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2 weeks ago

WeMo app update will bring IFTTT recipe support for connected LED bulbs

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Belkin has announced an update to its WeMo app that brings IFTTT recipe support to its connected LED lightbulbs.

In the coming update, WeMo LED lightbulb users will be able to create IFTTT recipes for a wide variety of situations, such as turning the lights on when a user pulls into their driveway, or flashing the lights when you receive a tweet (yes, that's a thing).

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2 weeks ago

MyFitnessPal adds premium subscription option for $9.99 per month

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Popular calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal has launched a premium version of its service that brings an ad-free experience along with some added features.

MyFitnessPal Premium runs $9.99 per month, or $49.99 a year, and removes advertisements, adds premium content such as original recipes and meal plans, and lets subscribers jump ahead in line for customer support.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook to host entire articles from major publications directly on its platform

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With Instant Articles, Facebook is set to host content from publications such as BuzzFeed, The New York Times, National Geographic and others natively on its website.

The move is targeted to decrease load times for articles hosted externally, with The Wall Street Journal report stating that links shared on Facebook take around eight seconds to load on mobile devices:

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2 weeks ago

AC Editors' Apps of the Week: Disney Infinity 2.0, Illustration Faces 2, Amazon Local, and more!

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Our weekly app picks

Appday Sunday is upon us and as we do every week, we have a handful of great apps to share with everyone. This week we have a good mix of apps for phone and watch alike, from old standard-bearers and new favorites developers.

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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3 weeks ago

New IFTTT channel brings great new functionality to the Amazon Echo

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The Amazon Echo just got a lot more useful thanks to a new channel and support from the IFTTT team.

IFTTT, the popular automation service, has added a new channel that allows you to do even more with your Amazon Echo. Previously the Echo was a bit limited in what it could do, integrating with very few services out of the box. The IFTTT team's latest channel, Amazon Alexa, brings some new functionality that users are sure to love.

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3 weeks ago

A look inside Dolphin Browser

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It's the biggest mobile browser that isn't a mobile version of one of the big browsers, and if you take the time to learn how to use it nothing else will do.

Web browsers are so much more than just portals to the Internet nowadays. In many ways they are platforms all on their own, complete with features and add-ons to keep people using that browser as much as possible. While the folks at Mozilla, Opera, and Google are able to wield cooperation with their Desktop counterparts as a big feature, the folks responsible for Dolphin browser have always been mobile focused. As a result, their product is the result of years spent listening to users and implementing tools to optimize that mobile browsing experience.

Lets take a look inside Dolphin Browser and see what makes it special.

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3 weeks ago

The 10 best Android browsers

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Browsers

Android has a ton of ways to browse the web, but it's up to you to choose which works best for your needs.

Web browsers are the one app you just sort of always expect to be there, which is often a good thing and a bad thing. Everyone knows accessing the web is a critical part of almost every device today, but a surprising number of users rarely use something other than the browser that was included with their phone.

While we're usually big fans of only fixing things that are broken, there are some truly impressive browser options out there for Android users to enjoy. So many, in fact, we decided to gather up ten of the best to help you decide whether or not what you're using right now is really the best option for you.

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3 weeks ago

Saturday Night Live launches an official Android app to let you stream your favorite sketches

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As it prepares to wrap up its 40th season, Saturday Night Live has launched an official app on Android.

Within the app, you'll be able to stream an extensive backlog of clips, never-aired videos, and share your favorites to Facebook (if that's your thing).

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3 weeks ago

S Voice on the Galaxy S6 vs. Moto Voice on the 2014 Moto X

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S Voice vs Moto Voice

Voice commands aren't a new phenomenon on Android, but as manufacturers bolt on new features things start to get interesting.

While every Android phone offers Google Now for voice commands, Samsung and Motorola offer something extra. Moto Voice extends Google Now voice commands to every part of the phone, even when the screen isn't on, and allows users to issue an impressive array of additional commands. S Voice, on the other hand, largely replaces Google Now with its own set of tools for answering questions and acting as a virtual assistant.

Both solutions require you to have specific hardware in order to enjoy the experiences offered, and both services are arguable better than standalone Google Now for voice commands, but which offering has the accuracy and feature set that allows the service to stand out in the crowd?

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3 weeks ago

VLC for Android updated with background playback for video, more

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VLC for Android has received a pretty nice update, which most notably brings support for background video playback.

Also coming along with today's VLC update is a new look for the audio player, a new file browser, and a ton of other little tweaks like more Lollipop animations and under-the-hood changes.

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3 weeks ago

New Google voice commands enable better interaction with your apps

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Google is making voice commands even more powerful with the ability to launch and interact with apps, without having to touch the screen.

Getting things done on your Android device just got even easier thanks to Google's latest addition to Google search. With the new features, users will now be able to launch apps, as well as do things within these apps, all without having to touch the screen.

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3 weeks ago

Google's Messenger app updated with quick replies from notifications

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If you fancy using Google's Messenger app, you'll be happy to know that it recently got an update that adds the ability to use quick-reply from notifications.

Though it's undocumented in Messenger's changelog on the store, you can see the feature in action above. When a new message comes in, the notification tab now has a reply button.

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3 weeks ago

HTC One M9 can now take pictures in RAW format

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HTC has updated its camera app in Google Play with a new and long-awaited feature — the ability to shoot pictures in the RAW format.

Much has been said about HTC's camera in the M9, but it ultimately comes down to this: It can take some really good pictures, if you're patient and don't mind getting out of Auto mode and shooting more manually. And today M9 mobile photogs have gotten a pretty big boost to their phones with the addition of support for the RAW format, which gives you far more control over the editing of a shot (while getting rid of the compression that comes along with JPGs).

It's just a simple update of the HTC Camera app in Google Play, and from there you'll choose "Raw camera" in the modes screen.

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3 weeks ago

T-Mobile offers its customers a free season pass to MLB at Bat 15

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T-Mobile customers will get MLB at Bat 2015 free again, thanks to T-Mobile being the official wireless partner of the MLB.

For the past couple of years T-Mobile has offered its customers a free season of MLB at Bat, and they are back with the same this year. Beginning on May 1, T-Mobile customers can download the MLB at Bat 15 app on their devices and receive a free season pass, a $19.99 value.

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3 weeks ago

Airbnb finally optimized for Android tablets with magazine-like interface

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Airbnb announced a pretty big update for its Android app today that finally optimizes the app's interface for bigger screens.

In its announcement, Airbnb says that it took a magazine-like approach to developing the UI for tablets, with large images taking center stage.

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