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EA Releases Star Wars Battlefront Companion App, Complete With 'Base Command' Strategy Card Game

I have fond memories of playing Star Wars Battlefront over a decade ago. I was never the biggest Star Wars fan, but futuristic shooters and strategy games appealed to me, and Battlefront was both. You weren't just gunning down waves of rebel scum, you were attacking the right bases and deploying the best vehicles to crush the enemy's capacity to fight.

Star Wars Battlefront II arrived in 2005, only one year after the original's debut. The third non-mobile entry has taken ten times as long to get here, but it's scheduled to hit consoles and PCs this month. To get players ready to again hop inside an AT-AT, EA has released a companion app onto Google Play.

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Google Officially Releases Offline Navigation And Search In Maps, Available Starting Today On Android

Back at Google I/O earlier this year, Google teased offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps, a feature that many of us have wanted for a long, long time. Today, that feature comes to fruition.

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As of today's Maps update, users will be able to save specific areas to their devices when they know that they'll be in an area with poor data coverage. When an unacceptable connection is detected, Maps will automatically switch to offline mode; turn-by-turn directions, searches, store hours, and the like will all continue to be available.

You'll be able to grab the desired areas by searching for a city, county, or country, then tapping the "download" button on the card.

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Nokia's Z Launcher Update Adds Synonyms And WhatsApp Contacts To Scribbles

Nokia's Z Launcher is a bit different. Instead of a customizable homescreen where you place your app icons, it chooses them based on the ones you often open and you're most likely to need right now. Essentially, it adapts to your context. It has a few more tricks too, like scribbling the names of apps, contacts, and websites to launch them directly. In its new update, this scribble function is about to get a little more powerful.

Scribbling now supports synonyms, so you can launch music apps by simply writing music. Spotify, Pandora, and even YouTube should appear in the list of options.

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Amazon Photos 5.0 Improves Album Creation And Editing, Takes You Into The Past With New 'This Day' Section

Amazon wants to store your photos on its servers, and the first part of that is making a compelling service. Since you would understandably want to organize your pictures into albums, the latest version contains a number of tweaks to streamline the process.

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HTC Uploads The One A9's Camera App To Google Play

The HTC One A9 comes with a 13MP camera that, like those found on the backs of other smartphones, is capable of shooting photos. To do so, tap the camera icon that's initially located on the right side of your dock. That little rectangle with a circle in it will fire up an app with the expected capture button, shooting modes, and settings. Said app is also available in the Play Store.

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Monday App And Game Sales: Kingdom Rush Frontiers, WeatherPro, Syberia, And More

Another long, grueling week has just gotten underway. As you slog through the unspeakable monotony of your life, perhaps you'll be able to catch a brief respite from the horror by playing some games and stuff on your phone. Yeah, that sounds good. You can even have some of them on sale today, so get in there and check them out.

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Android Wear v1.4 Makes Some Minor Changes To The Settings Screen, Prepares For New Wear OS Update [APK Teardown + Download]

Version 1.4 of the Android Wear app started rolling out late Friday. The theme of this update, at least for what's currently live, is a set of changes to the Settings screen. There are a couple of new options, but they come at the expense of the battery stats screen. A look under the hood also shows that a few other features are either live or in the works for the next Wear OS update.

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Samsung Publishes 'Family Square' Photo Bulletin Board App For The Galaxy View

The Galaxy View is Samsung's biggest tablet, and the company is positioning it as a sort of all-purpose, general-use device for an entire household rather than a conventional mobile device. To that end they've released another exclusive app for the 18.4-inch tablet, Family Square. According to the description in the Play Store, it's meant to be a digital bulletin board, allowing multiple users to post photos to the app which are then displayed on the screen.

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The setup is... unique. Instead of simply pulling photos from Facebook or Google+ accounts, Family Square needs to connect to individual phones, presumably over the local Wi-Fi network.

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Fly Labs, "Creators Of The World's Best Video Editing Apps," Get Acquired By Google And Join The Photos Team

As an Android user, you are forgiven for not knowing who or what Fly Labs is. The company's video editing suite of applications is only available on iOS so your exposure to its products may have been non-existent. But you're about to hear more about Fly Labs or at least its products' features since it has just been acquired by Google.

The company announced the acquisition on its site and Google Photos' product lead David Lieb reiterated the news, dubbing Fly Labs as the "creators of the world's best video editing apps."  I don't know about the world's best, but Fly Labs has some very interesting products under its name. Clips puts fragments of videos together, reorders them, and tags music or voice recordings on top of them. Tempo edits slow-motion, fast-forwarded clips, and time-lapse videos. Fly uses gestures to edit videos, apply cuts and transitions, integrate picture-in-picture, or split the screen.

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Today Calendar Adds Natural Language Processing When Scheduling Appointments

Calendar apps are a dime a dozen on the Play Store, but few of them have the polish, power, and intuitive interface of Today Calendar. Now the app can add one more bullet point to its list of handy options that make it easier and faster to schedule appointments and tasks: natural language processing.

What that means is that you no longer have to fuss with manually picking dates, times, and durations. You simply type them as you're making a new entry and Today will interpret the specific details and schedule accordingly. Words like todaytomorrowFriday, in 3 daysspecific dates, holiday names, and times like 2pmfor 3 hours, from 1pm until 5pm, are processed by the app without the need to go into date and time selection.

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