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SwiftKey 6 beta brings double word predictions and more

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 02:25 PM PDT

SwiftKey is getting another huge update, the biggest since the SwiftKey 5 update last year that made the keyboard free. It may not be as big as that, but it's still pretty significant.

The biggest change is the addition of double word predictions. The keyboard is now able to predict two words at once, making typing with the predictions much faster. This is available for over 100 languages, every one that SwiftKey supports.

Smaller changes are a new emoji panel, a new light carbon theme, and a revamped settings menu (which hasn't been done since 2010). The new settings should be a great touch.

SwiftKey 6 is now available in beta form for people to check out, and the final update will roll out to everyone soon after. If you want to check out the beta, hit the source link!


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Thursday App And Game Sales: Worms 3, Shuttle+, Broken Age, And More

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 02:21 PM PDT

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As you should already know, paying for things usually guarantees better things than you can get for free. That doesn't mean you have to pay a lot, though. There are some great deals on apps and games in the Play Store, so get your wallet ready.

Apps

Shuttle+ Music Player: $0.99 from $1.75

SA Contacts: $0.99 from $2.99

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: $2.31 from $4.99

TextGrabber + Translator: $4.99 from $9.99

Games

Worms 3: $2.49 from $4.99

Flockers: $1.19 from $1.99

Incredipede: $0.99 from $3.99

Spider: Rite of Shrouded Moon: $1.99 from $4.99

Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery: $1.49 from $4.99

Broken Age: $4.99 from $6.99

Star Traders RPG Elite: $0.99 from $2.99

R.B.I.

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Facebook introduces search for public posts

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 02:01 PM PDT

In my opinion, Facebook search has always been severely lacking. Sure, you can search for people and pages (though those searches don't always work so well either), but you could never search posts or what people were talking about. Facebook is changing that today.

The company has improved its search, which now supports searching public posts and posts from friends. In classic Facebook fashion, it's not as simple as it sounds. And in this case, that's a great thing. The new search allows you to search for topics, see what people are talking about, find relevant linked articles, and more. It's a more community-based search rather than just searching for specific text. Search suggestions have also been improved, so you'll get personalized suggestions for all the new stuff you can access.

Honestly, I think Facebook nailed the functionality of a public post search. Instead of turning it into a boring tool that makes you sift through info, it's a new way to find out what's going on and what people are talking about. I'm no avid user of Facebook, but I can see this being a great addition to the social network. Share your thoughts on this new feature in the comments!


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Top 10 new Android games this week: Trick Shot, Fallen

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 12:53 PM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Fallen

DescriptionTap to spin, match to win! Fallen is a beautifully minimal and shockingly fun reaction game. As you hit higher scores you'll transition through evolving worlds, with challenging pin formations, gravity strengths and adrenaline pumping music.

 

Tiny Troopers Alliance

Description:  Build and fortify your base and lead your troopers into epic real-time conflicts. Tactile controls give you full command over your infantry units, vehicles, and air units as you plot and execute lethal assaults in battles.

 

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

DescriptionThe dazzling sequel to SEGA's hit endless runner, SONIC DASH. Featuring the cast and world of the new TV series, SONIC BOOM. New and amazing 3D worlds, challenges and game play. Play as Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and Sonic's new friend, Sticks. Let's do this!

 

Prune

Description Prune is a love letter to trees. A game about the beauty and joy of cultivation. With a swipe of a finger, grow and shape your tree into the sunlight while avoiding the dangers of a hostile world. Bring life to a forgotten landscape, and uncover a story hidden deep beneath the soil.

 

Wunder Run

DescriptionInspired by the pixel art graphics and the superb hopper gameplay of top hit cubic style games, Wunder Run is an endless hopper where every blocky hero has its own level.
 Hop and jump your pixel art hero through bumpy clefts and ravines while collecting coins for your next blocky hero.

