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6 hours ago

Top free antivirus apps for Android

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There are a ton of options when it comes to antivirus apps on your Android phone or tablet — but there are only a handful of truly free ones. Many offer free features, with more robust features available as at a premium or subscription basis. You can get just as many great features from an unrestricted free app however. And in this case we're talking all-the-way free.

So while we still contend that you don't necessarily need a virus scanner on Android, it's still a conversation we're going to have, and we're going to look at some of the apps that are currently available.

All of these apps offer the basics like virus and malware scanning, but a few also have features that go beyond, like app managers, app locks, privacy controls, phone finder, remote wipe and more. So if you're looking for a great free antivirus app for Android, look no further than these apps.

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12 hours ago

Can't watch the Super Bowl? Use these Android apps instead

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Whether you're just "in it for the commercials" or you're cheering on a team, you can watch from mobile if you have to

We can't all be comfortably seated in the best spot in the living room with a huge plate of wings and a threatening glare toward anyone who dares to even think about touching the remote control this Sunday night. For reasons passing understanding, Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday yet. As a result, you may have obligations that put you somewhere that doesn't have the big game playing. The good news is there are mobile options if you're able to watch. The bad news is, if you want to watch live, there's not a lot of them.

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1 day ago

Pandora's app redesign is now available to all streamers

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Pandora Radio announced an upcoming update late last year, which included a redesign of its mobile apps. The new design was available as a beta to just a fraction of Pandora users, but the update has hit supported Android hardware today.

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2 days ago

Z Launcher beta update brings preliminary icon pack support, UI improvements

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After making its Z Launcher open to the public in beta form last fall, Nokia has issued the first major update for the app. In this update, Nokia is laying the groundwork for icon pack support, along with various UI and design improvements.

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2 days ago

Gmail Inbox invites available until Friday morning

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Anyone still itching to try out Google's next-generation Gmail experience, Inbox, have until 9 AM PST on Friday (tomorrow) to shoot an e-mail to inbox@google.com from a Gmail address to get in.

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2 days ago

SwiftKey keyboard now available in Chinese

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SwiftKey has wrapped up the beta for the Chinese implementation of their custom Android keyboard, and now has Simplified Chinese, Tiawan traditional Chinese, and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese input options.

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2 days ago

Evolve: Hunters Quest boils down first-person shooter to match-3

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The fantastic upcoming first-person shooter Evolve is being reimagined for mobile as a match-3 Android game called Hunters Quest, available for free today in the Google Play Store. As in the original, players are hunting a big, bad alien and have to work together to make sure they don't become the prey. Over time you earn ability mastery points in the mobile title which carry over to the full-fledged console game.

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2 days ago

Perfectly Clear updated with 'next generation' features and support for Lollipop camera APIs

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Version 4 brings new beautify tools and capture capability to a great camera app

Perfectly Clear is one incredible camera app and photo processing app. If you've used it, you know that it has some sort of magic to make good pictures great, and, more importantly, make fair pictures look good. If you haven't ever used it, today's update will make you want to. It's salvaged more than a few pictures for me, and it's my go-to app for fixing my smartphone pictures. I'm not alone.

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2 days ago

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition now available on Android tablets for $9.99

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Ubisoft has now launched Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition, a graphical revamp of the 1999 fantasy turn-based strategy game, for Android tablets in the Google Play Store. The game is priced at $9.99.

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2 days ago

Microsoft releases Outlook Preview for Android

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Microsoft has released a preview of its Outlook app for Android, completing the full Office experience on Google's mobile OS. While this new app (see Acompli) is in the testing stage, it's a fully featured email client worth downloading if you use the desktop version and enjoy utilizing Microsoft Office products. It's a solid app that not only lets you tap into the world of Outlook and Office 365, but also connect to Gmail and other supported accounts.

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2 days ago

Office for Android tablets exits preview, finished versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint now available

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Microsoft launched Office for Android tablets in preview form earlier this month, and now the Redmond giant has launched the final version of these apps on the Play Store. Finished versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available for download on your Android tablet.

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3 days ago

Chrome Beta for Android updated with pull-to-refresh, bug fixes

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Chrome for Android users rejoice! Pull-to-refresh is here — in beta form at least. Google posted an update for its Chrome Beta app that brings the addition of everyone's favorite refresh gesture, as well as numerous bug fixes and the usual smattering of performance improvements.

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3 days ago

Google adds a splash of Material Design to movie searches on Android

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It looks like searching for movies on your Android device got quite the visual refresh today. Google has added a splash of color, along with a scrolling list of titles represented by their promotional posters when searching for movies involving a specific actor or director.

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3 days ago

Slack acquisition will see video chat and screen sharing integration

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Slack, the current darling of organizations in need of a flexible individual-and-group messaging service, has bought a small video conferencing company named Screenhero. The acquisition will lead to an eventual integration of Screenhero's voice and video conferencing features and screensharing support to Slack's 365,000-and-growing daily users.

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3 days ago

Your typical mobile gamer today spends two hours every day face-down in a tablet

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A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices. The survey, conducted in late 2014, indicates a 57% increase in the average play time for mobile gamers, compared to just 80 minutes a day in 2012.

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