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Google I/O 2015 Live Blog

The Google I/O 2015 live coverage begins at 9am Pacific.

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Square Enix Brings Its Latest Original RPG, Chaos Rings III, To The Play Store For $20

Chaos Rings is Square Enix's only RPG series that started on mobile, namely on iOS and then ported to Android. The series is actually developed by Media Vision and only published by Square, but it's hard not to see the latter's influence on thirty years of Japanese RPGs in the games. The latest release is Chaos Rings III (actually the fourth game to hit Android), now available in the Play Store for a hefty $19.99, thankfully without in-app purchases.

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Runtastic Leg Workout Trainer Is Here To Help You Get Those Toned Calves And Quads

Runtastic knows that you'll be sitting on your ass for hours during Google I/O, watching the conference and gorging on all the news, so it decided to release a new app to... taunt you? Or motivate you to get back in shape once I/O is over? Whatever the purpose, Leg Workout Trainer is now available on the Play Store.

Leg Workout Trainer joins the previously released Butt Trainer in bringing a series of muscle-focused (or group of muscles-focused) exercises to your phone in video form, with step-by-step instructions and photos.

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The NOW Watch Face For Android Wear Is A Modern Take On Analog Watches

A lot of round watch faces try to look exactly like traditional analog watches. Sometimes that's what you want, but the NOW watch face from Tha Phlash is a fun alternative. It displays the time in a small window at the top with past, present, and future helpfully marked in case you ever forget which way time moves.

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SwiftKey Updated To v5.3 With A New Default Theme, Redesigned SwiftKey Hub, And More

After going to a freemium model almost a year ago, SwiftKey has been layering on new features like there's no tomorrow. In today's update (previously in beta, so it might sound familiar to some of you) there's a new theme, refinements of various features, and even some new languages. This version is already rolling out, but if you don't see it yet, we've got the APK below.

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AT&T Will Sell The LG G4 Online Starting May 29th, In Stores June 5th: $200 On-Contract, $630 Outright

AT&T is usually first to the party with new phone releases, or at least with their announcements for availability. Not so with the LG G4 - though the phone's launch on various carriers is only separated by a week or so, Ma Bell decided to wait until just a day before to let us know. In any case, you'll be able to buy LG's latest flagship on AT&T starting tomorrow on its website (at 12:01 AM Eastern, according to the blog post) and on Friday, June 5th in stores.

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Android 5.1 Rolling Out Now In The U.S. To The 2014 Moto X Pure Edition

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OnePlus Is Super-Upset That Verizon Hijacked #NeverSettle, Wants You To Complain Loudly On Twitter For Some Reason

Hashtags are a really big deal, guys. You can't just lovingly craft a hashtag by combining two existing words, then let some other company take those words and start using them more effectively than you. Aw, hell no. OnePlus doesn't like that Verizon has been using the #NeverSettle slogan, and has called upon the demon hoards of the internet to tweet snarky things at Big Red so they can take it back. Brilliant!

2015-05-28 09_30_31-Take Back #NeverSettle - OnePlus.net

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First-Person Puzzle Game The Talos Principle Comes To The SHIELD Tablet, SHIELD TV, And Nexus 9

This one's been waiting in the wings for quite a while. NVIDIA teased The Talos Principle, a puzzle game played out primarily in full first-person 3D, way back at the reveal of the SHIELD Tablet in July of 2014. After nearly a year of waiting (and the game's full release on the PC), it's now available exclusively for newer high-end Tegra-powered devices. According to the game's Play Store description, it's intended for the SHIELD Tablet, the Nexus 9 (equipped with a Tegra K1), and the upcoming SHIELD Android TV set-top box only. It uses either touchscreen controls or external controllers.

The Talos Principle is an introspective and somewhat philosophical puzzler created by Croteam, of all people - that's the developer of the over-the-top Serious Sam shooters.

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[Happy Feet] These Smart Shoes From Lenovo Will Tell The World How You Feel If Your Face Isn't Enough

If today has taught us anything, it's that Lenovo doesn't like keeping its feet on the ground. The company's crazy concepts and ideas department, which is obviously not getting along on a shoestring, hasn't been dragging its feet in the last year. It has just unveiled a new Smart Cast phone concept, a Magic View smartwatch prototype, and now it's time for the other shoe to drop — literally.

See, usually humans use their face to convey their mood and expressions to the world, but if most people are goody two-shoes who walk with their head tilted down to avoid looking at others in the eyes, you have to find another way to get their attention.

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