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Latest Skype Update Lets You Apply Filters To Video Messages

Sending a Skype video message is like placing a video call, only instead of having to be online at the same time, the person on the other end can pick up whenever, the conversation is completely one-sided, and the entire affair is limited to a couple of minutes. Following the latest update to the Android app, you can now spice up those short clips by applying filters. Add in balloons, warp your face, turn things negative—that sort of thing.

To apply any of the effects, hit the icon in the bottom left while recording a message. Since we're approaching the end of October, Skype has also included a few Halloween-related options and emoticons.

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Google Photos v1.8 Allows Users To Hide Identified People [APK Download]

Google held a press event last month and talked about a few of the interesting new features planned for the Photos app. We're still waiting for collaborative albums to be turned on, but we've already seen other features come to life, like Chromecast support and setting labels for matched faces. This version doesn't appear to unlock collaborative albums – that may be waiting for a server-side switch – but it does add another feature to the facial matching feature: the ability to hide somebody.

Google's changelog is up

Google posted an official changelog for Photos v1.8:

  • Now in more countries: Finding the perfect photo of your best friend or family member just got easier.
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Say Goodbye To Ads—YouTube Red Is Live

Today is the big day. Open YouTube on your platform of choice and you might notice a new logo for YouTube Red. Google's ad-free version of YouTube appears to have just gone live for eligible subscribers. Never again will you be asked to sit through a 15-second pre-roll ad for a 30 second video or click to hide that stupid banner. What a glorious day this is.

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Microsoft's Arrow Launcher Is Out Of Beta

The Microsoft Garage has given birth to a myriad of interesting apps with limited utility, but everyone needs a home screen, right? Microsoft made Arrow Launcher available as a beta over the summer, but now it's available in the Play Store for everyone to try. It'll take some getting used to, though. This isn't just another AOSP re-skin.

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Google Drive Can Now Say It's Been Downloaded From The Play Store Over 1 Billion Times

There aren't many things apps can brag about to other apps. Oh, you're portable? So am I! What's that? You come in a small package size? Same here! You're finger friendly, can explain how you work in a few screens, and integrate well with the rest of Android? Check, check, and check! Over 1 billion downloads? Okay, Google Drive, you have me beat.

Yeah, download counts are special. Not all developers are out to get their apps into the hands of as many people as possible, but most feel a certain tingle in their chest when that number starts to work its way up.

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5 Android Wear Watch Faces To Make Your Wrist More Spooky This Halloween

We're mere days away from the spookiest of holidays (other than Arbor Day, don't get me started), and you can make your Android Wear device more festive with these five new Halloween watch faces. There are scary cemeteries, creepy disembodied eyes, pumpkins, and gore galore.

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[Update: 1337] Google Dramatically Increases Top Price Limits For Apps In The Play Store - US Apps Can Now Cost As Much As $400

Most apps on the Play Store are free, and those that are paid usually cost somewhere between one and five dollars. The top price for applications and in-app purchases in the US version of the Play Store before today was $200 (which usually wasn't actually seen except for IAPs for freemium games). Last night, the Play Store developer support page for paid apps was updated, and in nearly every territory where paid apps are supported, the top limit was increased by two to three times. Developers can now set apps or in-app purchases to as much as $400.

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Podcasts Are Coming To Google Play Music Soon, Podcasters Can Start Uploading Now

Podcasts have been a major part of mobile platforms for years, but Android has never had a native podcast listening experience... until now. Google has just announced podcast support in Play Music, and podcasters can start uploading shows to Google for approval right now. You won't be able to start listening right away, though.

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BetterBatteryStats v2.1 Comes With Android Marshmallow Support And Various Other Tweaks

Do you care how much battery life your phone has? No, do you really care? You have a spreadsheet set up in Google Slides documenting your experience over the past few weeks. You can recall at a whim the amount of screen on time you've experienced on every Android device you've owned since Gingerbread. You don't get mad at your hardware when it dies at 4PM—you blame those wakelocking S.O.B apps.

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NBA GameTime App Completely Redesigned For The 2015-2016 Season, Finally Gets Chromecast Support

For basketball fans, tonight marks the start of the most exciting time of year: the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. Just like the start of every season, there are new players to look forward to seeing, old players on new teams, new coaches, new player dynamics, and so much more. I know I'm stoked — can't wait to see what my Bulls do this year under new leadership.

But I digress, this isn't about the Bulls. This is about the league as a whole, because the NBA just updated the GameTime app for the 15-16 season, and it's completely different. One may even argue that it actually makes sense now.

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