Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

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Nov
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A sudden change of heart on the part of Com2uS has left many customers of its popular game Homerun Battle 3D infuriated, triggering a downpour of one-star ratings and requests for refunds.

The impetus behind this turmoil is the fact that Com2uS' latest update for Homerun Battle 3D has made it impossible for users running rooted devices to play the game. This decision came after between 100k and 500k purchases had already been made.

07
Nov
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Joining the race to replace all of your practical possessions with mobile apps, Lockitron is offering an NFC-based, key-free lock control solution for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry that has the potential for tons of applications, from letting people into your home while on vacation, to simply buzzing in a friend with no effort whatsoever.

Utilizing a system of "mobile keys," Lockitron's system communicates with a small hardware device connected to the user's internet router, which in turn communicates with your doors, either automatically, or through the use of an optional NFC tag that the user would manually slap onto a lock.

06
Nov
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Still hunting for a hot deal on Motorola's original Xoom? Daily Steals has what you're looking for, offering a brand new Xoom tablet for just $349.99 until November 8th. That's about $150 off retail price for the original Honeycomb tablet, a great deal when you consider that most of the other discounts we've covered for the Xoom offer refurbished units.

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Just in case you haven't heard, here are some of the Xoom's specs:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Rear 5MP camera/2MP front-facing camera
  • 1280x800 pixel screen at 150ppi
  • 32GB Internal storage (with microSD port for extra storage)
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb

If you've been holding out on picking up a Xoom this long, but still have a yearning for the first tablet to feature Android 3.0, head over to Daily Steals and take advantage of the discount!

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Nov
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Last Updated: November 23rd, 2011

Following up on the success of our 404 design and banner design contests, we've decided to run another creative giveaway, graciously sponsored by NVIDIA and Philips. Personally, I think the creative contests are always the best - we get beautiful graphic assets and designs, and our talented readers get a platform on which to showcase their skills and creative abilities. Besides all that, looking through the entries is always a good time.

04
Nov
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Android's Google+ app just got updated to version 2.1.1., bringing back the popular posting widget, which allows users to post updates and photos on the fly right from their home screen.

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Besides that, the new update brings fixes for download and installation issues, and various bug fixes. If you've been missing the Google+ posting widget, your wish has just been granted. Head to the market and grab the update!

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Nov
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Looking to improve on Hockey Nation 2010, Distinctive Wireless' 2011 iteration puts special emphasis on utilizing the power of NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor to allow for a wide array of graphic enhancements including specular maps, ice reflections, increased polygon count, improved skin meshing, and animated crowd behavior.

Besides a handful of visual boosts, HN 2011 brings with it a ton of gameplay enhancements. Instead of simply choosing from 14 international teams, the player now has the ability to select from 18 national teams from around the globe, 40 customizable city teams, and the option to choose from 6 exciting gameplay modes, including World League, Go for Gold, Shootout, Exhibition, Playoff and Practice.

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Nov
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First launched as a desktop app in 2009, Crookneck Consulting LLC's The Photographer's Ephemeris, is finally available for Android.

TPE allows photographers to plan outdoor sessions with an impressive level of detail and accuracy, providing information related to sun and moon rise and setting, color temperature, and interactive maps that will show you the trajectory of relevant celestial bodies, allowing you to plan your shoot around the best possible lighting situation.

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Nov
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Last Updated: January 3rd, 2012

Creating an aesthetically pleasing home screen for your phone or tablet has become an art in itself, and an entire ecosystem packed with widgets, themes, wallpapers, launchers, and custom ROMs has built up to support it. Sometimes, it can be tough to find a winning combination of elements to create a beautiful and enduring home screen that provides both form and function.

For this reason, we have decided to open up a call for gorgeous, well-decorated home screens of all shapes and sizes.

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Nov
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There were a ton of excellent entries for our first Home Screen Challenge, and whittling down all the home screens was no easy task. That's why we've chosen two winners this month - Xal and Austin C, who each showed us their own twist on a visually stimulating, yet practical home screen layout. Our winners will be contacted shortly to claim their AP shirts.

As promised, we've prepared a full overview of each of our winning home screens, highlighting each of their elements so that you too can create a home screen design that is both beautiful and functional.

04
Nov
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If you're anything like me, your Android handset has completely demolished the need for an mp3 player, you're constantly adding and removing files from your device, and you find the process of plugging your phone or tablet into your computer via USB to be tedious, if not tiresome.

Luckily, there are a variety of apps in the Android Market that allow users to sync files wirelessly between their computer and Android devices.

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