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Steam multiplayer favorite Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes comes to Daydream VR

Remember that scene from every action movie ever, where the headstrong but academically challenged hero has to be walked through an on-the-job lesson in bomb defusal by the specialist on the other end of the radio/phone/hyperspace ansible connection? Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is basically that experience, set up for two players (the on-the-job hero and remote specialist), and designed to create the maximum amount of tension possible. It debuted on Steam last year, but now it's available on the Play Store for early Daydream VR users.

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Twitter gets a dedicated Android TV app for streaming football (and maybe some other videos too)

As nice as it is to get a new Android TV app from a large web property (and also rare, natch), one might reasonably wonder what Twitter is doing on a platform almost exclusively dedicated to streaming video. The answer is, of course, streaming video: Twitter has a lucrative deal with the NFL to stream some but not all of this season's Thursday Night Football games for free on the service. This app would have been a lot more useful before we got 10 weeks into a 17-week season, but hey, gift horses and whatnot.

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Allo 3.0 introduces chat themes, suggested stickers and emoji, and Fantastic Beasts stickers

To say Allo had an underwhelming release would be an understatement. The Allo 2.0 update helped matters slightly, and today Google announced three new features - chat themes, Smart Smiley, and stickers from the upcoming "Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them" film.

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Todoist enlists artificial intelligence to help you schedule tasks

Most of my Todoist tasks are pharmacy orders that don't have a due date but that I attend to whenever suppliers call or drop by. However, I also use the service to stay on top of urgent orders and patient questions that I need to address as well as to manage my personal to-dos. The latter are the tasks that end up getting rescheduled day after day until I'm either bored and I remove the due date or I'm so sick of seeing them pop up that I decide to get them done.

It seems that I'm not alone. Todoist says that a "significant portion of users end up rescheduling 50, 60, 70 tasks day after day," and these were the inspiration for the new Smart Schedule feature.

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Fitbit's new Dashboard is available for preview in the latest app update

Fitbit's new dashboard design has been live on iOS for months now but our beloved Android platform was left in the cold waiting... and waiting... and waiting... and waiting for the update to come. Well, the wait is over — almost. The Fitbit app has been updated on the Play Store and it includes a preview of the new Dashboard design. You will see a pink banner on top of the home screen offering you the option to try the new Dashboard. Once you tap it, you get a tutorial of all that will be changed with the new design.

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Franco.Kernel Updater v2.1 is rolling out with night mode, app shortcuts, quick settings tiles, and more

Android users who demand maximum control over their devices are most likely running franco.Kernel. The franco.Kernel Updater app lets you put all that power to use, and the latest update adds a ton of new features for devices running this kernel. There are display profiles, a "night shift" mode, and a few goodies for anyone running Nougat.

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Firefox 50 now available for Android

Firefox is one of many third-party web browsers available on Android, and today the desktop and mobile browsers have been bumped to version 50.0. The changelog for the Android version is much smaller than for the desktop, but there are some notable improvements.

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Android Auto integration with Facebook Messenger now available

Texting while driving can be extremely dangerous, but replying to messages with your voice is probably the safest way to do it. I've used Google Now (well, it's not called Now anymore) on my Nexus 5X countless times to send SMS and Hangouts messages while driving. Facebook today announced that the Facebook Messenger application for Android has added support for Android Auto.

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Google announces PhotoScan app to digitize your old photos and improved editing tools in Google Photos

Google is big into machine learning, and one of the product areas that's benefiting from that is photography. You may recall Google said it would use math to fix lens flare on the Pixel, and now it's rolling out a photo scanning app that seems to do something similar. The new PhotoScan app will let you turn your old printed photos into digital ones with the power of computational photography. Plus, the editing tools in Photos are getting better. It's weird that PhotoScan isn't just part of Photos, but Google loves multiple apps.

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New eBay app update introduces categories to make finding products easier

The eBay app has improved greatly over the last few years, going from a jumbled, kind-of-holo mess to the much a better, usable app it is now. Today, eBay is announcing a new update that makes it easier to find what you are looking for by introducing new, improved categories.

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Categories are basically what they say on the tin: a lot of items separated into 32 categories that then go down into second-level categories - for example, in 'Video Games & Consoles,' there are categories such as 'Manuals, Inserts & Box Art,' 'Strategy Guides & Cheats,' and 'Coin-Operated Gaming.' Inside the categories are products you would expect to find in them - I looked for some motorsport items, and pretty quickly found what I was looking for.

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