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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hulu, Waze

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 03:40 PM PST

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

 Roku - Version 4.0.010

Roku

What's new in this version:

  • Start streaming your favorite channels with just a tap of your phone screen
  • A new navigation bar helps you access popular features with a single tap
  • Never wonder what to watch next. The new What's On feature puts an entertainment guide in the palm of your hand.

 

CBS Sports – Version 8.4.7

CBS Sports

What's new in this version:

  • Watch CBS Sports videos on your Android TV device!
  • Choose content from categories including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Golf, and more.

 

Lumosity - Version 2.0.9961

Lumosity

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing Workout Modes. These sets of games use your training habits and preferences to target different ways to train your brain.
  • Feeling creative? In the new game Masterpiece, you'll complete mosaics by arranging the last pieces — challenging your spatial reasoning.
  • Or you can challenge your Vocabulary with Continuum. You'll discern the subtleties between words as you sort them by meaning.

 

Waze - Version 4.18.0.1

Waze

What's new in this version:

  • Search by category: Find places by category, like nearby parking, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and more without having to type exact names
  • Search by voice update: Search for a street by speaking its name in the language of the country you're in, even if your Waze is in another language
  • Auto complete distance: See the distance to any location as you type it in the Search box, with new auto complete distance feature

 

Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.7766

Microsoft Word

What's new in this version:

  • Capture whiteboards: Use the functionality of Office Lens to capture, clean up and crop pictures of a whiteboard and add them to your documents.

 

Microsoft OneDrive – Version 4.8.0

OneDrive

What's new in this version:

  • Now you can hold and drag to select multiple items in the Photos and tiles view! This has been a top customer ask, so let us know what you think about this feature by shaking to send us feedback.

 

Microsoft PowerPoint - Version 16.0.7766

Microsoft PowerPoint

What's new in this version:

  • Share one slide: Don't send a whole presentation when all you want to share is one thing. PowerPoint lets you share a single slide with others.
  • Capture whiteboards: Use the functionality of Office Lens to capture, clean up and crop pictures of a whiteboard and add them to your slide.

 

Hulu – Version 2.28.0

Hulu

What's new in this version:

  •  Creating individual profiles enables you to keep track of all of your favorite shows and movies regardless of what other viewers in your household watch. Each profile created within the same Hulu account will have its own personalized Watchlist, recommendations, and viewing history. 

 

ZEDGE™ Ringtones & Wallpapers - Version 5.12.0

Zedge

What's new in this version:

  •  Beautiful new item pages.
  • Improved navigation – Tap more places to find more stuff!
  • Various bug fixes and stability updates

 

Google TalkBack - Version 5.1.0

Google TalkBack

What's new in this version:

  • Webpage load progress is announced (Chrome 52 and up)
  • Screen stays unlocked while reading text
  • TalkBack doesn't interrupt voice search or dictation
  • New keyboard shortcut opens custom actions
  • "Read from top" and "Read from next" work better

 


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Amazon app adds virtual Dash buttons for slightly faster Prime ordering

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 03:14 PM PST

dash buttonsThe hook for Amazon's physical Dash buttons is an easy thing to understand: hide little Wi-Fi connected buttons around your house, then press them when you're low on toilet paper in the bathroom, or dishwasher detergent in the kitchen, or imported all-natural small batch coconut oil in the bedroom, and the relevant product will automatically be bought via your Amazon account and shipped out in a couple of days. Now Amazon has made virtual Dash buttons for its website and shopping apps...

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Amazon app adds virtual Dash buttons for slightly faster Prime ordering was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay v1.13 prepares to support PayPal cards and enable payments with Visa Checkout [APK Teardown]

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 03:14 PM PST

pay

A new version of Android Pay is headed out to users. Like many other updates, this one doesn't seem to have much in the way of new features poking out from the surface of the app. However, a teardown of the APK gives us a couple of things to look forward to in the near future. Android Pay will soon enable the use of PayPal cards and it looks like we're getting close to the previously announced support of Visa Checkout.

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Android Pay v1.13 prepares to support PayPal cards and enable payments with Visa Checkout [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google rolling out Instant Tethering for Pixel and Nexus devices

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 02:45 PM PST

Google is rolling out a very interesting new feature with Google Play Services 10.2. It's called "Instant Tethering" and lets you automatically tether compatible Android devices when one loses a connection.

If one device loses connection, it'll ask if you want to tether to another device that has a connection and is on the same Google account. This works without having to enable tethering; Instant Tethering does everything for you.

Unfortunately, this feature is only rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices on Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the time being. And even then, all owners of those devices won't see them, because it's slowly rolling out server side. Nonetheless, it's an awesome feature that gets rid of the hassle of pulling out your other device, enabling tethering, and connecting to the network with your first device. What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment!


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Vizio announces SmartCast device compatibility with Google Home

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 02:45 PM PST

Vizio has announced that its line of SmartCast devices are now compatible with the Google Home. You can now use your voice to control the devices.

