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SEGA’s Football Manager Mobile 2018 is now available on the Play Store

It doesn’t matter if you prefer to call it soccer or football; if you are a fan of the sport you can lose hours of your life either playing the game in real-life or following your favorite team. You can also lose entire days playing the game online, which means that the release of Football […]

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Google will refund you if you overpaid for a Pixel 2 at a pop-up store

Google’s pop-up stores made it easy for customers to walk in and buy up a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without having to go directly to a Verizon store. They employed a third-party Verizon retailer, Victra, to handle sales and activations for the Pixel. That’s a great way to streamline the experience, but many […]

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A nested tab design is hitting the Google Play Store, violating Google’s own design guidelines

A new design element was found several weeks ago in the Google Play Store that violated Google’s own Material Design guidelines. A nested navigation bar is suddenly appearing under a main tab of categories. As an example in the picture above, you can see Pop, Alternative, Rock, etc. under the main categories, Genre, Artist, Album, […]

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Sprint jabs Verizon with opening of Twice the Price store

This almost feels like it should be April Fools Day and maybe that is what Sprint is hoping Verizon customers feel about their wireless plans. In a pointed announcement accompanied by a spoof advertisement video, Sprint is inviting shoppers to visit a pop-up Twice the Price store in Flushing, New York today only from 10:00 […]

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Snap Spectacles hit retail in posh UK department store

You can get a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at vending machines in London. You can also grab them from Amazon or Snap itself online. The $ 129 glasses may be the flavor of the moment, but you wouldn't expect them to show up at any high-end fashion outle…
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Amazon opens its first drive-through grocery store

Need to pick up some supplies but can't be bothered to walk across a parking lot for them? Amazon's got you covered. In Seattle on Thursday, the company opened a grocery store that doesn't require you leave your vehicle, promising customers will only…
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Google Duo skyrockets to 50 million downloads in the Play Store

Google Duo has seen some high praise, unlike its counterpart Allo. The numbers really show how people have flocked to Duo, too. As of today, Duo on the Play Store is showing a whopping 50 million downloads. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that 50 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean 50 million active users; […]

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Yes, that’s a selfie drone flying around in your local Apple Store

Apple Stores are going to be a lot noisier from this week after the company inked a deal to be the sole seller of the new Hover Camera Passport “selfie drone” from ZeroZero Robotics.

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Apple launches permanent App Store section to showcase indie games

Apple’s Indie Showcase will give independent games a prominent place to shine on the App Store. Leading up to the reveal, Apple offered discounts on numerous indie games, some of which occupy spots in the top-10 paid chart.

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3D-scanned ‘trillennium man’ predicts what evolution has in store for us

A project from the U.K.’s University of Oxford has created an online 3D model that shows how mankind has evolved over the years and even predicts how we might continue to do so in the future.

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Nike to open new SoHo store loaded with tech

Nike is about to open another huge retail temple, this time in New York City’s SoHo. As you might expect, it’s got lots of shoes, augmented by fun techy stuff. Welcome to the future of retail.

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Google is using artificial intelligence to guide you around the Play Store

In a blog post published last week, Google announced that it has begun employing artificial intelligence to put Android apps into categories that, hopefully, make intuitive sense.

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Nike’s new store in New York City is loaded with tech

SoHo is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York City. It's home to hundreds of shops from some of the most popular brands, including Apple, Adidas and, as of last month, Google. Now you can add Nike to this list. The sportswear giant will soon…
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Samsung is launching a contest to produce games for its India-oriented Tizen Store

The best way to encourage participation? By turning everything into a competition, of course. Tapping into the human penchant for contest, Samsung has launched its Tizen App Challenge.

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Apple may open a retail store on Samsung’s turf in South Korea

South Korea doesn’t have an Apple store, but the iPhone maker is trying to change that. While Samsung already is dealing with the recall of its Galaxy Note 7, it now has to worry about a possible physical retail presence from its rival.

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You can now go shopping inside a virtual reality department store

Say hello to what eBay is calling the world’s first virtual reality department store, which allows eager customers to browse through collections like clothing, electronics, and home goods as though you were actually, well, in the store.

