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Twitter Direct Messages now support Android N's notification Direct Reply

Several apps have been fast to adopt Android N's new Direct Reply functionality for quickly sending out an answer to a message from the notification without having to open the app first. Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp have all done this in the past few months and now it's Twitter turn.

After updating its interface to Material Design, the app's developers seem eager to implement more native Android goodness, and have now added a button to quickly reply to Direct Messages from the notification. This doesn't work for normal Twitter replies, just DMs, so it still won't be too useful if you don't do a lot of one-on-one communication on the service, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Yesterdays T-Mobile Tuesday Domino's deal ended with a bunch of people with no pizza

Last week John Legere unveiled Uncarrier 11, the one where T-Mobile resorts to outright bribes (excuse me, giveaways) to buy customer loyalty. Is this something to be upset over? Not really. Free stuff is free stuff.

Except for many T-Mobile customers, the promised free pizza was not available.

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Rhapsody is changing its name to Napster

Napster is back, again. The original service peaked and plummeted decades ago, but the name has staying power. It's so recognizable that Rhapsody is changing its name to Napster in an attempt to gain more subscribers.

Can Rhapsody just do that? Yes, it turns out.

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Big Dictionary.com update adds fresh new look and support for Marshmallow text selection search

Dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionary apps on Android, with the free version racking up between 10 and 50 million downloads on the Play Store. An updated version of the app has just been released which brings a fresh coat of paint and some welcome new features.

One of the more useful highlights of version 7.0 is the added support for the floating text selection toolbar introduced in Android Marshmallow. This allows users to quickly search for a definition through the app by highlighting a word and selecting the "Define" option from the popup menu. Other nifty features include the ability to explore locally trending words and a list of your favorite and most recent searches.

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Borderlands 2 (the best one) is coming to SHIELD TV and Tablet, The Pre-Sequel will come to SHIELD Tablet too

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the third entry in the shoot-and-loot PC and console series, came to the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV earlier this year. Even with a significant delay, it's the most technically challenging game on the SHIELD and probably on Android as a whole. That said, it's not as good as the previous entry, Borderlands 2. The Pre-Sequel has a bit of a been there, done that feel to it: the story is a bit ham-fisted, the weapons and environments seem like retreads, and there are too many Space Australians. If you agree, you'll be happy to hear that Borderlands 2 is also coming, according to an announcement made at E3 today.

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Telegram 3.10 introduces message drafts, a new video player, unread message counter, and more

Telegram v3.10 (they apparently weren't ready for 3.2) just dropped, and with it come a handful of new features. The headliner is message drafting - messages you don't finish simply will linger in your chats list with the red text "Draft" appearing above what you have typed so far. Drafts automatically go to the top of your conversation list, which actually does make sense, since looking at but not sending a message does mean you'd still consider that conversation the most recent one you've interacted with. Full changelog follows.

v. 3.10

DRAFTS AND MORE

- Introducing Drafts: Seamless syncing for unsent messages on all your devices.

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Facebook officially adds SMS support to Messenger

Nearly three years after Hangouts combined instant messaging and SMS, Facebook Messenger is doing the same. It's Facebook official.

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Space Hulk for Android offers turn-based strategy in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, but only on SHIELD devices

Space Hulk is not some Jason X-style reinterpretation of Marvel's not-so-jolly green giant, fun as that might be. Nope, it's a tabletop tactical RPG set in the vaunted Warhammer 40,000 setting. The setting, which features a bunch of strapping space marines stomping around a gigantic derelict spaceship, is kind of like Aliens, except you get to kill things instead of run away. The latest video game version of the Space Hulk setup was released in 2013, and today it's been made available on the SHIELD, SHIELD Tablet, and SHIELD Portable.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition gets a big update for E3, including Xbox cross-platform play, Realms servers, and more

Microsoft is the owner of Mojang, developer of the ultra-popular Minecraft sandbox building game. And at the E3 video game conference, they want everyone to know it. In between the usual slew of console exclusives and hype about the future, the company dedicated a little time to Minecraft exclusively. At least some of the new additions for Minecraft were released immediately for the Android version, most notably access to Realms servers and cross-platform play with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Google Maps starts using crowdsourcing to verify suggested edits

A couple of months ago, while tearing down an updated APK, Cody found hints that Google Maps would be crowdsourcing to curate suggested edits to Places. The feature didn't appear to go live then, but it seems that it's been showing up for some users over the past couple of weeks.

If you're checking a place in Google Maps, you might start seeing notes in yellow below certain information telling you that someone has submitted an edit for said info. Tapping that surfaces a card which is very similar to the ones that Google Maps uses to ask you questions about Places.

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