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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Final Kick, Office Lens, Water Your Body and more

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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

Using App Permissions in Android M

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Android M app permissions

Google is finally giving users more granular control over permissions in Android M, but it's probably going to be a rocky start.

We've long pondered what it might look like if Google decided to implement something that gave users more control over what individual apps are allowed to access on our devices, and at I/O this year it all became clear. Android M is going to allow users quite a bit of control over what information and hardware each app is allowed access to, and this new setup even includes a simplification of permission types into a few convenient categories.

While we know nothing about Android M is set in stone, a quick walkthrough of this new permission setup gives a reasonable look at what is coming in the next version of Android.

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2 months ago

TuneIn Radio on Android Auto brings the world's sounds to your car

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TuneIn Radio on Android Auto

Android Auto

TuneIn Radio is a longtime player in the Internet radio game. And while it might seem a little odd to be talking Internet radio in the car when we have access to millions of songs in various traditional music apps (not to mention satellite radio coming standard on just about anything new, and available in most aftermarket units), terrestrial radio isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And TuneIn — with its free version having been installed more than 100 million times from Google Play — brings the online component for that.

The use case is easy enough to figure out. Say you've got a favorite radio station from home, or even from other part of the world. TuneIn can bring it to you. Sports. News. Talk. Music. All there in one handy app. (I've used it locally for years with phones that don't have an FM tuner.) And more recently TuneIn has integration podcasts into its repertoire. So it's a perfect fit for Android Auto, really.

Let's take a quick look.

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2 months ago

If you are using Android Wear in Android M, check your optimizations

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It turns out Android M thinks your Android Wear app needs to take a nap every once in a while.

It should be no surprise to anyone out there that the Android M Developer Preview is not 100% ready for public consumption. We're not expecting a Nexus running the finished version of this OS until the fall, but that doesn't stop folks from giving the preview a quick flash and checking things out. In doing so, a few folks — including our TWiT friend Jason Howell — noticed Android Wear didn't always behave as expected when connected to the preview.

It turns out this has more to do with Android M's new App standby functionality and the Wear app not being ready for M than anything else. It also means there's an easy way to stop this from being a problem.

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2 months ago

Google Play brings 'Free App of the Week' to Family section

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Google Play is now offering a 'Free App of the Week' in its Family section, something the company has yet to do before.

In its recently launched Family section, Google Play is now hosting a 'Free App of the Week' for the first time ever. The app this week, Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings by PBS KIDS, is the first time we are seeing a paid app go free, that will likely return to a paid app.

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2 months ago

YouTube Gaming is set to duke it out with Twitch with live game streaming and more

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It looks like YouTube is set to take on Twitch with a big push into gaming content.

Announced via Twitter today, YouTube Gaming represents a big push by Google into the live game streaming space, currently dominated by Twitch. The service has been rumored to be in the works for a while, but it's now official with a dedicated web portal and apps on both Android and iOS.

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2 months ago

The ultimate guide to Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps on Android

Google Maps is an amazingly powerful tool that can help you get anywhere, and see anything.

Google Maps

Whether you want to drive to a new place in the shortest amount of time, navigate a public transit system that you're still learning or get recommendations for things around you, Google Maps is an all-encompassing app that can do it. It offers real time traffic data, transit directions, a massive directory of places and an impressively large set of satellite imagery all at your fingertips.

An app as huge as this deserves plenty of your time to learn how to use it just right, so we've pulled together all of our information, help and tips on the subject into one place — the ultimate guide to Google Maps.

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2 months ago

Medium launches beta app for Android, testers wanted

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Medium is getting ready to launch an Android app, and it wants you to help test it.

Medium, a popular open-blogging platform is working on an Android app, and the developers want you to help test it. The company just launched Medium beta for Android and is now accepting requests to test the app.

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2 months ago

The Google Cardboard apps you shouldn't miss

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Google Cardboard transports you inside of the app, and for better or worse refuses to let you go.

By now you've no doubt heard about Google Cardboard and its ability to turn your phone into a 3D projector you strap to your face. The best part about Cardboard right now is the volume of apps to check out, but as is often the case that causes a new problem. With so many options for apps on the Play Store, it's easy to get overwhelmed. There's more than a dozen roller coaster apps, some games that require full controllers to play, and others that don't quite work as advertised.

We've gone through dozens of games and app in the Google Play Store recently, and made a short list of the stuff you should be trying out.

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2 months ago

Twitter to remove 140-character limit for DMs in July

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Twitter will be making some more changes in July, one of which will be the removal of the 140 character limit for direct messages.

Currently, users have a 140-character limit for both tweets and direct messages, but in July Twitter will be removing that limitation from direct messages. The company has announced the new change, along with an updated API for developers.

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2 months ago

Cyanogen partners with Playphone to bring social gaming to emerging markets

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Cyanogen OS is getting a gaming boost from Playphone in emerging markets.

Cyanogen has announced a partnership with Playphone, a sort of mobile gaming social network and store all in one, that will see the service installed on Cyanogen OS phones in "key international markets."

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2 months ago

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

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Google Slides has gained Chromecast support, making it even easier to set up and give presentations from your mobile device.

Google has added Chromecast support to its Slides app, letting users cast their presentations to a larger screen with ease. With the addition of Chromecast support, getting set up for presentations and even controlling them, has been made a great deal easier.

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2 months ago

Here are the apps competing with Periscope

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These days, there is more than one app for everything.

As consumers, we're used to having choices and being able to decide what works best for us. Where it can get pesky however, is when you are inundated with too many options, and not enough information about what each one can offer us. Well, it seems like live streaming video has more than enough options for even the most discerning user.

We've talked about Periscope in depth, but you need to know your options. So we've grabbed a few of the most popular live streaming video apps, with a breakdown on each one.

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2 months ago

Google wants your feedback on Google Voice

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Google wants your feedback on how it can improve Google Voice.

There's no doubt that users have some frustrations with Google Voice, including some slight hiccups with its integration into Hangouts. Now, however, Google is looking to get some feedback on how you would improve the Google Voice experience.

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2 months ago

Gmail app for Android adds Oauth support for Yahoo and Microsoft accounts

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In a new update that will be rolling out over the next few days, Gmail will bring Oauth support for Microsoft and Yahoo accounts.

Security is important to everyone, and Google is boosting security in its Gmail app for those with Microsoft and Yahoo accounts. In the latest update, which will be rolling out over the next few days, the company is adding support for Oauth for these users.

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