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Dropbox Has Redesigned Itself Today

Dropbox announced a redesign today that introduces new colours into the former white-and-blue UI and logo. The new look includes a flatter box logo that makes it look less like an actual box and more like a surface plan and the overall UI of the website incorporates a larger variety of hues.

Dropbox’s Redesign

The update to the design is the company’s first major redesign in the last 10 years, and it’s a massive contrast to some of the biggest file-sharing competitors like Box, Google Drive, and iCloud — all of which include blue in their logo- like the blue in the old Dropbox logo. The update presents the company as a cooler and more modern version of a file-sharing service. The major redesign of the site includes a new squashed-up font called Sharp Grotesk to compliment the new colour scheme and UI.

In an interview with AdWeek, Dropbox says that they are hoping the new colour scheme helps the file-sharing service to stand out more among the crowd of competitors. Dropbox also mentioned that the redesign is in an attempt to give a “nod to the creativity of our users.”

Though the logo is new, most of the web and app UI remains visually similar. The UI of both the app and the website still remains mostly white with blue and grey accents thrown in as well. The new colour combinations are more likely to be seen on Dropbox’s marketing campaigns and ads than on the actual interface that is used by all users of Dropbox.

The company also noted to AdWeek that it will be rolling out more frequent and improved advertising campaigns “strategically placed in cities and neighbourhoods where creative people tend to live and work,”. As a result of this, it is expected that Dropbox will now place their ads in more hipster cities and in artistic and creative parts of cities.

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Dropbox Has Redesigned Itself Today





Dropbox announced a redesign today that introduces new colours into the former white-and-blue UI and logo. The new look includes a flatter box logo that makes it look less like an actual box and more like a surface plan and the overall UI of the website incorporates a larger variety of hues.

Dropbox’s Redesign

The update to the design is the company’s first major redesign in the last 10 years, and it’s a massive contrast to some of the biggest file-sharing competitors like Box, Google Drive, and iCloud — all of which include blue in their logo- like the blue in the old Dropbox logo. The update presents the company as a cooler and more modern version of a file-sharing service. The major redesign of the site includes a new squashed-up font called Sharp Grotesk to compliment the new colour scheme and UI.


In an interview with AdWeek, Dropbox says that they are hoping the new colour scheme helps the file-sharing service to stand out more among the crowd of competitors. Dropbox also mentioned that the redesign is in an attempt to give a “nod to the creativity of our users.”

Though the logo is new, most of the web and app UI remains visually similar. The UI of both the app and the website still remains mostly white with blue and grey accents thrown in as well. The new colour combinations are more likely to be seen on Dropbox’s marketing campaigns and ads than on the actual interface that is used by all users of Dropbox.

The company also noted to AdWeek that it will be rolling out more frequent and improved advertising campaigns “strategically placed in cities and neighbourhoods where creative people tend to live and work,”. As a result of this, it is expected that Dropbox will now place their ads in more hipster cities and in artistic and creative parts of cities.

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How to install apps on your Android from the web

One of the great features of having an Android device is the ability to install applications without using the official app marketplace. The Google Play store has thousands upon thousands of applications available to download at any time, look however, there may be an occasion or two where an app is no longer available for a variety

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4 Underrated News Apps for Android





Reading news on an Android smartphone sometimes feels like an act of futility. Titles are tough to tap and get the right story, font is too small, the news isn’t refreshing quickly enough, and so on. Reading the news should be a smooth experience that doesn’t make you want to tear your hair out. Instead of going to the major news sites in the browser of your choice, use a news reader app to simplify the effort. You’ll find that you enjoy reading the latest updates and stories of interest once again with a good news reader.

Google Now

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Google Now is also known as that page you get when you swipe to the right on your Android. It’s a seemingly generic page until you set it up to reflect your likes and desires, including the news. Setting it up requires a little bit of training on your part, and a little bit of intuition on Google’s part. Set up Now with the news sources you prefer along with your topics of interest. After a short period of time, Now starts populating the page with news titles that it thinks will interest you.

The Guardian

Most people think of the Guardian as being a UK-based newspaper that focuses mainly on topics from the UK. In actuality, the Guardian focuses on news from around the world, and its coverage of major news stories is unparalleled. It has broken major scandals while maintaining a journalistic integrity that’s largely lost in modern times. The app allows you to access the news stories as they happen without going through hoops to find them. The app is free to download, and there is a subscription option available if you want access to more information.


