Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

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Verizon has started pushing out Android 4.4.2 via an over-the-air update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on their network. Both devices receive the usual improvements and changes that come with KitKat along with some Samsung specific improvements. For the Galaxy S III, users will now be able to use Samsung’s multi-window feature on their device, splitting the screen in half to run two apps at once. Samsung’s KNOX 2.0 framework is also included in the update. Verizon indicates there are several smaller changes included, like apps being renamed or some widgets being removed to go with the general improvements to things like stability and connectivity. » Read the rest

Sunrise Calendar adds hooks to additional platforms like Evernote, Tripit and Songkick

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Although Sunrise Calendar just released the Android version of their app a few weeks ago, they are already releasing an update that hooks the calendar with several popular apps and services. The new connections are possible with Evernote, Songkick, Tripit, Github and Asana. These new connections are in addition to existing integrations like Facebook event syncing, Google Maps integration and iCloud calendar support. » Read the rest

Snapchat slingshots back at Facebook, launches “Our Story” social sharing feature

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Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.

But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.

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1Password app gets major update

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If you are in need of a password manager that will work on your Android device, you may want to check out 1Password from AgileBits. The developers have released an updated version that received a major facelift compared with the old version. This new version is such a major change that anyone with the old version will not be able to update their app, they have to install this completely new version. » Read the rest

HTC One (M7) on Sprint now getting Sense 6 update

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) earlier this year, they indicated they were putting in place a new policy to keep older devices updated for at least a two-year period. This meant their new Sense 6 UI layer would eventually rollout to owners of the HTC One (M7). In April HTC announced the update was being pushed out to carriers and should be certified for delivery before the end of May. Both T-Mobile and Verizon have already started rolling out the update over the past couple weeks. Now owners on the Sprint network can breath a sigh of relief as it is their turn to get the new version. » Read the rest

Google’s camera app getting an update with new timer and aspect ratio options

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Google is rolling out an update to the Google Camera app that’s currently available on the Play Store. The update isn’t major, but it does add two new timer options for photos (3 seconds and 10 seconds) and you can now choose between either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio for your photos. Changing aspect ratios is going to depend partly on the megapixel count of your device camera, but it’s nice to see the options there.

Google is pushing out this update slowly, like always, so keep an eye out for it in the Play Store. If you’re impatient, you can grab the APK directly from the link below, courtesy of Derek Traini on Google+. » Read the rest

Samsung S Health app gets Stress level monitoring feature

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Samsung has released an update to their S Health app update that leverages the heart rate sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 to measure a user’s stress level. The app appears to work by having the user touch their finger to the touchscreen to start the process. It is unclear what other inputs the app uses to determine stress level. In the past, companies have obtained stress level measurements by factoring in things like number of emails or text messages or employing sensors to measure changes in the skin.

Stress level can be checked on a regular basis and the app can create charts showing stress levels on an hourly, daily or monthly basis.

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Google Now can now handle timer queries through device’s native timer apps

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Google Now was previously able to handle time queries, but all timers were run through the Google Now application, and not through your phone’s native timer application — until now.

With Google Now’s latest update, users can say “set a timer for [time]” and a card will appear letting users know that the timer is about to begin, and you will then be directed to your native timer app.

According to various users, this is currently working for a number of phones not running stock Android, including the HTC One M7 and M8, the Moto X and Moto G, the LG G2,  and most Galaxy devices.

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