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2 months ago

Facebook's Slingshot app update makes it easier to find people to follow

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The new 2.1 update for Facebook's Snapchat rival allows users to explore and follow other people that are using the app.

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2 months ago

Samsung's Galaxy S6 themes let you take control of TouchWiz

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Samsung Galaxy S6 theme store

Your Galaxy S6 won't have to look like everyone else's, that is if you can find a theme that fits your style.

Most of the criticism surrounding Samsung's software is about the looks more than the functionality, but with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung is giving users the ability to quickly and easily change the look of TouchWiz. Usually reserved to those who want to root their phones or use various other tricks and third-party apps, theming is now baked into the software on the latest Samsung flagships. It isn't as complete or tweakable as some may want, but it offers more customization than any previous version of TouchWiz did.

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2 months ago

Monument Valley takes the top prize at 11th annual Mobile Gaming Awards

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The popular and critically acclaimed puzzle game won the "Grand Prix" prize for best mobile game of 2014 on Tuesday night as part of the 11th annual International Mobile Gaming Awards.

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2 months ago

Galaxy S5 owners: How's the Lollipop update treating you?

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Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Even more GS5s are getting Android 5.0, but is it a net positive for everyone?

After Lollipop started slowly rolling out to Galaxy S5 owners in Europe, Verizon put us back on alert with the big update to its own Galaxy S5. Sprint followed suit the next day and T-Mobile pushed a couple weeks later. Even more people got in on the fun when Canadian carriers started pushing at the beginning of March.

As is the case with every major operating system update, some people are likely to hit a few snags when jumping between Android versions. There are some features and designs of Lollipop that are disliked, but there are also issues with the update process itself.

We've received a few emails to our tips inbox and read a few comments in the forums indicating there are issues, but that's also combined with plenty of folks who seem to be happy with the update. So, for those of you who have installed Lollipop on your Galaxy S5, how is the update working on your device?

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2 months ago

New Game of Thrones, Batman and DC Comics-based mobile games in the works

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Warner Bros. Interactive has at least five upcoming mobile games that are in development.

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2 months ago

Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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People who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser.

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2 months ago

Waze app will start displaying AMBER Alerts to help find missing children

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The new feature for the social-themed navigation app should help with spreading the word about children who are either missing or have been abducted.

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2 months ago

Sonos updates its Android app with a better rooms menu and more

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Sonos has updated its app for Android devices to version 5.3, which includes a number of improvements to help owners of the company's connected speaker products.

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2 months ago

Withings Activité and Activité Pop now work with your Android device

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Withings Activité and Activité Pop are gaining the ability to sync with Android devices with the launch of the Health Mate app, which was thus far exclusive to the iOS platform.

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2 months ago

Tinder Plus goes official; lets you take back that swipe for a price

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Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.

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2 months ago

Sony releases theme creation tools in beta for Xperia line

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Sony has released a tool to allow for easy creation of Xperia themes for Androids running their version of the operating system. This application installs on your computer, and when used in conjunction with an image editor (Photoshop is recommended and well-supported) allows you to customize over 300 different assets. Using custom icons, buttons and backgrounds it's now pretty easy to create your very own theme for Xperia phones and tablets.

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2 months ago

Epic Games ditches monthly fee for developers who use Unreal Engine 4

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Epic Games has announced that it is getting rid of its $19 monthly fee for developers who want to make games using Unreal Engine 4. Epic will still take 5% of any gross revenue generated by an Unreal Engine 4-based app or game every quarter after it reaches $3,000 in revenue.

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2 months ago

Oculus and Samsung launching paid apps and games, free short films on Gear VR today

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Samsung and Oculus VR will be launching paid apps and games, as well as new free content offerings, on the Gear VR today. Well-timed after the announcement of an updated Gear VR that works with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the new content offerings are a welcomed addition to the current content available on the headset.

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2 months ago

Mortal Kombat X brings its Fatalities to Android devices in April

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Developer NetherRealm Studios is bringing a version of its upcoming fighting game Mortal Kombat X to Android devices this April. The free-to-play game should be released around the same time as its previously announced PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC counterparts.

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2 months ago

Google is launching their own payments framework: Android Pay

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Android Pay is real, and it's going to power mobile payments across Android. But it's not so much an app or even user-facing feature, as a service that developers will be able to leverage as an API framework to build payments into their own apps.

The news comes from none other than Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Product, at MWC 2015. He said that Google agrees with the general sentiment that mobile payments have reached a new level of importance this year, and that it makes sense to be able to carry your cards in the phone you're already carrying.

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