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1 week ago

Today, we celebrate our 99-cent 'Independence Day'

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Movie fans who like to buy them on the cheap should jump on today's sale in the Google Play Store. The classic sci-fi invasion film Independence Day can be bought for just 99 cents for Android phone and tablet owners.

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1 week ago

Project Fi app's new widget will let you track your data usage at a glance

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If you're a subscriber to Google's Project Fi, you'll now be able to track your data usage via a handy widget.

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1 week ago

Bank of America app adds fingerprint sign-in for Marshmallow phones

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Thanks to the latest update to Bank of America's Android app, more users can now log in with just a touch.

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1 week ago

Sprint pushes Marshmallow to Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and S5 Sport

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Sprint has started pushing out a pair of new Marshmallow updates, this time bringing Android 6.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S5 Sport.

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1 week ago

Google is seeking beta testers for an upcoming travel app

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Google is emailing selected people to sign up and take a survey so they could possibly be picked to beta test an upcoming travel assistance app.

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1 week ago

Facebook will adjust your News Feed based on how long you look at articles

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Facebook has started rolling more changes to its News Feed. It will now take into account how long a person spends looking at an article.

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1 week ago

Live TV listings are headed to Google search results

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Google has revealed that you'll soon be able to quickly check live TV listings inside of Google Search.

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1 week ago

How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

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How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my!

In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts.

There's no longer a need for third-party apps and jumping around between your music and podcasts, since you now have a one stop shop. Google Play Music's podcasts are missing a couple features, like being able to queue up multiple episodes from different podcasts, but features like that are likely forthcoming.

We've put together a quick guide to get you up and running.

More: Subscribe to the Android Central Podcast!

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1 week ago

Google Keep's new Chrome extension makes saving from the web much easier

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Google is rolling out some nice update to its Keep note taking product both on the web and Android. It's now easier to save items from the web with Keep's new extension for Chrome, which allows you to save a website, or part of one, with just the click of a button. Similarly, you can now use the Share option on Android to save something to Keep.

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1 week ago

Facebook Messenger's group calls let you chat with your whole squad

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Anyone using Facebook Messenger around the globe can now take advantage of group voice calls within the app. Announced by Facebook's David Marcus, group calling has just begun rolling out to users across the globe.

To start a group call, you simply have to tap the phone icon from any group conversation. On the following screen, you'll then be able to select and manage individual call participants.

Group calls are rolling out to users over the next 24 hours, according to Marcus, so they may not be available to everyone just yet. However, if you're using the latest version of Messenger, you should see the feature pop up relatively soon.

Have you tried Facebook Messenger's group calls yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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1 week ago

Inbox now helps you keep up with calendar events, newsletters and links

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Google is rolling out an update for its Inbox by Gmail email client on Android. It includes some new features for keeping up with events in Google Calendar, among other things.

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1 week ago

You can now play your favorite podcasts directly in Google Search for Android

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The Google Search app for Android is getting an update that will allow users to play podcast directly from search results. This comes on the heels of Google Play Music adding support for podcasts on the web as well as in the Google Play Music app.

And it's exactly as easy as you'd think. If a podcast shows in the search results, you'll hit the play button and listen.

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1 week ago

How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

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How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

Finally! You can now subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts with Google Play Music.

First it was its own streaming service and now Google Play Music has evolved to include podcasts in its library. Gone are the days of needing a third party app to subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts ( the Android Central Podcast, of course!); you can now centralize all of your listening habits, thanks to Play Music.

We'll walk you through how their web interface works to get you on your way to podcast paradise.

How to find and subscribe to your favorite podcast in Google Play Music

There are a couple easy ways you can find podcasts through Play Music on the web.

  1. Visit Google Play Music in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click the menu button in the top lefthand corner of your screen.
  3. Click Podcasts.

    Click the menu button, click Podcasts

  4. There are three ways to find a podcast:

    • Top Charts: These are promoted podcasts or podcasts with the most subscribers.
    • Categories: Click All categories just under Your Podcasts, to browse the top-rated podcasts in each category.
    • Search: Click the search bar and type in the name of the podcast you're looking for or search by topic. Podcast results will appear under Podcasts.

      Click Top Charts, All Categories, or search

  5. Click on the podcast you'd like to subscribe to.
  6. Click the Subscribe button below and to the right of the podcast's title. Click the same button to unsubscribe.

    Click on the podcast to which you would like to subscribe, click the Subscribe button

At the moment, you can't manually add an RSS feed, so for now you'll have to be happy with searching.

How to view your subscribed podcasts in Google Play Music

Now that you've subscribed to all your favorite podcasts, you don't have to search for them every time you want to listen.

  1. Visit Google Play Music in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click the menu button in the top lefthand corner of your screen.
  3. Click Podcasts.
  4. Click Your Podcasts next to Top Charts.

    Click Podcasts, click Your Podcasts

All the podcasts you're subscribed to will appear here. You can listen to and manage them all from here.

How to share a podcast on Google Play Music on the web

There are a few different ways you can share your favorite podcasts.

How to share a podcast via a link with in Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Copy Link.
  5. Paste the link wherever you'd like to share it.

    Click the Podcast, click the Share button, click Copy Link

How to share a podcast to Facebook with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Facebook.
  5. Click Post to Facebook.

    Click the podcast, click the Share button, click Facebook, click Post to Facebook

The link for that podcast will now be shared on your wall.

How to share a podcast to Google+ with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Google+.
  5. Click Share.

    Click podcast, click the Share button, click Google+, click Share

How to share a podcast to Twitter with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the Share button next to Subscribe.
  4. Click Twitter.
  5. Click Tweet.

    Click the podcast, click the Share button, click Twitter, click Tweet

How to share specific podcast episodes with Google Play Music

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click an episode.

    Click the podcast, click an episode

  4. Click the episode menu button. It's the three vertical dots to the left of the episode description.
  5. Click Share.
  6. Share, as described above.

    Click the episode menu button, click Share

How to listen to a podcast in a pop-up window in Google Play Music in Chrome

If you want to listen to a podcast but still want to search around in Google Play Music, you can listen to the podcast in a separate pop-up. Here's how:

  1. Find or view the podcast you'd like to listen to in your Chrome browser.
  2. Click the podcast.
  3. Click the mini player button in the bottom right of the screen. It's a square with an arrow pointing upward and to the right.
  4. Click Install.

    Click the podcast, click the mini player button, click Install

  5. Click Add app.
  6. Find or view the podcast again.
  7. Click the podcast.

    Click Add app, click the podcast

  8. Double-click the episode you want to listen to.
  9. Click the mini player button in the bottom righthand corner of the screen.

    Double-click the episode, click the mini player button

Note: this feature is only available in Google Chrome.

A small pop-up window will appear wherein you can control the episode you're listening to using traditional music control.

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1 week ago

Microsoft Translator can now translate text from images

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Microsoft has updated its Translator app for Android, adding support for translating words in images. This allows you to get instant translations of signage, menus, and more. Additionally, those with Marshmallow installed on their phones will be able to translate text without leaving their current app.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Safety Screen app protects your kids' eyes

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Samsung has launched an app that's designed to prevent vision damage when using phones or tablets for an extended duration of time. Called Safety Screen, the app uses facial recognition to detect the distance between a phone or tablet's display and a user's eyes, automatically shutting off the screen and alerting the users with a popup if it finds that the device is held too close.

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