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Samsung’s new $45 Charm bracelet will soon hit store shelves outside the US

Samsung’s new fitness band, the $ 45 Charm, will soon hit shelves in Italy, Korea, Russia, France, and other select markets in the coming weeks and months. There’s no mention of U.S. availability, unfortunately.

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Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor…
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Nexus 9 vanishes from the Google Store

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Earlier today, Google’s Nexus 9 was silently pulled from the Google Store. The tablet was on the market for just shy of eighteen months.

The Nexus 9 debuted in October 2014 alongside the Nexus 6, two devices which have been viewed by many as very underwhelming members of the Nexus line. Google’s flagship tablet appeared to be solid on paper at launch, but the Nexus 9 actually shipped with a list of problems. Performance lagged and stuttered for nearly a year, maintaining a cool temperature was tough, and build quality was eh. Really nothing about the tablet was impressive outside of the form factor.

It finally reached the end of the road today. If you want the Nexus 9, you won’t be buying it through the manufacturer’s online retail store. The Google Store is no longer a place for you to buy the Nexus 9. Instead, you can go to a retailer like Amazon where the tablet is available for as low as $ 300. Shop around and you’ll find a price attractive for you, but remember that certain performance woes are still around.

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The Pixel C is the only tablet currently offered on the Google Store following the exit of the Nexus 9. Going to the Tablets section of the site just leads right to the Pixel C’s listing. Since the Nexus 9 isn’t mentioned in any search results on the Google Store, Google really stripped the Google Store of any Nexus 9 mentions. That’s why we firmly believe it’s permanently gone.

Good riddance, Nexus 9. Let’s all hope we get a success to the Nexus 9 or the beloved Nexus 7 at Google I/O 2016.

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DinnerCall lets you order pre-made meals from your grocery store

DinnerCall, a mobile marketplace app for family dinners, is allowing users to order pre-made or ready-to-eat meals from their local grocery stores. This app is also designed to help grocers meet their quota of selling fresh food.

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This automated store in Sweden doesn’t have any human employees — only a smartphone app

At this convenience store in the town of Viken, Sweden, you won’t find a single cashier — or even a cash register for that matter. The entire store is unmanned, and patrons must use a smartphone or tablet to enter and purchase goods from it.

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Samsung adds its own WiFi file transfer app to the Play Store

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Samsung released their own WiFi transfer app cleverly named, “Wi-Fi Transfer”. The app will allow users to transfer files from one device to another, or to a computer.

Unfortunately, it is only available to Samsung phones, but there are plenty of alternative apps to pick from in the Play Store if you have another brand of device. However, what is nice about this app is you do not need an internet connection for it to work, all you need is a WiFi network. What is even better is you do not need to use a router or be connected on a large WiFi network either. Just turn on WiFi sharing on one device and have the other connect to it. Send all the files you want after that. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

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BlackBerry adds new ‘Virtual Expert’ app to the Play Store

BlackBerry_Virtual_expert_app_iconBlackBerry Virtual Expert is a new app available on the Play Store for BlackBerry Priv owners. The purpose of the app is to perform a diagnostic test of a variety of functions to make sure all parts are working properly.

The BlackBerry Virtual Expert will perform a scan that tests parts such as the camera, display, keyboard, touchscreen, speakers, microphones, and a variety of other sensors. At the conclusion of the test, the app will provide you with feedback that highlights any parts that aren’t properly functioning. If something fails, BlackBerry will supply you with details on how to contact your carrier’s customer care center so that you can get that part checked out.

With this app, BlackBerry has made it easier for people to diagnose their Priv unit if it has any sort of issue. BlackBerry says that the app should be able to find what’s wrong with your particular Priv unit in a timely manner. Let’s hope that BlackBerry brings this app to more Android devices in the near future.

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Record-Breaking Holiday Season for the App Store

Customers around the world made this holiday season the biggest ever for the App Store, setting new records during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. In the two weeks ending January 3, customers spent over $ 1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. January 1 marked the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $ 144 million. “The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, spending over $ 20 billion on the App Store last year alone,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’re grateful to all the developers who have created the most innovative and exciting apps in the world for our customers. We can’t wait for what’s to come in 2016.”
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Store movies on your projector — the JmGO View has a secret stash

JmGO View is a sleek projector with built-in storage and operating system, dismissing the need to bring along an extra storage unit.

