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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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Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

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Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

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The Sims 4 update frees up gender customization options

The Sims 4 update frees up gender customization options

The Sims 4 has received a free update that is removing gender customization options, allowing for players to set up a more diverse range of Sims that express the features they want. If you want a female Sim with a manly walking style, a male Sim with a feminine voice, or any other arrangement, this update makes it possible.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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