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Latest Chrome Dev For Android Has Partial Support For 'Theme-Color' Attribute Without Merging Tabs And Apps

In version 39, Chrome for Android learned an awesome trick: using a simple HTML tag, any webpage could tell Chrome to theme its UI (and your device's status bar) with a specified color. The downside to this feature was that it only worked if tabs and apps were "merged," meaning your Chrome tabs would show up inline with your recent apps, rather than relying on Chrome's own in-app tab switcher.

Today, a Chrome for Android developer at Google let Reddit know that the theme-color attribute will soon make Chrome snazzy even if you don't have tabs and apps merged. Right now the flag (chrome://flags/#enable-theme-color-in-tabbed-mode) will only work in Chrome Dev 47.0.2516.0 (available from the Play Store or APK Mirror), and support isn't complete yet - the flag won't allow Chrome to theme your status bar and swiping across the toolbar to switch tabs is a little glitchy, for instance.

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Facebook Introduces Your News Feed To 360 Degree Video

If you haven't watched a 360 degree video before, take a moment to go check one out on YouTube. They're pretty cool. Thanks to cameras that are capable of recording 360 degrees around them, we now get an even better idea of what it's like to relive another person's experience. It's this last aspect that perhaps makes the content a natural fit for your Facebook News Feed. So now that's where the social network is placing them.

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Opera 32 Lets You Add Websites To Your Homescreen, Sync Typed History, Pull To Refresh, And More

The latest version of Opera has arrived, and it comes containing all the features we detailed when we took a look at the beta build last month. But there was one feature we didn't say much about at the time, and this is the one Opera has chosen to emphasize in its announcement post.

In short, version 32 is eager to sprinkle shortcuts to your favorite sites all over your homescreen. No having to open the browser first and type in URLs. No searching through a list of bookmarks. Just tap on a website's icon as though it were an app, like you would when clicking on a bookmark widget from Chrome or your phone's default browser.

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Microsoft Releases Android Version Of Outlook Groups, A Companion To Office 2016

Microsoft sees competition coming in from the likes of HipChat and Slack—newer online services that want in on the company's action. Business communications? That's Microsoft's thing. That's what Outlook is for!

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You Can Now Earn Money Taking Selfies — Time To Brush Up On Your Duck Faces, Fake Smiles, And Rock On Signs

I've been taking "selfies" for more than a decade. Back in 2005, we just called them photos, except we pointed the camera at ourselves instead of the world, and we felt a small but appropriate surge of vanity doing so. It was just fun. Then selfies became a thing, and now you can't take a photo of yourself without feeling like a self-centered 12 year old teenager bragging about his/her latest hairdo on Instagram. It's impossible to walk down the streets of some cities without seeing someone trying to lend you a selfie stick for a few bucks, or to go to a restaurant or pub without seeing a group of friends taking selfies together, or really to engage in any activity without having someone suggest taking a selfie...

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Hilton's HHonors App Gets Updated With New Digital Key To Let You Into Your Room

There are many things frequent travelers hate, like the long queues at the airports, the jet-lag, and the countless little annoyances in logistics when going from one country or state to another. Waiting at the hotel front desk when they're just about ready to collapse after a long trip isn't a positive feeling either. But they may not have to anymore, that is if they're staying at a Hilton hotel and they're HHonors members (membership is free apparently).

The app announced last month a new "Digital Key" feature. At the time, the option was limited to the iOS application, but it has now made its way to its Android counterpart.

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Khan Academy's Android App Is Out Of Beta And Available To Everyone

It's been merely a week since the official Khan Academy app was made available in Beta on Android. Now the app is ready to graduate to be visible to everyone on the Play Store, not just those that joined the Google+ beta community.

The app lets you browse Khan Academy's huge collection of educational videos and explanations on various topics ranging from math to science, history, economics, art, and more. Find something you want to study later on, while you're in the subway for example? You can bookmark it to be saved and available offline to you. And everything you do is synced between the app and the website.

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Woot Releases Its Official Android App In Beta

Boom! The Woot app is finally, officially, available on Android. How 'bout that? Boom! It's all about the website's exclusive offers and daily deals, in a sweet material design. Boom! There's even a cool navigation drawer and scrolling. Scrolling, you guys. Boom! If you're wondering about the explosion sound effects, you should watch the app's promo video below. Boom!

For a first legit try at an Android app, Woot really nailed most of the design and interactions.

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Firefox Updated To v41 With Easy Multi-Provider Search From Address Bar, Ability To Search Your Saved Logins, Duplicate Bookmark Detection, And More

Mozilla advances another version in their rapid release cycle today, moving the stable version of Firefox for Android (and desktops) to v41. Unlike some other recent releases, this one has several goodies for regular users. These include a modification to in-browser search that makes it more like using the dedicated search bar in desktop Firefox, offering an easy tap-to-choose selection of different search providers.

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To be honest, I think this is a lot more useful on mobile than it is on the desktop. The moments, taps, and typing saved are a lot more precious when using your phone.

Another highlight is the ability to search your saved logins when there are no matches.

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Amazon Will Give You And Your Friends $5 Each For Using The Amazon Shopping App For The First Time (US Only)

What can you get for $5 on Amazon? How about a set of unicorn-themed temporary tattoos, or a Cydni Lauper compilation CD, or a potholder that looks like a Russian nesting doll? Any of these fine treasures can be yours for free, if you can convince one of your friends to buy something using the Amazon Shopping app for Android. Oh, and they'll get $5 too, just for being invited. Russian nesting doll potholders for everyone!

The latest update to the shopping app, version 5.9, says as much in the changelog.

Invite your friends to use the Amazon Shopping App.

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