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2 months ago

Flamingo for Twitter beta arrives in Google Play with tons of customization options

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Flamingo is the latest Android Twitter client that offers a highly customizable interface, a Material Design and much more. The app is now available on Google Play for 99 cents, which is a great price for the features that are being offered. The developer, Sam Runston, is also known for the great weather app, Weather Timeline.

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2 months ago

Android apps on your Chromebook: Here's the video you've been waiting for

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One of the most popular sessions from Google I/O 2016 was also one of the most limited when it came to seats. We're talking about the announcement of Android apps on Chrome OS. It also wasn't available online — until today.

The video does a great job at describing how Android apps will run on your Chromebook, and most everything the layman would want to know about compatibility, security and how the two systems will work together is covered. The presentation was more of a press event than a developer session, which means even we could understand most of it. We're pretty sure Google has more for developers interested in targeting Chromebooks with their Android apps, but this is a good introduction to the idea.

It's one you'll want to see, so give it a look.

More: These are the Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play

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2 months ago

Instagram rolls out its new feed algorithm for all users to put best posts on top

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As promised earlier this year, Instagram is now rolling out a new feed algorithm to all of its users. It is supposed to put the posts that users want to see first on the social network on top of their feed.

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2 months ago

Microsoft Translator optimized for Android tablets, launches on Amazon's Fire tablets

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Microsoft has released its Translator app for Amazon's line of Fire tablets via the Amazon Underground store. Also, the regular Android version of the app has been optimized for tablet use.

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2 months ago

Hungry Shark World: Tips, tricks, and cheats

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 Tips, tricks, and cheats

Our list of tips to help you become the alpha shark!

Hungry Shark World is taking the hungry shark world by storm, sitting in the top 3 games in the Google Play Store. It burst onto the scene to millions of installs and continues to chomp its way onto phones, leaving only sore thumbs (and the occasional frustrated outburst) in its wake.

If you're trying to make your way up the food chain, then sharpen your teeth on our list of tips, tricks, and cheats!

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Persevere

Keep going!Don't stop!

Our biggest and most important tip is to keep on keepin' on. If you're not one for in-app purchases, then you will have to play Hungry Shark World for hours (probably days) before you unlock bigger and bigger sharks.

Just keep going. Whenever you die of starvation, just get right back in there and eat some more; it all adds up. Luckily, you have quite a variety of things to eat, and you'll be able to eat more and more critters as you progress.

Sally forth! Eyes on the prize!

Buy the map

Buy the mapThe map

Buying the map for the stage you're in will help you find better prey and the letters in HUNGRY. It's always a good idea to know where you are.

Get the drop on aggressive sea life and scuba divers

Get the jump on other sharks!Watch out for scuba divers!

It's bad enough that your Life bar depletes just from swimming around; you don't need grumpy barracudas or stabby scuba divers helping it drop more quickly.

Get the drop on them by either swimming up from behind or boosting toward them in order to catch them off guard. This goes for barracudas, scuba divers, larger crabs, other sharks, and certainly more as you progress.

Use your boost for more than just speed

Use your boost to increase your attack power!Use your boost to jump high and catch birds!

Your boost is one of your greatest assets, especially when it comes to catching some of the more squirrely ocean dwellers. But, your boost is for more than just speed; it increases your attack damage. So, if you're trying to get the drop on a scuba diver, boost toward him so you can take him down more quickly and safely.

You can also use your boost to help you jump out of the water to grab pelicans and letters.

Watch out for jellyfish, pufferfish, lionfish, giant squids, and more

Watch out for jellyfish!Watch out for pufferfish!

There are certain sea creatures that you just won't be able to eat early on. In fact, for some, like the larger jellyfish, you'll need an XL Shark.

Take a look at what you're about to munch, especially in the case of pufferfish, since they may catch you off guard and do you harm Giant squids will mangle you and release ink that'll steal some Life if you swim through it.

Avoid 'em all until you know you have a shark that's formidable enough to choke 'em down.

Don't forget the surface

Catch and eat humans near the surface!Catch pelicans and other birds up at the surface!

There are tasty humans, pelicans, and more that don't exactly inhabit the briny depths. Swim along the surface and even jump, using your boost, to snatch birds right out of the sky and gobble up errant swimmers, who are worth a ton of Life.

As you're collecting all the letters in HUNGRY, you might even find some of them rather high above the surface. Hang out down below with the whales and the depth charges, sure, but check out shallows too!

Complete missions to earn gold

Complete missions to earn gold!Complete missions to earn gold!

Though your appetite may be voracious, take the time to check out your missions before you head off on a fishy binge.

Right before you choose your stage, tap the buttons below the map to view your missions for the day. You can also see them when you're paused, in-game.

Completing these give you gold, because, even though you unlock sharks along the way, you still have to purchase them with your in-game gold. More missions will be added as you complete them.

