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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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SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey is a company that makes some of the more popular mobile keyboards that are available for smartphone users outside of the factory offerings out there. Yesterday a rumor was making the rounds that Microsoft might have purchased SwiftKey for $250 million. Today SwiftKey has confirmed that the purchase happened.

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Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

If you picked up your phone today and spotted an app you didn't remember installing, you might have been surprised to find out its Uber, which has announced a rebranding today. In the past, riders and drivers alike were presented with the dark blue icon with a light gray "U" inside. Now riders and drivers will see different icons, depending on which designation they have with the service, neither of which resemble the old design.

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WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp has announced the service has one billion monthly users, its latest milestone. Says the company, the number means that almost one out of every seven people on Earth are using the app. “We’re humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used” the service, WhatsApp said in a statement.

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Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Material Design, the rather striking design language that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, wasn't meant to be limited to Android only. It was created to permeate all of Google's digital presence, from mobile to the Web. While we have indeed seen that happen in most cases, one app that has been left in the old age is Google's very portal to the Web, the Chrome web browser. That is finally tstarting to change. Two years in the making, Google is finally on the fast track to make give Chrome some more Material.

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Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

It's been quite a while since Microsoft has talked about its Xbox app for Windows 10. In fact, this would be the first news this year for the beta version of the app since October. The Xbox devs definitely weren't slacking off and they are starting 2016 with quite a handful of new features focused both on socializing and being productive. As productive as you can be when games are concerned. Along with an integrated Avatar Store and improved Suggested Friends comes Xbox News and a new Compact view for the app.

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Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Back in 2013, Facebook acquired a company called Parse for around $85 million. Last year they announced that they had some big plans for Parse in the Internet of Things. Today, the company is closing the doors on the service altogether.

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Google Calendar updated for smart suggestions and country-based holidays

Google Calendar updated for smart suggestions and country-based holidays

Google has made some updates to calendars that will help people around the world to keep up with holidays in their country and choose titles for events, places, and people more easily. The first of the updates is smart suggestions that are now available in 30 new languages.

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Reddit’s Android app enters beta today, iOS to follow

Reddit’s Android app enters beta today, iOS to follow

Reddit announced last month that it was creating its own official Android app, giving users on the platform a solid option for browsing the website. Despite its Alien Blue acquisition a couple years ago, Reddit is also working on a new iOS app, something it will be putting into beta soon. Today’s all about Android, though, with the service announcing that the Android app entered beta today.

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Facebook expands Live Video to all iPhone users in US

Facebook expands Live Video to all iPhone users in US

Following its unveiling in December, Facebook is expanding the availability of live video, a new feature that allows Facebook users to share live video on the social network. The company has been testing live video with some users, and starting today it has expanded the feature’s available to all iPhone users in the United States. In the near future, Facebook will expand the feature's availability again.

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Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo updates app, homepage with streamlined design

Yahoo has announced an update to both its US homepage and the Yahoo app; both changes bring a new design aimed at making it easier to “discover and create conversations” as well as news and other content. One of the big changes is consistency — the Yahoo app and the Yahoo US homepage are now in sync with each other, displaying the same content for a more streamlined process.

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