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2 weeks ago

VSCO Cam review

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VSCO Cam

A great photo editing app awaits you at the top of a steep learning curve

There are an uncountable number of photo editing apps available today, each with their own experience, editing tools and social engagement mechanisms. There are the big names like Instagram, Snapseed and Photoshop — but another app with a passionate following for a long time on iOS called VSCO Cam (derived from the name "Visual Supply Co") is also now thrown into the mix on Android.

In a world where Instagram has lost a bit of its "cool" factor among the more artistic and photography-focused users out there, VSCO Cam is a really great option. Though with a potentially over-simplified and tough-to-grasp interface, getting acquainted with this app definitely takes some time. Read along for our full review of VSCO Cam on Android.

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2 weeks ago

Corel launches Painter Mobile for Android

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Corel kicked off a new version of their desktop art app, Painter 2015, and along with it they've included an Android companion app. The main focus is on a wide range of brush types, though Painter Mobile also has layer support, symmetry tools, and all of the usual functions you'd expect.

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2 weeks ago

Redesigned Google Play Store hitting more devices

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Google Play Store

According to, well, a lot of you fine folks out there, the new, redesigned Google Play Store is making its way to more devices today. (It started its trollout a couple weeks ago, pushing to just a small percentage of devices.)

If you've yet to experience it, things are pretty different. You've got some proper Material Design love. Promo graphics now dominate the app listings, with a play button overlay if the app has a promo video associated with it. (And a note to devs: those promo images become mandatory at the end of the month.) And we've actually seen a few other changes just in the past few weeks we've been running this version, with the number of downloads gaining a badge, and a few other little tweaks.

All in all, good changes. My only real complaint is that when a changelog runs more than a couple lines and you tap the "Read more" button, you then have to scroll through the whole app description to get back to the changelog. But that's a minor thing.

Look for the new Play Store to push to you any time now.

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3 weeks ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 12, 2014

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Looking to save a buck on apps, phones, tablets, and other gear? You've come to the right place.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook finally puts up a page explaining Messenger permissions

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Fear over the app's features was unfounded in the first place

Now that folks have freaked the eff out over the permissions declared in the Facebook Messenger app, Facebook finally has added a page to its help section explaining what's going on, and why the app uses the permissions that it does. And — surprise, surprise — Facebook's explanation is exactly what we told you last week, when we broke things down, feature for feature.

So, again. Nothing really to be alarmed over, so far as the app permissions are concerned.

And for what it's worth, the December 2013 Huffington Post story that was the genesis for much of the FUD today added a correction/update. Better late than never, we suppose.

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3 weeks ago

Dropbox for Android gets document previews and better search

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Dropbox for Android has been updated to add document previews, along with smarter searching. Word Documents, PowerPoint presentations, and PDFs can now be viewed directly in Dropbox for Android, rather than moving you to a different app.

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3 weeks ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 11, 2014

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Looking to save a buck on apps, phones, tablets, and other gear? You've come to the right place.

Dig in!

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3 weeks ago

Apps of the Week: Waze, Timely Alarm Clock, Udacity - Learn Programming and more!

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Apps of the week

We just had to break out the original format for our Apps of the Week post. We missed it. Don't worry — we're still going to focus on best of categories and sort out the great new content as it hits Google Play, but not sharing our personal picks each week didn't feel right.

So you'll find our list of apps we love and think you should try each week on Sundays. Starting right now.

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3 weeks ago

Best Android apps and games of the week: Duet, NFL Now and more!

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Duet for Android

We've got another week's worth of new Android app releases for you! These are the best we've been able to find: five great Android games and five great Android apps.

There are plenty of strategy games this go-around, but also a little something for those in business and something else for photographers. Intrigued? Let's dive in.

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3 weeks ago

How to keep Facebook Messenger from sharing your location

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Facebook Messenger Location

Keeping your location a secret in Facebook Messenger is easy to do, but you still have to do it

We've explained how Facebook Messenger isn't anywhere near as evil as a recent spate of ill-informed stories would have you believe, but that doesn't mean there aren't features you can't take control of.

And one of the things we've been asked most is "How do I keep Facebook Messenger from sharing my location?"

It's pretty easy, actually, requiring no hacking at all. Here's how to handle it.

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