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[Hands-on] PixWing - Flying Retro Pixel Arcade, an enjoyable callback to simpler times

PixWing - Flying Retro Pixel Arcade has recently released onto the Play Store and boy have I been having quite a lot of fun with it. It is an arcade flying game that brings back a lot of fond memories of flying around in Pilotwings or Nights into Dreams. The fact that the graphics look like something that was released on the Nintendo 64 or Dreamcast simply adds to its charm.

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Chrome Canary 62 has a new rounded interface for Chrome Home

The experimental 'Chrome Home' interface first appeared in October of last year, and at the time, only moved Chrome's address bar to the bottom of the screen. Google has continued to work on it since then, like adding a revamped New Tab page with a bottom tab bar. A new flag has appeared in Chrome Canary, that further changes the Chrome Home interface by making everything round. In other words, there's a new experiment for the experimental UI.

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Walmart employees get a new app to manage their shifts and schedules

I've just discovered that Walmart has over 4600 stores in the US and 11600 stores worldwide, it also employs more than 2.3M people worldwide. Whoa. If you're one of these and you usually struggle to keep tabs on your shifts and schedules, then there's a new app for you on the Play Store. It's still marked as "unreleased," which means it's in beta and could be filled with bugs... It might also be perfectly usable, you'll just have to try it out to see.

My Walmart Schedule is aimed at both associates and managers. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that by "associates," Walmart is just using a fancy way of saying regular employee.) It lets associates see their current schedule, claim unassigned shifts, and keep an eye on their holiday balance and time off.

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[Update: Selfie-flash is from 4.3] Google Camera v4.4 update with double-tap to zoom and a new toggle rolling out on the Play Store [APK Download]

Google Camera v4.4, which first popped up in a recent Android O Developer Preview, is now publicly available on the Play Store. The new release brings front-facing selfie flash (via your screen), double tap to zoom, a toggle button for photos/video, and a slightly larger-looking shutter button. These are all small changes, but they do each give you another way to do things in the app, and choice is always good.

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Bullet hell shoot'em up 'Danmaku Unlimited 3' is out on the Play Store

Calling all bullet hell fanatics, Danmaku Unlimited 3 has been ported to Android, and it was just released onto the Play Store. If you purchase it soon, you can snag it at its special launch price of $4.99. While the sale will not last forever, the gameplay should hold up thanks to its claim of being a perfect 1:1 port that contains absolutely no advertisements or in-app purchases.

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Android TV app for YouTube Kids now available

YouTube Kids launched in 2015, as a portal for child-appropriate content with parental controls. It has been over two years since then, but for most of that time, only apps for Android and iOS were available. An app for select smart TVs was released in April, and now Android TV owners can use the service as well.

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[Update: Rolling out to stable] SwiftKey Beta updated with GIF search support and seven new languages

The SwiftKey beta was just updated to fix one of the few oversights in the new GIF support. Now instead of just browsing categories, you can actually search for specific GIFs. So the next time you need to find the perfect animated expression that combines excitement with mild digestive upset, you'll save a tiny bit of time doing it. In addition to GIF search, it also adds support for seven new languages as well as a few other small improvements. 

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Hearthstone's newest expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, is now available

Hearthstone, the ever more popular card game, has received its latest expansion. Knights of the Frozen Throne, announced last month, brings 135 new cards and introduces the infamous Lich King. Honestly, this one might be enough to get me back into playing.

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Dropbox adds mobile prompts for two-step verification

Choosing a strong password to protect your online accounts is a good idea, but the best way to keep your data secure is to enable two-factor authentication (sometimes called two-step verification) on the accounts that support it. This usually requires you to enter a code sent to you by SMS or generated by an app, and this has long been true of Dropbox's two-factor system. Now, Dropbox is making it easier to access your account securely by adding mobile prompts for two-factor.

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After a lengthy soft-launch period 'Titanfall: Assault' has officially launched, complete with lower rewards and more costly upgrades

NEXON's Titanfall: Assault is now officially available on the Play Store. More or less it takes the tried and true gameplay from Clash Royale and adds giant robots. While it is billed as "a mobile RTS with fast-paced action and intense PvP battles," you have to wonder how the $109.99 in-app purchases affect the head-to-head multiplayer gameplay.

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