 

Ghosts of Memories

Description: In Ghosts of Memories you will explore the lands of ancient civilizations, full of undiscovered paths and mysterious puzzles based on tricky tiles. Think logically to solve all the quests and puzzles on your journey!

 

Trick Shot

DescriptionA game where all you have to do is throw a ball into a box, simple? Trick Shot is a minimalist physics puzzler with 90 levels and an infinite supply of bouncy balls to get that perfect shot.

 

Subterfuge

DescriptionSubterfuge is a week-long multiplayer game of strategy and diplomacy that plays out in real time. Gather intelligence, coordinate with other players, issue orders, and influence how the game unfolds. Master both strategy and diplomacy to come out on top.

 

Guild of Honor

DescriptionEpic battle for supremacy of the kingdom awaits you in Guild of Honor! Build up an elite army with 360 different soldiers and enter the battlefield for domination in the most massive, action-packed, mobile game on your hands!

 

Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 4

Description  Tales from the Borderlands is a five part episodic game series from the creators of The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series. Set on the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events seen in Borderlands 2, this is a story full of Borderlands' trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness.

 


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Zen Stuidios Releases Bob's Burgers, Archer, Family Guy, And American Dad Pinball Games

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 12:49 PM PDT

unnamedAre you a fan of cartoons produced, owned, and distributed by Fox Broadcasting Company?  Hey, then it's your lucky day—well, unless you don't like pinball. Zen Pinball now has tables based on Bob's Burgers, Archer, Family Guy, and American Dad.

I'm not going to insult you by going over the finer points of digital pinball games. Suffice it to say, these tables are a lot like the other ones available from the developer, except instead of having a Star Wars or Marvel theme, they're Fox cartoons.

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Chrome Beta 47 Can Show Splash Screens For Web Apps Launched From The Home Screen, Better Inform You When Downloads Are Complete, And More

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 12:35 PM PDT

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Browsers are a core part of the mobile phone experience, but I don't find them particularly exciting. I do with my browser largely what I did ten years ago: open it up, go to a URL, and scroll through the page that appears. I don't really use bookmarks or search predictions, though combining the search and location bars together was pretty nice. Custom search engines are fun too.

I say this to convey my general apathy towards covering the updates that come to web browsers.

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Chrome Beta 47 Can Show Splash Screens For Web Apps Launched From The Home Screen, Better Inform You When Downloads Are Complete, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Beautiful, Atmospheric Puzzle Game 'Prune' Springs Forth From The Play Store

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 12:17 PM PDT

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Prune is a game about planting trees, and I'm sure you think that sounds super-duper boring, but it's really not. With a swipe you can plant a tree and watch it grow toward the light. Only with your careful pruning can it grow large enough to sprout flowers and unlock the next botanical challenge.

Each level has shady areas, shafts of light, and obstacles that will knock branches from your tree.

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Spotify now supports your original Chromecast

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 12:06 PM PDT

Google announced Spotify support for Chromecast in late September. Photo: GoogleSpotify has finally rolled out support for the original Google Chromecast, allowing users to stream their favorite tunes to the TV when it's time to party. You don't need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber, either. Google announced Spotify support when it unveiled its newest Chromecasts in late September, but users could only get it on

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Instagram Releases Boomerang App To Make Brief Mini Videos That Totally Aren't GIFs

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 10:31 AM PDT

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GIFs are nothing new, but these days, they're mainstream and everywhere. That has driven big tech companies to come up with their own approaches for awkwardly animating pictures. Google automatically strings together several similar images and lets you export them as GIFs. Apple doesn't call them GIFs―they're Live Photos. Now Instagram is introduces Boomerangs, which you create using its new app called Boomerang.

Boomerang comes half a year after Layout, Instagram's last release aimed at giving people a first-party means of doing something they're already doing with their Instagram photos.