You'll be able to play music through SmartCast speakers and sound bars, turn on movies on SmartCast TVs, and even turn on the devices if "Quick Start Power Mode" is enabled. The voice commands are compatible with Spotify Premium, Google Play Music, Netflix, YouTube, and more.

It's great to see more manufacturers supporting Google Home. The more support it gets, the more it can do for existing customers and new customers alike. If you own a Vizio SmartCast device, try it out and let us know how it goes!


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TAG Heuer Connected outsold expectations, next model coming in May

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 02:45 PM PST

The TAG Heuer Connected is a pricey Android Wear smartwatch out of the reach of most smartwatch customers. The base models start at $1,500, and models can go as high as $10,000 with options like rose gold.

TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver recently spoke about how the watch sold. The company expected to sell 20,000 units and, despite its high price, has sold 56,000 units to date. Despite smartwatch popularity always being bleak in the eyes of the public, TAG Heuer outsold expectations twice over.

Biver also spoke about the next models that should launch in May. The biggest update is the inclusion of NFC for mobile payments. He also mentions better displays, longer battery life, a more accurate GPS connection, and a smaller women's model. It won't be a huge upgrade, but rather an update to the previous model.

TAG Heuer is also planning to employ 8-12 people on the Intel campus to establish communication with Silicon Valley. Despite the design of the watches being done in Switzerland, the company is working with Intel chips.


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The First BlackBerry Device Was Launched 18 Years Ago

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 01:56 PM PST

Remember RIM, the company also known as BlackBerry? Well exactly 18 years ago today, Research in Motion pulled the wraps off the BlackBerry 850 – a "breakthrough wireless email solution for mobile professionals."

So happy 18th birthday, BlackBerry 850! Can you believe all that time went by and we hardly noticed? At that time a highly innovative device, the BlackBerry 850 came packing a LCD display, 32-bit Intel 386 processor, 2GB of flash memory and an integrated wireless modem. The first BlackBerry also integrated a triple-DES encryption technology and a single AA battery to keep things alive and moving.

Compared to current BlackBerry devices this pager looking 850 model does seem like it belongs to a different era. Indeed this is the case. BlackBerry has stopped making smartphones and has licensed the BlackBerry brand to TCL which will be in charge of manufacturing Android handsets.

Back in 2013, the Canadian company agreed to sell itself for a measly price, as to continue to exist in the tech ecosystem. It's interesting to see whether the BlackBerry brand will flourish or not under TCL. The Chinese manufacturer should launch the BlackBerry Mercury soon, after showcasing it in front of the world at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

[RIM]

The post The First BlackBerry Device Was Launched 18 Years Ago appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Verizon offering Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid for 50% off

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 01:40 PM PST

Verizon is hosting another sale on Motorola devices. This time the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are on sale for 50% off if you pick them up on payment plans.

Usually you'd drop $624 or $720 for the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, respectively, but the amount will be cut in half over 24 months. You'll get bill credits each month, cutting the price down from $26 and $30 per month to $13 and $15 per month for the devices.

If you're interested, hit the source link and pick one up!


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Report: Galaxy Note 7 fires largely caused by irregularly-sized batteries

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 12:40 PM PST

In a new report, The Wall Street Journal says that Samsung's official investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires has discovered that irregularly-sized batteries and a manufacturing issue are responsible. Samsung has declined to comment on the report and is holding an event on Sunday night (EST) to reveal its findings.

The report says that the initial problem came with batteries from Samsung SDI, which were irregularly-sized and didn't fit properly into the tight parameters of the Note 7. This improper fit led to issues with overheating and subsequent fires.

After Samsung stopped production of batteries from Samsung SDI, it increased production of batteries at Amperex Technology Ltd, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer whose batteries had no record of overheating. However, an undisclosed manufacturing issue arose in the rapid increase in production, leading to further overheating in new batteries from ATL. This issue resulted in Samsung cancelling production of the Galaxy Note 7 and recalling all devices.

Though this report hasn't yet been confirmed by Samsung, it seems highly plausible, and lines up with a previous third-party finding from Instrumental, which proposed that the overheating issues were caused by a tight design that compressed batteries.

Stay tuned for more coverage as Samsung prepares to officially announce the results of its investigation.


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T-Mobile customers can now share T-Mobile Tuesday gifts

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 10:45 AM PST

T-Mobile has announced that customers using its popular T-Mobile Tuesdays app can now share gifts with others, even those on other carriers. The change will begin on Tuesday, January 24, and applies to select gifts. For example, the first round will allow T-Mobile customers to gift a FandangoNOW movie rental and $0.25/gallon discount at Shell, while still keeping one for themselves. Additionally, T-mobile customers will receive one free Lyft ride, up to $15, that can either be gifted or kept.

