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Amazon app update: Lollipop and Android Wear support

A few weeks after retail giant finally combined their Appstore and their shopping app under one happy place available on Google Play Store, another update is making it possible to enjoy the whole Amazon experience, not just on your smartphones but on wearable devices as well. Not only have they prepared support for Google's major update, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, but now Android Wear users can also use their smartwatches to interact with stuff they'd like to purchase on the online retail store.

NewsBlur attempts to replace Google Reader on your mobile device

If by this time you are still mourning the demise of Google Reader and you don't have a proper replacement yet, this app will try to be the one. NewsBlur attempts to become the app that will try to make sense of all the websites, articles and information that is available on the Internet. Having a proper news reader is very important to keep you updated while not going into information overload.

WhatsApp now uses TextSecure code, end-to-end encryption guaranteed

We’re always on the lookout for the most secure messaging app. What with all the reports of hacking and security issues, people are clamoring for that one system that is safe, encrypted, and will allow fully protection and privacy. It seems impossible because anyone can get into something. Even the supposedly most secure network can be breached with minimal effort. WhatsApp is bringing a stronger encryption making the app even more secure compared to the messaging tools by Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

Connect your smartphone to the PC wirelessly with ADB WiFi

More often than not, you still need your wires to plug in your smartphone to your desktop computer or your laptop, either to sync it, transfer big files or sometimes, even to charge it. But for those times when you're missing your cables (which happens a lot to be honest), you would need an app to help you with your connectivity needs. If you are a user of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), now you have an accompanying app that would allow your smartphone to link up to your computer wirelessly.

Control your phone’s LED light notification with Light Flow

Do you get bored or annoyed with your smartphone's notification light and wished you could make it more exciting (well, as exciting as any LED light can get)? An app says you can now control what color it will show for specific notifications as well as repeat sounds or make a pattern for certain things that you deem important enough to be noticed.

Helium Backup gets a Chrome browser extension

Aside from Titanium, one of the more popular backups solutions is Helium from ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik "koush" Dutta. This backup app prides itself for being easy to use and not requiring any root access. Now Koush has upped that ease of use by providing a Chrome browser extension for starting the Helium backup process. Now users won't have to fiddle around with desktop installers for their particular OS and can simply plug in their phones to their computer or Chromebook and get Helium up and running in no time.

Google Keep now allows you to share “to do” lists with family

Always happens to me – both my wife and I know that we need to buy something, and we both buy that thing, and when we get home we find ourselves with either two boxes of milk, or two packages of the same bath soap. Well, I think Google Keep's new feature is a godsend in that regard – in that it allows you to create lists and then share them with other people so that you can see which ones on the list have been ticked off.
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