Spotify updates its Android app to include "Behind the Lyrics"


So how did the Stones come up with that iconic riff for Satisfaction? Keith Richards heard it in a dream. How did Paul McCartney come up with the tune for Yesterday? It came to him in a dream. Who wrote the Monkees hit I’m a Believer? Neil Diamond, of course. And as far as we know, it didn’t come to him in a dream. Interesting tidbits like these will now be available to Spotify subscribers using the Android variant of the music streamer’s app.

“Behind the Lyrics,” which launched last year on Spotify’s iOS app, reveals information about the band or artist performing the tune that you’re …


How to bring back the app drawer button on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

So, you’ve got your hands on Samsung’s gorgeous new Galaxy S8 or S8+, or may be buying one in the near future, and you’re wondering, “where the heck is the app drawer button?”

One of the most basic amenities of the Android smartphone, the small, dotted button promises order amidst the chaos of the home screen, ensures a single place for all of your apps. And yet, it is nowhere to be seen on Samsung’s newest smartphones.

Let this not fool you, however, for the app drawer itself is all well and good, it’s just the button that’s missing, and there’s a reason …

N.Y. Times: Tim Cook threatened to remove the Uber app from the App Store

According to a report in today’s New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at Apple headquarters back in 2015. At this meeting, Cook made it clear that Apple wasn’t happy with a hidden feature of Uber’s app that was able to identify and tag which of Uber’s members were using an iPhone. At first, the wool was being pulled over the eyes of Apple engineers as this capability was hidden from the tech firm. Even after the app was removed from a particular iPhone, users would still be tagged, something which violated Apple’s anti-fraud rules.

Eventually, Apple discovered …

Puzzle game "Cut the Rope: Magic" is this week's free iOS app

From now until Wednesday turns into Thursday, Cut the Rope: Magic is the free iOS app of the week. Normally priced at 99 cents, the game features 160+ new puzzles and complex new boss levels. As part of the popular “Cut the Rope” series, this particular game comes with new graphics, sound and game play. During your journey, you will have to figure out puzzles and cut ropes that contain the candy you will feed Om Nom.

Speaking of Om Nom, in Cut the Rope: Magic you can transform him into new forms to help with your puzzle solving capabilities:

The Bird Form helps Om Nom fly …

It's official: Samsung will scrap the Music app, use Google Play Music as default

Today is the day when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ become in major markets across the world and Samsung has taken the time to announce that it has entered a special partnership with Google. Sammy will no longer include its own Music app on phones and will instead use Google Play Music as a default player.

Google Play Music, as you probably know, is not just a music player, but a portal to the Play Music service, which is a mix between a Spotify-like Internet radio and a cloud where you can store up to 50,000 of your favorite songs. It’s fighting a pretty tough battle in …

Free app in Google Play Store allows Bixby button to be remapped to Google Assistant

Samsung’s decision to prevent Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ users from remapping the dedicated Bixby button resulted in a range of comments from “Who cares,” to “How dare they!” Today, a new app has been added to the Google Play Store called BixRemap that will allow the button to be remapped to Google Assistant without requiring any rooting. All you need to do is install the app, toggle on one setting, and when the button is pressed, Google Assistant runs over Bixby.

It is a simple, basic app that developer Dave Bennett calls a test. He says that he might expand the capabilities …

Game "Cut the Rope: Magic" is this week's free iOS app

From now until Wednesday turns into Thursday, Cut the Rope: Magic is the free iOS app of the week. Normally priced at 99 cents, the game features 160+ new puzzles and complex new boss levels. As part of the popular “Cut the Rope” series, this particular game comes with new graphics, sound and game play. During your journey, you will have to figure out puzzles and cut ropes that contain the candy you will feed Om Nom.

Speaking of Om Nom, in Cut the Rope: Magic you can transform him into new forms to help with your puzzle solving capabilities:

The Bird Form helps Om Nom fly …

You can finally save and listen to podcasts on your Apple Watch via the Overcast app

While some people prefer to use smartwatches as nothing more than a simple gadget to view and interact with notifications on, there are others that much rather take full advantage of their wrist-mounted computer and use it to its full potential. The Apple Watch is still one of the most feature-rich wearables around, and if you’re someone who tries to do as many things on your watch as possible as opposed to on your smartphone, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest update to the Overcast app is bringing support for downloading and listening to podcasts on the Apple Watch.

This …

'Free app of the week' section quietly disappears from Google Play

Google last month introduced a ‘Free app of the week’ section to Google Play, where it began highlighting one paid app or game per week, making it free for the duration as well. However, just as swiftly as it popped up on the Play Store, the ‘Free app of the week’ section has quietly disappeared from Google’s massive online storefront without notice.

The promotional section went live in the U.S. in late March, and for the short time of its existence, offered two games on the house – Chameleon Run and Card Wars – Adventure Time. We were hoping that the company would …

This week in apps: Uber adds a safety feature, Gorrilaz launch an AR app and Microsoft tries social media

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It’s been a busy week: Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Semi truck is coming soon, Instagram announced reaching 200 million daily active users on stories and Messenger reached 1.2 billion, so it’s understandable if you missed some of this weeks best apps.

Luckily, we’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated products, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your smartphone.

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