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Facebook image storytelling now easier with mobile update

Your social media feed may be filled with too many selfies (in which case, you should reconsider your choice of friends), but there is no doubt that storytelling through images has become the new status message. Whether it's through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc, you would much rather scroll through photos rather than read about your friends' latest vacation stories. A new update to Facebook's mobile app now makes it easier for you to post pictures the way you want them to appear.

Smile! This alarm clock app wants you to…

Honestly, alarm clocks don’t work for me. I need to set at least three alarms before I wake up and the phone should be placed near my ear. More often that not, I get up after five times of tapping on the snooze button. Such is my life every morning. How I wish there’s something really loud or an app that would make me get on my feet and start the day early.

Nextbit Baton syncs all apps, data, available on CyanogenMod

When you have multiple mobile devices, languishing batteries aren't your only concern. Keeping your apps and their data in sync across all those devices is always a pain in one's extremities. Some apps can manage that for you, but not all of them. Google has app backups and syncing, but not all Android apps partake of that either. Fortunately, a solution might just be around the corner in the form of Nextbit's Baton. And it will be available in beta as a Cyanogen exclusive.

Textra update: customizable bubble color, Lollipop support

With free messaging apps on your smartphone becoming even more interactive and fun with stickers, video messages, etc, one of the original purposes of a cellphone is seemingly slowly getting lost or obsolete. You can probably count on your fingers how many times you actually send SMS messages in a day, preferring to use other apps like LINE, Viber, FB Messages, etc. But there are some SMS apps that are trying to bring back the "fun" in texting and one of them is Textra. The latest update will make your texting life more colorful and more Lollipop-y.

Amazon Appstore merged into main Android app

Your online shopping craving, whether they be for the digital kind or physical goods, can now be satisfied with more ease and convenience. Amazon has finally combined two of its shopping apps into one, putting the app-centric Appstore right inside the regular shopping app. Now you won't have to hunt down the APK for the Amazon Appstore just so that you can get your daily dose of Free App of the Day or access your Prime Instant Videos.

Google Maps update: Hindi language, improves notifications

As a special Diwali gift for millions of mobile Android users who speak the language, Hindi has been added as an official language in the latest Google Maps update. Another segment of digital users that will be happy with this update are the Android Wear users, as it brings improved notifications for wearables that are on Google's platform. These seem like minor improvements, but of course, for apps, any updates, minor or otherwise are always welcome.

Lockdown Pro allows selectively locking almost any app

We are trust our smartphones with private data more and more, and it is becoming so difficult to keep that data away from people who just want to compromise your privacy. Enter Lockdown Pro, a pretty awesome app that allows you to lock your apps whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned user – and it looks great to boot. Best of all, it’s completely free – with in-app purchases, of course.

Monster Strike arrives for North American Android users

Monster Strike, one of those monster collecting game franchises that have become so popular in Japan (*cough* Pokemon, Digimon *cough*), has arrived for North American Android users as well after being one of the top games in Japan for so long now. It is being pushed by social networking outfit mixi and is now being made available for Android (and iOS) users.

Etsy releases Credit Card Reader for budding entrepreneurs

If you're one of those budding entrepreneurs that can't quit their day job yet but love to participate in weekend bazaars and arts and crafts fairs, chances are, you've encountered potential buyers that ask you if you can take plastic. But unless you have a "real" business, you most likely can't, even with online transactions (except if you have Square or Paypal). Etsy believes that it's growing community has need of this service and so they are now offering a "Sell on Etsy Reader" and an accompanying app to help you out.
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