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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Updates Make Documents Easier To Review [APK Download]

There's a decent chance that when you're accessing a document from a smartphone, you're not actually trying to make edits. You just want to take a look at what's there. So the latest update to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides improves precisely this experience.

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Now when you click on a document and start scrolling down, the app goes full-screen (minus the dimmed notification bar) and the toolbars disappear.

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[What Could Go Wrong?] Motion Tennis Cast Lets You Use Your Phone Like A Wiimote To Play Tennis On Chromecast

Perhaps you recall the rash of Wiimote-related accidents seven or eight years ago. See, people got really, super into playing Wii, and sometimes the Wiimote just slipped and crashed into the TV. Motion Tennis Cast is kind of like Wii Sports Tennis, but you're controlling it with your phone. That's two expensive things you can break if the phone slips.

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Futuremark Releases Alternative 3DMark 'Sling Shot' Benchmark For Android To Make Your Brand New Phone Cry

Some graphical benchmarks are meant to be fairly boring but reliable tests of visual output - the reliable Quadrant benchmark from Aurora Softworks is a good example. Others create an intense graphical test by making a fully-realized 3D environment, essentially a tech demo that's meant to be a digital ruler for the performance of competing components or devices. 3DMark's Android benchmark, with its space battle cutscene, is one of these tests.

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Gameloft To Make Modern Combat 5 Free-To-Play In Next Update

Modern Combat 5's release was hardly unexpected. After all, it's a sequel in one of the most popular franchises on Google Play. Nevertheless, it was a surprise to see the Gameloft title launch without a single in-app purchase in sight. In exchange, the publisher priced it at $7. Reasonable.

Ryan put the game through its paces, and while it wasn't without its caveats, it easily provided enough content to justify the price tag.

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TeamViewer QuickSupport Adds Android TV Compatibility For When Your Dad Needs Help With His New Nexus TV

Or your mom, or grandparents, or siblings or children, whatever. The point is that TeamViewer thinks that there's a market for remote support on Android TV. The QuickSupport app allows users to remotely view and control an Android device from a standard PC - it's essentially the reverse of a conventional remote desktop app. And now it works on your TV! How 'bout that.

Honestly, the Android TV interface is so stripped down and simple - think Roku meets the Play Store - that it's hard to imagine a situation where someone would buy a unit for themselves and not be able to operate it.

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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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