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HTC: We didn’t copy the iPhone, Apple copied us

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 10:20 AM PDT

Spot the difference.HTC has been getting a lot of stick for its brand new One A9, which looks just like another iPhone clone. But the Taiwanese company insists that the design was its own idea, and that Apple actually copied HTC's first unibody phone that was released in 2013. "We're not copying," said Jack Tong, president of HTC

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T-Mobile is offering a free Galaxy S6 until October 25

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 10:05 AM PDT

Phones are expensive, and while splitting up the cost of the device over several months can certainly help, free is generally better.

So for anyone that might want a Samsung Galaxy S6, T-Mobile is here to help. For a (very) limited time, the Magenta carrier will give you a Galaxy S6 for free through JUMP! On Demand and with the trade-in of a device. Specifically, you'll get a Galaxy S6 with $0 down and with 18 months of $0 payments. When that time period runs dry, you'll need to either return the device back to T-Mobile (and get a new one) or pay off the final payment and keep the phone to do what you whatever want with it.

Here's the list of devices that are eligible to be traded in to get the Galaxy S6 for free:

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

The carrier will also take the trade-in of other devices towards the Galaxy S6, but that will simply mean you'll pay $0 down and then $15 per month for 18 months. Typically, the Galaxy S6 goes for $24 per month, so it's certainly a deal. Here are those devices you'll need to trade in to get the device for $15 per month:

iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M8, HTC One M9, LG G3, or LG G4.

This deal will only be available between October 22 (today) until Sunday, October 25. What's more, T-Mobile will include a Samsung Galaxy Tab A for free, too, if you pick up the Galaxy S6 through this promotion. It'll be available through T-Mobile's Tablet On Us promotion, and subscribers will fork over $0 up front and then $0 per month as long as they attach a qualifying data plan to the tablet.

What do you think of the promotion?


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Samsung’s Behemoth Galaxy View Leaks In Photos

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:50 AM PDT

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Samsung's got a 'not so little" device in the works.  It's been pretty steadily leaked over the last several weeks and now we have a slew of new photos to check out.  That device, of course, is the upcoming Galaxy View, a behemoth tablet made by the Korean tech giant.

The pictures come to us via SamMobile and they appear to be official promotional images.  As you can see, this tablet is not for the faint of heart as it packs a massive 18.4″ display!  The tablet is so big that it even comes with its own handle for carrying (although I can't tell if that's built right onto the tablet or if its some sort of case)!

As for other specs, the tablet (if we can still call it that) is expected to feature a 1080p display, Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.  A large 5700 mAh battery should hopefully be enough to keep things rolling all day long.  The specs definitely aren't the most impressive and are even a bit of a let down given its massive size.  Interesting device nonetheless and it'll be even more interesting to see if this giant tablet craze catches on.

What do you guys think?  Is there a place for oversized tablets in our screen-centric world?

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Twitter Introduces Option To Embed Basic Two-Choice Polls In Your Tweets

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:32 AM PDT

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Twitter opinions are a dime a dozen. Actually, no, they're much cheaper than that. People give them out for free. Let something happen, online or off, and someone will take to Twitter to offer their two cents.

But that doesn't stop people from tweeting out questions. Understandably, sometimes you want to get a gauge of how your followers feel in particular. Thing is, most people will overlook that tweet, and you're mostly likely to get feedback from the folks who care the most, negatively or positively.

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Microsoft Parchi is a new note-taking app for those in a hurry

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:21 AM PDT

Parchi wants to help you stay productive on the go. Photo: NeowinYou know when you're rushing to catch the train or the Starbucks barista is shouting at you to collect your coffee, but you need to jot down something important before you forget it? Well, Microsoft has the perfect app for that. It's called Parchi, and it's a lightweight note-taking app that makes it faster and

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HTC Promising Every Software Update For The A9 Within 15 Days Of The Nexus’!

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:21 AM PDT

HTC unveiled their new HTC One A9 a couple days back but there was one little tid bit that I had missed during the initial announcement.  Apparently HTC is promising that unlocked versions of the One A9 (ie. those that are purchased directly from HTC) will receive "every Google SW update within 15 days of Nexus devices!"

