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Pocket Updated To v5.6 With Download Limits, Better Evernote Support, And More

Pocket is one of the most popular ways to read cluttered web pages in a format that won't drive you to the edge of madness. The Android app has been consistently awesome, and today it's getting even better with version 5.6. This time attention is being paid to how you manage your articles.

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Sonos 5.1 Update Lets Users Set Things Up Using Their Existing Wi-Fi Networks, No Sonos Bridge Required

With a Sonos sound system, people can pump music through every room of the house using their Android phone or tablet as a master control device. This wireless audio jujitsu previously required users to directly plug a Sonos Bridge into their routers, which would create a dedicated network for the system to do its business on. With version 5.1, the Bridge is no longer required. New customers can set up their Sonos systems using their existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Facebook Becomes First Non-Google App To Hit 1 Billion Installs In Play Store

The Facebook Android app is hugely popular whether you like it or not (I'm assuming you don't). The social network is already the largest online community in the world, but now Zuckerberg and company can add another feather in their collective hat—Facebook for Android is the first non-Google app to reach 1 billion downloads in Google Play. Are the end times at hand?

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Facebook is even outpacing several of Google's own apps like Chrome, Hangouts, and Google Search (I don't even know how that's possible).

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BSkyB NOW TV Media Streaming App Gets Chromecast Support

BSkyB is more than happy to offer TV shows, movies, and sports to people living in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are willing to pay. Now the company has bundled Chromecast support into the latest version of its mobile apps. This way customers can take the content they were used to watching on their TVs before switching over to phones or tablets and put it right back on their TVs.

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This whole process may sound unnecessary, but there's something to be said for said ignoring the bulkiness of a cable box to deal with the convenience of an app that supplies shows on demand. Chromecast support lets users who have been drawn away to their mobile devices return that content right back to the largest screen in the house where it feels most at home.

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Bring! Shopping List Comes To Android, Complete With Wear Support

One of the biggest issues my wife and I have is remembering what to get at the grocery store. We've tried shared spreadsheets, various list applications, and jotting stuff down on paper. Nothing sticks. We either forget to do it or just don't want to deal with hassle (thus is the case with most apps). Bring! may change that. Hopefully, anyway.

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Basically, it's a super simple, and seemingly intuitive shopping list app.

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YouTube Now Offers Fan Funding In Four Countries - Here's A Look At How It Works

YouTube thrives off the videos produced by independent content creators all over the world, and while it compensates many of them through ads, that money is hardly enough to make a living off of in most cases. Earlier this summer Google said that producers would soon have the option to request donations right on their YouTube pages. The feature's live now, so here's a look at how it works.

When you're watching something produced by someone who's willing to accept donations, an icon will appear in the top left corner of the video.

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Top 5 Essential Android Wear Apps

So you've just picked up an Android Wear device, but what the heck can you do with this tiny wrist computer? Sure, it pulls in notification from your phone and shows you Google Now cards, but you need some apps too. It can be a challenge to navigate the Play Store in search of the best watch apps, but we've been keeping a close eye on things. Here are the five apps every Android Wear device needs to have installed. 

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I simply cannot imagine using Android Wear without Wear Mini Launcher.

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WhatsApp Update With Android Wear Support Is Now Available For Non-Beta Users

WhatsApp was surprisingly quick off the draw after the release of Android Wear, updating its sideloaded beta app with Wear support early this month. Now the 2.11.362 update is available on the general play store release, so even users who don't want to use the beta (or who don't know about it) can get richer WhatsApp chat notifications on their wrists. Huzzah!

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The update to the main app includes most of the standard Wear messaging stuff: full long message viewing, nested/stacked messages with sliding navigation between them, and the usual reply via voice option.

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Blinkist Arrives On Android To Cut Popular Non-Fiction Books Down To Tiny Bite-Sized Reads, 3 Months Free Through Stack Social

Let's be honest, busy people don't have time to trudge through long books made of mostly filler. Unfortunately, publishers know they can't put a high price on a 40-page book. In the end, authors are stuck building a lavish sea of meaningless words around the simple concepts they want to convey. That's where Blinkist comes in. It's a service that boils popular non-fiction books down to their most formative and salient points.

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Google Maps 8.3 For Android Changelog Is Up, Adds Hindi Support, Updates Wear App, Not Much Else

If you were wondering just what was in inside a Maps update appearing on your devices starting yesterday, wonder no more: the changelog is here. The changelog, though, is not only short, it is not of particularly great interest unless you're a Hindi speaker. Here it is:

What's New

  • Hindi now supported, including voice navigation
  • Improved navigation notifications on Android Wear devices
  • Bug fixes

And that's all she (or he) wrote.

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