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2 weeks ago

Rhapsody will now let you share full songs on Twitter

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Rhapsody has announced a partnership with Twitter to allow users to share full songs from the music service using Twitter Cards.

The full Rhapsody catalog, some 34 million songs, is available for sharing. Users will be able to listen to a song from Rhapsody without leaving the Twitter app.

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2 weeks ago

Adobe gets its docs ducks in a row with Document Cloud

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Adobe Acrobat DC

Acrobat DC apps for Android and iOS (and with easy syncing for Windows access)

Adobe may have invented the portable document format — that'd the venerable PDF, boys and girls — but for whatever reason its "Acrobat" suite never really had much to do with consumers, and even for biz types it often was easier just to print, sign, scan and send. That ends today with the announcement of Document Cloud, which brings forth Google Drive-like syncing capabilities and the mobile document power we've seen from Samsung.

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2 weeks ago

Gallery or Photos for Android, which should you use?

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Choices, choices, choices. Gallery apps give us plenty of choices.

Gallery apps are something most of us take for granted.

Google has shipped Google+ Photos as the only gallery app on Nexus phones, but for the most part your phone still comes with both Photos and a gallery app from your manufacturer. Some might see this as bloatware, but there are things that Photos does well. There are also things that are easier (and maybe better) done in a more traditional Gallery.

So, which one should you be using?

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2 weeks ago

New boot animation shown off for Cyanogen OS

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The team over at Cyanogen has been hard at work creating an alternate Android, and they have just shown off the new boot animation that will come along with Cyanogen OS going forward.

Along with baking in a new email client in Cyanogen OS 12 the team has created an all new boot animation. The new animation goes for a clean and simple approach instead of a flashy one like we have seen in the past.

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2 weeks ago

Motorola Gallery updated with Material Design tweaks, new sorting options

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Motorola Gallery has snagged an update today that brings some UI tweaks, along with a couple of new options to sort your camera roll.

Today's update brings a new, flatter icon that is heavily inspired by Material Design. In addition, the update brings some new sorting options for the camera roll, along with some UI tweaks for the Highlight Reel.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube replacing in-video annotations with new Cards format

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Google has announced that it will slowly begin replacing annotations in YouTube videos with a new Cards format, which is designed to work on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Google said they heard from YouTube video creators they wanted more flexibility with the information shown during annotations, along with mobile support. The new Cards are the company's solution to those issues.

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2 weeks ago

The best Android apps for March Madness

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Trying to follow basketball can make your head spin.

March in America means spring break, St. Patrick's Day, and the NCAA college basketball tournament.

They may say that baseball is America's pastime, but even during the World Series those fan don't get as certifiably insane as hoops fans do during the spring sideshow we call March Madness. And it's back.

It's time to pick your bracket, make a list of excuses for your boss and ready your Android phone and tablet for the tournament. As much as we would all love to just take a hiatus from life and spend the next three weeks in front of a massive wall of television screens, there's just no way that happens unless you're either insanely rich, unemployed, or you're paid to do it. And even then, what fun is just watching the game when you have trash-talking to do and stats to keep up with?

Huddle up, gang, and let's get ready.

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2 weeks ago

Niantic Labs announces beta for their latest AR game Endgame: Proving Ground

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Niantic Labs, the Google company well known for Ingress, has just announced their most recent title, Endgame: Proving Ground.

Early last year we heard of a partnership between James Frey and Niantic to bring his newest book series to life in an Augmented Reality game. Niantic has had great success with Ingress over the past two years as users from over 200 countries have joined in the game play.

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2 weeks ago

Upcoming API will allow any third-party app to serve information through Google Now

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Google is working on an API for Google Now that will allow any third-party app to display information through the service.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: One More Line, Thingverse, Cool Circle watch face and more

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Apps of the week

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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2 weeks ago

HTC's 'Fun Fit' fitness tracker app now available

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We briefly touched on HTC's new fitness tracker app in our massive preview of the HTC One M9, and today HTC Fun Fit is now available for a number of Android devices running Android 4.1 and up.

The app's nicely laid out and uses your phone to keep track of your steps, walking time, distance, calories burned, active time and running time. You also can see how your friends are doing at a glance.

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2 weeks ago

Lollipop soak test begins for first-generation Moto X

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Seemingly ages after its successor got an update to Lollipop, the original Moto X is poised to do the same with a soak test under way right now.

The soak test — a selection of users that receive the update to give it a proper spin before a wider release, just to make sure everything's okay — would bring the 2013 Moto X up to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. This comes months after the newer 2014 Moto X, even including carrier editions, received its own update to Lollipop.

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2 weeks ago

Microsoft's apparently passing on $110 million Cyanogen funding round

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in.

Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+, as well as being freely available to download and install on a wide range of Android devices. But it seems that the Microsoft's opting not to take part in this funding round.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube adds support for 360-degree videos

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Google announced today that YouTube now supports 360-degree videos, opening up a ton of new creative possibilities for the platform.

For now, 360-degree videos are only viewable on specific platforms, such as the YouTube app on Android and videos embedded in Chrome.

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2 weeks ago

Check-in app Swarm adds messages in latest update

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Foursquare's check-in app, Swarm, has just received an update that introduces a new feature, messages, in addition to making it easier to see more details about various locations.

The popular check-in application that allows users to share their location with other users of the application now allows for users to send messages to nearby friends. In addition to adding messages, a few other changes have been made as well.

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