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2 weeks ago

Watching television with Second Screen apps

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Winter is coming

There's an increasing number of people with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in their hands during TV time. Whether it's for social commentary on your network of choice, completing a task during the commercial breaks, or you just want your internet connection handy in case an argument breaks out about some tiny detail (try watching "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" in a room full of nerds), having your tech nearby is a must for some. This behavior, coupled with a desire to keep users focused on the core show as much as possible, has given rise to an increasing number of Second Screen apps for TV shows.

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2 weeks ago

Nokia updates HERE Maps for Android with new features and drops the 'beta' label

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Nokia has not only launched a big update for its HERE maps app for Android in the Google Play Store, it's also ditching the 'beta' label as it feels the app is "mature and stable enough to stand as a full production release." The update also brings a number of new features and improvements.

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2 weeks ago

Kindle Unlimited expands to Canada for $9.99

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Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription books service is expanding to Canada for $9.99/month. The service, which offers a library of more than 750,000 books from which to read previously launched in the United States and the United Kingdom at comparable pricing.

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2 weeks ago

Android Security — a Q&A with Google's Adrian Ludwig

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Android Security Settings

We've been talking a lot about security on your Android device recently, and as the conversation continued it was clear there were questions that needed to be answered by a person a greater authority. Things like whether you need antivirus software for your phone, identifying malware, and being sure your devices are generally safe through daily use are topics that have become unnecessarily muddy. While we can place some of the blame for this on the seemingly endless barrage of articles telling us about all of the software out there being made to exploit Android users, there also are some legitimate questions about Android security that don't have plain, simple answers.

To help address this, we've gone straight to the source. Adrian Ludwig, a lead engineer for Android security at Google, took some time via email to give the answers we've been looking for.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Subway Surfers update lands the team in Hawaii

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As part of the Subway Surfers World Tour, the gang have travelled to Hawaii in the game's latest release. Players are tasked with surfing the new tracks, avoiding obstacles including massive mountains and rivers of lava. Simply put, it's going to be a blast.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon offering $140 worth of apps for free in latest giveaway

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Amazon's latest app giveaway is here, and includes over $140 worth of premium content that is available for free from now until February 14. The giveaway features a total of 37 apps, including Listure, Sleep as Android, Runtastic Pro and more.

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2 weeks ago

Managing your apps through Google Play

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My apps

Take control of your 'My apps' list before it takes control of you

Most of us like to use plenty of apps on our Androids. That means we're always trying new ones, some of which we like enough to keep, but others get uninstalled. That happens when you have so many to choose from, and over time you'll have quite the list in the "My apps" section of Google Play.

Eventually, you'll need to tame that list. Google has a few ways you can get a handle on things, and we're going to have a look at them.

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3 weeks ago

Skype Qik now lets you directly share videos between apps

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If you've toyed around with Skype Qik, Microsoft's video messaging app that it launched on Android last October, you'll be happy to know that the app got an update today that makes sharing those videos a bit easier. As of version 1.4, you can share videos to other apps or social networks directly from Qik without having to save them to the camera roll.

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3 weeks ago

Second Screen apps — what are they and why would you want to use one?

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Second Screen

Companion apps for television and gaming can be a ton of fun

There are two kinds of people when it comes to the living room — those who would prefer smartphones, tablets, and laptops didn't exist when the big screen is on, and those who can't put their tech down when watching TV or playing a game.

While you're unlikely to bust your phone out in the middle of a theater, for a lot of folks having your phone handy in the living room is a must. Maybe it's to find out where you've seen that actor before, or to grab a map of the level you are currently in for a game, but having your phone or tablet nearby can actually create a more complete experience. Having our tech nearby all the time is what makes Google's Chromecast such a great setup anyway, so why wouldn't you want your Android phone or tablet to go one step further and complete your entertainment experience?

And there's a whole category of apps and services that apply to users who want a little more out of a TV show, movie, or video game. These apps are called Second Screen apps, and if you've got your phone nearby when the TV is on you probably want to check a few of them out.

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3 weeks ago

Limbo expands its scary-but-cool gameplay to Android

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Limbo for Android

Limbo, one of the best 2D side-scrolling games ever made for PCs and consoles, has finally made its Android debut. The game, from developer Playdead, is now available in the Google Play Store for the price of $4.99.

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3 weeks ago

Keeping your spending in check with Google Play credit

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Playing it up

Taking away your IAP keys

Google Play wants you to use a credit card for all of your purchases. And while that makes perfect sense, it's not always practical, especially on accounts used or controlled by your kids. And to that end, Google Play has a simple system you can use to rein in their — or your own — spending, and we know it works. How do we know?

We have kids of our own.

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3 weeks ago

Yelp buys Eat24 to make ordering takeout on your phone easier

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The online reviews company Yelp has acquired the popular restaurant ordering and takeout app Eat24. Yelp paid a total of $134 million for the company, with $75 million in cash and the rest in Yelp stock. Eat24, which allows users to order food from over 30,000 restaurants in 1,500 US cities and have those meals delivered, became a transaction partner with Yelp in 2013.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook's Internet.org lets Indian residents access basic internet services for free

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At a media event in Mumbai, Facebook announced that it is teaming up with Indian carrier Reliance in launching the Internet.org initiative in the country. The project, which aims to provide free access to basic internet services on mobile, will be available exclusively to Reliance subscribers in six Indian states, with more being added at a later stage.

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3 weeks ago

Sling TV opens its doors for everyone to try out the Internet TV service

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Sling TV, the Internet-based TV service that was first announced by Dish at CES 2015, is now available for anyone to access following an invite-only beta testing period. You can download the Android Sling TV app now from the Google Play Store. Dish has also announced that AMC has been added to its list of networks that can be accessed with its basic fee of $20 a month.

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3 weeks ago

Google to ditch SPDY support in Chrome in favor of HTTP/2 for faster browsing

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Google's Chrome browser will see a rollout of support for HTTP/2 in the coming weeks. HTTP/2 is designed to be the next generation version of the networking protocol for the World Wide Web, replacing the current HTTP 1.1. At the same time, support for a competing protocol, SPDY, will be ending in Chrome. The end result should allow for faster web browsing in the future.

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