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1 week ago

Twitter adds 'Highlights' to Android app, a daily summary of the best tweets

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Highlights is Twitter's latest feature addition which delivers a push notification daily summarizing the day's best tweets.

Twitter wants to make sure that users are not missing out on things when they are busy with other tasks, and Highlights is the companies latest way to keep you informed of what happened during the day. The idea is simple: Twitter will send a push notification to users who opt-in, giving you a recap of popular posts from the day.

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1 week ago

Sense TV shuts down April 30, HTC reminds users to download Peel Smart Remote

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HTC has made the decision to shutdown Sense TV on April 30, and they are reminding users to download Peel Smart Remote instead.

Effective April 30, users of the Sense TV app will receive a "no data retrieved" message when launching the app, as HTC is shutting it down and asking users to switch to Peel. At the end of March users started seeing warnings of the shut down, and HTC had already replaced the app on the HTC One M9.

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1 week ago

Outlook for Android is ready for the big leagues, ditches 'Preview' tag

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Microsoft has graduated Outlook, their popular mail app for Android, out of 'preview' status.

After pushing out 17 updates since launching in back in January, Microsoft has now removed the 'preview' tag from Outlook for Android. The team at Microsoft had high expectations for Outlook, and while enhancing performance and squashing bugs they had tagged the app as a preview. With the expectations finally being met, the team has no longer calls it a preview.

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1 week ago

Facebook wants to make your phone dialer smarter with its latest app, Hello

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Facebook has launched yet another Android app, and this time they are making your dialer even smarter.

Phone calls can be a pain, especially if you don't have the number stored and don't know who is calling you. Facebook is making your dialer and caller-ID even smarter with their latest app, Hello. With Hello you will be able to see who is calling, whether you have the number saved or not, as well as block unwanted calls based on numbers others have blocked, and much more.

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1 week ago

Microsoft OneDrive update lets you to do more without leaving the app

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Microsoft's latest update to the OneDrive app now lets you do more without having to leave the app, like watch movies and open share links.

OneDrive for Android now lets users open share links and stream videos without leaving the app, as well as the ability to add photos to albums. The latest update, which bumps the app up to version 3.0, brings functionality that removes the need to bounce between apps when viewing OneDrive files.

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1 week ago

How to hide the battery percentage on the Galaxy S6

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Knowing exactly how much battery you have left is handy, but sometimes a clean notification bar is better.

Like most Android manufacturers, Samsung's TouchWiz UI isn't exactly conservative when it comes to icon usage in your notification bar. While this may not be a problem for some folks, there's nothing wrong with wanting most of the notification bar to be available for, you know, notifications. By the time you've turned on Bluetooth, NFC, set an alarm, and enabled priority notifications, you're using well over half of the bar for persistent things that aren't incoming notifications. One of the big ways you can take some of that space back for yourself is removing the battery percentage indicator on your Galaxy S6, which is pretty simple to do if you know where to look.

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1 week ago

The Galaxy S6 has extra camera modes you'll want to try

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera modes

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is good. Darn good. But you can make it better by downloading a few extra modes from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is impressive in its own right. It shoots excellent pictures out of the box, with very little fuss. But it can do more. Much more.

Samsung actually pared back some of the features in the camera app this time around. That makes the initial experience easier — no more overwhelming feature lists — but it does mean you're lacking things that were built in before. Say, the ability to record an animated gif, for one. The good news is these features are pretty easy to get back. Here's how.

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1 week ago

Android Wear companion app update brings fresh design, a few neat features

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While we all wait for the next OS update to hit our Android Wear watches, the companion app is getting a refresh.

The latest Android Wear app brings a solid design refresh and a few new features, but some of them will require you to wait for your Android Wear smartwatch to get the latest firmware update. On the design side, a new home page makes use of more Material Design with stronger shadows and depth, while new cards bring apps and tips to your attention.

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1 week ago

Starbucks app brings tipping to Canada, seamless eGift purchase and redemption

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Starbucks is bringing its new mobile tipping feature to Canada today with a simple app update.

After starting initially with iOS users and then rolling to Android users in the U.S., our neighbors up north can now add a tip to their beverage purchase. You'll just need the latest version of the Starbucks Android app, now available in the Play Store — once you make a purchase, you'll receive a notification giving you the option to tip the barista if you wish.

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1 week ago

Action Launcher 3.4 adds over a dozen new customization options

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Action Launcher has been updated to version 3.4, adding even more customization options and unlocking nearly 70 percent of options for non-paid users.

Popular launcher replacement, Action Launcher, has received yet another huge update bringing it to version 3.4. While the bump from 3.3 to 3.4 may feel small in number, it is huge in customization, with more than 12 new options.

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1 week ago

Facebook balances content from Friends and Pages in latest News Feed changes

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Facebook has again made some changes to the way they display content in your News Feed in hopes of bringing a better balance.

Finding a good balance between too much content and not enough content is a tough task and Facebook has been taking user feedback to heart on this. Facebook is once again changing the content that is displayed in your News Feed based on what they have been hearing.

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1 week ago

Adobe adds DNG raw file support to Lightroom on Android

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Lightroom for Android is now even better with the recent addition of DNG raw file support from Adobe.

Adobe has released some new updated to Lightroom, and one of the additions to the Android version is DNG raw file support. The addition of this support comes as an Android-exclusive at this time, but it does require the device to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage.

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1 week ago

Twitter makes policy changes to help combat abusive users

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Twitter has announced some changes in its policies, along with some revised enforcement options, designed to combat the abusive users of its social network.

The changes include expanding the definitions of Twitter's violent threats policy, along with more options for the company's service team to lock out accounts.

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1 week ago

BlackBerry introduces social enabled games in BBM Connect Games for Android

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Android BBM users can now share game achievements and more with their contacts thanks to BBM Connect Games.

While BBM is primarily a communication tool, it can do much more than just allow for users to engage in a conversation. Balancing the work-play life is something that BlackBerry has focused on for a long time, and now they have introduced BBM Connect Games.

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1 week ago

Twitter will now allow users to receive direct messages from anyone

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Twitter is making a big change in its direct messaging feature, allowing users the option to receive direct messages from any other Twitter user.

Previously, Twitter only allowed for direct messages to be sent to people who followed each other on the service. Now users can make a change in their settings to allow anyone to message them. This option is opt-in only, so you don't have to do anything if you want to keep things the way they are.

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