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    It's been more than a year since the nation's largest bank deserted Windows Phone's app ecosystem. Speculation went about on how this was in preparation for writing a Windows 10 app. While we can't tie that speculation to Bank of America's rumored comeback to the platform, we now have a supposed due date for when apps will hit screens large and small. Based on a leak of an internal BoA website that Windows Central obtained, the universal app will be released on March 28. It'll have the usual features a banking app should have in 2016 including bill paying, mobile deposit (a first for ...

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    It seems that Android's about to take a step in iOS's direction on app design. And it actually sorta makes sense. Google's design spec now deals with what it calls "bottom navigation," featuring a bar with top-level category options right above system navigation. The bar is intended for three to five destinations and can jump in and out of vision based on scrolling. Ironically, larger dpi screens can get a "bottom navigation" treatment with a bar on the left side, but the bottom-mounted method can also be used. How this new design paradigm might affect the hamburger button that currently ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    Mobile payments are growing, but Verizon's already grown into the US's number one cellular network. And it thinks it can do plenty of things for and to its customers (like implementing special trackers into their web browsing and not telling them about it). Now comes word that the Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge units lack Samsung Pay, one of the faster-growing mobile payment systems around. Apparently, Samsung has told reviewers of the devices that Verizon asked for the app to be omitted from them. Verizon, part of the carrier-supported SoftCard coalition, is now partnered with ...

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    If you don't have the latest in mobile technology from Apple, you'd still be able to take advantage of the latest update to Google Photos on iOS. But then again, you'd want to have Google Photos on iOS in the first place. While you can now back up your fancy-shmancy Live Photos to the service and also get the app into Split View on the latest iPads and iPad Pro, there's also some performance improvements in there, too. For those of you with 16GB devices, the app will use less of your cache when storage gets real tight. Also there's some revised navigation paths so that "you can spend less ...

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    There are loud voices in the voice assistants category, but what does it take to make one pop out to you from nowhere for you to take the effort to download? After all, the one you already have on your phone works just fine for you, thanks much. Tell that to Hound, SoundHound's effort at taking complex orders and giving it all it has to respond to them. We first covered the app back when it first got its beta legs in June of last year. The officially published version is available on the Play Store and on the App Store. It allows users to ask such questions as "find me Asian restaurants ...

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    It's been revealed that Brave, a secure web browsing startup founded by a former Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, was the buyer of Link Bubble, a convenient chathead-style browser we've covered here developed by Chris Lacy. The company has relaunched the app with all of its features intact, but with enhancements offered by Brave, including an adblocker on by default, tracker protection and forcing HTTPS addresses. Lacy sold Link Bubble to Brave back in August, back when the company was in stealth mode. Brave also comes in an iOS app, but follows more traditional browsing motifs. Download: ...

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    In Blancco Technology Group's introduction to its "State of Mobile Device Performance and Health" report, it starts off with the following sentence: Mobile devices have taken the world by storm. No, duh. The problem is that the storm also can damage those mobile devices in one way or another. This trend report has been making the rounds today with a big spotlight number: 85 percent of performance issues found on mobile devices were running on Android. The remainder, by the way, went on iOS. Breaking down the Android number by brand, Samsung tops the list at 27 percent, Lenovo comes to 21 ...

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    If you're not young nor a well-to-do hipster nor very eager to delve into your personal feelings, cute animal photos, thought experiment escalations to the nth degree and GIFs of attractive men taking showers while being captioned saying something they're not actually saying ... you're probably not on Tumblr. That said, for the few who fall in the Venn Diagram between "those on Tumblr" and "those on Windows Phone," the news that Tumblr has withdrawn its Window Phone app from the Windows Store is not good. One of the social media platform's support team members responded to Sabri Yuga ...

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    And now, a case where obscurity by encryption can be used a weapon. Ransomware is one of the faster-growing threats to consumers and enterprises — in terms of prominence — and, more often than not, it has culprits getting away with their demands without even having to pore through their victims' information. After 10 days off of fussing with paper records, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center announced it had coughed up $17,000 to the hackers that essentially locked the hospital out of its own computer system. Now, we're learning about the approach of this Russian-originated "Xbot" ...

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    I'm not paying y'all $9.99 for my search not to be working, what is the problem @AppleMusic? ? — Terra (@Ms_Marshall) February 1, 2016 Apple Music, after the debut, the trials by fire and the death glares, now has a core base of users. And they are mad. Mad because of a problem that Spotify does not. Many users on Twitter and in Apple's support forums are complaining of the search function either not delivering results properly or at all and/or blanking out when called to deliver an artist profile or track. In one case, partial search terms would be autocompleted by the search engine and ...

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    While Rudy Huyn has had a lot of success and adoration tending to major social apps in the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile atmosphere, he came to a very frustrating brick wall with Snapchat and its beef against Microsoft. Huyn does siphon his rage into fuel for upkeeping his most romantic (relatively speaking) of his apps. Users of 6tin, the Tinder of Windows 10 Mobile, can now exchange GIFs with one another and even search up users by name. The features, along with a couple others, debuted on the iOS version in the past several days and Huyn had hoped to update 6tin within 24 hours of ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Has the thrown shade been retracted or is this just a case of being lazy? Kickstarter has been the source of several major smartwatch, smartphone and VR projects that we've perched over in sheer delight. It has broken records and have broken up the mobile industry just a tiny bit. And now, a revolution: the Android app. No, seriously, it's 2016 and Kickstarter just debuted an Android app. The company released its iOS app on Valentine's Day 2013. From the start, the iOS app allowed project creators to manage their messages, post updates and track stats. The barebones Android app has no ...

