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2 months ago

New Cortana features include tracking notifications across Android phones

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During today's Build 2016 keynote address, Microsoft showed off some upcoming features coming to the Cortana digital assistant. One of them will allow it to track notifications across devices, including from Android phones.

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2 months ago

Fullscreen video service will take on YouTube and Netflix on April 26

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After launching first on YouTube, the content company Fullscreen will be introducing its own video streaming subscription service, similar to Netflix, on April 26. It will offer a mix of older TV shows and movies with original content for $4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial

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2 months ago

Google Calculator arrives in the Play Store as a standalone app

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While the standard Calculator Android app from Google is usually included with any Android device, it has never been released in the Google Play Store. That has now changed as the Calculator is now available in the store as a standalone app.

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2 months ago

Ubox aims to declutter your SMS inbox

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Ubox is a refreshing new SMS app alternative that aims to help you break through your SMS inbox clutter. The app makes it easier to manage SMS conversations from service providers, banks, DTH and telecom service providers, as well as promotional messages from all the services you use. With Ubox, you'll be easily able to distinguish between an important message and a promotional text.

The app adds context to your SMS inbox and auto-sorts SMSs into banking, bills, bookings, chats, promotions, and updates, giving you more control. You can then decide to switch notifications for a certain category. For instance, if you don't want to be notified of promotional messages, you can disable notifications for that category.

Ubox also lets you block spam messages with a single swipe. With each blocked message, the spam filter continues to get better. You can also use SMS subjects for frequent SMSs, allowing you to zip through your inbox. You can even bookmark important ones and keep them a tap away.

Hameer Virmani, co-founder of Ubox, correctly points out that people in India have stopped texting friends and family anymore because of the constant distraction of SMSs from businesses, and Ubox aims to resolve that. After a beta launch in January, the app is now available for download on the Play Store for free. Give it a whirl, and let us know how you like it.

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2 months ago

Adobe Acrobat Reader gets Dropbox integration for easier access to your PDFs

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Adobe and Dropbox are making it easier for users on the go to access and work on PDF files store in the cloud with tighter integration between Acrobat Reader and Dropbox on Android.

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2 months ago

Snapchat's new chat experience centers on audio, video, and stickers

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Snapchat is introducing a new, more robust Chat experience, one that makes it easier to connect with your friends both with audio and video, and which aims to allow conversations to flow more organically. This update also allows you to send stickers in a chat, giving you a wider range of ways to display how you feel.

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2 months ago

Instagram rolls out support for video uploads of up to 60 seconds

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Instagram is giving people more freedom to express themselves in video form. The social network is rolling out an update that will support video uploads of up to 60 seconds, well above the previous limit of just 15 seconds.

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2 months ago

Samsung's 'Good Lock' UI is your Galaxy S7, as seen through a fever dream

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Good Lock

Samsung has an optional 'advanced' UI for the Galaxy S7, and it's kind of a mess.

It's not often we see a phone maker offering optional, sweeping changes to the UI of one of its major handsets. Yet that's what Samsung has with the launch of the oddly named "Good Lock" on its Galaxy Apps store.

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2 months ago

Twitter makes images more accessible for visually impaired people

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Twitter has announced a change for its Android and iOS apps that will make photos more accessible to people who are visually impaired. People who add photos to their tweets will soon be able to add alternative text that describes the images they add for those who can't see them, and descriptions themselves can be 420 characters long.

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2 months ago

Google Photos now allows you to undo image edits you don't like

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The latest update to the official Google Photos app will give people the freedom to edit as much as they want to without having to worry about permanently altering the original images.

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2 months ago

SoundCloud launches its own music subscription service

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SoundCloud has rolled out an app update, which adds a new subscription service. Going up against the likes of Spotify and Play Music, SoundCloud Go is free for you to try for 30 days and will set you back $9.99 a month thereafter. Highlights of this new subscription service from SoundCloud include ad-free experiences and the ability to enjoy your favorite music when offline.

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2 months ago

Miitomo, Nintendo's first smartphone app, launches in select markets on March 31

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U.S. and European audiences will finally get a chance to download and use Nintendo's first smartphone app, Miitomo, on Thursday, March 31. The app will be released for both Android and iOS after a successful launch in Japan earlier this month.

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2 months ago

Samsung's web browser now available for the Verizon Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Samsung's browser app is now compatible and available for download on the Verizon-branded Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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2 months ago

The best streaming music apps for Android

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Streaming Music

Streaming music is big business, but which Android apps should you use?

We know there are plenty of streaming apps out there for Android. Each one comes with pros and cons (as everything else in life does). And the streaming app that best suits your needs might vary from one moment to the next. Say you want to listen to local stations for local news and weather information one moment. You may just want to have some music playing in your office that will be uninterrupted by commercials the next moment. Different apps will better fulfill those different needs.

Join us for an overview of some of the best streaming apps out there.

Article updated March 2016

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2 months ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Steam, PBS Kids, Atomas and more

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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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