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HTC Pushes A Big Update To The Dot View App With Animated Themes, Games, And More

HTC is expected to announce the release date for the One M9 any time now, but there are some treats for those of you sticking with the M8 as well. A new version of the Dot View case app is out, and it has a ton of improvements. Also, games. Yes, games. I don't know why either.

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Microsoft Updates Outlook App To v1.1 With Contact Sync, 3-Day View In Calendar, And More

Part of Microsoft's push to get its software and services everywhere is the somewhat new Outlook app on Android. It's actually a rather solid app with some material elements, but it's still lacking in features as a "preview." The v1.1 update might patch some of those holes, though.

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TripIt Adds A Traveler Profile In Its Latest Update To Keep Your Valuable Documents And Contacts Handy When You're Away

Whether you travel for leisure or business, the logistics of crossing country or state borders are a nightmare. TripIt has been trying to simplify the process for years, providing travelers with a way to track their flight, hotel reservation, car rental, and other plans in one central place. The app just got better now thanks to a new addition: Traveler Profile.

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The profile lives inside TripIt's side menu in the Android (and iOS) app.

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Next Month, Adobe Will Launch A Brand-New Version Of Acrobat For Android, Plus A PDF Fill & Sign App

While Adobe's Acrobat may not be the most beloved application, the PDF ecosystem around it has proven basically unkillable - PDF files are still the most common way we exchange forms to digitally sign and fill, and that doesn't seem to be changing. Unfortunately, your ability to fill, sign, and edit PDFs on Android to date has been kind of lackluster.

Adobe has never released a full-fledged mobile Acrobat client for Android, and the mobile version of Reader isn't exactly jam-packed with features. Next month, that will change.

With the launch of Document Cloud (yes, really), Acrobat will enter a new cross-platform era with companion apps on Android, iOS, and Windows, each of them providing many of the features traditionally found in the old Acrobat desktop client, but with much more streamlined interfaces.

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Google Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With A Few Hangouts Easter Eggs

In what is becoming a tradition of sorts, Google is not letting an American holiday go by without a corresponding Hangouts Easter egg. When messages contain certain trigger words, users are greeted with corresponding animations to add a little spice to the conversation. Since their debut, we've seen the animated emoji people bring in the new year and celebrate Valentine's Day. Add St. Patrick's Day to the list! I've spotted three different versions so far.

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Both sender and recipient should be greeted by these little leprechauns. Don't worry, the recipient won't see the animation until they open the app to read your message.

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Facebook Unveils Facebook Pay, A Free Way For Friends To Exchange Money Using Messenger

Facebook has introduced a new way for friends to swap cash with one another that doesn't involve meeting in person, writing a check, or even opening up another app. With Facebook Pay, they can send and receive money directly inside of Messenger. And it won't cost them a thing.

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Google's New App Review Guidelines Smartly Address Several Big Problems With The Play Store

It's been said many times that compared to Apple's tightly controlled walled garden, Android is the wild west of app development. I think that's been a good thing on balance, but not always. The lack of control can sometimes cause difficulties for developers and users alike. With Google's new semi-manual app approval process, it's taking the middle road, and that's probably good for everyone.

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Lyft Will Now Let You Pay For Your Ride Using Google Wallet

Lyft, the ride-sharing service that is more than happy to have someone drive you around town, will now let you pay for said trip using Google Wallet.

The functionality is available directly inside the app, where you can simply tap Add Google Wallet to skirt around entering your credit card number manually, assuming you already have one saved to your Google account. If you've bought something from the Play Store without using a gift card, then that's more than likely a yes.

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Google Wallet will show up as your default form of payment, but you can still use alternatives if you so choose.

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Autodesk's Tinkerplay Lets You Design Your Own 3D Printable Action Figures

Kids have really cool toys these days, but as with all things, 3D printing can make them even better. The latest app from Autodesk is called Tinkerplay, and it allows you to build a custom action figure from an assortment of parts, then export the .stl or .thing file to create it in real life with a 3D printer. Guys, this app is so, so cool.

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HTC Publishes BoomSound Connect, HTC Connect, And HTC Tasks In The Play Store Ahead Of One M9 Launch

HTC has published a trio of their own apps in the Play Store, each relating to device-specific functions that we will see in the HTC One M9 and probably all devices running Sense 7.0. BoomSound Connect claims to be an app dedicated to managing streams to AllPlay speakers, while the similarly-named Connect serves the same purposes, but for Bluetooth, DLNA, and Miracast streaming of audio and video. HTC Tasks is, well, HTC's tasks app.

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Above are provided snaps of BoomSound Connect. It looks pretty sharp and should fit right in with the lightly updated interface we have seen in previews of Sense 7.0.

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