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Google Posts Changelog For 3.3 Search Update, App Now Shows Traffic Incidents On Your Route And Supports More Hotword Languages [Updated]

Update: Google has finally provided clarification on the recent Search update. Going forward, Google Now will shoot you an alert if it detects a traffic incident along your drive, and as you can see clearly in the image below, the app is pulling this information via Waze.

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Tumblr Introduces New Two-Factor Authentication Option To Better Protect User Accounts

Tumblr has rolled out a new two-factor authentication option that, once enabled, decreases the likelihood of someone breaking into your Tumblr account. Rather than just a password, you will also need to type in a key generated by your Android device. We've already seen Google, Facebook, and Twitter implement this functionality, so while it's about time, it's also better late than never.

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You can enable the feature through your Tumblr settings page.

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[New App] Google Releases Official Photowall Android App For Casting Photos To Your TV

Getting photos from your phone to your Chromecast hasn't been impossible before now, or particularly difficult, but there has yet been a Google-sanctioned approach to the issue. Now there is. The company has rolled Photowall for Chromecast into the Play Store, where it's immediately available for download.

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Spotify Updated To Version 0.7.8 With Playlist Enhancements And New Long Press Functionality

Spotify users are currently receiving an update to version 0.7.8 that pretties up the app's playlist experience. Now instead of merely display song text, the software will serve up album art. Here we have a before and after image for your convenience.

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Monday App And Game Sales: TuneSync, OfficeSuite Professional 7 (Free), Vritra, And More

The weekend has ended and it's back to the daily grind, but you can at least entertain yourself in some small way with reasonably priced apps and games. We've got a line on some good deals, so read on, assuming the boss isn't looking over your shoulder.

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Google Creates Vastly Improved Cast Icon Design Guidelines

Now that the Chromecast is truly coming into its own, Google can turn its attention to the little things. Specifically, the icon. The current cast icon design works fine for some apps, but not so well for others. The new guidelines are aimed at making the status of the icon easier to discern across a range of apps designs.

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The old icon relied on a change in color to indicate connected/non-connected (see below).

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Play Store Gets "Made In Australia" Category To Show Off Locally Made Apps

There's some interesting stuff going on down under, and it doesn't have anything to do with poisonous animals (for once). Google has added a new section to the Play Store there – Made in Australia. It contains all the best in apps and games from the land of oz.

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Reddit Now Version 3 Adds A New Tabbed Interface, Posting From The App, Improved Comment Loading, And More

There are a lot of Reddit clients for Android, and surprisingly, a lot of really solid options. One of them is Reddit Now, and it's been getting steadily better ever since the initial release. Version 3 is probably the biggest update yet, with a significant improvement to the user interface. You can now move through the major subreddit categories, or your own bookmarked subreddits, by swiping through tabs a la the Play Store.

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Xposed Framework Updated To Version 2.5 With Better Sony, LG, And Meizu Compatibility, Safe Mode, And More

The Xposed Framework has become a go-to modification tool over the last year or so, bypassing the need for custom ROMs for some devices and introducing all kinds of interesting tricks and hacks for rooted users. The latest version of the framework adds some interesting features. Owners of LG, Sony, and Meizu hardware will be happy to know that version 2.5 better supports stock and custom ROMs for their phones and tablets.

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Unique Photo Sharing App Rando Removed From The Play Store After A Script Undermines The System

Alas, poor Rando, we knew it well. Actually, not that well - that was kind of the point. This photo sharing app from the developer of Whale Trail eschewed the usual reputation and tagging systems of most photo sharing services in favor of a one-at-a-time approach. But after a Russian programmer created a script to game the system and upload thousands of identical photos, thus funneling all of Rando's unique content to himself, the developers shut down the app and the service.

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