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# Google play

All time
# cyber bullies
What is SimSimi and how has it been used as a 'bullying app' for children?
One parent said she discovered “vile, disgusting comments” about her daughter on the app.
# Hate speech
Google takes down Taliban propaganda app
The app, which was designed to show news and videos from the group, was only up shortly before it was taken down.
# Fab Four
You'll finally be able to listen to The Beatles on Spotify this Christmas
Several other music streaming services are also making hundreds of tracks from the Fab Four available for the first time.
# get your finger out
You can now use your fingerprint to purchase apps from Google Play*
*Provided you’re lucky enough to have access to Android Marshmallow.
# Read all about it
Now you have another place to read
Irish publications have now been added to Google Play Newsstand alongside international content.
# fresh pair of eyes
Google is now getting humans to review all Android apps
As well as using automated tools, Google’s staff will check each app and update before they’re approved.
# clarify
There's been a small, but important change made to the App Store
At the very least, it will make apps with in-app purchases a little more honest.
# Let's get physical
Google challenges Apple HealthKit with its own fitness app
Google Fit will sync with all Android Wear devices and can bring health and fitness information from different services and apps together.
# trial mode
Is Google going to introduce a 'try before you buy' feature for apps?
The company is said to be working on a system which would allow users to download micro versions of an app before paying for it.
# Week in Web
Weird Wide Web: Dating abandoned animals, a Gaza smartphone game and suing Facebook
All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
# insensitive
Google pulls 'Bomb Gaza' game from app store after backlash
The Android game, which allows players to be the Israeli army and drop bombs on the city of Gaza, was removed from the Google Play store after complaints were made.
# TechGuide
What to keep in mind when you're downloading apps
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
# Pure Android
Google brings its Nexus 5 smartphone to Irish shores
Both the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet are now available to purchase through the Google Play store.
# App Store
App companies face EU pressure to limit in-app purchases for kids
The European Commission is meeting with a number of large tech companies and policy makers to discuss the problem of paid content in apps designed for children.
# send in the clones
Even Apple and Google have had enough of Flappy Bird
Both app stores are stopping app developers from using the word “Flappy” in their title, but numerous clones are still available to download.
# Children
Controversial plastic surgery apps no longer on iTunes, Google Play
An online Twitter campaign was launched today asking for iTunes to reconsider how it markets the app.
# oh no he didn't
'Boyfriend Tracker' app removed from Google Play
The Brazilian app allowed partners track their boyfriend’s location, listen in on conversations and get copies of their texts.
# music to your ears
Google Play brings music to Irish ears
The service is available in an additional seven countries from today.
# Gadgets
Microsoft sold 750,000 XBox 360s over US holiday week
Blame Black Friday…
# Nexus 4
Google’s Nexus 4 launches... But not in Ireland
If you want to get your hands on a Nexus 4 you must get it sent to one of the countries it is being launched in and then get someone to ship it to Ireland.