10
Oct
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Google's magazine app, Play Magazines, just received a bump up to v1.1 in the Play Store. It's a small update, but a good one nonetheless:

  • Significant performance improvements for all devices (page flipping and rendering)
  • Now available in Australia!

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So there you go - not only does the app work better, but now those of you Down Under can get your mag fix! At the time of writing, the update isn't yet showing in the Web Store for most of us, but you should be able to pull it down through the Device Store.

10
Oct
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Last Updated: October 15th, 2012

According to a Czech press release unearthed by The Verge, Microsoft may be readying native Office apps for Android. As of right now, the only programs that have mobile versions on the Play Store are OneNote and Lync. Otherwise known as "the ones very few people care about." If this report is to be believed, though, we may see native versions of the entire Office suite.

According to the Verge's translations, Microsoft said this:

"In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian"

Redmond, by way of the Czech Republic, also pointed out that there would be new versions of its Office Web Apps.

09
Oct
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Android users tend to balk at apps that cost more than $5 or so, but in this case it might be worth shelling out, at least if you're a SlingBox owner. The mobile client for the popular media streaming gadget has been given a temporary price cut: a whole 50% off! ...which sounds a lot better than $14.99, half its normal price of $30. On top of that, there are separate versions of the app for smartphones and tablets.

09
Oct
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There are no shortage of keyboard replacements on the market. Between SwiftKey, Swype, and the various manufacturer-skinned versions, you can't help but have three or four options on your phone. Today's latest entrant, iKnowU, still manages to stand out with the ability to predict entire phrases and highlighting of the next letters it thinks you're going to type. Pretty impressive.

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Of course, the feature that catches our eye most of all is phrase prediction.

08
Oct
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Last Updated: October 19th, 2012

If you use Tapatalk for your forum-browsing needs on Android, you've probably lamented the lack of a proper tablet client for some time. After all, reading forums is one of those tasks you might actually want to do with a big screen capable of displaying significantly larger amounts of information than your phone.

You'll be relieved to hear, then, that Tapatalk now has an open beta for Tapatalk HD, the upcoming slate-specific version of the app.

08
Oct
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It's time to go APK spelunking again. Today's target is Google Wallet!

Remember this Google Wallet Q&A? The Wallet team took to YouTube and fielded user-submitted questions ranging from "When will Wallet work on my carrier?" to "When will Wallet work in my country?" with the answer to just about everything being "we're looking into it." One exception in the non-committal answer-fest was person to person transactions, with the Walleteers saying to "stay tuned" and hinting that an announcement would be coming soon.

08
Oct
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We've rounded up a lot of apps over the past month. September, like most months, saw the release of a ton of new apps to the Play Store, many of which are worth your attention. Of course, most of us don't quite have enough time or patience to install and try out hundreds of apps every month, so we bring you our top five picks for best new app – a short list of newly released apps that every user should try out.

08
Oct
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Intuit, the company behind Quicken for Windows and Mac, has released a free mobile companion app for users of Quicken 2013 for Windows.

Available on both phones and tablets, Quicken for Android allows you to sync your accounts over from your desktop so that you can keep an eye on your finances whilst you're on the move.

Rather than just offering a stripped down version of the existing desktop application, Intuit has built most of the features that are available on the desktop into the mobile app; you can view your spending by category, with graphs available on the tablet version, and create alerts to notify you of activity on your account.

05
Oct
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If you're a Dexter fiend, you've undoubtedly been waiting for a way to get your fix on the go with up-to-date episodes, and now Showtime is giving you one, with Showtime Anytime. Similar to HBO and Cinemax's GO apps, Anytime allows you to watch any Showtime original series on your phone or tablet (Nexus 7 not supported, unfortunately), provided you're a current Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse cable subscriber with a Showtime subscription.

05
Oct
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It's pretty unlikely you own either of the vehicles Ford has made compatible with its new MyFord Mobile app, but if you're interested in cars, this is definitely something you're probably curious about in a broader sense. Ford's new app allows you to view your plugin's remaining battery charge, control charging (you can set to charge during the cheapest hours, too), remotely operate and set timers for the climate control, start/stop and lock/unlock, plan trips that get sent to the nav system, and find charging stations.

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