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Google Announces Eddystone, An Open-Source And Cross Platform BLE Beacon Format

Contextual awareness is one of the pillars of Google's recent push in mobile communications. You don't have to look far to see that: Google Now has been getting better and better at "guessing" the information that you need before you even look for it. But when it comes to location, we all know that it can use some help. Not just Google Now, actually. Most current location techniques are quite lacking indoors, underground, or simply fail to differentiate between you standing in front of a bus on one side or the other of the street.

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New Game 'This War Of Mine' Is A Dark, Engaging Take On The Realities Of War, Now Available On Tablets And Android TV

Most games that deal with warfare are centered on soldiers and shooting at things, but This War of Mine (from 11bit Studios, maker of the Anomaly games) is a very different experience. This survival-strategy game follows the regular people caught up in the violence and hardship of war. Can you survive, and what sort of decisions will you have to make in the process?

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ZTE Announces The All-Metal Axon With Hi-Fi Audio And Dual Cameras, Priced At $449.98 Unlocked

ZTE is best known for making super-cheap phones that are sold on pre-paid carriers. However, its latest device goes after a different market entirely. The ZTE Axon is an all-metal premium smartphone priced at $450 that you can use on any GSM/LTE network.

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28 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (6/30/15 - 7/13/15)

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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Passport Photo ID Studio

This week's roundup is brought to you by Passport Photo ID Studio from Handy Apps.

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[Bonus Round] Splendor, Yurei Ninja, Agar.io, Quadrush, And Alphabear

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a digital board game, a ninja-themed endless runner, an interesting online MOBA, a fast-paced take on Tetris, and a word game with adorable bears.

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USA Network's New Show 'Mr. Robot' Shows Accurate Android Hacking, Including SuperSU And Flexispy

Have you seen Mr. Robot? The show is only three episodes in, but it's already shaping up to be a surprisingly awesome hacking drama. And I don't mean "hacking" in the CSI/NCIS/Scorpion "120WPM and 60 flashing windows" kind of hacking - the protagonist and his Anonymous-style compatriots use real methods and technology, mostly relying on a combination of known vulnerabilities, social engineering, and brute force attacks to play at being cyber-vigilantes.

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[Deal Alert] Grab The Album 'Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone' For Free On The Google Play Store

Every so often the Google Play Store makes previously paid movies, TV shows, and music albums free for a limited time - add them to your account during this window and you can keep them forever. The latest album to get this treatment is Nina Revisited, a compilation of songs honoring pioneering African American singer Nina Simone. Her career spanned five decades, and her style mixed jazz, American standards, pop, and gospel, making her one of the most unique vocalists of her era.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 168: Have A Good Dinner

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show, we talk about the Android "M" Developer Preview 2, the new Play Store interface rolling out to users on the web (finally), BlackBerry's Android ambitions, the OnePlus 2, and our review of the HP Pro Slate 8.

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Cartoon Network's 'Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake' Is The Latest Free Family App Of The Week From Google Play

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake offers more depth than most of the previous apps Google has given away for its free family-friendly App of the Week. This title comes to us from Cartoon Network, and it's a top-down adventure game reminiscent of Zelda.

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Fearless Fantasy Arrives In The Play Store, Remains Just As Quirky And Vaguely Creepy As Ever

Swords, forests, and monsters are par for the course in turn-based RPGs, but tinyBuild's Fearless Fantasy manages to include all of these things while still feeling fresh and original. After first launching on Steam for PCs and making its way over to iOS and the Amazon Appstore, the game has now made an appearance in the Play Store.

This RPG's art style is fearless in its design and instantly memorable.

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