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3 weeks ago

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter ends with Android app goal reached

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The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign has now ended, and the group's massive stretch goal of $5 million in order to launch, among other things, the development of an Android app for the famous children's reading service was met and exceeded.

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3 weeks ago

Android L preview: Do Not Disturb mode

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Do Not Disturb in Android L

Proper system-level "do not disturb" settings have been a hit-or-miss feature depending on what manufacturer's phone you choose, and was a completely missing feature on stock Android devices — a void filled by countless free and paid third-party apps that have done a great job. For as good as these apps are, there's really nothing that can beat a well-done system settings pane that lets you cancel out sounds, calls and notifications on your schedule at the lowest level.

Luckily one of the many improvements in Android L is the inclusion of a proper Do Not Disturb mode, which helps you keep your phone silent when it needs to be whether that's overnight on a schedule or just for a limited one-off situation.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung to shut down its Video and Media Hub August 1

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Samsung has sent emails to customers informing them that the company plans to shut down its Video and Media Hub on August 1. This news comes as Samsung has already pulled the plug on its Music Hub service.

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3 weeks ago

The Wolf Among Us comes to Android through Amazon Appstore

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The Wolf Among Us is bringing its particularly gritty point-and-click gaming to Android by way of the Amazon Appstore today. It's made by Telltale, the same folks behind The Walking Dead series of games, which are also excellent. The Wolf Among Us puts players in control of Bigby, a sheriff with a temper problem who also happens to be a wolf.

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3 weeks ago

PadFone 2 gets Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Those that picked up one of the earlier tablet/smartphone combos from ASUS will be happy to hear that the PadFone 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is currently rolling out. ASUS has been working on this update for awhile, so it's good news that it's live. On the downside, you'll lose all of your device data in the process, so be ready to start from scratch.

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3 weeks ago

Latest Vine update lets you see how many times videos have looped

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Have you ever wanted to see just how many times that funny body popping video has been viewed (or looped/repeated) on Vine? Now you can with the latest changes made to the popular service. Vine has rolled out updates to its Android, iOS apps as well as its web platform to introduce loop counters on published videos. Now it's possible to see counters while browsing through the app to determine what's popular using views as opposed to how many times that specific item has been shared.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook rolling out 'missed call' ads to boost revenue from India

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Looking to increase revenue from emerging markets like India, Facebook has announced that it rolling out a new "missed call" ad service that allows users to easily access information from brands and advertisers without incurring data or voice charges.

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3 weeks ago

Best Android apps of June 2014

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We've already blasted through the best Android games launched over the last month, and now it's time to dig into every other kind of Android app. Utilities, social apps, photography, launchers, custom keyboards... we're trying it all. Of course our awesome community will likely leave some solid suggestions in the comments, plus we've got our weekly app round-ups from the editors to take a look at if this isn't enough.

Ready? Let's go!

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3 weeks ago

Deal Center to offer one place to see Amazon Appstore discounts

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Amazon has announced it will have a new feature in its Amazon Appstore, at least for its Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, called Deal Center, where all of the discounted apps that are available from the storefront are located in one place.

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3 weeks ago

The Witcher Battle Arena to battle on all mobile platforms later this year

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The Witcher is a popular series of PC and console games based on the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. In the medieval fantasy world of The Witcher, powerful humans with mutant traits called Witchers seek out and destroy the monsters that threaten humanity's survival. Polish gaming studio CD Projekt RED is currently hard at work developing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

As the Witcher console games become more well-known and poised to take on the Elder Scrolls series in a fight for role-playing gamers' hearts, the series will also be venturing onto smartphones for the first time. CD Projekt RED has just announced that The Witcher Battle Arena will be coming to iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone and Windows 8 in the fourth quarter of this year. Battle Arena will be a free-to-play MOBA with emphasis on RPG-style progression and fairness to players.

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