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NewsPoster Jul 12, 2013 06:34 AM
Briefly: Vine for Android app update, Google closes Alfred app
Vine has updated its <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Android</a> app, gaining a number of features added earlier to the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>iOS version</a>. The addition of 15 new channels to post videos to, "revining" posts with others, and improved capture tools are accompanied by a <a href="" rel='nofollow'>new</a> Fast Capture Widget, which opens the app into the camera mode, bypassing the home screen entirely for quicker recording of clips. A mute button for watching videos silently has also been included in the new release. <br />
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<strong>Google shutting down Alfred recommendations app</strong><br />
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Google is shuttering the Alfred app for recommending local entertainment and restaurants, one the company picked up in its acquisition of startup <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Clever Sense</a> in December 2011. Google will be allowing users to request data collected through the app and service until the end of today, before closing Alfred entirely on July 19th. <em>TechCrunch</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>writes</a> that the Clever Sense team has already moved on to work in the Google Analytics and Google Places groups.
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