Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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There are already plenty of ways to get music on your Chromecast, but consider Rdio among the options now. The popular streaming service has announced that Chromecast support is coming to the app this very day.

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2014-03-31 10_21_47-The Dash – Wireless Smart In Ear Headphones by BRAGI LLC. — Kickstarter

Okay, people really, really hate wires. This is the only conclusion that can be drawn by the incredible performance of the Dash on Kickstarter. After asking for a mere $260,000 earlier this year, the internet just funded these completely wireless earphones to the tune of $3,390,551. Wow.

The Dash wants to be all the things in a simple ear-shaped package. It consists of two independent Bluetooth buds that have a speaker, bone-conduction mic, heart rate monitor, step counter, and 4GB of built in storage for music (if you don't want to pair with a device).

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Update: HTC has pulled down the kernel source and framework files for the time being. The reason is unclear. Perhaps they were posted early, but we'll keep an eye on them. You can grab the kernel source from this rehosted link and framework files from this one for now.

We're still a few weeks away from the ship date for the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, but the kernel source is just a click away.

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Google has updated its Play Store developer policy with some tweaked language and a few new sections. As usual, Google is making changes to address worrying trends it is seeing in apps. Developers whose apps are not in line with the new policy risk getting booted from the store. Perhaps the most interesting alteration is a new section outlining unacceptable app promotion techniques.

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Facebook's new Messenger beta program is already making great strides with a jump to v4.0. You'll have to be in the beta program to get access, but it's quick to set up. Once opted in, you'll get to check out a few interesting new features in Facebook's chat app.

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You don't have to sacrifice quality to get a good deal. Simply wait for awesome stuff to go on sale, and snatch it up. Or just keep reading Android Police and we'll tell you when that happens. That's actually what's happening right now.

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I think we can all agree that AT&T's $300 on-contract price for the LG G Flex is unacceptable. Sprint's $250 asking price is also too high, though not as obscene. If you're looking for a curved phone, you can get the G Flex for a mere $99.99 on-contract with either carrier through Amazon.

2014-03-28 11_31_10-Amazon.com_ LG G Flex, Titan Silver 32GB (AT&T)_ Cell Phones & Accessories

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Google sometimes gives us a hint of what it's working on if you're willing to dig for it. Buried in the new Chrome Beta for Android update is something called contextual search. It's not completely functional right now, but you can take a peek at some aspects of it.

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To enable contextual search in Chrome Beta, go to chrome://flags/#contextual-search in the address bar. Tap enable to activate this feature, then restart the browser using the button that pops up.

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If humanity dies out in the future, what are all the robots going to do? Fight, according to EPOCH 2. The first title was one of the prettiest games on Android when it launched a few years back, and the sequel promises to up the ante with more effects, more guns, and many more angry robots.

EPOCH 2 is a cover-based shooter set in a world populated by robots with nothing better to do than shoot at you.

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How goes your crusade against the walking undead? No, not the vampires, the zombies. Taking on the shambling masses is getting a little sci-fi twist today with v2.1.1 of Plants vs. Zombies 2. The new far future world includes a ton of new content, and an old favorite feature from the original is making its triumphant return.

The new zone includes 24 levels, 8 new plants, and 10 new space-themed zombies.

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