Verizon starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update with Stagefright fix for the Nexus 7

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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.

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[APK Download] Play Books v3.6 adds some new features for easy reading

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Google is currently rolling out an update to their Play Books app used for ereading that brings some changes designed to make it easier to use when challenged by formatting issues. These issues can crop up for users when they need to adjust things like zoom levels or scroll settings only to lose them when switching titles. The new 3.6 version of Play Books will remember a user’s options. Google also indicates in their change log that this new version was built against the Android “M” SDK, so the app should be ready when Marshmallow starts to hit devices. Read more

Pushbullet gets new update with end-to-end encryption

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Pushbullet has received a new update in the Play Store. Users will be glad to know, the update brings a major enhancement to privacy. Notification mirroring, universal copy and paste and SMS will now be encrypted on both ends. Information sent through Pushbullet is now kept private and your data is only visible to you. The update won’t bring any changes to features in the app and everything will remain untouched.

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LastPass introduces new pricing model that offers free option on smartphones

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Password management app LastPass is receiving an update to their subscription model which could result in users being able to use the service for free if they are willing to limit themselves to one type of device. If they decide they want to expand to include other devices, an upgrade option to premium is then available. LastPass says the move was prompted by a desire to make LastPass “accessible for all users, including mobile-only users who need help managing their passwords and apps.” Read more

DIRECTV app gets UI refresh, ESPN streaming, other features in latest update

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Fresh off their acquisition by AT&T, the DIRECTV app for Android has received an update that brings some handy new features along with a slightly refreshed user interface. DIRECTV has made some changes that make it easier to use all of your devices – smartphones and tablets – along with the DIRECTV receivers to start, stop and resume programs on different devices. Read more

Google Hangouts 4.0 launches today

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Google has announced the launch of the latest version of Google Hangouts for Android devices taking the app up to version 4.0 and bringing with it a simpler, faster interface with some new features. The Google development team says they are striving to make Hangouts easy to use so that conversations “just flow” without the technology getting in the way of communication.  Read more