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Google Reportedly Planning New VR Headset That Doesn't Require A Phone

Google handed out the first Cardboard viewers at I/O a few years ago, and at the time it seemed like a bit of a joke. It wasn't really a joke for long, though. VR has been growing in recent years, and the low barrier to entry made Cardboard a hit. Now, sources report that Google is looking to release a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a phone to function.

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Chipotle's Free Burrito Coupon Uses The "Save To Android Pay" Button, Something I Wish Was More Common

Coupons are great. Who doesn't like saving money on stuff? (Or better yet, free stuff.) But we can all agree that keeping track of coupons is awful. With this in mind, Google introduced the Save To Wallet API way back in 2012. It was a pretty simple way to transfer loyalty card or coupon information directly from a webpage or email into the Wallet app. Unfortunately, Android apps didn't get this same feature until two years later (yeah, this was clearly a priority). Then the whole Wallet reorganization happened and Android Pay was born.

The "Save to Wallet" API was renamed "Save To Android Pay," and pretty much everyone proceeded to continue ignoring it.

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Google Completely Redesigns The My Maps App In Its First Update Since 2014

The Google My Maps app seemed ripe for discontinuation. It hadn't been updated in years, had an old UI, and the feature set wasn't exactly essential. However, Google has opted to rework it from the ground up and release a new version of My Maps. You can grab it from the Play Store and start making your own maps right now.

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US House Bill Would Prevent State Laws That Aim To Weaken Or Circumvent Smartphone Encryption

Two bills recently passed in the states of New York and California that aim to weaken smartphone security in order to combat crime. The laws would prevent the sale of smartphones with full-disk encryption that could not be unlocked by the manufacturer (at the request of law enforcement). In response, Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a Democrat, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas, a Republican, have proposed a bill, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications (ENCRYPT) Act of 2016, that would block state-level attempts to ban encryption on smartphones sold in the US.

The bipartisan bill addresses multiple issues.

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Runtastic Butt Trainer, Leg Workout, And Six Pack Add Chromecast Support

Exercise apps are a really good target for the Chromecast. If you're trying to follow the exact steps of a workout and you don't know the body position and movements, you don't want to check your small phone's screen and keep fiddling with its angle and trying to turn it on each time the display timeout kicks off, while also struggling to maintain a Crab Bridge. Instead, you'd much rather it was streamed to your big TV and you could follow along and see it no matter what weird angle your head is at.

That's why it's cool to see Runtastic's suite of dedicated workout apps add Chromecast support.

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Instagram Will Soon Display View Counts In Place Of Likes Underneath Videos

Instagram is a social network built around sharing photos. In 2015, the service introduced the ability to share video clips. Now it's about to implement another way of determining how popular those videos are becoming.

Right now, the only feedback uploaders can go off are the number of likes and comments they receive. Soon, Instagram will introduce view counts.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play Music Subscription Gifts Are 50% Off Until February 15

Do you like music? Do you want to listen to as much music as you can, online and offline, from albums you know and others you don't, legally, without ads, and for as little money as possible? Then boy have I got some awesome news for you! Google Play Music subscription gifts are discounted by 50% today and until February 15.

What is that? You want to gift yourself? Sure you can. Here's all the good news:

  • All subscription tiers are discounted: 1 month $9.99 -> $4.99, 3 months $29.96 -> $14.98, 6 months $59.94 -> $$29.97.
  • We know that the discount is valid in the US and the UK, but other countries should probably have it too.
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[Update: Lebanon Too] Paid Google Play Newsstand Content Comes To 8 Middle Eastern Countries

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Astro Pro, Windward, Twilight Pro, And More

You like apps, I know you do. You might not like paying for them, though. This is a guess, but based on what I can surmise about the human condition. Specifically, everyone likes a deal. We have some of those today, so head below and find some apps and games that are on sale.

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Google+ Web Preview Update Lets You Search For Members In A Community, Upload Multiple Images To A Post, And More

Googler Luke Wroblewski continues to share stimulating changelogs for the preview version of Google+ on the web, and we're happy to point you toward what is new.

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