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Opera Beta Gets A New Tab Switcher And Physical Web Support With Chromium 49 Upgrade

Opera might be getting ready to be sold out to a Consortium of Chinese companies, but that's not stopping the Norwegian team from updating the different apps and browsers under its umbrella. The most recent update touches Opera Beta, the open beta version of the full fledged browser (not Opera Mini). It upgrades the browser's codebase to Chromium 49, which as you'll recall enables Physical Web support with Bluetooth connectivity inside the browser for beacons for example.

The most significant change in the interface is a new tab switcher and selector similar to the one that's been active in Opera Mini for a while.

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VLC 2.0 Beta Adds Local Network Browsing And Lets You Use The Android TV Interface On Any Device

If you've ever tried playing an odd video format on your phone, chances are you've used one of a couple of well known video players like MX or VLC. After a slow start, the latter has been receiving rather frequent updates and improvements that keep pushing it forward. VLC also has an active beta program (of which you can be a part by joining this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store) and its latest release is version 1.9.0 which is actually a beta for version 2.0.0. Let's pretend that's not unnecessarily convoluted and move on.

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WhatsApp Starts Emphasizing End-To-End Encryption, Collapses Long Messages, And Tests Some Minor Interface Changes

You know WhatsApp's Android developers have finished hibernating when they start throwing one build after the other like a going out of business sale. In the past couple of weeks, they unleashed the new emojis on everyone then proceeded to launch an official Play Store beta program and update the latter with miscellaneous things before starting to test the new documents sharing option. In the latest incarnations of the app between 2.12.493 and 2.12.500, a few other interface changes snuck in, one of which points to an important shift in WhatsApp's way of doing things.

Emphasis on end-to-end encryption

First, if you're on version 2.12.498, you might notice a new message inside chat windows confirming that this chat is now end-to-end encrypted.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: djay 2, Today Calendar, And Many More For $1

Google is running another of its big app promotions today through March 10th, and that means you can get some great deals on popular stuff like Today Calendar and djay 2. The recent Poweramp and Nova Launcher sale is also part of this promo, but that's just the start. Note: these deals are available in a lot of countries, usually at the lowest regular price in that country's currency. There are also some unrelated sales going on, so we're lumping it all together.

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[Neat] Chrome Dev Can Show Web Content Snippets On New Tab Page After Toggling A Flag

There's a particularly neat feature lurking in the flags in the latest version of Chrome Dev. If you toggle "enable-ntp-snippets" you'll get a handy list of content from around the web on the new tab page, complete with text snippet previews.

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[Game Roundup] Our Top Seven Picks For The Best New Games Of February 2016

Considering the shortness of February and the general malaise that is the entertainment industry between January and March, it's impressive that Android received so many high-profile games during the month. And indeed we did: JRPG fans have no less than three new classics to check out, there's a new chapter of The Walking Dead for horror fans, and plenty of titles for more causal players to try. Below in no particular order, you'll find our picks for the seven best new Android games of February, plus a few honorable mentions.

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Google Play's New Rating UI Is Now Showing Up On The Web

Earlier this month, Google began testing a new look for the review interface inside the Google Play app. The designers took away a dialog box and embedded it directly in the page. In the process, they removed the space to insert a title.

Now we're seeing this new look make its way to the web version of the Play Store as well.

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[Deal Alert] Save 50% Off Any One Google Play Movie Rental Until March 17th, Plus You Can Currently Get The Movie 'Bling' For Free

Now is looking like a good time to pop a bag of popcorn and settle down in front of the Chromecast. Google is offering movie rentals for 50% off.

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Chrome Dev Has Started Opening Chrome Custom Tabs For All Apps, But Not For Everyone

Google started offering Chrome Custom Tabs in v45 as a way to open links, and some app developers have started taking advantage of the faster rendering and Chrome data integration. Now, Google appears to be taking matters into its own hands to make links load faster when you use Chrome Dev. Some users are seeing Chrome Custom Tabs loading for all apps when Chrome Dev is set as the default.

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Google+ Web Preview Shows Recent Search History, Pinned Post Indicator, And More In Latest Update

You can use Google+ on your phone, but you can also use it on the web. That's how these things work. If you're using the preview version of Google+ in your browser, a couple of additions have made their way into the experience.

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