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    It comes out of nowhere and looks like a scam: a notification telling you that someone has stolen your Twitter account. It actually came from a new social media app that was a mix of Risk! and Foursquare in which users would "buy" a friend's Twitter account — not the actual account, but in the form of a "trading card" within the app's social sphere — and then be able to "sell" or "trade" it along with making status posts on behalf of that account. Still, Stolen! was an iOS app up until today, when it was taken down its owners, Hey, Inc., at the request of lawmakers and after consumer ...

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    Update: We have added a tweet to the bottom of this post that mentions the quote from our headline. Pocketnow regrets the omission. For a social media company predicated on short-life exchanges, Snapchat seems to have a short temper with Microsoft and its developers. Since December 2014, the company has refused to let Windows Phone app devs use its API. We haven't been given reasoning since then, but the mere omission of Snapchat clients on Windows mobile ecosystem continues to be part of the app gap story the platform is facing. Rudy Huyn, developer of 6Snap and other Windows Phone ...

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    Google usually has a quick post ready for one of its many project blogs to tell users and developers of a great new feature that they should look forward to. Not the case this time. An update to the Google app for Android apparently brought nothing worth noting. Not even in the update log on the Play Store page. The /r/Android subreddit tends to disagree. One of its users was the herald to a new audible feature that can read out your latest text messages. Ask Google to, "Show me my text messages," and it'll read out the most recent messages, asking if you'd like to "hear it" or "skip it" ...

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    It's been a few years since we've introduced Bluestacks to you. The Android app emulation program has over 100 million users playing — of all things — Candy Crush on your desktop (or Surface tablet, if you want) when you could probably hit up Facebook and do the same. But now, you can also fit in a Temple Run session right beside some bit-chomping. Bluestacks 2 debuted this week and it introduces are more comprehensive browser UI that allows for simultaneous downloading, playing and running of applications which you can navigate between using tabs. Functions and action inputs now have ...

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    Microsoft is betting on organic Windows 10 development to help expand the appeal of the platform on screen sizes large and small. While bringing in applications from other mobile operating systems might spurt the market for Windows 10 Mobile just a bit, it's not really a bridge meant for sustaining growth for all mediums. Enter TuneIn Radio as it has debuted its universal Windows 10 app. The aesthetic has (finally) been updated to its turquoise color and special font scheme and is fully-featured for your phone or 140-inch TV. It also helps that the main media involved here is audio and the ...

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    Ever get the feeling that your 2G speeds are taking bits and pieces of your sanity away while you're trying to grab a quick story to read? Sure, your GPS knows you're in the sticks, but the site tries to load a 1080p advertisement right in your face anyways! The folks behind Google Chrome are here to help you out with an update to the Android browser app. The Data Saver mode, when turned on, now adds a step to pageloading when it detects a slow connection by holding off images and prompting the user to load them if they want to. The update will hit India and Indonesia first (other ...

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    When you go to a dorm or off-campus party these days, you'll likely hear jams being piped out from a laptop or a TV connected to a laptop. And can it ever be more crud — too much bass to be a nuisance to your neighbors or maxing out treble to the tips of tinniness. It's ugly stuff. Sonos hopes you buy one of its Bluetooth speakers and use an iPhone (liberal arts students, you're in luck) because it's here to perform some sonic calibration to your partay muzak with its Trueplay software. Currently, Sonos's Play 1, Play 3 and Play 5 speakers have the software and, again, only iOS currently ...

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    If you don't have unlimited data and are not on T-Mobile or on any carrier that doesn't count streaming music toward your data usage, well, you might be closing up other apps just to enjoy streaming some music. Sure, it's music you don't have to store, but it's also a great way to give cellular networks your money. Enter Opera and its Max browser. It's been optimizing video streams for a while and now it's taking to saving up your data on music services. The way Opera's doing it is through using its own Rocket Optimizer to convert .mp3 and .m4a streams to the AAC+ codec, maximizing ...

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    Update: Tasker is now back on the Google Play Store. If you like to automate your inter- and intraconnected life on your mobile phone, Tasker has been one of the big apps to get. But with Google now drawing red lines with device manufacturers and app developers, it doesn't take much for a task automation application to get the hammer swung at it. But Google's been mum on why Tasker was targeted for a takedown, despite the latter seeming to have followed Play Store protocol. Google has been most adamant about protecting the Doze function it has introduced with Android 6.0, a feature that ...

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    This year's Build was centered around the Windows 10 experience. Yes, apps are pretty important to that experience. Developers were told that if they weren't on the boat already, they could jump on with ease with the announcement of porting and emulation bridging of iOS and Android with Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The iOS trail was dubbed Project Islandwood while Android emulation went under Project Astoria. Unfortunately, the latter effort seems to have been stopped "indefinitely," according to multiple insider sources. Microsoft has not communicated anything, even to privileged ...

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    Knowing what your wrist can tell you can make you quite dizzy sometimes. Your smartwatch is waking you up, telling you that you're late, changing your playlist up and alerting your friends that you're all meeting up at another bar tonight. With the introduction of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, there called for an update to embrace the cellular capabilities of such a device. With Android Wear's well into year number two of operations, it started outing a companion app update Friday containing that and a whole lot more. The following information comes from the changelog string, not ...

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