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2 months ago

Android Wear companion app update brings fresh design, a few neat features

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While we all wait for the next OS update to hit our Android Wear watches, the companion app is getting a refresh.

The latest Android Wear app brings a solid design refresh and a few new features, but some of them will require you to wait for your Android Wear smartwatch to get the latest firmware update. On the design side, a new home page makes use of more Material Design with stronger shadows and depth, while new cards bring apps and tips to your attention.

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2 months ago

Starbucks app brings tipping to Canada, seamless eGift purchase and redemption

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Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.

After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.

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2 months ago

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

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Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.

Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.

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2 months ago

Facebook balances content from Friends and Pages in latest News Feed changes

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Facebook has again made some changes to the way they display content in your News Feed in hopes of bringing a better balance.

Finding a good balance between too much content and not enough content is a tough task and Facebook has been taking user feedback to heart on this. Facebook is once again changing the content that is displayed in your News Feed based on what they have been hearing.

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2 months ago

Adobe adds DNG raw file support to Lightroom on Android

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Lightroom for Android is now even better with the recent addition of DNG raw file support from Adobe.

Adobe has released some new updated to Lightroom, and one of the additions to the Android version is DNG raw file support. The addition of this support comes as an Android-exclusive at this time, but it does require the device to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage.

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2 months ago

Twitter makes policy changes to help combat abusive users

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Twitter has announced some changes in its policies, along with some revised enforcement options, designed to combat the abusive users of its social network.

The changes include expanding the definitions of Twitter's violent threats policy, along with more options for the company's service team to lock out accounts.

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2 months ago

BlackBerry introduces social enabled games in BBM Connect Games for Android

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Android BBM users can now share game achievements and more with their contacts thanks to BBM Connect Games.

While BBM is primarily a communication tool, it can do much more than just allow for users to engage in a conversation. Balancing the work-play life is something that BlackBerry has focused on for a long time, and now they have introduced BBM Connect Games.

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2 months ago

Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

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Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user.

Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their settings to allow anyone to message them. This option is opt-in only, so you don't have to do anything if you want to keep things the way they are.

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2 months ago

Samsung's activity tracking app S Health is now available on the Play Store

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Following Motorola and HTC, Samsung has started to decouple its exclusive apps and launch them on the Play Store, making it easier for users to update to new versions when they're available.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Navi Watch Face, Spring, Bitmoji and more

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apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 months ago

One Avenger is curiously absent from Samsung's top theme (Update)

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You can get any Avenger you want in Samsung's new Theme Engine, as long as that character is a dude.

Samsung's marketing deal with Disney/Marvel includes, among many other things, a special spot at the top of the Theme app for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. These Avengers themes aren't wildly different from the other themes Samsung offers, save for the giant "only in theaters" branding for the upcoming Age of Ultron in at least one of the two wallpapers that come with each theme.

But if you're looking for the complete Avengers roster — as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of the first Avengers film is concerned — you'll find one character missing.

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2 months ago

Inside themes in Sense 7 and the HTC One M9

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HTC's new theming community is a powerful and relatively easy way to customize your phone.

One of the more exciting (yet imperfect) features on the HTC One M9 and a major part of the new Sense 7 is the use of themes. Back in the day it would take some pretty serious hackery to theme a phone. Then custom ROMs started to bake in theming. And finally the manufacturers have gotten into the game.

If you've never been into theming your phone, this is a good time to take a look.

So ... let's take a look.

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2 months ago

Community pages get a face-lift in latest Google Plus for Android update

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Google has started rolling out an update to Google Plus on Android today that brings a new and refreshed look to community pages.

The new look brings Google Plus Communities a bit more in line with the look of profile pages, with a large header image at the top of the page just above the community name.

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2 months ago

Groupon for Android updated with full Lollipop support, a new UI and more

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Groupon has launched a major update to its Android app, with full Lollipop support along with a user interface revamp that reflects the look of the latest Android OS.

The app, which brings the version number up to 15.2, definitely looks like Groupon has taken many lessons from Google's Material Design ideas, along with brighter colors for the coupon and savings app.

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2 months ago

Moto Connect adds social sharing for custom Moto 360 faces

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Motorola's smartwatch app lets you share photos of your customizations for everyone to see.

Moto Connect has always been good for those extra tricks on Motorola accessories, but the latest update adds a social component to your Moto 360 modifications. The app lets you modify the Motorola-specific Android Wear watch faces, from subtle color changes to placement of date and weather in some cases, but the added share icon under the color panels generates a screenshot of your screen and sticks in on a render of a Moto 360 for quick sharing. It's useful if you're interested in showing off your Moto Connect watch face, but since this feature only works with those stock faces Motorola offers it's somewhat limited.

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