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VLC For Android Beta 1.5 Gets Fewer Permissions, More Material, Video Playlists, And Some Other Features

 

VLC For Android has been steadily improving over the past months, but today's beta update is a big step forward to the app that even the developers acknowledge as a "major release."

VLC went through a hardcore bootcamp between versions 1.3.2 and 1.5.0, emerging with enhancements all across the board. Internally, the app's code has been rewritten to be faster and to require fewer permissions especially on KitKat devices and above. Externally, the app's design has been given a small facelift to better fit Material's clean and elegant look.

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Google App v4.9 Adds Toggle For Lockscreen Notifications, May Also Offer Toggle For App Suggestions [APK Download + Mini-Teardown]

Version 4.9 of the Google app began rolling out late yesterday, but it's not sporting a lot of obvious additions. The only immediately visible changes appear under Settings -> Now cards, where a new toggle has been added to enable or disable lock screen notifications based on cards. Some updated text also appears below the new toggle, if you care about that sort of thing.

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Left: old version. Right: new version.

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[Update: Nexus Player] Android M Developer Preview 2 Nexus OTA ZIP Roundup

The Android L developer preview remained largely static in the time between its launch and Lollipop's official release. That isn't the case with Android M, which Google says will receive monthly over-the-air updates. The first of them is now available for the Nexus 5 and 6.

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Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Certified At The FCC, Continuing To Fuel Rumors Of An Early Launch

Several FCC filings for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and all-but-confirmed Galaxy S6 Edge Plus were located today, including Verizon and AT&T models of each. The N920V (Verizon Note 5), G928V (Verizon S6E+), N920A (AT&T Note 5), and G928A (AT&T S6E+) all have publicly available test information, furthering rumors that the devices will launch earlier than normal.

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Amazon Shopping App Adds Gift Card Scanning, Voice Commands, And Amazon.mx Support In The Latest Update

Readers, we have a confession to make. This update to the Amazon shopping app actually came out on June 30th, over two weeks ago. Sorry about that. We spotted it, both on the Play Store and on APK Mirror, but didn't notice anything particularly new about it because Amazon neglected to upload a change log.

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Is The First WH40K Mobile Title That Actually Looks Like The Board Game

There have been Warhammer 40K games on Android before. They have not been particularly good, mostly because they simply slap the license on top of an existing mobile game style and hope the dedicated fans will spend some money. Not so with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. Not only does this game come from HeroCraft, a developer that can generally be relied upon to create decent games, it's a top-down, turn-based strategy title.

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Dropbox Adds Collaborative Comments In Version 3.0.1, But Nobody Cares Because Now It Does Native GIF Viewing

In the latest version, Dropbox adds a much-needed favor for collaborative teams and users who rely on effective communication across updated files. But who gives a crap about that, because the app has also added GIF support.

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Version 3.0.1 lets you view animated GIFs right in Dropbox without popping out to an external app.

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[Deal Alert] EasyAcc 24W 4.8A 3-Port USB Car Charger $5 After Coupon, Similar Deal Reduces 10000mAh Power Bank To $15.39

Whoa, whoa! Before you load up that car and take off on your next vacation, sit down and take a look at this deal. On Amazon, you can currently get a 24W 4.8A 3-port USB car charger for $5. That's enough outlets for you, your spouse, and junior to all power your gadgets at the same time.

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This Week's Free Family-Friendly Google Play App Is 'Sago Mini Space Explorer'

Seven days ago Google offered a game from Cartoon Network as its free family app of the week. Monsters At My Birthday Cake was a Zelda-inspired adventure game that, while skewing young, some of us could still find amusing for an hour or two.

Well, this week's free app is aimed at the little ones.

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HBO Now App Is Live In The Play Store, But It Doesn't Work On Rooted Devices

As announced earlier today, the HBO Now app is live in the Play Store for all devices. Although, when I say "all devices" I don't really mean all of them. Rooted phones and tablets aren't supported, because you're obviously a dirty pirate if you root your phone. Everyone else can get a free 30-day trial of HBO Now, though.

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