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1 month ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 gets Vulkan support with Android 6.0.1 update

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NVIDIA is now pushing out a fresh update to the Shield Tablet K1 that includes a move up to Android 6.0.1, along with a number of fixes.

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1 month ago

Verizon pushes security patch update to the Moto X 2014

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Verizon is now rolling out an update to the Moto X (2014) that brings along the latest Android security patches. There doesn't look to be anything else included in the update, with Verizon simply listing the following:

The current software update gives you the most up to date Android security patch on your device.

Once updated, users should find themselves patched with the latest batch of vulnerability fixes from the folks at Google. However, given the update only just began rolling out, it may take some time before it lands for everyone. To check manually, you can head to Settings > About Phone > System Update.

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1 month ago

Google+ helps Communities fight spam with new 'content controls' setting

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Communities on Google+ will now be able to take a stronger stand against spam thanks to a new content controls setting. Rolling out to existing Communities now, the new setting will allow for more aggressive content filtering to keep spam to a minimum.

From Google Product Manager Frank Rodriguez:

Now we can be more aggressive in identifying inappropriate posts in a Community. When this setting is on, Google+'s content filter is more likely to flag posts that are questionable, so fewer of them will show up in your Community. Check your moderator queue to see these blocked posts.

As Rodriguez notes, the setting will be on by default for newly created Communities. However, existing communities will see the setting enabled via a gradual rollout.

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1 month ago

Latest Google Photos update adds manual backup option

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A fresh update is rolling out to Google Photos for Android, bringing along a small but welcome feature: manual backup.

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1 month ago

Starbucks refreshes its app for its new Rewards program

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With the latest update to the Starbucks app, the company has paved the way for its revamped Starbucks Rewards program. The app now includes a new dashboard that gathers your stars, rewards, offers, and more.

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1 month ago

Opera Max now lets you enjoy even more video on tablets thanks to data savings

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Opera has released an update for its Max app that implements support for tablets. Now those with larger screens will be able to enjoy similar benefits to smartphone owners and save on data usage when enjoying videos on the go. The company states that tablet users will be able to save up to 60% on Netflix and 50% on YouTube streaming. Those are some favorable figures, especially when one considers just how little data some plans have.

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1 month ago

Samsung unleashes Milk VR to bring you an alternate reality without a headset

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Samsung has published the Milk VR app to the Play Store, allowing those who are able to download and install the app to their smartphone a way to enjoy VR without a headset. This catalogue of content includes 360-degree videos that can be manipulated during playback, much like you would using Streetview on Google Maps.

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1 month ago

You can now send Dropbox files from within Facebook Messenger

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Facebook Messenger now offers Dropbox integration, allowing you to send photos, videos, and other files without ever leaving the messaging service. You can access Dropbox from Messenger's More button (the rightmost button in the conversation view). From there, select Dropbox as the source, and if you're already signed into the cloud sharing service, you'll be able to see your files directly within Messenger.

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1 month ago

Google starts beta testing an app that lets you control a phone with your voice

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As part of Google's efforts to improve accessibility to their products, the company has launched a beta test of its Voice Access app for Android. It has been designed to allow owners of smartphones with disabilities to control them with their voice.

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1 month ago

Watch three live YouTube streams from Coachella 2016 starting April 15

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The 2016 Coachella music festival will kick off on Friday, April 15. If you can't make it to Indio, California to see the bands yourself, you can watch from the comfort of your home, or anywhere else, via the official Coachella YouTube channel.

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1 month ago

Google is improving accessibility features in Android, Chromebooks and more

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Google is making efforts to improve accessibility features in many of its products for users who have hearing, visual or other disabilities. It has posted an overall update on those efforts, which include new features for Android, Chromebooks and more.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Kingdom Hearts, Agenda Widget, Stash Invest 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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1 month ago

Audible's Channels offer short audio programs for members

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Amazon-owned Audible has launched a beta version of its new Channels feature. Channels offer those with an Audible membership unlimited listening to short programs across a wide variety of subjects and themes, such as news, politics, fiction, relationships, and more. In addition to broad areas, Channels also feature content from a group of parters like Charlie Rose and Forbes.

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1 month ago

Sony rolling out Marshmallow to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact

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It looks like Sony is rolling out its Marshmallow update to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact. Specifically, it appears that the update is arriving for the D6503 version of the Z2, the D6603 Z3, and the D5803 Z3 Compact.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen OS 13 brings Marshmallow to the OnePlus One

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OnePlus has now confirmed that Cyanogen OS 13, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, will begin rolling out to the OnePlus One via an over-the-air update imminently.

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