Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

08
Mar
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We're getting closer and closer to a stable KitKat release of the popular aftermarket Android ROM, CyanogenMod. The "M" snapshot releases are more stable than a nightly, but not quite as final as a release candidate. The fourth M build for CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) includes a wide range of updates that hadn't yet made it to the KitKat builds, according to the official CyanogenMod blog.

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Most of these revolve around the custom applications that the CyanogenMod team adds to Android, though a few are more essential.

07
Mar
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Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a Grim take on platforming, a quiz game revolving around the Chromecast, and a detective-themed adventure puzzle game.

07
Mar
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Quick: what do a magical novelty fortune-telling arcade machine and a device-focused online media store have in common? That's right: absolutely nothing. Which is exactly what we came up with when we asked ourselves why Google would give away the 1988 comedy Big staring Tom Hanks. Honestly, we're drawing a huge blank here.

But hey, we're not complaining.

07
Mar
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Like all of the current writers and editors for Android Police, I'm American. Which means that my understanding of cricket is something along the lines of, "like baseball, but more British." That gives me the vague impression that during the seventh inning stretch everyone stops to sing God Save The Queen and heads to the concession stand for tea. If you know more about the noble sport of cricket than I do, you'll be pleased to hear that Google just added support for scores and schedules to Google Now. 

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All joking aside, we know this is a big deal for sports fans in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and several other countries.

07
Mar
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The very first thing that college sports fans did when the Moto Maker customization tool came out was make a phone in the colors of their alma mater. Now that's a little easier thanks to Motorola's College Collection. To facilitate better collegiate customization, the College Collection includes nine new back colors and three new accent colors (which don't seem to be available on the standard Moto Maker site). If that's not enough for you, the customized phones also include a clear case with your school logo.

07
Mar
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The Nexus 7 2013 is already one of the best tablet deals around, but you can never have too much money. To that end, you might want to know that Newegg currently has both the 16GB and 32GB WiFi models on sale, at least for refurbished options. The 16GB version is $193.99, a bit less than $50 off the retail price, and the 32GB version is $244.99, $25 off of the new model.

07
Mar
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It's hard to overstate my love for AirDroid, the app that hosts a tiny, web-based interface for managing your phone with a desktop browser. And it just keeps getting better: the latest update has added notification mirroring, a la PushBullet and Notifications+. That means that once you enable the setting in AirDroid and Android, you'll get visual indications of incoming notifications on your AirDroid desktop.

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Enabling mirroring is easy - you'll get a prompt the first time you start the updated application, so all you have to do is check the box in the linked settings dialog.

07
Mar
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You can never have enough battery power, especially when you're traveling. A handy flashlight and a fancy LCD for management don't hurt either. If you're in the market for an external battery pack, Woot has an especially big one on sale today: a massive 16800mAh portable charger from Gorilla Gadgets. You can pick it up for $39.99 plus Woot's usual $5 shipping, which is $30 off the same product on Amazon.

06
Mar
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We've already had one pretty good deal on a Samsung Note tablet today, but if you'd like something with a little more oomph, Amazon is offering some significant discounts on a newer model. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is now $499.99 for the 16GB model and $529.99 for the 32GB model on Amazon's main listing. That's a savings of $50 and $70, respectively.

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Now, that's still really freakin' expensive as Android tablets go, but since Samsung doesn't seem to be letting go of its high and mighty pricing any time soon, this is probably the best deal you'll get on a new version of this particular model.

06
Mar
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If you've been craving a game of Trivial Pursuit but can't manage to get your friends together, you may want to check out one of the newest additions to the Play Store. QuizUp is a slick and fast trivia game with a focus on head-to-head multiplayer. The easy matchmaking, varied topics, and impressive presentation have made it a hit on iOS, where's it's maintained a 4.5-star rating.

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The game is very simple: log in via Google+, Facebook, or email, select a category, and you'll be automatically matched with a random player who's near your skill level.

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