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Flipboard Updated To v3 With 30,000 New Topics To Follow, New Design, And More

There sure have been a lot of material updates lately, but this is not one of them. The new version of Flipboard is nothing to sneeze at, though. It brings a ton of new topics to follow, an updated look, and different ways to find interesting stories. There's even some special stuff to make the phone experience better.

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Square Enix Releases Secret Of Mana For $9, Sets A New Standard For Awful Game Icons [Updated]

Update #2: Before continuing, recognize that this post was written with my tongue firmly in cheek. I intended for it to be humorous, but clearly I didn't articulate myself as well as I should have.

So let me clear things up. This is a mobile port of a classic, and it is absolutely worth your money. If you played the original and have longed to play it again, download this. If you love Square Enix ports, download this.

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Microsoft Health Hits The Play Store, And There's A New $199.99 Fitness Band To Go With It

The tech giants are all pushing out fitness platforms of their own these days. Apple has HealthKit, Google recently flipped the on switch for Fit, and now Microsoft is bringing us Health.

Microsoft Health can track your steps, heart rate, calories burned, and sleep quality. If this sounds similar to Fitbit, there's a reason for this. The folks at Redmond are introducing an activity tracker of their own called the Microsoft Band.

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This plastic bracelet has an LCD screen and does the things you've come to expect, such as displaying email, text messages, and incoming calls.

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Google Play Books Updated With Material Design And New Skimming Interface [APK Download]

Google has pushed out a new version of Play Books with material design, but it's not just a different look. Version 3.2 might change the way you read books on your device. It certainly looks nicer, but you can also easily skim through a book with a flick.

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Any.do Hits Version 2.0, Now Offers Premium Accounts For $5 A Month Or $45 A Year

It's challenging to differentiate yourself in a field crowded by the likes of Evernote, Todoist, and Wunderlist. All of these services can manage your lists just fine, and they can each sync across whichever devices you want them to. So what does Any.do have up its sleeve for its big 2.0 release?

This time, it's all about collaboration, as the team has expanded on how Any.do users share tasks. They want the service to be the tool you and your significant other turn towards to manage your shopping lists and other tasks that require you to be on the same page.

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Play Movies & TV Becomes Latest Google App To Reach The 500 Million Downloads Milestone

Google's apps, alongside Facebook's, remain the only Android apps to reach over 500 million users. Some of the tech giant's offerings, such as Gmail and YouTube, have even managed more than a billion downloads.

Now Play Movies & TV has become the company's latest app to join the former category. On Google Play, it resides in the 500,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 range.

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This is a significant achievement for Play Movies, a brand that has only really been around since the Android Market turned into the Play Store not much more than a couple of years ago.

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Runtastic Gets Updated With Fit Integration, Will Synchronize Your Activity's Stats With Google's Platform

My love for Runtastic grows by the day. Not only is the service very useful to track my runs and hikes, but its Android app is almost always on the forefront of the latest Google and Android features and guidelines. Case in point: it was one of the first fitness apps to add support for Android Wear and it just got updated with Google Fit integration.

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The first time you launch the app you'll be asked to give it access to your Google account (or you can find the option under Settings, Partner Accounts) so it can view and store activity information, location data, and body sensor data (presumably heart rate stats).

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Google+ Gets A Minor Update To v4.7 With Bug Fixes And Some UI Changes [APK Download]

Let's close out update Wednesday with Google+. It's not a very important update, with only a few small fixes and changes in the interface. But hey, an update is an update. The APK is available below.

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Google Drive Updated To v2.1 With Improved Search, Enhanced PDF Reader, And Custom Sharing Messages [APK Download]

Did you think update Wednesday was over? Not yet, my friend. Google also pushed out a new version of Drive, and it's a solid update. The bump to v2.1 brings some changes to searching, sharing, and the way PDFs are handled. As usual, there's an APK below for you.

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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides All Updated With 'Incoming' In Sidebar, New Hamburger Menu Icon, And More [APK Download]

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have all received some love today, though the visual changes here are minor. For the most part, these apps were already all material-ed up, and while this update does dot some i's and cross some t's, it doesn't quite leave us satisfied. Fortunately that's not all there is to see here.

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Let's get the biggest visual tweak out of the way first. Yes, Google has changed the hamburger menu icon in the action bar.

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