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1 day ago

Motorola pushes updates for its Camera and Gallery apps with new features in tow

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Motorola has pushed updates for both its Camera and Gallery apps, bringing some new features and functionality to both. For Gallery, Motorola has added the ability to better organize your photos and videos into albums. Additionally, you can now move the albums to an SD card.

As for the Camera app, Motorola has added QR and barcode active viewfinder capability to older phones. This will allow you to both recognize and act on barcodes and QR codes, without needing another app.

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1 day ago

Vine now supplies you with beats for your looping videos

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Vine is allowing its user base to add music to their loops. Featured artists will supply the beats to add a new dimension to your submitted content. Once you've finished capturing a new video on your smartphone, which in itself is now easier with the new Snap to Beat feature, the network will provide a selection of songs that can be added to the looping video.

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1 day ago

App suggestions in Google's mobile search results get a makeover

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It looks like Google has debuted a new look for app suggestions in Google search results on mobile. Now, when searching for a specific category of app, you'll be presented with a colorful list of popular suggestions from Google Play at the top of your results.

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2 days ago

Instagram adds landscape and portrait formats, showcases with new Star Wars mini-trailer

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Instagram has added support for showing landscape and portrait images and videos in its popular photo sharing app. This will offer users a couple of extra options to show off their images and clips besides the current square format.

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2 days ago

Swype adds tons of new emoji and themes, including 19 Star Trek inspired options

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Swype, one of the popular third-party keyboard options on Android, has announced that it's added hundreds of new emoji, along with a bunch of new themes. Of note in those themes, is the addition of 19 Star Trek inspired choices that feature all different characters.

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3 days ago

5 always-on apps for Android Wear

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The ease and accessibility of being able to stay up to date with Smartwatches is something we've talked a lot about. However many of the apps that we use to keep up to date can be a serious drain on battery life. Which is where the new update for Android Wear comes in, always on apps. These apps continue to supply you with data even after they pop over into ambient mode.

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3 days ago

YouTube Gaming goes live for Android, web portal to launch later today [Update: website is live]

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Update: The YouTube Gaming web portal is now live as well. Google has also announced the service will only be for US and UK residents at first, with more countries to be added later.

Original story: Google is finally making its move to battle Twitch in the popular live game streaming market with the previously announced launch of YouTube Gaming. The new service aims to put the power and reach of YouTube into the hands of game streaming content creators and fans.

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3 days ago

Pocket 6.0 introduces Recommendation, lays the foundation for future features

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Popular read it later service Pocket has been updated, adding recommendations for users. Recommendations are meant to focus on "high-quality content", offering you interesting or important stories that you may have missed.

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3 days ago

Amazon Underground app offers $10,000 worth of apps and games 'that are actually free'

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In a slightly odd series of events, Amazon has ended its Free App of the Day promotion and introduced a new app, Amazon Underground. The new app brings over $10,000 worth of apps, games and even in-app items that the company states 'are actually free.'

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3 days ago

List of phones with Stagefright patches

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"Stagefright" is the latest vulnerability to bubble to the surface of Android, and while updates are still coming for millions of phones, some have already been patched. If your phone is not listed below, you can still protect yourself from Stagefright by disabling auto-retrieve for MMS. Google has also said that there are security measures like ASLR in place to help protect your data from being exploited.

We'll be refreshing this list as more updates arrive..

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3 days ago

Facebook Moments hits version 2.0, now available outside the US

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Facebook has rolled out an update for its Moments app, which enables groups of friends to connect with one another and easily share photos. The main feature of the app is to make it easy for more than one person to effectively synchronize captured shots, a perfect solution for when at events with others.

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4 days ago

Link Bubble becomes free to all, with refunds coming for recent Pro purchases

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There are dozens of Android browsers out there today, but none of them work quite like Link Bubble. It's an app that fits a specific kind of mobile browsing, and the users that fit that niche absolutely love the overall experience. A few weeks ago, the creator of Link Bubble sold his popular little browser to a stealth mode startup company that wasn't quite ready to reveal themselves to the world.

Today that changes, and the new company now known as Link Bubble has started things off by removing the need to pay for advanced features and made Link Bubble and Link Bubble Pro one and the same.

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4 days ago

TuneIn Premium gives users streaming sports, music and audiobooks for $7.99 a month

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TuneIn, the popular Internet streaming audio service, is giving customers some optional extras with the launch of TuneIn Premium. The subscription service adds more access to live sports, along with commercial-free radio stations and audiobooks for the price of $7.99 a month in the US.

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4 days ago

Google Map Maker edits allowed once again in the US and many more countries

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Google is once again allowing people to access its Map Maker feature in order for them to edit and submit their Google Maps changes for the United States and 44 more countries. Google suspended access to Map Maker earlier this year after it was discovered that someone had placed the Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo in Google Maps.

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4 days ago

Vysor is an interesting new way to control Android from your computer

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There are a couple of ways to remotely view and control your Android from a desktop, but none of them are particularly easy to use. Some require root access, some require subscriptions, and some aren't really worth using due to low framerates and overall quality. The mind behind Rom Manager, Voice Plus, AllCast, and other popular Android apps has been working on a better way to remote control multiple Android phones and tablets for a while now, and like almost everything Android the work was discovered late last night and leaked before it was finished.

The app is called Vysor, and while it's not quite finished yet we've been using it for a little while now and can't wait to see the finished product.

Unlike your average Android remote app, Vysor is a Chrome app first. You launch in Chrome, turn on USB debugging on your phone or tablet, and connect to the computer. Once ADB connects to your machine, Vysor is installed and your mobile screen shows up on your desktop. Your mouse and keyboard can now control your Android, complete with keyboard shortcuts for back, home, and multitask. In our testing it works great on Mac and Windows, and aside from the occasional need to play with USB connection mode (thanks, Installer Mode nonsense) Vysor works as soon as you plug the cable in after the initial setup.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished.

Framerate isn't the best, you won't be playing fast-paced games or anything, but for most day to day tasks it's smooth enough to be enjoyable. You'll also find the screen on your Android stays on for the transfer to your computer to work, so if you're doing something that drains the battery faster than the connection to your PC can charge it you'll have a problem before too long. Dropping the brightness helps a lot, but your usage is going to vary from device to device.

As cool as a nice, free remote control service is, Vysor Share is where the real fun is. Your remote session can be shared to someone else with Vysor installed on their Chrome instance, and that user has the same ability to view and control the existing Vysor session. In his scrambling to properly announce this service after the leak, Koush explains this feature came from his long desire to remotely deploy and observe code on hardware that wasn't sitting right at his desk. It's a cool way to do exactly that, though the lag you experience in Vysor increases in obvious ways with everything streamed over the Internet.

Everything about Vysor is beta right now, so expect things to not always work as advertised while it's finished and prepared for an actual launch. In the mean time, if you've been looking for a new way to remotely view and control Android phones and tablets you should absolutely give this a shot.

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