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Friday App And Game Sales: Hitman GO, Today Calendar, Kingdom Rush Origins, And More

Are you ready for the weekend? Impossible, because you haven't splurged on discounted apps and games. Hey, what else are you going to use all that Google survey money on?

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Welcome To The Future: Inbox By Gmail Now Offers Text Formatting In Replies On The Web

Inbox by Gmail is sort of an oddball thing...it started out as a simple, "fast" alternative to traditional email. The thing with that is, while convenient at first, it was quickly noticed how much stuff is actually missing. You know, stuff that most users want to use on a daily basis.

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Over time, Google has added in several necessary features to Inbox, making it much more serviceable than it was at launch. As of yesterday, text formatting in replies on the web joins that list, so users are now able to use numbered and bulleted lists; bold, italics, and underline; and enter links.

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Chromium Team Shows Improved Input Responsiveness On Some Sites That Rely Heavily On Javascript Timers

A dedicated app typically provides a better experience than a mobile site, but there are still plenty of instances where we end up inside the Android version of Chrome. Heck, that's one of the major benefits of owning a smartphone—the entire web is accessible to you throughout most of the day.

But some websites are slow and unresponsive. In particular, Chrome's frame rate can drop when browsing sites that have Javascript timers executing at less than ideal times. The latest Chrome browser reschedules them to provide a smoother experience. You don't need a strong understanding of what's going on in the backend to appreciate the progress on display in this recently uploaded video (though you can hit up the Chromium blog for more details if you're so inclined).

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Swype Updated To v2.0 With Improved Auto-Correct, Emoji Keyboard, And A Theme Store Featuring Star Trek

If you've been using Android for long enough, you might remember the days when the only swiping keyboard in existence was Swype, and you had to sign up for a weird private beta program to use it. Well, it's been in the Play Store for a few years now, and it's getting a big v2.0 update today. It's going where no man has gone before.

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Instagram Catches Up To Cameras, Supports Portrait And Landscape Orientation For Photos And Videos In Version 7.5

Instagram has a reputation. It's true. Whether it's the users who constantly snap pictures of their food or the ubiquitous use of filters, something immediately comes to mind when someone mentions the social network. One major aspect of its identity, for better or worse, is about to disappear. Instagram will no longer exclusively support square imagery.

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Instagram is finally acknowledging that cameras don't take pictures in squares. Yes, cropping is a thing, but good cropping is also part of taking a decent shot in the first place. It can be a pain to have to crop things down again.

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Hand-Drawn Adventure Game 'Whispering Willows' Comes To Android With A 50% Off Launch Price Until September 9th

Whispering Willows is the kind of game we'd like to see more of on any platform. The art style alone shows how much care and attention the designers approached the game with. That it happens to be fun is almost a perk.

The hand-drawn experience centers on Elena, a girl who can project her spirit outside of her body. Controlling her astral projection to solve puzzles forms the crux of the gameplay.

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Framed From Noodlecake Studios Is A Gritty Comic-Style Puzzler Where You Control The Story

There was a heist (presumably) and you're on the run. Will you be caught or get away scot-free? That's entirely dependent on how you arrange events in Framed. This game looks incredibly polished and I can't say I've ever seen anything like it.

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Lara Croft GO Infiltrates The Play Store, Makes Off With Your Loot

As promised, Square Enix has released Lara Croft GO on Android today. It's a followup to the fantastic Hitman GO, but it's a distinctly Tomb Raider take on the turn-based genre. Lara Croft GO is less about precision, and more about exploration.

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Opera Beta v32 Adds Pull To Refresh, Syncs Typing History, Improves Image Resolution In Discover Section, And More

Despite its current tough situation, Opera keeps on forging forward with its software and applications, adding features and improving on existing ones. Case in point: in the Android app's beta channel's latest update, there's a slew of small new options and enhancements all across the board.

The change you may like the most is the addition of pull to refresh, which is a much easier way to reload the page than haunting for a small refresh button to tap. While your page loads, you may also notice that the progress bar blue line animation has been improved with a pulsing rhythm.

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Ember's Journey Is A Platformer With The Lights Shut Off (And 50% Off Launch Sale)

In most games you can see where you're going, but you can't in Ember's Journey. If that sounds like a problem, don't fret. It's actually part of the game. You must navigate the levels using only the light produced by your small, light box avatar. Hiding in the dark you'll find puzzles and many, many ways to die.

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