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Sign up for Messenger even without a Facebook account

Not everyone who wants to use Messenger necessarily wants to be on Facebook as well. Apparently, this is one of the learnings that the social media giant has received, or so we assume, as they are now allowing non-Facebook users to sign up for the stand-alone messaging app, as long as they have a mobile number. Although this is now limited to just four countries, we can expect this to rollout in other countries as well, sooner rather than later.

Instagram updated with new Explore page, improved search

The popular photo-sharing app, everyone's favorite Instagram has just been updated. Well, some of you may disagree that it's a fave but we can't contest the fact that the app is still one of the top social networks today even after so many years. The Instagram team has just announced two big updates to the app. One is the improved search and the all-new Explore page.

Dropbox finally adapts Material Design for its Android app

Just like Todoist which we talked about earlier today, Dropbox is one of the biggest apps that has taken its sweet time in finally adapting the Material Design visual guidelines that Google introduced last year in preparation for Android 5.0 Lollipop. A lot of the apps have already tweaked their looks and UI based on this but some of the hold-outs included the popular cloud storage service app. Until now, that is.

Todoist for Android undergoing design, UI overhaul

There are still some hugely popular apps that were holding out on adapting the Material Design guidelines that Google introduced last year. Maybe some wanted to "rebel" or maybe others didn't know what to do with it in terms of applying it to their product. But then maybe some like one of the most popular productivity apps Todoist, just wanted to get it right and bring something more to the table. So, today, they gave a preview as to what users can expect from the updated Todoist app that will be coming soon.

Foursquare brings back mayorship, but this time on Swarm

Have you missed being the digital mayor of your office or your favorite coffeeshop or bookshop back in the good ole days of the original Foursquare? Well, now you can go back to being your competitive self, at least when it comes to checking in at your favorite places. They're bringing back the mayorship of each place, but instead of being on the new Foursquare, you can now do it on Swarm, which replaced it as your official check-in app.

MRU Widget shows recently used apps, blacklist backup/restore added

From Now cards to notifications to launchers, there are still so many ways to personalize your Android phone experience. There seems to be a trend now to declutter one's home screen because really, it's just too difficult to have a disorganized screen. There are several apps and widgets that can help productivity and app management like viewing the most recent apps you've used. The MRU Widget is a special tool that lessens the need to create app shortcuts as all those recently used apps will simply show up on the MRU.

Unicode 8.0 adds 37 new emojis, including taco, unicorn, nerd face

Emojis started out as just smiley faces that we insert in text and online conversations with friends and loved ones, but now, it has become almost a whole new language (and even industry!). The Unicode Consortium, which brings the standard that platforms and companies use, has announced the release of Unicode 8.0. Now we have 37 more emojis to have fun with and to communicate with others, even without using any words.

Bomgar now allows remote screen sharing for non-Samsung devices

If you haven't tried Bomgar Remote Screen Sharing for Android, now is the best time because the program has just been updated. Bombar has expanded the feature to all other sweet Android 5.0 Lollipop-running devices. This means anyone who uses Bomgar can remotely control Android phones or tablets even those non-Samsung devices.

Burner update: Material Design, Android Wear support, unified inbox

One app that truly lives up to its name is Burner. No, it's not an app to turn your smartphone or tablet into a flame thrower, but it does create throwaway phone numbers (US and Canada only) that you can use for one purpose or another and then dispose of when they have served their use. A new update for the app, which brings it to Version 3.0, is their biggest design update so far, bringing Material Design, a unified inbox, and support for Android Wear devices.