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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.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from last week can be found here.

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12
Aug
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What do you want after a long Monday at work? Peace and quiet? Nah, apps probably. To that end, we've got some sales to make you aware of. Proceed with wallet in hand.

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12
Aug
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SwiftKey introduced Cloud Beta – a new feature that stores users' data in the cloud and syncs it across devices – a little more than two weeks ago, and so far the company has already pushed one update with a slew of bug fixes. Today marks Cloud Beta's second update in as many weeks, which brings several fixes and enhancements:

Full changelog and known issues for 4.2.0.115

Changes:

  • Now possible to personalize from a second Gmail account before personalizing from an earlier one has finished
  • Fix for crash when starting Gmail personalization
  • Increased responsiveness of Flow predictions (this should reduce the likelihood of the flowed word prediction changing right at the last second)
  • Handcent and Hangout Emoji entry fixed
  • Language models no longer backed up via Android back up if you have SwiftKey Cloud backup and sync enabled (this should save on network and battery usage)
  • Further fixes for crashes in the Cloud preferences
  • Disabled predictions in Pleco where requested
  • Removed SwiftKey account details from the Android Settings, as these were confusing when you had multiple installs side-by-side

Of course, it doesn't fix everything, so there are still a handful of issues that the SK team is currently working on:

Known issues:

  • If you re-add a word that you previously removed from predictions, it will not always get re-added across all your synced devices
  • The showerhead Emoji in GoSMS messes up input
  • Spanish inverted ?

10
Aug
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It's Saturday night and you've got a hot date... with apps. Oh, don't look so disappointed. Saving money on cool apps and games is almost as good as human companionship, right? Right?!

weekend

09
Aug
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Last Updated: August 11th, 2013

How much would you pay for an Android security suite that may occasionally be of use? Maybe $1.99? $4.99? How about $149.00? No? Well, that's what Kaspersky Lab is currently asking for its Mobile Security app in Google Play. Got a lot of cash to burn and very little common sense? Kaspersky Tablet Security is only $199.00. What?

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See, the apps for phones and tablets used to cost $4.95 and $9.95, respectively.

09
Aug
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What do you do when you arrive in a new city and want to know what to do? I'm sure there are plenty of possible answers, but the correct one is to fire up Yelp. In the US, it's just hard to find a competing platform that offers the sheer depth and functionality that the service offers. Yelp displays discounts, allows user to make reservations, has Open Table integration, and - my personal favorite - gives quick access to addresses.

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Aug
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Last Updated: August 10th, 2013

When Google updated Maps earlier this summer, Latitude was no where to be found. It turned out that the days of Google's location tracking and sharing service were over. We suspect that Latitude is another victim of Google+, which introduced the ability to check into locations and share current locations in new posts not long before Google announced that it was retiring Latitude. Today is the last day to export your data from the service, so hop on it if you want to maintain access to this data.

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Aug
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The NFL pre-season started this week. That doesn't have anything to do with the PGA, but I thought it might liven up this story about a golf app.

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PGA Championship is the official Android app for the eponymous sporting event. It's sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, and by "sponsored," I mean that there appears to be a photo of a car that I can't afford on a lot of the app screens.

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Aug
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Since its inception, things have been tough for Google Wallet. Adoption hasn't been great, many carriers have blocked its use, and the rollout of new features hasn't gone as smoothly as one would hope. In short, it's been a long, hard road for such an initially promising product.

While we've already seen Google cut support for the prepaid Wallet card, the company has now decided to ax NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards as of August 21st.

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Aug
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Google just released textbooks to the Google Play Store yesterday, and oddly enough, there's a synergistic update to the Google Play Books client available now. This version unsurprisingly expands the notation capabilities, as well as adding some education-friendly capabilities like book rentals and contextual copying.

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Users can now highlight text and annotate pages that have been scanned in (as opposed to the simple, malleable text and digitally published pages that make up most ebooks).

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