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Welcome to the 220th Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Disney purchased Fox this week. This is a big deal. That means all of Marvel’s property is under one roof again. Disney’s upcoming video streaming service is starting to get a lot more appealing to many people. Some claim that Netflix should be nervous. However, Hulu, Netflix, and others have co-existed for years. The addition of Disney’s streaming service probably won’t change that.
  • Google revealed the top search trends of 2017. Among them are the famous Mayweather vs McGregor fight, 13 Reasons Why, the various hurricanes that buffeted the American south, bitcoin, and many others. In consumer tech, the iPhone 8 and X dominated along with the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5, and the Razer Phone. Hit the link to see all the trends!
  • The latest Humble Bundle is live! This time it’s a bunch of Noodlecake Studios games. That’s good news because that studio is fantastic. Some of the games include Alto’s Adventure, Pug’s Quest, Invert, Framed 2, The Bug Butcher, and others. Four games are available for $1. Beating the average price nets you four additional games. Finally, you can get every game in the bundle for a flat $5. That’s a great deal for some great games.
  • Bridge Constructor Portal already has a decent buzz about it. We now have more to report. The game features Ellen McLain, the original voice actress for GLaDOS. That’s getting people excited. The eccentric robot AI was a fan favorite in the Portal games and remains an icon of the game. It’s really neat to see the actual GLaDOS returning for this mobile game.
  • Microsoft Edge on mobile is doing surprisingly well. It amassed over one million downloads in just a few short weeks. Microsoft Edge browser isn’t half bad. Most of its critiques compare its lack of features to that of Firefox and Google Chrome. However, a mobile app offering shored up a lot of those weaknesses, including cross-platform syncing. It’s good to see some quality competition in the browser space.

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Storyboard

Price: Free
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Storyboard is one of two new apps from Google this week. This one is a bit unique. It turns videos into comic strip-style storyboards. The app uses experimental research technology for its layouts. You can refresh over and over again until you get one that you like. It’s not overly useful. However, it is a lot of fun to use. Plus, some of the layouts look pretty nifty. The app is also entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases.
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Storyboard

Ticket to Earth

Price: $4.99 (on sale for $3.49)
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Ticket to Earth is a new puzzle RPG. You play to save a colony from destruction. The game includes various types of puzzles, tile matching, and a decent story line. Most of the game is on a board game style layout. The game first appeared on Steam. The mobile release is more recent. The game is a pay-once experience. That means no ads or in-app purchases. It goes for $4.99 usually. However, the developers are having a launch sale. The game is temporarily $3.49.
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Ticket to Earth

Selfissimo

Price: Free
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Selfissimo is the second new Google app this week. This one is another experimental app. It tries to automatically snap pictures of you when it detects your pose. Thus, you just pose, it takes a picture, and you repeat until done. For now, it only takes black and white selfies. It may not be suited for much more than the occasional Instagram or Facebook post. Still, it’s kind of neat to watch an app take your picture automatically. The app is free with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
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Selfissimo

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

Price: $7.99
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Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is the latest adventure game in the popular franchise. This one follows Abe as he attempts to save his friends. The evil Molluck wants to turn everyone into food. Obviously, that’s a bad thing. The game comes with decent graphics, support for hardware controllers, cloud saving, leaderboards, and achievements. It’s a tad expensive at $7.99. However, it doesn’t have ads or in-app purchases. It’s a decent game for its price.
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Grammarly Keyboard

Price: Free
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Grammarly Keyboard was released this week. It’s by the same devs who do the Grammarly extension on Google Chrome. The keyboard works okay. It has a fairly basic set of functions and the layout is a little boring. However, it does attempt to correct your grammar as you type. That makes it unique. Grammarly is having a rough start with this one, though. There are a few bugs and only a few customization options. This one may take a while to get going. It might end up being one of the better Android keyboards over time. At the very least, it’s free with no in-app purchases if you want to try it.
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Grammarly Keyboard

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Former CIA Official Suggests Trump Campaign Team May Have ‘Welcomed’ Russian Election Interference

No one bothered to report an obviously relevant Trump Tower meeting.

Former CIA and U.S. Defense Department official Jeremy Bash told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace that President Donald Trump’s actions after being cautioned by the FBI about Russia raise serious red flags.

Bash specifically noted that the Trump team’s disinterest in informing the FBI about a Trump Tower meeting with Russians following the bureau’s alert is suspicious.

“I think the fact that the campaign, the candidate was warned and that the candidate and the campaign did not then go back to the FBI after the Trump Tower meeting is a huge red flag that, not only were they unconcerned with this Russian overture,  but they welcomed it and in some ways want to conceal it,” he said. 

“To have warned the FBI would have been to expose their own conduct, the campaign’s own conduct, and that is something that Bob Mueller will be very, very interested in.”

Watch the segment below.

