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Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Early adopters of software are about to get a lot easier-to-use tools in Google Play this week as Google ramps up testing options for developers. While Google has offered up some early testing tools to developers in the past, this week they're moving forward with a solid set of three options for Beta testing apps with the public. Open Beta is joined by Closed beta using email addresses and Closed beta with Google+ community or Google Group access. In short, it's about to get a lot easier to use apps earlier for the greater good of the software community.

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Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today

Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today

If you have owned a smartphone in the last several years, odds are you have played Angry Birds or one of the spin off games in the franchise. Angry Birds is one of the most popular mobile games in the world and today gamers will have a new edition to the franchise to check out. Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today.

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New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

Another day, another critical Android vulnerability. This time, it might be slightly less serious than Stagefright but still enough to be worrisome. Popular security Trend Mirco came upon this vulnerability in Android's mediaserver component that, when given a malformed MKV media file, could render the device unresponsive and completely silent, practically locking out the user from his or her device. The one slight good news is that this exploit requires installing a malicious app or visiting a suspicious website, which, sadly, isn't that hard to get users to do.

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Razer Serval Android gaming controller lands on Google Play store

Razer Serval Android gaming controller lands on Google Play store

One of the biggest challenges to playing some Android games on your mobile device is that on-screen controls or tilt controls often leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully, there are bunches of different gaming controllers that will connect to your Android device and allow you to use a controller for your favorite games. A new Bluetooth Android gaming controller has landed on the Google Play store from Razer called the Serval.

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Dismal Samsung Q2 numbers forces Galaxy S6 price cut

Dismal Samsung Q2 numbers forces Galaxy S6 price cut

It's one thing for a product to be highly popular and another thing for that popularity to translate into profits. That was the case back then with the HTC One (M7 and M8) and is now the case with Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge duo. The Korea manufacturer has just released its second quarter financials and, while the company did see some increase in numbers, it was only ever so slight. Plus, the Galaxy S6 flagship, hoped to be its savior, turned out to be almost a dud.

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Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Today images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have appeared in their final form, looking just about as near-official as they're going to get. While these are still renderings - much in the same way all smartphone companies release renderings for ad material - they're as close to the real deal as you're going to see for the moment, just a few weeks away from the real thing. Here the Galaxy Note 5 is looking pretty spiffy, complete with an industrial design finesse matched only by the Galaxy S6 Edge, its little sibling.

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Google Translate app’s newest update opens your eyes to 27 languages

Google Translate app’s newest update opens your eyes to 27 languages

Google has updated their "Google Translate" app to work with 20 new languages, giving their app a cool 27 languages to translate in all. This app works with text, with voice, and most recently with smartphone cameras, allowing users to hold their smartphone up to a sign with a word they don't understand, having it translated, visually, before their eyes. This Google Translate app update is available for Android devices as of this morning, and will be appearing for iPhone and iPad devices some time soon.

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Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

The latest update to Google's search system on Android and iOS devices is a meter that says when they're busiest. It's a "Popular times" meter, and it'll show you when you'd be best to head in - and when the best time is to avoid. Popular times are listed for each individual day of the week, with a meter that'll likely show you how you'll want to avoid a coffee house near the start and the middle of the day - just get your coffee at supper time, that's all.

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Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

In New York today, Yahoo officially announced a new messaging app for iOS and Android called Livetext. While the app was quietly released in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month for testing, this launch marks its debut in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. At first glance, Livetext seems to be Yahoo's take on rebuilding its old Messenger service with the Tumblr and Snapchat generation in mind, as the app focuses on a mix text messages and videos with no sound, much like ever-present GIFs.

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