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Chromecast Audio Gets Multi-Room Streaming, Higher-Resolution Playback In New Update [APK Download]

Google announced that multi-room audio is finally available for the Chromecast Audio dongle today, after several months of waiting. The new feature allows you to simultaneously cast the same audio to as many CC Audios as you have on your network. You can create groups of dongles specifically, too, which then appear on the Chromecast app for any compatible device.

The update also adds support for 96KHz/24-bit lossless audio playback, which is important for those in the audio community concerned with larger, higher numbers that are ostensibly significant in terms of quality. If you don't know what those numbers really mean, trust me - you don't need to care.

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PSA: Inbox By Gmail Can Now Handle Mailto: Links On Desktop


You click an email address in a web browser on your laptop all ready to type out a message and boom.

What is this?

You find yourself staring at the wrong compose window.

Instead of Inbox by Gmail, you're back in plain old Gmail. Sure, it's the same email account, and it will still get the job done, but come on.

Well, now you can set Inbox as your default option.

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Google Adds Shared Albums To Google Photos, Coming Today To Android, iOS, And Web

The Google Photos app had some cool sharing features when it was released back in May, but now it's getting even better at sharing. Google has announced the addition of shared albums to Photos (announced a few months ago), and it's available today on Android, iOS, and web.

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Walmart Announces Walmart Pay For Buying Walmart Stuff With Your Phone (At Walmart)

Unlike some of my colleagues in the tech media, I don't have any particular beef with Walmart. Yes, they sell cheap imported crap, and yes, they under-pay their employees, stiffing both the people who make stuff and the people who sell stuff. But if you object to that strongly enough to actually change your buying habits, you'll soon run out of places to buy things. I do, however, object to the idea of a mobile payment system that works at exactly one store. That's taking the biggest problem with mobile payments as a whole, the lack of inter-operability, and turning it into a selling point.

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YouTube Kids 1.40 Gets A New Winter Theme, Lets You Cater The Homescreen To Younger Or Older Kids, And More [APK Download]

Version 1.40 of YouTube Kids, Google's way of getting your children hooked on video clips from a young age, doesn't want any youngster missing out on what's going on outdoors. Encouraging them to look away from the screen would be too risky, so instead YouTube Kids now has a winter-themed homescreen. Look at the snow, and imagine the cold.

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[Small Deal Alert] Spec-Compliant USB 2.0 Type-C iOrange-E Cable $10.99 With Coupon On Amazon

About a month ago, Google engineer Benson Leung went on an Amazon crusade against companies claiming to sell USB Type-A to Type-C charging and data cables. As Benson found out from his extensive reviews, most of them were selling non-compliant cables with the wrong kind of resistor that could potentially damage your Type-C devices (like the new Nexus 5X, 6P, Chromebook Pixel). The list of correct cables was small and the braided USB 3.1 USB 2.0 iOrange-E was among them. It also happened to be the cheapest back then at $14.99.

A month later, the situation has changed a little bit.

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Wikipedia Beta Adds System-Wide Search From Floating Text Selection Popups In Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow's text selection behavior changed, pushing the toolbar from the top of the screen to a floating one that pops up right above your finger. It also made this popup expandable and accessible to developers, some of which have since updated their apps to take advantage of this new option. First, Google Translate added a system-wide Translate button, making it possible for users to convert any word or sentence they come across into another language. Then Medium built a highlight and respond option inside the toolbar that only got triggered while using its app. Now Wikipedia's beta app has received an update to start searches from anywhere on your device.

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[Update: Full Changelog] Google+ 6.9 Introduces A Full Tab For Your Notifications [APK Download]

Google is on an update spree for most of its apps, probably getting everything as ready as it could before the end of the year holidays. An update to Google+ rolled out yesterday, bringing the app up to version 6.9 and updating the look of the Notifications tab.

Previously, this tab was a slide-out from the right side of the screen, and it only covered about three quarters letting other content show beneath it.

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SwiftKey Launches SwiftKey Symbols, A Keyboard For People With Speaking Disabilities

SwiftKey — the company behind the eponymous keyboard app — has just released SwiftKey Symbols, an app designed to make it easier for non-verbal individuals to communicate. The picture-based keyboard was developed by a small team at SwiftKey that wanted to make it easier for children with autism or other speaking difficulties to express themselves, and is especially geared towards those individuals.

The app lets users construct entire sentences by picking an image from several categories, such as people, actions, and colors, or from the smart suggestion bar. By harnessing the prediction engine of the SwiftKey SDK, SwiftKey Symbols can more accurately guess at what words or expressions to suggest next.

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Android 6.0.1 Fixed The Lag In The Copy/Share Floating Toolbar Popup

On the surface, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow looked like an aesthetic fix that brought nothing but dozens of new emojis to our devices. However, the more we use it, the more we discover small fixes that have been applied to improve the overall experience, like the jumping behavior of the Share menu, the failed MMS bug, and more. Another change you might notice is that the lag when waiting for the floating toolbar to pop up is gone.

On Android 6.0, if you selected some text to copy it or share it, you had to wait almost a second to see the floating toolbar show.

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