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Link Bubble Is Now Officially Brave Browser, Ad-Blocking And Tracking Protection Are Live

We learned a few weeks ago who bought Link Bubble from Chris Lacy and what they intended to do with it, and now they're actually doing it. Brave Software has transformed Link Bubble into Brave, an ad-blocking browser with all the floating features of the original Link Bubble. This is only the first step, though.

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Riot Games Releases League Friends, An Official Messaging App For The Mega-Popular League Of Legends PC Game

If you don't know what League of Legends is, then you don't spend enough time on Twitch (which is to say that you spend an entirely appropriate amount of time on Twitch). It's one of the biggest games in the ballooning "MOBA" genre, a combination of multiplayer team-based combat and top-down RPG sensibilities that's thrived on a PC-exclusive, free-to-play model. Thanks to League of Legends' highly competitive and social setup, it's become one of the spectacle events around the new boom in professional-level video game competition.

That being the case, it's easy to see why some of the most obsessive players might want to keep track of their league and other game friends for every second of the day.

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Pocket Is Preparing To Roll Sponsored Content Out To Non-Premium Users

Ever since Pocket replaced ye olde Read it Later app, it has offered a great experience for saving and reading articles. It's been free and without ads this whole time, but that's about to change. The pocket blog reports that sponsored content (i.e. ads) will start appearing in reading lists soon.

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Spotify Is Moving Its Infrastructure To Google's Cloud Services

Spotify is moving, sort of. Until now, the company has maintained its own data servers, leasing space near listeners so that it can stream music as quickly as desired. Now the company is saying goodbye to that approach and saying hello to the Google Cloud Platform.

Spotify views this as an opportunity to cut costs and save effort. Google's data platform lets the music streaming company focus on what it likes doing and leaving the boring system administration to someone else's engineers.

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Google And Lenovo Take Over Barcelona Museum To Demo Project Tango

Google has been fiddling around with Project Tango for a few years, but there have yet to be any consumer devices. That's expected to change this summer when Lenovo releases a Tango phone, which it previously announced at CES. Now, Google and Lenovo have set up shop in a Barcelona museum to show what Tango can do for you.

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Microsoft Hub Keyboard Comes To Android With All Things Microsoft In Tow

The keyboards we have on Android are already pretty good at what they do. That's not to say they're perfect, but any new entrant into this market needs to have a good angle. Microsoft's new Android keyboard is here, and it's called Hub. What does Hub do? It's a "hub" (get it?) for all your Office 365 content in keyboard form.

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VHS Camcorder App Enters The Play Store So You Can Record Crappy Video Like It's The 80s

I grew up in the 90s. We recorded home videos using a camcorder, and even looking at the footage on our fat, pre-HD TV, the picture quality left much to be desired.

But now that we have crisp 1080p recordings on flatscreen TVs, iOS users have flocked to the VHS Camcorder app as a way to recreate static-y, warped-looking footage from two or three decades ago.

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Telegram Now Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users And Delivers 15 Billion Daily Messages

Many of those who use Telegram swear by it. Not just because the messenger app is great, but because the developer keeps adding cool and innovative features, expanding to other platforms, and generally outclassing the competition in several areas. But what Telegram lacked so far are active users. It doesn't matter how awesome your messaging client is if no one you know is using it.

But Telegram is catching up to the competition (all of which shall not be named in this article, we're going to honor Telegram here). Some of you will say it had to do with that other service being sold to that third service, or to some service suffering from an outage, or to any number of reasons, but the truth is that Telegram is growing and the reason doesn't matter as long as the result is that more people are using it.

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Microsoft Garage Releases Sprightly And Kaizala To The Play Store, Catering To Small Business Owners And Teams

Are Microsoft Garage's resources infinite? I sure think so. The program keeps fostering and releasing new Android apps on the Play Store faster than Kairosoft can pump out simulation games. Sometimes, they're quirky apps that just want to make your mornings worse and other times they're interesting apps that grow to become useful projects like Next Lockscreen and Arrow Launcher. Today's new releases could be either: they're limited in scope but have what is needed to be very useful in their niche.

Sprightly caters to a limited audience of business owners who work on a small scale and want to manage their media communications themselves.

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WhatsApp Opens An Official Play Store Beta Program

For more than a couple of years, WhatsApp has offered releases of its app on its own website at whatsapp.com/android. Often times, those were small incremental changes over the public version available on the Play Store, but sometimes they had awesome features that were being seeded out as a test, on a limited scale, to those who were willing to live on the bleeding edge. That's how we always got our first hands on whatever new thing WhatsApp was cooking behind the scenes, like voice calling, Material Design, new emojis, Google Drive backup, and more.

However, in order to stay up to date with these releases, you either had to go check the site for anything new or keep an eye on WhatsApp's releases on APK Mirror to get the latest and greatest.

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