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    Pokemon GO's first month has seen stellar growth that Nintendo couldn't have imagined. The Pokemon Company and Niantic were riding the coattails of this windfall as did what we found out to be contingent markets. But the party has to be done soon, right? Every viral product has that top notch it hits early on before slinking towards mediocrity. As such for Pokemon GO, we have to ask where that mediocrity is. 40 million daily active users is a lot to start paring off from. Axiom Capital Management has been tracking usage data from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey and Apptopia. The firm claims ...

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    What Android lost, Twitter has found, picked up and blasted it back not only to Android users, but our friends rocking iOS, too. It's the dark aesthetics of Night Mode and, yes, a couple months after the Android Twitter app got the  new toggle, we find iOS getting a little roll-out action today. Well, "little" compared to the Nougat update, but whatevs. Rolling out today – we're bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe — Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016 If you've waited for a while, pull up your multitasking shades and swipe away Twitter, ...

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    With Duo out in the open, we're still closing in on what might come through to Google's new messaging service, Allo. There's a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police. The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos' search engine to identify ...

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    Number two ride-hailing app Lyft has been looking to better compete with top dog Uber while fending off newer transit startups like Bridj. And so, after nine funding rounds and a company valuation of $5.5 billion, it went to look for an owner. Would General Motors increase its investment of Lyft to a controlling stake? Nope. According to Recode's sources, it didn't make a bid. The company shopped itself out to Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and even Apple for $9 billion before cutting down that price. As Uber is divesting from its service in China, it now has incentive to hit Lyft hard back ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    As much as we'd like to say that we are all over Skype, we have to remind ourselves that FaceTime isn't an Android-friendly phenomenon, either. Neither is Google Hangouts an international sensation. So, does Duo bring Mountain View's video chatting services to parity or is it something better? Will you feel and be more secure with end-to-end encryption? Will the Knock Knock feature catch your face (or whatever) when you're not ready? And does this really make video calling on-the-go less painful with switches between LTE and Wi-Fi? Most importantly, will you stick with one phone (and one ...

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    There are wins. And then there are the losses. So many losses. Many athletes know the pain of defeat, but Microsoft knows the pain of desertion, especially on its mobile side. Another app has left the Windows Phone ecosystem, this one being Under Armour's MyFitnessPal. The company has notified its customers through an email that it will not offer nor support the app. Bugs have accumulated on the MyFitnessPal app while users have been dropping off of it. Those remaining must remain logged in to continue using the app. "Due to limitations of the Windows Phone store, we are unable to provide ...

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    If you own both an Apple Watch and a Nest Thermostat, the two can finally interact with each other. The Nest app for iOS, version 5.6, now lets you adjust the temperature settings from your wrist, something Android Wear has had for a while. On the phone and tablet side, you can now track Dropcam Pro activity in 1080p (with automatic quality adjustment), share a live camera feed with password protection, and see your Nest cameras as sorted by spaces. Download: iOS Via: iMore

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    Nighttimes call for light measures. In the case of looking at your brightly lit smartphone screen at night, that means easing the work your eyes have to do to balance its vision. Well, if you spend hours digging through your clogged up Twitter feed before bed, make sure you try out the new Night Mode on the Android app. It turns every white UI interface into black (most of the app's backgrounds) and vice versa (text). Though, somewhat unfortunately, the black isn't actually truly black — it has a subtle blue tone to it. Blue light is said to be the most taxing on eyes at night. Of ...

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    Google Maps, being the robust product it is, can utilize several streams of data at once. Navigation is especially a monster on data plans. But now, you can put a leash on that data use with a new Wi-Fi only mode. The feature is being shuttled to users slowly, but it does what it says on the tin can. Maps will mostly take data with a Wi-Fi connection — it will use a small bit of cellular data as the app needs it. Also in this update are status updates for transit lines if your local agency reports them. You can customize alerts for the lines you use the most. Keep an eye out on your ...

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    The Windows 10 app ecosystem might appreciate this jolt of java. After more than a month of delay, a launch could be imminent for a Starbucks app. The coffee shop chain has a new splash page on its website promoting "The Starbucks® app for Windows® 10". If you have a device with that new OS, you can pretty much do anything that your Android and iOS friends can, including (from the site): Pay for your order Earn and track Star Rewards Find a store Check your balance and add funds to your Starbucks Card (with debit/credit card, Visa Checkout or PayPal) Send gift cards The app is not ...

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    Peak Pokemon GO happened last week. At least in the US. How does SurveyMonkey figure that? Its Intelligence unit tracked the app's daily active users and compared it to daily download rates and the internet's search awareness for it. In terms of usage, more than 25 million user packed in on the most active day, Sunday, July 14. Numbers were about steady the day before and the day after before the inevitable slide followed that week, dropping to about 22 million users on July 20. Download rates were highest the day after launch day, July 7, at nearly 6 million takes and it was only ...

