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What We Use, 2016 Edition: The Stuff Ryan Can't Live Without

I consider myself quite lucky to be able to make a living writing things on the internet because it gives me an outlet for my natural geekery. Even if I had never started crafting snarky blog posts on a daily basis, I suspect many of the things on this list would still be in my office (I guess then I'd call it something else). However, in this version of reality, I'm a professional nerd, and these are the things that I use every day.

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Link Bubble Will Be Rebranded As Brave, A Friendlier Ad-Blocking Browser That Protects Your Privacy

The new owners of Link Bubble made it open source yesterday, but that's just the beginning of what Brave Software (led by former Mozilla CEO and JavaScript inventor Brendan Eich) has planned for the project it purchased from dev Chris Lacy. The company has started explaining its vision for Brave, and it's an ambitious one. Brave will redirect links to HTTPS, block tracking cookies, and (most importantly) strip out ads that invade your privacy. Unlike other ad-blockers, Brave will be able to insert friendlier ads that will help support publishers.

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Pocket Casts Gets Updated To v5.3 With Date-Based Filtering, Marshmallow Data Sync, Improved Voice Controls, And More

The developers of Pocket Casts have a history of being at the forefront of Android with an update adding this feature or that. They were early on material design, and just recently added a cool Nearby API implementation. Today, there's one that adds some tasty Marshmallow features, better filtering, and more.

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25 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/5/16 - 1/18/16)

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.

Games

The Room Three

Android Police coverage: Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

The Room, one of the most well-regarded mobile game series ever, is back with its third iteration. This 3D puzzle game includes fantastic graphics and wonderfully spooky production design, neither of which detract from the brain-tingling puzzles on offer.

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RetroArch Emulator Updated With New Interface, Support For Dreamcast (Soon), And More

The games of yesteryear might not look as pretty as today's games, but they still have a lot going for them. The problem is dealing with a dozen different emulators for each platform. RetroArch offers support for a ton of different classic systems, and it just got an update to v1.3 and it supports even more games.

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Google Is Rolling Out The Ability To Install Apps Directly From Search Results

Google is always testing one or two little things in search results, but this is a more significant change. We're starting to see the option to install apps from inside Google search results without opening the Play Store. Not everyone is getting this yet, but enough are that it's probably in the early stages of a wide rollout.

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Wikipedia App Updated With Quick Access Toolbar, Better Memory Management, And More

How many pointless arguments have been decided by looking something up on Wikipedia? I bet a lot. The Wikipedia app makes it even faster to look up factoids and end arguments, and it's getting an update today with a few feature tweaks and some bug fixes.

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Google's 'Tap 10' Android Pay Promo Could Net You A Free Chromecast And Some Tunes

Google has been running some Android Pay promos lately, a stark contrast to the Google Wallet days when Google pretended mobile payments didn't exist. Last month there was the Best Buy gift card deal, and now you can get some freebies simply by using your phone to pay 10 times between now and the end of February. There are some caveats, of course.

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Perspective-Correcting Image Editor SKRWT Comes To Android

There are a lot of image editing apps on Android, and they all have mostly the same feature set. SKRWT offers something different that you might not realize you needed—and maybe you still don't. I'm torn on that, but the lens correction features in SKRWT have a lot of people excited.

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Wildcard Is A Fast, Curated News Discovery App On Android

I've been struggling to find something that can replace Circa on my phone ever since that app shut down last year. It's not quite the same thing, but I think Wildcard might scratch the right itch. It's an app that relies on human editors to find the right stories and present you the best sources the get a quick overview of events.

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