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Google's 20 Reorganized Play Store Game Categories Now Live, Including Game-Related Widgets And LWPs

At the end of last year, Google promised a big Play Store reorganization during which the 8 existing game categories would be cleaned up and expanded to 18. Two of the categories (Widgets and Live Wallpapers) weren't even games at all - they somehow ended up there and bothered everyone who noticed ever since.

This morning, after a month of delays, the company announced that the expansion would start soon.

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WhatsApp CEO Issues Strong Statement Promising Facebook Deal Won't Compromise Respect For Privacy

Last month Facebook bought WhatsApp for way too much money, making the app's developers very wealthy individuals. This deal, theoretically, gives Facebook access to the data provided by the app's nearly half a billion users. The companies behind the social network and the instant messenger have both promised that WhatsApp will continue to operate autonomously, but this hasn't completely alleviated privacy concerns. Thus WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has shared a blog post aimed at "setting the record straight."

In it he states:

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don’t have to give us your name and we don’t ask for your email address.

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[GDC 2014] Pebble Announces Three New Games Now Available In The Appstore - Mr. Runner, Icon Pop Quiz, And Hatchi

That new smartwatch may not be the first platform that comes to mind when the urge comes to kill time gaming, but Pebble wants to change that. Today at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, the company announced three games that it's immediately making available for its smartwatch. The three titles - Mr. Runner, Icon Pop Quiz, and Hatchi - all come from different developers, and as you can see below, they're now just a tap away in the Pebble appstore.

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Latest Duolingo Android App Update Introduces 'Lingots' Virtual Currency And A Shop To Spend It In

People who have used Duolingo on the web or on iOS may have grown accustomed to a virtual shop where they're encouraged to spend hard-earned points on cool stuff. Now that engaging feature has come to Android. Whenever you complete an achievement going forward, Duolingo will reward you with Lingots that you can spend on all sorts of items ranging from power-ups to bonus language skills.

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Duolingo already turns language-learning into a game by breaking down lessons into achievements and giving players a limited number of hearts.

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AllCast Gets New Now Playing Screen, Cover Art For Music And Videos, Lock Screen Controls, And More

The AllCast updates just keep coming. Each introduces new functionality, but the latest release packs together more new features than most. By combining aesthetic changes with usability improvements, users of this media Chromecasting app are in for quite the treat.

In the left screenshot below, we see a new "now playing" screen. For the initiated, this is the screen that displays while content is streaming to your TV screen. To the right, we see lock screen controls.

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Podcast Manager Pocket Casts Hits v4.5 With Chromecast Support, Better Playlists, And More

There are plenty of podcast apps on Android, but few are as pretty as Pocket Casts, and it's even better with the most recent update to v4.5. In addition to some UI tweaks, this version adds Chromecast support to the app. That's not even all – Pocket Casts has plenty more goodies in store.

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[GDC 2014] Google Announces New Game Developer Tools And Game Gifting (But Not The Kind You Were Hoping For)

There are definitely a few features lacking in the way paid content is handled in Google Play – gift codes and free-to-paid app transition, for starters. According Google's GDC announcement, the company isn't addressing those issues in particular, but some other features are coming to Google Play in the form of some new developer options and support for in-game gifts.

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[New App] Cast Store Helps You Find Apps And Games That Support Chromecasting

Google is really dropping the ball with regard to surfacing Chromecast enabled apps in the Play Store. Sure, there's that Chromecast app page, but that's just a tiny fraction of all the apps and games with support for Chromecast now that third-parties have been turned loose. Enter Cast Store, which aggregates a bunch of apps with Chromecast support.

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Kindle App Updated To v4.4 With Faster Cover Loading, Auto-Brightness Control, And More

The Kindle app has gone through a number of redesigns, but its finally settling into a nice Android vibe. The newest update doesn't radically change anything, but it does add some useful features and squash a few bugs that have probably been annoying you.

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[New Game] Kickstarter-Funded Broken Sword: Serpent's Curse Hits The Play Store

There's a mystery afoot and only your most skillful tapping and dragging can solve it in Broken Sword: Serpent's Curse. This is the fifth title in the Broken Sword franchise, and it returns to the series' 2D roots with clean pre-rendered graphics. This game tore it up on Kickstarter back in 2012, eventually raising $771,000. If you didn't back the project, you can now get your hands on the Android version for $6.99.

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