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    Bots are taking over the world. And they're here to help. No, we're not talking "Big Hero 6" style or even RoBoHoN-style, we're talking about services you chat with like Facebook M or Google Assistant or Bing's army of bots to help you get reservations for a restaurant or book tickets to an attraction. They're accessible from a growing number of messenger apps. Skype's one of them and it wants to make finding the right one to talk to a little bit easier. It has updated its iOS app to include a new bot icon on the "Recent" section. Need to keep one in your pocket? Add it to your favorites. ...

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    There are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    It took less than a month for Facebook to integrate Apple's new interaction medium, 3D Touch, into its iOS app. It has taken Menlo Park ten months to do the same for its Messenger app. You can now give a hard tap to contact icons for a quick peek at their digits, screennames and addresses. You can also preview conversations, enlarged photos and moving videos, stickers, links and locations. It took Facebook some 34 whole-point revisions to its app in order to make 3D Touch happen. Just as a matter of curiosity. Download: App Store Via: The Verge

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    Another piece of Google Voice has bit the dust, thanks to an update in Hangouts. If and when you get version 11 of Hangouts, you'll see that SMS and Hangouts-based conversations have been split. You'll have to talk to John Doe in separate threads for the different technologies. Why the change? Google said that the merged conversation feature "caused user confusion and had low usage." You can still read all of your SMS and send messages via Hangouts if you're still on Voice. Google's still pushing users to its new Messenger app for SMS conversations. Source: Google Via: Digital Trends

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    Pokémon GO is available in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Unfortunately for many Pocket Monster fans in other places, that's where it will stay for the time being. You know how your hordes of friends have been complaining about the servers not keeping up and about them not getting into the app? That seems to be the big problem that gamemaker Niantic Labs is facing in keeping its app roll-out going. Thank you for your patience. We have been working to fix the server issues. We will continue rolling out #PokemonGO to new countries soon. — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) ...

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    We have to ask how you'll fare this weekend, the first full weekend of availability for Niantic Labs' Pokémon Go! Prepared for long days walking from one side of the city to the other? Or are you memeing it up, pointing and laughing at the people who end up crossing town to catch that Flareon? Maybe you're just sticking your fingers in your ears at this point. Whatever the case, if you even have the slightest interest in downloading Pokémon Go, make sure you get the .APK from a safe place, especially if your country hasn't seen the release yet. Yep, we're talking about you sideloaders ...

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    In the midst of its possible sale/not-sale to Apple, hi-fi music streaming service Tidal is chugging on with its own app development. In its latest update, it has made official support for Chromecast, meaning that you can plug your Chromecast Audio or compatible Google Cast device. Finally, you can put your house party onto them FLACs and WAVs! The update is available for Tidal's iOS and Android apps. Download: Play Store, App Store Via: The Verge

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    Is it too short, too late? Or does Bitly have what it takes to own its first-party link-shortening app on Android? Well, it has happened. Version 1.0.1 of the Bitly Android app was launched yesterday. Pretty simple enough: you pop a link into the app or via a highlight and you'll get served a bit.ly link. You can then share that link with whoever you want. You also get traffic information for links as well. There are no big automation cogs, nor is there a way to favorite links or sort them into folders for quick and easy future sharing, unlike other apps. Bitly has a work in progress here, ...

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    Smart albums have come to the place you wouldn't think an album would ever come to. Snapchat is planning on introducing a new feature called "Memories" where you can save a personal hive of Snaps or even whole Stories and even partition some Snaps for "My Eyes Only". You can sort out your saved Snaps through keywords and compile them into new Stories with Memories. And if you happen to share a Memory or two with your friends, they'll see a special border on it, letting them know it's a Memory. Hear that? Snapchat is on-boarding nostalgia in its app. The BØRNS we hear is a nice touch, too. ...

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    If we were at a job right now, you'd think the number of retirements happening recently were actually just layoffs in disguise. Major profile departures by PayPal and Amazon have already shaken the Windows Phone/Mobile ecosystem this year. This time around, we're talking about CNN. It has notified Windows Phone 8.1 users that the "application will be retired on Monday, July 18th" and has encouraged them to move on to its website. Cable News Network brought its Windows Phone app online in 2012 and still will support its desktop app for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. It still feels like we're a ...

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    It's been a few weeks since Windows Phone owners have been able to download the Amazon app. We now know that Amazon's planning on retiring the app. In-app prompts are telling users that the Windows Phone app will be retired on July 25 and that they should instead go to the mobile website. Amazon has yet to release a Windows 10 app, though its Audible subsidiary has for PC and Mobile. Source: Windows Central Via: MSPoweruser

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    It's midday on another Tuesday which means another T-Mobile Tuesdays event going to the dogs. Specifically, the dogs at the T-Mobile servers. Users are taking to Twitter to tweet tempestuously about how for the fourth week in the #GetThanked campaign they weren't able to access their stash of free perks. Some users were told by the app to come back on Tuesday, even though today is a Tuesday. I sure wish this T-Mobile Tuesdays app was working, @TMobile getting a bit ridiculous that every Tuesday I can't access my rewards. — David V (@The0DD1) June 28, 2016 Is T-Mobile Tuesdays a joke that ...

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