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Chrome 55 adds download manager, offline pages, performance improvements, and more [APK Download]

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 03:18 PM PST


Chrome 55 was released for the desktop a few days ago, and now the Android version has followed suit. If you've been using Chrome 55 beta, most of this should already be familiar, but there's a few new changes in store as well.

Download Manager

Until now, Chrome has used Android's built-in download manager to list browser downloads. Back in September, Chrome's very own Download Manager appeared in Chrome Dev, and now it has finally made it to the stable channel.

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AirDroid Beta fixes major security issues, official rollout expected soon

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 01:08 PM PST


A few days ago, independent security firm Zimperium released details about several major security flaws in the popular AirDroid application. In summary, attackers can easily intercept insecure requests to AirDroid's servers, as well as push malicious APKs to devices which appear as AirDroid add-on updates (which AirDroid then prompts the user to accept). Granted, the user has to be on an insecure Wi-Fi network for the attack to work, but it's still a major problem.

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AirDroid Beta fixes major security issues, official rollout expected soon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Transparency app from Amazon shows the origin and ingredients of consumer goods

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 12:43 PM PST

transparency2As the WalMart of the Internet age, Amazon has its fair share of detractors, and for some of the same reasons. With tens of thousands of vendors using Amazon as a storefront, to say nothing of millions of products the company sells directly, sometimes its wares can be a bit on the obscure side. A new system from the retailer is trying to offer a bit of transparency, showing consumers where the products they've ordered were made and packaged.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 11:55 AM PST

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

PayPal Business

PayPal Business

Description: The PayPal Business mobile app helps you stay on top of your PayPal business account while you're on the go. With it, you can: Send invoices and get paid, Manage sales and account activity, Transfer money


Trusted Contacts

Trusted Contacts

DescriptionTrusted Contacts is a personal safety app that opens a direct line of sharing between you and your loved ones. Add your closest friends and family as trusted contacts. Allow trusted contacts to request your location. If everything's fine, you can deny the request, but if you're unable to respond your location is shared automatically (works even if you're offline or your phone is out of battery)


Madden Companion App

Madden Companion App

DescriptionTake your team all the way, wherever you are, with the EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 17 Companion app. Access your Madden NFL 17 franchise quickly, and stay connected to the action. Get the latest news and updates from the Madden team – even find tips and tricks straight from the pros and developers themselves.




DescriptionQuartz's new app puts the entire global economy in your pocket. It's an ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting. We'll send you messages, photos, GIFs, and links, and you can decide when you're interested in reading more.


Classical II – Watch Face

Classical II - Watch Face

DescriptionClassic watch face, minimalist. Date placing itself up, down, left, or right, depending on hour and minute hands position, for visibility.


 Octane Watch Face

Octane Watch Face

DescriptionFeatures of Octane Watch Face : Choose design colors, Define a secondary timezone for digital display, Day & Month, Watch battery, Mobile battery




Description DIRECTV NOW is your NEW standalone streaming service for Live TV and On Demand entertainment. Enjoy local news, sports, events, and shows as they air. Your favorite TV series and movies can be accessed anywhere, anytime.


PlayStation Communities

PlayStation Communities

DescriptionCommunities are places where you can find players on PlayStation Network who have similar interests and preferences. Join Communities and talk about your shared interests with other members, or find players to game with you.




DescriptionThe White House's "1600″ is a new way for kids and playful Americans of all ages to learn about what happens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. All you need to do is tap "Start" and point your camera at George Washington (on the one dollar bill).




DescriptionHypocam is the ultimate App for black and white photography. Be in control of your shoot with our live-view controls and feel the quality of black and white photography, capturing the essence.


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Chrome for Android adds ability to download content for offline viewing

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 11:55 AM PST

Google has announced a new update for Chrome for Android. This update adds several improvements, but the most notable is the new ability to download content for offline viewing. This content can include music, videos, and even full web pages, allowing users to quickly save content that they find and then freely view it at another time. In particular, this might be useful for those who frequently fly, allowing the ability to easily download articles through Chrome before takeoff.

