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3 months ago

Smart lock screen security options in Android

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Smart Lock

Anything you do to secure your phone is a good thing, even if it's not the most secure option.

When Google first showed off what would become Android 5.0 Lollipop at Google I/O 2014, they gave us a sneak peak of what it had in store for the new Smart locks. Things have grown quite a bit since then, and now there's a whole list of ways you can secure your phone in ways that aren't a hassle when you're the one using the phone.

Here's a quick look at Google's Smart Lock options, and how to use them.

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3 months ago

Runtastic brings personalized training plans to your smartphone with the new Results app

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Runtastic has announced the release of the company's latest app for iOS and Android. Titled Results, this new offering to those who wish to keep in shape offers a personalized training experience with multiple plans for building strength, decreasing body fat and increasing definition of your massive abs.

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3 months ago

Skyscanner flights update brings improvements to search, ratings and more

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Skyscanner, the popular global travel search engine, has released a huge update for its Android app, bringing improvements to search, ratings and more. No longer do you need to continually enter the same information when you need to repeat a search, as the app will now show you recent searches as well.

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3 months ago

Periscope's latest update lets you skip ahead in replays

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Periscope for Android has been updated to version 1.3. This latest release introduces a number of improvements, most notably the ability to now skip ahead while watching a reply, as well as Maps 2.0 to allow viewers to check out an interactive perspective of a specific geographic location.

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3 months ago

You can now try Firefox OS 2.5 on your Android smartphone

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Mozilla launched Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview earlier today, and is now offering the operating system as an app on Android. The experimental app replaces several elements of the Android homescreen with Firefox's web-based offering, and even comes with a set of system apps for phone calls, messages, emails, and even an app store. Think of it as a launcher with a set of bundled apps.

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3 months ago

Cyanogen brings its official apps to CyanogenMod with C-Apps package

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If you're a fan of CyanogenMod, but found yourself a little green with envy over the stock apps included with Cyanogen OS smartphones, there's no reason to fret. Cyanogen has announced the Cyanogen Apps Package (C-Apps), a way for CyanogenMod users to load official Cyanogen OS apps onto their smartphones.

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3 months ago

This is Audible on Android Auto

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One of the most requested apps for Android Auto is here. Almost. Audible has added support for Google's infotainment extension in the beta version of its app, meaning you can now easily listen to books on tape (I'm old, and that phrase is never going to die) while you're driving.

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3 months ago

PingPad might just be the ultimate mash-up of Google Docs, Slack, and Evernote

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PingPad

Documents, notes, chat, groups, and more — all in one app. That's PingPad.

Take a look at the apps on your phone right now. In your launcher you probably have apps for messaging with friends and for work, cloud documents and collaboration, a note-taking app or one for memos, email, calendar, and more. You're bouncing between apps to get things done — multitasking between chat and notes and documents and back again. While that's easier and faster than ever, there's one service that's trying to bring all of that into one spot: PingPad.

The premise is simple: shared collaborative documents and private notes combined with person-to-person and group chat. PingPad isn't trying to be all things to all people, but they are working to reduce the bouncing between apps that defines the modern smartphone experience. And while services like Google Docs and Slack have seen adoption in the corporate space, PingPad is training their sights on the consumer market. They think there's space for an easy-to-use collaborative app with built-in chat, and once you start to think about it, they're probably right.

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3 months ago

Chrome support ends for some older Windows and Mac platforms in April 2016

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If you are still using a Windows XP or Windows Vista PC, or one with OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 for the Mac, it's time to think about trading up. Google plans to stop supporting and offering updates for its popular Chrome browser for all those older operating systems in less than a year.

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3 months ago

Apple Music beta strums its way to Google Play

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The Apple Music beta has finally arrived on Google Play, and you can now sign up for a three month free trial. Apple first announced that Apple Music would be coming to Android back in June during its Developer Conference, and since then there has not been much information about it.

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3 months ago

FotoSwipe makes sharing photos between Android and iOS a breeze

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If you've ever wanted to share photos between Android and Apple phones, you'll know how inconvenient it can be. Sure, you can text or email photos between one another, but it's not the most elegant solution. This is where FotoSwipe comes to the rescue. With a simple drag-and-drop, FotoSwipe allows you to share images between Android and iOS devices. All you need to make the magic happen is the FotoSwipe app on each device!

It's super easy - and I can attest to this myself - as I had the pleasure of testing the FotoSwipe app along with many of our most awesome members earlier this year. Thanks to our feedback, FotoSwipe is locked, loaded, and ready to download for free in the App Store and Google Play!

I encourage you to check it out yourself - download links are below. For more information you can also check out the video & press release below or visit www.fotoswipe.com.

Download for free on Google Play

Download for free on iTunes

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3 months ago

EA releases Star Wars Battlefront companion app for Android

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EA has released the official Star Wars Battlefront companion app for Android, which enables those in a galaxy far, far away to prepare for battle in the upcoming title. The app itself features a strategic card game called Base Command, and allows you to earn in-game credits that can be used to unlock Star Cards and more in the full title.

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3 months ago

Amazon Underground has tripled its lineup of free Android apps since launch

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In late August, Amazon replaced its free App of the Day program with its Amazon Underground app, which offered access to over $10,000 worth of Android apps and in-app content for free. Now the company has announced that the amount of apps and in-app purchase available from Amazon Underground has tripled since its launch.

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3 months ago

Google Maps adds offline navigation and search

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Google has finally starting the roll out of offline navigation and search to Google Maps, allowing you to save a geographic area to navigate without the need for a connection. This feature was first previewed back at Google I/O, and it is just now beginning to roll out to users.

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3 months ago

Facebook Messenger adding facial recognition for easier photo sharing

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Facebook has begun a slow rollout of a new feature for its Messenger app that it hopes will make sharing photos easier. Called Photo Magic, the new feature uses facial recognition technology to find photos of your friends in your camera roll.

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