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2 months ago

Second Screen apps for Android - the perfect movie companion

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Second Screen movies

We've talked a little already about Second Screen apps in the living room, and how they can make watching some of your favorite television shows even more entertaining. It's cool to have access to that extra information if you are a big fan, and as that experience grows and continues to take shape it'll be interesting to see just how much information we get from those experiences. While this setup is fun for TV shows, it's incredible for movies. Additional content for a TV show is nice, but all of our movies today come with hours and hours of additional content for viewers to enjoy. The advent of Blu-Ray has only made bonus content even more popular, and to take that experience one step further we've now got Second Screen apps to offer full immersion.

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2 months ago

How to keep Facebook's app from making those annoying sounds

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Facebook

Facebook has decided to have its app make all sorts of exciting sounds like "bleep" and "bloop" and "blop" when you do things. Like when you like a post. Or when you refresh the feed. Or when you leave a comment. It's annoying at best. (And heaven help you — and especially those around you — if you're on an already-bleep-bloop-blop-happy phone.)

The good news is it's easy to turn off — and you don't have to mute your entire phone to do it.

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2 months ago

Android's in-app WebView now has a beta channel

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For developers that have utilized the in-app WebView component to display HTML content in their Android apps, we have good news: Google just launched a beta channel for said WebView. This means developers can now try out upcoming versions of the WebView and make adjustments to their apps and offer feedback to Google before it goes public — a welcome change from the olden days of having a new WebView behavior dumped on you with a new public release.

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2 months ago

Sharing app links on Google+

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Sharing apps

Sharing app links is easy — especially via Google+

Apps in Google Play are plentiful, and when you get right down to it, finding good apps can sometimes be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, or a diamond in the rough. And diamonds are awesome, so you should share them with your friends when you find them. Sharing them on Google's own social platform Google+ is a little easier than most other platforms, but sharing your apps with the world certainly isn't hard, especially when you're doing it on your Android device.

Time to socialize.

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2 months ago

Fleksy keyboard updated with hotkeys and some Valentine's Day theming

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The Fleksy Keyboard team has released an update on Android for the official app, bumping it to version 5.2. This latest release of Fleksy introduces numerous new features, including two extensions. Hotkeys are the ideal solution for things you find yourself typing often (hello, emoji!) and a new color pops wheel lets you really personalise your pops.

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2 months ago

Instant for Android lets you track your smartphone addiction levels

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Instant for Android is an all-in-one tracking app that monitors your daily device usage, as well as fitness data and device unlock count. Want to know how many minutes you've spent on Facebook? Instant's app usage tab gives you an overview of time spent on each app.

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2 months ago

Microsoft adds PIN and pattern support to Next Lock Screen

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Microsoft has updated its Android-exclusive Next Lock Screen in the Play Store with some new features. The big addition is that users can now lock their smartphone with a PIN or pattern for the first time.

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2 months ago

HTC updates its Zoe app with a new engine, effects, transitions and more!

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HTC today has pushed out a pretty big update to its standalone Zoe app, which lets you stitch together images and video clips into seamless highlight reels.

The app's got a new highlight engine, which brings along with it some new themes, transitions and effects. (But don't worry, Islandia is still there.) It also makes it easier to download and save Zoes, discover new content from other Zoe users, and it's increased support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. You've also got the prerequisite bugfixes and performance enhancements as well.

Anecdotally, the update definitely has give the app a smoother and much more native feel to it. If you've yet to give Zoe a try, it's definitely worth looking at. The update's available now in Google Play.

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2 months ago

Watching television with Second Screen apps

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Winter is coming

There's an increasing number of people with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in their hands during TV time. Whether it's for social commentary on your network of choice, completing a task during the commercial breaks, or you just want your internet connection handy in case an argument breaks out about some tiny detail (try watching "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" in a room full of nerds), having your tech nearby is a must for some. This behavior, coupled with a desire to keep users focused on the core show as much as possible, has given rise to an increasing number of Second Screen apps for TV shows.

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2 months ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps for Android with new features and drops the 'beta' label

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Nokia has not only launched a big update for its HERE maps app for Android in the Google Play Store, it's also ditching the 'beta' label as it feels the app is "mature and stable enough to stand as a full production release." The update also brings a number of new features and improvements.

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2 months ago

Kindle Unlimited expands to Canada for $9.99

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Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription books service is expanding to Canada for $9.99/month. The service, which offers a library of more than 750,000 books from which to read previously launched in the United States and the United Kingdom at comparable pricing.

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2 months ago

Android Security — a Q&A with Google's Adrian Ludwig

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Android Security Settings

We've been talking a lot about security on your Android device recently, and as the conversation continued it was clear there were questions that needed to be answered by a person a greater authority. Things like whether you need antivirus software for your phone, identifying malware, and being sure your devices are generally safe through daily use are topics that have become unnecessarily muddy. While we can place some of the blame for this on the seemingly endless barrage of articles telling us about all of the software out there being made to exploit Android users, there also are some legitimate questions about Android security that don't have plain, simple answers.

To help address this, we've gone straight to the source. Adrian Ludwig, a lead engineer for Android security at Google, took some time via email to give the answers we've been looking for.

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2 months ago

Latest Subway Surfers update lands the team in Hawaii

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As part of the Subway Surfers World Tour, the gang have travelled to Hawaii in the game's latest release. Players are tasked with surfing the new tracks, avoiding obstacles including massive mountains and rivers of lava. Simply put, it's going to be a blast.

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2 months ago

Amazon offering $140 worth of apps for free in latest giveaway

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Amazon's latest app giveaway is here, and includes over $140 worth of premium content that is available for free from now until February 14. The giveaway features a total of 37 apps, including Listure, Sleep as Android, Runtastic Pro and more.

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2 months ago

Managing your apps through Google Play

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My apps

Take control of your 'My apps' list before it takes control of you

Most of us like to use plenty of apps on our Androids. That means we're always trying new ones, some of which we like enough to keep, but others get uninstalled. That happens when you have so many to choose from, and over time you'll have quite the list in the "My apps" section of Google Play.

Eventually, you'll need to tame that list. Google has a few ways you can get a handle on things, and we're going to have a look at them.

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