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1 month ago

Instagram begins beta testing program on Android

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If you consider yourself an Instagram connoisseur and want to be on the bleeding edge of future updates (read: filters) to the network, the company just took the wraps off of its beta program for Android.

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1 month ago

WhatsApp cracks down on users of unofficial clients

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It looks like WhatsApp has begun to crack down on users of third-party clients for the messaging service today. The company recently began instituting 24-hour bans for users of WhatsApp Plus, specifically. However, there have been various reports of WhatsAppMD users being affected as well.

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1 month ago

NBC will let you watch Super Bowl XLIX live for free online

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NBC will stream 11 continuous hours of live content, including the Super Bowl itself, on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 to desktops and tablets. The "Super Stream Sunday" event will run from noon EST and to around 10 p.m. and include NBC's pre-game coverage, Super Bowl XLIX itself, the halftime show, and the post-game show, and the episode of The Blacklist that will air following the game. The stream will take place through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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1 month ago

Teamwork and productivity service Asana releases native Android app

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Asana, a teamwork and productivity application similar to Trello, has released a native Android app today, extending its reach beyond the HTML5 confines of the web. The app allows a team to stay synchronized by sharing scheduled tasks, messages, due dates, and more.

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1 month ago

Facebook wants to cut down the number of hoaxes in your News Feed

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Facebook is making yet another change in its News Feed today, designed to reduce the number of stories that could offer false information or be deliberate hoaxes. This new feature comes a few months after Facebook announced it would give less relevance to News Feed posts that have what it considers to be "click-bait" headlines.

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1 month ago

Google's Field Trip app gets a Material Design update

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The find-things-nearby Field Trip app by Google's Niantic Labs has been updated with a new Material Design, uh, design. The last real redesign of the app came over a year ago, and today's update brings the app in line with the rest of Google's modern Android design language.

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1 month ago

Magzter unveils all-you-can-read magazine subscription service

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If you're tired of shelling out a ton of money each month on your favorite magazines, Magzter may have the solution for you. The company just launched its "Magzter Gold" subscription service, which offers up a Netflix-esque all-you-can-read approach to digital magazines via its Android app. Similarly, the company also unveiled a lite version of Magzter Gold that allows you to peruse your choice of 5 titles for a slightly cheaper $5 per month.

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1 month ago

The Best Android RPGs

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Meet the best Android RPGs on the Google Play Store!

If you're in the market for the best Android RPG available, you've come to the right place. These are games that put the focus on slaying bad guys, amassing experience points, levelling up, and getting decked out in killer gear.

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1 month ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 10 offers up 6 Android games on the cheap

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If you're looking to pick up some more games on the cheap for your Android device, Humble Bundle has something new for you. The most recent bundle offers up 6 games for whatever you find in your heart to pay out.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Wikipedia, MLS Soccer, Falcon Pro 3 and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly list of must-have apps

We're here this week — and every week — with more of our favorite apps that we want to share with the class. It's a little thing we like to do every Sunday where we look and see what apps we're using the most and spread a little love so you know that you should give them a try if you haven't already.

With over 1.25 million apps in Google Play it can be a little tough to find the ones worth keeping. We share ours here, and we love to see yours in the comments afterwards.

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1 month ago

Motorola Migrate gets Material Design touch ups, new transfer features

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Motorola's Migrate app has been updated, adding Material Design updates and new transfer features. Migrate allows you to transfer data to your Motorola device from a number of sources, including other Android devices, iCloud, and non-smartphones, and the latest update makes that even easier.

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1 month ago

Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

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Facebook's David Marcus took to his, well, Facebook page today to detail a new voice transcription feature that the company is testing for Facebook Messenger. The feature will take any sound clip that you send or receive and transcribe its contents in text below the voice clip itself.

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1 month ago

How to turn off Facebook's in-app browser for external links

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In August of last year, Facebook started rolling out an in-app browser that let you view links completely in the app without being thrown out to your own installed browser of choice. That's all fine and good, but if you want the additional features, bookmarking, familiarity or added security of choosing your own browser to open links, you'll need to dive into the Facebook settings and change this setting. It's a quick process with just a few steps, and this is how you do it.

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1 month ago

Timehop for Android: Throwback Thursday made simple

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Let's go back. Back again.

The ghosts of social media past return

You may have noticed an app popping up in a lot of throwback posts of late called Timehop. Timehop is an app with a very specific purpose: it digs up your social media posts from years ago and presents them to you on their anniversaries. While the primary use for Timehop is to rediscover old posts and content and then reshare it, Timehop can also serve as a daily dose of nostalgia — or embarrassment, as is often the case for my own social history. Timehop is a quick, no-frills trip down down memory lane and a cheat-sheet for #throwbackthursday.

So, when are we off to?

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1 month ago

Wikipedia app grabs a ton of features in their material design update

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More like a native app, less like a web app

Everyone knows what Wikipedia is, because it's the world's biggest free resource for information that is largely supported and built by users. The folks at the Wikimedia Foundation have worked hard to make the world's information available to as many people on the planet as possible, and that means making sure the mobile apps are easy to use and highly functional. While Wikipedia has existed in app form on Android for a couple of years now, the experience hasn't really been any better than using the mobile version of the site.

Today the Wikipedia app for Android has updated to meet that promise, bringing along with it a native feel and lots of Material Design style. If you're the type to grab your phone before your laptop when looking something up, this might be the last time you see the Wikipedia website for a while.

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