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Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Overnight the newest Material Design-friendly Google Play has come across the early release boards ready for installation. This app will be ready for download by most users on the newest versions of Android immediately if not soon. It’ll be coming with an extra-flat design consistent with the rest of Android L, the system you’ll be getting on the newest smartphones over the next year. Or on forward-thinking smartphones you’ve purchased over the past year that've promised an Android L update as you please, thank you.

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Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype for Mac 7.0 and Windows preview feature redesign

Skype took to its blog yesterday to introduce Skype for Mac 7.0 and a preview of the newest Skype for Windows version, both of which chiefly feature a redesign intended to further unified all the Skype products. The new design drags in design elements familiar to the mobile version, providing a more consistent Skyping experience regardless of which version you're using in the moment. This follows the Skype for Fire Phone version that rolled out this past summer for Amazon's new smartphone.

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Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip update ushers in spreadsheet integration

Quip, for those unfamiliar, is a self-proclaimed "productivity suite" that spans across devices, allowing teams to share documents and messages, among other things. Businesses are one of its targeted user bases, and as of yesterday they now have another functionality available: spreadsheets integration. While a simple update, it expands the usefulness of the service greatly, especially for those users who need to share more than mere words. The feature is more convenient than attaching spreadsheets, and says Quip, it furthers the company's vision of having everything in a single place.

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Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Xbox One custom homescreen update conceptualized

Your homescreen, desktop, or whatever you want to call it on your Xbox One is about to become a whole lot brighter. According to Xbox head Phil Spencer, Microsoft is working on allowing customizability in the user interface for Xbox One. This system would allow custom backgrounds, full themes, color changes, and more. While we’re not certain when this release will be, hearing it from Spencer himself leads us to believe that it’ll be a real-deal release in the near future.

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Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

Xbox One custom backgrounds confirmed by Phil Spencer

The folks over at TiC Podcast spoke to Phil Spencer earlier today, and during the nearly 40 minute podcast they touched on a lot of topics, not the least of which is Xbox One custom backgrounds. During the talk, Spencer confirmed that such functionality will be coming to the console in due time, being joined by things like a screenshot feature and themes. When exactly they'll be arriving is still anyone's guess, but he confirmed that they are all in the works right now.

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Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo update brings Android Wear support

Endomondo has pushed out a large update for its Android users, and with it comes many big changes, perhaps the most notable of them being support for Android Wear. Requests for such support have been extensive; joining the announcement is also integration for the Samsung Gear S, adding that wearable to the already-supported Gear 2/Neo and Gear Fit. The update is available now, and Endomondo promises that it has yet another integration in the pipeline, though for which device wasn't detailed.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

This week the folks at Microsoft are making clear their intentions to create a top-level experience for the Surface Pro 3. Not that they weren’t doing so before, but now with the help of Adobe, things will become a whole lot more visual. With Adobe Creative Cloud specifically, users will be able to make the most gorgeous work they’ve ever done come to life with touch - all on the Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile Microsoft gave every Adobe MAX event attendee this week a free Surface Pro 3 - handy of them!

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Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Spotify streams John Lennon’s entire collection, Beatles still MIA

Not his entire record collection - if he had one - but every one of the records John Lennon created will be streamed by Spotify starting today. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also have albums streaming on Spotify, while The Beatles as a collective have none. Remember when it was a big deal when The Beatles were released to iTunes? Remember also when Led Zeppelin and Metallica were released to Spotify? The wave is coming - and some might believe that it’s already here. Streaming all the albums, all the artists - but The Beatles, of course.

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Alien: Isolation Review

Alien: Isolation Review

Either you’re going to love this game or you’re going to hate it. There’s a lot riding on elements of fandom, terror, and gameplay here. You really have to ask yourself a few questions before you take the plunge. We really should make a flowchart for you in deciding whether or not to allow yourself to experience this game, starting with the key - have you seen the original ALIEN film?

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