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1 month ago

Twitter is about to make direct messages a little less maddening

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Managing your direct messages on Twitter is about to get a lot more convenient, as the microblogging service announced today that it is rolling out an update over the coming weeks that makes "deleting DMs more consistent" across the web and mobile.

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1 month ago

Sky subscribers can now manage their account on the go with new Android app

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If you are a subscriber of UK broadcaster Sky, you'll now be able to manage your account while on the move with the company's latest Android offering. Titled Sky Service, the app enables you to get into account areas, find help for TV, broadband and phones services, as well as easy access to the service status checker. It's a must-have for anyone with a Sky package.

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1 month ago

Google Maps adds in-navigation voice control, elevation info for bicyclists

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Voice in Google Maps

Google Maps is receiving an update to version 8.2 today, with a solid set of new features including in-navigation voice control, elevation change information for bicyclists and faster access to voice input from the main maps screen. The biggest change in this latest version is the ability to give Google Maps voice controls while you're navigating, something that hands-free driving advocates (and just frequent drivers) will be a fan of. While navigating you'll now see a small microphone button in the bottom left corner of the interface, which you can tap and then give commands to the phone with.

We've found a few different actions you can take:

  • How is traffic ahead?
  • Show route overview
  • What's my next turn?
  • Show alternate routes
  • When will I get there?
  • What is my next turn?
  • Navigate to [place]

After playing around with it the system doesn't seem too terribly smart just yet — for example you can't say "hide traffic" to remove the traffic display, or make other seemingly-natural language requests that deviate from the scripted queries. There also doesn't seem to be a completely hands-free wakeup phrase such as "OK, Google" that we're all used to. For now you're tapping the on-screen button, but that's miles ahead of performing several taps just to see what's coming up on the map.

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1 month ago

Magic 2015 brings dueling wizards to Android

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Magic: The Gathering fans will be able to get in on card-by-card deck customization in the latest iteration of the classic strategy card game. Magic 2015 launched on Android today and brings familiar one-on-one card duels in either single-serving practice games, long-term campaign, or online multiplayer matches. Check out our hands-on with the iPad version at E3 for a closer look.

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1 month ago

Scheme your way to power in Game of Thrones Ascent

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Game of Thrones Ascent is now available on Android. Previously available only online and on the iPad, Ascent puts you in the role of a noble in Westeros, the setting of George R.R. Martin's books. You can work with or plans schemes against other players as you plot your way to the top.

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1 month ago

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy arrive on Android

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Tieing in with the launch of the movie of the same name, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on Android for $4.99 from the Google Play Store. Despite the tie in, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an original storyline and falls into the 'action role playing game' genre.

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1 month ago

Hitman Go Airport update adds 15 levels, new game mechanics

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Square Enix's turn-based puzzle game Hitman Go has received a new update that adds 15 levels along with new enemy types and gameplay mechanics.

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1 month ago

Snapchat may be planning a mobile payment service

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Snapchat may be looking to monetize by launching a mobile payment service, according to trademarks filed earlier this week. The documents reveal that the ephemeral message service is looking to process peer-to-peer payments, money transfers and online payments.

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1 month ago

Dead Trigger 2 gets major update with new weapons, story content and more

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Developer Madfinger Games has released a major new update to their free-to-play zombie first person shooter Dead Trigger 2, adding in a ton of content such as new weapons, more of the game's story campaign and additional features.

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1 month ago

Updated Google Wallet knows your gift card balances, lets you ask for money

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Your Google Wallet app is about to get even better. Today, Google has just announced that several new features are coming to the Google Wallet app on Android and iOS. These new features will make it easier to shop in retail stores and get cash from family or friends. Full details on the upcoming changes down below.

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