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3 weeks ago

Latest Google app update brings back home screen rotation, introduces icon normalization

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Google is pushing out an update to the Google app, which reintroduces home screen rotation and brings icon normalization to the Google Now Launcher. We've seen the rotation stuff before in the Marshmallow preview builds, but its been in hiding since then. Once updated, you may need to enable this feature. To do so, bring up Google Now, tap Settings, then scroll to the bottom and enable.

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4 weeks ago

Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android updated with simple sign-up, extra sharing options and more

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Microsoft has pushed out some pretty solid updates for its Office apps on the Android platform this week. Word, Excel and PowerPoint all received new features and improvements.

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4 weeks ago

Skype for Android to add group video calling support soon

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Microsoft is planning to add group calling features to its Skype mobile apps in the near future. That includes the Windows 10 Mobile, Android and iOS versions.

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4 weeks ago

Enpass password manager app goes free for 24 hours via myAppFree

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Enpass, a popular cross-platform password manager, is free for the next 24 hours. The app gives you the freedom from having to remember too many passwords and other important credentials, and secures them in one place with a master password.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Runkeeper, Worms 4, UA Record 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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1 month ago

From the forums: Apps worth paying for

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Forums are a great place to ask questions. There are always people with the answers, willing to help and oftentimes a great discussion will just happen because of the questions asked. Forums are the best part of any community, because they are filled with people just like you and me. The collective wisdom you'll find there far outweighs anything you can read on any blog or official page anywhere on the Internet.

Here we have one of those questions that can cause some awesome discussion. An Android user with a £50 Google Play credit needs help deciding how to spend it. Get in there and help!

AC Forums: Apps worth paying for?

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1 month ago

An update on recent updates to the Android Central App

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. If you're not yet using the one and only Android Central App — that'd be our official app on Android for reading about Android — it's time to take another look. We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes the past six months or so.

The biggest change, of course, was an major refresh to Material Design. And we're not 100 percent done with that yet, either. That pesky swiping carousel thing is on its last legs, for instance. But if it's been a while since you updated (and we know who you are) or if you've yet to give the app a shot, now is a really good time to check it out.

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1 month ago

Facebook Messenger now has 800 million monthly active users

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Facebook has revealed that its Messenger service currently has 800 million users a month worldwide. The news was posted by Facebook's VP of Messaging Products David Marcus, who went over the new features that Messenger added in 2015 and hinted at what might be coming in 2016.

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1 month ago

Netflix expands to 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea

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Netflix is now available nearly everywhere in the world, with one big exception. Company CEO Reed Hastings revealed during his CES 2016 keynote speech that the streaming video service has gone live in 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea.

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1 month ago

5 great budgeting apps to keep your finances in the green

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We're not sure that keeping a budget, or balancing the books has ever really been an easy task. It's certainly gotten more difficult as technology has surged ahead, letting use cash more and more infrequently, while we spend more of our money in a digital marketplace. All is not lost though, because there are plenty of great apps available on the Google Play Store that are made to help you stay in the green, and stick to your budget.

We've grabbed up 5 of the best budgeting apps out there, to make sure you stay on target in 2016.

Spendee

Spendee is a bright, and easy to use budget app, which is always important. It's already bad enough we have to spend time making sure we have enough money to pay the bills, and enjoy ourselves, the least we should hope for is ease of use. The addition of bright colors, graphs to show spending habits, and customisable categories with matching icons is definitely a plus. You'll need to input everything manually here, but it as easy as tapping to add an item, picking a category, typing out the amount, and then saving your entry. You can choose to add tags, notes, and even a location tracker, but that's up to how detailed you want to be.

Spendee uses Material Design so it's really easy to navigate. Once your create and name your first wallet, you have access to a timeline, overview, and your budgets. If you rock the free version of this app you only get access to one wallet, but you can upgrade to Pro by paying monthly — or yearly, for access to more features. Your timeline will show where you spent or earned money, your overview gives you insights on your spending habits and cash flow, and your budget will show you how close to over spending you are and how much you can continue to burn through without breaking your bank.

Download: Spendee (Free with in-app purchases)

Mint

Mint is probably the most recognizable app on our list, and with good reason. It's powered by Intuit, the same company that owns Quicken, Turbo Tax, and Quick Books. This app is made to be your financial hub. It will link up with your bank accounts, and credit cards, and lets you enter in manual transactions as well. There is financial advice, the Mint life blog, and you can even link up your credit score through the app. This app is colorful, connected and really well done. If you've been looking for a financial hub, this might be the app for you.

The Mint app is broken into two basic pieces. Once you've loaded up the app, and added your bank accounts you'll have access to the Updates, and Overview pages. These serve as your main hub when using Mint. Updates will show your recent transactions, both those you've made on linked accounts, and those you've manually put in. Keep in mind, that while your credit, or check card transactions are automatically updated in the app, you'll have to input every cash transaction manually. Under recent transactions you'll find uncategorized transactions—which you can edit so that are in the proper category, followed by Advice, Recently used accounts, and then the Mint life blog. Swiping or tapping to switch over to Overview will show you your finances in a variety of graphs. You'll see how much money is in each linked account, along with bar graphs for your budget and cash flow, your credit score and more financial advice, along with a chart filled with your spending habits each month. There is also a sidebar menu that allows you to look at any of these details in depth.

