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1 month ago

Google adds a splash of Material Design to movie searches on Android

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It looks like searching for movies on your Android device got quite the visual refresh today. Google has added a splash of color, along with a scrolling list of titles represented by their promotional posters when searching for movies involving a specific actor or director.

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1 month ago

Slack acquisition will see video chat and screen sharing integration

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Slack, the current darling of organizations in need of a flexible individual-and-group messaging service, has bought a small video conferencing company named Screenhero. The acquisition will lead to an eventual integration of Screenhero's voice and video conferencing features and screensharing support to Slack's 365,000-and-growing daily users.

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1 month ago

Your typical mobile gamer today spends two hours every day face-down in a tablet

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A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices. The survey, conducted in late 2014, indicates a 57% increase in the average play time for mobile gamers, compared to just 80 minutes a day in 2012.

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2 months ago

Samsung and Cisco team up to bring Knox to AnyConnect enterprise VPN app

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Samsung announced today that it has teamed up with Cisco to create "AnyConnect for Samsung KNOX," an update to Cisco's AnyConnect enterprise VPN app that now incorporates Samsung's Knox security technology on enabled devices.

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2 months ago

YouTube now defaults to its HTML5 player on web browsers

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If you access YouTube on a web browser such as Chrome, the videos will now use the HTML5 player by default. Google announced this move today, while also revealing it is "deprecating" the old Flash-based embeds and Flash API from YouTube.

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2 months ago

Old-school (and new-school) Q*bert is on the Nexus Player!

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Qbert Rebooted

OK, technically it's "Q*bert: Rebooted." But the 1980s kid in me doesn't care. This version for the Nexus Player has got the original game alongside some newfangled rebooted version that's OK, but just not the same.

So grab a fistful of quarters (eight of them, actually, to buy this game) and get a slice of pizza and settle down with this one for a few minutes of arcade nostalgia. (Kids, ask your parents. We used to have to leave the house to play video games.)

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2 months ago

Ask AC: What is HTC Cloudex?

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HTC Cloudex

There's no need to freak out about HTC's new 'cloud' gallery app — it's not uploading your food pics anywhere

We've had more than a few people ask us about a new notification that's popping up on HTC phones referencing a "Cloudex" application. It's sort of a clunky thing and not initially clear as to what it does. And given the (rightfully) sensitive state regarding personal data these days, we're not all that surprised that it's raising a few eyebrows.

So what is HTC Cloudex and why might you want it? The answer is pretty simple.

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2 months ago

Hotel Tonight introduces Bonus Rate and Rate Drop to get you the best possible last-minute deals

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Hotel Tonight, the app and service that offer up last-minute hotel deals near you at steep discounts, is announcing two new features today called Bonus Rate and Rate Drop. The two new offerings give Hotel Tonight hotel partners the opportunity to target users in specific locations to offer even steeper discounts — up to 40 percent off the normal rate — for booking close to the date you'll be staying.

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2 months ago

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

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Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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2 months ago

Sonos Controller beta update makes it even faster to move music around your home

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Wireless speaker company Sonos is launching a beta version of their Sonos Controller Android app with a number of new features, including a faster rooms menu and an improved tablet app. The beta app also includes some changes and improvements based on user feedback from previous versions of the Sonos Controller app.

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2 months ago

Plex update brings refreshed UI, new purchase model, casting from camera roll

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Media streaming service Plex dropped an update for its Android app today that brings a revamped UI along with the ability to cast from your camera roll to Plex clients and cast-enabled devices. Additionally, Plex has switched to offering in-app purchases to unlock features for new users in its app.

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2 months ago

AT&T makes another attempt to roll out its HTC M8 One update with Android 4.4.4

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AT&T has once again posted word that a new firmware update for its HTC One M8 is rolling out to its customers. AT&T attempted to issue the same update earlier this month but quickly pulled it from circulation.

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2 months ago

Facebook's testing a 'Lite' app for emerging markets

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Facebook has quietly launched a new and small version of its app called, appropriately enough, Facebook Lite. However, the app has been made and is currently only available, for a few emerging markets and is targeting low-end Android devices that are stuck on slower 2G networks where bandwidth conservation is a priority.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Android Device Manager, StarWatch Watch Face, SyFy Sync and more

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Apps of the week

More great applications to install and try

Happy app-day Sunday, everyone. We're back with another list of applications we want to tell you about, because we think they're pretty darn great and think you will like them, too. We do this because we know how hard it can be to find the best apps when you have well over 1,000,000 of them to dig through.

And as always, we want you to join in the fun. This isn't just for us to talk about the apps we like, it's a place where you can share your favorites with everyone, too. Check out our picks, then dive into the comments and share yours. We're all reading, and always looking out for the best of the best to install on our phones and tablets.

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2 months ago

MakerBot Mobile for Android brings 3D printing to your phone

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MakerBot has released its official app for Android on Google Play. MakerBot Mobile adds convenience to the 3D printing process. You'll be able to access designs from your MakerBot Cloud library, or download designs from the MakerBot Thingiverse and print them wirelessly from the app.

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