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ML Kit: Extracting text from images with Google’s Machine Learning SDK

By Jessica Thornsby

Machine learning (ML) is quickly becoming an important part of mobile development, but it isn’t the easiest thing to add to your apps!

To benefit from ML you typically needed a deep understanding of neural networks and data analysis, plus the time and resources required to source enough data, train your ML models, and then optimize those models to run efficiently on mobile.

Increasingly, we’re seeing tools that aim to make ML more accessible, including Google’s new ML Kit. Announced at Google I/O 2018, ML Kit gives you a way to add powerful ML capabilities to your applications without having to understand how the underlying algorithm works: just pass some data to the appropriate API, and ML Kit will return a response.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use ML Kit’s Text Recognition API to create an Android app that can intelligently gather, process and analyze the information it’s been given. By the end of this article, you’ll have created an app that can take any image, and then extract all the Latin-based text from that image, ready for you to use in your app.

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Samsung talks folding phone design, says innovation isn’t dead

By Hadlee Simons

The Samsung foldable phone.

Between triple cameras and slider designs, it’s tough to argue that we’re not seeing at least some innovation in the smartphone space. But Samsung (unsurprisingly) thinks the real innovation will come in the display arena.

In a blog post written on the Samsung website, a company executive said “modest smartphone sales” have signaled that innovation has reached a bottleneck. This view is shared by analysts from the likes of Counterpoint Research, following a worldwide sales decline in Q3 2o18.

But Hark-sang Kim, a senior vice president at Samsung Mobile, reckons the foldable phone represents a “new era” for the smartphone.

Bringing the foldable phone to life

Kim explained that it took the company seven years to perfect the foldable technology and user experience. The executive said Samsung made “significant” investments in developing the material used in the foldable display, adding that they created a “natural and durable” folding mechanism.

“We also had to rethink the placements of the battery, cooling system, and camera so that they can be placed inside the slim body efficiently,” the executive said. Finally, Kim said you can expect an intuitive user experience featuring apps that seamlessly switch between small and …read more

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The best Android apps for Chromebooks you can install right now

By Kevin Parrish


Although Google set out to create a lightweight, web-based operating system with Chrome OS, you can’t deny that running Android apps on a Chromebook is an exciting selling point. Unfortunately, not every app works as intended on Google’s browser-based platform. After all, support for Google Play and Android apps is still a work in progress.

If you want to take the Android plunge with your shiny new Chromebook, take a look at our best Android apps for Chromebooks and see if you agree with our selection! All of these have been tested and found to play nicely with Chrome OS.

Here are the best apps for Chromebooks you can install right now.



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Realme 2 becomes company’s most popular series, four months after launch

By Dhruv Bhutani

A look at the back of the Realme 2.

Earlier this month, Realme announced that it had achieved a landmark of four million sales across India and South Asia. Just a few weeks later, the Oppo sub-brand is back to claim another victory for the Realme 2.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth took to Twitter to announce that the Realme 2 has managed to hit lifetime sales of over two million units. It’s unclear whether this figure includes both the standard model and the Realme 2 Pro — we’ve contacted Realme to clarify this and will update the article accordingly. Nevertheless, the standard Realme 2 launched in India in early September 2018, which means it took the company just a little over four months to hit this target.

Our #Realme fans continue to send us their regards!
2M+ #Realme2 phones sold till now!
Thank you, India.

— Madhav Sheth (@MadhavSheth1) January 15, 2019

A significant portion of these sales were garnered over the month of October, which marks a festive period in India. In fact, the company was able to capture nine percent market share in India during the period, which made them the second largest player in the online-only segment.

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Adaptive Brightness not working out for you? You can now reset it

By Hadlee Simons

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Google has quietly updated its Device Health Services app, bringing the ability to change your Adaptive Brightness settings back to factory defaults. We don’t blame you if you missed the addition, but here’s how to reset Adaptive Brightness.

The version 1.6 update brings the change, according to 9to5Google, but the process of resetting the option is a strange one. You’ll need to visit the app’s info page in settings, then tap storage > clear storage > reset adaptive brightness. Nevertheless, if you’d actually like to clear the app’s storage, the option to clear all data is still present.

It’s a pretty incognito way of adding functionality, as the ability to launch the Device Health Services app and find the setting seems more intuitive. Nevertheless, we’re glad to see the function anyway.

Adaptive Brightness forms part of Google’s AI-driven push with the Android Pie update. The option is similar to traditional automatic brightness, as the phone tweaks brightness based on the lighting in your environment. But Adaptive Brightness goes a step further, as it encourages you to manually tweak the brightness slider. By doing this, you’re training the function to understand your preferred brightness in various conditions.

