Just in time for March Madness, Facebook has rolled out an update to Messenger that lets you play a basketball mini-game with your friend directly from the conversation window. To get started, you need to select the basketball emoji (accessible from the emoji box next to the Like button), send it to a friend, and then tap on the emoji to load the game.
The NCAA Tournament is in full swing. These apps will help you keep up with your bracket.
Game on. The 2016 NCAA Tournament (that's college men's basketball, in case you're not into such things) is underway. That means countless work hours lost over the next couple weeks, but specifically in these early days as we all pore over our brackets, hoping to avoid the bust and advance to the next round.
Sadly, we don't all have televisions in our offices. But seeing as how this is 2016, there's more than one way to keep up with the tourney. A trusty web browser is one, of course. But you're on the go. That's where these handy Android apps come in.
We've updated our favorites for following this year's big dance. And there's a good chance if you're a sports fan you're already acquainted. Let's take a look.
Once upon a time, Twitter worked in the following way: Someone posted a tweet. Then someone else would tweet. Then you would see these tweets in your timeline, in the order they were sent. And because chronological order isn't good enough for social services any more (too predictable and rigid and not as easily monetized, or something like that), Twitter is by default now showing you the "best tweets first."
Google's browser quietly reverts to the old-style tab switcher on phones — but you'll only see the change in a fresh Chrome installation.
In a quiet but not insignificant move, Google has changed the default way its Chrome browser handles tabs on Android phones. Since the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Chrome has let each tab display its own card inside the Overview menu. (That's the list of cards you see when pressing the Recent Apps key.) If you wanted to go back to the old-style tab switcher in Chrome itself, you'd have to find and disable the "Merge tabs and apps" option under Chrome's Settings menu.
As of the most recent stable build of Chrome — version 49 at the time of writing — the new default setting for "Merge tabs and apps" is off.
Apps to help you get the most out of your firearms
We've all heard the term "there's an app for that" at this point, right? If you've been wondering about apps that involve firearms, then boy oh boy do we have you covered. We went looking for the best firearms apps available on the Google Play Store and found everything from in-depth wikis on multiple firearms, to concealed carry laws by state in the U.S., to Auction houses.
There are tons of firearm-related apps on the Google Play Store. We grabbed a few of the best and most informative apps to get you folks started.
Let's see what Android has to offer in terms of firearms!
LastPass has released its own two-factor authenticator app. Available on all major mobile platforms, this new app allows you to set up and configure multiple accounts for more secured access, including your LastPass vault. Simply connect the app to various supporting services and a 6-digit code will generate every minute that will unlock access to protected accounts.
Medium has introduced Collections, an easier way for you to find coverage on specific topics. Collections are the home for topic and theme-based content, bringing together the best Medium stories on specific topics. Whether you want to keep up on the Oscars, or Samsung's constant legal battles with Apple, you can now do so with ease.
Just when you thought golf couldn't get any more exciting, MasterCard has teamed up with this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill to showcase a new VR experience. Enlisting the help of professional golfers Graeme McDowell and Harris English, the experience will enable consumers to really feel like they're there by standing on the 17th hole, and even purchase items within the virtual world.
Instagram is planning to make some changes in the feeds of its hundreds of millions of users. The social network, owned by Facebook, says that in the coming months it will "optimize" those feeds so that users can see what Instagram thinks they should check out first.
Google is giving you more ways to get around with the integration of ride-hailing services to Google Maps in countries across the world. Now, when you ask for directions, Maps can give you fare estimates and pickup times if a car from one of the new partner services is near you. Google has added support for Hailo in the UK and Spain, 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India, myTaxi in Germany and Spain, and Gett in the UK.
Google recently introduced Smart Reply to its Inbox by Gmail mobile apps, and now the company is bringing the feature to the web interface as well. The feature is designed to populate some responses that you may end up typing, and let you just click them to send instead of having to click reply, typing your message and hitting send.
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