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DIRECTV App Gets Updated To Version 3.1, Receives Redesigned Video Player, New Menu Button, And More

We have a second screen problem. The TV may have the largest display in the house, but it fails to consistently hold our attention even during engaging content, let alone commercial breaks. Cable and satellite companies have tried to respond to this phenomenon by releasing companion apps that place their content on both screens at once. Unfortunately, these apps typically aren't that good. The DIRECTV Android app was completely revamped not too long ago, but already a new update is available that changes things around a bit.

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Facebook Messenger Getting Major Overhaul: SMS Dead, No Longer Need To Be Friends To Send Messages

Facebook's Messenger app for Android and iOS is about to receive an extensive reworking, and will drop SMS support in the process. According to a Facebook product manager, the SMS feature "just didn't take off" in the way the company had originally expected, and as such, the feature is being given the axe.

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The Messenger app, though, is about to look a whole lot different. Here a couple shots of the Android version, which I must say is impressively clean.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: I, Gladiator, Floating Notifications, Rayman Jungle Run, And More

It's just a few days until Halloween, and that means it's time for some spoooooky sales. Well, just regular sales, I guess. But Halloween is the excuse developers are using to put things on sale. That means a lot of deals. Get ready to spend some money.

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Hangouts Getting A Major Update, Brings Location Sharing, Support For GIFs, And SMS Integration (!)

Vic Gundotra just announced what we've all hoped for (and kind of already anticipated): SMS is coming to Hangouts. Yes.

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Aside from that, you'll also be able to share your location with a simple tap. Oh, and GIFs. Prepare for all sorts of animated crap in Hangouts. It's happening. Unfortunately, we're not exactly sure when it will be happening – there's no word right now as to when the updated APK will hit Google Play.

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[New App] Ubisoft Releases Companion App To Coincide With The Launch Of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Today's the day that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag launches for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, so you know what that means - it's time to hit up the Play Store to download the companion app. Ubisoft's offering turns your Android tablet into a virtual quartermaster. It provides quick access to the world map, tracks your progress, keeps tabs on communications, and more.

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With the companion app, gamers will have less reason to ever pause the action, as many of the secondary tasks have been delegated to the touch screen.

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[New App] Flyne Is A New Offline News Reader From The Maker Of Falcon Pro, Powered by Twitter And Feedly

Every time I try a new non-AOSP Android device, I lament the lack of Google's News & Weather app and its excellent widget. But the latest app from Falcon Pro developer Joaquim Verges might just get me to let go of that standby. Flyne is a news reader in the vein of Press and Flipboard, but it's powered by curated Twitter lists and your own Twitter and Feedly content.

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Setup is simple, at least for the free version: select your topics of interest from a wide list, and Flyne will populate your personal news list with authoritative sources for that particular niche.

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Motorola's Touchless Control App Gets Updated With New Voice Command That Can Help Find Your Lost Phone, As Long As You Know Which Room It's In

So you've lost your Motorola phone - whether it's the Moto X or the latest DROID handset - and you need to find it in a hurry. You could fire up the Android Device Manager on a computer and get a precise, GPS-pinpointed picture of where your phone is on a map, but if you already know the phone is still at home, this is overkill. Instead, you could now just shout Ok, Google Now, find my phone!

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[New Game] Tekken Arena Might Be The Worst Misuse Of A License Since Hannibal Lecter's Cooking Bonanza

The Tekken series is one of Namco's biggest properties, a beloved handful of games that helped pioneer the 3D one-on-one fighting genre. Tekken Arena is an embarrassing mobile cash-in, with no 3D element to speak of and barely any portion that could be called "fighting." It might just be the most absurd deviation from the central element of a gaming property that I've ever seen.

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Namco calls Tekken Arena a "Massively Multiplayer Online Strategy Fighting Game." What does that mean?

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41 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (10/15/13 - 10/28/13)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Dead Trigger 2 Review: I Think There's A Good Game In Here Somewhere, But I'm Not Going To Pay To Find Out

A little over a year ago, Madfinger Games released the original Dead Trigger, a free-to-play zombie shooter - I loved it. What exactly did I love about it? It was simple but fun, and even though it eventually ended up as a free-to-play game (it originally cost a dollar), you could have a pretty good time blasting hordes of the undead without spending any money at all, as long as you didn't mind some grinding here and there.

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