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TL;DR Wikipedia Shortens Long-Form Entries for Humorous, Mobile Browsing

Too long, didn’t read may be the most annoying, yet common, consequence  of our media hunger. Go on Facebook, and you’ll see plenty os users having lengthy arguments over stories they did not read. It makes the title of news stories ever more important, albeit, in a superficial, click-bait way.

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Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.
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Google Camera Brings Lens Blurring Manipulation to Mobile Photography

DSLR cameras are, for the most part, bulky but beautiful machines for capturing what our eyes see. They also give photographers a chance to manipulate the perception of distance, and that’s a feat mobile photography is about to accomplish.

Yesterday, a Google Camera was released, and with it, the ability to manipulate lens blurring, also known as the bokeh effect. With a small amount of blur, a photo can look real, like how the human eyes view the world. With a lot more bokeh, a photo can look miniature, fake, animated even – like those tilt-shift images that makes cities appear as miniature universes.

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Game of Phones: A Card Game That Actually Uses Your Smartphone

Game of Phones is a game that can be a fun way to get your friends to play with you in real life – especially if you can’t get them to down their phones in order to play real games.

The premise is simple and works similarly like Cards Against Humanity, with only as much offensiveness as your smartphone :
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Apple Developing Song Identification Features for iOS 8 With Shazam

shazamShazam, the music identification app is coming to Apple iTunes via Siri – according to reports by Bloomberg. Anonymous sources  from teh London startup hinted at the collaboration as a feature in the upcoming iOS 8 launch, expected on June 2 of this year during Apple’s annual developer conference. Read more

Front/Back Selfie App Finally Comes to Android

frontback androidSelfie photo app, Front/Back came to iPhones in September of 2013. Since then, the app has been growing a healthy userbase to 1 million downloads, doubling in the last month alone.

With the new Android app, users will have the same feature as the iOS version.  Each photo captured with Front/Back is a collage that that can be shared to your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Read more

Don’t Take a Selfie Next to a Moving Train

Here’s good advice for those seeking to impress friends with selfies taken next to moving trains: don’t do it. As demonstrated in this video, the selfie-taker was kicked in the head by a wise, disciplinarian train conductor. He’s lucky he’s not dead.

Don’t forget about this great selfie video depicting dangerous selfie scenarios. We told you so?

eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

Wireless Companies Providing Voluntary Anti-Theft Tool for New Smartphones in 2015

Activation-LockToday, CTIA and participating wireless carriers announced major anti-theft protection for new smartphones, starting in July of 2015. The voluntary program , which includes participation from major carriers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

New smartphones manufactured after July 15, 2014 will feature remote wipe and other methods of rendering the device inoperable to thieves. Read more

‘Family Guy’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Facebook EngineersFacebook is still leading the top free list on Google Play, but we’ve got some newcomers to the top ten list that are worth mentioning. First up, Family Guy –  my favorite TV show in the known universe. The game is free and fun, especially if you are really into epic chicken battles.

There’s also Cut the Rope 2 at #10, a follow up to Cut the Rope. If you like crushing candy and being addicted to games, this app is for you.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week as well as videos to the two new apps. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

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