Yahoo Weather makes your device match the environment with animated effects

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Yahoo doesn’t just want users to read out about the weather. They want users to actually feel it (without actually feeling it). Today, the company started rolling out an update to its Yahoo Weather app that introduces animated effects. Based on the weather outside your window, the app will adapt the display with effects for rain, snow, fog, heat, lightning, and frost. Yahoo feels that this takes things to the “next level.” So while the weather outside is frightful, the fire inside is so delightful. And Yahoo Weather will make sure you know that.

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Fleksy gets update, moving beyond the keyboard

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Fleksy, one of the more popular keyboard replacements out there as indicated by the 3 million downloads they have had over the past year, announced a major update today. According to Fleksy, although at its heart the app is a keyboard replacement, the company believes users should not have to switch back and forth between apps to do things that can be done via the keyboard.
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Todoist gets full Android Wear support

TodoistTodoist is one of the most popular to-do list and task management apps available on Android. In fact, Google even named it one of the best Android apps of 2014.

One of the best features of Todoist is the support for a wide range of Google services, including Android, Google Chrome, Chrome OS, and Gmail, so you can manage and keep up with your lists from just about anywhere. Today, the Todoist team has announced that they’re adding Android Wear support to the app, 
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HTC Video Chat Enhance Update Brings Drawing To Screen Share

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Have you ever been in a video chat and you’re trying to describe a particular part of a website to someone and they just can’t seem to find what it is you’re looking at? Now, with the latest update to HTC Video Chat Enhance, your life just got a whole lot easier. Just draw on the screen during HTC’s screen share and the person can see it in real-time. Make sketches to highlight business talking points or annoy your friends, the choice is yours.
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Sony’s PS4 Remote Play makes its way to unrooted Android devices

remoteplay_Z3-sonySony introduced Remote Play for their newer Xperia devices, letting users stream PlayStation 4 games to their smartphone. The games work with a Dualshock 4 controller, so you’ll get a near-console quality experience on a portable, smaller screen. This feature was obviously only intended for Sony devices, but thanks to some clever work by developers over at XDA, you can get it working on just about any modern Android device.
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Google+ getting revamped notification system on desktop site

Google_Plus_BannerGoogle+ is getting some improvements on the desktop site to make keeping on top of your notifications a little easier. You’ll be able to check out updates and other alerts in a dedicated page, instead of being confined to the smaller area that we’re used.

In the normal notification tray, you’ll also be able to filter out unread notifications from what you’ve already cleared, which can be useful if you’ve got a ton of alerts popping up.
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Trio of apps added to Chromecast portfolio

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Google has announced three new apps that have added support for Chromecast as of today. The apps include musiXmatch, Lyve and Fitnet. musiXmatch is an app that identifies songs you are playing and will then provide the lyrics in perfect sync with the music. The Chromecast support lets users cast the music and the lyrics, floating over the screen, to your TV via Chromecast. Lyve is an app that creates a central repository of your photos that can then be accessed from any of your devices. Now, those photos can be cast to a Chromecast device. Finally, Fitnet provides fitness videos and can use your smartphone to collect biometric data. The Chromecast support means the videos can now be displayed on your large screen TV.
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Samsung may be working on an Apple Pay competitor

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014It’s pretty typical Samsung behavior to try and create their own versions of popular technology, whether that’s an App Store, instant messaging service, or virtual reality headset. Sometimes Samsung’s version turns out pretty well, but other times it can be a complete disaster that goes mostly unused by customers.

With Apple entering the mobile payment market with Apple Pay, Samsung is, of course, readying their own form of a wireless payment method using Samsung smartphones. Sure, Samsung already has their own Wallet app, and almost all newer Android phones support tap-to-pay functionality with Google Wallet, but Samsung wants their own, uniquely branded version.
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