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Google+ Drops Questionable Real Name Requirement, YouTube Trolls Everywhere Cheer

Since the beginning of Google+ itself, the service has required as part of its registration process that users fill out their real names in order to create a profile. Since the beginning of Google+ itself, people have found various ways to skirt this requirement, Google has added support for 'established' pseudonyms, and dropped the real name requirement for Google+ pages.

A lot of this, it seemed, was an effort to reign in the anonymous hate speech and trolling rampant on things like, I don't know, YouTube.

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New Game: Cardcast Uses Chromecast To Put Multiplayer Cards Against Humanity-Style Gaming On Your TV

While we can't exactly call it Cards Against Humanity (they're a bit picky about that), there's a new game out for Android that works with your Chromecast to let you play basically-Cards-Against-Humanity with your friends, and it's called Cardcast. Cardcast allows you to create decks, download decks (including most of the official CAH decks), and all you need to play it are some friends, a Chromecast, and an Android device for each player.

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Google Play Music Goes Live In Colombia, Ukraine, Chile, Costa Rica, And Other Countries [Updated]

Update: In addition to Colombia, we've confirmed that Play Music has rolled out to a number of other places as well. Here is the final list:

  1. Bolivia
  2. Chile
  3. Colombia
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Peru
  6. Ukraine

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Unified Remote Updated To v3.0 With A Huge UI Revamp, Widget Editor, And More

Human society didn't really enter the modern era until we invented the remote control, because let's face it, no one wants to get up. The freedom to loaf around is an important part of life, and Universal Remote brings that to your PC. With today's update, it's much more attractive and useful. Unlike you... because of all that loafing around.

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[New App] Wear-a-tron Lets You Unlock A Lockitron Door With Your Android Wear Watch

Lockitron is a crowd-funded "smart" door lock that aims to let you control your home or office door lock with your smartphone. And now that Android Wear is available, some developers won't rest until every facet of their phone is tied into their watch. Thus, Wear-a-tron, which allows users to activate the unlocking function of the official Lockitron app via a Wear extension. It's available for free on the Play Store.

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There Is Now A Matrix "Falling Code" Watch Face For Android Wear (It Was Inevitable And You Know It)

The world was a whole lot simpler back in 1999 – the economy was doing fine, MTV played music, and the Matrix was much less ridiculous without all that weird pseudo-philosophy from the sequels. There's a new watch face that can take you back to those relaxing days each time you look at your Android Wear watch. Yes, a Matrix watch face.

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Minuum Demos An Android Wear Keyboard That Might Not Suck

Perhaps you've tried the Minuum keyboard on your phone or tablet. It's designed to take up as little space as possible on the screen with just a single line of keys, which is great for smaller screens. How small, though? The developers think smart watch size sounds good, so they are working on Minuum for Android Wear. There's a beta you can try to get into as well.

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[New App] Starwatch Brings Star Trek's Iconic LCARS Interface To The Android Wear Watch Face

Captain's log, stardate 45638.2. A scan of a long-lost pleasure cruise that exited Earth in the late twenty-first century has yielded some fascinating archaeological findings. In addition to a pair of primitive foot coverings that Commander Data identified as "Converse All-Stars," a complete and mint-condition collection of the classic mythological saga known as Animorphs, and a small, vibrating "Furby" that Mister Worf immediately eviscerated, we have discovered a piece of anachronistic human technology.

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A Fresh, Redesigned Version Of ESPN's Fantasy Football App Hops Off The Bench And Onto The Field

ESPN's Fantasy Football app isn't new to these parts. It's been up and down the gridiron more than once over the years, and it has no problem handling pigskin. But it did need to sit out a few games while its developers cracked out a much needed redesign. The latest app, which has been knocked from version 3.x back down to 1.0, looks like something better fit to play in the KitKat era.

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Commandr 2.0 Update Does Away With 'Note To Self' Command, Makes Google Voice Search Work The Way You Would Expect

Commandr expands on Google Now by giving its users the ability to toggle hardware switches and control music with simple voice commands. There isn't a standardized way for third-party developers to do such a thing, but that hasn't stopped this developer from coming up with a product worth watching. The original release was more cool than practical, but version 2.0 goes a long way towards correcting this.

Previously Commandr required users to say "Note to self" before every action, resulting in the very awkward, "OK Google, Note to self, turn off wifi." Now the middle bit is no longer required.

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