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1 month ago

The Google Cardboard apps you shouldn't miss

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Google Cardboard transports you inside of the app, and for better or worse refuses to let you go.

By now you've no doubt heard about Google Cardboard and its ability to turn your phone into a 3D projector you strap to your face. The best part about Cardboard right now is the volume of apps to check out, but as is often the case that causes a new problem. With so many options for apps on the Play Store, it's easy to get overwhelmed. There's more than a dozen roller coaster apps, some games that require full controllers to play, and others that don't quite work as advertised.

We've gone through dozens of games and app in the Google Play Store recently, and made a short list of the stuff you should be trying out.

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1 month ago

Twitter to remove 140-character limit for DMs in July

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Twitter will be making some more changes in July, one of which will be the removal of the 140 character limit for direct messages.

Currently, users have a 140-character limit for both tweets and direct messages, but in July Twitter will be removing that limitation from direct messages. The company has announced the new change, along with an updated API for developers.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen partners with Playphone to bring social gaming to emerging markets

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Cyanogen OS is getting a gaming boost from Playphone in emerging markets.

Cyanogen has announced a partnership with Playphone, a sort of mobile gaming social network and store all in one, that will see the service installed on Cyanogen OS phones in "key international markets."

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1 month ago

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

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Google Slides has gained Chromecast support, making it even easier to set up and give presentations from your mobile device.

Google has added Chromecast support to its Slides app, letting users cast their presentations to a larger screen with ease. With the addition of Chromecast support, getting set up for presentations and even controlling them, has been made a great deal easier.

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1 month ago

Here are the apps competing with Periscope

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These days, there is more than one app for everything.

As consumers, we're used to having choices and being able to decide what works best for us. Where it can get pesky however, is when you are inundated with too many options, and not enough information about what each one can offer us. Well, it seems like live streaming video has more than enough options for even the most discerning user.

We've talked about Periscope in depth, but you need to know your options. So we've grabbed a few of the most popular live streaming video apps, with a breakdown on each one.

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1 month ago

Google wants your feedback on Google Voice

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Google wants your feedback on how it can improve Google Voice.

There's no doubt that users have some frustrations with Google Voice, including some slight hiccups with its integration into Hangouts. Now, however, Google is looking to get some feedback on how you would improve the Google Voice experience.

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1 month ago

Gmail app for Android adds Oauth support for Yahoo and Microsoft accounts

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In a new update that will be rolling out over the next few days, Gmail will bring Oauth support for Microsoft and Yahoo accounts.

Security is important to everyone, and Google is boosting security in its Gmail app for those with Microsoft and Yahoo accounts. In the latest update, which will be rolling out over the next few days, the company is adding support for Oauth for these users.

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1 month ago

Hotel Tonight introduces Escape and GeoRates to let you be spontaneous without draining your bank account

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Hotel Tonight has introduced Escape and GeoRates, two new features that will help users find overnight getaways at an even better deal than usual.

With work schedules becoming busier, and vacations getting harder to plan in advance, Hotel Tonight wants to make it easier and more affordable to book a spontaneous getaway without draining your bank account. With two new features, Escape and GeoRates, Hotel Tonight is making it even easier to find the best weekend getaways, while offering a new way to save some additional money on top of their already low rates.

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1 month ago

Location Aware Search lets you ask Google about places around you

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Voice search on your Android device just got a bit cooler with the addition of a new feature: Location Aware Search.

Though Google has yet to make a formal announcement, the company showed off a new feature for voice search on Android at an event in Paris. Called Location Aware Search, the feature clues search in on your location, allowing you to ask non-specific questions about nearby landmarks, such as "what is the name of this church" if you happen to be standing near one.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 Lollipop may arrive for the 2013 Moto X in the coming weeks

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Android 5.1 Lollipop for the 2013 Moto X may arrive in a couple of weeks for U.S. owners.

Motorola's David Schuster took to Google Plus today to give an update on the progress of Android 5.1 Lollipop testing for the unlocked 2013 Moto X. In his post, Schuster says that, if testing goes well, the update may arrive within the coming weeks.

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1 month ago

Using Periscope's notification settings

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Control over your notifications is a breeze with Periscope.

As phones and technology progress, so does the way we interact with them. One thing never changes though, and its the fact that we all like to have control over when our phones decide to tell us about things. Some of us like a notification for every interaction across social networks, and then there are those who only want to hear their phones go off for something of monumental importance.

It's definitely a pleasant surprise to see an app that takes its audience into consideration with where, and how their notification settings work. Getting there, and changing things within Periscope is about as simple and straightforward as it gets.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen OS 12.1 is currently in testing for the OnePlus One

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Cyanogen OS 12.1 is currently in testing for the OnePlus One, while an OxygenOS update for Android 5.1 won't land until after the OnePlus 2 arrives.

OnePlus took to its forums to talk about updates coming down the pipeline for its OnePlus One device. On the docket is Cyanogen OS 12.1 (based on Android 5.1), which is currently undergoing testing and Google certification.

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1 month ago

Find family-friendly content with ease in new Family section of Google Play

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Google's new Family section is now live in Google Play, making it easier to find appropriate content for the whole family.

At Google I/O, Google announced that it would be adding a new Family section to Google Play to make it easier to find family-friendly content. The new section is live in Google Play, with sections for various age groups.

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1 month ago

Enhance your hotel stay at Four Seasons with its new app

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Four Seasons has launched a new Android app that will let guests enhance their hotel stay in several ways, right from their phones.

With people traveling more frequently, and a smartphone in nearly everyone's pocket, most enjoy being able to take advantage of additional features right from their devices. Four Seasons, a popular luxury resort, has launched a new Android app that lets guests take advantage of several additional features right from the palm of their hand.

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1 month ago

Uber publishes simplified privacy statements, explains app permissions

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Uber has published new privacy statements for riders and drivers in an effort to be more transparent.

If you're a fan of Uber, but you're concerned with what it is doing with your information, the company has just published new, simpler privacy statements that cut out a majority of the legal jargon while clearly spelling out why it needs certain permissions on your device.

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