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Latest Pushbullet Update Implements Android Marshmallow's Direct Share Feature And Runtime Permissions

Pushbullet is all about sharing, version 17 seems a natural progression. You now have the option to insert Pushbullet targets into Android's share menu. Don't just send a file to Pushbullet—send it to a specific phone, tablet, or PC. This is through implementation of Android 6.0's Direct Share feature, which lets apps provide their own share options. In a future update, the developers want to prioritize whichever devices serve as frequent recipients.

Since this release gets Pushbullet ready for Marshmallow, enhancements don't stop there. The developers have implemented support for runtime permissions, granting access as it's needed rather than when first installing an app.

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Fallout C.H.A.T. Helps You Express Your Post-Apocalyptic Emotions With Custom Emoji And GIFs

Can you hear that sound off in the distance? That's the Fallout hype train picking up steam as we approach the much-anticipated release of Fallout 4 on November 10th. Bethesda released the mobile game Fallout Shelter a couple months ago, but now it has dropped a messaging app into Google Play. It's called Fallout C.H.A.T., which stands for Communications Hub and Transmitter.

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Sling TV Adds Support For Chromecast Streaming

You can get by without a cable subscription these days and still watch plenty of video with the magic of the internet. Well, unless you have an oppressive data cap to deal with. Yuck. For everyone else, there's the streaming cable service Sling TV. It launched a while back with support for a few devices, which has been expanding steadily. Now, you can watch Sling TV via the Chromecast.

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Twitter Switches Favorites (With A Star) To Likes (With A Heart) For Some Reason

Before today, if you liked a message on Twitter and wanted others to see it, you could retweet it. And if you liked a tweet and wanted to keep it all to yourself, you could "favorite" it by tapping the little star icon, which would fill in and save it as a quasi-bookmark in your account. Today Twitter announced a change to its social platform that will rock the very foundations of the Internet: the star is now a heart. Oh, and it's called a "like" now.

The move is a small one, but it's almost certainly designed to make Twitter more accessible to newcomers who might be somewhat confused by the star imagery.

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AOSP Changelogs Posted For November Security Updates And Nexus 5X / 6P

Google's monthly security updates are out in the form of factory images, and that means it's time for some new code in AOSP. Since these versions are dedicated to closing security holes, there certainly won't be any new features and the bug fixes probably won't have much effect on battery life or performance, but they will keep the baddies from treating your phone like it runs an old version of Windows.

A number of serious vulnerabilities were fixed in this release, including two critical issues that could be used for remote code execution. Details have been posted on the Nexus Security Bulletin.

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RedPhone And TextSecure Combine To Form Signal, A Single App For Private Calls And Texts

A certain guilt accompanies many of the apps I write about for this site. They're cool, and they're probably going to make your life easier in some way or another. But they involve signing up for yet another account, creating one more record of your online activity.

This post is different—it's about a company that boasts about how little it knows about you. Today Open Whisper Systems has announced that it is combining its RedPhone and TextSecure Android apps into one called Signal, just like it did on iOS earlier this year.

RedPhone and TextSecure both made end-to-end encryption accessible to privacy conscious folks who just want to download an app.

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[One Smaller Drive] OneDrive Updates Its Plans To Remove Unlimited Office 365 Option And Cut Other Storage Tiers By Half Or More

Here's a piece of news that should revolt those of you who have been wooed by Microsoft OneDrive's generous storage options: the service is updating its plans to slash those storage options left and right. Insert whooshing sword sound effect. 

Writing on the OneDrive blog, the team explains that some Office 365 consumers reaaaaalllllyyyy took advantage of their unlimited storage feature and uploaded about 75TB of data by backing up multiple computers and saving entire movie and DVR libraries. That's why you can't have nice things anymore. Some users abused the system and now the service is cutting down everyone's plans in order to focus more on the core of its experience: collaboration.

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Cyanogen OS 12.1 Begins Rolling Out To Yureka And Yureka Plus

Back in the early Gingerbread days, CyanogenMod provided geeks and tinkerers with a way of installing the most up-to-date Android version on virtually any device. It wasn't for everyone, but if you were willing to deal with a few bugs and instability issues, you could easily turn your phone into a quasi-Nexus device running stock-ish Android. Updates are a little slower now that commercial entity Cyanogen Inc. is supporting devices, but two of those phones — the Yureka and Yureka Plus — are being updated to Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1.

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[Deal Alert] Nexus 9 On HTC's Hot Deals Promo Again—40% Off While Supplies Last

HTC has been running "Hot Deals" discounts on hardware like the M9 and ReCamera recently, and the Nexus 9 has popped up once or twice before too. Now, it's back and you can score the (still) most recent Google Nexus tablet for 40% off. This covers all variants from the 16GB WiFI to 32GB LTE, but supplies are limited.

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Activision Blizzard Will Buy Candy Crush Saga Developer King For 5.9 Billion (With A 'B') Dollars

You might know Activision Blizzard as the mega-publisher behind huge franchises like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. And you might know King as the mobile publisher behind Candy Crush Saga, the Bejeweled clone that's inexplicably become one of the most popular casual games on the planet. In a few months the two companies will be one and the same: Activision Blizzard has announced its intention to acquire King for a staggering $5.9 billion.

For comparison, that's approximately six times what Facebook famously paid to acquire mobile photo sharing app Instagram. Activision currently has practically zero presence on the mobile game front with the notable exception of free-to-play collectible card game Hearthstone, while King's various games across Android, iOS, Windows, and web platforms have amassed hundreds of millions of downloads and billions of dollars in revenue from in-app purchases.

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