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SwiftKey Keyboard Hits Version 5, Goes Free, Adds Premium Themes, A Store, New Emoji, And A Lot More

Good news: if you've been holding out on buying the premium version of SwiftKey for some reason, it's now officially free. The former trial version is gone from the Play Store, leaving only the once-paid version of the keyboard for all to download and use.

SwiftKey told us that moving forward it's going to focus on having the release cycle halved, so oft-requested features will make it into finalized builds much faster.

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45 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (5/28/14 - 6/10/14)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Wonder Wood

Today's roundup is sponsored by Wonder Wood from Herocraft.

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Pushbullet And EvolveSMS Join Forces To Give You One Less Reason To Touch Your Phone

Pushbullet is an app that consistently has strong updates that work toward crafting, step by step, a better harmony between your devices (including your computer). EvolveSMS is an app with good design that takes a sharp focus on functionality and making text-based communication easier. It only makes sense, then, that the two would make a great pair.

Today, Jacob Klinker, the developer behind EvolveSMS, announced a partnership with Pushbullet that will - put simply - allow users to receive, view, and reply to SMS messages from their desktop.

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Google Glass Making The Leap To XE18.1 With MyGlass Update, New Battery Notification, More Google Now Cards

Google Glass, having recently received an update to version XE17.31, is making the leap straight up to version 18.1. The update will coincide with an update to the MyGlass app (coming "later this week," with the iOS app getting an update at an undisclosed time), and brings a few nifty new features.

First up, the MyGlass app for Android - when explorers take a photo through Glass, that photo will be instantly shared to the MyGlass app, where users can add filters or otherwise edit the photos before sharing them with the world.

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[New App] NBC Universal Releases Official Universal Orlando App To Deliver Timely, Relevant Info To Park-Goers

In an effort to make your vacation to Universal Orlando Resort more pleasant and at least a little less chaotic, NBC Universal has released an official app to the Play Store that promises to "put everything you need to know about your vacation in the palm of your hand."

Essentially, the app gives users timely, contextual information about their visit, showing wait times for attractions and rides inside the parks, in-park notifications, and a map that will navigate you through the park to your chosen ride or destination.

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Google To Acquire Skybox Imaging For $500 Million To Improve Internet Access And Disaster Relief

There have been rumblings recently that, adding to its other (perhaps more far-flung) efforts to improve Internet access around the world, Google would eventually deploy its own fleet of satellites. Today, those rumblings got a little bit closer to reality as Google announced its agreement to acquire satellite imaging company Skybox for $500 million in cash.

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Skybox's journey so far, according to the announcement on its own blog, has been about revolutionizing "access to information about the changes happening across the surface of the Earth." Having already deployed the world's smallest high-resolution imaging satellite, the company says it's already made "great strides."

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Simplified Permissions UI In The Play Store Could Allow Malicious Developers To Silently Add Permissions

The latest version of the Play Store hit the scene a little over a week ago and introduced a tweak to the way permissions are displayed at install time, and it left some people feeling a little...uncertain. Gone is the ugly wall of poorly spaced, semi-specific permissions. The replacement is a short set of simplified categories, each with crisp-looking icons and buttons that reveal a brief description when tapped. Google filtered through roughly 145 permissions and narrowed them down to a dozen groups, plus one bucket for anything that remains.

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[New Game] Small&Furious Is A Physics-Based Racing Game That Lets Adorable Crash Test Dummies Do What They Do Best

Here's the thing about physics-based racing games, you're going to crash, and you're going to crash often. Typically doing so comes across as rather painful, but Small&Furious turns it into an educational experience. That's not a fearless biker snapping his neck on an outcropping of rock  - it's just a crash test dummy that didn't land gracefully enough. Tweak it and try again.

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LG G Watch Specs Leak Along With Possible UK Pricing/Release Date And Google I/O Giveaway

We've suspected for some time that Google I/O is going to be Android Wear's big coming out party, and the G Watch will probably be the guest of honor. It'll probably be the last time the G Watch takes center stage before the Moto 360 arrives on the scene, but there are a trio of interesting G Watch rumors floating around today.

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[New App] AgileBits Releases 1Password For Android, Premium Features Free Until August 1st [Updated]

Update: Excuse me, this isn't actually AgileBit's first swing at the whole 1Password for Android thing. The team previously released a version that it allowed to grow so out of date that it chose to develop and release a new one built from the ground up. The Play Store link for the previous release has been taken down.

1Password keeps all of your login credentials encrypted and safely tucked away under the protection of a single master key, and now the cross-platform service has extended out from Windows, Mac, and iOS to make itself available to Android users.

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