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Google News And Weather App Highlights Local News Stories

There aren't as many local newspapers as there used to be. You may have heard about this, and you may have heard that the Internet is part of the problem. Now Google is making a small change to throw local sources of news a bone.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Updated With Two More Games, And We've Got 10 Free Codes To Give Away [Update: Winners]

As is tradition, Humble Bundle has updated its latest mobile deal with new games. There's still a week left to claim the whole bundle for as little as $7, but you might not have to drop even this small amount of coin. We've got 10 codes for the whole bundle, and we're giving them away below.

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Google, This Should Be The Gold Standard Of Changelogs—Please Do It More

There's this thing Google does with app updates. Or rather, maybe I should say doesn't do. And that's tell us what has actually changed.

You see, Google likes to roll updates out in stages. This makes sense. If there's a problem with an update, the company can halt the rollout without impacting as many people.

The thing is, Google doesn't typically update the changelog until the rollout is complete and everyone has received the latest version. This is a process that can take a couple of weeks.

Users who receive the update early on have to guess what's new, or come to us and hope that we've already done so (which we often do using the help of our readers—it's a very circular process).

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[Update: New UI] Google Opinion Rewards Is Now Available In Denmark, Norway, And Sweden

Your opinion is worth something. Not much, but something. Companies are willing to pay for consumer feedback, and in this area, Google is no exception. It is happy to reward people for answering a few mundane questions. And now that offer extends out to people in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

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Maestria, A Beautiful Puzzle Game, Is Now Free On The Play Store

I love puzzle games. The more I have to use my brain to solve a riddle, the prettier the graphics, and the simpler the story, the better. I can then lose a few minutes trying my hand at a new level or simply get completely drowned for hours on end, going through levels like my life depended on it.

Maestria tickles that side of my gaming addiction. It is exactly the kind of game I should stay away from if I want to be productive at all for the rest of the day. It is eerily similar to Monument Valley in its isometric graphics and pastel color scheme, but the puzzle mechanic is different.

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QuickReply Emulates N's Quick Reply Notifications, Available On Lollipop And Up

The quick reply notification feature in the Android N dev previews is a major new feature for Android, so it's not exactly a surprise that users on Marshmallow and Lollipop want the feature too. While hacky solutions from the Hangouts and Messenger apps aren't cutting it, there's another app that might: quickReply beta, from Jawomo, developer of the popular Floatify.

quickReply works in much the same way as other notification enhancement apps do - it taps into Android's notification access permission, then monitors incoming notifications. If a message is received, quickReply will interpret this and add its own buttons - 'Reply' and 'Direct' - into the expanded notification, alongside the original app's quick actions.

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VRidge Lets Virtual Reality Fans Play Oculus Rift And SteamVR Games Using Google Cardboard

The current boom in virtual reality tech is progressing along roughly two lines: big, complex, and expensive VR headsets driven by full-power gaming machines, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and small, cheap headsets that slot a high-resolution smartphone in to pull double duty as processing unit and display, like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. Users who don't have four figures worth of money to burn have had to make do with the latter. But a new app is hoping to change that.

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HTC Releases An App For Its 'Ice View' See-Through Case For The HTC 10

HTC really wants to make a cool transparent case for its flagship devices. It started with the One M8 and the "Dot View" case, which adapted the windowed covers first released by Samsung and LG into a grid with Lite Brite-style holes to view the screen underneath. There was a revised Dot View case for the One M9, but for the new HTC 10, we're getting a redesigned and completely transparent "Ice View" case. Like the previous iterations, HTC has released a specialized app in the Play Store to let users operate the case.

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WhatsApp Is Working On Video Calls, NFC Tags And Group Invites, Voicemail, And Zip File Sharing

WhatsApp has been steadily adding more and more features over the past year and that is not slowing down. In the last few months, we've run across dozens of tips of upcoming WhatsApp options, some that are already live, others that are starting to materialize, and several that are still tagged with a big question mark. We're compiling here a few of the latter and most interesting rumors and tips, but do take them with a grain of salt. Some of them might really happen, others could be scrapped off.

Video calling

Rumors of WhatsApp adding video call support go as far back as last December, but the news has been intensifying over the past few days with screenshots of the feature surfacing for beta iOS users.

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Google Updates Street View With Enhanced Photo Sphere Features And Support For KitKat Devices

Update Wednesday has been and gone, but we'll let it pass, as an app that doesn't get all that much attention has been updated! v2.12 of Google Street View is rolling out now, with some new Photo Sphere features and other improvements.

Photo Spheres are now automatically grouped, and connections can be created between them. Your own photo spheres can be multiple selected by long tapping, which is helpful, and the app works in landscape now. Curiously, Google has also added support for KitKat, but when you look at the latest distribution numbers and see that almost a third of Android users still use 4.4, it starts to make more sense.

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