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1 month ago

Hotel Tonight wants to spice up your Valentine's Day with themed room packages

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If you find yourself struggling to throw something together for Valentine's Day, hotel deals app Hotel Tonight has your back. Starting Monday, February 9, you'll be able to select from a couple of different Valentine's Day room packages from within the app.

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1 month ago

Ask AC: Why does Twitter now need to use my microphone?

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Twitter permissions

A number of folks have inquired this one lately, so let's nip it in the bud. A recent update to the Android Twitter application brings about a new permission: accessing your phone or tablet's microphone. And rightfully so, folks are doing a double take and asking why Twitter suddenly needs to be able to hear you.

The answer, actually, is simple ...

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1 month ago

Changing payment methods on the fly in Google Play

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Once you've set up your payments in Google Play, buying apps, games and music can be a breeze, but what happens when you want to use something else to pay for an app? Maybe you're saving your Google Play credit up for a movie. Maybe you don't want your partner to get upset when they see your bill covered with Google Play purchases. Maybe your debit card is almost overdrawn and you need to switch over to something else until payday. Whatever the case may be, you need to change what — or who — is billed for your latest in-app purchase spree. And the best part?

You don't even have to leave your app to do it.

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1 month ago

Swype update adds new floating keyboard, Material themes and phrase correction

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Swype has updated its keyboard on Android today with a long list of new features, including a new mini-keyboard, free themes and tons of prediction and correction improvements. On the interface side you'll find a new truly floating mini keyboard that sits on top of your apps for quick input, as well as predictions-only emoji support and two Material Design themes.

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1 month ago

Yo, SlideShare and Tapatalk make their debut for Chrome OS

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Some new Android apps are now available for Chrome OS and Chromebook users from the Chrome Web Store. Yo, the limited but still inexplicably popular messaging app, is among those on that list, along with the SlideShare presentation app and the Tapatalk forum discussion app (with which our forums are compatible).

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1 month ago

Clash of Clans for Android, as explained by an 8-year-old

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Mia - Clash of Clans

It's 3 p.m. ... Do you know what your kids are playing?

This little Clash of Clans excursion we've been taking started because of one thing: My daughter has grown beyond my control. I gave her the Nexus 7 (2013) to take for a spin, and she, unsurprisingly, ran with it. She has more games and apps and lord knows what on there than I ever imagined. She's not browsing the Web. She's listening to music, and watching weird Barbie videos.

And, mostly, she's playing Clash of Clans, a game I had absolutely no intention of caring about. It was something other people played. (Like, you know, Candy Crush. Which I also didn't ever play — until I played it.) Like a lot of you, I figured it was an in-app-purchase grab, and that's it.

There's nothing to be ashamed of, though, right? Many millions of people are playing it. So there's got be something about it. And if it's good enough for my kid, it should be good enough for me. Only, I had no idea what Clash of Clans was. So, I had Mia explain it to me.

And it went a little something like this:

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1 month ago

Timely Alarm Clock updated with new features and Material Design touches

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Timely, the alarm app that was acquired by Google just last year, has scored a significant update today. Coming in at version 1.3, new features include Google Now support for timers and alarms, upcoming alarm notifications, and some Material Design updates.

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1 month ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics rolls out in the Google Play Store

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Transformers: Battle Tactics, the latest game in the long running "Robots in Disguise" franchise, is now available for Android in the Google Play Store. Players can control teams of Autobots and Decepticons in turn-based combat.

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1 month ago

The best S Pen apps for the Galaxy Note 4

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S Pen apps

Steve Jobs said the best stylus is a finger. Samsung disagrees, and so do these apps

One of my favorite features of the Galaxy Note 4 (and one of the coolest things to happen to smartphones ever) is the S Pen. It's not a stylus. Instead think of it as a smart, pressure sensitive accessory that's paired with hardware and software on the Note 4 to make for a really good input device.

With the Note 4, we see huge improvements (and real life improvements, not just spec-sheet mumbo jumbo) in the sensitivity of the S Pen and how smooth it works. It's a great addition to any large-screen device, and one you really need to use to appreciate.

Here are some great apps to use it and see!

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1 month ago

Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords hits the Google Play Store

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As promised, Telltale Games has released the second episode of its Game of Thrones adventure game series. It's titled "The Lost Lords" and can be downloaded as an in-app purchase for $4.99 from within the Game of Thrones app on the Google Play Store.

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1 month ago

Stable version of VLC launches on Google Play, beta client spun off as separate app

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VLC media player received a host of fixes in its last update, but the app itself was still classified as a beta. VideoLAN, the makers of the popular media player, have today announced the launch of the first stable client for VLC (v1.0.1) on Android. The beta version is also available for users to test out as a separate app.

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1 month ago

Google Play Music gets more Material Design tweaks in latest update

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Google Play Music scored an update today, but don't get too excited, as it's a relatively minor one. Most of what's new are slight design tweaks that bring it up to speed with Material Design and away from its previous look.

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1 month ago

theScore launches new eSports app with live coverage and breaking news

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If you're a hardcore into eSports, following the scene just got a whole lot easier. TheScore just unveiled a new app for Android, fittingly called "theScore eSports," that aims to serve up all the eSports coverage you could possibly desire.

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1 month ago

The developers behind Kim Kardashian: Hollywood are making a Katy Perry game

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Hot off her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show performance, singer-songwriter-ascendent-pop-queen Katy Perry is poised to get her very own mobile game. The as-of-yet untitled game is being developed by Glu Mobile, the same company that inflicted Kim Kardashian: Hollywood on the world.

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1 month ago

iPhone and iPad app company Launchpad Toys has been bought by Google

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San Francisco-based company Launchpad Toys, which had previously made apps exclusively for iOS devices, announced today they are being acquired by Google. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

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