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Facebook Messenger Adds A Mini Basketball Hoops Game

Ever spent some time talking to your friends on Facebook Messenger about basketball and looked at that nice orange emoji and wished you could just swipe it across the screen and into the hoop? Ever yearned for a little bit of friendly competition between you and your friends inside a chat to pass those boring classes or long waits? Facebook Messenger has just the answer for your woes.

Inside the latest Messenger update is a new mini game of basketball. You can trigger it by sending the basketball emoji and then tapping it to launch into the game. It's as simple as mini games go: swipe the ball across the screen to try to get it into the hoop.

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Maps v9.22 Shows Plans To Support Saving Offline Maps Based On Routes, Also Takes Us Down To Funky Town For A New Easter Egg [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Maps v9.22 included a respectable number of new features and improvements, but that's not all it had to show off. A teardown reveals that the developers are preparing a feature that users have been requesting for quite some time: saving routes for offline use. But that's not the only item on the teardown docket, we've also got the makings of an easter egg that might just take us back to 1979 for some disco.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google Adds Android TV Backdrop App To the Play Store

Google has released a new app in the Play Store, but before you get too excited, it's not technically a new app. It's just new to the store. It's the Android TV Backdrop Daydream app. If you've got an Android TV device, it already has this app installed, but now that it's in the Play Store you should get automatic updates.

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WhatsApp Now Lets You Format Text As Bold Or Italic, Send Google Drive Files As PDF, And More

Given the fast rate at which WhatsApp betas are rolling lately, we keep getting frequent tips about certain small changes to the app that have occurred over one of the many revisions but that we can't pinpoint to a specific version of the app (unless we go ahead and install and test each version, but ain't nobody got time for that!!!). So here we are today with a list of changes that have been implemented at some point during the past week or two and that are all available in version 2.12.535 of the app.

First, you can now format text inside WhatsApp messages as bold or italics.

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Photos v1.16 Adds Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons To Its Video Player [APK Download]

Today has been pretty slow for updates, so far, but sometimes that's just how Google rolls. There is at least one notable feature from this morning's release of Photos v1.16, and it brings a neat little improvement to the built-in video player: fast forward and rewind buttons. There are also a couple of odd UI tweaks related to album sharing. A new bug also snuck into this version, so be wary. As always, we've got a link to the download at the bottom. Oh, and stay tuned for a teardown with even more stuff from this version.

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Fast Forward and Rewind

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The app may be called Photos, but it handles videos, as well.

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Samsung Adds Its Music App To The Play Store, Currently Only Supported On Marshmallow

Samsung has added a new app to the Play Store, but it's not entirely new. This is a beta version of Samsung's music app, which it will apparently be updating via the Play Store from here on out. The only compatible devices we're seeing right now are Samsung phones running Marshmallow, but we've got the APK if you want to install it on another device. No promises it will work, though.

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Microsoft Updates All Three Office Apps With Auto Save, Version History, Collaborative Editing, And More App-Specific Features

Microsoft is rolling out big updates to all three of its major Office apps for Android, with several overlapping improvements. The highlight is the addition of auto-save, a staple on desktop versions and frankly overdue on mobile with so many more opportunities for lost connections, unexpected battery drains, and other interruptions. In the same vein, Word and Powerpoint get real-time collaborative editing support, similar to what is available in the web apps and Google Docs.

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I took a test drive with the collaborative editing on Word and it wasn't exactly seamless. The browser version says I was editing while offline, which is a decent way to describe the way it worked.

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LastPass Releases Its Own 2-Factor Mobile Authenticator App [Update]

LastPass is known for keeping your passwords safe, but these days a password sometimes isn't enough. That's why many services have implemented 2-factor authentication (2FA) to secure your account. Now, LastPass is getting into 2FA with its own authenticator app called (predictably) LastPass Authenticator. Please ignore the iPhone above. It's on Android too.

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Appfour Continues Cramming Big Things Onto Tiny Watch Screens With Calendar For Android Wear

You can already use a browser, email client, and video player on Android Wear thanks to Appfour, and now you can check your calendar too. This dev specializes (apparently) in taking full-size apps and shoehorning them into the small form factor provided by Android Wear. Sometimes it's a bad idea, but it's at least good for a laugh. This one seems somewhat useful, though.

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