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2 months ago

Instagram pics now share beautifully on Google+

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We're usually pretty quick to point out when things are broken. And so we should strive to be just as fast to point out when they're fixed. And while I don't know exactly when Instagram posts began sharing properly on Google+ — chances are it's been working longer than I realize, a fact someone surely will point out in the comments, thus proving my point — but it's a welcome change, for sure.

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2 months ago

Nova Launcher Beta scores a Material Design overhaul

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Fans of Nova Launcher are in for a treat today if they're on the public beta track for the popular launcher replacement, as it just received a full Material Design overhaul.

Today's public beta release brings a whole host of Material Design tweaks for the settings screens and dialog boxes, along with with new icons and additional features.

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2 months ago

Android 5.1 SDK released, new APIs for dual-SIM devices and carrier apps

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Lollipop MR1

The handful of new APIs in the new Lollipop release focus on cellular and telephony.

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Android 5.1 Lollipop announcement, Google has released the Android 5.1 SDK to developers, along with details of the dev-facing stuff contained in the new version of the OS. Firstly, Android 5.1 brings the platform up to API level 22, which includes new APIs for devices with more than one SIM, as well as additional APIs for carrier services.

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2 months ago

Swiftkey releases new themes for college basketball's March Madness

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March Madness apparently means you get to show your team spirit with your... keyboard.

Swiftkey has been known to release a theme or two for various events throughout the year, and here are there newest. Just in time for March Madness, Swiftkey has brought their first branded keyboard themes, with 9 different college basketball teams. To make things a bit more fun, Swiftkey is also running a bracket of their own to see which school's keyboard receives the most downloads.

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2 months ago

What's new in Android 5.1? Some big and small changes in the updated Lollipop release

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Android 5.1

Our guide to what's new in Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Android 5.1 Lollipop is upon us, and the update is just starting to become available for Nexus device owners, beginning with factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2012). Android 5.1 is the first big maintenance release for Lollipop, fixing bugs and improving performance and stability over the original 5.0 release. As such, many of the most important changes will have taken place behind the scenes, as Google tightens up the nuts and bolts of Lollipop.

On the surface, Android 5.1 is almost identical to 5.0, however look a little closer and there are plenty more subtle changes to get to grips with. Read on to learn what's new in the latest Lollipop release.

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2 months ago

Amazon's new $25,000 sweepstakes just requires downloading an app

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Amazon offers US Android users a chance to win a $25,000 shopping spree on its site if they download an app from their storefront.

This new content clearly shows that Amazon wants more Android device owners to use its app store. The contest is open to residents of the US that are 18 years of age and over. They must first register on Amazon's web site and then, if they haven't already, they have to download and install the Amazon Appstore on their Android device.

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2 months ago

Google quietly launches an early version of a new interactive app for events

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Google has released a new app to the Play Store called Interactive Events. As the name implies, this new app is developed for events and hosted sessions. Unfortunately, we're unable to test out the features as you're required to sign-in to an event using text or QR code. Clearly Google is still working on things.

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2 months ago

Android 5.1 gets an official announcement with updates rolling out soon

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Android 5.1 Lollipop

Cross-platform HD Voice and new security features top a short list of goodies in this new Android version update.

We've seen it teased, launched, begged for, and angrily shouted about in our forums. We've even poked a little fun at the whole situation, but it would appear today is the day. Android 5.1, the other Lollipop, is finally upon us. Google's announcement claims the bulk of this update is stability improvements and performance enhancing code supplements, but mixed in with all of that "fully baked" sentiment are some fresh new features.

If you're all not too busy mashing the update button on your Nexus devices, let's take a quick look at what we have to look forward to.

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2 months ago

What is Google+, and who actually uses it?

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Google+

Google's plans for total web domination have been scaled back to a simple, powerful social network with no shortage of killer features.

Social behavior is a strangely integral part of the Internet as we know and use it today, and in many ways it has been from the very beginning. Message boards, IRC channels, image hosting sites, and email have always existed as important social components to the Internet. And in much the same way smartphones have pulled together many different single-purpose technologies into a single thought, social networks have come to exist as massive communication hubs that act for many people as the homepage of the Internet.

Google's efforts in social networking are many, and while none of them has seen the kind of global acceptance that its search, video, and email services have enjoyed, Google's most recent efforts in this space have advanced the state of the market in some unique ways. Google+ is, first and foremost, a platform focused on bringing all of Google together for users to enjoy. Whether that also means it's a social network for everyone is for you to decide for yourself.

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2 months ago

VSCO Cam 3.2 introduces Copy + Paste batch photo editing

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For its latest major release, popular camera app VSCO Cam has added batch photo editing, TIFF image import and performance improvements. The new batch editing feature, aka Copy + Paste, lets you make a complex set of edits to just one photo, then copy that set of edits and apply it to other photos you've taken already. It's kind of like an edit preset, but made to be used on a shorter-term basis, and it should really cut down on editing large sets of photos.

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Evoland, Autowear, Yahoo Weather 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

Zynga will bring fantasy strategy game Dawn of Titans to Android

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Zynga will release Dawn of Titans, a fantasy-themed strategy game with some impressive looking graphics, for Android devices later this year.

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2 months ago

Blackrock Mountain will expand Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in April

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Developer Blizzard will release the next single player expansion for their popular card collecting game next month for Android tablets.

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2 months ago

Blood & Glory Immortals battles the ancient gods' wrath on Android

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Glu Media's latest game in their hit mobile fantasy action-RPG series is now available in the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store.

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2 months ago

GDC 2015: Dungeon Link mixes casual puzzle with RPG

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Gamevil was at GDC again this year, showing off a freemium puzzle game with some especially flashy fantasy elements. In Dungeon Link, players build a party of heroes who are placed on a grid with enemies. By tracing heroes from their origin square to the same-colored target zone, players execute attacks on enemies and eliminate tiles. The trick is, these paths will block off future lines of attack, so you need to plan ahead. If you've ever played the Flow Free or Trainyard, the strategy should be familiar. If you can manage to take out all the tiles, you can earn the big points.

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