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3 months ago

Pinterest snaps up the team behind keyboard app Fleksy

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Pinterest has announced that it is acquiring the team behind third-party keyboard app Fleksy.

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3 months ago

Android N: Namey McNameface Easter egg graces Dev. Preview 4

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Namey McNameface

Google's not ready to unveil the name of the next release just yet. In the meantime, a subtle troll.

You didn't really expect Google to out the real name for Android N in a developer preview Easter egg, did you?

In any case, tap the "Android N" graphic under Settings > About phone on the latest N preview, and "Namey McNameface" appears. It's a reference back to a joke at this year's Google I/O keynote based on popular polar vessel Boaty McBoatface. Because why not?

More real, actual news from the fourth Android N dev preview over here.

Android 7.0 Nougat

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3 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 update brings audio quality boost and June security patches

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3 months ago

Rhapsody is going back to 1999 and rebranding itself as Napster

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The music streaming service Rhapsody has announced plans to rebrand itself as Napster. The old, and infamous, music sharing service was founded in 1999 and its brand was bought by Rhapsody in 2011.

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3 months ago

You can now use Facebook Messenger to send and receive text messages

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If you're constantly switching between Facebook Messenger and text message conversations, Facebook is making your life a little bit easier. Facebook Messenger for Android can now send and receive both SMS and MMS messages alongside Facebook conversations, and you can set it as your default SMS application.

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3 months ago

Storehouse will shut down on July 15

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Storehouse, an app the allows users to easily create "Stories" based on their photos, has announced that it will be shutting down.

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3 months ago

How to follow Euro 2016 on Android in the UK

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Euro 2016 apps

The best Android apps for keeping up to date with the tournament.

UEFA Euro 2016 is one of Europe's biggest sporting events, with 24 teams clashing over the next month in France. As with all major sporting events, your phone can be an invaluable resource for helping you not only watch matches themselves, but stay up-to-date when you're away from the sofa, the desk or the pub.

We've rounded up a few top choices for following Euro 2016 in the coming weeks.

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3 months ago

Snapchat will fill the gap between your friends' stories with ads

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As part of a new push to further monetize Snapchat, users will soon start seeing video ads in between their friends' stories.

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3 months ago

Microsoft rolls out official Xbox app with revamped experience

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Microsoft has rolled out an official version of its Xbox app for iOS and Android. Already available for the company's own Windows platform, those rocking competitor mobile handsets will now be able to remain up-to-date with all things Xbox. With the app installed, it's possible to track accomplishments, see what your friends are currently playing, as well as purchase new titles from the Xbox Store.

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3 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Yummly, NappingPolar, Zumper and more

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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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3 months ago

Amazon will reportedly launch a standalone music streaming service

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A new report claims Amazon is preparing to launch a standalone streaming music service that would compete with Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and others.

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3 months ago

You can now reply to comments on Facebook with a video

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If you're an avid Facebook user, you'll be glad to know that the social network has enabled video replies to posts and status updates. The camera icon — which let you add photos in replies — now allows you to record and share videos as comments.

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3 months ago

Facebook now lets you upload and share 360-degree photos

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Facebook is now allowing the many users of its social networking service to upload 360 degree photos to their accounts and to share them with others.

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3 months ago

Uber begins Scheduled Rides rollout in Seattle, more cities coming soon

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Uber has started rolling out its new Scheduled Rides feature, starting in Seattle, for its business customers. It will allow those users to schedule a pickup date from the shared ride service from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.

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3 months ago

This new app uses neural networks to choose the perfect emoji

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Choose the right emoji, faster.

A new app from Toronto-based Whirlscape taps into neural networks to choose the best emoji while you're typing. That may not sound like an impressive feat, but a long more goes into predicting which emoji you'll use than you think.

The app is called Dango, and it's a sequel of sorts to an app that many Android users may be familiar with: Minuum. If you cast your mind back a couple of years, you may recall that Minuum made a name for itself as one of the smartest keyboard apps on the Play Store — even when shrunk down to a single line, or what creator Will Walmsley calls a "one-dimensional plane." While the keyboard failed to gain enormous market share, it showcased a predictive text algorithm that derived sense from a jumble of letters.

Dango is quite different: it is a floating app that sits atop any keyboard input, suggesting emoji, stickers and GIFs based on what you're writing. According to Walmsley, Dango doesn't just base its suggestions on the words you string together, but attempts to find context and meaning. The key is a neural net that gets smarter the more people use it.

A neural network is taught by randomly initializing these parameters and then showing the network millions of real-world examples of emoji use taken from across the web, like "Hey how's it going (hand emoji)", "Want to grab a (beer emoji) tonight?", "Ugh (angry face emoji)", and so on. At first the network just guesses randomly, but over time with each new training example, it slightly adjusts its millions of parameters so it performs better on that example. After a few days on a top-of-the-line GPU, the network starts outputting more meaningful suggestions.

Dango appears in any app where you are inputting text, unless you explicitly tell it not to. And because, like Facebook's Chat Heads feature, it disappears once its use is expired, system resources are spared and users don't have to contend with opening a separate app. That is why Dango is so much more useful than merely using the existing emoji selector on your keyboard — even those, like SwiftKey, that predict emoji while you write.

Walmsley predicts that apps like Dango represent the future of language, since the proliferation of smartphones have made language much less reliant on text.

Language is becoming visual. Emoji, stickers, and GIFs are exploding in popularity, despite the fact that it's still labour-intensive to use them in an advanced way. Enthusiasts create personal collections of images for every situation and have memorized every page of the emoji keyboard, but the rest of us rely on using emoji immediately accessible on our "most used" menu and sometimes forward a GIF here and there.

The same way Dango predicts emoji it also suggests GIFs, powered by Giphy, or stickers, from packs that the company is constantly adding to.

Download: Dango (Free)

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