Additionally, the ability to view and share downloads has been improved and Chrome will now highlight misspelled words in text fields. Google has also worked to improve the contextual search UI, making it easier and faster than ever. As always, the update comes with bug fixes and performance boosts to create a better overall experience.

Check out Google's release announcement at the source link below.

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T-Mobile Digits enables one number across multiple devices

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 11:55 AM PST

T-Mobile today announced that is beginning a limited beta of a program called Digits, which allows customers to use one number across multiple connected devices. This roster of devices includes phones, tablets, wearables and personal computers, though T-Mobile says that Digits will work on most Internet-connected devices. Customers can call, text, and access voicemail and call history on any device.

Additionally, Digits adds the ability to store multiple numbers on a single device. A major boon for business customers, Digits eliminates the need to carry two devices for a work and personal number.

Digits functions by eliminating the traditional system of pairing a single number with a SIM card. With Digits, the number is paired to the customer's account rather than the SIM card. By linking customers with numbers rather than linking SIM cards with numbers, Digits allows the number to work on any device that the customer is signed in to. It also allows customers to sign into a single device with multiple numbers.

T-Mobile has worked with Samsung to natively integrate Digits functionality into the Note 5, Galaxy S6, and later products. T-Mobile has stated that it is working with other hardware manufacturers to implement support for Digits in other devices. For those without native functionality, Digits can be enabled through an app on iOS or Android, and is accessible through a browser on PC and Mac computers.

In this early stage, T-Mobile is testing Digits through a limited beta. Customers can register for the Digits beta online and the T-Mobile support team will assist them in getting started with the program. T-Mobile will collect feedback and use it to prepare for a commercial launch in early 2017.

Find out more information from T-Mobile at the source link below.

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T-Mobile's DIGITS beta allows multiple phone numbers on a single device

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 10:43 AM PST

digitsWe've seen a few apps and services offer virtual phone numbers before - numbers that aren't tied to a specific SIM card and can be used with an account connection rather than dedicated hardware. It's especially handy for bring-your-own-device situations at work. But T-Mobile seems to be the first major American carrier to embrace the idea with its new DIGITS system. The service allows customers to use any number of, um, numbers tied to their wireless accounts, including disposable numbers that can be added and abandoned with ease.

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Instagram implements new tools and controls to keep users safe

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 10:33 AM PST

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Instagram is making some changes to improve the user experience on its service. Social media in general can bring about some great conversations, but there are always those who like to ruin good things. So, the Facebook-owned company is adding some new tools and controls to help users feel safer and to keep the platform a place for self-expression.

The biggest change is that comments can be disabled on posts. While this feature is not new to the Internet by any means, it is good to see Instagram acknowledging that comments are just not needed sometimes.

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Instagram implements new tools and controls to keep users safe was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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2017 Samsung Galaxy A7 Leaks Showing Black and Gold Finish [PICS]

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 09:11 AM PST


Samsung is not all about the Galaxy Note7 fiasco and the premium Galaxy S7 or upcoming Galaxy S8. No, Samsung also caters to the needs of more budget-minded users.

For example, the A series which was unveiled last year around December. Well it seems like Samsung is gearing up to unveil a new 2017 Galaxy A7, a leaked invite seems to suggest.

According to rumors, the next Galaxy A7 should come bundling a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. The phone will take advantage of an Exynos 7880 processor working in concert with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB/64GB of internal storage plus microSD card slot.


In the photography department, the new A7 will rock a 16MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture plus a high-res 16MP selfie snapper just like in the case of the OnePlus 3T.

The device will feature IP68 certification, which means the device will be protected against water ingress to a maximum depth of 1.5m of water for up to 30 min.

Last but not least, the new A7 will feature a USB Type-C port plus a fingerprint scanner. The device might launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, but we can't be sure at the moment.

According to the leaked invites, the Samsung A7 will be offered in Black and Gold for an unnamed price-tag.



