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Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam Lite for Android targets those with modest data, storage

Shazam has announced the launch of a new app for Android called “Shazam Lite.” As with Facebook Lite and other similar apps, Shazam Lite does not require as much storage space on the device, and it doesn’t use up as much data, making it ideal for those with low-end handsets and limited data plans. The lite version of the Shazam app requires less than a single megabyte of storage space.

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GIPHY Cam arrives on Android with GIF recording, fun editing tools

GIPHY Cam arrives on Android with GIF recording, fun editing tools

A short while after making the beta available, GIPHY Inc. has officially launched GIPHY Cam in the Google Play Store, making it available to all Android users. GIPHY Cam is just about the most fun and simple way to make creative GIFs with your phone, offering an interface not unlike what you find in Vine, but with its own flavors. After holding the record button to film a short looping GIF, users can spice it up with stickers, amusing animations, and more.

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Verizon Pixel phone keeps bloat apps at minimum (and totally removable)

Verizon Pixel phone keeps bloat apps at minimum (and totally removable)

You can order Google’s Pixel smartphone from Verizon, and if you do, you’ll find a relatively modest set of 'bloatware' apps on it, namely three Verizon apps as well as a handful of other pre-installed offerings. If this isn’t to your liking, don’t worry: Verizon says you can remove the apps if you don't want them, meaning they present only a minimum hassle to those who care about their inclusion.

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Pokemon Go capture bonus to make it easier to catch rare Pokemon

Pokemon Go capture bonus to make it easier to catch rare Pokemon

The folks behind Pokemon Go have announced a new capture bonus that will help players increase their odds of catching rare Pokemon. All players are getting right now is a sneak peak at the new feature that will be coming later. The new feature has a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokemon such as Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.

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Kohl’s Pay launches as retailer’s own mobile payment option

Kohl’s Pay launches as retailer’s own mobile payment option

Kohl’s is the latest store that has decided to make its own mobile payment system and it’s called, you guessed it, Kohl’s Pay. Much like Walmart Pay and CVS Pay, Kohl’s Pay enables shoppers to pay for their items using their phone and saved card data rather than using the card itself, allowing them to carry just their phone around rather than their phone and a wallet.

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Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Earlier this year, Facebook began testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Initially the feature was only available to a select number of users, but that's been changing over the past few weeks, with Facebook rolling Secret Conversations out to every Messenger user - all 900 million of them.

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Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the entire world and Zepp has a new way to track player stats and bring more insight into the game. The new system is called Zepp Play Soccer and it uses a sensor that is worn in a calf sleeve by players and an app on the sidelines to track player stats and create real-time game reports using auto-clip tech. The company says that the system is perfect for all skill levels and the sensor tracks stat on sprints, kicks, and total active time.

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Streaming game trials rolling out in Google Play Store

Streaming game trials rolling out in Google Play Store

One of the most annoying things for mobile gamers who like to play on their smartphone is downloading a free or purchased game only to find out it's terrible a few minutes into play and delete the game. To help users find games they really like Google began to support streaming samples of games in December of 2015 but the catch was that the streaming was only for certain apps. As of today, the ability to try games via streaming before you buy has begun to roll out to more games.

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Apple Pay lands in Russia with partners MasterCard and Sberbank

Apple Pay lands in Russia with partners MasterCard and Sberbank

In early September we first got word that Apple Pay would be rolling out in Russia this fall. At the same time word surface that Apple Pay would also be coming to Japan and New Zealand this fall as well. As of today, Apple Pay has landed in Russia with cooperation from MasterCard and Sberbank.

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Oakley Radar Pace uses Intel tech to coach athletes in real-time

Oakley Radar Pace uses Intel tech to coach athletes in real-time

Oakley is one of the biggest names in sunglasses and it has teamed up with Intel on a new project aimed specifically at athletes. The new sunglasses are called the Radar Pace and have an integrated real-time voice activated coaching system inside. The Pace glasses create dynamic and personalized training programs, track performance, coaches in real time and responds to spoken questions from the user.

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Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Citing the fact that 450 million Facebook users are participating in buy and sell groups each month, Facebook has decided to roll out a new feature called Marketplace. This new feature seems to be taking aim at Craigslist, offering location-based discovery instead of a general online storefront where people can sell to anyone anywhere in the world.

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Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook wants everyone to use its social network and to use its apps. The problem for users on Android in some countries is that their connections are slow and it makes using the full-blown version of Facebook messenger a bit tedious. To help fix that issue Facebook has announced that it has a new Messenger Lite stand-alone app that will be for Android devices.

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