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Google has transformed Android search for apps and now displays the results in a pictorial, grid-like fashion. For instance, searching for "music apps" (either in Now or a browser) brings up the above grid, and clicking on a given app will take you straight to Google Play, as you'd expect. The fea...

August 28th 2015 at 5:05am 0 Comments
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Free apps sometimes try to rope you into in-app purchases to make a profit. Not so with Amazon's new approach to free software, though, as the online retailer is offering over $10,000 in apps, games and even those in-app add-ons at no cost. Yes, it sounds too good to be true on the surface, but Be...

August 26th 2015 at 12:56pm 0 Comments
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Flipboard gives you lots of different ways to find interesting reads. You can choose specific topics, publications, users and magazines, all of which contribute to your main "Cover Stories" feed. The problem is that when you see something you don't like, it's hard to remove it without unfollowing...

August 21st 2015 at 9:40am 0 Comments
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Are you happy that Google's new Play Services software for Android developers is out? If not, one of the new features may tell you to turn that frown upside down. Google's latest APIs for Android apps include "Mobile Vision" face detection and "Nearby Messages" notifications. Mobile Vision works w...

August 14th 2015 at 9:28am 0 Comments
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Here's the evolution of mobile news reading in a nutshell: First there were browsers; then RSS readers; and eventually we saw a slew of news reading apps like Flipboard, Feedly and Nuzzel that aimed to make it easier to discover and read news. Now Wildcard, an iPhone app that previously tried to t...

August 11th 2015 at 11:56pm 0 Comments
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Right now, the easiest way to read breaking news on your smartphone is to download a dedicated news reader app, something like Paper or Flipboard -- but rumor has it that Facebook is working on something different. According to Business Insider, Facebook is developing a decentralized news app that...

August 11th 2015 at 7:57pm 0 Comments
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Snapchat rolled out a pair of new features for the photo and video sharing app (for both iOS and Android) designed to reduce the amount of data it uses while increasing the number of ways users can employ emoji. Travel Mode will disable the app from automatically preloading data-intensive Stories...

August 10th 2015 at 5:57pm 0 Comments
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You may associate Opera with data-saving web browsers and handy compression tools, but the company is determined to make more of a name for itself in smartphone apps, too. Opera just bought Bemobi, a mobile app discovery service that thrives on a Netflix-like app subscription service -- pay a wee...

August 9th 2015 at 1:58pm 0 Comments
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Microsoft has just released a bunch of productivity apps for wearable devices -- nope, not for the Band, but for Android Wear smartwatches and the Apple Watch. First for the Apple Watch is Outlook, which allows you to read full emails and respond with either canned replies or your own through voic...

August 6th 2015 at 9:38pm 0 Comments
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There's a reason your mom told you not to hitchhike -- it can be dangerous, even for friendly, harmless robot creations. This week, the internet mourned the loss of Hitchbot the hitchhiking robot, and started playing the finger-pointing game at some pranksters in Philly (who may or may not have pr...

August 6th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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For developers, allowing the public to evaluate apps before general release is paramount -- it helps weed out the bugs that could derail an otherwise successful launch. Both Apple and Google offer the capability, but TestFlight features have only been baked into iOS for the better part of a year a...

July 31st 2015 at 8:05am 0 Comments
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Have you already installed Windows 10 on your trusty slate? Well, Microsoft released its mobile productivity apps for the new shiny new version of the OS, too. Touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for download from the Windows Store. The new version of OneNote is ava...

July 30th 2015 at 3:27pm 0 Comments