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ASUS CES 2017 Invite Hints at Snapdragon 835 Release

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 09:11 AM PST


We're approaching one of the biggest events in the industry – CES 2017 to be more precise, which will be hosted in Las Vegas in early January.

Like many Android OEMs, ASUS is also going to be present on the ground at CES 2017 with a few new products. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has already sent out the invites for its "Zennovation" event which features both ASUS and Qualcomm branding.

Of course the ASUS teaser doesn't reveal anything specific, but we can speculate that the company is planning to unveil its next-gen Zenfone 4 phone which will probably take advantage of the services of the newly announced Snapdragon 835.


Since the Zenfone 3 already packs a hefty 6GB of RAM onboard, it makes sense to assume ASUS' next flagship could come boasting 8GB of RAM.

Not so long ago, information surfaced online claiming ASUS is prepping a Zenfone AR device which will take advantage of Google's Tango "sensing" smartphone. The same source revealed that the Zenfone 4 series is scheduled to make a debut this spring, so maybe we're not going to see a new Zenfone 4 at CES after all, but a new phone lineup.

Lenovo was the first to launch a Google Tango phone in the form of the Phab 2 Pro and naturally other handset makers are expected to follow suit.

Sounds quite exciting and we can't wait for CES 2017.


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Sonos support for Spotify Connect is out of beta and available to all

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 09:11 AM PST


Long before the Chromecast audio was a twinkle in Larry Page's eye, Sonos was the undisputed king of smart home audio. With its multi-room speaker systems, you can rock out all over the house. Sonos has been adding more service to its selection of listening sources, and today it's getting Spotify.

If you're a Spotify Premium user, you can now play music on Sonos using Spotify Connect. It's sort of like Chromecasting, but only for Spotify.

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[Deal Alert] Grab the Poweramp Full Version Unlocker for $0.10 (not in U.S.)

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 09:00 AM PST


The smartphone has replaced a lot of things. For me, one of its most notable uses is as a portable music player. Frankly, I have not even picked up my iPod Touch in... months. Yet, your smartphone needs a good app to play that music. Poweramp has been one of the big names on Android for a long time. It was my player of choice at one point. The developers are running a pretty nice $0.10 sale on the full version, but the U.S.

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Pebble is shutting down, with Fitbit acquiring the company’s assets

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 08:47 AM PST

Pebble has announced that, as of today, the company is shutting down as an independent entity. Pebble's former competitor, Fitbit, will be acquiring key Pebble assets, exlcuding the company's hardware products. The news comes after a long period of silence from Pebble that gave way to rumors of the company's acquisition by Fitbit.

As a result of the shutdown, Pebble is ceasing all hardware options. This includes current and future devices. The Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core will all fail to reach final production. Eligible backers of these products will refunded entirely, including shipping, taxes, and duties that have been paid. The only Kickstarter item that won't be refunded is the early Pebble 2 model that was shipped to backers. Those who received a Pebble 2 will not receive a refund for the early model.

Pebble Feature

Current Pebble devices will continue to work as usual. The remaining team is working to reduce device dependency on cloud services, so as to allow the devices to function further into the future. No returns or exchanges, warranty or otherwise, are available.

Fitbit is acquiring a majority of Pebble's team and resources, offering hope to users who believe in the company's philosophy towards wearable technology. Fitbit will use Pebble's industry expertise to better develop health and fitness wearables, but it will not be continuing Pebble's product lines.

Pebble users have voiced their dissatisfaction at the acquisition. Common themes of disappointment and betrayal run through the comments on the company's announcement. Over its life, Pebble built a dedicated following that stood against the mainstream wearable market. The company's unique offerings appealed to a niche market, and it is unlikely that this niche market will comfortably transition to Fitbit.

For more information, see Fitbit and Pebble's statements at the source links.

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE:FIT) the leader in the connected health and fitness market, today announced that it has acquired specific assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property related to software and firmware development. The acquisition excludes the company's hardware products.

