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    The developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0 has been extended through early next year. Why? We don't know. Android won't tell us. But it did release Developer Preview 3 for users to load up on and there's one big feature that's got everyone excited: the Play Store is now navigable on Android Wear watches. Not only will it be much less of a hassle to look up and download apps as you need them without pulling out your phone — more importantly, this update allows developers to only develop and publish Wear apps. No phone companion needed! It saves developers time and gets more of ...

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    You don't see the explosion of posts about how the iPhone 7 Plus have had poor multitasking capabilities as you've seen with the OnePlus 3. Part of that could be with the optics of numerals — the OnePlus phone had 6GB of RAM while the Apple-optimized iPhone 7 Plus held 3GB. Still, just because you have complete control of hardware and software, that doesn't mean that the whole deal is doing its best. The "Plus" had a full gigabyte of RAM more than the iPhone 7 and they both multi-tasked similarly. After piling a few apps into the multitasking queue, both phones had to redraw apps. ...

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    As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it's worth reporting. The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the ...

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    Here's a simple little feature that the Google Play Store probably should've had long ago. Here's also a simple little feature that everything offering downloadable data (hi, everyone) or anything that can download said data (hello, phone manufacturers) should've had long ago. Google is beta testing a feature that queues downloads up if it realizes that you're browsing the Play Store on a cellular network. If you want to "Wait For Wi-Fi" to download a certain app, you can answer a prompt as such and the next time you hit a local area connection, you should be able to see a download or two ...

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    Uber pads its share of the global ride-hailing pie. Its positioning is very apparent as its service has been the go-to for Google Maps users looking for a way over "there". Sure, Maps added on six regional services back in March, but that UberX has always been tops on the ride service list. Not necessarily anymore. Lyft and Gett are now on the roster in the US. Lyft plays second fiddle to Uber at home while Gett, an Israeli company with services in over 60 cities across the globe including New York — the only location where Google will show Gett listings. Lyft options will be seen ...

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    September 7 will be a big day for Apple, its fans and the developers surrounding its ecosystem. The iPhone 7 will be unveiled, software platforms are getting a major update and a whole bunch of apps are going to leave the App Store. Yes, the iOS app ecosystem may shrink just a tiny bit. Whoa. This is huge. Apple reviewing old apps for quality + encouraging shorter app names. pic.twitter.com/S7C10yCOBC — Jake Marsh (@jakemarsh) September 1, 2016 An email going out to developers and an update to Apple's Developer site has them in a tizzy. The company is focused on whittling away apps that ...

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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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    The HP Elite x3 may soon have some awesome augmented reality capabilities similar to the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro and just like how the Microsoft HoloLens does. PCWorld talked with HP's mobility head Michael Park about how some Universal Windows Apps made for the HoloLens could be usable on the new phone some time down the developmental roadmap. While the Elite x3 has some intense silicon behind it, it does not have special camera and depth-sensing hardware built onto it. In all likelihood, we'll have to see a head- or arm-mounted peripheral come out — and if that's the case, we'll have to see ...

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    Samsung's new Game Launcher and Game Tools that launched with the Galaxy S7 and is on the Note 7 is about to make its way down across the Note 5, the Galaxy S6 and all of its siblings. That's according to SamMobile, which first found the Game Launcher app in the Galaxy Apps store. The Game Launcher puts all the games on the device front and center for users to access while Game Tools adds on to the experience with screen recording, the option to disable navigation keys and locking out notifications. The Game Tuner feature is integrated into the Game Launcher which helps reduce games' ...

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    It's not just enough that your virtual reality platform runs on SteamVR with the backing of one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. With augmented reality headsets and smartphones addressing practical issues, the HTC Vive needs to be more than just about hit points and hitboxes. So, the company is going to launch a beta version of its Viveport showcase for apps covering "edutainment, social media, 360° video, news, sports, health, travel and shopping." Developers will be able to crack in after a few weeks, submit content and, eventually, get monetization. The full Viveport ...

