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In 2013, Google announced the death of its RSS reading platform Google Reader. At the time, Google cited declining usage as the official reason for Reader's closure, wrapping it up along with things like Cloud Connect, Voice for Blackberry, and Building Maker as part of a second round of "spring cleaning."
It comes as a huge surprise then to see the app back in the Play Store almost two years later with a new icon and brand new interface, jumping from version 1.1.8 up to 2.0. Read More
Firefox 37 is the latest stable update to grace the open source web browser. It introduces new locales (Albanian, Burmese, Lower Sorbian, Songhai, Upper Sorbian, and Uzbek), changes the default search provider to Yandex for Turkish users, and improves download performance thanks to alterations in the back-end.
The most visible change for most users is likely a tweak to the URL bar, which now shows a website's address instead of its title by default.
Left: Old default behavior, Right: New default behavior
If you don't like this change, you can switch back to the old behavior in the app's settings.
The changelog contains quite a few more items, though most of them are rather boring. Read More
Today Google has announced a number of changes that make it easier to handle multiple accounts from a single place, and they're biggies. For starters, there's the option to view all accounts in a single inbox. And that's joined by the ability to browse conversations in non-Gmail accounts as you would native ones. Options supported include Yahoo, Outlook.com, and other IMAP/POP accounts. Read More
Nearly two years after Expensify's last major version number change, the expenses-tracking app has hit 5.0. Like any x.0 release worth its weight, users are treated to a substantial visual overhaul. And don't worry, the company's covering it.
Expensify's former home screen is gone. Developers have crammed the same content into a new tab bar and a launcher button at the bottom of the app. It still looks more iOS than Android, but folks who prefer things at this end of the phone will be happy not to have to reach up as often anymore.
The latest version fits more information onto the screen, allowing you to browse through most items and switch between expenses, reports, trips, and settings without having to load up another page. Read More
You don't have to know what DVR is to recognize the name TiVo, the company that became synonymous with the word. The company's products have allowed users to return to previous shows and watch them on their own schedule since long before Netflix and Hulu came around to help people cut the cord.
The TiVo Android app has grown a little dated over the years, but the company has invested some time rebuilding the software from the ground up. It's not material—it actually looks more like something from the Honeycomb era—but it's a nice sign of life after years of growing stagnant. Read More
Developer Chris Lacy has pushed out another update to Action Launcher, bumping the software up to version 3.3. Just over a month has passed since the last major release, and plenty of new features have crept in during that time.
One of the most visual changes is the ability for Quicktheme — which lets Action Launcher match your wallpaper like a chameleon — to integrate with live wallpapers. This is done through an open source API that requires changes on the live wallpaper side of the equation in order to work.
Action Launcher 3.3 introduces a fully customizable gesture and shortcut system. Read More
When the Nabi 2 received an update to Nabi OS 3.0 last month, this bumped it up to KitKat a year and a half after Google unveiled that particular version of Android to the world. Now the Disney and Nickelodeon editions of the tablets have stumbled in to receive 4.4 even later.
Fortunately the youngsters these tablets are geared towards aren't likely to follow Android blogs religiously, foaming at the mouth for the latest mobile goodness. So this is probably no harm, no foul. Nevertheless, it's hard for those of us who do keep up with these things to lay eyes on a tablet so woefully out of date without feeling some sort of paint in our guts. Read More
Modern Combat 5's release was hardly unexpected. After all, it's a sequel in one of the most popular franchises on Google Play. Nevertheless, it was a surprise to see the Gameloft title launch without a single in-app purchase in sight. In exchange, the publisher priced it at $7. Reasonable.
Ryan put the game through its paces, and while it wasn't without its caveats, it easily provided enough content to justify the price tag.
Now Gameloft is making the game free-to-play. The update is already available on iOS, and it's slated to hit Android soon.
This update makes Modern Combat 5 available for free to millions of new players, and adds controller support, more weapons, a new class and more.
Whether you travel for leisure or business, the logistics of crossing country or state borders are a nightmare. TripIt has been trying to simplify the process for years, providing travelers with a way to track their flight, hotel reservation, car rental, and other plans in one central place. The app just got better now thanks to a new addition: Traveler Profile.
The profile lives inside TripIt's side menu in the Android (and iOS) app. It houses both travel documents and travel contacts, acting as a hub for everything you might need while on the go. Your passport, driver license, resident cards, as well as your babysitter's number, doctor, and others can be easily added. Read More
The GoneMAD music player has recently (stop me if you've heard this one before) gone mad for material design in its big jump to version 2.0. The app isn't the glossiest or prettiest of the bunch, but it's a fresh upgrade that has spent the better part of a year in development.
The material theme provided out of the box is kind of basic, but the developers have seen fit to throw in over 1,000 themes to choose from. Some are material. Some are holo. Surely you can find something that pleases your aesthetic taste buds.
The changes aren't all surface level. Read More