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2 days ago

Doing all of your reading through the Nook app

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The last major bookstore chain wants to be all things to all people, but it turns out that's not easy to do.

It's not uncommon to hear someone refer to their ereader app as being a bookstore on their phone or tablet, but the folks at Barnes & Noble get about as close as you can towards making that statement literal. The Nook app is much more than just an ereader app attached to a store, it's an access portal for movies, television shows, newspapers, magazines, and even puzzles and toys that are sold in physical B&N locations. A content portals go, the Nook app is perfectly capable of delivering a tremendous amount of content to your mobile device. Whether or not that means you want to use this app as your primary reading mechanism is another matter entirely.

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3 days ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receive 177MB OTA with bug fixes, performance improvements

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When T-Mobile customers receive their recently-purchased Galaxy S6 and S6 edges, they'll be in for an OTA update as soon as they start them up.

A heftily-sized 177MB update is hitting both phones on T-Mobile, with a very generic changelog listed indicating that there are bug fixes, performance improvements and potential feature enhancements. The software makes the jump to build number UVU1AOCG, but of course that doesn't really matter as much as what's actually been changed that users will notice.

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3 days ago

Where's the flashlight app on the Galaxy S6?

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A dedicated "flashlight" app is gone on the Galaxy S6, but that doesn't mean it isn't easy to access that function on your phone.

Our phones are most often the easiest way to quickly deploy a flashlight in dark situations, and the Galaxy S6 will let you quickly light up its camera flash to provide that with a simple tap. Rather than use a dedicated flashlight app or a key command, you can use a quick launch icon in the notification shade to do the job.

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4 days ago

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

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It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.

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4 days ago

Using Amazon's Kindle app to read all the books

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Amazon has built an empire, a big part of which is giving you everything you need to never want to leave.

The original Kindle experience was the spark that took ebooks from a cool thing that one friend of yours did to make all of their books digital to a global phenomenon that has threatened the very existence of brick and mortar book stores. Amazon created an experience where all of the books you could possibly want to read were easy to access, reasonably priced, and offered a simple yet powerful user interface.

A lot has changed since Amazon's first attempt at the Kindle, including the expansion beyond their own ereaders. The Amazon app is one of the most popular digital reading experiences out there, due largely to those same core values that made ebooks cool in the first place.

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4 days ago

Slack launches two-factor authentication following unauthorized database access

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Slack, has enabled two-factor authorization for users, following unauthorized access to their database which stores user profile information.

Slack, the popular team communication app, had the database which stores user profile information accessed without authorization, and to ensure account security they have rolled out two-factor authorization for all accounts. A very small number of accounts were found to be affected by suspicious activity, and Slack has already reached out to those users.

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4 days ago

Vine now supports 720p video viewing from the Android app

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Vine now supports higher-resolution 720p video as viewed from the Android app, with video uploads for that same resolution coming soon for those users.

Vine announced the new higher-resolution videos in a blog post, adding that they will be viewable on both their iOS and Android apps "over the coming days".

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4 days ago

Moving from an iPhone to the Galaxy S6? You need to know these things

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iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 edge

It only takes a few minutes to move in to your new smartphone, as long as you push the right buttons.

Switching phones has always been kind of a pain, and smartphones didn't so much make things easier as create different problems along the way. If you're an iPhone user planning to grab a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, it's not going to take you long to notice how moving from one ecosystem to the other isn't exactly as simple as entering in a username and password. Not to worry, though, we've got everything you need right here.

The biggest challenges when moving from iOS to Android is making sure you're not jumping through hoops on the simple stuff. Contacts, email, social networking, and any photos or files you want to move over. As long as you still have your iPhone nearby, all of this stuff is a breeze once you know what buttons to push.

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4 days ago

Google now lets you view custom maps using Google Maps for Android

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An update for Google Maps on Android is rolling out that allows custom maps created in the web browser to be viewed in the mobile app.

The update was announced late on Thursday via Twitter, which means that it may take a few days for the new version to reach all Google Maps users.

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5 days ago

Plex 4.0 brings Android TV support to more users, updated dashboard UI

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Streaming media app Plex snagged an update today that brings Android TV support to more users, along with a redesigned dashboard.

The app also now includes some new ways to view your content, Plex Home support for managed users, and the requisite bug fixes.

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5 days ago

CNBC brings live streaming video to its Android app

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In a recent update to its Android app, CNBC has enabled TV Anywhere, allowing users to catch up on the latest financial news from their mobile devices.

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5 days ago

Using Google Play Books for all of your reading

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Reading with Google Play Books isn't just convenient, it's easily one of the best color ebook experiences out there.

Now that the Google Play Store has established itself as a compelling one-stop shop for movies, music, book, and apps, it's easy to find yourself getting all of your entertainment from this one source. More than just offering a compelling retail experience, Google's Play Books service exists as a highly functional ebook reader as well. Google has worked hard to bolt on features wherever appropriate, and as one of the flagship apps for the new Material Design UI scheme it's easy to get sucked into this service as an Android user.

Using Google Play Books doesn't take much in the way of effort, but getting to know the features within may not be a priority if you're already embedded in another platform. With that in mind, here's a quick tour through what makes this ebook reader stand out.

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5 days ago

App developers can now slam on the brakes should a staged rollout go bad

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Here's a small but extremely important little feature that's been added for developers in Google Play. Should a bug be found in the middle of a staged rollout, you can immediately halt said staged rollout to keep the bad code from hitting any additional devices while you work things out.

In other words, an emergency brake. It won't roll things back for those who have already received the update, but it'll keep anyone else from downloading it.

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5 days ago

Don't be left out ... Nuzzel will show you the articles your friends are sharing

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Finding the articles that your friends have been sharing is now as simple as opening an app, thanks to Nuzzel.

Nuzzel for Android makes it quick and easy to see what your friends are reading and talking about on social networks. After having great success with their iOS app, Nuzzel is now available on Android. Nuzzel is a simple way to see news that your friends are sharing to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, without having to open those apps.

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5 days ago

Amazon Cloud Drive users can now buy access to unlimited storage

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Amazon is allowing people who sign up for its Amazon Cloud Drive service the option to pay for an unlimited amount of storage for photos, videos and other files.

Amazon has two subscription options for this new service. One offers an unlimited amount of space for photos, with 5GB of extra space for videos and other files, for $11.99 per year. The other option gives users an unlimited amount of storage for any kind of file for $59.99 per year.

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