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Google Is Changing The Way It Shows URLs In Mobile Search Results To Include Site Names, Breadcrumbs Instead

When Google searching on a small screen, the part of the result that shows you a page URL isn't always very helpful. Anything but the top-level domain will probably be truncated. Especially within familiar sites, the mixture of page title and shortened URL may leave you unclear what part of the website you will navigate to once you click. Google is making a subtle change to clear things up. Let's jump straight to the example images:

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Left: old way, right: new way

If you're not seeing it, look at the green text below the large blue text.

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[Deal Alert] Highly Rated Omaker 15600mAh Dual 2.1A External Battery Pack $22.99 After $7 Coupon On Amazon

If you need a big external battery for traveling, camping, or to have around in case of an emergency, then listen up. Amazon has the Omaker 15600mAh Portable Charger Power Bank (and that's the abbreviated version of the product name, whew) with dual 2.1A output USB ports on sale today for $22.99 after applying a coupon code. That's a whole lot of mAh's for not a lot of money.

As far as power banks go, the Omaker is a pretty handsome device.

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Implosion Is A Polished Hack-And-Slash Title That You Only Have To Pay For Once

The venerable hack-and-slash is a game genre that transfers well to mobile devices, and there are plenty of examples on Android. However, many of them are loaded down with in-app purchases. I'm looking at you, Dungeon Hunter 5. Implosion, from the developer of the popular music rhythm game Cytus, is a cool-looking hack-and-slash that only charges you once. It's expensive, but you can try before you buy.

Implosion is set in a post-apocalyptic future as a mysterious enemy called XADA has launched an attack on humanity, hoping to drive us to extinction.

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[Update: Price Raised To $8] WWE 2K Crams A Console-Style Wrestling Game Onto Your Phone For $1 With No In-App Purchases

If you're tired of pretending that The Rock is a literal golem or playing the trading card version of wrestling, then the WWE is ready to deliver a (slightly) less fictional experience to hungry gamers.

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Google Play Services Causing Severe Wakelock Issues On Cyanogen OS 12 And CM12, Patch Coming Next Week

A number of users, like our own fearless leader Artem, have noticed battery life on the newly released Cyanogen OS 12 isn't as good as it ought to be. In some instances, the device never goes into deep sleep because of what appears to be a Google Play Services wakelock. It turns out this is caused by a quirk of the stock Android update service that wasn't accounted for in some Lollipop ROMs.

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Google Announces 'Works With Cardboard' Program With Design Guidelines, New Partnerships, And More

With Cardboard, it seems that Google is in the middle of an effort to push VR along as quickly as possible by inviting everyone to participate.

Since launching the viewer with an open-sourced design, Google has gone on to promote Cardboard-compatible apps, provide viewer specifications, and publish SDKs, encouraging more developers and would-be Cardboard manufacturers to join the party. Ostensibly the philosophy is that VR will reach its potential faster if everyone works together.

Today, Google has announced a new "Works with Cardboard" program to equip developers and manufacturers with even more tools.

For manufacturers, Google will release a tool that configures any viewer to work with all apps.

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Chrome v43 Beta Releases With MIDI Keyboard Support, Smarter Permission Prompts, And Automatic Copy/Cut Without Flash

It's that time again when Chrome's beta channel updates to give those of us who can't wait for the fun stuff a chance to test things out in a pretty stable environment. The latest iteration, v43, isn't exactly groundbreaking but ships several meaningful changes.

The addition of an API for MIDI devices, like keyboards, probably doesn't affect too many people. Those who will benefit, though, will do so quite a bit. I'm not aware of any web apps that would function for a good working example, but the API added in v43 will allow connected MIDI devices to input as they would with a desktop program.

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Google Appears To Be Testing New Design Tweaks For Its Mobile Web Results Page

It seems like just yesterday when Google was testing a new layout for the search engine results page, with colorful underlines separating search results into individual cards.

That layout ended up sticking, and now it seems Google is at it again, testing some rather pleasing new tweaks for the SERP.

We can't be sure just yet who will see these changes or whether they'll become permanent, but check out the before and after shots provided by a tipster below.

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left: current layout right: new layout

The new layout is undeniably more influenced by Google's material design. The only information missing in the new view is one search result and one line of text indicating that a user has visited a results page before (but that may be because the new layout appeared for our tipster only in incognito mode).

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CyanogenMod Says CM Will Not Have Pre-Loaded Microsoft Apps, Provides Some Guidance For Flashing 12.1 Nightlies

While Cyanogen Inc's Cyanogen OS may have other plans, the non-corporate arm of the larger Cyanogen identity, CyanogenMod, has clarified today that the community version of the ROM will not ship with Cyanogen OS's "exclusive partner apps." That means that no, your next CM nightly build will not have any Microsoft junk on it - that privilege is reserved for the exclusive pleasure of OnePlus One and Yu Yureka owners.

The distinction here is that those phones run Cyanogen OS versus the standard, community-developed CyanogenMod. While Cyanogen OS shares a code base with CyanogenMod, Cyanogen Inc can then add software or features into the builds that end up on Cyanogen OS devices, which get the Cyanogen OS name (eg Cyanogen OS 12).

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Google Search Results Now Show App Recommendations For Indexed Apps That Aren't On Your Device

I understand if you don't remember anything about app indexing. It's not a particularly sexy topic. Here's all you need to know for this post—developers who implement app indexing can have their apps show up when users perform relevant Google searches. Say, you're looking for a recipe, and you have an app installed that contains that recipe. Google will point you in that direction.

Before, this only worked with apps that you already had on your device. Now Google is expanding this feature to push you in the direction of non-installed apps as well. So if you search for something and an app that isn't on your phone can provide the answers you're looking for, your results will let you know.

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