With this acquisition, Fitbit adds deep industry expertise in platform development that complements the company's core discipline of innovative health and fitness features. The additional resources will facilitate the faster delivery of new products, features and functionality while introducing speed and efficiencies to develop the general purpose utility consumers value in a connected device. The acquisition will also accelerate the development of customized solutions and third party applications for Fitbit Group Health customers and partners, including researchers, employers and providers.

"With basic wearables getting smarter and smartwatches adding health and fitness capabilities, we see an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category," said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit. "With this acquisition, we're well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers, as well as build the tools healthcare providers, insurers and employers need to more meaningfully integrate wearable technology into preventative and chronic care."

As the wearables market leader, Fitbit has developed a large global community of users by combining the power of technology with insights, motivating millions of people reach their health and fitness goals. Understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all in health and fitness, Fitbit gives consumers choices with its portfolio of wearable devices, features and accessories as part of an overall connected health platform so that users can seamlessly integrate wearables into their lives.

With Android usage accounting for nearly 90 percent of smartphone OS market share globally1, the ability to deliver consumers cross-platform devices is a key competitive advantage in the wearables category. As an early entrant in the category, Pebble was a trail blazer of the largest open, agnostic connected device operating system, which complements Fitbit's broad cross-platform compatibility with more than 200 iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

The Pebble transaction was completed on December 6.

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Sprint becomes exclusive US wireless partner of Pokémon GO

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 08:41 AM PST


Is Pokémon GO still cool? Because Sprint desperately needs to be associated with something cool. The nation's number four carrier is now the exclusive US carrier partner of Pokémon GO. What does that mean? More Poké Stops, more gyms, and more Sprint branding.

The alliance between Niantic and Sprint goes into effect on December 12th. From that point onward, you'll see new Poké Stops and gyms pop up at Sprint, Boost Mobile, and RadioShack locations across the US.

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Android Pay makes its way to Ireland

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 05:18 AM PST


Android Pay may not yet exist where you live, but it is slowly continuing to expand into new markets. As of today, Pay is available in Ireland, making this effectively the first time a user can use euros with Android Pay.

Impressively, Android Pay works on any NFC-enabled phone running KitKat 4.4 and up — which as of last week potentially represents as much as 84.7% of active devices. Setting up mobile payments requires adding an eligible debit or credit card from either AIB or KBC, with more banks to be added "in the coming months." For now, Android Pay in Ireland supports nine retail partners and seven apps, including Tesco, McDonald's, and Uber.

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[Updated app] iHeartRadio All Access is a new $9.99 on-demand radio and music subscription powered by Napster

Posted: 07 Dec 2016 02:08 AM PST

  • The update to version 7.0.0 that allows access to these two paid plans is now live on the Play Store. Here's the changelog: [note] WHAT'S NEW New in version 7.0.0: iHeartRadio connects you to


Are you discontent with the many dozens of on-demand music services? Well, here's one more for you to try and hopefully love... or maybe hate, because let's be realistic, if you still haven't found one that works well for you, it's going to be very difficult to satisfy your taste.

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Android Pay Comes to Ireland

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 11:19 PM PST

Pandora Premium launches in early 2017 for $10 per month

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 08:05 PM PST

Streaming music is a crowded market these days, and one of the longest-running services in the race is getting ready to launch a new offering.

Pandora's premium streaming service will aptly be titled Pandora Premium, and it will launch in early 2017. Pandora Premium will feature many of the standard features that other services already boast, including customizable playlists, offline playback, and access to millions of songs from a wide range of artists.

Unsurprisingly, Pandora is also placing a major focus on personalized experiences. That includes a section for browsing music that will be tailored to the user and will get better at recommendations the more the user listens to music. The search function will also offer up tailored picks based on listening habits, showing what the service believes fits the individual's tastes.

Pandora's thumbs up and thumbs down feature will be present in Pandora Premium as well. A playlist with all of a user's thumbed up any songs will be available.

