Snowball tries to pack messaging platforms into single app

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A new app called Snowball has been released to the Google Play Store with the intent of providing a one-stop source for a user’s messaging apps. Although still in beta, Snowball will let users connect to their Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, SMS, Hangouts, Twitter, Line, WeChat and Slack accounts. “Connect” is only used in the broadest terms though as all the app really does is watch for notifications from the different messaging platforms and then lets you know so you can check them in an inbox Snowball builds.
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HTC releases detailed videos outlining the features of their new Eye Experience

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At an event a couple days ago, HTC revealed its new Eye Experience, a suite of selfie-centric camera tools and applications  that the failing tech giant believes to be useful, though I’m not quite convinced. The suite will be pushed to the One M7, One M8 and presumably other phones running Sense 6.0. For those of you who want to see it in action before its available, HTC has released five detailed videos outlining the features of the Eye Experience.
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Nexus 9 to be unveiled next week, but might not be available till next month

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We have heard rumors that October 15th could be the day we finally get to officially see the HTC-made Nexus 9, and we just got further confirmation, and a bonus….the price. BSN is reporting that Google will introduce the Nexus 9 on October 15, but unfortunately it won’t be available until November 3rd for $399

That is contrary to what we have seen in recent years. Generally, when Google introduces a new device, it’s available for order the same day or at least the next day.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 9, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Reviews

[App Review] WPS Office is Kingsoft’s beautifully repackaged office suite

Apps

Glympse Express shares your location temporarily with specified apps and contacts

Verizon launches Slacker Radio Tones for custom ringtones and ringback tones

Google Play Store gets Update


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Verizon launches Slacker Radio Tones for custom ringtones and ringback tones

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Apparently there are people out there willing to pay for a very unique way to get ringtones and ringback tones. On Thursday, Verizon launched Slacker Radio Tones with the popular music streaming service. For $2 per month, Slacker Radio Tones gives Verizon customers access to its music and stations. Ringtones work with whatever a user selects or assigns to a specific contact. The ringback tones, though, can operate with a station offered by Slacker. This keeps your incoming callers entertained while generously waiting for you to pick up the phone.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Google appeals dispute with Oracle to the Supreme Court

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Google filed a request earlier this week seeking a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that pits the tech giant against another powerhouse in technology, Oracle. The case involves parts of Java that Oracle claims copyright over and believes Google has violated when building the Android operating system. While the dollar figure in dispute, $1 Billion, is sizable, Google is framing the question as key to the ability for tech companies to innovate.
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