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5 days ago

Apple Music beta now lets you save tracks to an SD card

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The Apple Music beta for Android has picked up a few new features with its latest update, with the most notable being the ability to save songs to your SD card.

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5 days ago

Cloud storage service Copy shutting down on May 1

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Barracuda Networks has announced that its cloud storage service, Copy, will be shutting down as of May 1, 2016.

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5 days ago

Lazer Team and PewDiePie lead YouTube's original programming premieres on Feb. 10

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YouTube's first original programming is set to premiere on February 10. The $9.99-a-month YouTube Red subscription service is offering a reality series staring video game sensation PewDiePie and three movies to start, in addition to the ad-free viewing already offered.

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5 days ago

Ad blocker for Samsung's browser removed from Google Play

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Samsung recently announced a new API that would allow developers to build content and ad blockers for its web browser, and now one has been removed from Google Play. Adblock Fast, an app from the team at Rocketship Apps, was downloaded more than 50,000 times following its release, and made its way to the top charts quickly.

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5 days ago

Samsung testing Marshmallow beta with select Galaxy Note 5 owners in the U.S.

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Samsung has apparently started testing a beta of Android Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5 with a small set of users in the U.S. The update appears to currently be targeting some Note 5 owners on AT&T, with testing pool said to be as small as 200 people.

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5 days ago

You'll soon be able to register for Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo

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Nintendo will be launching its first ever smartphone app this year called Miitomo. Arriving in March, this title will be available in the U.S. on Android (as well as iOS-powered hardware). The company will open up pre-registration on February 17, meaning you'll have ample time to sign-up for a Nintendo Account to stay in the loop. Once registered with Nintendo, the company will notify you about availability come March.

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5 days ago

Opera Max gets faster and more secure in latest update

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Opera Max, an android app that can help you reduce your data usage across different apps and services on your phone, has received an update meant to make using apps and browsing the web when connected to public Wi-Fi faster and more secure.

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5 days ago

Amazon Now makes its debut in India, two-hour deliveries available in Bengaluru

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Amazon has launched its two-hour delivery service in India, dubbing it Amazon Now. Live in Bengaluru, the service provides essential household items in under two hours, with the ability to choose products from nearby Big Bazaar, Food World, Nature's Basket and other retail chains also available.

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5 days ago

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey, pledges continued development of Android app

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SwiftKey has confirmed the acquisition, stating:

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. We think these are a perfect match, and we believe joining Microsoft is the right next stage in our journey.

Microsoft has mentioned that it will continue to offer the SwiftKey apps for Android and iOS:

In this cloud-first, mobile-first world, SwiftKey's technology aligns with our vision for more personal computing experiences that anticipate our needs versus responding to our commands, and directly supports our ambition to reinvent productivity by leveraging the intelligent cloud. SwiftKey estimates that its users have saved nearly 10 trillion keystrokes, across 100 languages, saving more than 100,000 years in combined typing time.

We'll continue to develop SwiftKey's market-leading keyboard apps for Android and iOS as well as explore scenarios for the integration of the core technology across the breadth of our product and services portfolio. Moreover, SwiftKey's predictive technology aligns with Microsoft's investments and ambition to develop intelligent systems that can work more on the user's behalf and under their control.

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6 days ago

WhatsApp now has 1 billion users

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WhatsApp now has 1 billion users. The communications platform has seen a meteoric rise in its userbase over the last year, adding 500 million new users. More recently, WhatsApp announced that it would be eliminating the annual subscription fee entirely, relying on connecting businesses with customers for monetization.

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1 week ago

Microsoft Band 2 update enables weight tracking on Android

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Microsoft's fitness-focused smartwatch, the Band 2, has picked up an update that brings new functionality when paired with Android smartphones, such as the ability to track weight, sharing your workouts, GPS enhancements, and activity reminders.

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1 week ago

Google's February Security patch is live — here's what you need to know!

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Welcome back to another thrilling episode of Google's Monthly Security Update. February has arrived, and that means it is time for Google to outline all of the patches being made to Android and point out who made those patches.

For the uninitiated, Google (and the Android Open Source Project) accepts contributions from external sources as well as the teams inside Google. Every month these contributions are sent to Google's partners so they can update their own devices, and roughly a month later those updates are pushed to the Nexus line. Some partners are really good about updating their products, but this monthly cycle is still a challenge for many companies using Android on their products.

Here's what's being fixed this month.

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1 week ago

Samsung is bringing ad blocking support to its Android browser

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Samsung will be adding the ability to have ads blocked in its Android browser by opening a new Content Blocker extension API to developers. An update is rolling out now to devices running Lollipop or higher that enables the new functionality. Developers will be able to use Samsung's new Content Blocker extension API to develop both content and ad blockers for the browser.

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1 week ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Authy, NYT VR, AirBNB and more

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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 week ago

Marvel: Contest of Champions tips and tricks

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Marvel: Contest of Champions has a serious draw, bringing in fans of Marvel and fighting games alike. With plenty of ways to play, social aspects, and more marvel characters than you can shake a stick at, it's easy to see why it's so popular. It's easily addictive, and has enough bells and whistles to keep you coming back for more.

While this game is, at it's core, a fighting game, there is definitely more to it than just button mashing and hoping for a good outcome in the end. There is definitely some strategy involved, especially when leveling up your characters, or choosing which quest to pursue next. With all of that in mind, we've put together some handy tips and tricks to help you save the galaxy.

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