The app looks similar to the website, and lets you decide what you want to see at the top of your news feed. Set it to put up American news first or ask for a mix of national and international headlines. It looks great on smartphones and works well with a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile.

Feedly

Feedly runs on RSS, or Rich Site Syndication. RSS is a protocol that lets you pick and choose what titles you want to see from news sites. For example, the website Metafilter runs an RSS feed that sends the user the latest titles on the website. If you haven’t logged into Feedly for a while, it’ll pull all of the latest titles from Metafilter and display them in the reader. From there, you click on the links that you want to read at that moment.

The only potential drawback to Feedly is the fact that websites aren’t always keeping their RSS feeds operational. It’s an older style of reading news, and some sites don’t want to support it anymore. The other minor drawback with RSS is when websites change addresses for the feed and don’t update their users. Feedly might need more maintenance than other apps due to these issues.

The New York Times

The New York Times is another newspaper that offers a well-designed app. It’s easy to use and has a clean appearance. It also lets you customize the information you want to see along with having a front page to scroll through. Set the app up for the latest sports updates or breaking news. The strongest selling point to getting the New York Times app is the fact that the newspaper engages in strong journalism practices. That is, it won’t send an article to print unless it’s been completely vetted.

A subscription is required in order to access more than 10 articles a month. But if keeping up with news and quality journalism is important to you, the subscription fee is worthwhile. There is a subscription that allows for access across all digital devices as well.

These four apps let you look at the news with the least amount of hassle. You get to see what you want, not what someone else thinks you need to read. It’s freedom to read whatever you like at its finest.

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5 Android Devices You Didn’t Realize You Needed





It’s easy to stick with the same brands and models, stomach but with a bit of research, see you might realize what it is you really need. Here are five Android devices you might not have considered but should.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a flagship Android phone making waves thanks to its stunning looks, salve high-fidelity camera, IP68 water resistance, immersive display, and attention to detail. It has been voted one of the best Android phones of 2016. In fact, nearly all the problems found in the Galaxy S6 were addressed when designing the S7. It features a 5.1-inch quad-HD display and a 12 megapixel camera and is IP68 water-resistant. Kudos, Samsung!

Huawei Nexus 6P

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If you prefer to subvert trends, the Huawei Nexus 6P is the phone for you. It features many of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S7 but comes with a lower price tag. It’s also an aesthetically pleasing smartphone, but the functionality is what truly impresses. Its 5.7-inch quad-HD display is a real looker, and it boasts accelerated charging times thanks to a USB-C port. The Nexus 6P takes surprisingly clear pictures in low-light settings and boasts some of the fastest performance on any Android smartphone. Huawei doesn’t have the name recognition of Sony or Samsung, but it’s still making headlines with its high-quality devices.

Amazon Fire

You could do a lot worse for $49.99. The Amazon Fire has set the world ablaze by being an unbelievably affordable yet fully functional tablet. If you want to have access to multimedia at any time without compromising on visibility or performance, the Fire is a perfect addition to your gadget collection. The 7-inch model is portable, has advanced parental controls, and allows access to one of the largest pools of content available today thanks to Amazon’s suite of digital services. The 7-inch IPS display and 1.3 GHz quad-core processor make this affordable tablet a solid option for on-the-go entertainment.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a premium tablet with all the bells and whistles you could imagine, plus more. Although it’s a relatively pricey tablet, its unique features make it one of the coolest and flat-out techiest devices to be released in a while. It features powerful performance, long battery life, and even a built-in projector to share what you’re viewing with others. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has a lot working for it. Figuring out how to use it all to its fullest potential is part of the fun of owning it. You can stay up to date on the latest developments on sites like Android Headlines.

Motorola Moto 360 (Gen.2)

Tired of hauling around cases for all your Android devices? New Android wear watches make it easy to keep Android functionality at your finger tips without the need for a phone or tablet. Motorola’s Moto 360 looks like a watch from your favorite designer, but it also lets you message your friends, check emails, and more.

Only you know what really fits your lifestyle and needs. Let this list inspire you to try something new!

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Miitomo goes live in Japan next week; pre-registration still open





Nintendo is about to start its official onslaught on mobile devices and its first act shall be Miitomo, pilule a free-to-play pseudo-social game that features Nintendo’s trademark Mii avatars. The premise is presumably that you and your friends create your own avatars and use them to… do something or other – who really knows? Regardless, we’ll all be finding out exactly what this all entails next week on March 17th, although it will only be our friends over in Japan who will be able to get the app on their devices officially. Everyone else will have to wait a little bit longer.

