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1 month ago

HTC Backup updated for AT&T's HTC One

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If you're running an HTC One on AT&T and use the HTC Backup app, you'll want to pick up today's update. It's got fixes for Sense 5.5 (which you should now have along with the Android 4.4.2 update), supports contacts and text messages, you can choose to back up to Google Drive or Dropbox, and you can now sign in with your Google account. Good additions, all.

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1 month ago

Hipmunk adds multicity searches

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If you rely on Hipmunk for your flight searches but have badly wished for more than the usual there and back again itinerary, hit up today's update. With it you're able to work with multicity searches. So you can do San Francisco to New York to London to Paris and straight back home with ease. Helping with the jet lag? Well, you're on your own with that.

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1 month ago

Google pushes minor updates to a handful of apps

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Google has pushed out a few updates today, most of them very minor. This usually happens every Wednesday, and everyone here at AC starts grabbing phones and tablets to see what is new and how it's different.

Nothing big happened so far today, but hit the break to see which app updates you should be on the lookout for.

Thanks, everyone who helped sort these!

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1 month ago

What is 'Dogfooding'?

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Whoopsie. Every now and then we get a peek behind the curtain, and Google let that happen again today when it slipped out an internal test build of the YouTube app. That's called a "Dogfood" build, and "Dogfooding" is the practice of internally testing your own stuff — eating your own dogfood — before releasing to the public.

Hit the break for some more pics. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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1 month ago

Google Wallet introducing 'orders' section to track and receive updates on shipments

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Google Wallet, while most associated with NFC payments, is actually most-used as an online payment option competing with the likes of Amazon and PayPal. With today's update to the Google Wallet app, purchases made with the service can now be tracked and managed right from the app. This was always possible (albeit in a basic way) from the Google Wallet website, but having it moved over to mobile has advantages.

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1 month ago

Puzzle game Threes! now available on Android for $1.99

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Threes!

Get your repetitive puzzle game fix and see what the craze is all about

Well it didn't take very long — the hit puzzle game Threes! is now available in all its glory on Android. Coming in at just $1.99 without any ads or nagging in-app purchases, Threes! has been applauded for its simplicity and great gameplay, and now even more people have the opportunity to play it. The game is infinitely replayable and simple to pick up — you're just dealing with a grid of numbers and combining them to get the highest score possible.

The unfortunate thing at this point is that the real game can be tough to find through a regular search with the number of knock-offs (although we do have to say "Fives" is pretty great) on the Play Store right now. But if you follow the Google Play link at the top of this post, you'll be taken to the correct one. The $1.99 price is listed as a discount of 33% right now, so if you want to save a bit, pick it up today.

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1 month ago

Fiverr, the marketplace for $5 services, expands to Android today

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After making its mobile debut on iOS just in December, Fiverr is making its way to Android today. If you haven't heard of Fiverr before, it's an interesting concept that helps link up buyers and sellers in the so-called "gig economy" to perform services starting at just $5 each. When browsing Fiverr, for example, you may see someone offering to do a portrait sketch of you, sing happy birthday in a funny way to a friend, or even test out your new Android app for just $5.

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1 month ago

Cosmos Android app updated, should now work with tablets

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A quick heads up, folks, that Fox's Cosmos app — which gives a little bit of extra content but doesn't actually contain full episodes of the revamped series — has been updated and should now work with most high-end Android tablets.

That, of course, means the Nexus 7, among others. It's worth a reminder that Cosmos is meant for tablets with a 16:10 aspect ratio and sized between 8 and 10.1 inches. We'll call the Nexus 7 close enough.

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1 month ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 4 expands

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The Humble Mobile Bundle 4 has been available for a few days now, and that means it's time for an expansion of the number of games available. As it regularly does, Humble Bundle is adding three more games to the list, all of which will be available if you make an above-average donation for the group. Adding to the six games already available at launch, you'll now also receive:

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1 month ago

Flappy Bird developer tells Rolling Stone new games are in the works

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Flappy Bird

And the flying fish may return, with a warning

In one of the few good stories you'll read about Flappy Bird — well, aside from this one, perhaps — Rolling Stone tells the tale of Dong Nguyen and the rise and fall (see what we did there?) of one the hottest (and simplest) games to hit smartphones. 

You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you'll actually get an answer as to why Nguyen decided to burn it all down.

Give the full story a read at Rolling Stone.

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