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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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Google+ Now Really Wants You To See The Posts You Missed While You Were Away

There's a widely known issue with social networks—they're impossible to keep up with. Something is always happening, and unless you follow only a handful of people, there's no way you can read all the content that streams by.

To get around this, some networks have taken their own approach to resurfacing content you may have missed. Facebook and Twitter do this. Now Google+ does as well.

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VNC Viewer 2.0 (From RealVNC) Remotes Into The Play Store With Material Design, Immersive Fullscreen, And More

Running remote desktop software from an Android device has a different purpose than doing the same from a traditional PC. When you're connecting from a laptop, you're probably accessing an application at home or work that only exists on that one machine. But on Android, you have the option to greatly expand what your phone or tablet can do.

In a way, it feels like cheating.

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Bombing Bastards (Previously Android TV Only) Launches For All Android Devices, And It's Completely Free

The arcade-style game Bombing Bastards hit Android TV last year, but now it's finally available on regular Android devices. This is actually a separate listing from the Android TV game, and it's completely free. Yes, like the real kind of free, not free-to-play.

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Amazon Web Services Launches Lumberyard And GameLift, A New Twitch-Enabled 3D Game Engine And Scalable Gaming Service

As if Amazon doesn't have its collective hands in enough projects, Amazon Web Services has launched a new 3D game engine and a scalable service to make it easier for developers to build and deploy server-based multiplayer games. The game engine is called Lumberyard, a fully functional game engine based on CryEngine, it comes with a number of improvements and custom integrations. The service goes by the name GameLift and it's built on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Together, they are meant to bring new customers to Amazon's EC2 cloud architecture and drive increased usage and engagement on Twitch.

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