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AC editors' apps of the week: Plunder Pirates, Mailbox, Does not Commute and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 day ago

What it's like to use Amazon Prime Now

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Amazon Prime Now

Amazon's same-day delivery service is slightly awkward, but incredibly useful.

I am well and truly embedded in the Amazon shopping ecosystem. Having things shipped to my door, often within 36 hours of having placed the order, is something I use several times a week nowadays. It's useful for regular day-to-day items, but incredible for last minute birthday and Christmas stuff. When Amazon announced Prime Now, an extension of their shipping service that allowed for same-day — even same-hour — delivery, I was plenty excited. Since I live in the suburbs, just about 35 minutes without traffic from Amazon's Baltimore facility, it seemed unlikely I'd be able to participate in the service anytime soon.

Last week, however, the Prime Now app lit up and claimed I could order things and have them delivered to my house within an hour. It turns out Prime Now and Prime offer wildly different experiences, and choosing between the two for orders in the future is going to be its own unique little first world problem.

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3 days ago

Latest SwiftKey beta overhauls the UI, adds SwiftKey Hub

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The latest addition to the SwiftKey beta is SwiftKey Hub, the new location for the most popular SwiftKey settings and content.

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement, has added a new feature in the latest beta update, SwiftKey Hub. What SwiftKey Hub does is move the most popular SwiftKey settings and content to a new location, which is now found in the word prediction bar. Previously users had to long-press the 123 key to gain access to these settings, so the new location makes them much more accessible.

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3 days ago

Chrome Beta for Android update brings faster online checkouts with Google Wallet data

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The Chrome Beta for Android has been bumped up to version 43 today, bringing with it faster checkouts when shopping online with data from Google Wallet.

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3 days ago

Google Keep brings your notes to your wrist with new Android Wear support

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The latest update to Google Keep lets you keep your phone in your pocket and view your notes right from your wrist.

Google has added Android Wear support to Google Keep, removing the need to take your phone out to view your notes. Users can now browse their notes in the Keep app by saying "OK Google, open Keep", or even create a new note by saying "OK Google, take a note."

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3 days ago

Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

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Highlights is Twitter's latest feature addition which delivers a push notification daily summarizing the day's best tweets.

Twitter wants to make sure that users are not missing out on things when they are busy with other tasks, and Highlights is the companies latest way to keep you informed of what happened during the day. The idea is simple: Twitter will send a push notification to users who opt-in, giving you a recap of popular posts from the day.

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3 days ago

Sense TV shuts down April 30, HTC reminds users to download Peel Smart Remote

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HTC has made the decision to shutdown Sense TV on April 30, and they are reminding users to download Peel Smart Remote instead.

Effective April 30, users of the Sense TV app will receive a "no data retrieved" message when launching the app, as HTC is shutting it down and asking users to switch to Peel. At the end of March users started seeing warnings of the shut down, and HTC had already replaced the app on the HTC One M9.

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4 days ago

Outlook for Android is ready for the big leagues, ditches 'Preview' tag

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Microsoft has graduated Outlook, their popular mail app for Android, out of 'preview' status.

After pushing out 17 updates since launching in back in January, Microsoft has now removed the 'preview' tag from Outlook for Android. The team at Microsoft had high expectations for Outlook, and while enhancing performance and squashing bugs they had tagged the app as a preview. With the expectations finally being met, the team has no longer calls it a preview.

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4 days ago

Facebook wants to make your phone dialer smarter with its latest app, Hello

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Facebook has launched yet another Android app, and this time they are making your dialer even smarter.

Phone calls can be a pain, especially if you don't have the number stored and don't know who is calling you. Facebook is making your dialer and caller-ID even smarter with their latest app, Hello. With Hello you will be able to see who is calling, whether you have the number saved or not, as well as block unwanted calls based on numbers others have blocked, and much more.

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4 days ago

Microsoft OneDrive update lets you to do more without leaving the app

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Microsoft's latest update to the OneDrive app now lets you do more without having to leave the app, like watch movies and open share links.

OneDrive for Android now lets users open share links and stream videos without leaving the app, as well as the ability to add photos to albums. The latest update, which bumps the app up to version 3.0, brings functionality that removes the need to bounce between apps when viewing OneDrive files.

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4 days ago

How to hide the battery percentage on the Galaxy S6

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Knowing exactly how much battery you have left is handy, but sometimes a clean notification bar is better.

Like most Android manufacturers, Samsung's TouchWiz UI isn't exactly conservative when it comes to icon usage in your notification bar. While this may not be a problem for some folks, there's nothing wrong with wanting most of the notification bar to be available for, you know, notifications. By the time you've turned on Bluetooth, NFC, set an alarm, and enabled priority notifications, you're using well over half of the bar for persistent things that aren't incoming notifications. One of the big ways you can take some of that space back for yourself is removing the battery percentage indicator on your Galaxy S6, which is pretty simple to do if you know where to look.

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5 days ago

The Galaxy S6 has extra camera modes you'll want to try

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera modes

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is good. Darn good. But you can make it better by downloading a few extra modes from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is impressive in its own right. It shoots excellent pictures out of the box, with very little fuss. But it can do more. Much more.

Samsung actually pared back some of the features in the camera app this time around. That makes the initial experience easier — no more overwhelming feature lists — but it does mean you're lacking things that were built in before. Say, the ability to record an animated gif, for one. The good news is these features are pretty easy to get back. Here's how.

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5 days ago

Android Wear companion app update brings fresh design, a few neat features

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While we all wait for the next OS update to hit our Android Wear watches, the companion app is getting a refresh.

The latest Android Wear app brings a solid design refresh and a few new features, but some of them will require you to wait for your Android Wear smartwatch to get the latest firmware update. On the design side, a new home page makes use of more Material Design with stronger shadows and depth, while new cards bring apps and tips to your attention.

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5 days ago

Starbucks app brings tipping to Canada, seamless eGift purchase and redemption

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Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.

After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.

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5 days ago

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

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Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.

Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.

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