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Chrome 58 Dev adds ability to open Custom Tab links in new Chrome tabs

Chrome 57, which is currently in Beta, brings all the normal tab controls to Chrome Custom Tabs. Chrome 58 is taking that a step further with the ability to open Custom Tab links in a new Chrome tab - a notable improvement over how Custom Tabs currently handle links.

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Peel Mi Remote brings TV guide capabilities to the Mi Remote controller app

Some Xiaomi phones come with an InfraRed blaster that you can use to control appliances around your house like the TV, air conditioner, DVD player, and more. Those phones have Mi Remote controller for TV/AC installed, an app that's similar to AnyMote and LG's QuickRemote. But beside being a regular remote controller, Mi Remote is also supposed to act as a TV guide and now that functionality is available through this new Peel plugin.

Just released on the Play Store, Peel Mi Remote acts as an extension to the main Mi Remote controller app. For those not familiar with the name, Peel makes a standalone TV guide app for 110+ countries and partners with many companies like Samsung (for the Galaxy Tab) and Pronto to add TV guide and remote capabilities to their devices.

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WhatsApp's sweet old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta

Last month, WhatsApp turned its app into a Snapchat clone by overhauling the entire concept of statuses. Forget short text and emoji blurbs, now you were supposed to share photos and images with others and follow minute-by-minute to see who snooped on your image and, more importantly, who didn't. Because they want to make a point and prove they don't care enough about you.

While the Status tab is still there and unremovable (ugh), the regular old text-based statuses are back in the latest beta for those of us who aren't hip or interesting or vain enough to share a new image every day. Just like before, you can find your own status and edit it under your profile settings at the bottom in the About and phone number section.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition adds new Strangers skins, villager trading, and a bunch of tweaks and bug fixes in 1.0.4

Mojang's Sisyphean quest to port all the features of the desktop version of Minecraft to the Pocket Edition continues. The latest update, 1.0.4, brings in NPC villager trading stalls and a new set of skins for the Biome Settlers. A bunch of other fixes and tweaks have been added in to smooth out gameplay and generally tidy up. The 1.0.4 update is now live on the Play Store, though it might take a day or two to roll out to your specific phone or tablet.

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YouTube Kids v2.14 prepares for a remote access app for parents and gaming-themed content [APK Teardown]

YouTube Kids has an update rolling out and parents are probably curious what this one holds. As it turns out, things look pretty much identical in the app, so there probably aren't any notable changes going live with this one. However, a teardown did turn up a couple of things parents might want to keep an eye out for in the future. There's a new app coming soon that will enable remote access to manage parental controls. Additionally, a new page may be coming for gaming-themed videos.

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Crime awareness app Vigilante is now Citizen, launching on Android

Crime is no laughing matter. Odds are, we have, or know someone who has, been affected by crime to some degree. Being able to avoid trouble is not always easy, but that's where Citizen, formerly known as Vigilante, comes in. The app is relaunching with its new name and it's on Android.

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Plex for Android 5.6 adds app shortcuts, media flags for locally synced content, plenty of bug fixes, and more

Plex is pretty awesome, especially when new features like Plex Cloud get added, and the company does a good job at keeping its apps updated and in good repair. The bump to v5.6 brings a few new things and a ton of bug fixes. This is quite the changelog, so without further ado, here it is.

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Post apocalyptic physics platformer 'Mushroom 11' sprouts on Android today

Have you ever wanted to shape an amorphous blob of goo with your finger as a way of traversing an eerily beautiful post-apocalyptic world? Well, today is your lucky day, weirdo. Developer Untame has released their popular physics platformer Mushroom 11 on Android. This game is new to the Play Store, so reviews are few and far between. If Steam reviews are anything to go on, we're in for a treat.

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Newest Greenify update adds app shortcuts and more

Greenify has been around for some time and long-time Android power users should be familiar with it. The app serves to improve battery life and system performance by hibernating apps that are misbehaving. This can save on data, resources, and power usage. Since Doze came to Android, I have found less use for Greenify on my devices, but it still has a loyal following.

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[Deal Alert] Check out these six free apps before they expire, plus the 10-cent apps of the week

Here we are with another round of free and 0.10 apps which we have collected over the last few days. Some of these freebies expire soon, so I'll get to those first. And since this seems to be a common question, remember that these free apps will remain in your Play Store account even after the promo period ends. All right, let's get going.

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