Shutterstock Update (11/30: AT&T has brought its DirecTV Now app to the Play Store. If you’re interested, head to the link below to give it a shot! Get it from Google Play Original post (11/28): AT&T officially enters the already crowded streaming TV service market on Wednesday, November 30 with the launch of DirecTV Now. Among many other platforms, the new service will be available on Android smartphones and tablets, along with support for Google Chromecast. See also: Best AT&T Android phones 2 weeks ago Here’s the breakdown of the four channel packages and prices that will be available for interested DirecTV Now customers: Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels) Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels) Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels) Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels) AT&T’s ‘Go Big’ package will be just $35 for a limited time However, for a “limited time”, AT&T will offer the “Go Big” package, which normally costs $60 a month for over 100 channels, for the price of just $35 a month. Customers who sign up for that promo price can continue to keep it for as long as they stay signed up for that package. In addition, customers can also add the HBO and Cinemax pay-TV networks to any of the four DirecTV Now plans for $5 a month each. AT&T also announced that starting on Tuesday, November 29, LeEco will offer three months of free DirecTV Now service for people who purchase its Le S3 and Le Pro3 smartphones from the LeMall website. It will also offer a number of free months of service for people who purchase the company’s smart TVs from the same site, with the amount of free time depending on the model of TV. DirecTV Now joins Sony’s PlayStation Vue […]

In an apparent attempt to shut down the competition, Facebook has now cut off access to its Live Video API for the popular Prisma image and video filters app. This move comes as both companies released ways to include stylized art filters to Facebook Live videos. See also: Prisma, our favorite filter app, is getting offline processing on Android October 7, 2016 According to TechCrunch, Facebook sent an email to the team behind Prisma, stating that Facebook’s app already supports streaming of video from a “mobile device camera”. Facebook’s statement seems to suggest that its Live Video API is not meant to be used by mobile cameras and third-party apps, but rather by professional cameras, games and other sources. The report does point out that Facebook’s own FAQ page on the Live Video API does not specifically state that mobile camera streams are banned. On the surface, this would appear to be a pretty heavy handed attempt by Facebook to stop Prisma from offering its own art filters for Facebook Live users. Facebook launched its Live filters for iOS for testing in a select number of countries a few weeks ago, but there’s no word on when that will expand to more territories. Of course, Facebook’s latest move has put the future of Prisma’s live video support in doubt, but in the meantime, it is still working on a social-themed update for the app which is planned for release in December.

The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like. Android Authority has affiliate partnerships, so we will see a share of the revenue from any purchases. For the past few days, Tech Deals has been celebrating Cyber Week by offering discounts on products and services related to cyber security. While there are quite a few deals that are worth looking at today, the outlier in our opinion is the 2017 IT Security & Ethical Hacking Certification Training kit. Although we’ve seen a handful of interesting ethical hacking courses while on the prowl for good deals, something sets this one apart. Sure, you’ll learn all the tools of the trade that career white hat hackers use to earn their paychecks: cryptography, identity management, attacking networks, mitigating vulnerabilities, etc. But what gives this kit extra value is that it also includes all of the relevant materials you’ll need to become a certified security expert. That’s right. This course includes all material covered by the official 2017 CompTIA Security+, CEHv9, and CCNA Security certification exams with comprehensive study guides to prepare for them. With these certificates in hand, you’re just one résumé away from a lucrative career as a white hat hacker. What you’ll get: Access over 35 hours of training 24/7 Discuss cryptology, identity management & access control, & more Learn how to mitigate network attacks & vulnerabilities Explore the necessary technical skills to engineer & design secure solutions across advanced enterprise environments Use labs, games, & activities to verify your progress Study for the 2017 CompTIA Security+, CEHv9, & CCNA Security certification exams w/ printable study guides What’s the catch? Although you can find courses like this for cheaper, the launch price for the 2017 IT Security & Ethical Hacking Certification Training kit is a hair-raising $1,895. I guess when you’re providing the comprehensive foundations […]