Don't linger on shore too long

Watch out for cops!Don't get shot!

Yes, you can jump up onto the shore a little bit, so that humans who are thinking about dipping in a toe can be munched before they soil your ocean home.

However, if you're on shore for too long, the police will shoot you; they don't ask questions first nor do they ask them later. It only takes three or four shots to kill you, so after you've had your snack, get back into drink again quickly!

Eat entire schools of fish

Shoal Bonus!Shoal Bonus!

Don't just pick off a few fishies and leave their friends to mourn them. Devour entire schools and you'll earn a Shoal Bonus. This gives you a big Life bonus, so when you're starving your health is critical, boost around and target larger schools. It'll be more than enough of a top-up to keep you going.

Upgrade your shark

Upgrade your shark!Upgrade your shark!

While you're waiting for bigger and badder sharks to be unlocked and you're accumulating gold, upgrade your current predator.

You can increase its speed, bite strength, and boost, which will allow you to munch bigger prey more easily and to slip away from predators that might do you harm.

How do you play?

Do you have any tips or tricks to help other folks become top shark? Share in the comments below!

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2 months ago

The best streaming music services in Canada

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The last few years have seen tremendous change and maturation in the streaming music space. Despite streaming overtaking digital downloads as the primary source of revenue for the music industry, low margins have forced the sale or closure of popular options (RIP Rdio!), leaving only a few viable players.

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2 months ago

You can now sign up for the Google Maps beta test

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Google has launched a signup page for Android users who want tobe a part of the Google Maps beta test.

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2 months ago

VSCO's upcoming redesign puts equal emphasis on creation and discovery

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VSCO has announced some changes that will soon make their way to its popular app for Android. The app will feature an all-new design aimed at making it easier both to create and share photos, as well as find work from your friends and exclusive VSCO Original content.

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2 months ago

The R-Rated Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition launches digitally on June 28

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Warner Bros will release the digital version of Batman v Superman Ultimate Edition on June 28. The R-rated version of the recent DC Comics super-hero movie contains about 30 minutes of footage not included in the theatrical release.

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2 months ago

Sky Force Reloaded picks up right where it left off

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Get ready to waste some time — in one of the best ways possible. (At least when Android's concerned.)

One of my favorite top-down shooters of the past couple years — Sky Force — is back. And it's picked up right where Sky Force 2014 left off, with updated graphics and audio, new stages, new bosses — and hours and hours of gameplay.

You're in a sort of space-age laser plane, shooting your way through other planes and lasers and helicopters and bosses. You start out with a fairly well-armed flier, only to have it destroyed by the daughter of the general that was defeated two years ago. From there, you're starting from scratch. Basic plane, no real weapons of which to speak. As your work your way through the stages, you'll gain stars, with which you can buy new weapons and other upgrades. Each stage has challenges you'll need to meet.

Those hidden cards are still around, offering even more upgrades. But this time some of those upgrades are temporary, and others permanent. There also are plane cards to be had — complete a a set and you'll get a whole new plane to fly. (I'm only on my second one so far.) Plus there are trophies to be earned, leaderboards to climb, and multiple difficulty modes to keep you coming back.

Sky Force Reloaded is free. But it does have some in-app purchases. For 99 cents you'll get 5,000 stars to spend. That can help you a little bit as you get going. I went ahead and ponied up for the $1.99 star doubler, just to make things go that much quicker. Another $1.99 will get rid of the interstitial ads (which at least are well done and not all that annoying), and another $1.99 beyond that will speed up plane production (you get 10 to burn through), so you don't have to wait so long between games. Those IAPs absolutely are optional, though. And while they'll help you progress a little faster, they don't change the gameplay at all.

And perhaps the best thing is that they didn't break what worked the first time. Unlike, say, Hungry Shark World, there's no change in the speed of the game itself. The graphics are familiar.

This is one of those games that for me is a great time-waster. There's no real investment other than a few minutes here or there. Or hours. It's that good.

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2 months ago

Twitter and Samsung team up to offer 360-degree videos from the NBA Finals

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Twitter is launching support for 360-degree videos, beginning with coverage of the NBA Finals that will be filmed with Samsung's Gear 360 camera.

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2 months ago

Facebook reportedly mulling end-to-end encryption for Messenger

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According to a new report, Facebook may be gearing up to launch an option to encrypt interactions through its Messenger app.

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2 months ago

Google Keep adds link previews and autocomplete for grocery lists

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If you're a fan of using Google Keep to stay organized, you have some nifty features to look forward to in the note taking app's latest update.

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2 months ago

Google Now on Tap update lets you manually select text, search images

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Google is rolling out some changes to Google Now on Tap that should make the feature much more useful.

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2 months ago

Facebook Messenger adds more diverse selection of emoji

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The Facebook Messenger app now has over 1,000 new emoji that the company says are supposed to offer "a more balanced mix that's more representative of our world."

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