While that all sounds wonderful, I have a really hard time seeing HTC delivering on that promise.  HTC is still utilizing their own Sense UI on the A9 which means that they have to apply that skin to each new update that comes from Google.  Unless Google is sending out the software to manufacturers way way waaaay in advance, I just can't see how HTC is going to live up to this promise.

I look forward to being proved wrong but I'm also not holding my breath on this one.

[Twitter]

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Wunderlist Revamps Its Entire Look And Gets Ready For Marshmallow Devices

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:16 AM PDT

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Getting bought by Microsoft hasn't hindered the productive folks over at Wunderlist. They're now ready to roll out an update to their Android app with a revamped interface that finally looks good enough to deserve a Material Design adjective. Its previous update had claimed that, but it was actually the bastard child of some iOS and Android design elements. This one, on the contrary, does away with the clunky design, reduces a few shadows, flattens a couple of boxes, cleans some icons, and generally looks shiny, in a faded pastel kind of way.

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Blackberry Planning To Sell Priv For $950 Unlocked!

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 09:05 AM PDT

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Yesterday we got some carrier pricing for the Blackberry Priv and today we've got some additional pricing for the the unlocked model but be warned, it isn't pretty.  The price seems to have been leaked accidentally yesterday when the Priv site went live briefly (it has since been taken down).  According to the details that surfaced, the unlocked price of the Blackberry Priv is a whopping $950!

Now I'm really hoping that that was some sort of mistake because that pricing doesn't make any sense to me.  You could very well go buy the device outright from a carrier for $800 and get it unlocked for a heck of a lot less than the $150 premium Blackberry is allegedly charging.

Even the carrier pricing of $400 on contract and $800 outright is pretty steep, particularly from a company that is struggling to gain any sort of market share.  If the Priv is Blackberry's last effort and it flops, they really only have themselves to blame.

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easyHome Turns Your Samsung Device's Physical Home Button Into A Capacitive One

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 08:46 AM PDT

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Strange as it sounds, using the physical home button on Samsung phones can be a lot of work. Tapping a capacitive or on-screen button is faster and doesn't break up the experience as much. Well, no more. There's a new app for most 2014 and 2015 Samsung devices that turns the physical button into a capacitive one, and it works surprisingly well.

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The easyHome app appears to hijack the fingerprint reader functionality to act like a button press.

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Instagram launches Boomerang to create mini videos from your burst photos

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 08:21 AM PDT

For those out there in the wild that, while taking a photo, wish they could capture the moment in a video at the same time, Instagram wants to give you the option to do just that. Kind of.

Instagram has officially launched a new app called Boomerang, which is available for free in the Google Play Store right now. With this app, users will be able to take a series of burst photos that Boomerang will automatically stitch together to create what Instagram calls a "mini video." The video will look something similar to a stop-motion piece, rather than a seamless video experience, and Boomerang will run the video on a loop, playing forward and backward so the fun never ends.

Instagram says you can shoot in portrait or landscape, and there's the ability to share the mini video to Facebook, Instagram, and others as well.

Boomerang is available right now. What do you think of the idea?


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SwiftKey Beta 6.0 Brings Double Word Prediction, Improved Emoji Panel, And An All-New Settings Menu

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 08:16 AM PDT

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It doesn't matter how many times I try other keyboards, I can never seem to find anything better than SwiftKey. I've been using it for a few years now, so I've seen nearly every evolution of the keyboard, and I dig using the beta since it gets me in on the action just a little bit earlier than the "stable" version.

Let's take today's update for example: SwiftKey is launching version 6.0 of its keyboard into the beta channel, and it's a big one.

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Google Developers teams up with General Assembly to launch Android Development Immersive training course

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 07:52 AM PDT

Posted by Peter Lubbers, Senior Program Manager, Google Developer Training

Today at the Big Android BBQ we announced that we have teamed up with General Assembly (GA), a global education institution transforming thinkers into creators, to create a new Android Development Immersive training course. This 12-week, full-time course will be offered beginning in January 2016 at GA's New York campus, and in February at GA's San Francisco campus and will roll out to additional campuses over the course of the next year. It is the first in-person training program of its kind that Google Developers has designed and built.

