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Gmail updated with Material Design, support for any email

Gmail updated with Material Design, support for any email

Gmail remains a standard for email, but a new app takes it well beyond the confines of Google. With the latest iteration of Gmail, we can now add other emails we might have from outside sources into the app, making it more an email service than a Gmail service. A new look keeps pace with Google’s other recent offerings, too, bringing in some core functionality and Material Design cues. It’s a much needed update, and lines Gmail up for a lot of Lollipop love.

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Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

If you liked the idea of Google Inbox, an app which makes a bit more contextual sense of your messages than normal email, you’re probably going to love the new Google Calendar. Announced today, Calendar aims to do much of the same things Inbox does in making a bit of sense in what can be a cluttered world. Events can be added automatically, and Calendar will also offer up suggestions for certain tasks. For larger devices, a new view could have you using Calendar a lot more, too.

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Evernote updates apps with ‘Work Chat’ messaging

Evernote updates apps with ‘Work Chat’ messaging

Note taking & management service Evernote has updated its mobile and web app today to include its new "Work Chat" feature, which allows users to have conversations in-app via instant messages. With a goal of furthering Evernote's collaboration tools, Work Chat lets users discuss documents and projects they may be working on together, as well as keep records of which files have been shared via email.

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Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

Starbucks delivery in 2015 teases coffee chain

A periodic trip to Starbucks is a daily grind for many, but the coffee chain is looking to streamline that with the ability to not only order a drink through its app, but have it delivered too. The service - which will include both drinks and food items - is expected to launch in the second half of 2015, Starbucks confirmed, with chief exec Howard Schultz describing it as "our version of e-commerce on steroids." It's not the first attempt to use the Starbucks app in non-traditional ways, though the heat is on with the company failing to meet investor expectations.

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New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

Twitter is this constantly flowing stream of, well, everything. It’s sometimes had to keep up, especially if you’re too busy to stay glued to your Twitter feed. A new app called Hash might help, though. Released a few days ago, Hash is a cultivated feed of the things people are talking about most, and gives you quick access to the most topical discussions of the day. If you find keeping up difficult, Hash might help you wade through the noise and hear the news.

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Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Searching for content via Google Now is easy and effective, but there’s a problem: it doesn’t dive into your apps. You can ask all kinds of things, which get routed through Google’s massive mother-brain search engine, but it fails to bring you results from apps you trust. On the Android Developers blog, Google has outlined exactly how Developers can implement search into their app, which will allow users to get in-app results for whatever that app provides, all without ever leaving Now.

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Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

If you’ve seen chatter about Apple blocking calculator widgets over the past few days, the news may have been a bit confusing. The sensational headline was that Apple was blocking all calculator widgets, which began with the Developer of a popular third-party Calculator app having his widget pulled. The reason given was that widgets were barred from performing any calculations, and like so many App Store rules and guidelines, made little sense. Now, Apple is changing their mind a bit, and offering an explanation on the dust-up.

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Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard, the Third Generation, adds over 30,000 topics

Flipboard has definitely grown a lot. What started out as a fancy way to read news and online content has developed into not just an app but a whole community of article collectors and curators that Flipboard has lovingly dubbed as "MagMakers". But not everyone might have found a home yet in Flipboard, because of the broad strokes and topics that its self-curated collection includes, leaving out those with more niche interests. That is why in the third generation of Flipboard, they are making things more personal.

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Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing to complain about. What we do see, however, follows nicely alongside the details that have surfaced over past months through different sources, the particulars of which we have after the jump.

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Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Today is Wednesday, and aside from some hit-and-miss Nexus 6 orders, Google is updating their apps and services. This time they’re paying strict attention to Google Wallet, and giving it a facelift. As you might have guessed, it’s getting Material Design. Lots of it. The entire app has been rebooted to reflect Google’s pretty new design elements, as well as some actually useful new tweaks. You can now add money automatically via your bank account, and get balance alerts.

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