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1 month ago

Twitter brings Periscope to Android, now available in Google Play

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Periscope has finally made its way to Google Play to let you live stream your heart out right from your Android device.

Previously Periscope was only available on the iPhone, but Twitter has now released an Android app as well. Earlier this month Meerkat moved out of beta on Google Play, so it was just a matter of time before we saw Periscope arrive.

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1 month ago

Cortana is coming to Android, but it won't have all of its Windows Phone features

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Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to the massive audience of Android users later this summer.

Microsoft says it will bring its Cortana digital assistant that was originally developed for Windows Phone 8.1, and later for Windows 10, to Android device sometime in June

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1 month ago

Inside Cyanogen OS Themes

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Cyanogen OS Theme

The modding scene has been theming for years, so it makes sense that Cyanogen OS would be one of the most verbose offerings out there.

Theming and third-party versions of Android have gone hand in hand for quite a while now. Originally themes had to be applied on a system level, making it so you were effectively flashing entire roms to tint the whole OS in a shade of blue or purple. We've come a long way from that point, and now modifying the way certain elements look and behave are being baked right into the operating system. There are some out there who questioned whether a theme experience is something the "average consumer" is interested in, but by the end of this year theme engines will likely play a huge part in how many folks use their devices.

The Cyanogen OS theme engine is unlike anything else available on retail products today, but it's up to the user to decide if these differences and the availability of community-made themes actually make this a better product.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Leo's Fortune, Hexy Launcher, Wallrox Wallpapers 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

Gesture controls and how to use them in Cyanogen OS

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Cyanogen OS gestures

Cyanogen gestures means your screen doesn't need to be on for your phone to be useful.

There are a handful of amazingly clever ideas out there for accessing certain parts of your phone as quickly as possible. Motorola's double screwdriver twist to launch the camera, Samsung's double home button tap, and LG's double volume button tap are among the best. Each of these behaviors are designed to get you access to the camera as quickly as possible, so you can go from pulling the phone out of your pocket to taking a photo as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately most companies stop at launching the camera, but there are plenty of other things users would like to be able to access with a single motion or gesture. Those with Cyanogen OS devices, or folks running CyanogenMod on supported devices, have a few more options at their disposal thanks to the gesture system on this version of Android. Here's how they work.

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1 month ago

Chromecast app adds backdrop picture history, customizable backdrop speed

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A few usability improvements are hitting the Chromecast app with the latest update.

The new version of the app displays your current Chromecasts in a larger "card" style, with quick access to the settings and backdrops on each.

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1 month ago

Hands on with Microsoft's unannounced OneClip sharing app

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OneClip

This morning, an unannounced app by Microsoft for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 was revealed. OneClip leverages OneDrive to easily copy and paste documents, photos, text, phone numbers and more to share between your devices. We go hands-on with the apps on Android, Windows 10, and Windows Phone. Watch our video.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen folder locking - how it works and why it is awesome

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Cyanogen folder locking

Perfect for privacy fans or parents who let their kids play with their phones.

Unless you have a native guest mode, every time you hand your phone over to someone else you're handing over your entire digital existence. Your photo gallery, browser history, chats, and anything not secured by a pin in the app are a tap or two away. Whether you've handed your phone off to a child to watch a video in the middle of the grocery store, a friend who needs to call a cab after their phone died, or your phone has gotten up and walked away with the help of some less-than-honest individual, protecting your data is important.

Lockscreens aren't bulletproof, Smart Lock even less so, which means it is worth exploring a second layer for those apps you don't want anyone but you to access. If you're using a Cyanogen OS device or something running CyanogenMod, folder locking is a perfect example of a second security layer. It's also baked right in to the OS, waiting for you to turn it on and enjoy it. Here's how it works.

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1 month ago

See what's playing right from your wrist with the latest Shazam update

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Shazam has added Android Wear support in its latest update, which now allows you to identify who is playing right from your wrist.

No longer do you have to fumble to find your phone when you want to know who sings a particular song, thanks to the latest Shazam update. Included in this update is the addition of Android Wear support to the app, so users can now do everything right from their wrist.

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1 month ago

Best alternative keyboards for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Galaxy S6 keyboards

There are plenty of great keyboard choices for your GS6 right in Google Play.

If we're being honest, the built-in Samsung keyboard on the Galaxy S6 just isn't that great. It puts buttons in weird places, has some odd touch responses and is generally poor at auto correct, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with it. Of course you can switch out that keyboard with a free or paid option from Google Play, and that means you have dozens of choices available to you.

We've been using the Galaxy S6 plenty, and these are the keyboards we're happiest with after using them. Read along with us and see if one of these appeals to you as well.

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1 month ago

Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from Google Play on May 28

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Adobe announced that it would be discontinuing Photoshop Touch late next week.

Adobe will pull Photoshop Touch from Google Play on May 28. The company believes that their new mobile apps will better meet the needs of their customers going forward. While these tools are currently only available on iOS, Adobe announced that they are currently developing new apps for Android, which they will debut soon.

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1 month ago

Google's OS X Hangouts Chrome app updates to something not awful

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If you've been suffering with Google's Chrome app (as opposed to the extension) for Hangouts (especially on OS X), keep an eye out for an update today. Mine just refreshed to what you see here — ditching the (mostly) single-column view for two columns that are much more akin to what you'd expect from a proper chat client.

In fact, after poking around for a few minutes, this is much improved over the previous iteration.

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1 month ago

Hexy launcher is the latest from SwiftKey's Greenhouse incubator

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SwiftKey Hexy

The second release for SwiftKey's 'Greenhouse' innovation incubator isn't a keyboard — it's a launcher.

If you're looking for a new launcher to try out, a new one's available today from a slightly unlikely source — keyboard guru SwiftKey. Hexy launcher — so named for the hexagon-style UI — comes from SwiftKey's "Greenhouse" initiative, which as you might expect plants ideas and with the idea of seeing what grows from them. The Greenhouse already has produced an experimental keyboard called Clarity that aims to correct phrases and not just single words.

Hexy, meanwhile, automatically organizes your apps on the home screen and tries to predict what you're going to use next, with the most frequently used making up a central hexagon. That's not exactly a new idea, but it's been interesting to see which launchers do it better. And SwiftKey's long been known for its word prediction. You'll also be able to quickly filter through apps with the search bar, and there are options for widgets as well.

Hexy is available starting today from the SwiftKey Greenhouse, which you can find here.

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1 month ago

HTC brings Mail app to Google Play for easier updates going forward

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In an effort to be able to provide updates faster, HTC has brought its Mail app to Google Play as a standalone download.

HTC has decided to put its Mail app as a listing in Google Play, allowing them to better control the update process of the application. With this new listing, HTC will no longer have to push out an OS update in order to bring new features, or squash any on-going bugs that may be taking place.

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1 month ago

Amazon starts offering Prime Now deliveries from local stores in Manhattan

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Amazon today announced that the Prime Now one-hour delivery service will now be offered from local stores, in addition to the wide range of products already available trough the company website.

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