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4 weeks ago

Android L preview: Battery and power management

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Battery in Android L

The next version of Android introduces battery-saving features for developers and users alike

You can never have enough battery power. Battery life is one of the main areas of smartphone performance in which there's still a huge amount of room for improvement. Batteries in the leading Android phones are getting bigger all the time, and that's one way to make things better. But the Android L developer preview also brings software improvements aimed to boost longevity, including new battery stats and a battery-saving mode for users, and tools to help developers make more battery-friendly apps.

Let's take a closer look.

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4 weeks ago

The best Twitter apps for Android

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Twitter Apps

Looking for the best Twitter apps on Android? Here they are.

Smartphones can help keep us constantly connected. With that great power, we can give the world a play-by-play of our lives. We can also watch others do the same. For those exciting play-by-plays, many people turn to Twitter.

There are many Twitter clients for Android, so which ones should we use? We list some of our favorites here. Of course, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of great Twitter apps or of features offered by these apps. Most of these apps have some shared functionality, like the ability to schedule when your tweets will be sent out, view your Timeline, etc. With that being said, read on to see what we consider to be some of the best Twitter apps out there!

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4 weeks ago

Lyft update allows riders to summon cars from their wrists

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Lyft has updated its Android app to bring Android Wear compatibility, meaning that smartwatch owners can now summon their next ride from their wrists without having to reach for their phones. With Android Wear compatibility, users can speak in their request and pickup location to their watch.

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4 weeks ago

Microsoft OneDrive updated with pull-to-refresh, new navigation drawer

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Following up on a much heavier update that added encryption support, Microsoft has updated OneDrive with some new interface elements that make navigating the app easier. A new slide-in navigation drawer on the left side of the app gives you access to different folders and accounts, a dedicated search button lets you find files easily and pull-to-refresh lets you manually grab new files from the cloud.

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4 weeks ago

Hercules: The Official Game brings hack-and-slash dueling to Android

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Trying to ride the hype of the theatrical release of the movie Hercules, Glu is launching Hercules: The Official Game for Android today. This game builds on all of the well-known Hercules story lines to bring a hack-and-slash dueling game with various hero characters to choose from, and different melee, magic and ranged attacks to go to battle with.

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4 weeks ago

Top Gear: Race The Stig adds new cars and more in new update

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Top Gear: Race The Stig, an endless driver game based on the mute driver in the popular Top Gear BBC TV series, just received a new content update today for Android, as well as other versions.

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4 weeks ago

The Red Cross Hurricane app is our go-to storm tracker this season

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Red Cross Hurricane App

Plus more tips and tricks for using your phones during severe weather

We've got our first hurricane of the year — Arthur — and he's starting to make his way up the eastern seaboard. That means it's the perfect time to talk a bit, as we do every year, about how your smartphone can help out with the summer scourge.

This year, I'm using the Red Cross Hurricane app as my go-to tracker. There are a bunch of hurricane apps available in Google Play, but most of them just repurpose data from the National Hurricane Center. There's nothing wrong with that, but I can visit the NHC site for free. For those new to tropical weather, the Red Cross app also has a wealth of preparedness information, including what to do before, during and after a storm, traditional tracking maps, and shelter information. It's basically a one-stop app for severe storm information.

In addition to that app recommendation, let's also take a look at a few ways your smartphone can help you during a storm.

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4 weeks ago

Glassboard Android app updated with pull-to-refresh and more

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The popular encrypted messaging chat app Glassboard has updated its Android version today, adding in a number of new functionals that should be helpful for its users.

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4 weeks ago

Co-operative dancing game Bounden lands gracefully on Android

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A particularly unique Android game just came to the Play Store today called Bounden, where two players each hold their thumb on a short edge of the screen, and have to move the device together so the center area hits targets around a 3D sphere at the right time. These stages were designed in coordination with the Dutch National Ballet, and come complete with high-quality classical music that plays as you dance.

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4 weeks ago

The Angry Birds pack their bags for a season in South HAMerica

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Angry Birds is the still super-popular puzzle game from Rovio and the company doesn't appear to be halting the flow updates any time soon with this latest release for Angry Birds Seasons. The content patch adds a bunch of new levels in South HAMerica (a spin on "South America", if it's a slow morning), taking the player through 27 areas with new high altitude gameplay, relics, artefacts and pesky piggies.

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