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2 months ago

Latest Chrome for Android update brings faster online checkouts, touch to search

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Google announced the rollout of Chrome 43 for Android today, which brings faster online checkouts and more.

Google says that Chrome 43 will begin rolling out on Google Play over the next few days, bringing with it a faster checkout process when shopping online, along with a new touch to search feature.

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2 months ago

Facebook Messenger expands its direct payment feature, rolls out in New York City

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People who can use the direct payment features in the Facebook Messenger app now have some new options to check out.

In March, Facebook began its slow rollout of its new direct payment features inside its Messenger app. Today, it is adding some more options to those features, along with expanding its reach to include more people.

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2 months ago

Microsoft brings its Office Lens document scanner app to Android

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Microsoft's Office Lens app, which lets people can documents and other items and convert them with multiple file formats, has launched officially for Android.

Microsoft continues to expand its Android support with today's official launch of its Office Lens app. The app was previously released for Windows Phone and the iPhone.

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2 months ago

Fleksy adds millions of stickers with its new Imoji keyboard partnership

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The popular Flesky keyboard got a big update today, adding the new Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which lets users communicate using millions of stickers.

If you love stickers, then you are really going to go nuts with the update to the Fleksy. It adds the Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which brings millions of new stickers to Fleksy.

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2 months ago

Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard — keeping apps from seeing your data

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Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard

One of the best features in Cyanogen OS lets you have your cake and eat it too

Personal security, especially when it comes to privacy on mobile devices, is all about the balance between convenience and usefulness. We use dozens of apps every day, each of which ask for access to an enormous amount of personal information in order to function. For many, it's an imperceptibly small sacrifice to make for access to the services provided by the app, especially when the alternative is not using the app at all.

Cyanogen OS includes a feature that acts as a reasonable middle ground, called Privacy Guard. Instead of having to choose between not using the app and offering your data as payment, Privacy Guard lets you deny the app certain kinds of information without interfering with functionality. Here's how it works.

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2 months ago

Using Cyanogen OS AudioFX, and whether you should bother

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AudioFX

One of the many software partnerships baked into Cyanogen OS is Audio FX, which is designed to help you get the best sound possible when listening through your phone. It's up to you to decide if it's worth the work though.

Generally speaking, audio enhancement apps and services for Android phones and tablets have a complicated relationship with their users. Someone with a reasonable understanding of how audio works can use an audio enhancement service to great effect, but these services need to cater to everyone else as well. The end result typically is a series of presets that are almost good and a series of toggles so you can turn the feature on and off depending on what you're listening to, but if you get one on your device that works well it can be a big deal.

Cyanogen OS includes one of these services in the form of a partnership with MaxxAudio, called AudioFX. Here's what you need to know in order to effectively navigate the app, should you decide your audio could use a little tweaking.

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2 months ago

Opera Max update should allow Android users to enjoy a faster Wi-Fi experience

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Want a faster data experience on your Android phone on a shared Wi-Fi network? The latest Opera Max update might be for you with a new data compression feature.

Opera Software, best known for their mobile web browser, has updated their Opera Max app management tool for Android with a new feature that should allow users on public Wi-Fi networks to have a faster experience.

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2 months ago

Twitter brings Periscope to Android, now available in Google Play

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Periscope has finally made its way to Google Play to let you live stream your heart out right from your Android device.

Previously Periscope was only available on the iPhone, but Twitter has now released an Android app as well. Earlier this month Meerkat moved out of beta on Google Play, so it was just a matter of time before we saw Periscope arrive.

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2 months ago

Cortana is coming to Android, but it won't have all of its Windows Phone features

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Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to the massive audience of Android users later this summer.

Microsoft says it will bring its Cortana digital assistant that was originally developed for Windows Phone 8.1, and later for Windows 10, to Android device sometime in June

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2 months ago

Inside Cyanogen OS Themes

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Cyanogen OS Theme

The modding scene has been theming for years, so it makes sense that Cyanogen OS would be one of the most verbose offerings out there.

Theming and third-party versions of Android have gone hand in hand for quite a while now. Originally themes had to be applied on a system level, making it so you were effectively flashing entire roms to tint the whole OS in a shade of blue or purple. We've come a long way from that point, and now modifying the way certain elements look and behave are being baked right into the operating system. There are some out there who questioned whether a theme experience is something the "average consumer" is interested in, but by the end of this year theme engines will likely play a huge part in how many folks use their devices.

The Cyanogen OS theme engine is unlike anything else available on retail products today, but it's up to the user to decide if these differences and the availability of community-made themes actually make this a better product.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Leo's Fortune, Hexy Launcher, Wallrox Wallpapers 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

Gesture controls and how to use them in Cyanogen OS

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Cyanogen OS gestures

Cyanogen gestures means your screen doesn't need to be on for your phone to be useful.

There are a handful of amazingly clever ideas out there for accessing certain parts of your phone as quickly as possible. Motorola's double screwdriver twist to launch the camera, Samsung's double home button tap, and LG's double volume button tap are among the best. Each of these behaviors are designed to get you access to the camera as quickly as possible, so you can go from pulling the phone out of your pocket to taking a photo as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately most companies stop at launching the camera, but there are plenty of other things users would like to be able to access with a single motion or gesture. Those with Cyanogen OS devices, or folks running CyanogenMod on supported devices, have a few more options at their disposal thanks to the gesture system on this version of Android. Here's how they work.

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2 months ago

Chromecast app adds backdrop picture history, customizable backdrop speed

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A few usability improvements are hitting the Chromecast app with the latest update.

The new version of the app displays your current Chromecasts in a larger "card" style, with quick access to the settings and backdrops on each.

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2 months ago

Hands on with Microsoft's unannounced OneClip sharing app

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OneClip

This morning, an unannounced app by Microsoft for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 was revealed. OneClip leverages OneDrive to easily copy and paste documents, photos, text, phone numbers and more to share between your devices. We go hands-on with the apps on Android, Windows 10, and Windows Phone. Watch our video.

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2 months ago

Cyanogen folder locking - how it works and why it is awesome

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Cyanogen folder locking

Perfect for privacy fans or parents who let their kids play with their phones.

Unless you have a native guest mode, every time you hand your phone over to someone else you're handing over your entire digital existence. Your photo gallery, browser history, chats, and anything not secured by a pin in the app are a tap or two away. Whether you've handed your phone off to a child to watch a video in the middle of the grocery store, a friend who needs to call a cab after their phone died, or your phone has gotten up and walked away with the help of some less-than-honest individual, protecting your data is important.

Lockscreens aren't bulletproof, Smart Lock even less so, which means it is worth exploring a second layer for those apps you don't want anyone but you to access. If you're using a Cyanogen OS device or something running CyanogenMod, folder locking is a perfect example of a second security layer. It's also baked right in to the OS, waiting for you to turn it on and enjoy it. Here's how it works.

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