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2 weeks ago

Google pulls back on UK Android Pay launch [Update]

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The Android Pay service is not launching in the UK today, despite an announcement earlier today that it was available in that country

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2 weeks ago

Android Pay is adding 1.5 million new registrations in the U.S. each month

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Google has revealed that its Android Pay service is currently adding 1.5 million new registrations in the U.S. each month. The company did not state the total number of registrations it has signed up for Android Pay since it launched in 2015.

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2 weeks ago

SoundHound now lets you control your music with your voice

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SoundHound has launched a important new capability with its latest update, and now allows you to use your voice to control the app. By saying "Ok, Hound," you can ask the app to identify songs, get the latest song by your favorite artist, or even play a particular track in Spotify.

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2 weeks ago

Waze kicks off carpooling pilot program in San Francisco

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If you live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may get a chance to test a new carpooling feature in Waze.

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2 weeks ago

Devil in the details: Nova Settings and what you do (and don't) need to know

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Nova Launcher is a fairly easy launcher to pick up.

In fact, Nova was the very first third-party launcher I tried, and it's held a special place in my heart ever since. But Nova Launcher can get overwhelming at times, and most of those times have to do with Nova Settings. Because Nova Launcher has such an amazing amount of customization, it also has a lot of settings that those customizations rely on. So how do you find what you need among the rest? Never fear! We're here to help you through Nova Settings and help you find what you were looking for — plus a few cool features you probably didn't even know were there.

Let's customize!

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Realtor.ca, Google I/O, Musical.ly and more

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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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2 weeks ago

Verizon pushes small security update to the original Droid Turbo

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Droid Turbo owners, you've got a fresh update on its way courtesy of Verizon.

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2 weeks ago

All-new Hungry Shark World chomps into action [Hot Game!]

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Hungry Shark World

Become the apex predator in Ubisoft's latest trending game for Android — Hungry Shark World.

Hungry Shark World dropped into Android and iOS app stores on May 7, amassing over 10 million downloads in less than a week. Developed by Ubisoft Entertainment, it has quickly risen to the top of the free app charts — and for good reason!

The game is incredibly fun to dive into. You play a free-roaming shark with an insatiable appetite in an colorful, cartoony ocean full of delectable fish, swimmers, deep-sea divers, and other goodies. The goal is to eat as much as you can while surviving for as long as you can, which means avoiding bigger, meaner sharks when you're just starting out and learning which things are good to eat and which will hurt you. Here's a quick tip for rookies: avoid jellyfish, floating garbage, and especially naval mines.

The controls are pretty simple: swipe with one thumb to use the floating digital d-pad and tap with your other thumb to use boost. You're able to switch the controls between thumbs on the fly as needed.

There's a plethora of challenges available to you, including daily chests, golden fish, and letters. Spell out H-U-N-G-R-Y and go on an absolute feeding frenzy. Explore shipwrecks and underground volcanos and sneak into swimming pools and much more as you eat your way to the top of the food chain.

You start out as a Black-Tipped Reef Shark, the smallest shark in the game. As you progress, you'll be able to upgrade your shark's speed, bite, and boost, as well as buy and equip all sorts of funky accessories to personalize your shark. There are 15 sharks to unlock — with the Great White being the granddaddy of them all — and a total of three ocean worlds to unlock and explore.

As mentioned above, this game is free to download and play, with a bunch of in-app purchases available for gold and gems (if you're the type who likes to pay their way to the top). You also have the option to sync the game with your Facebook account, which gives you free gems for every friend who starts playing and allows you to save your game data to the cloud.

We're set to dive right in! If you've been one of the millions of early adopters, tell us how far you've progressed in the comments below and share some tips! They might appear in a future Hungry Shark World game guide.

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2 weeks ago

Google launches official iPhone app for I/O 2016

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Google has released its official iPhone app for Google I/O 2016, its upcoming developer conference. As it does on Android, the app allows you to view the conference schedule, find sessions, and even stream the keynote and sessions live. This is the first time Google has offered an iPhone app for the I/O conference.

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2 weeks ago

The best equalizer apps for Android

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There's a pretty good chance you use your Android to listen to music. Some folks really get into it, but most of us enjoy a tune playing when we're on the train, or at the gym or even just chilling. There are a lot of ways to get music from your phone (or the internet) to your ears, because humans are musical animals.

A big part of enjoying your music is fiddling with settings to make it sound better. For some of us, that's as simple as adjusting the volume. Other folks want to adjust sliders or enable settings that boost the bass or enable a pseudo-surround sound wrapper effect. Others also get a little more extreme and micromanage every setting they can find to tune their tunes. No matter which category you fall into, a good equalizer app will help you find just the right sound. Let's take a look at what's out there that fits the bill.

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp Web now lets you share documents

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After introducing a standalone desktop app for Windows and Mac users earlier this week, WhatsApp is bringing added functionality to its web client in the form of document sharing.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T pushes May security patch to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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AT&T has begun pushing an update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users that brings the smartphones up to date with the latest May security patch.

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2 weeks ago

Evernote makes it easy to add your Google Drive files to notes

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Popular note-taking, and all-around productivity app Evernote has received a bit of a boost today with tighter Google Drive integration.

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2 weeks ago

Hitman: Go for Gear VR is puzzles for would-be assassins

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It's weird, but kind of brilliant.

Under normal circumstances, someone asking if you'd like to play a Hitman game where you don't shoot anyone and it's really more like a weird board game floating in space would be worthy of an eye roll and a sarcastic comment. Hitman is a franchise known for its sneaky violence, and the Hitman: Sniper release to mobile not that long ago refreshed that idea in the minds of gamers who enjoy sniping from a distance and planning out massive kill streaks.

There's a new Hitman: Go out now for the Samsung Gear VR, and while you can use your imagination and say there's a fair amount of killing in the game it's a lot harder to sell to those who have played through the entire franchise.

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2 weeks ago

Google Calendar can now dial conference call passcodes for you

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A very minor, but no less useful update is headed out to Google Calendar, bringing a feature that should be a welcome addition for anyone who frequently dials in to conference calls.

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