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Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

It might still be a surprise and a puzzle for some that Microsoft has apps on both Android and iOS, though it seems to have a preference for the former. It is all part of a strategy to reclaim its lost ground, especially in the Office space. To say that Microsoft is aggressively pushing those Android apps to more users wouldn't be an understatement, as this announcement shows. Redmond has proudly revealed that it now has 74 OEM partners ready to preload its apps on smartphones, and one of them is Acer.

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RideWith becomes Waze Rider, still in mysterious limited test

RideWith becomes Waze Rider, still in mysterious limited test

A small, almost quiet, change has happened in an Android app that might have significant implications down the road. Despite the controversy that hounds ride- sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Google seems unfazed in rolling out its own counterpart idea. But it won't be called "RideWith" anymore. That name, which was revealed in the middle of 2015, has been replaced with a more familiar sounding one, "Waze Rider". The idea remains the same but its future is just as murky as it has been months ago.

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Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Opera Apps Club lets users rent paid Android apps ala Netflix

Although the idea isn't really original or new, Netflix is nowadays credited for having popularized an old/new business model to the point that any new subscription-based content providing service is labeled as "Netflix-like". And that's not just for the usual culprits like movies and music but even books, games, and, soon, Android apps as well. Opera, the web browser maker who also dabbles in VPNs and smart TVs, has announced the global launch of Opera Apps Club, which lets users "rent" premium Android apps. In other words, like Netflix.

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Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Smartwatches that run Android Wear are plentiful on the market today and people who use them on a daily basis are always out for new and cool apps and features. The Glide video messaging app is now available on Android Wear devices. The app offers live video, voice, and photo messaging and claims to be the first app to use Android Wear's new speaker support feature.

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GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

There are lots of people around the world who have lost loved ones unexpectedly and know the kind of pain that comes from not getting to say goodbye to the person who died. I'm sure there are also lots of people out there who worry about suddenly dying and not being able to say goodbye to their favorite people. This is where an app called GoodBye Message App comes in.

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Remember the Milk 4.0 hits (almost) all platforms, price change

Remember the Milk 4.0 hits (almost) all platforms, price change

Before the likes of Todoist and Wunderlist were hip, there was Remember the Milk. Named after one of the most common errand to be done (next to getting the eggs), RTM, as it became to be known, become the todo list app. SInce then, however, it has been somewhat overshadowed even by a note-taking service like Evernote. Now at version 4.0 and a year away from its 10th birthday, Remember the Milk is shaking things up with new apps that covers almost all platforms and, somewhat sadly, some pricing changes.

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You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

When Tesla announced firmware version 1.7 last month, which introduced the much anticipated "Summon" feature to the electric car, we knew it was only a matter of time before some enterprising developer plays around with the feature and takes it elsewhere. That time has indeed come and Allen Wong from Rego Apps has finally updated his famous, or infamous, Remote S Apple Watch app. And its new feature is as what you'd expect, allowing you to call your car from almost anywhere with a few taps on your wrist.

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Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

If you're an Android user with a certain acquired taste for some of Apple's services and were surprised, even elated, at the recent Apple Music app update, here's some more good news. Apple might be bringing a whole lot more of its services to its rival platform. This was revealed by no less than chief executive Tim Cook himself at a company-wide town hall meeting. So unless Cook is thwarted by a company upheaval, you can probably expect popular services like iCloud and Apple Pay to come to Android in the, hopefully near, future.

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Opera Max adds public Wi-Fi security on top of data savings

Opera Max adds public Wi-Fi security on top of data savings

Opera Max is a service and an app on Android that tries to help you save on data usage by compressing the data that comes from and goes to your Android device. However, those data savings might not be of much use when your device has been hacked or snooped on because you happen to be in a compromised public Wi-Fi. Opera proposes a solution that hits two birds with one stone. By upgrading its app to use SPDY with SSL, Opera promises not only secure Internet use in a public hotspot but also faster speeds.

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Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

As if it weren't shocking enough that Apple has an Android app that doesn't try to convince users to switch to iPhones, it has just updated said app with a feature that no iPhone can have. At least technically. Apple Music on Android has been updated with, among other things, support for downloading music to external (micro) SD cards. This, in theory, would allow users to listen to a lot more music offline, more than any iPhone or iPad can handle, at least with current configurations.

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Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

That Google was planning to add podcasts to its Play Music service isn't exactly news. We've known that since last year. That it would be coming this month, however, is the big thing, thanks to a slip of the tongue by sportscaster Bill Simmons. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems that Google is slowly, very slowly rolling out the service. Thanks to the new A/B testing feature for Google Play apps, some Android users have begun enjoying podcasts on the same app as their music.

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Google removes Samsung-advertised ad blocker for policy violation

Google removes Samsung-advertised ad blocker for policy violation

It's not unusual for apps to be taken off a marketplace, even in Google's somewhat more embracing Play Store. But when that app happens to have come from the most prolific Android OEM, the Internet goes somewhat crazy. Google has, in its officially capacity as the final arbiter of Android's official app store, removed an ad blocking app approved and advertised by Samsung from Google Play Store. Its reason? An almost vague reference to a policy violation that disallows one app from disrupting the functions of another.

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