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1 month ago

Organization isn't a hassle with Evernote for Android Wear

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Evernote for Android Wear — as in the Android Wear companion to the Evernote mobile app — has been around for just over a year now. You really can't understate just how handy this app can be for helping to keep your life organized, all with a swipe or a voice command.

Yes, even on a watch. So let's take a look at just how much help it can really be.

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1 month ago

Skype for Android update makes it easier to sign back in after you log out

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Microsoft has released an update for its popular Skype messaging app for Android. The update bring the version number up to 5.5 and adds a way for users to quickly sign into the app again.

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1 month ago

Dashlane adds support for Samsung's fingerprint scanners

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Dashlane, a popular password manager, can now be unlocked using your a fingerprint on Samsung phones. With this addition, people who use Dashlane on their Samsung devices that have a fingerprint scanner, like the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6, will be able to unlock and access their stored passwords and accounts using their fingerprint.

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1 month ago

Red Bull Alert is an alarm clock that challenges you to skip the snooze button

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Red Bull has launched Red Bull Alert, a new alarm clock app for both Android phones and Android Wear smartwatches that hopes to get you out of bed and moving. Alert features competitive leaderboards to motivate you to get out of bed faster, and a number sports themes with which you can customize the app.

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1 month ago

Google Map Maker will be reopened in phases starting in early August

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Google will once again allow outside contributors to edit features on Google Maps in the near future with the reopening of its Google Map Maker service. The company will open the service on a limited basis sometime in early August, in order to find reliable community members that can take on some of the reviews of user-generated map edits.

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1 month ago

Latest HERE Maps beta adds new interface, contextual menu

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Nokia has rolled out a new beta version of its HERE mapping service that introduces a new interface. The app now features a contextual menu that is activated by a long press anywhere on the map. Doing so brings up a menu with location information, along with options to share, get directions or start navigation to that location.

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1 month ago

Uber starts accepting credit card payments once again in India

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Uber has announced that it is once again accepting credit card payments in India, stating that its Android app now conforms to the two-factor authentication guidelines set forth by India's banking regulatory body, the Reserve Bank of India.

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1 month ago

Weekly poll results: We like custom launchers - a lot

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Action Launcher

Last week we asked everyone what launcher they were using on their Android phone or tablet. With over 9,000 votes, it's time to look at the results.

Custom launchers — apps that replace the home screens, app drawers and (sometimes) widgets on our Android phones and tablets — have long been popular amongst the Android faithful. I use one. Phil uses one. Heck, I think all of us here at AC are either using one right now, or will be on our next phone. There's good reason for this. Chances are you can find a launcher with exactly the features you want to make your Android look and act just the way you want it to look and act. Google shares the code for a good, albeit basic, launcher with everyone. The big names in the business, companies like Samsung or LG or HTC, can use what they want and add to it, or replace any part to make something they think is better. And so can the third-party developers out there, as well as "hobbyist" developers. And there are plenty of smart folks who are doing it.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Lifeline, Wolfram Alpha, Joyride and more

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Editors 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

Use the Google Settings app to turn photo backup on and off, even after Google Photos is uninstalled

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Google Settings

Backing up all of your photos somewhere online is a good idea. Phones get lost or broken, SD cards can go bad, and sometimes a picture is a priceless memory. We think you should be using any of the various services to keep everything stored in the cloud in case you ever need access to a remote backup.

Google Photos is one way to do just that. You can read all about the pros and cons of using it, but it's also important to know where the settings for the backup service are.

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1 month ago

Twitch adds a pop-out player to let you 'multitask like a boss'

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Twitch, the popular game streaming service, has announced a new pop-out player for its Android app, which allows users to watch a broadcast without having to be in the app. This means that you can now play your favorite game, text your friends, or browse the web, all while watching your favorite Twitch broadcast.

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1 month ago

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides score some welcome editing features

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If you're a regular Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides user, there are some nice updates headed your way. Google has announced updates to all three apps that bring some decent quality-of-life improvements for editing your files on mobile devices.

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1 month ago

Google adds machine learning smarts to Gmail's spam filter

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Google took to a blog post today to talk about some improvements that it is bringing to its spam-fighting engine in Gmail. The company says that the improvements largely rely on applying the same machine learning from Google Search and Google Now to the Gmail spam filter.

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1 month ago

Windows 7 hacked to run on the ASUS ZenFone 2

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Because, ya know, someone thought this was a thing that needed to be done.

A member of the XDA forums has taken the ASUS ZenFone 2, an Intel-powered Android smartphone, and booted Windows 7 on it. Surprisingly, the OS runs quite smoothly, with no major bugs. The video has Windows 7 booted, though it is said that Windows 8 and Windows 10 could be installed in the same fashion, and should both work equally as well.

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1 month ago

Microsoft updates Xbox Music with free streaming for tracks stored on OneDrive

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Xbox Music on Android has just picked up an update from Microsoft. The company has implemented a number of improvements, some detailed in a previous teaser. Strangely enough, Microsoft has chosen not to alter the branding of Xbox Music, but has gone ahead with the rebranding to Groove on its own Windows platforms.

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