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VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

VHS Camcorder app review: strikingly simple

How hard would it be to make an app that accurately recreates a VHS camcorder in a smartphone? That's the question the folks at Rarevision asked themselves when they set about making the VHS Camcorder app for iPhone. What we've got here is the app itself - an app that describes itself with four words: "Best. Throwback. Videos. Ever." Rarevision also suggests that you'll be able to "impress that girl you're obsessed with by using our app to convince her you built a time machine."

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Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Comcast’s live-streaming app now available for Xfinity customers

Back in May, Comcast began a limited test of a mobile app that let users stream video from their smartphone to not only other phone users, but to TVs at home and the homes other subscribers. Called Xfinity Share, the app proved to be fairly popular, and now Comcast has made it available to all Xfinity customers. The app is free on both iOS and Android, and the only requirement for recipients of the stream is that they have an X1 DVR-ready set-top box.

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These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

These Google “bloat” apps are leaving new Android devices

Requirements for apps on new Google-approved Android devices are changing, reducing the number of apps needed right out of the box. This news comes from the manufacturing section of the device chain, from a set of requirements set by Google for manufacturers that wish to release Android devices with any of Google's key apps - including Gmail and Google Play. This change will have no effect on carrier apps, unfortunately - we'll still be seeing the crushing weight of red, yellow, blue, and pink apps as pushed by carriers here in the USA.

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Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Android Wear Translate makes your watch a live language expert

Today Google has updated Android Wear with Translate, an app which allows you to speak to your watch and see a translation instantly. This app works with 44-languages, harvesting language knowledge from the Google Translate library. Once you choose a language, speaking to your watch will result in instant translations in text form. Once you've read what you need to read, you can flip your wrist to see the other of the two languages you've chosen.

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Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

Giphy Cam makes Instagram and Vine look elderly

This week the folks at the GIF search engine Giphy have re-entered the age of apps. They'd be included in keyboard apps and certainly had been used by mobile users before in web browsers, but with the Giphy Cam, the Giphy crew grow up. They grow up at the same time as they remain childish with a lovely collection of cartoon overlays for the gifs you're about to make. This app captures moving images with your phone and makes gifs of them, fully pumped up and prepared for sharing on all platforms.

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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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Google Photos update brings three much-needed features

Google Photos update brings three much-needed features

Google has updated their Google Photos app for Android devices this afternoon to version 1.3. This app now works with several feature updates, including the ability to move around photos in albums - changing their order, that is. You can also now sign in as a Google+ Page, a must-have feature for those users with businesses represented on the social network. This version of Google Photos also lets you begin to edit video - not much, but a little. You'll be able to trim video, for starters.

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YouTube Live isn’t just on the Galaxy Note 5

YouTube Live isn’t just on the Galaxy Note 5

Today Sony updated their app "Live on YouTube" prompting many non-Sony Xperia device owners to realize that the app Live on YouTube existed in the first place. While YouTube may be making a new initiative to take on services like Periscope with a "YouTube Live Broadcast" integration feature on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Live YouTube apps are already out on the market. Sony's newest update makes theirs one of the best and most well-working out right this minute.

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iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

With no announcement whatsoever, Apple has just added a new feature to iCloud.com, the browser version of its cloud storage service, that has it rivaling Dropbox just a tad: the ability to restore recently deleted files. Unfortunately, the feature isn't exactly easy to find, buried in the Advanced Settings menu, so most iCloud users may not even notice it exists. Should they find it though, they'll be able to restore documents and other files, in addition to recently deleted contacts and calendar entries.

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Evernote updates web app with cleaner, faster interface

Evernote updates web app with cleaner, faster interface

Following a series of beta tests since last October, Evernote has finally started rolling out a fresh new interface for its web app this week. The overall look is intended to provide users with a "distraction-free" environment, thanks to a user interface that is both faster and cleaner. Evernote mentions that it's not trying to replicate the experience of its already existing desktop apps, but it also seems to be more than a little inspired by the editor from web writing platform Medium.

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Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

Google launches “Android Experiments” for your phone, watch, and tablet

This morning Google launched (officially, this time) Android Experiments, a collection of apps for Android smartphones and tablets. Google suggests that these "experiments" celebrate creativity and code on Android - and they've got the hand-picked collection credentials to prove it. Every app in the Android Experiments gallery has been chosen by Google specifically because they embody the aim of this project. Google wants developers to "push the limits of what's possible on phones, tablets, watches, and beyond."

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Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

The app Picpal takes real-time selfie-collages with an app that amps up the entertainment and ease of use presented in Snapchat. With this app, users take a snap of themselves with their phone and send it off to one or more friends. Those friends have a limited time to respond. When they do respond, they take a photo with their device that is then added to the collage. What results is an awesome piece of media that's unique to this new social networking experience.

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