 

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Deal: Xiaomi discounts Mi MIX 2, Mi A1 Special Edition, Redmi Note 4 in “No. 1 Fan Sale”

Xiaomi is celebrating the end of a banner year in the Indian market with a “No. 1 Fan Sale” that applies some tasty discounts to its top phones from 2017. The deals begin to go live at 12:00 am IST and run until December 21st on Mi.com.

The headline deal coincides with the launch of the stunning red Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition, which is set to drop from Rs. 13,999 to Rs. 12,999. The offer goes live in just under six hours (at time of writing), but Reward Mi members can get in on the savings early. You can find out all you need to know about the Android One phone here.

On the flagship front, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will enjoy a price drop from Rs. 35,999 to Rs. 32,999 (check here for a refresher on Xiaomi’s bezel-less beauty in our full review) . The Mi Max 2 phablet, meanwhile will come down to Rs. 12,999 from Rs. 14,999.

Xiaomi’s real success in India has come from mid-tier phones, so it’s not too surprising to see the Redmi 4, Redmi Y1 Lite, and the insanely popular Redmi Note 4 all receive price cuts too. Unfortunately, Xiaomi is being a little coy with the finer details on these deals – most only say “up to $1,000 off” – and it hasn’t confirmed which exact models are on offer. I imagine we’re looking at the standard base models, but we won’t know for sure until the sale goes live.

If you’re happy with your current phone but are looking for something on the side then you’re also in luck as Xiaomi’s “Fan Sale” covers accessories too. This includes offers on phone cases, up to 25% off a Mi Power Bank 2i, and the Mi Band – HRX Edition for Rs. 1,299 (was Rs. 1,799). There are also various deals on Xiaomi audio and smart home devices, while the Mi VR Play 2 drops from Rs. 1,499 to Rs. 1,299.

You can see all the deals for yourself by clicking the button below.

Xiaomi No.1 Fan Sale at Mi.com

Oracle Joins the White House in Global Campaign to Empower Girls and Women

Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle Corporation. Its mission is to “inspire students globally to think, connect, create and share — using technology to help them dissolve boundaries, fulfill their potential, and create a better society.”
Oracle teamed up with the White House back in April to donate money to support the Obama administration’s Computer Science for All initiative. The goal is to empower and engage student through various computer science programs in over 1,100 US institutions. They hope the money and attention will draw young people around the world into learning about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The company committed $200 million to the cause.

On the heels of Oracle’s $200 million commitment to support Computer Science (CS) Education for All,the White House announced Oracle’s additional $3 million investment to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The company’s commitment of direct and in-kind funding supports “Let Girls Learn,” a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school.

We want more girls focused on building upon science and math fundamentals and we want more women choosing the technical disciplines because they are both prepared to do so and because they believe it will advance their career opportunities,” Oracle’s (female) CEO, Safra Catz, said in a statement.

OWL

Oracle will offer more than 65 educational events and reach over 55,000 young girls globally through a powerful nexus of its corporate social responsibility programs spanning Oracle Academy, Oracle Education Foundation, Oracle Giving and Volunteers, (OWL), and Oracle Diversity and Inclusion. Events will include summer computing camps, codefests, workshops and conferences designed to encourage and inspire adolescent girls to become original thinkers, creative designers and enterprising trailblazers.

The money will help to fund programs to send 55,000 young girls around the world to various summer computing camps, codefests, workshops and conferences. Additionally, Oracle plans to expand its CS efforts in Egypt with an additional investment of nearly $1 million in educational resources and services over the next four years. The commitment is part of a new collaboration between the Ministry of Education in Egypt, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Oracle Academy, Oracle’s philanthropic educational program that impacts more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries. The partnership will support computing education in nine newly-created STEM schools throughout the country, including one boarding school exclusively for girls which will accept up the top 10 percent of girls across the governorates, reaching 150 girls each year and providing three years of paid education for each girl.
With the donation, Oracle joins several other technology companies which are participating in the White House’s computer science program. Both Google (GOOG, +0.89%) and Salesforce (CRM, +0.17%) (as well as the Cartoon Network) said they would donate in aggregate over $60 million to the program when it was first announced.
As part of the company’s global campaign to support girls and women in technology, Oracle will drive several notable projects:
  • Oracle Academy will team with Arizona State University and others under the USAID Build-IT project to help women in Vietnam develop into IT leaders.
  • Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Volunteers will team to teach girls coding, electrical engineering and project management through girls-only workshops for Design Tech High School (d.tech), an innovative, free California public high school. Oracle is building d.tech’s new facility at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., making d.tech the world’s first public high school on a technology campus.
  • Oracle Giving and Oracle Academy will award grants and sponsorships globally to nonprofit organizations striving to increase girls’ access to educational opportunities and encourage them to pursue degrees in computer science and STEM fields.
  • Oracle Giving will continue its support for MentorNet, which engages STEM professionals in the virtual mentoring of undergraduates, 66% of whom are women.
Oracle Academy, a computer science educational program, and Burning Glass Technology, an analytics company, recently did research and found that programming jobs grow 50 percent faster than the market average. As technology is increasingly present in people’s personal and professional lives, there is a need for computer science learning.

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