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2 weeks ago

Vine updated with Vine Messages - direct video conversations with your contacts

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If you’re a Vine user and have been wondering when they’d be expanding their services, today is a good to check for updates. In an updated dubbed their biggest update since launch, Vine has now introduced VM’s or Vine Messages if you prefer.

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2 weeks ago

Google Opinion Rewards expands to the Canada, Australia, and the UK

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Opinion Rewards, a Google app that pays its users to fill out surveys, has just expanded beyond the U.S. into Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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2 weeks ago

FireChat bringing off-the-grid messaging to Android

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FireChat bringing off-the-grid messaging to Android

Messaging without the internet

FireChat found its way from iOS to Android today, offering an interesting, decentralized way of instant messaging. FireChat plugs into a kind of mesh network, where mobile devices connect to one another over Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth, and not requiring any outside involvement on the internet. Obviously the range on this is limited, but at least it works when you’re outside of cellular coverage, plus it’s an interesting open local network to meet other people nearby. Image sharing is also enabled, which is nice, but the lack of private, one-on-one messaging might be a problem.

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2 weeks ago

Step on the pitch in Pele: King of Football

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Hey futbol fans! A free-to-play game featuring the legendary Pele just landed. You can control him through a lengthy career mode which takes you from humble beginnings to worldwide championships. The core gameplay is simply goal-kicking, using intuitive gesture controls similar to Flick Soccer, but over time you can unlock a bunch of items to customize your player. Every 20 minutes there’s an online leaderboard competition to win stuff. The real kicker here is that you can win real world items from playing, including jerseys, signed balls, or even a trip to Brazil.

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2 weeks ago

The top 5 best music player apps for Android

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Best Music Apps

Get the best music experience on your Android phone or tablet with these great apps

Over the years music fans have gradually changed how they listen to their music, and what they listen to it on. With the rise of the smartphone it's only natural that now the one device we carry with us everywhere is also our primary media player. On Android, we're also fortunate that there's a huge community of developers that create apps that can better the experience we're provided by the folks who made our phones.

The Google Play Store has many music related apps to choose from, but some do stand out from the crowd. It'd be impossible to look at all of them, so here we've chosen 5 of them that we think are some of the best there is. Let's take a look.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon for Tablets updated with new UI features, Prime Fresh groceries

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Hot on the heels of Amazon's big Fire TV announcements yesterday, the online retail giant has turned its attention to its regular Android tablet app, updating it with some new UI features and support for buying groceries through Amazon Prime Fresh, its food delivery service currently available in Seattle, San Francisco and parts of Southern California.

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2 weeks ago

SwiftKey update brings Google+ and Evernote personalization to the masses

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Swiftkey for Android is a neat way to type in data on your smartphone even faster. The app itself has just been updated, adding some sweet new functionality which was previously in the beta program. Should you have the stable version installed on your device, you’ll now be refreshed with new personalization options.

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2 weeks ago

KISS Photo Bomb app can add rock and roll to all of your pictures

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KISS is going mobile and today have announced the launch of the KISS PHOTO BOMB app for Android and iOS devices. With the free app, users can "KISSIFY" their photos and text messages with things like KISS members, KISS make-up, KISS frames and even KISS emoticons. Snap away then share to your favorite social service.

Check out more at KISSPHOTOBOMB.com

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3 weeks ago

Samsung ChatON updated with 'recall' messages, large file transfers

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In you're onboard with Samsung's ChatON messaging client, you'll be pleased to learn that it's been updated today with a handful of significant new features. ChatON 3.5 introduces the ability to recall messages you've already sent, avoiding potential embarrassment. The feature works in 1-on-1 chats and can be used even if the other person has already read that incriminating message.

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3 weeks ago

Google Play Newsstand updated with new navigation tabs, combined 'My Library' section

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Google Play Newsstand

Content sections now separated into individual tabs for easier reading

Our third Google app update of the day is Google Play Newsstand, and again we're looking at light changes with a few new features that'll grab the interest of those who regularly use the app. Content discovery is a big deal for an app like this, and the most notable interface change is a new set of tabs in the "Read now" section with quick access to sections of content — like highlights, news, business, entertainment and sports —that you add all in one place. You can tap on each or swipe between them to check out all of the news in that category, and each one has its own color coordination that takes over the display to indicate you've switched.

The slide-in navigation drawer has also been refreshed, combining both "My News" and "My Magazines" into a single "My Library" (which makes sense). Curiously, the manual setting to choose whether or not to pre-download and keep the "Read Now" section on your device is gone — it isn't clear if this will happen automatically now or if everything will be downloaded when you view it by default.

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