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Tamagotchi makes a comeback (again) through Android app

Since throwbacks and nostalgia seem to be the in things nowadays, are we really surprised that things from our childhood are coming back to give us that “has it really been ____ years since I watched/listened to/did this” feeling? One toy that some of us may have fond memories of playing with (and killing them eventually) is the tamagotchi. And while the actual toy is indeed making a comeback, there’s also a new way of playing with your virtual pet and that is through an Android app.

Twitter testing “Buy” button for artists, brands, charities

We all knew this day was coming, and now it’s almost upon us. Yes, pretty soon, we can all go and buy stuff on Twitter. The hugely popular social network has announced that it is now road-testing the “Buy” button that would allow users to make purchases while inside Twitter. They are trying it out on a percentage of US-based accounts and on several artists, brands and charities just to see how the public would respond and how easy and secure it is, as they claim.

Textra SMS now has Android L Material Design

The Android L (Lollipop? Lemon Meringue? Lime Key Pie???) is still a month or so away but already several apps have been adapting the the basic look of it. Textra SMS, an alternative messaging app for your Android device, is the first one among the apps of the same ilk to have adapted Android L’s Material Design and from the looks of it, it is indeed a beauty.

Practice football skills on a wearable with SPS: Football

If you have dreams of becoming the next Lionel Messi, well at least digitally, then you better start practicing those football skills on your smartwatch now. Super Party Sports (SPS) has released the wearable edition of their Football game, exclusive for those that are running on Android Wear. The game is simple enough to run on a smartwatch but it claims that “boredom will have no chance” against the game, as long as your wrist doesn’t get tired from all that action.

Rote puzzle game gets update to make it less frustrating

Sometimes games are challenging and fun, but at times they are extremely frustrating to the point that you may want to throw your phone across the room. If you have ever played a puzzle game called Rote, you may know how frustrating games can be. Rote is a puzzle game that has blocks you move on the screen to allow you to move a ball from a start point to the end point.

Firefox for Android Beta now lets you cast videos from websites

It’s not just downloaded videos or those that you get from subscription streaming services like Netflix that you sometimes want to show on a second screen, most likely a TV screen. Sometimes, you see something on your web browser that you think would be better seen on a larger screen. Firefox for Android Beta is now road-testing a new feature that will let you do just that, cast videos through your Roku or Chromecast onto another screen.

Wakie lets strangers wake you up through an app

One of the greatest struggles that face students and working people is waking up when you need to wake up, whether that’s early in the morning or in the middle of the night. Alarm clocks have been broken, the snooze button has been much abused, cellphones have been thrown across the room. An app that has been a hit in other regions, particularly Russia, has now come to the US and other countries, and it lets you wake up through a stranger’s “phone call”.

Facebook Messenger now lets you add text,doodles to photos

As people continue to either be dependent or annoyed with Facebook Messenger and its separate app from the main Facebook app, the social media giant will of course continue to add features to it to attempt to recapture the hearts of the fed-up users. The latest update to the Messenger app, which has now reached 500 million downloads (forcibly for some), now allows you to have more fun with the photos that you share with your friends.

Moto Voice: more control over device through spoken commands

Swiping and typing on your smartphone is so like 3 years ago. As more people begin to discover the joy of ordering your device around through the power of speaking, OEMs will continue to develop better voice controls for their smartphones and tablets. Motorola has now renamed and revamped Touchless Control into Moto Voice, and it will now work with the Japanese tech company’s recently announced new devices like the Moto X (2nd generation) and the Moto Hint.