The Google Developer Relations team teamed up with General Assembly to ensure the Android Development Immersive bootcamp provides developers with access to the best instructors and latest and greatest hands-on material to create successful app experiences and businesses. To effectively reach over a billion of Android users globally, it's important for developers to build high-quality apps that are beautifully designed, performant, and delightful to use.

"We are constantly looking at the economy and job market for what skills are most in-demand. Demand for developers who can address this market and build new applications is tremendous," said Jake Schwartz, co-founder and CEO, General Assembly. "Developing this course in partnership with Google Developers allows us to provide students with the most relevant skills, ensuring a reliable pipeline of talented developers ready to meet the urgent demand of companies in the Android ecosystem, a key component of GA's education-to-employment model."

Registration in the Android Development Immersive includes access to GA's career preparation services and support, also known as Outcomes, includes assistance in creating portfolio-ready projects, access to career development workshops, networking events, and coaching and support in the job search process. Through in-person hiring events, mock interviews & GA's online job search platform, graduates connect with GA's hiring partners, which consists of close to 2,000 employers globally.

One of these employers is Vice Media. "I'm really excited to see the candidates coming out of the GA Android course. The fact that they're working with both Google and potential employers to shape the curriculum around real-world problems will make a huge difference. Textbook learning is one thing, but classroom learning with practitioners is a level we have all been waiting for. In fact, Vice Media is going to be hiring an apprentice right out of this course," said Ben Jackson, Director of Mobile Apps for Vice Media.

Learn more and sign up here.


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BlackBerry Priv briefly goes on sale with eye-watering price tag

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 06:21 AM PDT

BlackBerry Priv looks exciting -- but expensive. Photo: BlackBerryBlackBerry prematurely made the upcoming BlackBerry Priv available to pre-order on Wednesday night with a listing that confirmed the handset's full set of specifications — and its eye-watering off-contract price tag. There isn't much we didn't already know about the Canadian company's first Android-powered device, but this listing confirms what the rumors had already promised.

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The Play Store Supports Fingerprint Purchase Authorizations In Android 6.0

Posted: 22 Oct 2015 06:16 AM PDT

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Fingerprint reader support is one of the big pushes of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it's not just limited to the lock screen. Google has an option in the Play Store to authorize app purchases with a fingerprint, which we first spotted in a teardown of the v5.9 client. Now it's live for 6.0 devices that have fingerprint readers like the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

The fingerprint reader option is disabled by default, which I find odd.

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The Cleaner – Boost & Clean

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 11:35 PM PDT

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The Cleaner is a FREE app that lets you boost your Android's speed, clean out junk, free up storage and uninstall malicious apps to optimize your device, increase your security and make you the clean master of your mobile domain. With its beautifully designed interface in a lightweight package that won't clog your phone's memory,... View Article

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Blackberry Priv Preorder Briefly Goes Live, Rogers Reveals $799 Price

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 11:06 PM PDT

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Blackberry's newest and first Android phone, the Priv, is set to launch here very soon and what better way to gather attention than for a carrier to announce its price.

According to a tweet sent from Rogers' customer service account on Twitter, the Blackberry Priv will set you back $799.99 outright and locked to Rogers. If you're on a 2 year Share Everything plan, then the phone will cost you $399.99. A now removed Preorder page for the phone went up earlier today but has since then been taken down, ultimately revealing the final specs for the phone and its October 23rd order date.

It will sport a 5.4-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 808 SoC with 3GB of RAM. It also comes with 32GB of internal memory alongside a microSD slot for support for up to 2TB.

As for the cameras, it will come with a 18MP rear camera with OIS and dual LED flash, 2MP front facing camera, QC2.0, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop all powered by a 3410 mAh battery.

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