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[Update: Changelog And Google Drive Note Sync] Play Books v3.5 Gets A UI Refresh, Adds New Suggestion Experience To Find Books You Might Like, And More

Version 3.5 of the Play Books for Android app dropped today, and if you're a frequent user of the app, you're going to notice some pretty immediate visual changes.

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Sling Media Releases Free* Versions Of Its SlingPlayer TV Streaming Apps

Sling Media, not to be mistaken for Sling TV (which licenses the name to offer a separate service), produces a series of set-top boxes called Slingboxes capable of taking what's on your TV and streaming it to your mobile device. From there you can flip through channels using a virtual remote control regardless of whether you're on Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.

In addition to a Slingbox, you need the corresponding Android app to get everything to work.

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Fully Functional Microsoft Cortana App Leaks Ahead Of Official Release [APK Download]

Microsoft has restricted the Cortana virtual assistant to Windows device thus far, but an official Android release is right around the corner. You don't have to wait, though. The beta Cortana app has leaked, and it appears to be fully functional. Just grab the app from APK Mirror and give it a shot.

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Mobile Passport App Now Lets You Skip The Line At San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Mobile Passport lets you be that guy who gets to skip the regular line at the airport just by pulling out your phone. You provide the app with information about yourself and your trip, then submit everything once you land. Then you follow signs for "Mobile Passport Control" (which might as well say Cool People), and you're off to go about your day.

The latest version of the app adds support for San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video App Is Out Of Beta And Available To Everyone

Microsoft started a beta test for its Hyperlapse video app a while back, but today it's out of beta and ready for download. This app takes a boring video and speeds it up into a clean time lapse clip. It doesn't have a ton of settings to play with, but most of the magic is automatic.

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Inbox By Gmail Poised To Automatically Suggest The Best Time For Snoozed Emails To Come Back

Since its inception it seems that Inbox, by Google's Gmail team, has had the goal of streamlining your email experience in mind. To accomplish that goal, it makes every email a task, lets you quickly triage messages, and pulls out highlights like reservations, plane tickets, or attachments for faster access. But, according to the official Gmail blog, Inbox is getting one more cool feature starting now: the ability to automatically choose the best snooze date for your messages.

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Google Play Music v6.0.1950S Fixes The SD Card Cached Music Removal Bug [APK Download]

Google Play Music has seen its fair share of bugs in the spotlight over the past few weeks, including the web app's failure to stream All Access songs on multiple browsers (and its subsequent fix) and the weird reported bug of cached music being wiped from Android devices when SD card storage had been enabled. The latter's fix has rolled out with the latest update to the Android app.

Previously, users who had downloaded some Play Music songs for offline playback and toggled the app's setting switch to use SD card storage found that their tunes disappeared when the phone was rebooted or the card was removed and reinserted.

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SoundCloud Finally Brings Related Tracks To Android, Fixes A Few Bugs Too

If you use SoundCloud to listen to music and audio from your favorite artists, podcasters, DJs, and other audio genies, you've probably wondered why the Android app doesn't have the "related tracks" feature that has been present in iOS and the web version for a while. After all, it's so much easier to discover new tracks to your liking when they're recommended based on what you already know you love, than to go manually hunt for them and fall into a spiral of mediocre audio that doesn't suit your taste.

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VLC For Android Beta 1.5 Gets Fewer Permissions, More Material, Video Playlists, And Some Other Features

 

VLC For Android has been steadily improving over the past months, but today's beta update is a big step forward to the app that even the developers acknowledge as a "major release."

VLC went through a hardcore bootcamp between versions 1.3.2 and 1.5.0, emerging with enhancements all across the board. Internally, the app's code has been rewritten to be faster and to require fewer permissions especially on KitKat devices and above. Externally, the app's design has been given a small facelift to better fit Material's clean and elegant look.

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Google App v4.9 Adds Toggle For Lockscreen Notifications, May Also Offer Toggle For App Suggestions [APK Download + Mini-Teardown]

Version 4.9 of the Google app began rolling out late yesterday, but it's not sporting a lot of obvious additions. The only immediately visible changes appear under Settings -> Now cards, where a new toggle has been added to enable or disable lock screen notifications based on cards. Some updated text also appears below the new toggle, if you care about that sort of thing.

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Left: old version. Right: new version.

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