Though gifting does not apply to all prizes, it should be a great perk for T-Mobile customers and their friends and family. It may also prove to be a powerful marketing tool for T-Mobile, with the ability to share gifts with those on other carriers.

T-Mobile customers, keep an eye out for the new feature this Tuesday. And for those who aren't T-Mobile customers, you may want to begin schmoozing your friends who are.


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Cryptomator takes a stab at securing your cloud files with transparent, client-side encryption

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 10:34 AM PST

Encryption is probably always going to be a hot topic. Whether it's fear of your government or just personal paranoia, there are quite a few options out there for securing your stuff. Local files and drives are all well and good, but how do you guarantee the security of the things you have stored in the cloud? The developers of Cryptomator, an open-source multi-platform cloud encryption solution, think that they have an answer to that.

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Cryptomator takes a stab at securing your cloud files with transparent, client-side encryption was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Meitu claims its collecting user data because it's in China and needs to do ad tracking

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 09:34 AM PST

The anime-styling selfie app Meitu has exploded in popularity recently, then someone got to wondering why it was asking for so many permissions. It turns out the app is grabbing your IMEI and MAC address and sending them to a server in China. People were understandably concerned, and now Meitu has issued a statement meant to assuage our fears. It kind of doesn't, though.

The statement provided to Cnet notes that Meitu is based in China, which we knew.

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Meitu claims its collecting user data because it's in China and needs to do ad tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy S5 Bursts into Flames in Canada

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 08:31 AM PST

The Galaxy Note7 might be dead and buried, but its legacy continues to live on. How so, you might be wondering?

It seems a man in Toronto has recently had to deal with an incident involving his Galaxy S5 smartphone which caught on fire during the night. Mario Jakab went to bed one evening only to be awakened by the heat emanated by the phone and firework-like sounds.

According to the CBC, Jakab alerted Samsung of the situation and one of the company's engineers already retrieved the phone. When asked, he claimed the battery and charging cables were all original. He also mentioned he purchased the phone back in 2014.

At this time, it's unclear whether Samsung will reimburse Jakab for the burning phone or not, but the company has launched an investigation into what caused the incident.

Speaking on which, next week Samsung is due to announce the official results of its investigation into what made the Galaxy Note7 batteries explode.

We haven't heard any overheating Galaxy S5 so far, although the current report does claim a lawsuit filed in the US claims the Galaxy Note7 specific issue does extend to other Galaxy models.

Hopefully, the unfortunate events experienced by Jakab won't be replicated anytime soon. The Canadian said he shared his story so that people know how to protect themselves.

[CBC]

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Avocado, the messaging app for couples, is closing its doors

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 04:34 AM PST

It's a sad time when couples decide to split - the end of an era. It's even sadder when an app that was specifically meant for couples announces its shutting down. And yet that's exactly what's happening to Avocado, the messaging app aimed at two humans who have a close relationship.

Avocado launched in 2012, devoting itself to people in relationships. The thinking was that while instant messaging apps, like Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, iMessage, and Hangouts, were great for talking to most people, they were not so good at talking to those who you're closest to - i.e.

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Avocado, the messaging app for couples, is closing its doors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OneDrive adds a 'free up space' option for photo storage to its beta app

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 02:44 AM PST

The Google Photos 'free up space' option is a great addition to the photos app, especially for phones with low amounts of storage space. Microsoft obviously thought this too, as the OneDrive team announced on Google+ that its app would be getting a similar option.

The post is a 'call for help' testing the new feature, which is in beta on Google Play at the moment. As might be expected, it works in pretty much the same way as Google's version; every time 1GB or more worth of photos is uploaded to OneDrive, the app will offer to delete the photos that have been uploaded, thereby freeing up space.

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OneDrive adds a 'free up space' option for photo storage to its beta app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The latest Hulu app update catches up to Netflix, brings profiles for different users

Posted: 19 Jan 2017 09:39 PM PST

It's not too often that I see Hulu app news pop up here, but this update is important. The popular TV (and more) streaming app is finally getting profiles, à la Netflix. The obvious benefit here is that individual users can have their own watch histories, interests, and recommendations without interfering with each other.

Here's the official note on it:

Profiles: Creating individual profiles enables you to keep track of all of your favorite shows and movies regardless of what other viewers in your household watch.

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The latest Hulu app update catches up to Netflix, brings profiles for different users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung holding event to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires

Posted: 19 Jan 2017 04:50 PM PST

Samsung Electronics has announced that it will be holding a special event this Sunday, January 22, at which it will announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires.

After Note 7 devices began exploding, Samsung filed reports on each incident and took the proper measures in stopping sales and eventually recalling all devices. Since then, the company has been hard at work investigating the fires on a case-by-case basis, analyzing the data gathered to help find the cause of the fires. While theories about the cause of the fires have been proposed, this event will reveal the official cause that Samsung uncovered.

The event is scheduled for 8PM EST on Sunday, with an English livestream available on Samsung's website. Stay tuned for coverage of the findings.


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