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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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    Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go elsewhere. This is a bit of a no-brainer – not new information at all. Which led to the question – what vital apps are actually required for an ecosystem to be viable? What apps are needed in order for a customer to plant her flag and claim it as her own? We asked our ...

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    Incremental improvements between big steps in developer preview software are important to us, especially when it comes to mobile — remember that these improvements are supposed to make our lives a tad easier, wherever we are. So, if you're on the Android Beta Program and use your phone for quick interactions on the go, you might have some fun with these new features adds in Developer Preview 2 of Android N. And do remember that these features can come and go up through the final build in different shapes and forms. Calculator in Quick Settings If your OEM hasn't already embedded a ...

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    Walking dead platform BlackBerry 10 got another jab in the kidneys as Facebook has decided to stop support of the platform. WhatsApp, a subsidiary of Facebook, will also pull support from BBOS at the end of the year. Ever since BlackBerry introduced the Android-powered Priv phone, the company has been inching slowly away from actively developing its own homebrew. Representatives have said that it'll be Android-only moving forward. And third-party developers are taking notice. The INSIDE BlackBerry blog says that Waterloo remains committed to BB10 and that its dev community is "creating ...

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    Update: The Direct Download link is up and we'll be publishing things starting at 3pm Eastern. The iPhone 7 might be the leakiest iPhone yet, in that we're seeing quite a few shots of the camera and antenna bands. The Galaxy S7 Edge does battle with the S6 Edge+ and Note 5. Windows Phone users say goodbye to HERE Maps, and the camera on the Galaxy S7 is THOROUGHLY reviewed. We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and ...

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    After years of neglect, Facebook is finally porting over a new Instagram Beta app for Windows 10 Mobile phones. This is one of the first major iOS apps to be converted for fans of live tiles and Cortana, but Facebook did not use Microsoft's Project Islandwood tools to make the migration. Instead, Instagram developers used their own in-house Osmeta software. We know Beta apps comes with some level of instability, but is this port ready to handle your photo social networking? No... No it is not... It's not ready at all... Here's our first look at the new Instagram Beta for Windows 10 Mobile. ...

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    Google Play for Education was a program that sold Android tablets specialized for school use. But its partner vendors have gotten word that the program has ended. An executive at one of the vendors said he was trying to acquire a quote for an order. After a lengthy wait, ASUS and Samsung said that their products were "end-of-lifed" and suggested that the vendor look at Chromebooks instead. Google sent a missive to the vendor that said the Play for Education program was ending and recommended the same. The exec believes that the limited user capabilities and environment of the tablets meant ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    Update: We're currently reviewing the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running Build 105386.29. Because our target audience is made mostly of general consumers, our device review policy restricts us from trying beta or developer versions. That includes 105386.36, which supposedly fixes these problems. We'll update this post if we're able to update one of Lumia 950 units on Insider or when an official release of .36 gets out. We've been lamenting how Windows 10 Mobile still feels so beta, even though Microsoft's said "see you latah." If you've listened in to our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you can ...

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    Since Microsoft is deeply invested in developing software for as many popular platforms (minding its own, of course) as it can, it has to think about not only how they are run, but how they are marketed, too — how they're packaged and how they're presented, mainly. So, it's taken to producing a "Microsoft Apps" app on the Google Play Store. It's not just the Office suite that Microsoft offers. Keep in mind that it's the company running the Xbox, too. Beyond that, apps categorized in bins including Education, Finance and Health & Fitness. It's just a first-party portal for now, ...

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    ... is it over yet? Okay, here's something more interesting besides politics. Business Insider got a chance to talk with US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In addition to dishing out on other candidates, he also showed his discerning tech taste towards the forerunner of all smart wearables (at least, that's what mainstream analysts are painting it as), the hot-as-ever Apple Watch. Bush has been pictured at several events sporting the wearable. He's also a little bit of a fitness buff, too. Here's a transcript on his "iWatch" thoughts: [The device] requires a lot more work than ...

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    Why pay now when you can wait until you have to pay everything else? Okay, besides this being the recipe to another subprime mortgage crisis, we're actually not technically talking about credit. If you plan on grabbing a few apps or anything else from the Windows Store for your Windows 10 device, if you're on Sprint, you can wait until your monthly bill comes up to pay for that stuff. Boku, a company specializing in integrating third-party service charges into carrier bills, has expanded its agree with Microsoft to route Windows Store purchases for Windows 10 devices to carrier bills. ...

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    Remember Steve Ballmer? Of course you do. Of course current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella does. Ballmer's the largest shareholder of the company. And while you may have slights against Ballmer's corporate management tactics, he certainly has a beef with Microsoft's financial reporting practices. Microsoft had its annual shareholders meeting today. The company projected an annualized rate of sales that would grow the company's cloud business to $20 billion by 2018. Ballmer is not happy that the Redmond giant would not disclose profit margins or sales for its hardware and cloud operations — ...

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    With the Mac App Store fiasco sorted out, it's time to refocus on the apps themselves. Specifically, how to find them. Online advertising offers a direct way for potential customers a direct land on your app's page. But what if you're promoting in that real life kind of space — ordering billboards and such? Moreover, if people find themselves in a situation where they'll "look it up later" for any reason, what are the chances that they'll find your application?   It turns out that Apple's working on improving those odds by ranking apps for factors not explicitly labeled as a ...

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    Third party applications have proven to be the secret sauce that can make or break a platform. As such, the easier it is for a developer to build an app for a platform, the more probable that a person or company will be willing to adopt a platform. Some platforms are just too big to be ignored when building apps, but it seems that there are reasons why apps reach iOS first and Android second in some cases. App developer Infinum recently published a small study that details the differences between the amount of work needed to build the same app on both iOS and Android. In a nutshell, he ...

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