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2 months ago

Facebook announces payment services through Messenger

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Facebook has announced a new feature for its Messenger app that will allow users to send and receive money from their friends.

While the code for the payments feature was first discovered in October, today is the day that Facebook decided to turn the switch on the service. People who want to send money in the Messenger app simply start a chat with the designated person, then press the "$" icon and type in the amount of money they want to send.

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2 months ago

Autodesk launches Tinkerplay App in hopes of making 3D design and printing fun

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Tinkerplay, a new free app from Autodesk, hopes to make 3D printing and designing a little more fun.

3D printing is becoming more and more popular, and our own Russell Holly has been having quite a good time with it, but designing and printing isn't for everyone. The folks at Autodesk have just released a new app for Android, iOS and even Windows Phone that they hope will make the experience much easier.

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2 months ago

New Android 5.1 build LMY47E available for Nexus 6

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A new Android 5.1 build adds updated radio firmware and other under-the-hood changes.

Just a week after Android 5.1 first became available for the Nexus 6, Google has pushed out an updated factory image for that device. It's still Android 5.1, but with an updated build number — LMY47E, up from the older LMY47D. So what does that extra letter get you?

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2 months ago

Google Now finally allows voice commands to 'Send a Hangouts Message'

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It is finally possible to send message in Hangouts using Google Now voice commands.

Gone are the days of having to pick up your phone and actually type a message to your friends on Hangouts; now you can simply use Google Now to send it. All you have to do is launch Google Now then say "send a Hangouts message." It will then ask who you want to send to and what you want the message to say, then confirm that you want to send it.

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2 months ago

Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

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Rhapsody has announced a partnership with Twitter to allow users to share full songs from the music service using Twitter Cards.

The full Rhapsody catalog, some 34 million songs, is available for sharing. Users will be able to listen to a song from Rhapsody without leaving the Twitter app.

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2 months ago

Adobe gets its docs ducks in a row with Document Cloud

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Adobe Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC apps for Android and iOS (and with easy syncing for Windows access)

Adobe may have invented the portable document format — that'd the venerable PDF, boys and girls — but for whatever reason its "Acrobat" suite never really had much to do with consumers, and even for biz types it often was easier just to print, sign, scan and send. That ends today with the announcement of Document Cloud, which brings forth Google Drive-like syncing capabilities and the mobile document power we've seen from Samsung.

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2 months ago

Gallery or Photos for Android, which should you use?

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Choices, choices, choices. Gallery apps give us plenty of choices.

Gallery apps are something most of us take for granted.

Google has shipped Google+ Photos as the only gallery app on Nexus phones, but for the most part your phone still comes with both Photos and a gallery app from your manufacturer. Some might see this as bloatware, but there are things that Photos does well. There are also things that are easier (and maybe better) done in a more traditional Gallery.

So, which one should you be using?

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2 months ago

New boot animation shown off for Cyanogen OS

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The team over at Cyanogen has been hard at work creating an alternate Android, and they have just shown off the new boot animation that will come along with Cyanogen OS going forward.

Along with baking in a new email client in Cyanogen OS 12 the team has created an all new boot animation. The new animation goes for a clean and simple approach instead of a flashy one like we have seen in the past.

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2 months ago

Motorola Gallery updated with Material Design tweaks, new sorting options

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Motorola Gallery has snagged an update today that brings some UI tweaks, along with a couple of new options to sort your camera roll.

Today's update brings a new, flatter icon that is heavily inspired by Material Design. In addition, the update brings some new sorting options for the camera roll, along with some UI tweaks for the Highlight Reel.

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2 months ago

YouTube replacing in-video annotations with new Cards format

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Google has announced that it will slowly begin replacing annotations in YouTube videos with a new Cards format, which is designed to work on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Google said they heard from YouTube video creators they wanted more flexibility with the information shown during annotations, along with mobile support. The new Cards are the company's solution to those issues.

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2 months ago

The best Android apps for March Madness

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Trying to follow basketball can make your head spin.

March in America means spring break, St. Patrick's Day, and the NCAA college basketball tournament.

They may say that baseball is America's pastime, but even during the World Series those fan don't get as certifiably insane as hoops fans do during the spring sideshow we call March Madness. And it's back.

It's time to pick your bracket, make a list of excuses for your boss and ready your Android phone and tablet for the tournament. As much as we would all love to just take a hiatus from life and spend the next three weeks in front of a massive wall of television screens, there's just no way that happens unless you're either insanely rich, unemployed, or you're paid to do it. And even then, what fun is just watching the game when you have trash-talking to do and stats to keep up with?

Huddle up, gang, and let's get ready.

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2 months ago

Niantic Labs announces beta for their latest AR game Endgame: Proving Ground

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Niantic Labs, the Google company well known for Ingress, has just announced their most recent title, Endgame: Proving Ground.

Early last year we heard of a partnership between James Frey and Niantic to bring his newest book series to life in an Augmented Reality game. Niantic has had great success with Ingress over the past two years as users from over 200 countries have joined in the game play.

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2 months ago

Upcoming API will allow any third-party app to serve information through Google Now

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Google is working on an API for Google Now that will allow any third-party app to display information through the service.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: One More Line, Thingverse, Cool Circle watch face and more

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Apps of the week

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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2 months ago

HTC's 'Fun Fit' fitness tracker app now available

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We briefly touched on HTC's new fitness tracker app in our massive preview of the HTC One M9, and today HTC Fun Fit is now available for a number of Android devices running Android 4.1 and up.

The app's nicely laid out and uses your phone to keep track of your steps, walking time, distance, calories burned, active time and running time. You also can see how your friends are doing at a glance.

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