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BeyondPod's Big 4.0 Revamp Buffers To The Play Store, Meets A Stream Of Criticism

Podcast lovers take their listening hobby seriously. Just ask me. I got into the habit about 18 months ago and it has since become a bit of a daily addiction. Whether I'm driving, walking, taking care of chores, shopping, or doing any other menial activity, there's a set of buds in my ears and one of dozens of podcasts playing through. It makes for great entertainment and it can also be very educational. In terms of apps, I'm firmly rooted in the PocketCasts clan.

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Primecast Puts Amazon Instant Video Where It Belongs: On Your Chromecast

Update: ...aaaaand it's gone.

After literally years of waiting, Amazon finally gave Android users access to their purchased movies and television shows on non-Kindle Fire devices. And lo, the heavens did open and a chorus of angels did declare, "where's the Chromecast support?" With Amazon promoting its Fire TV platform and a new Chromecast competitor of its own, it looks like we might have an even longer wait for that particular feature.

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The American Red Cross Releases 'Monster Guard' Game To Prepare Kids For Emergencies

The American Red Cross has produced no shortage of high-quality Android apps. When we see the organization's name pop up in the Play Store, we generally know that we're in for something good, possibly even life-saving.

Well, things are a little different this time. You see, the Red Cross's latest app is actually a game for kids. It goes by the name of Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies.

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Ouya Pushes 'Chickcharney' System Update With Community Content, Game Bundles, And More

The Ouya has not taken the gaming world by storm as its supporters hoped, but it's still ticking along. In the latest update, users can look forward to more community content, deals on game bundles, and a few odds and ends for developers.

ChickcharneyBlog

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Google Hangouts Users Can Now Place International Voice Calls From India

Placing a voice call over Google Hangouts is a nice way to save some money. If you and another user both rely on the service, you can start chatting with anyone regardless of where they live. But placing a call to a traditional phone number comes with a few more restrictions.

On the positive side, Google has announced that it's loosening a major one for users in India. Now residents there can place international voice calls using Hangouts.

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Google's Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Pinyin, And Zhuyin Input Apps All Updated With Material Design Layouts And Tons Of New Options

If you don't use any language with a non-Latin alphabet, you've probably seen at least one of Google's alternative language keyboards and promptly dismissed it. But for a huge portion of Android's userbase, those things are essential tools for daily interaction. Today almost every one of Google's customized input/keyboard apps has been given a major update: Google Hindi Input, Google Japanese Input, Google Korean Input, Google Pinyin Input, and Google Zhuyin Input.

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Microsoft Releases A Preview Of Office For Android Tablets, And You Can Sign Up Today To Try It Out

There's a pretty basic version of Microsoft Office available for Android in the Play Store, but you won't have much luck trying to install that on anything much larger than a Galaxy Note or Nexus 6. For tablets, the company has something different in the works, and it's now ready to give out tastes to Android users who are eager enough to sign up and get in line.

This comes as Microsoft is touting the ability to use Office on every device.

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[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Apps Can Now Capture Screen Recordings Without Root

You might recall that Android 4.4 added support for native screen recording, but it was a very developer-oriented tool that required you to plug the device into a computer and use ADB to control the capture. Some root-only apps came about that made use of that system sans USB cable, but Android 5.0 adds an API for screen recording that doesn't require root. We're still in the early days, but it looks like there's one less reason to root now.

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HTC Weather Hovers Over The Play Store, Forecast Says It Should Only Affect A Few Devices

HTC has dropped its Weather app into the Play Store. Forecasts suggest that it will only impact people who own one of the manufacturer's more recent phones running Android 4.4 or higher. Even then, there's a slight chance that it won't work on certain seemingly eligible devices just yet. With any luck, this problem will dissipate over the coming days.

HTC Weather can take the place of your local weather forecaster. Instead of waiting for the evening report (or just googling it), this app can be all you need to keep up with the forecast over the next seven days.

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Runtastic Launches Sleep Better, A Sleep Tracking App That Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Running

If you're like most adults, then you probably don't get enough sleep. With the constant state of gogogo on everyone's mind these days, we're all so busy that it takes time from nature's way of replenishing the body, which is why it's so important to get quality sleep when we do lay down at night. Runtastic has a new app that aims to help users keep track of their sleeping patterns, appropriately called Sleep Better.

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