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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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Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

In terms of a third-party app achieving success on a smartphone platform, there's probably nothing better than getting set as the default application for a specific task, whether it's the browser, email client, or messaging service. That's why Microsoft has scored a big win with its latest beta of digital assistant Cortana for Android, as users can choose it over the built-in Google Now. This comes shortly after the initial beta rollout of Cortana for Android.

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Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

Stagefright Detector App released for Android, warns if device is vulnerable

With all the details coming out about Stagefright, the new Android vulnerability that could hijack your device, Android users are right to be concerned. While Google has released a patch, it's currently only available for Nexus devices. Almost everyone else is still at risk. Fortunately, the folks at Zimperium, the company that first discovered the Stagefright bug, have released the Stagefright Detector App to help keep users informed on whether their phone is still vulnerable.

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HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

HBO Now adds Chromecast support on iOS & Android

Good news today for Google Chromecast owners that have been craving their favorite HBO shows: the HBO Now service has added support for streaming to the TV dongle. The new feature comes via app updates for both iOS and Android versions of HBO Now, which are already available on their respective app marketplaces. HBO Now was first launched on iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad earlier this year, and quickly gained popularity, followed by its arrival on Android only a few weeks ago.

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iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

Signly, a new keyboard app for iOS, offers something that almost no other app does: the ability for deaf users to type and communicate with sign language. The app comes from ASLized, a US nonprofit group, and was created with the help of deaf people, and uses American Sign Language (ASL). Typing is done with hand gestures making different signs, in a style similar to the default emoji on iOS. There are even options to change the hand's skin color, much like the recent iOS update that did the same to face and hand emojis.

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Microsoft Outlook goes to Apple Watch with app update

Microsoft Outlook goes to Apple Watch with app update

More and more third-party email apps for iOS are expanding with Apple Watch support, and now Microsoft's Outlook is joining the party. An update was released yesterday for Outlook for iOS, adding an Apple Watch app which gives users the ability to read more of a mail from a notification, as well as reply directly from the wearable. In addition to the inbox management features, there's also access to upcoming events on the calendar.

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Google Slides now works with video calls

Google Slides now works with video calls

This morning Google updated their "Google Slides" functionality for mobile and desktop devices to work on video calls. This system recently added functionality for Chromecast and Apple's Airplay, now they're bringing the slides presentation system to the remote viewing world. Users on Android smartphones or tablets will see a "video call" option when they tap the "Present" button in Google Slides starting this week.

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Twitter app on iPhone 6 Plus now offers landscape mode

Twitter app on iPhone 6 Plus now offers landscape mode

The official Twitter app for iOS has just rolled out a new option for landscape mode, however it's only for iPhone 6 Plus users. The view is very similar to app's iPad UI, offering a new compose tweet view and a wider interface when navigating the timeline and direct messages. The landscape option doesn't seem to be available to every iPhone 6 Plus user just yet, as Twitter seeming to be rolling it out in stages.

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Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

WhatsApp competitor Viber has updated both its Android and iOS apps with a bunch of improvements and new features, the most notable of which is the improved voice and video quality that, despite being better than ever, keeps data usage to a minimum. As with Facebook's Messenger and other similar apps, Viber allows users to make calls among themselves, eschewing using up minutes and, if you're on Wi-Fi, precious data. With this update, calls over 2G snap up only 84KBs of data per minute.

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Dashlane comes to Apple Watch with one-touch password changes

Dashlane comes to Apple Watch with one-touch password changes

Popular password management service Dashlane has just released an update for its iOS app that introduces Apple Watch compatibility. While looking up and reading passwords from your wrist is hardly ideal, it's Dashlane's flagship feature — one-touch password changer — that makes the Apple Watch app shine. That tool is how Dashlane differentiates itself from managers like 1Password and LastPass, automatically changing and updating passwords on websites with the touch of a single button.

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Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

In unique choice of platform, Apple has used messaging/social media app Snapchat to share several videos offering a behind-the-scenes look at the studios of its Beats 1 radio service, a primary feature of Apple Music. Posted from the Snapchat account name "applemusic," the videos mark a new form of promotion from Apple, letting users see the Beats 1 studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and introducing DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden.

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