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3 weeks ago

Pocket Casts snags huge update with time-based filters, Marshmallow support, and more

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Popular podcasts app Pocket Casts has picked up an update to version 5.3 that introduces several new features, including the ability to filter podcasts by date. Also new is Marshmallow support, which lets you save the app's settings across devices with auto backup.

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3 weeks ago

Five brain teasing puzzle games to give a shot

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When it comes to the universe of games available on the Google Play Store there is something out there for everyone. If you're the type who is always looking for a new game to try out, and you love puzzles, then these are the games for you. These games are fun, addictive, and on occasion trickier than they need to be.

There are hundreds of games out there to try, but these are the five puzzle apps that caught our eye.

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3 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Signal Spy, Spotify, Month 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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3 weeks ago

Marshmallow updates arrive next week for select HTC phones on Rogers, Sprint and more

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HTC will soon begin rolling out its Android Marshmallow for carrier versions of the One M9 across North America. Canadian One M9 owners on Sasktel, Rogers, Wind, and Videotron should receive the update early next week, according to HTC's Mo Versi.

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3 weeks ago

How to change your Skype password on Android

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Skype has been facing a bit of trouble with people gaining unauthorized access to others accounts recently, so it's always a good thing to know how to reset your password from wherever you may be. Odds are that even if you aren't in front of your computer, your Android phone or tablet is within arm's reach, and luckily you are able to reset your password right from your phone. So, how do you reset your password without a computer?

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3 weeks ago

One of the best Android podcast apps has been suspended from the Google Play Store [Update: It's back]

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Update: It looks like Google has lifted its suspension as the Podcast Addict app is available to download again from the Google Play Store.

Original story: Podcast Addict, one of the best podcast apps for Android users, has been suspended from the Google Play Store. According to a message that was sent to the developer of the app by Google, Podcast Addict was found to be in violation of the store's "sexually explicit material provision of the Content Policy".

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3 weeks ago

These Marshmallow fingerprint-enabled apps will keep your data secured with just your fingerprint

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By now you've probably heard that the Nexus 5X and 6P both come with a fingerprint scanner that utilizes the Marshmallow fingerprint API. This allows you to unlock your phone, authorize purchases, and unlock specific apps from the Google Play Store. There aren't a ton of apps available yet that utilize this feature just yet, so we went ahead and put together a list for you.

There are about two dozen active apps that use Marshmallow's fingerprint API right now. This isn't surprising, and we're certain to see plenty more as we move forward. For now we've separated the apps we did find into four categories: Password Keepers, Payments and Banking, Lockers, and Miscellaneous.

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3 weeks ago

Android Pay's 'Tap 10' promotion can score you free music and a Chromecast

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Google is running another promotion to get users making payments with Android Pay, this time it's called Tap 10. The idea here is simple, Google is giving out various rewards in hopes of you making 10 mobile payments before the end of February. Included in the prizes are songs, movies and subscriptions from Google Play, and even a Chromecast if you complete all 10 purchases using Android Pay.

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3 weeks ago

Barclaycard adds contactless payment support to its official Android app

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Barclays has brought contactless payments to Android in a recent update, which will prove useful for those who remain patient for Android Pay to launch in the UK. Should you be with the bank you'll be able to use the Android app to pay for goods without having to use your credit card. As is the case with contactless payments in the UK, you'll be limited to just £30 per transaction.

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3 weeks ago

Google Drive on the web adds move icon, plus drag and drop support

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Google has pushed some new features to the Google Drive website, making it even easier to ensure that all of your documents are organized. Keeping your cloud files organized has always been an issue (it's easy to just dump and forget), so Google has added a new "move" icon for files that are already in Drive that allows you to quickly move them to a new location.

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3 weeks ago

VR karaoke needs to be an official Oculus Social feature right now

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This is either the best or worst idea ever.

One of the stranger things to try to explain to someone when attempting to show off the Samsung Gear VR is Oculus Social. It's an Alpha app Oculus has been working on for a little while now, where up to five people share a virtual theater that streams Vimeo and Twitch streams. What makes this experience a little odd is the way each of these other four people are represented in the virtual space. You see four floating avatar heads, and these heads move in exactly the same way the user's head moves in the real world.

It's more than a little strange to talk to a floating alien or devil head, but the VR Scout folks found a way to make lemonade out of weird floating lemon heads with a little karaoke.

You can watch this video through Google Cardboard if you want to get the full VR effect, but what you're seeing here is what happens when you use the Twitch stream to show a karaoke machine instead of a game. Everyone sitting in the digital theater can enter and sing along, turning the passive viewing and chat experience that is Oculus Social into a much more interactive experience.

This is obviously not the intended use for Oculus Social, but it probably should be. Add a simple interface for choosing music, give users the ability to mute everyone else while you're singing, and offer up a third-party camera that can be broadcasted to the world so you can share your weird floating head belting out whatever song you think you can almost pull off, and you've really got something.

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3 weeks ago

After going global, Netflix starts cracking down on proxy users

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Netflix recently became available in 130 more countries, but unfortunately not every area is able to access all of its content. While Netflix works on licensing agreements, it will begin preventing customers from using proxies and unblockers to access more content. This move may not be a popular one from the company, as people obviously will want access to as much content as possible, but it is something Netflix says is necessary for its business.

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3 weeks ago

Amazon Prime drops to $73 through Jan. 17, Mozart in the Jungle streaming for free

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Amazon will cut the price of its Amazon Prime service from $99 a year to just $73 a year for a limited time. The sale begins at 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, January 15 and ends at 11:59 a.m. local time on Sunday, January 17..

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3 weeks ago

Shopify POS makes its way to Android for all your credit card payment processing needs

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Shopify POS, a mobile credit card payment processing solution, has made its way to Android. With this, you'll be able to turn your Android-powered smartphone into a mobile point of sale system to process credit cards, send receipts and much more. There are a number of options, like Square, already available for processing payments on the go, but each one offers some slightly different features for merchants.

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3 weeks ago

New 'driving' home screen shortcut gives Google Maps a jump-start

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A new update to Google Maps is aimed squarely at making getting driving directions less of a hassle thanks to a new "Driving" shortcut that can be added to your home screen.

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