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2 weeks ago

Sprint update to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 adds Wi-Fi calling

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Sprint is rolling out Wi-Fi calling on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 follows the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini which both received the feature back in February. Sprint says that the over-the-air software update that is needed to use Wi-Fi calling, will be released in stages, and may take several days to become available to all customers.

Source: Sprint

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2 weeks ago

WhatsApp is down this morning

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Hang tight, folks. WhatsApp, Facebook's $16 billion baby, appears to be down for many this morning. While there's never a good time for an extremely popular service to go down, it's especially ironic given last night's boasting of a record number of messages sent and received — to the tune of 20 billion sent and 64 billion received.

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2 weeks ago

Sonic CD free on Amazon Appstore today

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Want to bring a little 16-bit retro gaming action to your Wednesday? Sonic CD, the time-travelling Sega CD platformer first released on Android in 2011, is available for free today through the Amazon Appstore, down from the regular price of $2.99. The game is a faithful recreation of the 1993 original, brought up to date by Christian Whitehead, the developer responsible for recent ports of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2. We've got download links after the break.

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2 weeks ago

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app available in Google Play

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Xbox One Smartglass Beta

Keep up on the latest developments in this Xbox second-screen app

If you want that second-screen experience between your Xbox One and your Android phone, but also want to ride that bleeding edge known as beta, Microsoft has you covered.

They've released a beta version of their Xbox One SmartGlass app into Google Play, allowing users a way to preview new features and provide feedback to the folks writing the code. We do have to wonder why Microsoft didn't use the official beta track in Google Play, but we aren't about to second guess what goes on in Redmond.

If you're the adventurous type who want to give the beta a try, uninstall the stable version and hit the Google Play link at the top of the post.

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2 weeks ago

doubleTwist updated with great podcast features, even in the free version

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doubleTwist Podcast

Another complete podcast manager choice

doubleTwist has updated their Android app, bringing some great new features for folks who use it to listen to their favorite podcasts.

Today's new features are all available in the free, ad-supported mode, but of course are also available for premium customers. Here's the list of what's new:

  • Added related podcasts for many popular podcasts. These appear when you scroll to the bottom of the list of episodes on a particular podcast, although not all feeds have related podcasts.
  • Added podcast episode sorting options, so users can browse by chronological or reverse-chronological order.
  • Added support for password protected podcasts.
  • Added support for adding podcasts manually via URL, so that users can subscribe to podcasts that are not in the doubleTwist directory.

There are also a couple of features that aren't podcast-related — better Apple TV detection for easier sharing, and the ability to delete a song from the overflow menu.

A whole lot of Android users love doubleTwist, and features like these are the reason why. Give it a look by clicking the Google Play link at the top of the post.

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2 weeks ago

Dish Network signs deals with ESPN, Disney to enable mobile content streaming

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Using apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

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2 weeks ago

Humble Bundle 9 lets you get Broken Sword 2, Ravensword, and more while supporting charity

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Another wonderful round of Android games are being offered by the Humble Bundle today. Humble Bundle 9 offers Broken Sword 2, Bridge Constructor, Type:Rider, and Ravensword: Shadowlands for however much you’re willing to pay. Beat the average donation, and you’ll get Kingdom Rush and Knights of Pen and Paper too.

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2 weeks ago

Android camera app reportedly getting portrait and effects improvements through Play Store

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Nexus 5 camera

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support

The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their camera apps in recent years — just see the Duo Camera and its crazy effects in the HTC One M8 — and Google understandably wants to make sure that their offering is able to keep up. According to Engadget, Google plans to do just that by splitting the camera app itself out of Android and updating it through Google Play.

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2 weeks ago

BBM 2.1 now available for Android with a few new tricks up its sleeve

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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB.

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2 weeks ago

Nuance Voiceprint brings new levels of personalization to Dragon Mobile Assistant

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Nuance Mobile Assistant has been updated with new biometric features that lets you access hands-free features without having to unlock your device. The app can now recognize users based on their "VoicePrint", and continues to offer a bunch of voice-activated controls for messaging, calling, and maps. The workflow is a bit speedier than you might be used to, as you can spout out the wake command and the task command at the same time, as opposed to waiting for your phone to initiate listening before getting on with it. The update also includes a new embedded browser which brings back web search results quicker than ever.

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