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New app ‘Multitasking’ adds windows, functionality to your Android device

In our recent hands-on with the LG G Flex, we were impressed with the multi-window feature. That feature allows for more than one app to run on the screen at the same time. There is also a second utility wherein you can overlay windows on one another, bringing a true feeling of multi-tasking. That’s now come to Android proper in the form of the aptly named Multitasking, an app you can get on your device — right now.

Google URL Shortener app arrives in the Play Store

Those looking to quickly shorten URLs on an Android smartphone or tablet now have another app to consider. The app is called Google URL Shortener, and comes courtesy of Thomas Devaux. And just to clarify that last bit, this is not an official app from Google. Needless to say, it is easy to use, and does exactly what one would expect.

Any.Do updates Cal with ‘Heads Up’, makes meetings easy and productive

Any.Do is updating their popular Calendar app today, adding in a few interesting features aimed at business professionals. Their Cal app, which is already the most beautiful Calendar app on the market, will now have what Any.Do calls “Heads Up”. The update provides users with three screens of reach stage of a meeting, meant to make you more productive, and keep you on schedule.

New app ‘Meet Me Halfway’ finds your happy medium

When meeting up with a friend or colleague, it can be tough figuring out a place to go. Neither of you wants/needs to travel the entire distance to the other person’s location, so where do you go? Unless you’re overly familiar with the area, or like staring at Google Maps, you’re lost. A new app, the aptly named Meet Me Halfway, does the grunt work for you.

App Annie: Game app spending on the rise, digital media spending up 30%

App Annie and IHS have released their latest numbers, and there is one overriding narrative: we love media. Our spending on digital movies, games, and apps rose 30% in 2013 when compared to 2012, with mobile app spending seeing a steady upward trend. Spending in and on apps was dominated by games overall, with some countries a bit lot more into the genre than others.

Duolingo raises $20 million in funding, eyes testing and translation services

For those attempting to learn a new language(outside of the programming variety), Duolingo is one of the better options around. It brings a casual feel to what can be a daunting task, and mixes methodology throughout the plan. With growing popularity and impressive utility, the team behind the language app have raised $20 million in Series B funding.

Marriott Hotels mobile features expand to include checkouts

Mobile checkins, as seen in the image sitting above, were first introduced by Marriott back in July 2013. Based upon success with the mobile checkin process, Marriott Hotels has decided to also offer a mobile checkout process. This option is currently available at more than 300 locations and by way of the recently updated Marriott International app (available in the Play Store).

Bolt, a VoIP app which supports regular calls, launches in the Play Store

Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, holds a lot of promise. It also causes a lot of headaches, as users must sign-up for the service for it to work properly. Asking friends and family to join in can be rather problematic, and calling outside of the service often causes more headaches than it’s worth. Bolt aims to solve those problems by bringing the best of both worlds.

Flappy Bird — can we really say goodbye?

Now that Flappy Bird is gone from us, we’re left wondering what just happened. A game, which has been in existence (and available!) for months, suddenly rises like a Phoenix and scorches the earth below. Frustrating, ugly, and maddeningly simple, Flappy Bird was pulled from various app stores over the weekend. Did we learn our lesson, though?
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