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PSA: Google Maps v7 Removed The Traffic Widget But There's An Even Better Directions/Navigation Widget That's Actually Worth Using [Updated]

The new Google Maps app seems to be positive on balance, but there are always some features that get left behind in big updates. There's the odd caching functionality and the complete lack of My Maps, for example. While it may look at first like the missing traffic widget has taken some functionality with it, that's not quite the case. Google Maps v7 contains a new one-tap directions widget that does much more than the Traffic one did.

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Wunderground Releases WunderMap For Android Tablets, A Unique Weather Application That's All About The Radar

If there's one belief I have when it comes to mobile devices, it's that you can never have too many weather applications. I'm not sure where that obsession comes from, but I periodically have to remind myself to clear out the ones I no longer look at.

Given my love for good weather apps, I can't help but grab all the latest ones as soon as they hit the Play Store (if they look good, of course), and when I hear the name Wunderground, I immediately know it's going to be one worth keeping.

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[New App] CBS Replaces Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fantasy Football App With Less Crappy Version

Just two more months, football fans, and your long wait will be over. Many NFL fans use the summer months to prepare their fantasy football teams and leagues, in the gentleman jock's alternative to Dungeons and Dragons. CBS has its own fantasy service (just like ESPN, Yahoo, the NFL itself, and starting in 2014, the official Android Police Fantasy Football Service) that was marked by an impressively awful Android app, lazily ported from the iOS version.

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[New App] Control Center Shamelessly Duplicates The iOS 7 Control Center On Your Android Device

It's pretty common for Android apps to playfully emulate hot new features from the iOS platform, but rarely have the done so as completely as Control Panel. This app apes the iOS 7 Control Panel feature, a swipe up settings toggle and shortcut screen. It even lacks substantial configuration options, thus completing the iOS illusion.

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Google+ App Updated With The Option To See What Your Friends Have Plussed In Your Stream

Just like the web version of Google+, the Android app will now show you at least some of your friends' "+1" activity in the main social stream. The new functionality (which has more than a little in common with the way Facebook does things) should allow Google+ to be even more social - you'll be able to weigh in on more of your friends' activity, or at least the activity that doesn't include full posts.

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Chainfire Introduces 'Wi-Fi Stick' Solution For Would-Be DSLR Controller Users Without Wi-Fi Capable Cameras

Always wanted to use Chainfire's DSLR Controller app, but don't have a Wi-Fi enabled Canon EOS camera? Chainfire's got a solution for you called the "Wi-Fi Stick."

Along with a new Wi-Fi Stick centered app, Chainfire today posted a walkthrough on how to craft the device, which will enable your Canon EOS camera to work with your Android phone or tablet, all by yourself.

For those who are wondering what we're talking about, DSLR Controller is an app that debuted in 2011 as the very first of its kind, allowing users to control their EOS cameras remotely from an Android device.

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Google's One Today Charity App Now Available Without An Invite, Still Limited To The United States

Google's charity-minded One Today app launched three months ago, inviting users to give away a dollar a day to a different deserving cause, sort of like a philanthropic version of Woot.com. The initial rollout was very limited, only opening to U.S. residents who had applied for and received an invitation. Now the invitation is no longer necessary: you can download One Today on just about any Android device, so long as you're in the United States.

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PSA: Offline Maps Still (Sort Of) Exist In Google Maps v7, My Maps Not Supported But Will Return [Updated]

There are a lot of cool things about the new Google Maps update, but a few features from the old app didn't make the jump. Google made a big deal about offline maps when it was added a few years ago. So it's a little surprising to see this feature missing in Maps v7... or is it? Mountain View has included a bit of an Easter Egg here.

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If you want to cache an area for offline access, just go to that part in the app, then type "Ok Maps" in the search box.

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[New App] Libon For Android Comes To The US, A VoIP Client By Orange That Wants To Shake Things Up

There are many VoIP clients out there for Android, such as Skype and Viber. They save users from having to place calls over their cell network, potentially using up minutes that they may not have. This behavior eats into carriers' profits, so it's no surprise that they'd prefer if we avoided putting these apps on our phones. It's more surprising, though, to hear that one carrier has chosen to make one of these apps themselves.

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Chrome Stable Updated To v28 With Fullscreen On Tablets, Translate Bar, And New Languages

If you're a fan of Chrome for Android but aren't adventurous enough to live with the beta version as your daily driver, then you'll be happy to know that some of the best features to date have finally arrived in the stable version of the app.

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Today's update brings fullscreen support to tablets – simply start scrolling and the bar disappears. As a Chrome beta user, I can attest that this is one of the most useful features in all of mobile browsing.

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