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Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a nifty -- if not limited -- little gadget, supplementing one's smartphone with a bit of wearable convenience. The folks over at ars technica have given it a spin in a different way, however, sideloading regular Android apps onto it and finding it fairly capable of running them. Not all apps will run on the device, of course, but some of the lesser-demanding offerings can with a simple tweak.

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Google Glass Glassware native apps off to sporty start with Thuuz

Google Glass Glassware native apps off to sporty start with Thuuz

Thuuz has released a Glassware version of its sports tracking app for fans who want to keep close tabs on their favorite teams while wearing Google Glass. This Glassware lets users set their favorite teams, subscribe to professional sports journalists and "super fans" who know their stuff, and get alerts when there's an especially exciting sports moment happening that they might want to tune in to.

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Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

If you've seen the likes of the Apple Volume Purchase Program in the past, you're likely part of an Education or Enterprise-based organization, and you've likely wished they had the same program for Mac Apps as well. While this program had only worked with iOS-based apps and books in volume in the past, Apple has issued a note to developers today letting them know about a Mac-aimed program appearing soon. This Mac Apps for education and enterprise program will work with the same sort of setup - purchasing apps in bulk for a discount then distributing them to students, administrators, teachers, and employees.

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Zepp 3D motion sensor helps improve tennis, baseball, and golf swings

Zepp 3D motion sensor helps improve tennis, baseball, and golf swings

There are sensors on the market that are designed specifically to help golfers improve their swing. Earlier this year we mentioned one called the GolfSense designed specifically to interface with your smartphone help you get better at golf. A new product has surfaced from a company called Zepp Labs with versions designed to help golfers, baseball players, and tennis players.

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Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

Instagram advertisements to run alongside photos and video

As Instagram is, as they say, "a growing business", they've decided that it's finally time to take charge of their own destiny with a variety of advertisements throughout the feeds of users. In an announcement this week, the folks at Instagram responsible for letting the public know what's going on in their free and publically available app have suggested that they're aiming to make this transition as easy as possible, easing in to the program with "brand that are already great members of the Instagram community."

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Chrome for Android beta gains web apps with “Install to Homescreen”

Chrome for Android beta gains web apps with “Install to Homescreen”

If you're the type of person who is following along with Google's development of Chrome in all its forms - mobile, web browser, and operating system, you'll be excited to see the Android iteration getting web app integration in Beta form this week. Starting with version number 31, Android's iteration of Chrome in Beta will allow full-screen apps to appear without seeing the everyday average surroundings of the Chrome browser itself. These apps can also be bookmarked as icons on the homescreens of an Android smartphone or tablet.

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PayPal now accepted as payment method on Samsung Apps and Samsung Hub stores

PayPal now accepted as payment method on Samsung Apps and Samsung Hub stores

PayPal has announced that it is now offered as a payment option on the Samsung Apps and Samsung Hub stores. The move means that consumers can use PayPal to purchase their favorite content via the Samsung stores such as apps, books, and other content types. Millions of people around the world have PayPal accounts, adding this as a payment option for consumers is a good thing.

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Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

Ushahidi crowdmapping software reveals silenced Sudanese civil unrest

In Sudan, reports from the ground are grim. Demonstrations in Madani and the nation's capitol Khartoum against the Sudanese government for its alleged involvement in the ongoing economic crisis have turned bloody, according to reports by citizen journalists. Government forces backed by President Omar al Bashir have been firing into crowds, killing some. Brick-and-mortar news organizations have been shuttered. The Internet has been shut down in an effort to silence protesters. None of this would be known outside the country were it not for a local implementation, "Abena", of a crowdmapping platform called Ushahidi.

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Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft will reportedly merge its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into a unified app store, something that has been anticipated for a while now. While details are sparse, the sources who provided the information say it was made in an announcement to Microsoft employees earlier today by Microsoft's operating systems group's head Terry Myserson.

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Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

This week the teams behind several of Google's key apps for Android have ushered in updates that tie the family together closer, ushering in an environment ripe for a new operating system iteration. That new version is, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat, and considering Google has been ushering in the press on the subject so readily over the past couple of weeks, there's little doubt that this system is far from ready for prime-time. This weeks' app updates include Gmail for Android, Hangouts for Android, and Google Now - through Google Search, of course.

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