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2 months ago

NVIDIA's Shield Hub app updated with new Material Design look, better gaming performance

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NVIDIA has updated its Shield Hub app that it created for its Shield Tablet and Shield Portable products today. The update includes a new user interface based on Google's Material Design look, as well as a group of performance improvements for GameStream and GRID.

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2 months ago

On December 24th and 25th, Yo will Ho Ho Ho

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If you happen to be using Yo for some insane reason, we've just been informed that you won't be getting any "Yos" on December 24th or 25th. Nope, instead, to celebrate the Christmas holiday, you'll get similarly-vague "Ho Ho Ho" alerts instead. At press time we were unable to clarify if Santa Claus himself will be leaving monosyllabic push notifications under the tree this year.

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2 months ago

Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

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Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection.

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2 months ago

Here are the Android 5.0.1 OTA links, and a guide to using them

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Nexus 7 (2013)

Google released Android 5.0.1 to AOSP and posted factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and now folks have started to receive the actual OTA updates for the incremental bump. While you can always manually update your Nexus device using the full factory image and still retain your data, it's even easier to do if you have the actual OTA file itself.

Head past the break for the links to the OTA files, and to find out how to use them!

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2 months ago

Netflix announces Android Wear support, new social features

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Netflix recently took to its blog to detail some nifty new features coming to its Android app. Coming along for the ride is a new "Social Recommendation" feature that has already graced other platforms. Perhaps the biggest news, however, is that Android Wear integration is coming and will push notifications for recommended movies to your wrist.

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2 months ago

Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android with improved editing features

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Google has announced that its Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps are grabbing some update love today. While there isn't much that's groundbreaking here, the updates do bring some nifty quality of life changes, such as scrollbars in Sheets, along with new tools for inserting, moving, and resizing shapes and text boxes in Slides.

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2 months ago

Race around the world in 80 Days for Android

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Literary adventure game 80 Days is now available for Android from the Google Play Store. More of an interactive novel, 80 Days follows the attempt of Phileas Fogg to go around the world in that amount of time.

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2 months ago

New SwiftKey themes bring the Frozen crew to your keyboard

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SwiftKey has launched some new themes based on the hit Disney movie Frozen. The themes feature characters from the movie sitting behind your keyboard. When using a Frozen theme, little flakes of snow will fall from the keyboard as you type.

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2 months ago

HTC's video chat screen sharing now features drawing too

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The HTC Eye Experience update brought a lot of interesting features to HTC device owners, especially in the camera department, but the included improvements to video chat have largely flown under the radar, though today's update makes things a little more interesting. As part of video chat you've been able to share your HTC device's screen, and with the latest update to the HTC Video Chat Enhance app you can now draw as you're sharing your screen.

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2 months ago

Viber adds games to its Android messaging app in five countries

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Viber has updated its Android messaging app in the Google Play Store five countries (Belarus, Malaysia, Israel, Singapore and the Ukraine) with a feature that allows users in those territories to play a select number of games inside the app. This feature will be rolled out worldwide to other parts of the world in the coming weeks.

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2 months ago

Half-Life 2: Episode One available today on NVIDIA Shield Tablet

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Owners of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet can pick up Half-Life 2: Episode One for Android starting today. In it you take up the crowbar once more as Gordon Freeman following the catastrophic conclusion of classic first-person shooter game Half-Life 2. City 17 and the Citadel are a bit of a mess, but you're jumping back into the fray with Alyx one more time. Dog the robot even shows up for a bit.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Godus, Cocktail Compass, Frozen Free Fall and more

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Apps of the week

Time-savers and time-wasters

It's Sunday, and that means it's time to look at a few app recommendations from us here at AC. Working with an Android in our hand all week means we have plenty of time to give apps a try, and we always like to share the ones we find that warrant some love.

Of course, we also want to hear your app picks, so we can take a look. Many of you fine folk spend as much time with an Android in your hands as we do, and we consider you to be one of our best resources for finding great new applications. Have a look at our picks, then tell us yours in the comments!

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2 months ago

Flow Home Launcher aims for the social media crowd

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Everyone approaches their home screen differently. Some like to set it and forget it, sometime not even deviating from the default layout that their phone came with. Some are constantly redoing their entire layout, belonging to theming communities where custom skins and elements are shared frequently and freely. Others have a basic layout that they'll tweak occasionally with new widgets and new themes. I am one such user.

And I am not quite who Flow Home was designed for — yet — but maybe you are.

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2 months ago

Lync 2013 gets updated for Android with new anonymous join feature and more

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Microsoft has released an update for its Lync 2013 business messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds a way to join an online meeting without a Lync account, along with some other new features.

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2 months ago

BlackBerry updates its BBM app with support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and more

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BlackBerry has released an update for its BBM messaging app for Android in the Google Play Store that adds, among other things, support for Android 5.0 Lollipop devices.

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