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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Pushbullet adds support for quick-action buttons on PC

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Being able to view a mobile device’s notifications on a computer is handy. Even better is being able to interact with the quick-action buttons those notifications usually carry. Pushbullet, the app known for its capability of displaying notifications across multiple devices, now has support for the latter. With support for quick-action buttons, Pushbullet users can interact with notifications with the same options on a computer. Have an email? You can archive, delete, or dismiss it right from the computer. Pushbullet says that the feature works with almost any Android app that has buttons on notifications.

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Two great movies up for grabs on Google Play today

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Google is giving away two different films at opposite sides of the pond today on the Play Store. Residents in the United Kingdom will get complimentary access to the Sherlock Holmes remake starring Robert Downey Jr, whilst movie lovers in the United States will receive one of my favourite titles of all time, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.


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Google’s My Tracks App Gets Google Fit Integration

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Google is not frequently known to have any of its apps out of sync with its other products, but surprisingly, the My Tracks app has been on the back-burner when it’s come to the Google Fit app. Many other apps, like Strava, have had Google Fit integration for a while now. That ends today as Google has finally introduced its two fitness apps to each other.
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SwiftKey Offers Branded Keyboards, Starting With “Frozen”

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For the first time in forever, SwiftKey is offering branded keyboard themes. And based on market research that must have demonstrated that the bulk of SwiftKey users are young girls, the first themes to hit the market will be for Disney’s animated juggernaut Frozen. (Or it’s also likely that Disney Consumer Products dangled the metaphorical carrot in front of SwiftKey product developers.)


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