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1 month ago

HTC shutting down Sense TV app, moving users over to Peel

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HTC has confirmed that it's shutting down its Sense TV app at the end of April, and moving users over to the Peel app bundled on the One M9.

Owners of the Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 have noticed that the Sense TV app, which functions as a smart TV remote using the built-in IR blaster, has started notifying them that the service will be shut down from April 30. The move isn't surprising given that HTC's shipping a regular Peel remote app instead of Sense TV on its latest One M9. However we now have confirmation from HTC that the move away from Sense TV is taking place, and that it'll affect Android owners as well as its most recent Windows device.

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1 month ago

WhatsApp voice calling starts rolling out to everyone

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Available to select users previously, WhatsApp has commenced rollout of its voice calling feature to all users on Android.

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1 month ago

Google brings your photos and files together by adding Google+ Photos to Google Drive

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Google is making it even easier to keep your photos and files in the same place by adding Google+ Photos into Google Drive.

Google is now making organizing your photos and files even easier by showing your Google+ Photos in Google Drive. Over the course of the next few weeks users will be able to view images from Google+ Photos in their Drive account. Images will still be stored in Google+ Photos, but organization of the files can now take place in Google Drive.

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1 month ago

Gmail update for Android will help organize all your email accounts, even if they're not Google's

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A new update to Gmail for Android is supposed to help its users organize all of their various email accounts at once with the new "All Inboxes" option.

This new feature will alllow Gmail users to simply read all of their emails in one place, without having to switch to their other accounts like those on Outlook or Yahoo Mail.

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1 month ago

CBS News app update adds streaming CBSN news video

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The CBS News app for Android has been updated, adding CBSN to give you streaming news on-the-go.

The latest update to the CBS app for Android brings an all new design, along with a brand new channel: CBSN. CBSN is the latest digital news channel from CBS, which is aimed towards keeping you informed from your mobile device. The channel, which streams to your phone, will feature live anchor coverage, original reporting and breaking news.

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1 month ago

Using Kobo Books for your reading fix

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The folks at Kobo have worked hard to be an ebook store built by and for readers, and their app is a worthy extension of those efforts.

There are plenty of examples of ebook stores out there that exist as a part of a larger machine, but not nearly as many ebook stores that exist to just be really good ebook stores as there probably should be. Kobo is at the top of an unfortunately short list of companies that focus intently on delivering a top notch ebook platform, including a store, apps, and standalone devices for consuming ebooks.

While the Kobo ereaders and tablets are perfectly capable standing on their own and delivering enjoyable experiences, the Kobo app exists for everyone who wants their books to exist wherever they are. Whether this is your first time giving Kobo a serious look or you're already embedded in their platform, the app is well worth your time.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Tinkerplay, Hootsuite, Pop Watch Face and more

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Applications

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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1 month ago

Doing all of your reading through the Nook app

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The last major bookstore chain wants to be all things to all people, but it turns out that's not easy to do.

It's not uncommon to hear someone refer to their ereader app as being a bookstore on their phone or tablet, but the folks at Barnes & Noble get about as close as you can towards making that statement literal. The Nook app is much more than just an ereader app attached to a store, it's an access portal for movies, television shows, newspapers, magazines, and even puzzles and toys that are sold in physical B&N locations. A content portals go, the Nook app is perfectly capable of delivering a tremendous amount of content to your mobile device. Whether or not that means you want to use this app as your primary reading mechanism is another matter entirely.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 edge receive 177MB OTA with bug fixes, performance improvements

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When T-Mobile customers receive their recently-purchased Galaxy S6 and S6 edges, they'll be in for an OTA update as soon as they start them up.

A heftily-sized 177MB update is hitting both phones on T-Mobile, with a very generic changelog listed indicating that there are bug fixes, performance improvements and potential feature enhancements. The software makes the jump to build number UVU1AOCG, but of course that doesn't really matter as much as what's actually been changed that users will notice.

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1 month ago

Where's the flashlight app on the Galaxy S6?

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A dedicated "flashlight" app is gone on the Galaxy S6, but that doesn't mean it isn't easy to access that function on your phone.

Our phones are most often the easiest way to quickly deploy a flashlight in dark situations, and the Galaxy S6 will let you quickly light up its camera flash to provide that with a simple tap. Rather than use a dedicated flashlight app or a key command, you can use a quick launch icon in the notification shade to do the job.

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1 month ago

Chrome scrolling is going to be smoother (eventually) thanks to a new API

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It looks like scrolling is about be smoother in Chrome, as Google plans to integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into the browser.

While there's no timeline for when the API will be implemented, the end result should be less jank when scrolling through a website in Chrome.

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1 month ago

Using Amazon's Kindle app to read all the books

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Amazon has built an empire, a big part of which is giving you everything you need to never want to leave.

The original Kindle experience was the spark that took ebooks from a cool thing that one friend of yours did to make all of their books digital to a global phenomenon that has threatened the very existence of brick and mortar book stores. Amazon created an experience where all of the books you could possibly want to read were easy to access, reasonably priced, and offered a simple yet powerful user interface.

A lot has changed since Amazon's first attempt at the Kindle, including the expansion beyond their own ereaders. The Amazon app is one of the most popular digital reading experiences out there, due largely to those same core values that made ebooks cool in the first place.

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1 month ago

Slack launches two-factor authentication following unauthorized database access

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Slack, has enabled two-factor authorization for users, following unauthorized access to their database which stores user profile information.

Slack, the popular team communication app, had the database which stores user profile information accessed without authorization, and to ensure account security they have rolled out two-factor authorization for all accounts. A very small number of accounts were found to be affected by suspicious activity, and Slack has already reached out to those users.

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1 month ago

Vine now supports 720p video viewing from the Android app

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Vine now supports higher-resolution 720p video as viewed from the Android app, with video uploads for that same resolution coming soon for those users.

Vine announced the new higher-resolution videos in a blog post, adding that they will be viewable on both their iOS and Android apps "over the coming days".

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1 month ago

Moving from an iPhone to the Galaxy S6? You need to know these things

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iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 edge

It only takes a few minutes to move in to your new smartphone, as long as you push the right buttons.

Switching phones has always been kind of a pain, and smartphones didn't so much make things easier as create different problems along the way. If you're an iPhone user planning to grab a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, it's not going to take you long to notice how moving from one ecosystem to the other isn't exactly as simple as entering in a username and password. Not to worry, though, we've got everything you need right here.

The biggest challenges when moving from iOS to Android is making sure you're not jumping through hoops on the simple stuff. Contacts, email, social networking, and any photos or files you want to move over. As long as you still have your iPhone nearby, all of this stuff is a breeze once you know what buttons to push.

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