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Google’s Play Store may finally return to China in 2016

Google wants to have a presence in China again with the possible launch of the Google Play Store in the country next year. According to Reuters, Google will comply with Chinese law on filtered content.

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Google is lowering its minimum purchase price for Play Store apps

Google’s Alistair Pott, a Google Play product manager, made a bold announcement in the Android Developers Blog — “Minimum purchase price for apps and in-app products reduced on Google Play,” the headline reads.

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New console game for the Shield TV hits the Play Store

SHIELD-TV_game_contrast_play store_101015Contrast is an all-new adventure game for your Shield TV. Contrast lets users experience adventures in 3D and offers a wide range of challenges along the way. It’s available in the Play Store now.

If you have a Shield TV console, you might want to consider downloading the new game Contrast. Even though the game is a bit pricey at $ 14, it offers a gaming experience with high quality graphics and has included a long story line. The user is prompted to complete short puzzles and solve mysteries along their journey into the mysterious shadowy universe. The game is great for middle-aged teens but adults may find it intriguing as well. The app received a recent update further ensuring top-notch performance and the greatest experience for users.

Contrast comes in at a size of 1.8GB of storage space, so make sure you have enough available space prior to downloading. It’s also recommended to connect to a Wi-Fi network when the download is in tow in order to avoid data overages. The game already has 10-50 installs and has received a majority of high reviews. It requires Android 4.4 and up and a Shield Android TV console for the full experience in addition to a game controller. You can download it at the link below.

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Google Play Store just knocked the price of a slew of games down to just 10 cents

If you’re aching for some supremely affordable games on Android, 13 games just got discounted to 10 cents each on the Google Play Store. We’re not sure when these discounts will end, so it’d be wise to snatch them up sooner rather than later.

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Why one dev has pulled his iOS 9 ad-blocker from the App Store

Safari for iOS 9 includes new support for ad-blocking technology — and high-profile developer Marco Arment isn’t the only one agonizing over the ethics of blocking adverts on the mobile Web.

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Windows 10’s translator app available in beta on the Windows Store right now

Windows users patiently waiting to get their translation on don’t need to wait any longer, as Microsoft has put its Translator Beta on the Windows Store for download.

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Samsung expands its presence to Leh, India with an all-new Experience store

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Samsung has opened an Experience store in Leh, India, making itself to be the world’s first exclusive brand retail store at the highest altitude: 3600 meters high. This expansion makes Samsung the first brand to offer a direct distribution and service outlet in the Leh-Ladakh region.

This new Experience store will offer demonstrations, consultation, and support to customers in the area, Samsung India says. This will help the company give consumers direct access to its premium products, furthering its presence in India.

“Samsung will be wherever our consumers are. Our brand and service store in Leh, the highest altitude exclusive brand store over 3,600 meters high, will provide a unique and differentiated retail experience to our consumers. This store will not only display our new innovative products, it will also be a one stop shop for consumers to experience advanced features and solutions offered in these Samsung Smart devices,” says Mohandeep Singh, Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile Division Sales.

The Samsung Experience Store and Service center will allow customers in the region to see devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and no doubt the rumored Galaxy S7 when it launches in a few months time.

“Samsung is the first brand to set foot in the region with an exclusive showroom and we are committed to strengthening our reach further,” Singh said. Samsung’s commitment to have a presence wherever consumers are rings true in how hard the company tries to have a device in every corner of the world.

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Google updates official AdSense app in the Play Store with Material Design makeover

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Google has begun rolling out an update for its official AdSense application. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings compatibility for custom date ranges, as well a complete visual overhaul complying with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines,

Check out the clean, new interface in the gallery below:

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To install the update on your smartphone, simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘AdSense’. Then all that’s left for you to do is hit the update button.

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Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app–available on Google Play and the App Store

Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they’re interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe.

Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S.

Bright and playful design
Your 4-year-old may already be a swiping expert, but the app’s design makes it even easier to find Pocoyo or the latest episode of Sesame Street’s The Furchester Hotel. With larger images, bold icons and more, it’s fast and simple for little thumbs to navigate. And we’ve built in voice search so that even if your child can’t spell or type, they can still find videos of things they’re curious about.

