Joyride monetizing podcasts with in-app fundraising and rewards

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Joyride, the service that focuses on distributing podcasts, is introducing new capabilities on behalf of content producers. Rather than relying upon traditional advertising, podcasters can launch in-app fundraising and rewards. Simply put: “advertising doesn’t cut it” about the current revenue model in the podcast industry. That is what Joyride CEO Jeff Chen had to say. The service is working with podcasters to compose custom fundraising campaigns that are approachable for users. Joyride users then pay a monthly cost to support a podcast and receive rewards accordingly.

Google selected Joyride as a launch partner for Android Auto.

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Hangouts Dialer Update Brings Dialer Recognition To Links

hangouts_dialer_update_picture1Today’s update to Google’s Hangouts Dialer app now let’s you select the app to place a call when you click on phone number links inside of other apps, like Google Maps or Search. You can choose to use the option once or make it your default dialer app.

Another feature of this update will allow you to add people or places to your contacts from your Hangouts Dialer call history.
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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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