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WhatsApp 2.12.367 Goes Live In The Play Store With Starred Messages, Rich Link Previews, And Direct Share On Marshmallow

WhatsApp has been getting frequent beta updates that brought a lot of goodies to the app, and it's finally time for the Play Store version of the app to receive these. Version 2.12.367 has just gone live on the official Play Store channel and it brings with it the different new features that we've recently discussed: rich link previews, starred messages, and direct share on Marshmallow.

When you try to share any URL to WhatsApp, like YouTube links, tweets, webpages, and more, WhatsApp will parse the address quickly and give you a nice thumbnail image and title to send along with your link. That way, you can easily skim through the links that have been shared and the recipient gets to know what that page you just sent them is all about before opening it.

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Viber 5.6.5 Lets You Delete Sent Messages From Both Ends Of A Conversation, Attach Files, And More

Viber is a free way to communicate with anyone else who has installed the app, which makes it easy to get sucked into a conversation and reveal information that you probably don't want floating around out there. Maybe you even go so far as to accidentally send the wrong message to the wrong person. No matter. The latest version of the Android app will let you remove a message from the devices of everyone in the conversation.

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New Streaming Audio App PlayTime Offers Free, Unlimited Access To Over 50,000 Internet Radio Stations [Sponsored Post]

Today, there's no shortage of ways to stream music from your smartphone or tablet. Apps like Pandora and Google Play Music make easy work of offering access to a plethora of tunes, but if you want the best experience either has to offer, you have to hand over a monthly fee. PlayTime Internet Radio from Handy Apps is a new app that brings access to over 50,000 internet radio stations to your mobile, completely free of charge.

The app is broken down into several primary categories, including music, news, sports, and talk radio. From there, each category offers several different options, all of which are readily available online for free.

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Twitch v4.5.1 Adds Support For Android TV [APK Download]

This whole time, game streaming service Twitch hasn't supported Android TV. That strikes me as pretty weird, but everything is cool now that v4.5.1 is rolling out (the standard app is up to v4.6.x). This version adds Android TV support, and we've got the APK below in case you don't see it in the Play Store yet.

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Opera Max Starts Compressing Data On Three More Music Services: YouTube Music, Saavn, And Gaana

Whether you're on a small data plan, in an area with limited internet speeds, or your unlimited data plan has switched you to slow speeds after you ran through your fair use allotment, there's always a need for an app that can compress your transfers and save you time and data while you continue to use your device as usual. Opera Max is that app, it goes through all of your traffic and tries to save as many bytes as possible. And now it's getting even more effective at that.

Last month, Opera Max added music compression on a couple of services: Pandora, Slacker, and SoundCloud.

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EverythingMe Launcher Will Shut Down And Leave The Play Store Due To A Terminal Lack Of Money

It's a bad weekend for indie apps and services. After the PasswordBox team announced that its well-liked product would be folded into Intel's alternative, now a unique Android homescreen replacement is also going the way of the dodo. After amassing 15 million downloads since its debut early last year, EverythingMe will soon be shutting down and no longer available on the Play Store. As Douglas Adams said (and the company quoted on its farewell blog post), so long, and thanks for all the fish.

According to the post, the simple fact is that EverythingMe's business model wasn't bringing in enough revenue to sustain the development team.

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[Deal Alert] Popular App 'Unified Remote' On Sale For $0.99 (Down From $3.99) This Weekend Only

Most of the electronic doodads in your house come with remote controls, but your computer probably doesn't. Unified Remote turns your phone or tablet into the PC remote you always wanted, and it's on sale for a few days. This app is usually $3.99, but this weekend it's a mere $0.99.

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Chrome Dev 48 Rolls Out With Early Bluetooth Web API Support On Chrome OS Dev Channel And Android Marshmallow

Google's Chrome development team regularly implements new APIs to extend the possibilities for web apps to behave more like their native counterparts. The most recent addition to the Chrome dev channel allows web developers to use Bluetooth to communicate with nearby hardware. This could be used for things like an online fitness tracker that gets data from a heart rate monitor or for a controller to drive a Sphero, all without installing a native app.

These things are possible with the new Web Bluetooth API. Still in the early stages of development, this allows a web application to query for Bluetooth devices based on their capabilities, then pass messages back and forth with little or no friction.

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PasswordBox Will Shut Down In 2016, Customers Offered A Discount On Intel's True Key

When big companies buy small companies, there's always a chance that the smaller company will more or less disappear, along with its products. Some good examples in the mobile space would be HP's acquisition of Palm or Microsoft's similar purchase of Nokia. Not all tech companies do this - Amazon and Facebook seem to be pretty hands-off with their acquisitions - but Intel certainly does. Less than a year after Intel acquired the company that makes popular password manager PasswordBox, the company announced via its blog that the product will be abandoned sometime in 2016.

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The PasswordBox team is already working on Intel's similar service, True Key, and they'll be transitioning both team members and software features over to the Intel side.

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Google Handwriting Input Adds Support For Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, And Burmese

Google's Handwriting Input got its independent Play Store listing back in April and has since received very few updates. That's why the latest version bump to 1.5 (and the subsequent 1.5.1 release) seemed to be significant and in fact, it added 5 new languages to the list of existing 82 languages. These are Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Burmese.

You will have to download language packages if you choose any of these input methods inside the app, but once that's done and enabled, you will be able to scribble on your screen in your language of choice and Handwriting Input will convert that into text in any app.

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