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Mobile Passport now works at LAX, adds Fastport Passport renewal service

It's easy enough to use your phone as a boarding pass, but did you know it can also double as your passport? Well, with Mobile Passport it can. And, it has just been updated on the Google Play Store to work in one more major US airport. Now users flying through LAX can also make use of the convenience.

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Here are 21 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps for your Summer Solstice, plus the Game of the Week

Welcome to Wednesday! We're halfway through another week. I don't know about the rest of you, but the Summer Solstice is hotter than blazes here. If you're lucky enough to be in some comfortable air conditioning, then enjoy it. If you're like me and praying for a reprieve, then maybe you can distract yourself for a few minutes with today's app sales post... I can't wait for winter.

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CrossOver for Android Alpha 4 is now available, supports Android Nougat and fixes bugs

If you're not familiar with it, CrossOver is a program for Mac and Linux that allows you to run Windows programs through a compatibility layer (without actually running or owning a copy of Windows). It's based on Wine, and the developers frequently contribute code back to Wine, but CrossOver is commercial software and has a few additional features.

After three years of development, CodeWeavers (the company behind CrossOver) released an alpha build of CrossOver for Android in August of last year. Since then, CodeWeavers has continued to update it with new features and bug fixes, and today the company has released Alpha 4.

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Snapchat introduces the Snap Map, a location sharing heat map [APK Download]

If you suffer much from FOMO (Fear of missing out, as the kids say), then Snapchat's latest feature will ease your anxieties. The popular image messaging app now has something called the "Snap Map," a heat map overview of where your friends are. So the next time you want to know where all your friends are, a quick glance will let you know. 

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watch 2 on sale for $264.99 ($35 off) via eBay

We're still waiting to see if Android Wear 2.0 does any favors for the platform, but in the meantime it's tough to justify spending a lot on a new smartwatch. The Huawei Watch 2 starts at $300, but you can get one for $35 off today on eBay. That's more probably justifiable for Android nerds.

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[Update: And it's back] Google has disabled the transparent UI for Hangouts on desktop

Perhaps you woke up today a bit confused. As you sat down at your computer to check the morning email, you saw that something had changed. Nestled along the edge and ever-visible, where the familiar head-filled bubbles of your Hangouts friends one rested, a window now sat. A window without priority, without transparency, and without style. That's because Google took away that interface, the transparent chat-bubble UI for Hangouts on desktop is now missing. 

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Uber finally adds tipping, but only in select cities to start

Uber is in damage control mode following a string of negative stories in the press. It's gotten so bad that CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down. So now, Uber is launching a program to appease its drivers called "180 Days of Change." The first change is tipping, which somehow Uber hadn't added in its eight years of existence.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick steps down following pressure from top investors


Photo credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Uber has become a household name in many parts of the United States (and world) in the eight years since its birth. It's become synonymous with hailing a ride in the places I go to, and the company has even severely supplanted the cab service in my hometown. But unless you've had your head under a rock in the last several months, you should know that all is not well in the upper management at Uber. Yesterday, the CEO of the ride-sharing service, Travis Kalanick, was pressured the resign amidst strong pressure from some of the company's top investors.

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Virgin Mobile USA has stopped selling Android phones entirely

Virgin Mobile has been a popular pre-paid wireless carrier in the United States for a while now, using Sprint's network as a backend. As with most carriers in the US, both iPhones and Android devices were available to customers. However, Virgin has now partnered with Apple and will only offer iPhones moving forward.

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Spotify adds Group Playlist functionality to Facebook Messenger

Spotify has had a Facebook Messenger extension for over a year, but today it's getting a new feature. When you're chatting with friends, you can create a Group Playlist inside Messenger. Then, everyone can collaborate to build it up without leaving the chat. I'm sure that won't result in any arguments.

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