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10 best shoe apps for Android to find your next pair!

By Joe Hindy

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Shopping for shoes is a little bit different than shopping for cloths. You wear shoes every day so it has to work with almost all of your cloths. Or, of course, you simply need more shoes. Additionally, people shop for shoes for different reasons. Athletes like shoes with good arch and ankle support. Fashion-minded folks prefer something that looks good all of the time. Outdoor people prefer boots with some water-proofing that can stand up to mud and other dirty elements. There are no shoe stores that sell all of those things so you have to look around a little bit. We can help with all of those. Here are the best shoe apps for Android for as many different types of shoe as we could find.

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Stay toasty and save 42% on knit touchscreen gloves

By AA Picks

Touchscreen Gloves

It’s cold out there folks, and you don’t want your fingers getting frosty when using your devices. To that end, here’s a deal on some specialized touchscreen gloves to keep your mitts warm this winter.

The material and thickness of these touchscreen gloves ensure your hands stay warm, while also giving you the dexterity to operate your device.

The conductive palm and fingertip design of these gloves ensure that you get the full response to your furious tapping. A specially engineered grip stops your phone slipping away.

It’s getting cold out there.

We normally stop short of offering fashion advice, but we think that these touchscreen gloves are nicely understated too. They’re unisex and minimalistic, so they shouldn’t clash with your latest winter wear. Naturally, they fit all sizes.

The gloves are retailing for $19 if purchased directly from the supplier, but for the next few days, you can pick up a pair for just $10.99.

The deal ends in less than a week folks, so to keep your digits warm follow the link below.

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T-Mobile’s Netflix On Us will remain the same for the time being

By Williams Pelegrin

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T-Mobile customers who are worried that Netflix’s price hikes will affect Netflix On Us, fear not — T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed on Twitter that the program won’t change. For now.

That caveat gives Legere and T-Mobile some wiggle room in the event that things do change. For now, however, T-Mobile will cover the costs of Netflix’s price increases. Legere also said that T-Mobile is working with Netflix to observe what sort of impact the price hikes might have.

Legere said he’ll have more to share by May 1.

Today Netflix let us know they’re increasing prices. Good news: #NetflixOnUs won’t change for now. It’s still on us! We’re working with Netflix to determine what impact, if any, this may have down the road. We will know more by 5/1!

— John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 15, 2019

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The rise of 5G: Here’s what you can expect from T-Mobile

Of the three major wireless carriers, T-Mobile claims only it will have true, nationwide mobile 5G coverage based on industry standards approved by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) conglomerate.

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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites getting Material Design on the web

By C. Scott Brown

New Google Chrome Material Theme Android

In 2018, Google committed to delivering its Material Design elements to literally everything it does. We saw overhauls of Android apps like Google Photos (and, shortly after, its web counterpart), Gmail, Google Drive, and more.

Now, it looks like the web versions of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites are next on the list for a Material Design refresh. Google announced that the G Suite versions of these apps will receive Material Design upgrades starting today. The rollout will be slow, with all G Suite users seeing the changes by the end of February.

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Pocket Casts introduces a Material Theme redesign with improved podcast discovery

Pocket Casts, a fan-favorite podcast app that’s available for almost every platform, is getting a pretty hefty redesign starting today. Back in May when the app was acquired by NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and …

Usually, when G Suite users get an upgrade, it’s only a matter of time before general users see the upgrades for themselves. As such, you can expect some Material Design goodness to land on your Google web apps soon enough.

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Deal: Join the future as a blockchain developer

By AA Picks


When you hear the word blockchain, your mind immediately think of Bitcoin — the cryptocurrency that skyrocketed in value, then declined spectacularly. That makes blockchain and Bitcoin sound like passing fads, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Make no mistake, blockchain is here to stay, and you can become one of the experts for just $19.

Blockchain technology is much more than just cryptocurrency. It’s a method of making transactions without missing entries or allowing human errors. Bitcoin uses it as a financial ledger, but it could be just as powerful for use in legal proceedings or elections.

Get the skills to develop your own blockchain projects, or even your own cryptocurrency.

Similarly, cryptocurrencies aren’t going anywhere. All investments go in cycles — Bitcoin and its counterparts have just had a volatile start to their lives. In fact, just last week I visited a friend who is making great money trading cryptocurrencies. It’s eminently possible, as long as you know what you’re doing.

You can get an expert knowledge of both blockchain and cryptocurrencies with the 2019 Blockchain Developer Mastery Bundle. This eight-part learning kit is a 30-hour crash course in this exciting technology, and it goes much …read more

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