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3 years ago

HTC Gallery lets One M8 photographers adjust their UFocus blur intensity

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HTC Gallery has been updated today, adding a new feature for HTC One M8 owners: adjustable UFocus Blur. The feature, which takes advantage of the Duo Camera setup on the One M8 to add depth-of-field blurring effects to photos, allows users to now control just how much blur is applied.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Hodor Keyboard, Hitman GO, Wikipedia Beta and more!

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Apps of the Week

This marks our first Apps of the Week column for the month of June, and we're going to kick it off the right way with a great grouping of app picks from each of the folks here at Android Central. We get a great mix of apps coming through here with each Saturday afternoon post, and this week is no exception.

Read along with us and see what apps we've all picked this week, and you may just come away with a couple that catch your eye.

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3 years ago

Motorola Alert now works on more phones

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Motorola Alert

As promised, Motorola has brought its Motorola Alert app to two more of its phones. The app made its debut on the inexpensive Moto E, and it's migrated to more of Motorola's phones — specifically the Moto X and Moto G, which are starting to receive their Android 4.4.3 updates. (The app would mostly work on the Moto G and Moto X before the update, but now everything's all official-like.)

The Alert app is part emergency locator, part alarm, and part big brother. You'll designate an emergency contact — or a group of contacts. Should something bad happen (and should you be able to get to your phone), they'll be told that the Alert app has been activated, and given coordinates of your location, all over SMS. There's also a sort of panic but that sends a pretty decent siren screaming into that good night. And there's also a "Follow Me" option that will periodically send out your location, or alert contacts when you're arrived at a predesignated location. Say, home or work.

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3 years ago

Netflix update makes it even easier to binge watch your favorite shows

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The latest update to the Netflix for Android app has improved what they call the "post-play" experience, making it even easier to jump to the next episode in a series. While Netflix users have long enjoyed auto-play of the next episode, the new version slaps a bright red "Play next episode" button on the screen as the credits start to roll, saving you those extra few seconds when it comes to binging through whatever you're watching.

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3 years ago

The most popular running apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry

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Earlier this week we highlighted the best running apps on Windows Phone, iOS, Android and BlackBerry. All month we'll be looking at the top apps across a variety of categories related to fitness. Why? It's #MobileFit month! We're exploring the intersection of a healthy lifestyle and technology. When we posted those top rated running apps, we also included a poll for the various communities to select their favorite running apps. Those results are in. Here are the best running apps according to you.

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3 years ago

Spider-Man Unlimited coming to mobile platforms in September

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Mobile gaming giant Gameloft has been quite successful with its mobile games based on Marvel film properties, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and Iron Man 3.  It also happens to have published Despicable Me: Minion Rush, one of the better 3D endless runners out there. So what happens when we combine both things?

Spider-Man Unlimited, it turns out. Gameloft has just announced that Spider-Man Unlimited will be coming to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone this September. Based on the Spider-Man comics universe instead of films (and named after an older cartoon series), the new game looks both action-packed and filled with costumes and villains from Spider-Man lore. Check out the announcement trailer, high resolution screenshots, and our analysis after the break!

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3 years ago

Modern Combat 5: Blackout teaser trailer brings the noise to Venice

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With just a few more days until the big E3 2014 video game trade show begins, the folks at mobile publisher Gameloft have released the first teaser trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the next installment for one of their most popular franchises.

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3 years ago

Doctor Who: Legacy – comprehensive review

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Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction program on television. But until Doctor Who: Legacy came along, you’d have been hard pressed to find a videogame adaptation that came anywhere near the series’ quality or one that properly reflected the decades-spanning scope and wealth of characters that make up Doctor Who.

This free to play puzzle game from Tiny Rebel Games will wow fans with fan service galore, though long-term enjoyment depends on one’s tolerance for match-3 puzzles and user interface quirks. Head past the break for the most detailed Doctor Who Legacy review in town!

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3 years ago

Tinder adds Snapchat-style self-destructing picture sharing

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The massively popular Tinder dating app has added Snapchat-style self-destructing image sharing between users. In addition to swiping Yay or Nay on eligible local bachelors and bachelorettes, you can now blast out pictures to those you've successfully been matched with. The catch is pictures go out to all matches you've made and the shot deletes itself after 24 hours. Those on the receiving end can like or pass on pictures just like they do user profiles, or leave a comment as a reply.

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3 years ago

Hitman: Sniper announced for mobile and tablets

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After the healthy launch of their stealth puzzle game, Square Enix has announced another mobile game called Hitman: Sniper. The new game stands to be a lot like the Sniper Challenge released alongside Hitman Absolution awhile back. Players will perch from a rooftop and take out a number of targets from extreme range to fulfill contracts. Global online leaderboards and "creative alternatives" to mission completion will keep performance competitive.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Space Beak Impact update includes tons of new levels

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Angry Birds Space has just been updated with a whole bunch of new content. The 2.0 update features a whooping 50 new levels split up in two parts and as hidden bonus levels. New mechanics such as asteroid showers, gas tanks, and batteries have been introduced.

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3 years ago

Google Maps lets fans tour World Cup stadiums

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As Brazil prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, Google is doing its bit to helps fans virtually explore the country's streets and stadiums. First up, Google Maps Street View tours of the country's 12 World Cup stadiums are now available online, allowing fans to explore the venues that'll host the tournament. And Google's also giving fans the chance to virtually walk down Brazil's painted streets — a Brazilian tradition that ties in with the World Cup every four years.

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3 years ago

Chrome Web Store lets you search for apps with Android counterparts

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As Google works to unify its Chrome and Android efforts, the Chrome Web Store will now let you filter searches to only apps with Android counterparts in the Play Store. The top bar of the Web Store homepage now has a selection for "For Android" alongside Runs Offline, By Google and Free. The wording is a bit misleading, but when you hit that For Android selection you'll see the homepage change to feature apps that you can also use on Android.

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3 years ago

Hangouts update adds custom notification sounds for each chat

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Hangouts is receiving a small update today, and while the changelog hasn't been updated on the Play Store just yet there are a few small differences we're noticing. First up is a new "hidden contacts" area of the settings separate from the "blocked people," giving you a way to hide folks from your contact listing but not block their messages completely. Individual chats can now have different notification sounds as well, letting you differentiate messages from calls and choose different sounds for different chat sessions.

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3 years ago

Joust against your buddies in Rival Knights for Android

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Gameloft has just launched a new game called Rival Knights on Android today. It's a free-to-play jousting simulator where players mount up in full medieval regalia, charge at their friends online or work their way through a single-player campaign, and try to smash opponents with a lance. Every round involves timing taps just as a cursor moves over the sweet spot in a target bar and dragging your lance to the chink in the armor in a limited amount of time.

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