Other features include AutoPlay, which will automatically launch customized radio stations based on a playlist or album the user has just finished listening to. Smart playlists will allow users to quickly add songs with just a single tap.

As mentioned above, Pandora Premium is expected to launch in 2017, and it will cost $10 per month. There's no word on a family plan just yet or if there will be a free trial, but if either one of those things are being planned, we should hear about them closer to launch.

How do you think Pandora Premium sounds compared to the competition?

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Google testing new navigation interface in Maps

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 07:23 PM PST


Something weird happened to me on Sunday. I was driving to my friend's house with Google Maps, but my navigation interface was screwed up. Only the big roads were showing, without any street or highway names, nor any other details. I was on 9.42.3 and in the beta channel so I just attributed it to that.

But today, after getting the new 9.42.3 Maps installed on the Pixel XL (note it's the same version number), and noticing it didn't fix it, I decided to delete app data.

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Huawei Fit fitness wearable review

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 07:10 PM PST

The fitness wearable market is huge, with companies like Fitbit, Garmin, and Jawbone releasing dedicated fitness devices for those looking to get healthier. Huawei is joining the party with the Fit, a smartwatch aimed at fitness.


Huawei Fit 2

The Huawei Fit features a 1.04″ 208×208 monochrome display, an ambient light sensor, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, an 80 mAh battery, and an 18mm silicone band. The display is noteworthy because it's always on and both backlit and reflective. When in the dark, it's lit like a regular LCD. When in the sun, it's reflective and easily read. The brighter the environment, the easier it is to read.

The watch is 9.9mm thick and weighs only 1.23 oz. The band is replaceable with any band of the right size, and the stock band even comes with a quick change switch. The band is also swappable with the Huawei Watch.

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On the back you'll find a capacitive sensor, a heart rate monitor, and charging pins for the magnetic charger.


This watch is packed with interesting hardware. It can tell when you're wearing it, it measures heart rate constantly throughout the day, and it has an ambient light sensor to turn the backlight on and off when necessary (a feature sorely missing from some Android Wear watches, including Huawei's own watch). It also has an accelerometer and gyroscope and the wrist raising gesture to trigger the display works great.

The display may not be a traditional LCD, but it's so clear and easily read outdoors. It is very well suited for a fitness device, especially since many don't even feature a high res display.

The device actually doesn't have any buttons at all. The only button is on the bottom of the magnetic charger that snaps onto the back of the watch. This is what is used to reset it if it ever freezes.

It's also waterproof, rated at IP68 at up to 5 ATM. It's meant to be used for swimming so water intrusion shouldn't be a problem.


The software is a proprietary OS used on Huawei's previous Honor Band Zero, although it's been hugely improved. Navigating it is similar to Android Wear, where you swipe up and down between different sections. Tapping or swiping left will bring you to that section's sub-menu.

Huawei Fit 3

The workout button under the main watchface has five options for quick workouts: run, walk, cycle, treadmill, and swim. The swim function is currently limited but will be updated in early 2017

Other sections are a display for steps, heart rate (with a day-wide graph when pressed), notifications, and settings. You have a choice of six watch faces, with the main one having a quick start button and showing fitness info. The others have less info but look more traditional.

Overall, the operating system is very functional. The animations aren't very smooth (the Band Zero's animations were smooth) but that might be due to the display.

On the phone side, the software used to interact with the watch is called Huawei Wear. The main screen shows your step and distance info, your exercise times throughout the week, heart rate data, sleep data, and a section for creating a workout plan. Pressing on any of these displays will give you more info.

The workout plan feature is touted by Huawei and will allow you to make a workout plan for various running distances (5km, 10km, 13.1 miles, and 26.2 miles). This will give you a goal to work towards that will grow as time goes on.

The app itself is a bit stuttery but very functional. The animations aren't always smooth in comparison to other apps. It has also crashed a few times, but updates seem to have fixed this.

A nice touch is that there's a link to the user manual for the device when you first connect it.


This wearable weighs practically nothing and its strap is soft silicone. It's incredibly comfortable and wearing it every day is no issue at all.

