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Instagram announces Live Video on stories, disappearing photos and video in direct messages

Instagram, once a social network dedicated purely to posting pictures of food, has become prone to feature creep (not unlike Facebook's other properties). Back in August Instagram added Snapchat-like stories, and earlier this month Boomerang support. Today the company announced two new features for the app - Live video on Instagram stories, and disappearing photos/videos in direct messages.

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Android Pay v1.10 includes clues about a promotional "game" with real prizes [APK Teardown]

Most teardowns show a list of fairly predictable features or changes, but every once in a while something will turn up that isn't so expected. A look inside the recently released Android Pay v1.10 update is a good example. The typical things can be found, like a line about a second tier for loyalty programs and some stuff to encourage users to visit nearby vendors, but the really interesting bit is some text about a "game" that may have real prizes.

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Google Play services v10.0 prepares for Tap 'n Pay with Android Wear and makes progress on Instant Apps [APK Teardown]

As we close in on the end of the year, Google's developers are lining things up for possible late-2016 launches or preparing to test features they plan to launch next year. With the rollout of Google Play services v10.0, a couple of those things stand out as current projects. There are signs final testing has begun for Instant Apps, Google's way to give users a way to use apps without actually installing them. It also looks like some progress has been made towards enabling Android Pay to work through Android Wear.

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YouTube v11.45 resumes work on quick seeking and live broadcasting from mobile [APK Teardown + Download]

YouTube v11.45 began its rollout to users yesterday. There aren't any obvious changes within the app, but there are a few things to see outside of it if you're running on a device that sees either round launcher icons or app shortcuts. But that's not all there is to check out. A teardown of the APK lends some new details about a couple of previously discussed features coming to YouTube in the future.

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Google Trips will now prefer saved places when putting together a day plan

Google Trips is one of the lesser-used Google apps - it was only released in April - but that's not to say it's not incredibly useful. When the time comes to plan a trip, the app should be the first thing you look at to decide what to do, where to eat, and check for any reserved tickets or other items. A new update, 0.0.42, for Trips has arrived on Google Play, adding some neat new functionality for even better ways to plan your trips.

By far the biggest thing in this update is the ability to have Trips prefer saved places when creating a day plan.

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Gmail v6.11 changes the interface for quoted text in replies [APK Download]

The latest version of Gmail began rolling out today with a short list of changes. Only one, actually. There's a tweak to the way quoted emails appear when you begin a reply, leaving the interface cleaner but possibly less intuitive. As usual, we've got a download link at the bottom of the post if you're looking to get the latest update ahead of its normal rollout schedule.

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YouTube Kids 1.95.2 allows parents to block channels or specific videos [APK Download]

Google's YouTube Kids application launched just under two years ago, as an attempt to make YouTube a bit more children-friendly. The app has been somewhat successful, with a few bumps along the way. Now Google is introducing a feature that frankly should have been there from day one - the ability to block channels and videos.

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BBC releases the Story of Life, a collection of Sir David Attenborough's work

Ask any Brit about Sir David Attenborough and I'm sure most would respond positively. Attenborough, a broadcaster and naturalist who has created the 'Life' TV series and refined how to make documentaries, has had his work compiled into an app, appropriately titled 'Attenborough's Story of Life.'

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The app has many moments from Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, plus others from countless other shows Attenborough has made, including from the Life series. There are also behind the scenes videos of the filming of the shows. In addition, collections of clips can be created and named as you see fit. Got a number of favourite clips from Attenborough's programmes?

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Google Photos v2.4 adds in-album detection to people pages, dynamic filters and enhanced editing controls, and RAW support [APK Download + Teardown]

Google Photos is progressively building out its feature set. Version 2.4 began rolling out last week and it can now show which albums certain people appear in. This follows the addition of some newly enhanced editing controls and dynamic filters added with version 2.3 a couple of weeks ago, which will also be discussed in this post. All of this can be topped with with a couple of interesting hints at future additions found during a teardown, including initial support for RAW images.

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Firefox 50 now available for Android

Firefox is one of many third-party web browsers available on Android, and today the desktop and mobile browsers have been bumped to version 50.0. The changelog for the Android version is much smaller than for the desktop, but there are some notable improvements.

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