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1 month ago

Facebook Messenger's direct payments feature now available to everyone in the U.S.

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Back in March, Facebook announced that it would start rolling out a direct payment feature in Messenger. After first rolling out to users in New York City in May, the company has announced that direct payments are now available to everyone in the U.S..

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1 month ago

Pushbullet combines messaging and file sharing in latest massive update

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Pushbullet has received its biggest update yet, which brings messaging to its file sharing platform. In addition to overhauling the design, the Pushbullet team has made a number of other improvements to the app on all platforms, adding even more functionality than it had previously.

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1 month ago

Google brings real-time traffic information to Indian roads

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Driving on Indian roads is not unlike navigating an obstacle course, with motorists on two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to dodge city buses (which don't follow the lane system), autos and errant pedestrians. And that's not even accounting for the wildlife that manages to find its way onto the roads in the country. Google is now trying to make sense of the chaos by bringing real-time traffic information for twelve cities.

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1 month ago

2G-friendly Facebook Lite launches in India and the Philippines

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Earlier this year, Facebook announced a lightweight version of its Android app, one tailored for 2G networks and in situations with inconsistent connectivity. The social networking giant has now launched Facebook Lite in India and the Philippines, with more markets set to follow over the coming weeks and months.

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1 month ago

Truedialer gains a streamlined makeover in its 3.0 update

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The folks at Truecaller are rolling out version 3.0 of the popular Truedialer app today, bringing to the app a lighter and more capable user interface that plays much nicer with Material Design. Truedialer focuses on offering a crowdsourced Caller ID in the Android experience, and offers those results to help you better identify calls. This means incoming calls can be labeled based on Truedialer's blend of crowdsourced and previously identified aliases for phone numbers, allowing you to better identify unusual numbers or robocallers. With this new update, Truedialer has improved their UI and added an impressive new in-line search function, the combination of which makes this app significantly more useful than your stock dialer.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Monument Valley, Rovers, MyTSA and more

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Apps of the week

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

Broadcasting Android games on Twitch

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Twitch Interface

After announcing that Android Central was headed to Twitch, we had more than a couple of people ask how streaming games from an Android device to Twitch actually worked. Since Twitch is all about making it easy for everyone to stream every game they are currently playing, it seemed only right to share the ways you can go from sitting on your couch with phone or tablet in hand to sharing your latest victory on Twitch.

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1 month ago

Android 5.1 soak tests begin for the Moto G (2013) in the U.S., Verizon Moto X (2014) [Update: AT&T, too]

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Motorola's David Schuster is certainly on a roll lately. Taking to Google Plus once again, Schuster has announced that Android 5.1 soak tests have begun for the Moto X (2014) on Verizon and the Moto G (2013) with LTE in the U.S..

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1 month ago

Interactive fitness apps worth checking out

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Fitness apps are nothing new, but getting motivated to work out can often be the difficult part. That's where the emerging genre of interactive fitness apps come in. These apps use your activity to tell you a story, motivate you, and make your workout seem more like a game. There are plenty of them out there, but we went ahead weeded through them to find the apps you definitely don't want to miss.

If you're having trouble getting started, these apps are a great place to get motivated.

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1 month ago

Microsoft's latest OneDrive update brings Chromecast support

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Microsoft continues to add new features to its OneDrive cloud storage app for Android devices. This week's update adds Chromecast support for the app for the first time.

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1 month ago

Meerkat adds a way to embed livestreams from its app on websites

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Meerkat, the livestreaming app that officially launched for Android in May, has a new service that gives anyone with the app a way to embed their livestreams on a website.

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1 month ago

BlackBerry Messenger gets Material Design overhaul, new Privacy and Control Subscription

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BlackBerry Messenger's latest update brings along with it an all new Material Design, along with a number of new privacy settings and controls. Beyond the visual overhaul, BlackBerry has added a new Privacy and Control Subscription to BBM, which replaces the existing Timed and Retracted Messages Subscription.

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1 month ago

Microsoft will end support for older Outlook.com Android app on July 31

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Microsoft recently launched a new version of its Outlook email app for Android. However, with that launch comes the retirement of the older Outlook.com app. The company has been sending out emails to customers informing them that support for the older app will end on July 31.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen announces final CyanogenMod 11 and 12 releases as focus shifts to 12.1

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Cyanogen is pushing the final snapshot releases of CyanogenMod 11 and 12 as they shift focus to CM12.1.

Cyanogen has announced that it is starting to push the final releases for CyanogenMod (CM) 11 and 12. With these final snapshot releases, CM development will shift towards CM12.1, based on Android 5.1, and a build based around Android M later down the road.

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1 month ago

Android apps to improve your Twitch broadcast

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Watching all of the great games on Twitch is a lot of fun, but getting in on the action yourself can be even better.

Twitch has done a lot to dramatically lower the barrier to entry for gamers showing off their skills, so much that you can play just about anything on the streaming service nowadays. On rare occasions, you'll even see some fish playing games on Twitch, but for the moment lets assume most of you are human beings enjoying the Twitch for Android app. Playing games on whatever device you fancy usually means setting your phone or tablet to the side, unless you've got it mounted on your controller. That means your phone is basically doing nothing while you game, and it doesn't have to be that way.

Here's a quick look at three apps every Twitch broadcaster should consider adding to their next stream.

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