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Facebook Groups – a new branch of Facebook social apps free on Google Play

Facebook is back to basics! And it released a new app, of course! Its name is Facebook Groups, and it breaks the central app further into group chat, just as it previously did with Messaging. The groups section will be accessed from the main webpage and mobile app even if it offers users a new experience.

 

FB Groups

 

Facebook Groups puts the groups you frequent most towards the top and you can create new groups too. You can tap on groups to see what is going on and you can use notification controls to follow the activity at your leisure. You can, of course, send all of the groups to the side of your screen to get chat heads whenever someone posts something.

Facebook Groups is a free app with cross-platform utility, which means you can use it on Android and iTunes as well.

 

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MOTA SmartRing – the first viable smart-ring reached its $100k goal on Indiegogo

We have laptops, tablets, phablets, smartphones and smartwatches, so what’s the next step? The smart ring of course! MOTA SmartRing is the first prototype of a viable ring that brings the notifications you are always seeking at your fingertips… literally!

 

MOTA Ring

 

The high-tech accessory began its Indiegogo campaign in June 2014, and now it managed to reach its $100k goal by pledging just 1000 Bluetooth-connected rings and around 300 t-shirts. One such device is sold for at least $60, which is not much considering the hardware bits used in creating it. But it is all just a prototype so far. The actual devices will begin shipping in May 2015… hopefully.

 

Mota fashion

 

MOTA SmartRing is a fashionable (or not) piece of hardware that just spends time on your finger and feeds you short notifications from your favorite social media apps after you connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It appears to show who is calling you, how you can read your text messages or how you receive your discreet network alerts wherever you are.

 

 

The SmartRing is compatible with Android and iOS devices, has a unisex design and a small touchscreen you can customize to vibrate whenever you receive VIP notifications for example. It supports swiping on its little LED screen, presents its own menu system and can be charged wirelessly. Last, but not least, the little accessory is water resistant.

 

Mota stealth

 

The images show a workable prototype with little social media knowledge, despite its purpose. You have only five more days to claim your own on the Indiegogo page or on MOTA’s independent website, so head on over there and at least give it a look. You could be supporting the technology of the future!

 

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Paranoid Android Peek Notifications app available for all ROMs

Paranoid Android spikes its custom ROM with interesting and useful features, but what happens when such a feature can be used by everyone else? A computer science student managed to port Peek Notifications to almost all Android 4.4 devices.

What is Peek Notifications you ask? It is a feature that lets users peek at the notifications they got on their smartphones without having to unlock their device. It uses the proximity sensor or the gyroscope to determine if the user touched the device in order to show the notification or leave it off.

The app works without rooting and is available for stock OEM ROMs as well, even if the result is a bit inconsequent in results. For some users it works, for others it doesn’t. The app needs administrator access to lock the screen and view the notifications as well. The permissions have to be disabled before the user tries to uninstall it or it will not be uninstalled.

You can find it HERE if you want to give it a shot.