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1 month ago

The best camera apps for Android

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Samsung Galaxy S5 camera

Are you looking for something a little extra in your Android camera app? Maybe more creative options, or more detailed technical control? Maybe something easier to use? We've got our five favourite camera apps for Android right here. It's worth noting that though there's a ton of overlap with photo editing apps, we're trying to focus on apps that are primarily for taking pictures for this round-up, rather than apps for editing the end result.

Ready, shutterbugs? It's time to fire up the Google Play Store.

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1 month ago

The Simpsons: Tapped Out takes on Clash of Clans in latest update

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out is taking Clash of Clans head on in its latest update. Now your Springfield citizens can take up bows and swords and raid the cities of your friends similar to the Clash of Clans mechanism. Obviously you'll need to put up your own defenses to keep invaders out as well.

If you're just getting started with the game, take a gander at our top tips and tricks for The Simpsons: Tapped Out.

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1 month ago

Verizon's HTC One Max picking up Sense 6 in latest update

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Though HTC One Max users on Sprint got their hands on a Sense 6 update back in May, Verizon has just started its OTA rollout. We've received several tips and there are some responses in our forums indicating that the Verizon One Max is indeed finally getting its Sense 6 update, bringing it in line with the software you'd find on the One M8.

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1 month ago

Dscout review: going beyond Project Ara

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This simple white app gives out nice green cash

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out

Many of you might've heard of dscout before; it was the app that Project Ara used while trying to hone in on its prototype. Users would complete surveys in the hopes of eventually being rewarded with a unit later in the project. And like many of you, when we fell behind on that (which for me was when they started having us make fake phones that we were supposed to get feedback on from other actual, physical human beings) most of us kinda forgot the app was there.

Well, there's a reason to open it back up again, or install it if you don't have it yet: dscout is giving out something better than the chance at prototypes: cold, hard cash. Well, they're giving out checks, mostly, but they're giving people money to be opinionated on their phones, and I'm sure there's more than a few readers out there who love to speak their minds and wouldn't mind padding their wallets for it. But is the app good enough to bear your opinions and possibly your soul to?

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1 month ago

Budget app Simple adds instant money transfer

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Simple has released a major update for its finance app for Android devices, including an all new interface and a few new features to help people manage their money.

In addition, the app now allows users to send money to other Simple customers for the first time on mobile via Simple Instant.

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1 month ago

Retrica review

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Retrica

Filter fanatics will enjoy this simple app, but serious photographers will have to look elsewhere

There are plenty of ways to put funky retro filters on your photos, but many focus on tweaking after the fact rather than doing it on the fly. Retrica is one camera app that's picked up a sizable following for offering a huge set of neat and artistic filters that are applied to the viewfinder live as you're taking photos, and letting you quickly share them out to any service you choose.

Working with photos this way creates a different dynamic than snapping a picture and laboring over filters and tweaks later, but for some people the live filters of Retrica will offer a more spontaneous and fun experience. Read along for our full review of Retrica, another choice in a full stable of camera apps on Android.

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1 month ago

Google Sheets gets Excel-friendly while Drive adds Activity Stream

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Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane.

You can also change view, comment, or edit permissions from the mobile app now. Meanwhile Google Sheets now allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files. You can also view charts, insert formulas, and use find/replace throughout your spreadsheets.

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1 month ago

OneNote app for Android updated with full tablet support and more

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Microsoft has released a major update for its OneNote note taking app for Android devices in the Google Play Store, offering tablet owners a full and native experience for the first time, along with other features.

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1 month ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 19, 2014

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below.

As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Latest Firefox nightly build includes Chromecast support

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Mozilla, the folks who develop the Firefox browser, have bundled Chromecast support into the latest nightly build for Android. Users of the popular browser can cast tabs or videos from an Android device to any Chromecast on the same local network, using the Tools > mirror screen section in the browser settings. Be warned that this is a nightly and is pretty rough around the edges.

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1 month ago

Reminder: 1Password premium features go on 30-day trial starting tomorrow

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1Password made a massive update to their Android app earlier this summer, and though it's been free since June, tomorrow they start charging for a few things. It's worth grabbing now to get some of the premium features like creating new password/website combinations, editing what's currently in your vault, and organizing favorites and folders.

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1 month ago

Xbox One SmartGlass Android app updated with remote game purchases and more

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Microsoft has updated the official, non-beta, version of the Xbox One SmartGlass Android app with a number of new features, including a way to remotely purchase digital games for the game console from an Android smartphone or tablet.

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1 month ago

The best reading apps for Android

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Android Reading apps

So much to read, so little time! These apps offer the best reading experience!

It's still summertime. You may be out and about a little bit more than normal. We hope you'll still find some time to relax with a good book. You may not always have space to carry a book around in your bag, but your Android device is certainly more than capable of helping you read on the go.

Check out some readers we think are pretty awesome. These will help you read not only books, but some will help you stay caught up on news and some of the best magazines out there as well.

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1 month ago

Tasker 101: the basics

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A nice task/profile for a long nap...

You have Tasker; we'll show you how to use it

We've covered what Tasker is and what it can do for you, but as most anyone who uses Tasker will tell you, the hardest part of Tasker is getting started. The learning curve is a bit steep, but we're here to help you get the basics down and get you building your own Tasks and basic profiles.

So, grab the app and let's get started.

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1 month ago

Noke padlock will allow owners to unlock it via Android app

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There will always be a need for padlocks to secure doors and other items and today a company called FŪZ Designs revealed a new kind of lock, the Noke, that supports Bluetooth and can be opened with the help of an Android app.

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