Build quality

The body is aluminum and is made very well. The glass on the front doesn't scratch easily during daily use. The band is of high quality and is easily replaced if it is damaged.

The only issue with the build quality is that the aluminum is quite soft. When it scuffs, you can see raw aluminum underneath, which is common with powdercoated finishes. It could stand to be a little more durable.

Battery life

Despite the backlit display and the tiny 80 mAh battery, this watch is advertised with a 6 day battery life with constant heart rate monitoring enabled. In my testing, this is exactly what I consistently got. Not having to charge it daily is a big plus, especially since it tracks your sleeping habits and can be worn at night.

The charger is easy to use and snaps on. It's not particularly finicky like other magnetic chargers and centers itself every time. It can fully charge the watch in under one and a half hours.

Huawei Fit9 / 10

Huawei Fit 5

The Huawei Fit is a very competent fitness tracker. It may not have the best companion app on the market, but it has the hardware down. With a nice display, amazing battery life, and a comfortable design, it's definitely a winner in my book.

You can pick one of these up on Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers for $129.99.

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Google reducing app update size by 65%, but only with automatic updates for now

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 07:10 PM PST

Google has announced a new method of updating your apps on the Play Store. A previous change had reduced the size of updates by 47% on average, but this new one can reduce the size by a further 65%.

The new method is called File-by-File patching. Since APKs are zipped up and compressed, one can't just replace a single file without changing the entire file's compressed output. Therefore this new method will decompress both the old and the new APK, apply the patch from the new APK, and compress the APK on your device. While this takes less data, it takes more time and processing power.

Because of these drawbacks, Google is limiting this new update method to automatic updates that it can do in the background. Manually updating apps won't utilize this new technique in saving data.

Thankfully, developers won't have to change anything to utilize this new update system. It's all on Google's end. If you want to learn more about File-by-File patching, hit the source link!

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[No Objections] Capcom favorite Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney lands in the Play Store for $16

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 07:08 PM PST

apolloThe long-running Ace Attorney series from Capcom manages a practically impossible feat: making players sympathize with defense attorneys. With a mix of classic adventure game elements and anime-style hyper-dramatic courtroom scenes, the games have become incredibly popular both in Japan and with a worldwide audience. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, the fourth game in the series (and the first to break away from the iconic Phoenix Wright protagonist), is now live on the Play Store for $15.99.

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Starbucks promotion leak suggests a big Pokémon GO update scheduled for this week

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 05:43 PM PST

cups2The potential for retail partnerships with Niantic's Pokémon GO mobile game is built right into its central hook - players travel to real-world locations to catch monsters and collect items, so why not steer them to participating stores or restaurants for a little synergistic profiteering? Ubiquitous coffee house Starbucks seems to be the first business taking Niantic up on a partnership. Internal documents detailing an upcoming promotion for employees, designated for US stores but leaked by Eurogamer, offers some sweet details for players and coffee fans alike.

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Google Duo gets updated to 5.0, brings "major" video quality improvements and some other fixes [APK Download]

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 04:23 PM PST


Duo hasn't been the hit success that Google expected it to be, but that should only serve as motivation for engineers to make it better. The video-chatting app has just been updated to version 5.0, which not only fixes a few bugs, but also improves on the entire user experience.

First of all, here are the release notes (in tweet form) from Justin Uberti, Duo's technical lead:

It's nice to see video quality being improved so much that it can be called "major," as that's obviously a big part of what makes a video-chatting app good.

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Dropbox announces mobile offline folders for Pro users, with some notable limitations

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 04:23 PM PST

mobile-offline-folders-1300x760The nicest thing about having Dropbox on a phone, at least for most users, is the ability to instantly back up photos as soon as they're taken. Accessing other files stored on the cloud is sort of secondary, if only because the mobile client doesn't constantly sync files down and up, like the desktop versions of the program do. Today Dropbox is expanding its capabilities in that area with permanently-assigned offline folder access.

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