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[New App] Comcast Releases XFINITY TV X1 Remote With Voice Commands For Controlling Its Latest X1 Platform Boxes

The concept of using your smartphone as a remote isn't a new one. Modern flagship devices such as the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and LG G2 all have built-in IR blasters and ship with pre-installed apps for controlling your TV. The Play Store even has a few downloadable options with more features. Now Comcast is rolling out a remote of its own intended specifically to control its new generation of XFINITY boxes. You know, the ones with the sleek black UI, not the aging blue one.

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Not only does the app have the obvious ability to change channels and pause whatever's on, it comes with voice commands to make searching for shows easier.

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Exclusive: Yahoo! Is Working On A Google Now / Siri-Like Voice-Controlled Personal Assistant App [Updated]

Update 2: According to TechCrunch, and Co-Founder/CEO of natural language processing startup Robin Labs, the app is a real, functional product built on the startup's "white-label" voice assistant platform. While it was not commissioned by Yahoo!, it was created during ongoing discussions with the company. Read the full story here.

Update: According to TechCrunch, who has a source "familiar with Yahoo's internal projects," the video doesn't depict a real Yahoo! product, in progress or otherwise. At this point we can't verify absolutely whether the product is real, fake, imagined, or in progress, but even the Android Police can be tricked now and then.

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Exclusive Early Glimpse At EnergySense, The Start Of Google's Renewed Bid For Home Energy Management

Yesterday, The Information reported that Google is rumored to be working on smart thermostats, in a renewed bid to help users manage their home energy (and interior climate). Information on the project is sparse so far, but Google hopes it will be a successful follow-up to the unsuccessful PowerMeter, a service that was killed off due to apparent scaling difficulties.

Thanks to a tipster who is - we know you've heard this before - familiar with the matter, we've got an early glimpse into Google's upcoming thermostat foray - we've got a few new details and a look at the service's Android app.

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Motorola Touchless Control v4.1 Doesn't Need To Be Unlocked For Voice Commands, Can Listen For Your PIN, And More

A big update is rolling out for Motorola's Touchless Control app that should alleviate some of the frustrations users have had with its functionality. Primarily, voice commands no longer require you to unlock your phone first in order to work. Yet for safety reasons, emails, texts, contacts, and other private information remain protected behind a lock screen. Speaking of which, users can now unlock their Moto X by saying their PIN out loud (behavior, while cool, I would be very hesitant to recommend).

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This update is version 4.1.06.1, up from 4.0.00.1 on the Moto X. It will likely be compatible with the DROID Mini, MAXX, and Ultra on Verizon someday, but since you need Android 4.4, don't expect the update to roll out to those devices just yet.

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Give Your Device A Shake To Make Photos Snow (And More) Following The Latest Google+ Update [Update: APK Download]

A Google+ Android app update is inbound that should help many of us get in the mood for the upcoming winter. And let's just say, this one is rather quirky.

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Once the update has made itself at home on our devices, all we need do is give them a shake while looking at one of your own photos to add snow to the shot - the same Auto Awesome effect Google rolled out just last week.

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But that's not all. Vic Gundotra has shared additional new features users can look forward to via, appropriately, a Google+ post.

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[New App] Microsoft Releases Office 365 Admin App So IT Administrators Can Keep Tabs On Service Health And Status Updates

Microsoft Office isn't what it used to be. Now instead of plopping down a sizable upfront payment for software you could use indefinitely, customers commit to paying a monthly fee. Yet either way, every company needs at least one person who knows how to get the software running and whose job it is to ensure that things stay that way. Microsoft's latest Android app, Office 365 Admin, is for them.

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This app comes to Android only a month after the launch of the Windows Phone version, and it looks largely the same. Like Microsoft Office itself, this companion isn't particularly exciting.

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Latest Yelp Update Lets Users Search For A Specific Phrase Within Reviews

You're in a restaurant and want to know about its chicken. You could ask the waiter, but considering they're an employee, you can only believe what they're saying but so much. If you want to really know whether this place cooks its chicken better than the joint up the road, then there's really only one source you turn to - Yelp. Okay, it's not the only one, but it's the first that comes to mind, and with the latest update, its mobile app is now even better suited for situations such as this.

Prior to this update, you could pull up reviews about a specific restaurant, but you had to scroll through each review in hopes that someone either praised or scorned the establishment's chicken.

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Instagram To Release Version 5.0 With 'Instagram Direct' To Google Play Today [Update: APK Download]

It's been a pretty big year for Instagram. So far, it has released several big new features including video and people tagging. To end 2013 on a high note, Instagram announced today that it is launching Instagram Direct - a new private sharing feature. Highlights include:

  • The ability to share photos privately with up to 15 people.
  • See who has seen, liked, and commented on your privately-shared photo in real time.
  • Receive push notifications when one of your friends shares a photo with you.
  • If someone you don't follow shares a photo with you, it goes to a special "requests" area.
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Showtime Anytime Update Adds Support For Time Warner Cable And Bright House Networks

Showtime Anytime is how people with an appropriate cable subscription can peruse the channel's content on their phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work on just any internet connection. Your provider has to make the list, and starting today a couple more have joined the ranks. Now people who rely on Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks to get online can take advantage of Showtime's Android app.

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In addition to support for new ISPs, the new update also lets users remain signed in for longer. This should stop you from having to log in every 24 hours.

What's new:

  • Support for Time Warner Cable
  • Support for Bright House Networks
  • Support for longer sessions—no need to log in every 24 hours!
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[New App] Reddit Sync Developer Releases Classic Version For People Who Aren't Fans Of The Recent Redesign

There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but that doesn't make it any less unpleasant when your old love changes in ways you just can't get behind. So if you're bummed about the new UI brought in by the latest version of reddic sync, one of the many reddit clients available for Android, then you may be happy to know that the developer is throwing you a bone. Now a classic version is available that offers the interface you were accustomed to before that update notification came along bringing more changes than you were expecting.

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The reddit sync update that rolled out just a few days ago introduced a new card-based UI and a hamburger menu that left a bad taste in some users' mouths, as any massive redesign is prone to do.

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