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1 month ago

Samsung Pay gains support for T-Money and Cashbee transportation payment services in Japan

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Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay will now work with T-Money and Cashbee transportation payment methods in Japan. The new service, which is called Samsung Pay Transportation Card Service, lets you use various transportation payment methods in one spot. All you'll need to do to use the service is register the cards within the Samsung Pay application and then begin making payments for their trips.

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2 months ago

Marshmallow update headed to Moto X Pure Edition on Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular

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It looks like a portion of Moto X Pure Edition owners in the U.S. can finally get their hands on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Motorola's Davis Schuster has announced that full deployment has begun for the smartphone for those on Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. And in addition, Motorola has started soak testing the update for the Moto X Play in Brazil and India, along with the Moto X Force in Brazil. From Schuster:

This afternoon we have started to fully rollout Android Marshmallow 6.0 on 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) with the following carriers; Verizon, Sprint and USC.

In addition, we have started the soak test period in Brazil and India retail for the 2015 Moto X Play and in Brazil retail for the 2015 Moto X Force.

So, if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or U.S. Cellular, you should have a sticky treat waiting for you any time now. As for those using the Moto X Pure Edition on AT&T and T-Mobile, it looks like you'll have to wait a tad longer. In the meantime, be sure to chime in on our forums at the link below and let us know what you think of the update.

Discuss the Moto X Pure Edition Marshmallow update in our forums

Source: David Schuster (Google+)

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2 months ago

Instagram adds long-press to preview, like and share images

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Instagram for Android

Don't call it "force touch."

Instagram's latest update adds a feature that allows you to preview images in the gallery view when you long press them. Slide over to the three buttons beneath each image and you can quickly like the pic, view the user's profile, or share the shot.

And, well, that's it. It's sort of like the iOS version in that you touch the screen to make all this happen, but you're doing so via the length of the press, and not the force of the finger. And unlike in iOS, you can't do anything from the app icon on the home screen. Otherwise, same thing.

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2 months ago

SwiftKey adds Pinyin support, makes typing improvements and changes to emoji panel

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SwiftKey is pushing another update to its popular keyboard on Android which brings Pinyin support, typing enhancements and more. Earlier this year, SwiftKey added Chinese language support to the keyboard, and now it is expanding upon that. Additionally, it has added a light and dark mode for the emoji panel and more.

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2 months ago

PlayStation Messages lets you chat with your PSN friends with ease

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Sony has launched PlayStation Messages, giving you the ability to connect with your friends on the PlayStation Network directly from your Android handset.

Previously bundled in the PlayStation app, Sony mentions that Messages was broken out into a standalone client featuring a more streamlined design "in order to get you into your Messages and communicating with your friends faster than ever before." Needless to say, you're going to need a valid PSN account to use the messaging service.

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2 months ago

Nova Launcher Prime is down to $1 on Google Play U.S., 10 pence in the UK and ₹10 in India

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TeslaCoil Software's Nova Launcher Prime — one of the most popular launchers for Android — is on sale for just $1 on Google Play. The Prime version of the app usually retails for $5, and unlocks several features such as message unread count, gesture-based navigation, ability to hide apps, create custom tabs and folders in the app drawer, and additional scroll effects.

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2 months ago

Facebook shuts down Slingshot and Riff apps, closes Creative Labs division

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Facebook is doing some internal housecleaning, as it has confirmed two of its stand alone Android apps have been removed from Google Play. In addition, the company has decided to shutter its Creative Labs division, which was supposed to allow its employees to help develop new and innovative apps.

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2 months ago

Google Authenticator gains Android Wear support, new design and more

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The Google Authenticator for Android has been updated, adding new improvements, fixes, and more. The app now supports Android Wear, letting your grab your authentication codes right from your wrist.

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2 months ago

Google enables Safe Browsing support by default in Chrome for Android

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Chrome web browser users on Android have some extra protection now from malware and other security issues. Version 46 of Chrome now has the Safe Browsing feature that's been included in PC versions for some time. Safe Browsing has also been enabled as the default setting for Chrome on Android.

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2 months ago

Dropbox to shut down Mailbox and Carousel apps in early 2016

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Dropbox is closing the doors of two of its standalone apps, Mailbox and Carousel. The Mailbox email app will shut down first on February 26, 2016, while the photo and video gallery app Carousel will end on March 31, 2016.

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2 months ago

Google Calendar gains support for Reminders, lets you view all of your events in one place

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Starting this week, Google will begin adding Reminders to Google Calendar mobile apps, allowing you to easily see everything you have coming up. With this, you'll be able to view all of your calendars, as well as Reminders that you have set for yourself, all in one place.

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2 months ago

Adobe Lightroom goes free on Android, still needs subscription to sync between mobile and PC

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Following its move on iOS, Adobe has finally made Lightroom free to all Android users, allowing them to edit their pictures on the go without having to pay. Previously, in order to use Lightroom on Android, you needed to be a paying Adobe Creative Cloud member to log into the app, but with version 1.4 that is no longer the case. Adobe will now let Android users edit, crop, transform and do more to their images without any charge.

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2 months ago

These are Google Play's best games, apps, movies and books of 2015 for India

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Google is showcasing the best games, apps, movies and books of 2015 on the Play Store, and the content listed on the Indian variant of the store is considerably different from what's trending in the U.S.. As such, we've decided to give you a look at the content that's garnered the most attention in the subcontinent.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: ProShot, Cardboard Camera, Share the Meal 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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2 months ago

Android quick settings, ranked

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None of us wants to go digging into a long list of settings and menus just to toggle Bluetooth or adjust the screen brightness on our phone. That's why we have quick settings in our notification shade. All hail the quick settings and long may they reign. But like everything else, not all quick setting implementations are created equal.

That means we need to look at the offerings from the big five — Google, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung — and see who does it the best. This is not a scientific kind of look. No slide rules or amperage meters were involved, and my dog was the only animal used in the testing procedure (he thinks they are all delicious, by the way). This is just me using these phones and seeing which one I complain about the least when I want to turn Wifi on or lock my phone into portrait to do some reading.

Enough about the rigorous testing procedures that left me thirsty and miserable. Let's get to the ranking.

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