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Google Play Books’ Night Light gives your eyes a rest before bed

People today use their smartphones for almost everything. Sometimes that even includes reading, at least in as much as can fit inside that relatively small screen. But while it might be convenient, reading from such screens aren't always the best, nor the healthiest, especially come night time. That is why different reading apps, as well as full-colored book readers, are now offering some for of night mode reading. Google's Play Books app is just one of the latest to join that trend to help lessen the strain on your eyes while keeping you hooked on that gripping novel.

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Android Pay now covers in-app purchases, coming to Australia

When Google first announced Android Pay, it didn't hide the fact that the mobile payment system would be used for two different types of purchases. One for on the spot buying of stuff right where you stand, and another for delayed purchases via digital means. The first one has more or less settled down in the market, so now Google is announcing the second. Starting today, you can use Android Pay to buy stuff inside apps. Of course as long as the app supports that method of payment.

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Reality Editor AR app connects IoT devices by drawing lines

The number of Internet of Things devices, basically appliances and electronics that can connect to networsk like the Internet, are growing month after month. But each IoT trinket is veritably like its own island that may or may not have bridges to other islands. Wouldn't it be nice if you could all get them to tak to each other like good friends? While there are certainly some attempts to do just that, the best and coolest way would be to simply draw virtual lines between them, which is the premise and promise of MIT Fluid Interfaces' Reality Editor.

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Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

In June, Facebook introduced a new app called Moments, which enables users to create a private gallery comprising multiple users’ photos. Before Moments arrived, though, Facebook rolled out a feature called Photo Sync back in 2012 — with it, Facebook would automatically upload one’s photos into a private album for faster sharing with other users. Now that Moments has arrived, Facebook is going to kill off Photo Sync.

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Google Maps on iOS now shows business hours, gas prices

Almost everyone has had this experience, or nightmare navigating to a new destination. You decide to take your family or friends to a restaurant you've been hearing rave reviews about. Armed with Google Maps (or your choice of navigation), you are confident you'll reach your destination safe, sound, and, more importantly, fresh. Which you eventually do, but not in time to find out that the place closes shop at 8 p.m. If you had Google Maps' update app on your iPhone or iPad, that wouldn't have been a problem.

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Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

The Google app for iOS has been updated with 3D Touch support, giving iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users some added functionality. Users can, for example, hard press on the Google app’s icon to pull up shortcuts for common activities: voice search, image search, and search. The update brings with it a couple other changes, as well, that aren’t limited to the latest iPhone models.

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Pandora launches app for Apple TV

Pandora has announced that it has launched a new larger version of its app designed specifically for the Apple TV and your big screen in the living room. The Apple TV version of the app has all the features that fans of Pandora have come to know in other apps the company offers.

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Google Play Movies & TV now supports Apple TV, cellular streaming

Just because it isn't its native platform doesn't mean Google is giving iOS users the short end of the figurative stick when it comes to accessing content. Unlike some other retailer who seemingly wants to kick out rival devices from its shelves. Google has just pushed an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, not Android, that adds some interesting and useful, not to mention timely, features, like direct support for Apple TV as well as streaming over cellular data connections.

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Apple TV App Store grew to more than 2,000 in a month

It feels almost unbelievable that it has only been a month since Apple formally opened up its App Store for Apple TV developers. Especially when you consider that there are an estimated 2,624 apps that now grace that app marketplace for Apple's TV set-top box. Even Eddy Cue confirms there is as much, without getting into exact numbers of course. And the insights that app metrics site appFigures share are quite interesting as the Apple TV seems to break every set expectation as far as app statistics go.

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Google Wallet will now let you send money via SMS

The arrival of Android Pay meant that Google Wallet's existence has become redundant. But rather than retire an already existing, not to mention already used, brand, Google decided to give Wallet a different raison d'etre. It has repurposed it to become a peer to peer money transfer platform, something that, to be honest, could have also been part of Android Pay anyway. Now Google is expanding its capabilities and ease of use even more by allowing people to send money to anyone who has a mobile phone number.

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SwiftKey Symbols app helps non-verbal kids communicate

SwiftKey has launched a new Android app designed for non-verbal special needs kids. The app is called SwiftKey Symbols, and as its name suggests, the app uses symbols to help kids communicate using the company’s core personalization and prediction tech. With that, the system learns about the user and moves quickly to pick out symbols the child might want next, making it — according to the company — faster than other similar assistive apps on the market.

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New Flickr app supports Samsung Gear VR

The amount of content that is made specifically for VR headsets like the Oculus or Samsung Gear VR is growing all the time. Flickr has announced a new app that gives users a 360-degree photo experience that supports Samsung Gear VR. The app is called Flickr VR and is for compatible Samsung smartphones.

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