I bring good news and bad news for all the Kiwis out there. The good news is that you can now use Android Pay to make purchases at locations like BurgerFuel and McDonald’s. The bad news is that only one specific card is supported by it. See also: Android Pay vs Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay Overview April 27, 2016 Google just announced that Android Pay will be finally making its way to New Zealand. This means that as long as you have an unrooted, NFC-enabled Android device running Android 4.4 or higher, you will be able to create virtual cards just by downloading the Android Pay app. All you have to do is wake up and unlock your phone, hold the back of the device against the contactless payment terminal, and voila, your transaction is completed. No need to open up the actual app. According to Google, its contactless payment system is already accepted in participating locations that are equipped with contactless terminals. These include BP, Domino’s, BurgerFuel, McDonald’s, Spark, Vodafone, The Warehouse, Torpedo 7, and more. Just like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, you can store your gift cards and loyalty cards on Android Pay as well. To see the full list of stores that support the app, visit Android Pay’s official website for New Zealand. However, there is a catch. Unfortunately, for now, Google’s payment system in New Zealand supports only one type of card, and that is the BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card. Unfortunately, for now, Google’s payment system in New Zealand supports only one type of card, and that is the BNZ Flexi Debit Visa card. Although the company hasn’t specified whether or not it would be adding more support and when that would be, we will be sure you keep you updated. In the meantime, if […]

No matter how useful a tablet can be, for many, nothing can beat the versatility of paper. Well, paper-loving reader, it might be time to re-think those analog allegiances as reMarkable has just unveiled an impressive new e-paper tablet. Source: reMarkable

Microsoft Garage has released a brand new app for Android devices called “Clip Layer”. The app provides a more convenient way to copy text from apps lacking native capability. Read more…

Facebook has made it easier than ever to play games with new “Instant Games”. Pick titles like Pac-Man and Space Invaders right from your News Feed or Messenger to start playing with friends. Read more…

The Sony Xperia X Performance is the first in the Xperia lineup of smartphones to begin getting the over-the-air update to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update has reportedly begun rolling out in some sections of the world for the phone, along with its Dual SIM variant. See also: Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 goes live 1 week ago The report comes from the unofficial Xperia Blog, which says the firmware number for the Nougat update is 39.2.A.0.327. There’s no word on which regions of the world are getting the update for the Xperia X Performance, but we hopefully will learn more information soon. This is just the latest example of Android 7.0 Nougat OTA updates hitting smartphones. It has started rolling out to the LG G5 on T-Mobile earlier this week, and a few days ago owners of the unlocked HTC 10 began to receive the same download. Samsung began beta testing its Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge a few weeks ago, and the third beta version began rolling out a few days ago. Do you own the Sony Xperia X Performance and, if so, have you started downloading and installing the Android 7.0 Nougat update?

Fans of Google’s Hangouts chat client can expect to see a new 15.0 version of the app to roll out this week. The new version’s major addition is just for the very few smartphone owners who have Android 7.1 Nougat installed, as it adds the GIF keyboard to the app. See also: This is Nougat on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 2 days ago The GIF keyboard made its debut in the Android 7.1 Developer Preview a few weeks ago on Google’s Messenger app. The addition of the same keyboard in Hangouts 15.0 will apparently not work for Google Voice messages in the app, according to 9to5Google. Aside from that new feature, the only other thing about Hangouts 15.0 is the fixing of a bug from 14.0 that was showing the sender of a single person’s name twice in notifications. Again, this update for Hangouts has apparently just started rolling out in the Google Play Store, so it may take a few days to reach all Android users. If you happen to have both this update and Android 7.1 Nougat installed, what do you think of the addition of the GIF keyboard? Get it at Google Play

If you own a Xiaomi Mi 5, you can now apply to be a beta tester for company’s latest custom interface, MIUI 8, which will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. The beta testing is for the global ROM owners of the phone. See also: MIUI 8 global rollout kicks off August 23, 2016 As with the earlier testing period for people in China, people who own the global ROM version of the Mi 5 will need to use a PC to apply for testing at the MIUI website. Besides the requirement of owning this phone, interested testers must have at least some knowledge about ROMs and be active in the forums. They also must be willing to chat with other members about their experience in the QQ alpha group and forums. Finally, they must use the QQ app. In addition to the Nougat testing for the Mi 5, Xiaomi is also accepting applications for people who own the global Mi Max 32GB and the Redmi 3S/Prime phones to beta test their versions of MIUI 8. However, those phones will not be getting the Android 7.0 beta; that’s reserved, at least for now, for Mi 5 owners. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 30, so you don’t have a ton of time to sign up for the beta. Apply at Xiaomi’s MIUI site Thanks to Gowtham Ram for the tip!

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