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1 month ago

The Photo Collage app on the ZenFone 2 is a great way to share pics

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Instagrammers and selfie-aficionados will love the ASUS Photo Collage app, and it's fun for the rest of us, too.

There is a lot of bloatware on the ASUS ZenFone 2. Nobody who has one is going to deny it. Thankfully, you can remove most of what you don't want and won't use, but before you go uninstalling all the things, you might want to stop and look at some of those apps.

I've left them all installed and am going through them (that's part of the job) and have found a few that work really well and can be a little fun to play with. The Photo Collage app is one of those. We all know how apps like this work — you take a picture or a group of pictures and the app assembles them in a grid or fancy frame. There are plenty of apps like this in Google Play, and some are very popular. Like any app that's designed to enhance pictures, the best ones have plenty of options.

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1 month ago

5 Fitness apps for Android that you should check out

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Fitness doesn't have to mean going to the gym anymore, and that's because of apps on our phones. Now you can bring the feel of the gym to wherever you are, which means more easily fitting it into an over burdered schedule. We've found some of the best fitness apps out there, and we've collected them for you. Whether you are looking to track your progress, or find the perfect workout, we've got 5 apps that are worth checking out.

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1 month ago

How to use the Auto Start Manager app on the ASUS ZenFone 2

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Auto Start Manager app

Control which apps start on their own, but beware of the possible consequences.

The ASUS ZenFone 2 sure comes with a lot of apps pre-installed. Some of us aren't happy about that, some of us love them being there, but most of us will use a few and do what we can do to get the others out of sight. Thankfully, that's pretty easy to do on the ZenFone 2. But some apps can only work effectively when they are pre-installed with special permissions by the manufacturer on a phone that's not rooted. The Auto Start Manager app on the ZenFone 2 is a good example.

it's a simple idea — select which apps are allowed to start on their own, with no interaction from the user (that's you and me). To do this, you need elevated permissions, but since it's a system app directly from ASUS it can have those permissions without you having to root your phone. Other apps are able to do the same thing, but they will need root to do it.

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1 month ago

New in the Android Central app: Samsung Multi Window support, and bug fixes!

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Coming soon to an Android phone or tablet near you — it's the latest version of the Android Central app! In this latest release we're introducing a new feature, Multi Window support for Samsung devices, that should help you get all the news and information you want from Android Central while also keeping up with other things on your devices.

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1 month ago

Free App of the Week in Google Play: Thomas's Musical Day For Percy

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Google has been making a different app free each week in its Family section of Google Play, and this week's free app is Thomas's Musical Day For Percy. The app, which is normally $4.99, is free from July 2 through July 9.

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1 month ago

Swappa's phone valuation experience now exists in app form

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There are plenty of ways to sell your phone when you decide you're ready to move on to something new, and since some of us experience to urge to swap phones a whole lot more often than others there's usually some research needed to determine the best price to list your hardware. Researching this kind of thing can often be a lot of work, since listings usually disappear as soon as the transaction is complete, and in many sites there are private conversations that can have a significant effect on the final price tag.

The folks at Swappa have been doing this whole third-party smartphone and tablet sales thing for a while now, and one of the best tools on their website is the record of what devices have sold for in the past. That experience now exists in app form, so you can quickly see what your phone or tablet would be worth when considering selling it. The app is called Swappa Price, and as the name suggests it's all about letting you know what other devices have sold for on Swappa. Like the Swappa site, you can break things down by carrier, unlocked, and if you've decided you're interested in buying or selling based on that information you can tap either of the big friendly buttons in the search results and be taken to the Swappa site.

It's fairly simple stuff, but for folks who are constantly buying and selling phones and tablets in the search of something new this app can reduce a lot of the research time. Enjoy!

Download: Swappa Price (free)

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2 months ago

Pocket Casts' web player snags its first big update, adds episode starring and Chromecast support

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The web version of one of our favorite podcast apps, Pocket Casts, just got its first big update since launching. Coming in this update is the ability to star individual episodes, Chromecast support, and more.

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2 months ago

Snapchat gives your finger a rest in latest update

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Snapchatters, there are some big improvements coming to everyone's favorite ephemeral messaging app. Perhaps the biggest change hitting Snapchat is that users no longer have to hold their finger to the screen to view snaps — something people have been asking for for a while.

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2 months ago

All Creatures Big and Small goes free in the US, UK gets Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry

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Google Play has switched it up this week, with some movies going free instead of apps. This time around we have All Creatures Big and Small listed as free in the US, while the UK is seeing Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry.

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2 months ago

Mac owners can now play all those Android apps with the BlueStacks player

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Mac owners who have been jealous of all those apps and games being released on Android can now join the party. BlueStacks has now officially released its Mac version of its Android App Player, which was previously released for Windows (BlueStacks did briefly release an alpha version of its Mac app in 2012).

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2 months ago

YouTube app now supports playing HD videos at the smooth rate of 60fps

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Google previously added support for YouTube videos to play at 60fps on the desktop site, and later added that same frame rate for live streaming videos. Now the official YouTube Android app can handle 60fps playback, if the video already supports that high of a frame rate, and the mobile device is capable of handing it.

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2 months ago

Facebook Messenger's direct payments feature now available to everyone in the U.S.

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Back in March, Facebook announced that it would start rolling out a direct payment feature in Messenger. After first rolling out to users in New York City in May, the company has announced that direct payments are now available to everyone in the U.S..

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2 months ago

Pushbullet combines messaging and file sharing in latest massive update

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Pushbullet has received its biggest update yet, which brings messaging to its file sharing platform. In addition to overhauling the design, the Pushbullet team has made a number of other improvements to the app on all platforms, adding even more functionality than it had previously.

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2 months ago

Google brings real-time traffic information to Indian roads

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Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto the roads in the country. Google is now trying to make sense of the chaos by bringing real-time traffic information for twelve cities.

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2 months ago

2G-friendly Facebook Lite launches in India and the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced a lightweight version of its Android app, one tailored for 2G networks and in situations with inconsistent connectivity. The social networking giant has now launched Facebook Lite in India and the Philippines, with more markets set to follow over the coming weeks and months.

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