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2 weeks ago

Pingpad's latest update makes managing tasks easier

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Pingpad is a social productivity app that's an amalgamation of Google Docs, Evernote, and Slack. With the its latest update, the app is taking on Trello as well by adding task management features through which you can assign, track, and organize tasks within a group.

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2 weeks ago

App installs from search results aren't 'bypassing' Google Play, but you might miss some details

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Whatsapp in search results

Much hay is being made about Google testing out app installations direction from search results. All it's doing, however, is speeding up the process.

Mobile apps are funny things. We're quick to install them. And quick to blame them should something go wrong. Stolen data. Unclear permissions. Too much data being collected. Apps being hijacked by nefarious actors, repackaged and distributed through alternative means. It's very much still the Wild West out there.

But Google over the past year or so has gotten serious about getting more apps in front of more users, particularly in search results — which remains Google's bread and butter. App indexing — wherein Google actually sorts through the content of an app so it can present it back to users in any number of ways — is the key to all this. You can open a traditional web search result directly into an app. And later Google would show a button that take you to the Play Store to install the app.

And now Google has cut out the middleman — for some of us, at least — by skipping the step of opening the Google Play Store app before installing. Technically speaking, that's probably not a huge leap. And, frankly, it's not as big a deal as headlines are making it seem.

Let's take a closer look.

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2 weeks ago

Starbucks and Spotify team up to let you save your favorite coffee house tracks

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Starbucks customers will soon be able to get a better music experience from the Starbucks app, thanks to a new partnership with the Spotify streaming music service. The new deal will let Starbucks app users save songs they hear while in their local Starbucks coffee shop. They will also be able to create a Spotify playlist of Starbucks-curated songs.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook adds Tor support through Orbot on Android

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Facebook, the social network that loves to collect information, is making it a bit easier for Android users to keep some details private. The company has added support for Tor through the Orbot proxy app on Android devices, allowing you to keep your location and more private.

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2 weeks ago

Honor preparing Marshmallow beta test for select phones in the UK

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Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei, has opened up signups for its Marshmallow beta test for select phones in the UK. Customers who own an Honor 4X, 6, or 6+ can sign up right now to test Android 6.0 on their phone.

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2 weeks ago

Alphabet among tech giants sponsoring Super Bowl 50

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Alphabet, Google's new parent company, will be among the Silicon Valley tech giants sponsoring the Super Bowl 50 this year. The company joins a lineup that includes Intel, Yahoo, and Apple in sponsoring the Super Bowl Host Committee, the group that works with both the National Football League and the community of the Super Bowl hosting city. Alphabet and the other sponsors have contributed about $50 million to the Host Committee, meaning that the group doesn't need funds from the state of California.

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2 weeks ago

LG Tribute 5 makes its way to Boost Mobile for $99

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The LG Tribute 5 is the latest budget smartphone to hit Boost Mobile, and it combines great features with an affordable price tag. Coming in at $99, the Tribute 5 offers a number of LG's signature features, such as gesture shot, selfie light, knock on, knock code and more. As for the phone specs, you'll have a 5-inch IPS display with a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. For storing your photos, games, apps and more, you'll have 8GB of internal storage, and the 2125mAh battery should provide plenty of battery power to get you through the day.

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2 weeks ago

It turns out uninstalling Facebook for Android is pretty great

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This is not an article about how much I hate Facebook.

While it's not my favorite social network, Facebook is where I go to see photos and commentary from local friends and family I don't see every day. And it does that really well, most of the time. Recently I noticed some performance issues on multiple phones, and had started paying closer attention to what exactly was causing these problems. When Facebook turned out to be one of the more egregious resource hogs, I uninstalled it to see how things improved.

Not only did my performance issues go away entirely, but I discovered I didn't actually lose any of the Facebook features I cared about by uninstalling the app.

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2 weeks ago

Straw will now let you create your own topics

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Straw, the popular social polling app, has given more power to users with the addition of custom topics. Users can now post polls to any topic, rather than trying to fit their questions into Straw's pre-determined areas.

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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry Priv will cost $720 up front at T-Mobile for its Jan. 26 launch

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T-Mobile previously announced that it would begin selling the BlackBerry Priv on January 26. Now the carrier has reveal its pricing for the Android smartphone, both in its up front cost and via T-Mobile's two leasing programs.

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2 weeks ago

Under Armour HealthBox review

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Under Armour HealthBox

Nobody else is offering a connected fitness system like this — and if you're willing to pay, it can be yours.

The quick take

Android Central Choice Award

For an up-front $400 price, you get three connected fitness devices that can help you track just about everything in your life and help you reach your ambitious fitness goals. The UA Band, UA Scale and UA Heart Rate are set up to work together right out of the box, and keeping everything working couldn't be easier. The hardware is great, but the real glue is Under Armour's Record app, which can pull in data from all three sources, but also your existing apps and fitness gear. The HealthBox is very clearly targeted at those willing to spend a bit on serious fitness equipment, and in that market it has a real shot and winning over customers.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon begins beta testing its sponsored data service FreeBee Data

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Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. With this service, Verizon and partners hope to drive engagement with mobile content on its network by allowing customers to access various content without it impacting their data allotment for the month.

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2 weeks ago

New report claims Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to combat child labor

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A new investigation has claimed that companies including Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to tackle child labor. It's reported by charity Amnesty that cobalt, a component used to make lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, is being mined by children as young as seven. This isn't the first time tech giants have come under fire due to working conditions for those in the supply chains.

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2 weeks ago

Reminder: We've got three Honor 5X to give away

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So ... now that our Honor 5X review has hit newsstands everywhere (at least that's how I assume words flow from our computers and into the public domain, but I could be wrong) now's a good time for a reminder that we've got a bit of a contest underway. We've got three phones to give away, actually, and now's a good a time as any to enter.

And you should enter, even if you don't necessarily think this is the phone for you. Because every phone has a certain special someone out there, and you could be the person who helps fill that void. Don't let this become another one of those "what-ifs" that plagues you the rest of your days. That cries to you from beneath the floorboards in some sort of modern-day Poe retelling.

In other words, go ahead and enter! What do you have to lose?

Full details follow. Good luck!

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2 weeks ago

O2 will notify credit card issuers when you're abroad to prevent declined transactions

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O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if you're smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction. Initially, O2 will be partnering with UK credit card issuer MBNA.

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