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[More Room For Spam] Google Play raises the app title limit from 30 to 50 characters

I'm sure there's a legit reason why Google has changed one of its developer policies on the Play Store, but I can't think of any right now. Back in mid-July, it announced in a newsletter to developers that the character limit for app titles has been raised from 30 characters to 50. The change, however, seems to have been in effect even before because Waze changed to a much longer name between June 13 and 14.

Witness the tragedy:

  • "Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic" => 26 characters, pre-June 14.
  • "Waze - GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Live Navigation" => 50 characters, June 14 and onward.
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Kick off another week with 40 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps

Welcome to the beginning of another week. July is winding down already, which is crazy to think about. To kick things off, I'm back after a busy weekend with the first app sales post for this week. It's fairly substantial, so get ready.

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Avast has acquired Piriform, the company behind CCleaner

Avast and Piriform are two very well-known names in the PC world and they've both even made a splash in the Android universe (for better or for worse). But now the London-based company behind the beloved CCleaner has been swallowed by Avast in a full acquisition.

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LG X Venture review: A very good mid-range phone that can take a beating

The budget phone space is incredibly competitive right now. The Moto G5 Plus is still king in this product category, but there are plenty of rivals like Nokia and Acatel selling great devices at inexpensive prices. LG has been making budget phones for a while now, but the X Venture is a bit different. The phone's priorities are durability and battery life, not specifications or performance.

After using the X Venture, I came away impressed. For $329, you get a decently-fast phone that can take a beating, all while lasting around two days on a single charge. It even has a few features you don't often see in phones around this price (at least in the US), like NFC support and a customizable 'QuickButton' that can open any app.

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Here are 21 temporarily free and 36 on-sale apps for your Summer Solstice, plus the Game of the Week

Welcome to Wednesday! We're halfway through another week. I don't know about the rest of you, but the Summer Solstice is hotter than blazes here. If you're lucky enough to be in some comfortable air conditioning, then enjoy it. If you're like me and praying for a reprieve, then maybe you can distract yourself for a few minutes with today's app sales post... I can't wait for winter.

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[Deal Alert] Start off this week with 17 temporarily free and 15 on-sale apps, plus the first 0.10 App of the Week

It's the start of another new week, which means it's time for a new apps post. The weekend brought us quite a few, so we'll dig right in. As always, the free apps will remain in your library unless you uninstall them within the Play Store's refund window. It's just like buying an app in that regard. And the time remaining on the sales is accurate as of this writing.

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TP-Link gets into mesh routers with the Deco M5

One router just isn't cool anymore. Everyone who's anyone has released a mesh router system that uses multiple APs to blanket spaces with wireless coverage. TP-Link, which made the first OnHub device for Google, has now released its own mesh router system called Deco M5. It will compete directly with Google Wifi, Netgear Orbi, Eero, and others.

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Halloween app and game sales: Goat Simulator, HD Widgets, Crimsonland, and more

It's Halloween, so that means we've got some spooky app and game sales from the haunted Play Store. OoooOOOoooo, scary. The cursed deals below will only be available for a limited time. Don't be afraid, grab your goody bag and come on in. Certainly nothing terrifying will happen to you!

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22 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (2/23/16 - 3/7/16)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Mobile Security & Antivirus

This week's roundup is brought to you by ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus. This full-featured security suite automatically scans downloaded apps and files for malicious content, and quarantines them when something dangerous is detected.

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Opera Gets A $1.2 Billion Buying Offer From Chinese Consortium Made Of Kunlun And Qihoo 360

Opera Software has been synonymous with fast browsers and data compression for years now. But despite improving its applications and releasing new ones like Opera Max, the company has been struggling financially and looking for a buyer since 2015. It seems that the search is about to be over as a Chinese Consortium has offered to buy Opera for $1.2 Billion.

The Consortium is made of Beijing Kunlun Tech (a mobile gaming focused company that acquired Grinder last month) and Qihoo 360 (China's number one internet and mobile security product provider - yes, that means antivirus), and backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian.

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