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1 week ago

Timehop for Android: Throwback Thursday made simple

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Let's go back. Back again.

The ghosts of social media past return

You may have noticed an app popping up in a lot of throwback posts of late called Timehop. Timehop is an app with a very specific purpose: it digs up your social media posts from years ago and presents them to you on their anniversaries. While the primary use for Timehop is to rediscover old posts and content and then reshare it, Timehop can also serve as a daily dose of nostalgia — or embarrassment, as is often the case for my own social history. Timehop is a quick, no-frills trip down down memory lane and a cheat-sheet for #throwbackthursday.

So, when are we off to?

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1 week ago

Wikipedia app grabs a ton of features in their material design update

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More like a native app, less like a web app

Everyone knows what Wikipedia is, because it's the world's biggest free resource for information that is largely supported and built by users. The folks at the Wikimedia Foundation have worked hard to make the world's information available to as many people on the planet as possible, and that means making sure the mobile apps are easy to use and highly functional. While Wikipedia has existed in app form on Android for a couple of years now, the experience hasn't really been any better than using the mobile version of the site.

Today the Wikipedia app for Android has updated to meet that promise, bringing along with it a native feel and lots of Material Design style. If you're the type to grab your phone before your laptop when looking something up, this might be the last time you see the Wikipedia website for a while.

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1 week ago

WWE Immortals fights its way onto Google Play

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Wrestling fans are in for a pretty cool treat today. NetherRealm Studios, the developers behind Injustice: Gods Among Us, just announced that WWE Immortals has been released for Android. The game allows you to play supernatural, supercharged versions of your favorite WWE stars such as John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Big Show.

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1 week ago

Odd Squad: Blob Chase wants to make learning math fun

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PBS Kids has released Odd Squad: Blob Chase, a new educational game geared towards children ages 5-8, on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Meant for tablets, this is the first app based on the Odd Squad brand. Blob Chase tries to teach basic math concepts by making them fun and engaging.

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1 week ago

Google wants to reward you with medals for bringing new players to Ingress

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Ingress, the GPS-based adventure game from Google's Niantic Labs, wants its current players to encourage their family and friends to join in. It will do so with a new Recruiter Medal that will reward the "agents" of Ingress for their efforts in this area.

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1 week ago

Parallels Access now supports S Pen remote editing on the Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge owners can now remotely access their Windows or Mac files with Parallels Access 2.5. The new version of the popular software even lets users edit remote PC files with Samsung's S Pen.

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1 week ago

Google turbocharges Translate, instant translation of voice and text now possible

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As revealed earlier this week, Google has updated its Translate app with real-time text and speech translation, made possible by Word Lens integration and improvements to the translation engine.

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1 week ago

Lightroom mobile comes to Android — here's your first look!

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Lightroom Mobile for Android

If you're a Lightroom user, this may be the easiest way to sync and edit photos on a desktop

Adobe today has announced that Lightroom mobile — the on-the-go version of its powerful photo organization and editing software — is now available for Android phones.

The broad strokes: Lightroom mobile lets you organize and edit pictures you take with your phone. (Tablet support is coming later, Adobe says.) It's also a two-way sync with the full desktop version of Lightroom, complete with auto-upload. So anything you shoot with your phone will be available in a collection in Lightroom, and any edits you make there will also appear on the phone.

This one's probably not for casual editors — Lightroom continues to be a pretty serious tool, and you'll need one of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscriptions for it all to work. But if you're willing to put in a little effort, this might well be one of the best ways to manage and edit your mobile photos.

Let's explore.

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1 week ago

Facebook at Work: It's Facebook, but for business

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Facebook has just launched a limited pilot program for its new Facebook at Work service. It will offer businesses a way to give their employees collaboration and messaging tools with familiar Facebook features.

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1 week ago

Google's new Classroom mobile app helps connect teachers and students

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Google has launched a new mobile app as part of its previously-announced Classroom education service. The app offers features designed to help both students and teachers.

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1 week ago

Melt undead with cool new plants in the latest update for Plants vs. Zombies 2

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 has today received an update, introducing 16 exciting new levels for players to enjoy. Titled Frostbite Caves Part 1, EA has brought freezing winds and hot new plants – a perfect recipe for melting frigid zombies.

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1 week ago

Verizon LG G2 update includes handful of improvements

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An update is rolling our for one of our favorite Verizon prepaid phones. The update, VS98027A, is hitting the LG G2 with an improved visual voicemail interface, and additional connectivity when roaming internationally. It's no Lollipop update, unfortunately.

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1 week ago

Google Now Launcher update brings Lollipop look to older devices

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Google Now Launcher

With the latest update to the Google Now Launcher (and the Google Search app, which controls much of the content therein), folks running a device on Android 4.1 to 4.4 will now see the same Material Design styling as those who have the launcher installed on their Lollipop device. Prior to this update, installing the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store would give you a version that was tailored to look similar to the version of Android you were running — now you get the same look no matter what.

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1 week ago

Tesco announces grocery shopping app for Google Glass

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One of the U.K.'s major grocery store chains, Tesco, has released a new app for Google Glass that allows folks at home to scan the barcode for stuff around the house and order them for delivery. The app also lets you peruse prices and nutritional information.

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1 week ago

Facebook adds targeted AMBER Alerts in its News Feed

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Facebook will now include targeted AMBER Alerts in its News Feed on both its mobile and desktop versions. The new feature was put in as part of a new partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help find missing kids faster.

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