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2 weeks ago

BitTorrent Shoot is a quick way to privately share files between mobile devices

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BitTorrent Shoot is a new app aimed at helping you easily transfer large files between phones.

BitTorrent has released a new app called Shoot that harkens back to the company's file-sharing roots, offering users a way to easily share multiple video and picture files with one another through a simple QR code.

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2 weeks ago

HTC begins testing promotions within its BlinkFeed app in select markets

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HTC has announced that users in select markets will begin to see promotions appearing inside the BlinkFeed app, as the company tries something new.

Users in the US, UK, Germany, Taiwan, and China may begin to see a limited number of promotions appear within the BlinkFeed app, as HTC rolls out a new pilot program. These promotions will look just like a normal BlinkFeed post, as they are native ads, and HTC hopes to deliver content that will be useful.

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2 weeks ago

Transferring files to your Android device just got even easier thanks to Portal by Pushbullet

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Portal is a new app from the team behind Pushbullet, which makes transferring files to your Android device extremely easy.

With a large update for Pushbullet in the works, the company has just released a new app which aims to make file transfers even easier. Portal is the latest app from the Pushbullet team, and it allows users to connect their phones to their computer through a Wi-Fi connection, and transfer pictures, files, and music to the device.

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2 weeks ago

The Washington Post brings an exclusive update to the Amazon Appstore, includes six months of free access

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The Washington Post has made its new app experience available to all Android phones and tablets exclusively through the Amazon Appstore.

The Washington Post has announced that its app, launched late last year for Amazon's Fire tablets, has been updated for all Android devices. Android users hoping to use the new experience can get it exclusively from Amazon's Appstore.

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2 weeks ago

Cortana for Android beta to launch in July for your digital assistant needs

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Android owners will be able to download a beta version of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant sometime in July.

Microsoft has already announced that its Cortana digital assistant is coming to Android. Now the company has revealed that a beta version of the Cortana app will be available for Android users sometime in July.

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2 weeks ago

Google Maps now warns you if your destination will be closed before you get there

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Google Maps will now tell you if your destination will be closed before you get there.

Google Maps has scored an update that is sure to please those that are constantly running behind. Now, when you set out on your next journey, Maps will let you know if your destination will be closed before your estimated arrival time. Additionally, this update adds rental car information pulled from Gmail.

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2 weeks ago

LastPass warns customers to change master passwords following suspicious activity

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LastPass is warning customers to change their master passwords as a result of recent suspicious activity on its network.

Though LastPass claims that the vault storing user passwords was not accessed, the company is warning users to change their master passwords. Last week the company detected some suspicious activity on the network, and was able to quickly block it.

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2 weeks ago

Adobe launches four Creative Cloud apps for Android

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Adobe brings four of its Creative Cloud photo editiing apps over from iOS to Android for the first time

In April Adobe promised to start launching more of its photo editing apps for Android devices starting this summer. It now appears that the company has launched four of those apps a bit earlier than promised in the Google Play Store.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Humble Mobile Bundle brings eight titles from BulkyPix

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The latest Humble Mobile Bundle brings you 8 games from developer BulkyPix.

Another week, another Humble Mobile Bundle. This time, everybody's favorite spot to pick up games on the cheap is offering up 8 games from mobile developer BulkyPix, with more slated to be added next week.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook Moments wants to help you share photos with friends

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Moments is a new app from Facebook aimed at helping you and your friends exchange photos.

Facebook released a new app called Moments that is targeted at making it much easier to exchange photos that you and your friends took at the same event. The goal is to make sharing and organizing group shots and other pictures much easier.

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2 weeks ago

Optimizing your Periscope experience

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Periscope on computer, phone and tablet

We all like to have our options open, and like to choose what works best for us in a hectic, fast-paced world.

Social media isn't any different from our day to day lives in that way. There's a lot going on, and it's going on fast. We are given so many options that it becomes difficult to sift through everything and find precisely what we want or need. Which is why you have us. You already know about Periscope and what it's capable of, but if you've been enjoying the app, finding the perfect way to watch is really key. Which is why we spent some time finding the absolute best way to get the most out of your Periscope experience.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Final Kick, Office Lens, Water Your Body 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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2 weeks ago

Using App Permissions in Android M

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Android M app permissions

Google is finally giving users more granular control over permissions in Android M, but it's probably going to be a rocky start.

We've long pondered what it might look like if Google decided to implement something that gave users more control over what individual apps are allowed to access on our devices, and at I/O this year it all became clear. Android M is going to allow users quite a bit of control over what information and hardware each app is allowed access to, and this new setup even includes a simplification of permission types into a few convenient categories.

While we know nothing about Android M is set in stone, a quick walkthrough of this new permission setup gives a reasonable look at what is coming in the next version of Android.

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2 weeks ago

TuneIn Radio on Android Auto brings the world's sounds to your car

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TuneIn Radio on Android Auto

Android Auto

TuneIn Radio is a longtime player in the Internet radio game. And while it might seem a little odd to be talking Internet radio in the car when we have access to millions of songs in various traditional music apps (not to mention satellite radio coming standard on just about anything new, and available in most aftermarket units), terrestrial radio isn't going anywhere anytime soon. And TuneIn — with its free version having been installed more than 100 million times from Google Play — brings the online component for that.

The use case is easy enough to figure out. Say you've got a favorite radio station from home, or even from other part of the world. TuneIn can bring it to you. Sports. News. Talk. Music. All there in one handy app. (I've used it locally for years with phones that don't have an FM tuner.) And more recently TuneIn has integration podcasts into its repertoire. So it's a perfect fit for Android Auto, really.

Let's take a quick look.

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2 weeks ago

If you are using Android Wear in Android M, check your optimizations

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It turns out Android M thinks your Android Wear app needs to take a nap every once in a while.

It should be no surprise to anyone out there that the Android M Developer Preview is not 100% ready for public consumption. We're not expecting a Nexus running the finished version of this OS until the fall, but that doesn't stop folks from giving the preview a quick flash and checking things out. In doing so, a few folks — including our TWiT friend Jason Howell — noticed Android Wear didn't always behave as expected when connected to the preview.

It turns out this has more to do with Android M's new App standby functionality and the Wear app not being ready for M than anything else. It also means there's an easy way to stop this from being a problem.

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