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DIRECTV Remote App can control your receiver from your phone

DIRECTV customers with an Android phone can now head over to the Play Store to grab a new remote app that lets them control their HD receivers from their smartphone. This is different from the DIRECTV app that lets you carry your subscription with you on-the-go to watch shows while away from your home. Instead, the remote app works when you're actively watching something on your TV and want to control playback. Maybe the remote is on the other couch or you lost it or your kid/parent is watching something terrible that you can't handle.

DIRECTV Remote can switch channels, pause and skip and rewind, and record shows.

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Twitter Lite is a new mobile Twitter web experience built with slow networks in mind

Twitter is launching a new mobile Twitter experience built as a Progressive Web App. Google has been touting PWA for many months, culminating in the latest announcement that they would behave like native apps, which is exactly what Twitter Lite is built around.

Lite is a browser "app" meaning it doesn't need to be downloaded on your phone, it's just easily accessible at mobile.twitter.com, with additional features available only to compatible browsers on Android. The aim is for the page to be light, load quickly, and consume little data so that it's fast and responsive even on slow 2G connections. There's also a more extreme data saver mode that only previews images and videos in a blurry state to reduce consumption and let you choose specifically which ones you want to load.

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GBoard v6.2 adds a Text Editor tool for fine cursor control, resizing the one-handed keyboard, new languages, and much more [APK Teardown + Download]

A new version of Gboard hit the stage late Wednesday night, and this one is absolutely packed with great improvements. The toolbar is now configurable, making space for an entirely new tool for editing text and navigating the cursor. One-handed mode now allows for resizing and positioning the keyboard. There's also a stack of newly supported languages from Assamese to Waray. The teardown isn't empty either, as there are signs Google may be planning to merge in the Handwriting keyboard and introduce an Incognito Mode.

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Microsoft finally graces us with the release of Age of Empires: Castle Siege

An overly long tutorial that you can not escape, check. Wait timers for almost every single action you want to perform, check. The ruining of a beloved franchise all for the love of the almighty dollar, check, check, and double check. Despite Microsoft's efforts, slapping the Age of Empires name onto a FTP wait time filled grind fest does not make it an actual Age of Empires game.

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Transformers: Forged to Fight is rolling out today

A little over a month ago Transformers: Forged to Fight went up on the Play Store as a pre-registration game. Well, today is the day, you can finally download the title in order to check it out in all of its Cybertronian glory.

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Netflix is replacing its five-star rating system with thumbs-up and thumbs-down

For years, Netflix has used the standard five-star rating system for shows and movies. But according to the company's blog post, this wasn't very effective. Now the five-star system will be replaced by simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons.

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[Deal Alert] Grab these free and 10-cent apps, games, and icon packs

It's been a few days since we've brought you some good deals on apps and games on the Play Store, but here were are today with a really large number of deals. We've got some good apps like a pro calculator and a dyno to measure your car's RPM, a few games including one for your smartwatch, and of course plenty of icon packs. What would these deal posts be without icon packs? If you're a fan of customization, there are also two themes for the LG V20 on Nougat that will work on the LG G5 as well.

And finally, we have the 10-cent deals of the week.

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Google Wifi's app update also shows meshed and wired status for each access point

The title says it all. The Google Wifi was updated a couple of days ago with a "Scheduled Pauses" option to stop your internet at predefined moments during the day and night. But the app update also included one more change that nerds like our own Artem were requesting and dying to have: a status option for each access point to see how it is connecting to the network.

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Google Photos details info page shows you the people inside a photo

Google Photos is really good at recognizing people in a photo and grouping their pics together. It's one feature I've come to rely on to find all the photos I have of specific friends or family members and even photos of "person X and person Y and person Z" together. But there were still a couple of small things missing from Photos' facial recognition like the option to manually tag a person in a pic or the ability to see who Google had recognized in a photo from the photo itself, not their dedicated page.

But the latter is now implemented. Actually, it was implemented at some point in the last few versions: I can confirm that it wasn't there in 2.10.0.148909749 but it is live in 2.12.0.151124741, so it was added to Photos sometime between March 13 and 30.

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YouTube Go beta is now officially available in India

When YouTube Go was announced last September, the focus was on India and users were asked to sign up to be notified. But then last month YouTube Go made it onto the Play Store unofficially and users around the world were able to download it from APK Mirror and try it out. Some could register their phone numbers and use it fully with the ability to download videos, others couldn't and were limited to streaming. But still, Go wasn't yet officially announced.

Now it is, well at least in beta, and the first official country Go is available in is India.

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