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The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The first day you own an Apple Watch is a strange one, to be sure. You're not really sure if you want to stick with the software you get on the device right out the box, or if you want to dive in with a collection of apps that's already over 3,000 strong. As it were, there are a number of apps we'd love to suggest you start out with. Nothing too hardcore just yet, just the essentials. This is the Day 1 Essential Mix.

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App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

It's time to have a peek at exactly how many apps are being released to the Apple Watch at "launch" this week with the new App Store for Apple Watch. What is an "App Store for Apple Watch", you might ask? It's basically a category within the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. You can also access this category for the Apple Watch specifically through iTunes on your desktop computer. This "Apps for Apple Watch" section has not yet been released in its entirety to the full Apple software system.

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Bento Android Launcher: learning you, loving you

Bento Android Launcher: learning you, loving you

The latest in Android home screen replacement software comes in the form of Bento, an app that'll aim to learn from you and give you what you want based on its own smart algorithm. "Oh Bento, what would I do without you?" This is the chatter of the enamored Bento user, one that's not satisfied with Google Now or competing services we've spoken about before. What does this launcher do for you? It takes the place of your brain's decision-making center, telling you what you'll enjoy.

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Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Google recently released a new update to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing the app to take advantage of some of the newer iOS 8 features. Overall, the app has several new improvements that make it easier to use, including some new gestures, but most prominent are the browser's new widget for the Today section of Notification Center, as well as support for new app extensions. This update brings Chrome for iOS up to version 42, and is already available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

Google makes the most of touch with “Games You Can Feel”

This afternoon Google has revealed a new category for special haptic feedback-friendly games on Google Play. Inside the app store you'll find a small set of games with touch feedback, this creating the first-ever collection of this sort of games in the history of games. This section is called "Games you can feel," and it's live now. It's a tiny launch, as it were, but it's here - and it has Google working in direct collaboration with the folks at haptic technology group Immersion.

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Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Two different Halo games have been released by Microsoft to the iOS device ecosystem this week. The first is Halo: Spartan Assault, a top-down action battle sort of game - the other is... another game with nearly the same title and almost identical gameplay. That'll be Halo: Spartan Strike. Both games include 30 levels of gameplay and have the same price point. Note - if you will - that these aren't the same sort of game that you'll be playing in first person on your Xbox One - they're a completely different sort of Halo.

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Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard’s ‘Hearthstone’ arrives on iOS and Android

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the launch of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Android and iOS, bringing the strategy card game to mobile users. The interface has been rehashed so that it is better aligned with the needs of small displays, while the game itself is promised to be easy to learn and fast when played. Those who have been using the tablet, Windows, or Mac OS X versions of the game will find the smartphone version to be largely similar, including the different content and features available through those software packages.

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Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Amazon has pushed out a new Kindle for Android update, and with it comes the Word Wise feature, as well as a handful of other changes that round out the overall product. Word Wise allows users to have definitions for hard words automatically displayed above the word, aiding in the reading process without slowing the user down. Other features include the ability to make flash cards and improved manga navigation, among others. Also coming with the update are some bug fixes.

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Photojojo Disposable Camera app hits iPhone

Photojojo Disposable Camera app hits iPhone

There's a photo store by the name of Photojojo, one that's taken advantage of the change-over from analog to digital every step of the way. Now they're going retro. Now they've got a so-called "disposable camera" app that prints photos for you from Photojojo's own printing facilities, sending them to you in the mail after you've taken said photos. Just like a normal disposable camera (which do still exist, mind you), but easier. With big card prints for you, just like your parents held so dear. So very hipster of you.

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Windows 10: first look at new Mail, Calendar apps

Windows 10: first look at new Mail, Calendar apps

As the future release of Windows 10 draws nearer, Microsoft continues to make progress by releasing regular updates to its preview program. As is often the case in these situations, test users turn up settings and features that won't be fully fleshed out until a later version of the preview. But sometimes, entire version builds are leaked into the wild early, offering first looks at revamped designs and new apps. That appears to be what's happened with Windows 10, as we're seeing some of the first images of the operating system's new Mail and Calendar apps.

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