LG launched a new mid-ranger and revealed some of its plans for the future; the Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatch arrived to the market; and HTC launched its consumer preview program.

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Except for the Black Friday craziness, this week has been pretty quiet around AA HQ (and the entire tech scene), with our US team getting some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving.

According to statistics, most people actually spend the most money on Cyber Monday (i.e. tomorrow). You can bet we’ll have roundups of all the best tech deals, so if you missed Black Friday, keep it tuned tomorrow for a shot at some great deals. Looking for gift ideas? Our Best Gifts under $100 guide has gone live this week.

This week we’re putting up for grabs three Blu Life One X smartphones in our international giveaway! Head over here for your shot at the prize.

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Do you have multiple Instagram accounts? Those of you who do can attest to the annoyance that it can be to switch between accounts. So far the only way to do this has been to sign in and out of separate accounts manually. Now we know this is something Instagram is definitely working on, and some of you are already lucky enough to have access to this feature.

The ability to log into multiple accounts and switch around is currently in beta, so you will either have to download the APK file or sign up for the Instagram Beta Program. The trick here is that it’s not just a matter of having the right app version (which would be 7.12.0). It seems the feature is going through a cloud-based rollout, so you have to get lucky too.

It will be easy to find out if you can use multiple Instagram accounts with the Android app. All you have to do to check is go into the settings and scroll all the way down. The option would read “Add Account”, and it would be located right under the button used to clear the search history.


From the “Add Account” section you can go ahead and choose whether you want to sign in or create a whole new account. After you have logged into more than one account, a selector will show up where the nickname usually goes. Tap on it and you will be presented with the option to switch. A green notification will reassure you that the switch has gone through, if you opt to enter the other account.

I, for one, am glad to see that Instagram is working on this. Plenty of people need to use multiple accounts, whether it’s for work/media reasons or you just want to have a secret life. Is the multiple account option showing up for any of you? Please hit the comments and let us know!

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The OnePlus One was a very special phone. Not only was it super affordable and had very powerful specs, but it also came with very unique software. Cyanogen was at the very heart of the OnePlus experience, something that attracted many fans of the developers who created the most popular third-party ROM – CyanogenMod.

Things didn’t go very well after the Chinese startup decided to make its own ROM and these companies chose to leave other for good. Regardless, some tinkerers found a way to port the CyanogenMod to the OnePlus 2, but until today we had not actually seen official support from the Cyanogen team. CyanogenMod support for the OnePlus 2 is now in the works, as people have found the device listed in the Git repository.

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This means that OnePlus 2 users will now be able to enjoy the popular ROM with much more help from the community and developers. The software will also benefit from any upcoming updates and changes. And at the very least the experience will be very similar to what we saw in the OnePlus One’s Cyanogen-made software. To many of you, this will surely beat sticking with OnePlus’ OxygenOS.

By the way, you won’t have to stick with older software. Two versions of CyanogenMod are listed in the repository: 12.2 and 13. This means you can choose between Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Pretty sweet, right? Are any of you installing CyanogenMod on your OnePlus 2 devices? Hit the comments and let us know! By the way, this procedure requires you to root your phone and tinker with it in some less-than-official ways. Doing this may hurt your device and/or void your warranty, so do your research and proceed at your own risk!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is definitely among the best smartphones you can currently buy. The only issue is that it’s also one of the most expensive handsets out there, which means most of us have to break the piggy bank if we want the privilege of owning one of these super-sized smartphones.

There’s plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Week deals out there, but those who like an unlocked handset will probably prefer the new discount eBay seller 232tech is currently holding on the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung’s popular phablet can now be yours for only $549.99!

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We understand that’s still a good chunk of cash, but it’s also significantly cheaper than getting it from other retailers. Carriers will still sell it to you for about $700, and it’s still $640 from Amazon. With that in mind, we say $550 is definitely a good deal!

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For those who may be out of the loop, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a large 5.7-inch QHD screen, an Exynos 7420 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 3000 mAh battery. Not a bad phone at all, if you ask me.

Just make sure you act fast if you want to get your hands on this over-sized smartphone. Remember these eBay deals don’t last forever. Plus, the seller has sold over 829 units and more than 61% of his stock.

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Sony‘s latest high-end handset has made it to Canada through Bell. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is now available for $299.99 on a 2-year contract or $749.99 off-contract. Should you sign up for it? Well, there are definitely reasons to consider getting this phone over others.

For starters, it happens to be one hell of a smartphone. Though Sony hasn’t been the most popular manufacturer of the bunch lately, they managed to make a device that is very… premium. Its specs include a 5.5-inch 4K display (that’s not a typo). In addition, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB of RAM, which should keep everything running as smoothly as possible. A 23 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP shooter will produce crisp and clear images. And that 3430 mAh battery should keep the phone alive for quite a bit of time.

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Truth be told, this phone competes with the very best out there, but it proves to be a better offer with a lower price-point, at least compare to its closes competitors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 can be had for $849.99 from the same carrier, for example.

Looking at the specs, I would say grabbing a Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is definitely a good option for those looking to buy a high-end smartphone without breaking the bank (too much). Especially if you are a fan of high-definition displays. You really can’t get much better than 4K on a screen this size! In fact, that resolution is so good some of us may think it’s an overkill. Would you agree?

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Join us for a very special episode of the Android Authority Podcast! The full panel gets together (Joe Hindy, Jonathan Feist, Nirave Gondhia, Andrew Grush) and follows Josh on a Thanksgiving journey – they talk about the different plans they have for Thanksgiving before getting into the typical talk of what they’re grateful for. However, sprinkled among all of that are small rants about family, a bit of wine and whiskey, and talk about what YOU are thankful for! It’s the longest episode we might have ever recorded, but it also might be one of the funnest.

If you’re coming back from the Black Friday shopping, we hope that you stayed safe. If you’re just listening along with your Thanksgiving leftovers, pour the gravy on the turkey and press play!

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Thanksgiving might be the day we celebrate all we have and are thankful for, but Black Friday is the day we celebrate all the stuff we’re about to have and be thankful for. Once upon a time, this massive display of consumerism required you to risk being shoved and/or trampled by hundreds of competing shoppers. Thankfully, in the modern age there are tons of deals to be had right from the comfort of your couch, desk, or even bed — if you’re having a particularly lazy morning.

We’ve already covered a lot of Black Friday deals from Amazon and many other major retailers, but here’s one more: From now through Monday, Amazon is offering $30 off on the white, black, or white/bamboo 32GB Motorola Moto X Pure. Pricing doesn’t show up immediately, though the discount is applied during the checkout process.

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For those doing the math, that brings the pricing down on the Moto X Pure Edition to $419.99 for the white and black models, and $444.99 for the white and bamboo. While that’s not a massive discount, every saved dollar counts.

So is the Moto X Pure worth picking up? It depends on what you’re looking for, though we recommend checking out our full review to see if the handset is right for you. As a quick refresher, the Pure is powered by a Snapdragon 808 CPU with an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB RAM. Other specs include a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 21MP camera, water resistance, and Android 5.0 Lollipop with an upgrade to Marshmallow likely not too far out.

What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up at its newly discounted price?

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