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Chrome Beta For Android Version 34 Adds Built-In Chromecast Streaming For Videos

Google has been buffing up the capabilities of the Chromecast as of late by opening up app access with the SDK, and it looks like even first-party apps are getting in on the action. The latest release of the beta version of Chrome for Android adds in Chromecast capability for YouTube videos. Theoretically, it should work for any standard HTML5 video as well. Now you don't need a laptop to cast web videos to your television.

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Voice To Text Dictation Is Coming To The Desktop Version Of Google Docs

According to Marques Brownlee, voice to text dictation is coming to the desktop version of Google Docs. Check out these screenshots allegedly showing the feature in action, below.

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While Android has featured speech to text as part of the standard keyboard for several years now, the option has rather curiously not been a part of the desktop / web version of Google Docs (now Google Drive). Apparently, this is now changing.

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[New App] App Habits Tracks Your App Usage, Translates Your Shameful Procrastination Into Helpful Graphs

You have what amounts to a tiny super computer in your pocket, and what are you doing with it? Hmm? App Habits will track which apps you're using and when so you can get the low down on exactly how you're wasting time with neat graphs. It will also use this data to surface apps you might be interested in based on the time of day.

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PSA: Google+ Community Moderators Can Now Pin Posts Via The Site And The Latest Version Of The Android App

The Google+ Android app jumped to a new version last week, and shortly after, its Play Store page updated with a change log topped by one problematic item:

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Here's the thing, moderators couldn't yet. We hit up the app, searched the site, and even asked around. The feature simply wasn't live. Now it is. Moderators can pin posts to the top of a community stream regardless of if they're using the app or the website.

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[New App] ViaProtect Gives A Basic Look At Where Android Apps Are Sending Your Data

No one app is going to make an Android device immediately safe from any and all threats, but some can make it easier to remain ever vigilant. viaProtect may one day be such a app. This piece of software gives you a basic idea where the apps installed on your phone or tablet are sending your information. It doesn't go into specifics, but it will at least show you how much of your traffic is encrypted and some other security-related information.

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LocalCast Media Streaming App Updated With Ability To Cast Network Storage Files Via Samba

Streaming local media to Chromecast isn't that difficult of an endeavor these days. Sure, there isn't an official Google app that will slap those media files onto a TV for you, but between AllCast and Solid Explorer, there are options. There's also LocalCast, an app like AllCast whose singular purpose is to get media from your Android device to something with a bigger screen.

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The app's latest update has added the ability to connect to network storage via Samba and cast files from them straight to Chromecast.

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Feedly App Update Finally Changes Back Button Behavior To Be Less Annoying, Easy Switching To Next Feed

If there's one thing that's kept me from using Feedly's official app, as opposed to using more conventional RSS-style readers in the wake of the Google Reader collapse, it's the interface. Aside from the fact that I find it kind of clunky in general, the inconsistent back button behavior is a real downer. With the latest app update (version 18.1.3), it becomes a little bit less of a headache.

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Now when you go through the various screens you've viewed with the back button, you'll open the "level selector" (read: the swipe-out side menu that shows all your feeds).

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RunKeeper 4.4 Update Brings New Training Tab With Free Workout Plans For Reaching Your Goals

The hyper-popular fitness app RunKeeper has gotten an update today with a new "Training" tab, among other things. The interface doesn't look much different, but this tab includes some free training plans for losing weight, working up to a 5k, half-marathons, and more.

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Here's the full changelog for the new version.

New Training Tab!

  • Find the FREE training plan that matches YOUR fitness goals.
  • Easily follow your training schedule and crush your workouts with

Audio coaching.

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[New App] Notifications+ Brings Robust, Encrypted Android Notification Mirroring To Chrome

There are already a number of apps that plug into Android's notification service to mirror the notification shade on your desktop, Pushbullet being perhaps the most prominent example. Notifications+ is a new entrant in this category, but it focuses only on feature-rich notification mirroring.

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Yelp Launches Official Play Store Beta Program, Calls On All Eager Testers To Join Via Google+ Community

More and more developers these days are using the Play Store to get beta versions of software into the hands of willing users. The system works well, so it's nice to report that another well-known app is taking advantage of it. Yelp now has an Android Beta Testers Google+ community that, if you join, will grant you access to the latest features before everyone else.

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You may know the drill by now, as the screenshot above repeats the same steps most communities of this type require.

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