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OrangePixel Releases Roguelike Dungeon Crawler Heroes Of Loot 2

In an age when mobile games are too easy, there is still one last hope for a challenging/frustrating experience. Yes, I speak of roguelike games. Nothing increases the tension like perma-death. There's plenty of that in Heroes Of Loot 2 from OrangePixel. It also has wizards, dungeons, valkyries, and lots of monsters.

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Google Releases App For iOS That Turns Video Clips Into Motion-Stabilized GIFs, And I Want It Now

Taking photos is fun, and so is taking videos. But what about that magical area in-between the two - something that is much more than a photo, but still substantially less than a full-on HD video clip with audio? We all, of course, are aware of the existence of GIFs and their imperfections, but they occupy this niche quite nicely, in particular because they're highly portable and easy to view on any device.

Google has released a new app for iOS recognizing this, but it's gone further yet, and made GIFs even more awesome. Remember HTC's Zoe? Remember when Apple basically ripped it off with Live Photos?

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Twitter's New Android UI Launches Today For Everybody

Twitter's much-awaited redesign for Android is finally here. Or, it will be, at some point today, and for everybody - at least that's what a post on Twitter's official blog says. The newly-designed app features a brand-new hamburger menu (minus hamburger icon), tabbed layout, and a compose tweet FAB. It is also responsive, hiding the header and search button area as you scroll through your feed.

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Google Clock v4.4 Adds Inline Volume Control And Vibrating Timers, Changes Some Visuals, And Loses Some Weight [APK Download]

The Google Clock app received an update earlier today to version 4.4, bringing with it an assortment of odd little changes. There are some new features, a couple of adjustments to text and animations. However, the one thing that may deserve the most attention is a fairly significant size decrease. As always, you can grab the apk at the bottom of the post if it's not yet available to you through the Play Store.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog: (things we've found)

  • APK size shrank by nearly 1MB
  • Inline volume control
  • Vibrating timer option
  • Page icon alignment pushed to the left
  • Date formatting changed
  • Possibly a couple of animation bugs?
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PSA: Google Photos Might Dip Into Your Location History To Retroactively Tag Photos Without Other Location Info

Google really wants the snapshots you take to have as much contextual information associated with them as possible. So much, in fact, the the Google Photos app can dip into your phone's location history (not just the GPS or other location data supplied by the camera app at the time of the shot) to tag it. At least one Android Police reader noticed that some of his photos had been amended with location data, despite the fact that he says he never turned the Save Location option on in the camera app.

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Google Contacts Can Now Use Phone Numbers To Pull And Auto-Populate Business Data From Maps On The Web

How many times have you called one of your favorite businesses only to realize, the next time you wanted to reach them, you hadn't bothered to create a contact for them? Or you had, but you hadn't put their address or website in the card, because who wants to go through that pain in the butt, am I right?

Google Contacts [on the desktop] to the rescue! In a new feature announced for the desktop contacts site, any time you put a phone number in a new or existing contact card that matches a known business on Google Maps, contacts will then automatically populate the card with the rest of the business info, down to the profile picture.

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Podcast Company Stitcher Has Been Acquired For $4.5 Million

Google Play Music just added podcast support recently, but Stitcher has been successfully indexing and streaming podcasts for years. This has not gone unnoticed. Stitcher has been acquired from owner Deezer for $4.5 million. The buyer is E.W. Scripps, which probably isn't a name with which you're familiar. You may be familiar with what they do, though.

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How to Play New And Classic Console-Caliber Games On Your Big Screen HDTV [Sponsored Post]

NVIDIA has been serving up Android-based hardware for years now, but the SHIELD Android TV Box lets you play games and access the broader Android TV ecosystem from one device. And just as you would expect from NVIDIA, the SHIELD is no slouch when it comes to gaming performance and selection. What you might not know is how great the selection of games you can play on SHIELD is. Here are some of the best.

One of the titles you won’t want to miss is Portal, the instant classic in which you must deal with GLaDOS to teleport your way out of each level.

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EA Releases Mirror's Edge Catalyst Companion App

The original Mirror's Edge came out nearly a decade ago, and immediately garnered attention with its unique first-person running gameplay. This success was not followed immediately by a sequel, which seems strange for EA (since when does EA leave money on the table?). Instead, it's taken this long to get another Mirror's Edge game, and there's a companion app live in the Play Store in preparation for tomorrow's release.

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Mojang Releases Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.15 Beta, Names It The Friendly Update

Mojang has announced a new beta version, named The Friendly Update, of Minecraft Pocket Edition. Version 0.15 adds pistons, pig riding, fire charges, husk zombies, and Xbox Live achievements on Android, among a range of other additions, tweaks, and bug fixes.

WHAT'S NEW

  • Mysterious, as-yet-unspecified friendliness
  • Pistons and sticky pistons!
  • Observer blocks: new blocks that can detect changes in neighboring blocks
  • Xbox Live Achievements on iOS and Android
  • Online multiplayer with Xbox Live friends!
  • Leads, horses and dyeable horse armor!
  • Fire charges
  • Pig riding!
  • A whole new UI for the main menu, shared with the Windows 10 Edition
  • You can now tip arrows using a cauldron and potions!
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