Download: Mint (Free)

Wally+

Wally+ is a visually stunning budget app, that is still in beta for the time being. If you're looking for an easy way to keep an eye on when and where you're spending money, without needing the ability to export your budgets, then this one should definitely catch your eye. Wally+ lets you do the run of the mill adding income, expenses and making a monthly savings target. It also lets you location tag where you're spending money using foursquare, and even lets you tag friends in the process. Being able to look over your finances and realize you spent 70 in beer because you were out from friends from college, makes it much easier to keep track of things.

The home page of Wally+ also helps to keep you on track. At the top you'll see a daily budget, your remaining money for the month, and your expenses for the month. Below that you'll see where you spent your money each day with the amount you spent where. When you input an expense you have the option of choosing a location, or you can take a photo and input it manually if you'd prefer. The review section will show you breakdowns of how much you're spending on what, but you can also filter by location, or tags. At the moment Wally+ is still in beta, but it's already a great budgeting tool, so we're still hoping to see a lot more from them.

Download: Wally+ (Free, but Beta)

Wallet - Budget Tracker

Wallet - Budget Tracker is a very cut and dry manual entry budget app. You'll be able to add income and expenses across multiple accounts, categorize your purchases, and keep track of your cash flow. You can make multiple budgets, which means you can have a setup for groceries, another one for that new gym membership you picked up, and another to make sure that the car loan is being paid off in a timely manner. There are two really fantastic features about Budget that makes it stand out though. It can export in three different formats; PDF, XLS, and CSV which means that you can easily track your spending and then file it away until you need it for tax time. You can also add and track larger debts like school loans, or your mortage payment schedule.

Wallet is a really solid, well rounded budget app. With access to plenty of charts that give you a visual representation of your spending habits. The category options also let you see where your money is going, or if you're overspending somewhere. The feature of allowing friends to see your budget can also help for shared household budgets amongst family or roommates. There is even a report function that lets you see your average spending, daily and monthly expenses and plenty more. The free version does quite well, but if you want to get access to more features you can grab the Pro version, there is even a 45 day trial to check out the premium features.

Download: Wallet (Free with in-app purchases)

Goodbudget: Budget and Finance

Goodbudget: Budget and Finance is an app that aims to make it as simple as possible to stay on budget. The app really does reflect that too, there aren't any flashy colors here. Instead you'll find an easy to navigate interface that tries to keep things simple. You adjust your budget by allocating money for different things into envelopes. Each envelope will give you a running tally of how much you've spent on specific things.You can even link your account with your partner's making sure that keeping your house on a budget is easier than ever.

There are four sections to Goodbudget. Envelopes show you how much money you have to spend overall, as well as how much you budgetted aside for various needs like groceries or gas. Transactions will show you all of your income or expenses, as well as where you spent your money, and which envelope you spent out of. Accounts will show you the money in your bank account, and credit account. Last of the four is reports, where you'll find two graphs that display your spending habits. Spending by envelope is a pie graph that shows how much you've spent out of your envelopes, and Income v. Spending is a bar graph that shows the disparity between your income and expenses. All of these options are available in the free version of the app, but upgrading to Goodbudget Plus for $45 a year will let you have unlimited envelopes, unlimited accounts, sync multiple accounts, and more.

Download: Goodbudget: Budget and Finance (Free)

As you can see there are plenty of choices when it comes to which type of app you use to balance your budget. Whether you need to be able to export your budget for future use, or just want an easy way to view your finances, there is definitely an app out there that can help you out. Which budget app looks like it's up your alley? Did we miss a great app that you use to budget? Let us know in the comments!

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1 month ago

Lollipop is now on 32.6 percent of Android devices, Marshmallow up to 0.7 percent

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Google has released its latest update to the distribution numbers for each version of Android. In the latest round, Lollipop continues to gain ground, while the latest version, Marshmallow, inched up ever-so-slightly. Lollipop now sits at 32.6 percent, compared to 29.5 percent in December, while Marshmallow has risen to 0.7 percent from 0.5 percent.

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1 month ago

Twitter said to be considering 10,000 character limit for tweets

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According to a new report, it appears as though the team at Twitter may be gearing up to raise the limit as to how many characters you can have per tweet. Currently, tweets are able to contain 140 characters, but thanks to an internal project, codenamed "Beyond 140," that limit may jump as high as 10,000. Twitter recently raised the limit of characters in direct messages from 140 to 10,000, and people have been asking for the tweet limit to be raised as well.

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1 month ago

LastPass 4.0 redesigns everything you know about password management

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LastPass has updated the company's password security apps on browsers, Android, iOS and OS X/PC. This latest release refreshes the user experience with an attractive new design, not to mention a new Sharing Center and Emergency Access. The revamped interface offers a more intuitive feel, which should appear streamlined to those who use the service across multiple platforms.

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1 month ago

AccuWeather gets a Material Design-inspired overhaul

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Popular weather app AccuWeather recently received an update that brings a completely new Material Design-inspired user interface, complete with new icons, colors, cards and more.

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1 month ago

Factory images with January security patch now available for Nexus devices

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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