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    If you work with a Pixel C or any Android device you'd like to type lots of text on, you can now hack your writing and chart-making just like any other person on a PC. A set of Google Docs and Sheets Add-Ons are now available on the Google Play Store. EasyBib, Teacher Aide, DocuSign and Google Classroom are part of the group of nine available right now, giving you access to CRM integration, document scanning, lesson planning and paper grading. The add-ons can be activated from the Play Store or both the Docs and Sheets apps. Source: Google Play Via: TechCrunch

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    Google officially announced that content purchased on Google Play accounts can be shared with up to six people through its new Family Library feature. All possible devices that the content can be used on will be usable for each person sharing the account — from large screens to mobile ones, from iOS to PC to Android, from games to books to movies. Some content may be ineligible for sharing. The account holder can also partition some content for themselves. When members of the account want to get apps, they can do so with the main credit card for the account or supply their own payment ...

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    The trial balloon has popped and more Chromebooks are joining in on the Android action. Weeks after the ASUS Chromebook Flip got developer access to the Google Play Store, both the Chromebook Pixel 2 and the Acer Chromebook R11 have come onto major updates in the developer channel of Chrome 53. All you have to do is get to the About Chrome OS box in your settings, switch to the "Developer - unstable" channel and then pick up any updates as they come in. Once that's done, you can now enable "Android apps" in your settings. Via: Droid Life

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    Not many people want an extra upgrade to their warrior in the game or buy jackets or book hotel rooms through apps on their phones. But the few that do make it possible for the app to continue existing, so it's important that analysts take a look at where the money is flowing. And so, AppsFlyer looked at $300 million spent inside over a thousand apps across more than 100 million unique users in the month of April. It found that only 5 percent of all global users make in-app purchases with the average purchaser spending $9.60 per month. The iOS buyer-base (7.1 percent of all users) is ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    Pop our bubble, why doesn't Apple? We mentioned that you can delete certain pre-loaded apps provided by Apple on iOS 10 from your machine. The support page for the topic even uses the word "delete" and the iconography for downloading from the cloud if you decide to put the app back on your device. Turns out, nope. Senior Vice President of software engineering Craig Federighi appeared on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast at WWDC to explain that Apple wasn't actually going to let you delete its stock apps. The binaries are still there, it just doesn't have your user data attached to it ...

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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    It's been one doozy of a day with WWDC's keynote wrapping up in some of the most comprehensive updates to the ecosystem in a while. iOS 10 has brought some big changes to its core features. But you won't be able to see any of it if you don't have a proper device to take this software on. So, here are the devices that you'll be getting the update on: All iPhones from the iPhone 5 or later All iPads from the iPad 2 or later Both the iPod touch 5th and 6th generation Both the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th generation have been supported with current software for nearly four years now while ...

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    European football fans, it’s (almost) time to get the highly anticipated show on the road. Unfortunately, instead of worrying about procuring last-minute plane tickets to Paris, booking cheap local accommodation, and somehow finding a way into the UEFA Euro 2016 opening match without paying scalpers an arm and a leg, your primary concern should be steering clear of potential terrorist attacks. Sorry to diminish your excitement, but the threat is real following November 2015 suicide bombings and mass shootings, including near the Stade de France, with tournament security enforced by a ...

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    So, you're bumping up against your storage ceiling and want to install, say, a ridehailing app that you haven't used before for a free ride (because let's face it: you're also flat broke right at the moment). The Google Play Store's telling you, though, that you simply can't pack in another APK onto your poor, crammed device. Brothers and sisters of the 16GB clan, we feel ya. Well, the Play Store has a new wizard when you it detects you need some space. It gives you a list of apps you've left cobwebbed or don't use often and how much space they take. You can check them off the list and hit ...

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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Smartphones are mission critical communications devices for many people, and we're increasingly relying on them to get work done. However there are times where we just need to sit in front of a larger screen and a proper keyboard to accomplish certain tasks. Maybe that more traditional laptop or desktop experience isn't even necessary, it's just more comfortable. What is Continuum? In an attempt to address this disparity, Microsoft introduced Continuum with the release of Windows 10 for Mobile. Plugging a Lumia 950 or 950XL into a dock doesn't just share the screen with a larger monitor, ...

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    Digital Turbine Ignite. Three words that strike anger in the hearts of many smartphone users. If you're not familiar with what it does, it's an app that's installed on the carrier's side that automatically downloads and installs more "preload" and "postload" software, known disaffectionately by many as "bloatware". It then automatically updates those apps and adds more as time goes along. Well, good news. Turns out that if you have the Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7, you should now have DT Ignite installed with an OTA software update to version MMB29M.G930VVRU2APD2. It's not a ...

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