For those who are keen to get access as soon as Miitomo goes live outside of Japan can still pre-register for Miitomo and it’s also a good idea to register for a Nintendo Account so that you have your own unique gamertag when the time comes. We can’t exactly say this is the greatest start for Nintendo on mobile – at least from a pure gaming perspective – but it’s clear Nintendo understands the difference between its console audience and the greater mobile audience. We’ll just have to see if it all pays off.


What do you think about Miitomo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via engadget

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YouTube Gaming app spreads to Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand





In the highly competitive space of video streaming, buy YouTube has been trying valiantly to cover all its bases. It’s game streaming effort, YouTube Gaming, has been doing reasonably well since its launch in August last year and YouTube has decided that now is the best time to expand the reach of its mobile app. Originally available in the US and UK only, the app is now available to Android users in Canada, Ireland, Australia (yes!), and New Zealand.

For those not yet acquainted with YouTube Gaming, its purpose is to serve as a hub for gamers to catch up on videos from their favourite YouTubers, as well as upload content recoded from their mobile devices. Today’s expansion of availability has also brought with it an update to the app which now allows for a pop-out player and also supports 60 frames-per-second playback, DVR mode and quality switch a la regular YouTube. As esports continues to gain relevance in the developed world, it will be interesting to see how YouTube continues to innovate and evolve to suit its audience.


What do you think about YouTube Gaming? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: engadget

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Gmailify will allow you to get Gmail features on your Hotmail/Yahoo/Outlook account





For those of you who are yet to come over to Gmail as your primary email provider, look you’ve been able to access your other accounts from Outlook, story Yahoo and more in the Gmail app on Android. Unfortunately, because you’re coming from a different provider, you haven’t been able to make the most of the cool features that Gmail accounts benefit from, like spam protection and inbox organization – until now. Google announced Gmailify earlier today which will let you link your email to Gmail, giving you all the great features, while still keeping your email address.

The best thing about Gmailify is that you can still back out if you’re not a fan of what you’re getting – just unlink your email, and you can go back to using your email in Gmail without the bells and whistles. What’s also great about Gmailify-ing your email is that Google Now can scan through your emails and give you cards based on their content, which is great depending on how much you use Google Now (or want to use it). Either way, it seems like the type of thing you’ll want to try if you don’t have a Gmail account – all you need to do is import your account into Gmail, Gmailify, and away you go!


What do you think about Gmailify? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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Picasa is shutting down in favour of Google Photos





Many of you will know the name Picasa as a place to store photos and many of you will have used it for many years. Unfortunately, ambulance that run is going to come to an end as Picasa is shutting down and Google focuses its development on Google Photos. While this will be a big inconvenience for some, Google understands that some people have put blood and sweat into their Picasa curations:

“We know for many of you, a great deal of care has gone into managing your photos and videos using Picasa—including the hours you’ve invested and the most precious moments you’ve trusted us with. So we will take some time in order to do this right and provide you with options and easy ways to access your content.”


So easy in fact that if you log into Google Photos right now, all your photos and videos from Picasa will already be there. If, however, you still want access to the tags, captions and comments you’ve accumulated on Picasa, Google will soon provide a way for you to keep these. You still have time to say your goodbyes though, as Google will only start the shutdown process on May 1st, 2016. Note that the Picasa desktop app is also going to have its support terminated from May 15th, 2016 – naturally, there is a Google Photos version should you choose to go down that path (and let’s be honest, you probably should).

What do you think about Picasa shutting down? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google Picasa Blog via Droid-life

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey in latest mobile acqusition





Microsoft has been doing a pretty spectacular job recently of getting its tendrils into the Android (and iOS) world, advice whether it be via first-party developed apps or purchasing well-established companies to compliment its existing capabilities. In the latest example of this, Microsoft buys SwiftKey in an acquisition that allegedly saw $250 million change hands, though there’s been no official confirmation on the amount involved. Regardless of the financial details, Microsoft gets one of the most popular keyboard apps on Android and iOS and suggests it will “integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows,” though exactly how they’re going to do that is to be determined.

Across the pond at SwiftKey, the founders wrote an impassioned post that thanked its workers for getting them to where they are now, and that they would continue to be supporting their Android and iOS apps going forward. We’re guessing for the foreseeable future that nothing will change with either company, though expect this to change in the long term as Microsoft starts influencing SwiftKey’s development direction.


What do you think about Microsoft buying SwiftKey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Microsoft Blog, SwiftKey Blog via Android Police

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