Primecast app puts Amazon Prime Instant Video content on Chromecast

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Are you hooked into the Amazon ecosystem? Then take a look at Primecast. Then take a look at Primecast. No, it is not an official Amazon app; however, it will do something that the company would seemingly never dare to do. Primecast mirrors content from Prime Instant Video on Chromecast.

Amazon’s video streaming service only received Android support within the last two months. Jeff Bezos & Co. are very slow to make its services available on many platforms. Why? So you crack and purchase an Amazon device. We highly doubt Chromecast support will arrive come directly from Amazon due to its direst competitor — the Fire TV Stick. Primecast is an easy go-to solution for just $2.99.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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WhatsApp update now shows when messages have been read

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You may recall that Facebook acquired WhatsApp Messenger back in February for an eye-watering $19 billion, and is only now in the process of rolling out its first major update for the service. Don’t get too excited, though, as the added functionality is not welcomed by many.

If you’re either an avid user of WhatsApp or a complete novice, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of its ‘double tick’ delivery system. If not, don’t worry. It’s simple. A grey tick on its own represents that a message has been successfully sent, while two grey ticks mean it has been delivered to the recipient’s phone. However, Facebook has decided to adapt this feature.

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Android sees market share growth in latest Comscore report

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Breaking the trend, Android’s market share has risen from 51.9% to 52.1% in the three months ending September 2014. Apple’s iOS, however, saw a slight dip down to 41.7% from the 42.1% share they saw in the previous three month period. Good new for Microsoft though as they saw another steady increase from 3.4% to 3.6%. Blackberry, however, lost 0.1% of the market, which Symbian somehow managed to pick up, going from 0.1% to 0.2%.

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Google puts two Nexus 6 cases in the Play Store, labeled as “Coming soon”

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Purchase a new device? Its time to accessorize. Accessories, believe it or not, are a big reason a person will purchase a specific device. It is a way to personalize the device. With the Nexus 6, Google will have options available directly through the Play Store. There are two cases listed in the Play Store, both manufactured by Case-Mate.

The first, and the expensive, case is a stand folio. Called the Stand Folio Case, it props up the Nexus 6 for longer viewing sessions. It also stores things like IDs and credit cards with a few slots on the inside. The backside has a cutout for the camera but it will be blocked when the front cover is opened and folded over. The Stand Folio Case costs $40.

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See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

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Apps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting. Read more

HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store

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In an effort to provide quick and easy updates, HTC has been uploading their system apps to the Play Store, and today the HTC Weather app makes its debut on Google’s marketplace. The download is exclusive to HTC devices. No new features or improvements are included, this just allows HTC to update the app without the need for a full system update. Hit the break for a gallery of screenshots and a download link. Read more

You can now make international voice calls with Google Hangouts in India

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Google has just taken the wraps off of a cool new feature for Google Hangouts users in India. Starting today, it’s completely free to make phone calls to US and Canadian phone numbers from within Google Hangouts, and they’ve introduced some pretty low international rates if you need to call another country. Of course, Hangouts to Hangouts calls are still completely free, anyway.

Turning on voice calls in the Hangouts Dialer app will enable the feature automatically. The feature has also made its way to iOS and the web versions of Hangouts and Gmail, so whatever platform you use, you’re covered.

source: Google India

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app is a powerful sleep tracker for your smartphone

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We’ve covered Runtastic on this site before, but today the developers of the popular fitness-tracking app have released something to track your sleep habits. The app is called Sleep Better and it seems to be a powerful tool for those trying to get the most out of their rest. The user just has to keep their phone under their pillow at night and the app will track how restful your sleep is based on movement. The app also factors in exercise, caffeine intake, and other variable to provide suggestions on how to get a better night’s sleep. Read more

Samsung will offer watch straps and bangle options for the Gear S

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If you’re planning on picking up Samsung’s Gear S, you should be happy to know that the company is planning on supporting the 3G smartwatch with several accessories, including multiple colors of wrist bands and some extra bangle straps. Samsung has updated the listing for the Gear S on their UK website to show several different straps that will likely become available once the watch starts shipping. Read more