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Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Back in April we got news that the folks at AT&T were testing the Samsung Galaxy S6 for inclusion in the Android Marshmallow update. The Galaxy S7 has that as well, regardless of your carrier - now it's time for the rest of the Galaxy crew to get onboard. As of this week, AT&T subscribers will be seeing Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, at long last.

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Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox adds mobile document scanning and other productivity tools

Dropbox has been updated with new productivity tools, including the ability to scan documents with the mobile app and have them saved directly within Dropbox. The company teases that this is just the first step in a larger rollout of improved productivity features, and it’s a good way to kick things off. Joining document scanning is improved photo management, the ability to view version histories of items, more robust file sharing, and more.

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Slack Message Buttons bring other apps into your chats

Slack Message Buttons bring other apps into your chats

Slack has announced Message Buttons, making it easier for users to multitask by bringing apps directly into the chats. Buttons for a dozen apps have been added and are ready to use, and Slack says we’ll be seeing apps for others in the Slack App Directory in the future. Three of the currently-available Message Buttons are for Abacus, Greenhouse, and Trello.

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VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VideoLAN has released VLC 2.0 for Android, the first major release in more than six months. The 2.0 version is described as a major update, and it brings with its many new features, including popup-video view, faster decoding, updated format and codecs support, video playlists, and many more. The updated app is available to download from the Google Play Store now.

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Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google has made two-step verification easier with a new prompt that simply requires a tap — tap “Deny” to block an attempted sign-in, or tap “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve it. This is optional -- if you really prefer codes, you can still receive them instead. By enabling it, though, getting into your own account, or keeping someone out, is faster than it has ever been.

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Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

The Google Calendar Android app has been updated with a new feature that first arrived in Calendar for Work and Education -- it can pinpoint times when you're free, making it easier to set up appointments. The feature can be used with specific dates, as well, so you can quickly find the right open time slot for your needs. Google announced the new feature this week, and you can get it now in version 5.5.7 via the Google Play Store.

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ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

The excess of settings available with ADW Launcher 2.0 is absolutely insane. It's as if the creators of this app decided to take everything Google recommends about keeping in line with their Material Design language and threw it directly out the window. You can do basically anything you want with this launcher, up to and including making your Android smartphone or tablet look like a masterpiece - or an absolute mess. That's on you.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 gets “professional audio” support

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 gets “professional audio” support

NVIDIA has traditionally been seen as a "good citizen" when it comes to the speed and frequency of rolling out Android updates and this latest one cements that image. No, there isn't a new Android version released (unless you count the new Android N Preview, but that's another story). That, however, isn't stopping NVIDIA from pushing out an update to the SHIELD Tablet K1 that could still delight owners. The update is short but substantial, giving users the ability to split navigation buttons and adding support for hi-res audio.

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Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook has announced that Messenger for Android now allows users to send and receive SMS messages directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle away from it whenever a new text message comes in. Some users have already seen this feature as part of Facebook's testing -- rumor had it in February that we'd see SMS return to Messenger soon, in fact -- and for everyone else, it arrives today.

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August Doorbell Cam will get Apple HomeKit capabilities this fall

August Doorbell Cam will get Apple HomeKit capabilities this fall

The August Doorbell Cam will soon have Apple HomeKit capabilities, the company has announced, joining the August Smart Lock, which already has HomeKit support. The new HomeKit features will be made available to Doorbell Cam some time this upcoming late Fall season; they’ll rollout to existing customers via an automatic software update, the company says, and it’ll be free.

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Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

The last few Netflix for iOS updates have resulted in the same outcry: where is picture-in-picture support for all the iPad owners desperate to use it? Why hasn't it been added? Was Netflix purposely ignoring its users' requests? There was gnashing of teeth. People anguished. That ends today, though. Netflix has released an update for its iOS app that adds, among other things, support for picture-in-picture on the iPad.

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Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Today Google has delivered their latest Android Distribution chart showing how the newest versions of the platform are reaching the masses. Together, Android 5.x Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow have a 33.1% increase over this same market point last year. That means two things - first, that Android devices continue to sell well new around the world. Second, that there's a large number of Android lovers out there updating their devices as often as possible.

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