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Facebook Rolls Out Beta Program For Messenger, Promises Monthly Features And Bug Fixes

Ever since Google rolled out public beta applications through the Play Store, some of the biggest names in the game have jumped on board to essentially crowdsource bug discovery in upcoming releases. Among those that are now offering users access to early versions of its software is Facebook, which released a beta version of its primary application earlier this year. The company has now done the same with its Messenger application.

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WhatsApp CEO Issues Strong Statement Promising Facebook Deal Won't Compromise Respect For Privacy

Last month Facebook bought WhatsApp for way too much money, making the app's developers very wealthy individuals. This deal, theoretically, gives Facebook access to the data provided by the app's nearly half a billion users. The companies behind the social network and the instant messenger have both promised that WhatsApp will continue to operate autonomously, but this hasn't completely alleviated privacy concerns. Thus WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has shared a blog post aimed at "setting the record straight."

In it he states:

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address.

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Latest Duolingo Android App Update Introduces 'Lingots' Virtual Currency And A Shop To Spend It In

People who have used Duolingo on the web or on iOS may have grown accustomed to a virtual shop where they're encouraged to spend hard-earned points on cool stuff. Now that engaging feature has come to Android. Whenever you complete an achievement going forward, Duolingo will reward you with Lingots that you can spend on all sorts of items ranging from power-ups to bonus language skills.

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Duolingo already turns language-learning into a game by breaking down lessons into achievements and giving players a limited number of hearts.

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AllCast Gets New Now Playing Screen, Cover Art For Music And Videos, Lock Screen Controls, And More

The AllCast updates just keep coming. Each introduces new functionality, but the latest release packs together more new features than most. By combining aesthetic changes with usability improvements, users of this media Chromecasting app are in for quite the treat.

In the left screenshot below, we see a new "now playing" screen. For the initiated, this is the screen that displays while content is streaming to your TV screen. To the right, we see lock screen controls.

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Podcast Manager Pocket Casts Hits v4.5 With Chromecast Support, Better Playlists, And More

There are plenty of podcast apps on Android, but few are as pretty as Pocket Casts, and it's even better with the most recent update to v4.5. In addition to some UI tweaks, this version adds Chromecast support to the app. That's not even all – Pocket Casts has plenty more goodies in store.

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[New App] Cast Store Helps You Find Apps And Games That Support Chromecasting

Google is really dropping the ball with regard to surfacing Chromecast enabled apps in the Play Store. Sure, there's that Chromecast app page, but that's just a tiny fraction of all the apps and games with support for Chromecast now that third-parties have been turned loose. Enter Cast Store, which aggregates a bunch of apps with Chromecast support.

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Kindle App Updated To v4.4 With Faster Cover Loading, Auto-Brightness Control, And More

The Kindle app has gone through a number of redesigns, but its finally settling into a nice Android vibe. The newest update doesn't radically change anything, but it does add some useful features and squash a few bugs that have probably been annoying you.

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JuiceSSH Hits 500,000 Users, Celebrates By Giving Away Free Pro Pack Upgrades Until March 18th

Come on everybody, give a big round of applause to the guys behind JuiceSSH for hitting 500k installs! To celebrate the accomplishment, they're giving away free upgrades to the Pro pack for anybody that signs up before March 18th. There's no expiration date and all you have to do is enter the Google account you want to have registered.

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In case you're not familiar with JuiceSSH, it's a terminal (command line) client capable of opening secure connections to remote computers.

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Facebook Pages Manager Updated To Version 1.10 With New Post Sharing Options, Expanded Status Update Details, And More

Facebook's Pages Manager app has made the jump to version 1.10, and while it isn't a major overhaul, it does introduce a few new features. Now people who manage multiple pages can share posts between them by hitting the share button at the bottom of each post. Pages based on people also have more emotions and activities available for status updates, such as "Feeling Good" or "Watching TV." In addition to that, managers can edit posts on their page timeline.

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Fox News Android App Gets Major Facelift In Big Update To Version 2.0

Here at Android Police, we like to keep things fair and balanced. So when a major news network puts effort into a mobile app, you can expect a shout out from us. Yesterday Al Jazeera America rolled out a new and attractive dedicated app, and as it turns out, Fox News had also recently pushed a complete redesign to its own.

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