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OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

Google has updated their Android-based voice-command system to include a number of messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber. This update comes to the base version of the Google Now Launcher, available in the Google Play app store to most devices released within the last couple of years. This update, which only requires that you have the newest version of all apps involved, allows users to quickly send messages through a variety of free apps by saying "OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to Alice."

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Boxer email app updates with calendar integration for iOS, Android

Boxer email app updates with calendar integration for iOS, Android

Boxer, one of the better third-party email clients for iOS and Android, has upped its game in trying to take on Outlook and other productivity-filled apps. A set of updates available today for both platforms brings full-fledged calendar support, making event schedules and more just a tap away. Boxer has also taken a unique approach in adding this feature by playing to each platform's strengths. The new calendar features are directly added to the existing iOS app, while on Android it's launching as a separate app.

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Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Periscope for iOS updated with “mute” feature

Broadcasting app Periscope has pushed out an update for its iOS app, and among the changes is the ability to mute people you are following. You’ll still be able to see their feeds if you’d like, and you’ll still be following them, but if they broadcast too often you can “mute” their notifications (turn off receiving them), so that push notifications from those users become a thing of the past. This is version 1.1.3, and it is available as of today from the App Store.

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Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

If you use Instagram on Android, you may be seeing a new edit screen that speeds up the sharing process (and if you're not, try updating the app - some users have had luck doing this). Some users are seeing a new so-called quick edit screen that reduces the editing and sharing process to a single screen. The screen allows those who want the more expansive process to use it, but for everyone else, filtering is reduced to swiping right and left.

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Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft just released an awesome Android launcher

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher is out today in Beta, creating for the Google-made software an environment in which quickness is key. While the app may be in a "private beta" for now, Microsoft has also released the APK to the public - no need to participate in the troubleshooting involved in a Beta if you do not want. Inside this launcher is a reorganization of efforts for the Android universe, making three screens the center of the software: apps, contacts, and reminders. From here you'll find yourself cramped in - in a good way.

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Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Fallout Shelter Android release this August with Mr. Handy

Smash hit mobile app Fallout Shelter, from the folks that brought you Fallout, is coming to Android. This app launched soon after the next Fallout game (Fallout 4) was announced earlier this year, launching only on the Apple App Store. That was June - almost immediately after launching, Fallout Shelter became the number one most downloaded game in 48 countries and the most downloaded app of ANY KIND in 25 countries. Needless to say, it's hyped up - and of course a very fine game in its own right.

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Frontback app shuts down, front-facing cameras weep

Frontback app shuts down, front-facing cameras weep

The app Frontback is announced to be winding down after two years in service. This app started with an idea, an idea that if you were taking a back-facing photo, you should also be taking a front-facing photo at the same time. Therein you'd have a product that captured not only what you were seeing, but yourself in that environment as well. Today that dream is over - in a social networking sort of sense, at least. Today the Frontback community closes its doors.

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Netflix starts rolling out update to TV apps

Netflix starts rolling out update to TV apps

Netflix is rolling out an update to its TV apps, the first major update to arrive since 2013. The company announced the upcoming change today, showing off the changes in a GIF (available after the jump). The change is designed to “let the content speak for itself”, and involves having content start playing when you select an item while keeping the content menu on the screen, giving you a change to see what it offers and decide whether you definitely want to watch it.

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GoPro to release video-editing mobile app later this summer

GoPro to release video-editing mobile app later this summer

During a recent investors call, GoPro president Tony Bates revealed that the action camera-maker is developing a mobile app that let users quickly and easily edit their footage after it's been shot. Bates added that the app is "in the final phase testing" already, and should be released before the end of the summer. It was clear what platforms the app will hit (though iOS and Android seem likely), but the ability to trim and edit footage almost immediately after shooting will definitely enhance the GoPro experience.

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Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

In a time where we've got our hands full with mobile email apps, there are even multiple offering from the same provider, such as the standard Gmail and alternate take "Inbox." Now Microsoft is pulling a similar move, with a lightweight, minimal function email app called Send, hitting the iPhone first. To sum it up in one sentence, Send is a bit of mix between email and instant messaging. It was also previously known as "Flow," an Outlook project that was leaked back in May.

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