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Nintendo encourages its smartphone game development partners to limit revenue, focus on high-quality fun

Nintendo is reportedly encouraging its smartphone game development partners to focus on fun instead of maximum revenue. It would appear that Nintendo sees the smartphone gaming market as a way to increase interest in its properties with the hope that its smartphone customers will find their way to the console market, the company's bread and butter.

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Google's Bolo helps children read and understand English and Hindi [APK Download]

You can't underestimate the benefits of a good education, and one of the first pillars of that is the ability to read. When I travelled to Nepal a couple of months ago, I was astonished by how thirsty for learning children in rural areas are. In the afternoon, many were being dropped off by their bus miles away from any village and had to (literally) trek up hills to get back home. In the morning, many could be seen carrying their backpacks and walking for at least half an hour or more just to get to their school or bus. And us privileged folks complain about waking up early to catch the bus that picks us up right from our doorstep!

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Google Duo v49 prepares video effects for Holi and video invites [APK Teardown]

Duo has left us waiting on the launch of some big new features, including group calling, but the latest update to v49 doesn't appear to be launching either of those quite yet. However, there are a couple of smaller touches to discuss, including special effects for the Hindu festival of Holi and some type of new video invites.

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Update your browser right now: Google releases fix for zero-day exploit in Chrome

Another day, another major security hole is found in a widely used piece of software. This time around, a flaw in Chrome's implementation of the FileReader API allowed sites to break out of their sandbox and execute native code. To make matters worse, Google said the exploit was being actively used before the company fixed it.

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[Bonus Round] Powernode, Tiltagon Turbo, Cure Hunters, Calculator 2: The Game, .Connect., and Bullet League

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a couple of minimal puzzle games, an enjoyable tilt-control arcade game, a gorgeous pixel-based 2D platformer, a puzzle game themed around a calculator, and a side-scrolling battle royale shooter. Without further ado:

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Metal Slug Infinity is a new idle RPG from ekkorr, and it's available for pre-registration

SNK has licensed the Metal Slug brand to a mobile development company known as ekkorr, and ekkorr has found some success on the Play Store with its idle RPG Endless Frontier Saga 2. So it's not surprising to see that the upcoming release of Metal Slug Infinity isn't a continuation of the classic run and gun series, but instead is an idle game taking advantage of nostalgia-inspiring Metal Slug assets, and it's available on the Play Store for pre-registration.

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Google and CERN partnered to create the new Big Bang AR app

No one was there to watch the Big Bang happen, but you can catch a replay of all the action with a new app from CERN and Google. The Big Bang AR app turns the world around you into nothing, which then becomes everything. And no, this has nothing to do with that silly TV show.

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Pocket Casts' huge - and controversial - material design update is finally live

After about four months of beta testing, the new version of Pocket Casts is out, and to say it's divisive is an understatement. The app does look fresher and smoother, and there are plenty of nifty additions, but those of us who have used Pocket Casts for years can notice many regressions that make the app worse than before.

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26 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday, including Evoland 2

It's Wednesday again, so here are some app sales for you. Today's list features some goodies, especially Evoland 2. So have at it and see if anything here catches your eye.

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ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion coming to Android this year

The mobile port of the ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion landed on the iPad back in 2017, and today Feral Interactive has announced that it's finally coming to iPhone and Android users sometime later this year. The central premise of this expansion revolves around the final years of Rome, and it will be up to choose whether you should defend the empire or lead the troops that aim to destroy it.

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