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Google to provide open API for apps to use Google Now

Google is looking at some changes in the way Google Now – that funky search project from the mothership – interacts with apps. They are looking at opening up an API so that app developers can work Google Now into their code and have Google Now access data from apps and app usage as well.

Google Play adds more carrier billing partners in Europe, Asia

Not everyone who wants to buy apps or content on the Internet have credit cards, for one reason or another. Online retail giants have to find a way to reach that segment of the market as well, because they can be profitable as well. Google introduced carrier billing a few years back for their Play Store, and now they are adding a few more countries in Europe and Asia that can let users charge their purchases to their respective participating carriers.

Table Tennis Touch now available on Android devices

If it's always been your secret dream to be a world-class table tennis player but never really got the chance to train and learn how to be one, now is your chance. And all you have to do is to have quick eye and touch reflexes to beat a computer or an actual person on the other side of the world. Table Tennis Touch is now available for Android devices, and so your dream of becoming a table tennis champion might just come true, at least digitally.

Win a battle of wits in Outwitters

Sometimes, it takes more than just sheer strength or numbers to prove that you are the best. Sometimes, you'd need to win a strategy game in order to let everyone know that you are the wittiest of them all. Outwitters is just the game to do that, although there are no joke contests or stand-up routines to prove your wittiness. It's all a matter of outsmarting and outwitting either your randomly-generated enemies or actual people that you want to beat.

HTC Research launches Fun Fit cutesy fitness app for Android

There are thousands of fitness apps already on the Google Play Store but only a few can be considered fun. Well, how can fitness be fun if working out makes you really exhausted? That's just the lazy me talking but there are people who actually enjoy doing daily workout. Maybe us geeks will never understand that but since there's always an app for everything, maybe this Fun Fit app by HTC will finally make you get up from the couch and finally move.

Google may be working on VPN for Android

For some of us, having VPN (virtual private network) capabilities is not a big deal, nor is it a deal-breaker when you purchase your Android device. But for some people who either live in locations where internet connections are heavily restricted, or those who want to browse and work on the internet securely, a VPN connection is of utmost importance. It looks like, at the very least, Google is planning to introduce some sort of VPN capability on Android, though this might not be working as of the moment.

Microsoft to reportedly make digital assistant available in Android

Having a digital assistant that can anticipate your needs, remind you of important information, and perform the tasks you ask them to, is the ultimate dream for technophiles. While Apple has Siri and Android has, well, OK Google, they have their limitations, as well as not being able to cross over to other platforms. If these rumors are correct, Microsoft might just be able to bridge that gap and make your smartphone even smarter.

YouTube announces support for 360-degree videos

Ever heard of those eccentric new video cameras that take 360-degree videos? Well, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of those soon on YouTube as the Google-owned video hosting site has announced that it will be supporting these specific uploads. If you haven’t seen one, we’ll show you one below, but suffice it to say it is a totally different experience when you are able to see all the way around.

Fleksy now pre-installed in Meizu devices

It's always a huge bonus for virtual keyboards that come pre-installed with a certain brand of smartphones or tablet. While yes, they are available on Google Play Store and people can download and install them on their devices, regardless of brand, but there is still something about coming to a user near you straight out of the box. Fleksy, one of the more popular ones around, has received the "seal of approval" from Chinese OEM Meizu and now comes with their devices worldwide.

Sick Bricks looks like a Lego game

If you are a fan of the blocky Lego video games, you might get a kick out of a new game called Sick Bricks. This game app has nothing to do with Lego officially, but we will all recognize the blocks as soon as you see the game. The story has players playing as Jack Justice as he tries to return Sick City back to its former glory.