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Google Maps now has a 'Catching Pokémon' activity option in Timeline

Niantic might not technically be part of Google anymore, but it looks like at least a few people at the old stomping grounds are keeping up with the AR development team's progress. Reddit user GoldLeader272 noticed a juicy new addition to the activity selector in the Timeline feature of Google Maps yesterday: users can now indicate that they were "catching Pokémon," i.e. playing Pokémon GO on their phones. Users can even update Timeline activities on the Android app: go to "Your timeline," tap on the travel (car, walking, bus, cycling, etc.) icon, and then edit it to "catching Pokémon." Neat.

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JifiCal is Samsung's attempt to make a voice control calendar app

Does a calendar app need a voice control function? Samsung seems to think that it does. That's the premise behind JifiCal, the company's latest published app in the Play Store. It's essentially a voice control add-on for a phone's built-in calendar. So what makes it better than, say, Google Now's voice control system (especially since the actual voice recognition in JifiCal is using Google's own servers)? According to the app description, the special sauce here is the natural language processing.

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Samsung opens a Play Store beta program for the S Note app

S Note is the included app for Samsung's Note series that enables, well, notation. It's designed to be used with the S Pen stylus for a variety of quick notes and drawings. It features most of the things that you'd expect from a notation tool, but since it's such a signature part of the differentiating hardware, Samsung seems interested in making a beta version of the app available to its users. The beta app is up on the Play Store now - head to this address to opt-in to the program, then this address to download it.

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Hotlap Heroes brings top-down local racing with up to 8 players to Android TV

It's not often that we see an Android game released just for Android TV, aside from the various exclusives that NVIDIA has acquired for its SHIELD set-top box. Hotlap Heroes eschews smartphones and tablets and insists that players experience its old-fashioned racing action on a full-sized television. The 3D racing game, a rookie effort on the Play Store from developer Team Pea, is $3.99 with no in-app purchases.

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Pokémon GO to get Buddy Pokémon update soon, will add in-game rewards

lol, Nexus 5Xs with KitKat nav buttons

Less than two weeks after the Pokémon Appraisal feature was added to the (declining in popularity) Pokémon GO, the Pokémon GO Development Team has announced a new upcoming feature—Buddy Pokémon. This addition will also enable players to earn more rewards.

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Disney killing off Marvel: Avengers Alliance 1 and 2 games on September 30

Since 2009, Disney has owned the entertainment arm of Marvel, meaning it has full rights to the Marvel characters, such as Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, and anything else the company creates. Sadly, this means Disney can also kill off things. Today, Disney has announced the two Marvel: Avengers Alliance games will be shutting down on September 30.

Disney says it is no longer accepting new in-app purchases for either games, but they will remain available to play until the end of the month. The original game has already been taken off Google Play, but its sequel has remained up, at least for the time being.

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Adobe Photoshop Express 3 brings a modern interface with tablet-optimized look, Creative Cloud library, more

The last time Adobe's Photoshop Express app got an interface revamp was in 2014. What was then considered to be a modern look has gotten a little long in the tooth and looks quite outdated by today's standards. So the app has just received another interface overhaul.

The new Photoshop Express 3 doesn't have a Material look per se, but it does seem more at home on Marshmallow and Nougat than the previous version. It's cleaner with updated iconography and less Holo menus. It's also more optimized for tablets, as seen in the image above. For comparison's sake, you can check what the app looked like just a few days ago on the Play Store.

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Instagram photo zoom is starting to roll out on Android

Pinch-to-zoom has existed in photo-centric apps for years. However, not in Instagram. Yes, perhaps the most popular photo sharing community that has ever existed does not have support for zooming in on photos, but that won't be the case for much longer. Pinch-to-zoom is coming to Android soon, and some of you might already have it.

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Snapseed version 2.9 gets new tools for faces, perspective, white balance, and compression

Google bought photo editor Snapseed a little less than four years ago, and the developers have been steadily improving the app and adding new features since then. The latest version is 2.9, which started rolling out to new users yesterday and just hit the publicly-accessible Play Store a few hours ago. There's nothing mind-blowing in the updated version, but a handful of new features will make long-time users happy (and might get rid of one of the other photo apps you rely on concurrently).

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Facebook Messenger introduces Instant Video, an answer to Google Duo

In a Google Duo world, do you really want to fire up an old-fashioned video chat? Facebook figures your answer is 'prolly not,' so it's simplifying the experience inside of Messenger. This change is called Instant Video.

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