Google deletes multiple Pirate Bay related apps from the Play Store

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In a bid to curb piracy related websites and services, Google has cracked the whip on a wide range of Pirate Bay related apps. Applications like The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror and PirateApp have been removed from the Play Store completely.

The developers were given the following warning - REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information.

Existing users of these applications can continue to use them as normal, although new users will not be able to get it from the Play Store. The Pirate Bay Proxy app has been made available on the developer’s website, allowing users to sideload it on their devices.

Gavin, who is responsible for the app claims that Google has wrongly deleted his app as it does nothing different than what a myriad of other browsers do, including the Chrome browser. The Pirate Bay Proxy app directs users to a proxy website beforehand and lets them use the web browser as normal. We can expect Google to continue its anti-piracy push over the coming months with several other piracy related apps taking shape each day.

What do you make of this new revelation?

Via: Torrent Freak

Microsoft’s Torque search now works on Android smartphones as well

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Microsoft has now updated the Torque application on the Play Store, bringing support for Android smartphones as well. This dedicated Bing search app was previously available only on Android Wear offerings, but has now made its way to smartphones as well.

Just as the smartwatch version of the app, Torque for smartphones will let you shoot up a search query with a shake gesture. This might not be as convenient as Google Now, but it’s a worthy option to have nonetheless. Torque lets users get traffic details, weather information and sports scores all in one place, just the way Google Now does.

Microsoft Torque Search brings the most powerful voice-enabled web search to either Android Wear or Android Phone. With a flick of the wrist, Torque wakes up your Android Wear watch for you to say what you want to search. You can also shake your phone to do the same thing if you don’t have a physical watch. Torque Search used Microsoft’s state-of-the-art advanced speech and gesture recognition technologies with Bing powered web search, which offers a truly unique experience.

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Feedly updated with high resolution images support and new settings theme

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Since Google Reader’s shutdown, Feedly has taken over as the go-to for curating RSS feeds and other forms of content. So there is an expectation for Feedly to be of premier quality. Today, an update to the app delivers on that expecation. Version 25.0.1 introduces better Twitter integration, high resolution images, and usual bug fixes. On the design side of things, the settings menu has two new themes: Holo Light and Material Light. The first is from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the latter is straight out of Android 5.0 Lollipop.


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Facebook reorganizes Slingshot with changes in version 2.0

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This is not the same Slingshot that Facebook released in June. Facebook looked at the app following its launch and came back with changes in its version 2.0 update. The developers of Slingshot explain that “improving a product isn’t only about what you add, but about what you remove, so we made a simpler, cleaner, more fun Slingshot.” The process of sharing photos and videos is quicker than before with just two taps being necessary. And now there is a grid showing Shots from friends that are live for twenty-four hours or until swiped away. Slingshot also has private reactions with filters, drawings, and captions to give a more personal feel.

What’s New:

  • Quickly shoot and share moments throughout your day
  • Get creative with filters, drawings and emojis
  • Shots stick around for 24 hours or until they’re swiped away
  • Reply to any shot with a private photo or video reaction
  • Connect with friends and follow awesome people around the world
  • Turn on instant notifications to never miss a moment from your favorite people
  • Relive your day and share your favorite shots out to other people

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Here’s how to enable the hidden reader mode in Chrome for Android

google_chromeOne of the most inconsistent things I’ve noticed on my Note 4 is that some web sites are hard to read. With varying formatting, it can sometimes be a process having to zoom in and out, moving the page back and forth, etc. Well Chrome for Android has your back as it now has a hidden reader mode. Reader mode will strip away that annoying formatting. Here’s how to enable it.


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Google Play Store update brings visual tweaks, new features [APK Download]

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Google is in the process of pushing out a new version of the Play Store app for Android devices according to Google UI engineer Kirill Grouchnikov. Coming from someone on the UI side of development, Grouchnikov naturally focuses on the interface changes which is headlined by a full-height drawer that pulls out from the left. This means Google’s Play Store app no longer needs a “hamburger” icon to access some features.


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