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The Grand Tournament - A Massive Hearthstone Expansion Is Coming In August With 132 New Cards, A New Playing Board, And More

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, is a pretty awesome game that combines simplicity, strategy, and luck better than any other card game I've tried. Since being introduced to it a few months ago, I have played more matches than I care to admit and, for the most part, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. That is, until recently. Over the past couple of weeks the game has gotten really stale. It seems that every day I play against the same 8-10 decks that everyone uses and that is getting kinda old.

The wonderful (and awful) thing about Hearthstone is that just as players are refining their decks to perfection to dominate the game, new cards are introduced that turn everything upside again.

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Google Announces Support For 70 More Third-Party Apps In Google Now

 

Back in January, Google announced initial support for forty third-party apps (including Runtastic, Zillow, Waze, and more) hooking into Google Now. Even if Google limited participation to hand-picked partners, the news was exciting - it marked Google's first publicly visible steps toward opening Now to users' favorite apps in ways that developers could control.

Google is still keeping details about developer participation close, but today 70 new apps have been added to the Google Now roster.

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Added to the list are apps like Circa News, Sleep as Android, Komoot, and Wunderlist. From Google's blog:

Here are a few other ways Now cards from your apps can help you out:

  • Get breaking news about the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake from ABC News, Circa, or feedly
  • Know when your pad thai is about to arrive with reminders from Eat24 that the food you ordered will soon be on your doorstep, or get inspired with the recipe of the day from Allrecipes
  • Keep your fitness goals front and center with gentle nudges from Runkeeper, Jawbone, or Adidas
  • And if you’re out to dinner, simply tap on a Now card to pay your bill with OpenTable

Check out the full list of app integrations (including apps that can pull info from Gmail) or read Google's full post below.

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Android Wear App v1.1 Rolls Out With An Updated Look, Multiple Watch Support, Cloud Sync Over Wi-Fi, And Calendars From Any Account [APK Download]

Google let the cat out of the bag yesterday with a blog post detailing just what we should expect in the next major version to Android Wear. An upcoming software update will be adding Wi-Fi support, always-on apps, and a few other interesting options. While we wait for new firmwares to hit our wrist-bound hardware, the Android Wear app just received its own update to prepare for the new features. This isn't just a small maintenance release to add configuration screens, there are some major visual and organizational improvements, and a few new features.

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Most of the main screen has been completely redesigned.

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Google Search v4.3 Update Is Rolling Out [APK Download]

The Google Search app plays host to quite a few features and capabilities we take for granted on our phones, especially for anybody that makes extensive use of Google Now and the Google Launcher. An update just started rolling out that brings the app up to v4.3, but there aren't any immediately obvious changes in this release, at least not from a user-facing perspective. It's likely that this release is preparing for the soon to be open Cards API that will allow developers to insert their own content into the Google Now stream. The download link is available below for those that want to check it out right away.

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Google Now Provides Snow Report Cards For Ski Resorts

If you plan on hitting the slopes this winter, it appears that Google Now may be able to help you prepare. A reader sent in this screenshot of a Google Now card providing him with an overview of the weather and snow conditions at a nearby ski resort.

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Unfortunately none of us on the AP staff have been able to verify this for ourselves, perhaps because we don't live close enough to any supported ski resorts.

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Google Now Is Getting Ready To Give You Cards From Third Party Apps

Google, in a post to its Inside Search blog, has just announced that third-party Google Now cards are on the way. Something users (and developers) have been curious about since the predictive assistant's inception is finally getting some exploration, as Google teams up with "30+ developers" to bring users cards covering everything from Pandora suggestions to Lyft ride prices.

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Google says the new cards will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and provides a bunch of examples on the Google Now landing page. The lineup already includes lots of notable names such as Runtastic, Hootsuite, Zillow, the Guardian, the Economist, Shazam, Instacart, TripAdvisor and lots more.

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Google App Hits Version 4.1 With 'Now Cards' Settings And More [APK Download]

There may be a major trade show happening this week, but it's still Update Wednesday. Google has updated its 'Google' app (formerly known as Search) to version 4.1. We are still digging around for new features, but we've already found a few goodies and put the APK up for your enjoyment.

First up, there's a new space in settings called "Now Cards," which - as the name suggests - gives you control over the cards Google presents to you. Users can toggle cards on or off entirely, see their card history on the web, delete all custom preferences, and control notifications and how urgent updates are handled.

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[I'll Take Search Engines For 400, Alex] Google Now Shows Info About Jeopardy Answers While You Watch

I love Jeopardy. If it wasn't for football and Agents of SHIELD, Jeopardy would be the only reason I have an over-the-air antenna hooked up to my TV. Apparently someone at Google feels the same way, because at least one viewer started seeing information about the quiz show's answers as they appear on television. The Google Now card live updated with the show as clues were chosen and then answered (in the form of a question).

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Long-time Jeopardy fans know that this is a big deal. A full game of Jeopardy can have as many as 61 questions, usually presented and answered in less than thirty seconds each, after which the game rapidly moves on.

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Nova Launcher 3.3 With Android Lollipop-Style App Drawer Goes Stable

Nova is a homescreen launcher replacement that doesn't look like one, an option that feels about as close to stock as anything non-stock can—except immediately following the release of a new version of Android. During that time, Nova looks slightly dated, harking back to a distant past known to us as several months ago (or, for the majority of devices out there, the present). But without fail, an update comes that brings Nova users the look and feel of Google's latest homescreen.

For Android 5.0, the changes have been staggered. We're already received the new app drawer icon, search bar, and animations. Now Nova 3.3 completes the package by bringing in the new app drawer that's one of the most striking changes when first firing up a stock Lollipop device.

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Nova Launcher Beta 3.3 Brings Lollipop-Style Launcher Cards

When I switched over to Lollipop on my Nexus 5, I was too lazy to transition back to the Google Now launcher to get that Lollipop aesthetic. Instead, I stuck with Nova, knowing that eventually I'd get the look on TeslaCoil's third-party launcher. Well, today's the day, assuming you're running the beta version of the app.

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It's a pretty simple tweak - just jump into Nova's options, head into the Drawer section, and tick the "show pages as cards" button. Done and done.

Other than that, the changes are few. Here's the full log:

3.3beta1 Nov 19, 2014

-Lollipop style drawer (Settings - Drawer - Show Pages as Cards)
-Renamed old Circle animation to Circle Wipe, added Lollipop style Circle animation (requires Pages as Cards)
-Fixes and optimizations

And that's pretty much it.

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