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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Today a number of really awesome apps and games have gone from a few dollars on Google Play to free... also on Google Play. This includes such simple future-classics as Peach Icons, and GPS Speed Pro, as well as oddities most haven't heard of before, like Motorsport Manager. And Adventure Time - it doesn't even matter which app it is, it's Adventure Time! No matter which way it's cut, there's one massive number of radical bits and pieces out in the Google Play App Store right this minute - and we've got the best on a list right here and now.

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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram has announced that it will start blurring photos determined to be ‘sensitive’ in nature so that they don’t appear as-in in users’ feeds. This move is designed to make Instagram a ‘safe environment’ for users who may not want to see the sensitive content, though that content itself isn’t in violation of the company’s rules. The same blurring effect will be applied to videos that Instagram decides are sensitive in nature.

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Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Starting this week, users of both Android and iPhone (or iPad) devices will see a change in Facebook Messenger. In the app they'll be able to converse with their friends and associates in a brand new way. While before, Emoji icons were allowed to be plugged in and seen, now Reactions are available too. Mentions are also about to become available to the masses - just in case I'm speaking about someone that I need to link to.

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Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

As of mid-day yesterday, Shiny Pokemon GO monster are live - they're out there, released, in the wild! Today we're getting down to brass tacks on all the details that are available in the game - in the code - and in the mix for the near future. Users will be able to participate in the Shiny Pokemon GO madness on their own, if they wish, but to find a Shiny Pokemon without some guidance is like going out to find an orange in an apple orchard - it's possible, however unlikely!

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Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram is preparing to launch an odd feature that, perhaps, will expand the app's number of users and the way they use the service. Though traditionally used for photography and then later expanded to include video and Snapchat-like features, Instagram is now planning to give users the ability to book appointments with businesses that support the platform. The feature is a couple months away.

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Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

A couple of days ago, support for Amazon's Alexa landed on iOS by way of the Amazon shopping app. Today, we're getting similar treatment on Android, but for now, only Huawei Mate 9 owners are getting in on the action. Huawei is currently in the process of pushing out its Huawei Alexa app to Mate 9 owners in the US, unlocking Alexa functionality on those devices.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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The Pokemon GO Water Festival event begins today

The Pokemon GO Water Festival event begins today

Starting this afternoon at 1PM Pacific Time - 4PM Eastern Time - the next big Pokemon GO event will begin. This event was announced earlier today by Niantic itself in an official fashion, which means it’s not a secret in any way, shape, or form. This event will include a large amount of Water Type Pokemon - the sort that most Pokemon GO trainers are not able to access on a regular basis.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO update: a time to start over again

Today's news update to Pokemon GO has to do with the way powers are handled for a variety of monsters, including Eevee. Espeon and Umbreon might not be the best evolutions available for this always-catch-friendly Pokemon. Instead, the other three - original evolutions - of Eevee might end up being a whole lot more useful to the everyday player. For those that need to complete the Pokedex, there's still a set of secret methods for nabbing the full set of 5.

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Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram has announced the addition of a new feature that enables users to save their live videos directly to their phone once the broadcast is complete. The feature is a welcomed (and frequently requested) one that will allow users to hang on to their own formerly-live videos for future sharing or watching, even though the video itself will disappear from the app once the broadcast ends.

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Super Mario Run jogs to Android on March 23

Super Mario Run jogs to Android on March 23

iPhone users have been enjoying Super Mario Run for several month now, but Android users will be able to get in on the fun. Nintendo has finally revealed that its iconic character's mobile debut will launch on Android as version 2.0.0 on Thursday, March 23rd. First revealed at Apple's iPhone 7 event back in September, Super Mario Run has been exclusive to iOS since its release in December, with Nintendo promising it would come to Android in the months to follow.

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