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The Google Home has a built-in library of relaxing ambient audio

Feeling like you want to relax after you've finished that meal you prepared with Google Home's help? Overwhelmed by your Home's answer to what's on your schedule tomorrow? Just ask it to help you relax with some soothing ambient sounds. Currently offering a catalog of 15 different ambient sound themes, Google Home can now replace your sound machine.

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Ubisoft brings Hungry Shark VR to Daydream

If your worst nightmare is facing a shark while being helpless at sea then swimming as fast as you can only to be eaten by it, then you might be getting a bit of reverse revenge with this new VR game on Daydream. Or maybe your fears will get more solidified. But what's for sure is that you will be able to experience it all in a more immersive way than any movie scene.

In Hungry Shark, you play as the shark. That's right, you're the good guy here and you have to fight those terrifying jellyfish and nasty human divers. There are three different mission types like eating as much as you can, racing, and rescuing your shark friends, and they all take place in a 360-degree huge underwater setting where you're free to move, explore, and hunt.

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Google Wallpapers now has two entirely new categories

Another good reason for non-Pixel owners to be jealous when the device was released last year was the excellent wallpaper picker that was baked into the exclusive launcher. That jealousy thankfully evaporated when Google released the standalone Wallpapers app, and made it available for all Android phones through the Play Store. It recently saw an update to version 1.1 that included plenty of fresh images in every category. And now we're seeing two entirely new categories: Art and Solid Colors.

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[Deal Alert] Runtastic Road Bike Pro is free on the Play Store (down from $4.99)

Some deals are just too good not to highlight on their own instead of being grouped with the list of freebies and discounts on the Play Store. And this one is definitely one of them. Runtastic Road Bike Pro has dropped from $4.99 to free, $0, nada, zilch, zero. This is Runtastic's dedicated app for tracking bike rides, with maps, charts, history, all manners of stats, and weather data.

While most cyclists I know are on Strava, that didn't stop Runtastic from still garnering enough users for its own app: between 100K and 500K downloads on the Play Store for the paid Pro version and a rating of 4.4 with more than 15000 reviews will attest to that.

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[Deal Alert] Costco offering cash cards, charging kits, and more for Galaxy S8/S8+ activations

Costco is hosting a slew of cash card deals on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ when you activate with a carrier. There are cash cards to be had for new and existing customers that vary by carrier. T-Mobile will toss in a Gear VR controller. Only AT&T limits the cash card offer to new lines, but they will give existing customers a free Gear 360 camera.

Regardless of your carrier, your activation will also get you a TYLT Power Essentials Kit. The kit contains a dual-port 4.8A wall charger, dual-port 4.8A car charger, 5200mAh battery, 3' braided USB-C cable, 3' USB cable, and a carrying case.

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[Update: Instructions] Android Wear 2.0 is finally rolling out to the Huawei Watch

Android Wear 2.0 has been sort of available for a few months, although almost no watches were running it. Your best bet if you wanted AW2.0 was to buy one of the new LG watches from Google. Now, one of the most popular Android Wear devices of yesteryear is getting Wear 2.0. If you've got a Huawei Watch, you might want to charge it up for the (hopefully) impending update. If you are on the preview, it's probably already downloading.

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Opera Max 3.0 brings new UI with data-saving tips and Facebook tools

The Opera Max VPN is a pretty popular app, and yesterday it was updated with a few snazzy new tools. In addition to basic VPN abilities, version 3 introduces a fancy new design and will offer users new tips to maximize their data savings. The app also has a new data-saving tool specifically for Facebook, in the form of its own built-in Facebook web app.

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Pluto TV 3.2.1 adds in video on demand with a design and navigation refresh

Pluto TV is a free television streaming service that broadcasts over 100 live news, sports, and other channels. The one thing that might irritate some people is that you can't just watch the stuff you want — you only get what's on. Regardless, it's an interesting value proposition.

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After several years of service, the Google Play Top Developer program is being put to rest

The Top Developers program launched several years ago as a method of drawing attention to devs who put out great apps. We all started seeing the little blue arrow badge next to some of the developers' names, but it got easy to grow accustomed and eventually jaded to it. 

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Android Pay v1.22 prepares Visual ID facial recognition based on Hands Free and reveals testing for Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Canada [APK Teardown]

Android Pay may not have had a massive launch, or has been as aggressively rolled out as Samsung Pay, but it is steadily setting up shop in more countries around the globe. If you don't happen to find yourself in one of the dozen countries that have either already seen a launch or at least have an official promise of one coming soon, you might be interested to know that Google has at least set its sights on a few other countries. Text in the latest update of the Android Pay app hints at four previously unannounced markets. There are also obvious signs Google is merging the recently closed Hands Free experiment into Android Pay and expanding it significantly.

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