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[New App] Slyde Is A Neat Floating App Switcher From The Makers Of Tablified Market

Let's say there are a few apps that you use frequently. You could get to them by diving into the app drawer, placing shortcuts on the home screen, or hoping they're someplace in the multitasking interface. Slyde makes it easier – you just swipe and pull up your favorite apps.

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HD Widgets 4.0 Introduces Updated UI, New Widgets, And More; New KitKat-Friendly Theme On The Way

HD Widgets is already one of the more pragmatic and attractive sources for Android widgets out there, but now it's about to get even prettier. For the big 4.0 release, the developers are prepared to introduce a new theme that's been designed for Android 4.4. And since you don't need KitKat to run it, that makes this update a nice breath of fresh air for anyone looking for a modern set of widgets displaying everything from the weather and time to battery life and toggles.

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Big Snapchat Update Adds Instant Messaging And Live Video Chatting, Features You Probably Assumed It Already Had

Get this. Before now, Snapchat wasn't good for actually chatting. I know, for an app with chat in the name, you would understandably expect it to foster some form of conversations (the snappy kind, at least). But until now, users have only been able to take photos or short video clips, doodle on them, add captions, set how long the recipient could view them, and share. The app was less about communicating and more about, well, other stuff.

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Going To The Mall? You Can Now Use Google Now To Find Out What Stores It Has

At some point or another, everyone goes to a new mall. Maybe it's an old mall in a new town, or a new mall in an old town. The point is the same: it's a mall you've never been to before. Half of the fun is finding out what outlets are eager and waiting to empty your wallet...but that also requires a lot of walking around most of the time. Tragic, I know.

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Verizon Xperia Z2 Makes An Appearance On Official Sony Google+ Page, Quickly Pulled [Updated]

Update: Sony has issued this statement on the matter. In short, nothing has officially changed. Look for the unlocked GSM version to appear in the US this summer.

“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S.

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Glu Games Buys Diner Dash Publisher PlayFirst, Prepare For A Massive Order Of In-App Purchases

Diner Dash was one of the first incarnations of the modern casual game: simple mechanics that are easy to learn and hard to master. Wikipedia says that publisher PlayFirst has seen over 550 million downloads of the game in its various versions, to say nothing of sequels and spin-offs. That's probably why Glu Mobile, one of the more visible mobile game publishers, has snatched up the company. Glu's stock priced jumped 8% this morning on the announcement.

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Tip: Use Emoji In Homescreen Folder Names

Look, not every tip needs to be about extending battery life or accessing things more easily. Today we've got some smiley faces and stuff. It turns out you can use Emoji in homescreen folder names, which is neat.

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[New Game] Physics Game Bridge Constructor Goes Medieval In A Middle Ages-Based Sequel

Bridge Constructor is a popular physics-based game that tasks players with - wait for it - building bridges (I know, I never would have guessed that one either) over various types of terrain. If the structure can survive the weight of traffic, you know you're doing it right. Now the game has received a sequel, Bridge Constructor Medieval, that takes the same concept and applies it several centuries in the past.

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Sprint's Version Of The Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Its KitKat 4.4 Update

The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 out of the box, and most of the US and international versions of the Galaxy S4 have been given the KitKat update as well, but millions of owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III from 2012 are still sitting on an outdated version of Android. Sprint seems to be the first US carrier to alleviate that: this support page says the update for the S III is going out starting today.

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Sony Updates AR Effect Augmented Reality Camera App, Uploads Six New Themes To The Play Store

Megapixels, megashmixels. We could debate for near eternity over which smartphone has the best camera, but sometimes all that really matters is which is the most fun. Sony wants you to think its cameras are, so the company has updated its augmented reality camera app and tossed in an additional six new themes for good measure.

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The AR Effect app lets certain Sony Xperia smartphone owners add objects and effects to their photos, fundamentally altering what is going on in the shot.

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