Google Hangouts gets more changes than addition of Voice

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Yesterday the big news about Google’s Hangouts app was that Google Voice was finally being merged into the platform. As that update continues to rollout to users, Google has announced some other improvements to the Hangouts platform for communication. Perhaps the biggest change is that users accessing Hangouts using the iOS or Android app can now participate in video calls without a Google+ profile. The ability to do this first appeared in July when Google added this to the web-based Hangouts interface. 
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Samsung releases WatchON Plus to the Play Store for Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4

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Samsung’s WatchON app is relatively popular — in addition to its ability to control set-top boxes and TVs, it can also play on-demand content (both free and paid).

Today, Samsung released WatchON Plus to the Play Store, but is only available to Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 owners. The app features an updated UI, but doesn’t appear to have any added functionality.

To download, hit the break.


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New App: WeTransfer hits the Play Store, allows file transfers of up to 10GB at once

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It’s pretty annoying to find that a email to a friend with a bunch of photos didn’t end up sending because of your email’s attachment size limit.

But with new app WeTransfer, you won’t have to worry about exceeding that limit.

The app lets you send up to 10GB of data at once to another email address. The receiving address will get a download link — from there, they’ll be able to download all the photos on their device.

It’s pretty simple, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from an app — that it works, and that it’s easy. Hit the break for a list of the app’s features, a gallery of screenshots and a link to the app in the Play Store.


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NFL Now takes the field to provide video highlights and news

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The NFL has released a new app, NFL Now, geared to users who prefer to get their NFL updates through videos. The app gives users access to new videos added daily, including real-time highlights served up on game days. Users can also access, for a fee, the NFL Films archive of shows. The NFL promises all of the content can be accessed through an easy-to-use interface for displaying content on your phone or tablet. While it seems like an app of this nature screams out for the ability to connect to a Chromecast, there is no indication that users can do that.

Hit the break to check out some screenshots and a download link if you want to give NFL Now a try.
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Wear Mini Launcher gets an update and moves from Alpha to Beta

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Developer Nicolas Pomepuy has been quickly working to improve the Android Wear experience through a custom launcher, Wear Mini Launcher, for Wear-based devices. He already released an alpha version of the app for testers to try out and has been providing updates over the course of the past couple weeks. Now, the Wear Mini Launcher app has moved to the beta stage.
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Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

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Automattic, the company behind the creation of WordPress, has added an app to the Play Store called “Selfies.”

The app does pretty much what you’d expect it to. Nothing  too fancy, but its simplicity might be its strength.

“Selfies” lets users take selfies, caption and filter them, and share them into a stream that can be seen by other users. So basically it’s Instagram for selfies but with a much smaller user base. You can also react to other people’s selfies with your own selfies, adding a Snapchat-like feature to the app.

The chances that this app hits the big time and catches on with the masses is pretty low (considering the saturation of the selfies app market), but the app is still in its infancy, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a photo gallery of screenshots.


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HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.


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Kik messaging service updated to include live location tracking from Glympse

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If you use Kik Messenger, we have some good news for you.

Due to a recent partnership between location tracking service Glympse and Kik, you’ll now be able to share your location with the person you’re chatting with. You can also request a location from a friend through the app, using Glympse’s software.


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