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Play Music Surpasses 1 Billion Installs, Becomes The 15th Android App To Do So

The number of people activating Android devices continues to grow, because this summer we've watched as a number of Android apps have passed the billion installs milestone. The latest app to hit this goal is Play Music. This makes it the fifteenth to get on the list.

Google has made numerous additions to Play Music since launching the service in 2011. Users went from storing their personal collections online and buying individual albums to streaming whatever they wanted using All Access subscriptions. These days you can start personalized radio stations that suit your mood. You can also sign-up to stream music for free.

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Vine Places A Greater Emphasis On Music With New 'Snap To Beat' Perfect Audio Loops, Featured Songs, And More

Music and social media go together like teenagers and places their parents don't know about. Music became such a big part of MySpace, it inspired the likes of SoundCloud. Music videos regularly rack up the most views on YouTube. Chances are, your favorite artists have a Twitter account.

Musicians have used Vine as another way to get themselves noticed and share their music with a new generation. Now Vine intends to help them out. Today it's launching Snap to Beat, an easier way to toss together seamless perfect loops.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Hitman GO, Today Calendar, Kingdom Rush Origins, And More

Are you ready for the weekend? Impossible, because you haven't splurged on discounted apps and games. Hey, what else are you going to use all that Google survey money on?

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Welcome To The Future: Inbox By Gmail Now Offers Text Formatting In Replies On The Web

Inbox by Gmail is sort of an oddball thing...it started out as a simple, "fast" alternative to traditional email. The thing with that is, while convenient at first, it was quickly noticed how much stuff is actually missing. You know, stuff that most users want to use on a daily basis.

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Over time, Google has added in several necessary features to Inbox, making it much more serviceable than it was at launch. As of yesterday, text formatting in replies on the web joins that list, so users are now able to use numbered and bulleted lists; bold, italics, and underline; and enter links.

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Chromium Team Shows Improved Input Responsiveness On Some Sites That Rely Heavily On Javascript Timers

A dedicated app typically provides a better experience than a mobile site, but there are still plenty of instances where we end up inside the Android version of Chrome. Heck, that's one of the major benefits of owning a smartphone—the entire web is accessible to you throughout most of the day.

But some websites are slow and unresponsive. In particular, Chrome's frame rate can drop when browsing sites that have Javascript timers executing at less than ideal times. The latest Chrome browser reschedules them to provide a smoother experience. You don't need a strong understanding of what's going on in the backend to appreciate the progress on display in this recently uploaded video (though you can hit up the Chromium blog for more details if you're so inclined).

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Swype Updated To v2.0 With Improved Auto-Correct, Emoji Keyboard, And A Theme Store Featuring Star Trek

If you've been using Android for long enough, you might remember the days when the only swiping keyboard in existence was Swype, and you had to sign up for a weird private beta program to use it. Well, it's been in the Play Store for a few years now, and it's getting a big v2.0 update today. It's going where no man has gone before.

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Instagram Catches Up To Cameras, Supports Portrait And Landscape Orientation For Photos And Videos In Version 7.5

Instagram has a reputation. It's true. Whether it's the users who constantly snap pictures of their food or the ubiquitous use of filters, something immediately comes to mind when someone mentions the social network. One major aspect of its identity, for better or worse, is about to disappear. Instagram will no longer exclusively support square imagery.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Instagram is finally acknowledging that cameras don't take pictures in squares. Yes, cropping is a thing, but good cropping is also part of taking a decent shot in the first place. It can be a pain to have to crop things down again.

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Opera Beta v32 Adds Pull To Refresh, Syncs Typing History, Improves Image Resolution In Discover Section, And More

Despite its current tough situation, Opera keeps on forging forward with its software and applications, adding features and improving on existing ones. Case in point: in the Android app's beta channel's latest update, there's a slew of small new options and enhancements all across the board.

The change you may like the most is the addition of pull to refresh, which is a much easier way to reload the page than haunting for a small refresh button to tap. While your page loads, you may also notice that the progress bar blue line animation has been improved with a pulsing rhythm.

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Facebook Unveils M, A Virtual Assistant Inside Messenger That's Partly People Powered

Facebook is getting in on the digital assistant game currently occupied by the likes of Google Now, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana. But the social network is taking a different approach with M, the name of its virtual pal. This little helper waits around inside Messenger to answer your questions, and in those instances when its algorithms can't come up with a solution, there are real people working behind the scenes who can.

That's right, Facebook says that M's artificial intelligence is trained and supervised by real people. This partially confirms the Moneypenny rumor circulating last month that the company was developing a digital assistant of its own.

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Pocket Updated To Version 6.0 With A New Tab For Recommendations

When you open up your Pocket, what do you see? If you haven't been running the beta version for the past few weeks, you've seen all the articles you've gathered from across the web. Now you will also see recommendations, content Pocket thinks you'll be interested in alongside the stuff you've saved.

To determine which articles to recommend to people, Pocket looks at what content users with similar reading habits saved to their accounts. It also considers how many of these users actually read or eventually shared each story. The company is quick to point out that over two billion items have been saved to Pocket, so there's plenty of information to work with.

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