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1 month ago

Marvel Mighty Heroes will soon bring superhero co-op fighting action to Android

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Fans of Marvel's superheroes will soon have yet another mobile game to check out that pits their biggest characters against one another. Today, DeNA and Marvel Entertainment revealed that Marvel Mighty Heroes is coming soon to Android devices on the Google Play Store. The free-to-play brawler will feature online co-op for up to four players in a game that has a cartoon-theme art style.

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1 month ago

Google launches new YouTube app for kids

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YouTube (and the internet in general) can be quite the daunting place for parents to have their kids roaming free on. Google has released a new YouTube app, specifically developed for younger audiences. It's a new portal for parents to have their children learn about various topics and discover exciting resources.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Dropzei, Man Eats Fish, Sisters 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 month ago

Google Maps and Google Earth: What's the difference?

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Google has two distinctly different apps — Maps and Earth — that can handle similar tasks but are used in very different ways.

Whereas on the desktop you can quickly switch between the informative Maps interface and detailed full-blown satellite Earth view, the experience is a bit choppier when you're juggling Maps and Earth apps on Android. Google Maps contains all of the navigation, lightweight mapping power and points of interest with just a small hint of satellite imagery, while Google Earth has complete 3D satellite data and just a small subset of information on places, without any point-to-point navigation. In the end there are pretty clear roles for when to use each one — let us explain.

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1 month ago

Trivia Crack hit with growing pains thanks to a flood of user-submitted questions

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The latest mobile gaming app hit is Trivia Crack, but its method of using questions supplied by its many players has created a backlog of questions that are still awaiting approval. The app, developed by Etermax, gets an average of one million questions per day submitted by users, according to the developer's founder Maximo Cavazzani.

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1 month ago

Android finally has a universal native flashlight function

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Flashlight Android

Using the flash on your phone as a light source is something people have been doing for years, but the method used to activate your camera LED as a flashlight varies wildly depending on what phone you are using. As manufacturers start to release their own versions of Android 5.0, it has become clear that actually locating your flashlight for regular use is still going to be a guessing game from device to device. While you can always install a flashlight app of your choosing, it's mildly frustrating to see how non-obvious this procedure can be. At least, until now.

The good news is Google has implemented a solution that makes it so everyone with an Android phone can do the exact same thing to access the flashlight. The less good news is it's not so much a button as it is a Google Now command.

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1 month ago

WatchESPN and other Disney live streaming apps are now available to DirecTV users

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DirecTV customers now have full access to the video streaming mobile apps provided by ABC and its parent company Disney. That includes the WatchESPN app along with a bunch of other apps offering both live and on-demand video content.

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1 month ago

USA Today adds support for Android Wear

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USA Today Android Wear

USA Today — the No. 3 newspaper in the U.S. — this week pushed an update to its Android application that adds support for Android Wear smartwatches.

You'll be prompted to set up notifications for your smartwatch after updating, and you can choose when to get the twice-daily five-headline burst on your wrist. (I've left it at the default 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. times.) After that, just sit back and let it do its thing.

In addition to the Android Wear support, USAT has also added video playlists to its already excellent app, available now in Google Play.

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1 month ago

IFTTT launches new Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note apps, rebrands original app to simply 'IF'

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IFTTT, always the tinkerer's dream, is making some big changes today with the launch of a new set of apps and a rebranding of its main app. The three new apps, called Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note, are meant to be specialized single-use apps — accompanied by widgets — that are simpler to set up and can tie into your favorite products and apps to perform a single action very well.

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1 month ago

Google Docs update brings new features to Office Compatibility Mode

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Google Docs for Android scored a small update today that brings a couple of new, minor features. Coming along for the ride is support for cutting, copying, and pasting text, images, and tables in Office Compatibility mode. Additionally, you'll now have the ability to insert links into Google documents

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1 month ago

Google Play store: How to keep your kids from buying everything in sight

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Purchasing protection

Requiring a password for purchases will let you control who can buy what.

There are a lot of things to spend money on inside the Google Play store app on your Android. Some apps cost a few bucks, some have in-app purchases (some have too many) and others have subscriptions for monthly or yearly fees. Like everything else that can cost money, it's always a good idea to keep tabs on where and how the money is being spent — especially if you have kids using your Google account.

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1 month ago

NBC brings live streaming to select markets with update to Android app

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NBC has rolled out a significant update to its Android app that brings live streaming functionality in select markets as well as the ability to watch full episodes of the network's classic shows. To access live streaming content, you're going to need a subscription to a cable or satellite partner in available markets, but you can watch older NBC shows such as The A-Team, Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica and more for free even if you're not subscribed.

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1 month ago

Google Play Store and parents: how to control what apps are listed

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Content filtering in Google Play

Content filtering puts you in control of what you (or your kids) can see in Google Play.

Smartphones and tablets can be a great match for your kids. Open up Google Play, and you'll find there are plenty of educational apps and entertainment apps, and even clever applications that have managed to combine both at once. You'll find a lot of things you want to expose your young ones to, and they will be better for it.

You'll also notice that there are plenty of things in Google Play that you might not want your child to see. While Google doesn't allow things like hate speech or outright pornography in Google Play apps (see the content guidelines here), things like "fictional" violence or suggestive imagery, or apps that can share your location, are permitted. You need to be aware of these apps if you choose to keep your kids away from them.

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1 month ago

Monkey King Escape is Ubisoft's new endless runner for Android

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Monkey King Escape is a new endless runner from Ubisoft for Android devices from the Google Play Store. Loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West, Monkey King Escape sees you run and fly across a mystical world in an effort to claim the title of Monkey King.

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1 month ago

Pushbullet now offers desktop replies for Whatsapp, Hangouts, and more

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The Pushbullet notification synchronization tool now lets users compose and send replies via five different messaging apps. Those apps would be WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line. Pushbullet picked up text message reply support several months ago.

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