Apps

Pokemon Pass app gets surprise launch for in-game promos

Pokemon Pass app gets surprise launch for in-game promos

Oftentimes, Nintendo will give run special promotions with retail partners in which it gives away rare or mythical Pokemon. These promotions typically require you to head into a retail store and pick up a code card, which can then be redeemed through Mystery Gift in internet-capable Pokemon games. Nintendo has decided to make the process a little more streamlined by introducing a new app called Pokemon Pass, which is available today for free on both Android and iOS.

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Why the Moment camera app is trending today

Why the Moment camera app is trending today

There's a camera app called Moment that's out for iOS and Android this week, and it's trending like mad amongst both parties. We've been using the app since inception, and this is the biggest update either version (iOS or Android) has had since the start. Moment, you see, isn't just a camera app, it's a mobile lens ecosystem. ...AND a camera app.

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Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger gets desktop apps, Instagram and WhatsApp integration

Facebook Messenger is getting a desktop app for Mac and Windows, addressing one of the biggest complaints about the IM platform, as the company meshes its three messaging services. Announced at F8 2019, the social networking company's developer focused event, today, the new app will bring Facebook's newest version of Messenger to a standalone app, rather than forcing desktop users to access it in the browser.

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BlackBerry Android apps are also disappearing soon

BlackBerry Android apps are also disappearing soon

With all the talk about LG, HTC, and Sony's phone businesses being in trouble, there is one brand that has seemingly been ignored. To be fair, BlackBerry has long surrendered its phone-making business to TCL but its name still used to ring in Android circles. The last news we heard from its wasn't good, with BlackBerry Messenger announced to be going away. It won't be alone, at least, as BlackBerry's other Android apps are reportedly riding off into the sunset as well.

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Tasker v5.7 levels up the Android automation game

Tasker v5.7 levels up the Android automation game

Automation on iOS has recently received a lot of publicity when Apple bought the popular automation platform Workflow and later relaunched it as Shortcuts. But while Workflow/Shortcuts is admittedly easier to get into for beginners, they are still severely limited by iOS itself. In contrast, Android users have long had greater control and, thanks to the latest version 5.7 release, Tasker offers even more ways for them to perform multiple actions with a single click or even speak in a more natural voice.

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Action Launcher v40 brings new search powers to Android

Action Launcher v40 brings new search powers to Android

Once upon a time, home screen widget and replacements were all the rage on Android. These days, most Android users have settled on just a few app launchers and even fewer widgets, many of which seem to settle for being a "better Pixel launcher". There are a few that do try to build an identity and brand of their own, which is exactly what the latest version of Action Launcher is trying to achieve. But, in doing so, it may ironically come off as trying to out-Google Google instead.

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Google Assistant gets ‘Tell Me a Story’ feature on Android and iOS

Google Assistant gets ‘Tell Me a Story’ feature on Android and iOS

Just in time for the national Tell A Story Day comes an expansion of Google Assistant's storytelling ability: "Tell Me a Story" is now available through Assistant on iOS and Android. With this feature, mobile users can have Google read them a tale using the simple command, "Hey Google, tell me a bedtime story." Users located in the US have a little extra feature on top of it.

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Plex expands TIDAL features with Artist TV music video streaming

Plex expands TIDAL features with Artist TV music video streaming

Home media center software Plex has been updated with new features related to the music streaming service TIDAL, which arrived on the platform back in November. Under the support, TIDAL subscribers and Plex Pass holders can stream the service's entire music catalog from within the Plex app, something that has been expanded to include Artist TV, which apparently enables users to directly play music videos.

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Google Duo group calling rolls out but only in select regions

Google Duo group calling rolls out but only in select regions

If the defunct Allo was supposed to be Google's answer to Apple's iMessage, the still existing Duo is its response to FaceTime. If that's the case, it's only fitting that it should have a Group FaceTime feature, too right? Particularly with the privacy bugs. That definitely seems to be the case with a group calling feature that has started to roll out. There are, however, to catches that could dampen some user's excitement.

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Chrome Data Saver extension for desktop is being shuttered

Chrome Data Saver extension for desktop is being shuttered

Web pages today are a far cry from their ancestors. Many of them offer rich experiences that come at a literal price of data consumption and load times. That is why Google developed a Data Saver feature for Chrome to help ease the burden at the expense of sending your web traffic through Google's servers. Despite calling it a success, Google is ironically killing that feature for Chrome on the desktop while giving it a new name on Android.

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Google Photos now shows which images and videos aren’t backed up

Google Photos now shows which images and videos aren’t backed up

Google has released an update for Google Photos on Android that makes the image app compatible with foldable devices, such as the new Galaxy Fold. That change isn't terribly exciting for consumers, but the second one is: Google Photos now shows indicators on images and videos that haven't been backed up yet, making it easy for users to see what needs uploaded.

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Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

Instagram prototype hides likes for better focus on content

These days, social media can feel less like a useful way to keep in touch with friends and family and more like a popularity contest fueled by influencers and celebrities who attempt to get as big a reaction as possible on everything they post. Instagram may be looking to change that behavior, as it's experimenting with a new feature that will hide likes to everyone but the person who published the post in question.

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