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Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

There's a game going on right now - one made by Google, taking place all around you. This game uses augmented reality, books, the web, and professional actors to create a multi-level, multi-platform experience the likes of which we've never seen before. The only game that's come before that's anything like this is Ingress - and in fact this newest piece of the puzzle is built on the Ingress engine. This game goes by the name "Endgame: Proving Ground" - and it's underway right this minute.

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Enlight for iPhone takes on the biggest photo editing apps

Enlight for iPhone takes on the biggest photo editing apps

Most of your photos are probably taken with your smartphone, and so it isn't surprising that most of your photo editing is probably likewise done on your phone. For that reason, the number of sophisticated image editors for mobile devices has grown slowly but steadily over the years, and mobile photographs now have a number of options that extend far beyond Instagram filters. Still, using the higher-end apps can also be confusing, driving many to their laptops where menus are larger and more easily arranged. A new app for iOS in particular has managed to solve that problem, however, without sacrificing features.

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WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

Users hoping to join the WhatsApp call service in the near future can do so today by receiving a call from an already-initiated user. This means that you're going to either need to know someone who already has calls active OR you're going to have to head to a Google+ group (or something similar) to get someone to call you. This invite program has had its ON switched flipped off and on several times over the past couple of weeks - at this moment, it's up and running.

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Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Nova Launcher undergoes major Material Redesign

Developer Kevin Barry has re-released Nova Launcher this week with an update that brings heat with Material Design cues galore. This update brings new animations, Google Search from the search bar appearing as an overlay, and - perhaps best of all - a new icon! My goodness there's a new icon - it's glorious! Also this update comes on top of Nova Launcher 3 - so the update will be coming sooner than later to those that already use the app on the regular. It's coming for YOU.

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Turkey to ban Minecraft for depictions of violence

Turkey to ban Minecraft for depictions of violence

When you think of Minecraft, the firs thing that pops into your mind isn't likely to be violence. That's not what the Turkish Ministry's Children Services General Directorate is suggesting, though, making clear this week that they intend to begin the process of banning the game from the country for its depictions of violence. "Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges," said the ministry, "mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence."

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Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Instagram revealed with first Apple Watch apps set

Of all the apps you could have wanted for your Apple Watch, Instagram... may have been one of them. This morning Apple revealed the Apple Watch's first set of apps, one of them being Instagram. This app allows you to scroll with the crown - up and down, then tap to see more information about a pic, then tap again to heart it. Of all the apps you could have used to tap into Instagram with, this will certainly be the smallest.

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BuzzFeed launches ‘Cute or Not’ app for pet pics

BuzzFeed launches ‘Cute or Not’ app for pet pics

BuzzFeed, the site dedicated to gifs, "which ____ are you?" quizzes, and other viral content, has released a new app that has one focus: yep, you guessed, cute pet pictures. Essentially nothing more than Tinder for pets, the "Cute or Not" app is not about showing the articles and other content available on the full site, but rather has users swiping on animal photos to rate them; towards the right for cute, and left for not cute. It aims to be simple fun, and it does just that.

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Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

Tinder close to finalizing its advertising system

The pattern should be clear by now: social networking companies offer their service to users for free, and once they grow to a certain level, it's time to start making money with advertisements. Well, everyone's favorite swipe-right-swipe-left dating app Tinder is looking to join the ranks of Facebook and Twitter by showing users ads in the near future. As the company gears up to begin generating revenue, sources say they shopping around for potential partners to fill the advertising space in their app.

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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Google Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please, but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On which you can purchase inside the app once you've seen what our system is made of, planet to planet, place to place.

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YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

YouTube Kids Review: Google thinks of the children

Today is a turning point for the Google-owned YouTube video environment. Today children are able to use YouTube Kids, an app made specifically for children, made to allow kids access to the ever-growing video environment without risking unwanted sights for young eyes. While Wu-Tang may be for the children, their music videos decidedly are not. The YouTube crew have taken care of this situation by creating this portal - one that's long overdue, as we discussed in brief at rumors of YouTube Kids last week.

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