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Kickstarter open sources its Android and iOS apps

For the longest time, Kickstarter was only accessible as a website without any official mobile apps. Then came the iOS app and it wasn't until January of 2016 that we saw the first release of the Android app. Since then, this app has been updated, improved, and gained a lot of functionality. But today marks a different milestone in its history: the team at Kickstarter is open sourcing it along with the iOS app.

In a post on Medium, Brandon Williams, one of the members of the Kickstarter Native team, explains how the iOS and Android apps came to be and how their journey lead toward open sourcing the apps for the benefit of the developer community and as part of Kickstarter's new ethos of serving the public good.

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Need for Speed VR for Google Daydream is now live

Google trotted out a number of new Daydream titles the other day, one of which was supposed to be Need for Speed VR. However, the actual release of the game lagged behind all the others. Now, it's available, and the price is a little lower than what Google originally quoted. It's not cheap, but for $15 it's probably the most ambitious Daydream game yet.

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Google Maps v9.43 beta adds a shortcut to contributions and changes a couple notification settings, prepares to offer recommendations from the menu and more [APK Teardown + Download]

There's an update for Google Maps v9.43 rolling out to beta testers. This one isn't loaded with changes, but there are a few things worth checking out in this release. There have been a couple of changes to the notification options in the Settings screen and a new home screen shortcut is now available. A deeper look through a teardown reveals plans to display recommended dishes from the menu. There is also some follow-up to an odd teardown topic from a few weeks ago.

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Latest Box update adds the ability to upload folders

Cloud storage and file syncing apps seem like a dime a dozen these days. That is not necessarily a bad thing, since choice is one of the best things about technology in general. Each of us here at AP have our own preferences for which services we use — most of us use multiple offerings, actually. One of the biggest names you will hear about is Box, and its Android app got updated to allow for uploading entire folders from your device.

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Snapchat 9.45 adds group chats, new filters on Memories, and Shazam integration for some reason

If you're still putting up with the unoptimized mess that is the Android Snapchat application (unless you have a very speedy phone), you might be excited to hear that the 9.45 update is now available. No, it doesn't make using the app any less painful, but there are some new features to enjoy.

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Twitter officially announces live video streaming from the mobile app, powered by Periscope

No, #GoLive is not a trending topic about bringing back Adobe GoLive. Instead, it is related to Twitter bringing the full streaming abilities of Periscope to the mobile Twitter apps. Starting today, a new 'Live' button is visible when composing a tweet, which allows you to start a live stream. As far as functionality goes, it is the exact same as starting a stream from the Periscope app.

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Instagram 10.3 adds 'Saved' tab for keeping photos and videos for later

Instagram has rapidly added new features in the past few months, from Periscope-esque live streaming to Boomerang support. The latest addition to the mobile apps is not a groundbreaking change, but still very useful. Starting with Instagram 10.3 for Android, a new 'Saved' tab is visible on the profile page.

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Chrome Beta 56 adds official Web Bluetooth API support, experimental WebVR, and more [APK Download]

Chrome 55 marked the arrival of many user-side changes, including Chrome's built-in download manager and saving pages for offline reading. Normally I separate posts about Chrome releases into new features for users and new abilities developers can use, but this release (at least in its current form) is almost completely about new APIs.

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Play Music v7.1 prepares to add an autoplay option and sound quality settings for Wi-Fi and downloading [APK Teardown]

An update to Google Play Music began rolling out earlier this week, but there aren't any signs of changes in the UI. However, a couple of interesting things did turn up during a teardown. We can look forward to new settings to control audio quality for each of the major situations for downloading music. Additionally, there will be an option to allow the app to begin playing music as soon as it launches. If you're eager to grab the latest version before it comes to your device naturally, there's a download link at the bottom.

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Google makes it easier to switch from iOS to Android with Google Drive backup tool

Apple has a switch tool in the Play Store that helps Android people switch to iOS. It's unlikely Google would get such an app approved by the Apple bots in the App Store. However, it's done a bit of an end-run around that with an update to the Drive app. You can now back up your iPhone data to Drive, then restore it all on Android.

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