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2 months ago

How to get all your existing Amazon apps on the BlackBerry Priv

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A lot of people buying the new BlackBerry Priv are moving from other BlackBerry devices that aren't running Android. With the app situation the way it is for the BB10 platform, that means a lot of those folks will have quite a number of apps in the Amazon ecosystem. It's easy to get all of those back on your new Priv.

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2 months ago

You can now secure your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

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A bit of extra security with two-factor authentication is never a bad thing when it comes to your online accounts, and it looks like you can now count Amazon as one of the latest companies to support the security measure. The company is now offering the option for users to turn on two-factor authentication, bringing an added layer of security for Amazon accounts.

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2 months ago

Google Play Store in 2016 will tell you whether any app has ads

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Android developers today are being notified that they need to declare by Jan. 11, 2016, whether their applications have ads in them or not. This currently is a requirement only for apps that want to be included in Google's "Designed for Families" category in Google Play. But starting early next year all applications will have to declare whether they include advertising.

Where things start to get a little interesting is when you talk about what an ad is. For these purposes, Google's including "ads delivered through third-party ad networks, display ads, native ads, and/or banner ads." And for the most part we all know what those look like. Sponsored articles also fall under the ads umbrella, Google says, as do "ads within a feed" and other kinds of native ads.

And Google will be doing some checking on this. If you attempt to say that your app doesn't contain ads, Google runs a quick check of SDKs included in your app and will nudge you appropriately.

It'll be interesting to see how users take to this, and whether install rates drop because of it. The Android Central app, for example, doesn't really have what we'd consider to be ads. It occasionally has webviews with display ads, though (though that's not the norm), and there occasionally are forms of native content. But if you asked me whether our app "has ads," I'd probably say no — because it doesn't in the traditional sense. But by Google's standards here, it does.

More: Google Play Developer Support

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2 months ago

Google introduces new ways to find content from apps in Google Search

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Google has added some new ways to find content in Google Search by showing "app-first" content as well as "streaming" apps that you don't have installed. Apps have been indexed by Google for roughly two years now, and previously Google has only been able to show information from apps that have matching web content. That all changes now.

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2 months ago

Google brings offline navigation and search to Google Maps in India

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Google recently launched its offline search and navigation in Google Maps, and now the company is expanding the feature to users in India as well. With the offline navigation and search, you are able to select an area of a map and have it downloaded, so that if you drop your data connection you won't be lost.

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2 months ago

YouTube Kids heads to Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK

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Seven months after making its debut in the US, YouTube's kid-friendly service is now available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The app comes with a filtered selection of channels and videos that are appropriate for children. Ability to upload videos or comment is also absent from the app, and there's a timer function built-in that allows parents to specify the amount of usage.

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2 months ago

Google Photos now lets you recover storage by compressing full-resolution photos to high quality

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If you've opted to backup your photos in Original Quality (which retains the resolution of the image) on Google Photos and are now running low on storage, Google is letting you recover some of that space by converting the full-resolution images to the default High Quality setting via the Google Photos web interface.

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2 months ago

Tasker is back in the Google Play Store [updated]

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Update: Good news! Google has reached out to let us know that Tasker is back in Google Play and all is well. Their official statement:

We can confirm that Tasker is available again on Google Play. We worked very closely with the developer to resolve the situation and ensure that the app was in compliance with our policies.

The original story is below.

Tasker has unfortunately vanished from the Google Play Store. Should you not have the task managing app installed, you'll be out of luck attempting to get it through official Google channels.

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2 months ago

The revamped Google+ is aiming to keep things simple and easy

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Google has announced a newly revamped version of its Google+ social network, which aims to make it easier to post, search and connect with others.

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2 months ago

Truecaller adds complaint data from the FCC to improve spam detection

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Truecaller, the app that helps block unwanted calls, has beefed up its spam detection. The company is now integrating weekly complaint data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make blocking calls more accurate and efficient.

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2 months ago

Keeper Password Manager gains fingerprint support and more for Marshmallow users

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Keeper Password Manager, a great solution to keep your passwords safe, has been updated with support for the new features of Android Marshmallow. In addition to adding some new features, the team has announced some new partnerships, like Samsung and Orange, that will make Keeper preloaded on a large number of devices in the coming years.

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2 months ago

Google Photos can now help you save space on your phone by easily deleting backed up photos

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Google Photos now makes it even easier to find the pictures on your phone that are using the built-in storage and are already backed up to the cloud. The process is super simple, all you've got to do is update the app to version 1.9, then head to the Settings. A tap on "free up space" will begin the search, and then the assistant will tell you how much space can be saved.

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2 months ago

The Google Play Store has new minimum prices for paid apps in 17 countries

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Developers of Android apps in 17 countries now have new minimum prices they can use for paid apps and in-app purchases sold through the Google Play Store. The company says this should give app developers in those countries some more flexibility when setting app and in-app prices.

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2 months ago

MediaFire launches Pool, a new way to privately share photos

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Pool is a new app from the folks over at MediaFire that wants to help you share photos with your friends and family. The app will group all of your photos from an event, letting you send them all with just a swipe. Pick which contacts will receive the photos, then swipe right to send. Pool doesn't store your photos in the cloud, but sends them directly to your friends.

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2 months ago

Pushbullet moves premium features under new Pro umbrella at $40 per year or $5 a month

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Pushbullet has introduced Pushbullet Pro, its new subscription model that moves the premium features away from free users. Previously, Pushbullet and all of its features were free to anyone who signed up for an account, but that is all about to change. Starting December 1, Pushbullet will begin charging for access to some features.

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