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Google I/O Sandbox Page Tips Chromecast Support For ESPN Is Coming Soon

Good news, sports fans: ESPN is almost definitely adding Chromecast support some time in the near future, as strongly suggested by the Google I/O 2014 Sandbox page. Here it is, GIFified.

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ESPN is one of the most-watched cable channels in America, so this is doubtless exciting for a great many folks out there, and the description does suggest that live streaming will be available. Chromecast is certainly stacking up to be one of the most competitive video streaming experiences out there, and while competitors like Apple TV and Roku already support ESPN through the WatchESPN service, the fact that the Disney-owned channel is headed to Google's hardware is encouraging nonetheless.

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Yep: Play Store, Hangouts, Play Music, Gmail, Maps, And Other Google Services Are Experiencing Outages Right Now

Update: It looks like services are being restored now, as of 2:55PM PST.

If you're not able to load up some tunes in Play Music or your Hangouts messages won't go through, don't worry: the NSA hasn't revoked your Google privileges. Google services appear to be experiencing outages for some users at the moment, and the number of services affected appears pretty wide, though primarily it's affecting Android versions of those services, as opposed to web apps.

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Google Has Quietly Implemented Automated Refunds For Apps After The 15 Minute Window

Google changed the policy for app refunds from 24 hours to 15 minutes a few years ago, but Android users eventually adjusted to it. There is still a less prominent way to seek a refund after the 15 minute window if you have a legitimate gripe – it's tucked away in the Play Store order history. However, at some point recently, Google changed the way these refund requests worked.

The blog iTechTriad posted this as a PSA and a potentially serious bug on April 8th, and we've spent the last several weeks digging for details, eventually confirming it as a new Google policy.

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[New App] Archos Releases Connected Self App For Its Upcoming Activity Tracker, Connected Scale, And Blood Pressure Monitor

Archos is known around these parts for their budget tablets, a few cheap smartphones, and, most recently, an Android-powered netbook. Well in case you've forgotten, the company has an upcoming activity tracker, scale, and blood pressure monitor that it would love for you to pick up as well, all of which it unveiled back at CES. These "Connected Self" products will require a companion app to get much use out of, which the company has just dropped into the Play Store.

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Unlocked And Developer Edition HTC One (M7) Getting OTA Update With Sense 6 Today

HTC's software versioning is a little more complicated than it is with other Android OEMs. You might have Android 4.4.2, but be lacking many of the features found on a newer device because you have an older version of Sense. HTC can, and does, update these independently. Such is the case with last year's HTC One – some versions of the M7 are getting Sense 6 today to go with their KitKat ROMs.

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[Deal Alert] Use Amazon Free Photography Apps Deal To Get GTA: San Andreas For Free And $22 In Amazon Coins (Today Only)

The Amazon Appstore may not be the first place many of us head when it's time to grab a new app, but it's quite the spot for free stuff. Today only, Amazon is offering up nine photography apps for free or at discounted prices. To make things better, you get 100 Amazon coins for each download. By hitting up each app, you can get up to $9 in Amazon coins that you can spend on apps or in-app purchases.

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Dell Venue 7 And 8 Get Their KitKat (Android 4.4.2) Updates

According to tipsters, the Dell community forums, and XDA, the Dell Venue 7 and 8 Android tablets are receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 today. Also, according to XDA, the update does break root on the devices, so watch out for that.

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The devices' update to Android 4.3 also came simultaneously, so it's a good bet that it's available for both the 7 and 8 models right now if you go and check for it.

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Hands-On With The Blu Life Pure XL: Settling Feels Good

In the past, Blu has offered budget-friendly phones with mid to mid-high end specs. The biggest issue that most power users have had with the company's handsets is a simple one: MediaTek processors. While these particular chips offer good bang for the buck, they are still mostly underpowered for heavy multi-taskers or anyone looking for lightning quickness from their handset.

It looks like we may be getting into a new era for Blu if the new Life Pure XL is any indicator of what to expect moving forward.

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Google Buys Word Lens Maker Quest Visual, App Will Probably Die, But All Language Packs Are Free For A Limited Time

Update: Both Google and Word Lens declined to comment on the details of the future of the app or acquisition, other than to confirm an acquisition had occurred.

Makers of the exceptionally popular AR translation app Word Lens, Quest Visual, have been acquired by Google, according to the company's website. Quest's tech will be merged into Google's Translate products.

The statement from the company is as follows:

With Word Lens, we've seen the beginnings of what's possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to "see the world in your language."

By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual's technology into Google Translate's broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future.

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The Google I/O 2014 Schedule Is Live

Well, it is! The 2-day schedule for Google's I/O developer conference is up and running now, so you can check out all the awesome sessions that are going on this year, including those that will be streamed live via video. We're pretty excited, too.

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The "What's New in Android" session pretty much confirms what we're all expecting: a new version of Android to be unveiled at the conference, something Google did not do at last year's I/O.

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