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[OTA Download] Moto G Google Play Edition OTA To Android 5.1 Has Begun Rolling Out

If you're the owner of a Google Play Edition Moto G, your update to Android 5.1 has begun rolling out. Though these things roll out in stages, you can always check manually for an update, or if you're too impatient, you can download and flash the OTA manually using the link to Google's server at the bottom of this post.

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The build is LMY47M and the OTA clocks in at a fairly hefty 171 MB.

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[App Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Apps Of March 2015

Attention: the following roundup contains absolutely no mention of the new release od Google Reader... because that happened in April. But it does have some great picks for new apps from March, including our top seven and a handful of honorable mentions. News readers, social tools, and root-only apps are covered, plus some diagnostic tools for tech heads. And if customization is your thing, check out the honorable mentions section for cool icons and live wallpapers.

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Google's April Fools Treat For Chromebook Owners Is An App That Browses The Web For You

Is it really an April Fools "prank" if what you put together actually performs its stated function? Either way, you probably won't want to keep the "Self-Browsing Chromebook" app on your machine for more than a day or so. According to Google's straight-faced Chrome Blog entry, the app is intended to automate your entire computer experience. What it actually does is take over your laptop with a full-screen interface that navigates around the web by itself.

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Facebook Launches Riff, A Collaborative Video-Making App That Isn't An April Fools Joke

April 1st isn't the safest time to browse tech blogs on the web. One third of all of the posts that go up are likely a fake (this one, though, is entirely legitimate). Yet while Facebook's latest app looks like it could be a joke—it isn't. Riff is a collaborative way for friends to make videos with one another using the social network.

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Riff lets you shoot a clip that's up to 20 seconds long and share it for others to see.

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of March 2015

March doesn't have any new blockbuster titles for you to check out, but there are a lot of interesting indies in the following list. For speed and twitch freaks, we've got Fotonica, one of the most unique runner games I've ever come across. Fans of humorous adventure can check out a new take on Hamlet, and strategy gamers have an impressive but unfortunately single-player only option in Frozen Synapse. Investigate these and other favorites, along with some honorable mentions, below.

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Google's Smartbox Is An April Fools-Inspired Mailbox That We Kind Of Wish Wasn't Fake

Inbox by Gmail isn't even yet a year old, but Google is working to improve mail even further. But this time, it's not working with the digital variety. It's doing something about snail mail.

And frankly, it's about time. People have been sticking envelopes in mailboxes for a century or two, and the experience hasn't changed all that much. Our mailboxes could be better. They could be smarter.

They could be the Smartbox.

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Pre-Orders Are Live For The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC One M9

How about this? Real news on April 1st. How novel. At any rate, it's really only news for Verizon customers who want to pick up a new phone. The Samsung Galaxy S6 (standard and Edge) and HTC One M9 are both available for pre-order starting today.

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All Android Developers Are Now Welcome To Port Their Apps To Chrome OS

Google has been slowly rolling out Android apps for Chrome OS on a case-by-case basis, with new additions coming in a handful at a time. According to OMG! Chrome!, the company is opening the process up to all Android developers.

Porting relies on a native client extension known as the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC for short). It runs Android software at a speed that's close to native inside of a sandboxed Dalvik virtual window.

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Google Reader Rises From The Grave With New (Material) Update v2.0 [APK Download]

In 2013, Google announced the death of its RSS reading platform Google Reader. At the time, Google cited declining usage as the official reason for Reader's closure, wrapping it up along with things like Cloud Connect, Voice for Blackberry, and Building Maker as part of a second round of "spring cleaning."

It comes as a huge surprise then to see the app back in the Play Store almost two years later with a new icon and brand new interface, jumping from version 1.1.8 up to 2.0.

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Google Quietly Removes Its Finance App From The Play Store

The typical Update Wednesdays, wherein Google released new versions of its many and varied Android apps, will be a little less busy from now on. Not that Google released many updates for the Android version of Google Finance anyway - according to the Internet Archive, the last time the app was touched was way back in January of 2013.

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