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AC editors' apps of the week: Navi Watch Face, Spring, Bitmoji and more

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 01:22 PM PDT

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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Google releases new Project Loon update video

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 12:40 PM PDT


Google's Project Loon continues development from an audacious goal to use balloons to provide Internet service to areas traditionally un- or under-served to being a reality that provides service to 2 out of 3 Internet users. In their latest video about Project Loon, the Google team talks about how they have been working to ramp up their capabilities for a mass deployment.

Some of the challenges discussed in the video include things like the manufacture and launch of the balloons. When the project first start, producing a working balloon was a long process that frequently involved hunts for leaks. Now, the company is able to produce a functional balloon in a matter of hours. Likewise, Project Loon has improved the launch schedule from one balloon per day to a dozen.

You can check out the full video below on the status of Project Loon.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: +Project Loon

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Google Wallet balances to get FDIC protection

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 12:18 PM PDT

Google Wallet

If you use Google Wallet and keep a balance of funds available in your account, Google is taking steps to help make things a little bit safer for you. Google is now moving funds stored in Google Wallet accounts into FDIC-insured bank accounts. Hopefully this extra insurance would never be something users have to take advantage of, but if they do they now have insurance up to $250,000 on the funds on deposit.

Normally users would not keep a balance in Google Wallet, using the service merely as a pass-through mechanisms. This is similar to how other services like PayPal operate. However, it is possible for users to end up with balances in their account. Sometimes this may be intentional as the user wants funds to be available in the account. Other times it may be because the user has assumed funds would be moved automatically.

Google Wallet competitors like PayPal and Venmo currently do not offer to put user funds in FDIC-insured institutions. However, PayPal does offer zero liability protection against fraud which would cover most typical situations where a user's funds might be at risk.

Does the addition of this extra layer of protection make you more likely to use Google Wallet?

source: Yahoo! Finance

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Journey to the Core!

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 10:52 AM PDT

Well well! Would you look at that! It's dream.make.play's first game! A top down retro style action packed shooter unlike anything you've played before! Ever since you picked up your first copy of Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" you've wondered "what exactly is down there? and how do I get there... View Article

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One Avenger is curiously absent from Samsung's top theme

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 09:22 AM PDT

You can get any Avenger you want in Samsung's new Theme Engine, as long as that character is a dude.

Samsung's marketing deal with Disney/Marvel includes, among many other things, a special spot at the top of the Theme app for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. These Avengers themes aren't wildly different from the other themes Samsung offers, save for the giant "only in theaters" branding for the upcoming Age of Ultron in at least one of the two wallpapers that come with each theme.

But if you're looking for the complete Avengers roster — as far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the end of the first Avengers film is concerned — you'll find one character missing.

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From the Editor's Desk: Some spring predictions ...

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 08:24 AM PDT

It's a dreary Sunday here on the Gulf Coast. Or a perfect time for a few unsolicited predictions.

Some of these will be a little obvious. Some less so. All, however, come without any inside knowledge. Maybe I'll be right. Maybe I won't be. I'll sleep fine either way.

So let's get to it.

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Save 47% today on see-through hybrid covers for the Note 4

Posted: 19 Apr 2015 06:07 AM PDT

If you're seeking protection from drops and scratches while showing off the original look of your Note 4, this hybrid cover from Amzer is an excellent choice. There's no unnecessary bulk — just a clean and simple case that's easy to keep in your pocket. It comes in black or white and is only $7.95 today.

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T-Mobile HTC One M9 update brings improvements to camera and BlinkFeed

Posted: 18 Apr 2015 06:48 PM PDT

Remember that One M9 update that HTC recently teased, saying that it would bring camera improvements? Well, it looks like it's now starting to roll out.

T-Mobile has updated its HTC One M9 support page to show that a new update is now going out to the device. The update weighs in at 88MB and includes some unspecified "camera improvements" as well as improvements to BlinkFeed and the general Sense user experience.

Neither HTC nor T-Mobile are getting into specifics about the camera improvements that are included in this update, but I'm sure that One M9 owners will take whatever enhancements that they can get. If you've got a T-Mobile One M9 laying around, you can snag this update by heading into Settings > About > Software updates > Check now. Once you're done, you should find yourself on software version 1.32.531.33.

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DashClock Is Back With New (Materialized) Beta

Posted: 18 Apr 2015 04:51 PM PDT


Roman Nurik, a Design Advocate at Google, launched the DashClock Widget back in early 2013. It's an extremely versatile, modular widget that - by default - supports things like time, weather, unread Gmail messages, and alarms. But its modular nature is the real selling point. Users can add extensions for apps they're already using, allowing a lot of information from disparate and unrelated apps to be displayed in one handy widget.

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DashClock Is Back With New (Materialized) Beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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