Family-focused content
For years, families have come to YouTube, watching countless hours of videos on all kinds of topics. Now, parents can rest a little easier knowing that videos in the YouTube Kids app are narrowed down to content appropriate for kids. You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. Or search for videos of particular interest to your family, like how to build a model volcano, math tutorials, the amazing (and endless) world of trains—and everything in between.

Along with favorites from DreamWorksTVJim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends and more, your kids can watch new series from YouTube channels they already like. Discover new facts about dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids; learn about technology from Reading Rainbow; or watch Thomas the Tank Engine leave the world of Sodor for the first time in 70 years to travel the globe. Plus, more new videos are coming soon from beloved YouTubers like John and Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers and Stampylonghead.

Parental controls
We realize every family is different, so we’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids:

  • Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome. 😉 )
  • Sound settings: Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.
  • Search settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
  • Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included a space for you to give us your feedback.

YouTube Kids is available for free starting today in the U.S. on Google Play and the App Store, and will soon be available on Kurio and nabi kids’ tablets.

This is the first step toward reimagining YouTube for families, but with your help, the app will continue to get better over time. We’re excited to start this chapter with you—so from our family to yours, enjoy!

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New Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview adds app store, universal Office, and more apps

Microsoft is bringing Windows 10 to your Windows smartphone, creating a unified, seamless, cross-platform experience across all your Windows devices. Here’s a rundown of the new features we can expect, and what phones it’ll arrive on first.

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[Deal] Huawei’s online store has a valuable bundle to celebrate its anniversary

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Huawei is celebrating the anniversary of its online store launching with a bundle deal that can save you over $ 200. What’s involved? Everything from phones and discounts to SIM cards and freebies.

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Complete registration at GetHuawei.com and you can do the following:

  1. Purchase the P8 Lite, Ascend Mate2, or SnapTo
  2. Take $ 50 off of your entire order
  3. Receive a free SIM card with thirty days of unlimited talk, text, and data from Net10 Wireless
  4. Receive a free Bluetooth dual stereo speaker
  5. Receive a free snap on cover when purchasing the P8 Lite

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Disconnect.Me dispute with Google over Play Store leads to antitrust complaint in Europe

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As Google continues to deal with the European Commission over a variety of claims that the company has become too large and is creating an anticompetitive environment, a new complaint has been lodged by Disconnect Inc., developers of an ad-blocking and privacy app. The crux of the complaint is Google’s decision to ban the Disconnect Mobile app from the Google Play Store. Disconnect is demanding their app be included in the Play Store along with unspecified damages.

Disconnect provides a service to protect “users from invisible tracking and malvertising, malware served through advertisements” according to a statement issued by the company. Disconnect makes their service available through apps for both Android and iOS systems as well as extensions that can be deployed on desktop computers. Disconnect has tried twice in the past year to get the Android version of the app listed in Google Play, only to see Google ban the app. The second time it happened, Google threatened to remove the company’s developer account, which would have impacted other apps produced by the company.

Google has responded to the complaint stating it is baseless. According to their statement,

“Our Google Play policies (specifically clause 4.4) have long prohibited apps that interfere with other apps (such as by altering their functionality, or removing their way of making money). We apply this policy uniformly – and Android developers strongly support it. All apps must comply with these policies and there’s over 200 privacy apps available in Google Play that do.”

Disconnect, founded by former Google execs, currently offers the app through their own site so users can sideload the app. They have also worked on deals to get the app pre-installed on devices, like the Blackphone provided through Deutsche Telekom. However, the company clearly believes they are losing out on potential revenue due to the lack of exposure from not being listed in the Google Play Store. In a statement, CEO Casey Oppenheim says,

“We want what the lawyers call ‘equal treatment.’ We want Android users to be able to get our products quickly and easily through the Play Store and we want to be fully supported by Google, just like other apps in the Store.”

Disconnect has not yet released the actual complaint with all of the details regarding the claimed impact from not being listed in the Play Store. They have also not launched any complaints outside of the European Union.

source: TechCrunch

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Xiaomi launches online store on June 1 in the U.S. and later in Europe, but it’s sparsely stocked

Xiaomi is taking a tentative step into the U.S. market with the launch Monday of an online store. Shoppers can choose from a small selection of tech accessories but won’t yet be able to pick up any of the smartphones.

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