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Friday App And Game Sales: My Backup Pro, Runtastic Sit-Ups, Protoxide: Death Race (Free), And More [Updated]

The weekend is almost upon us, and you will want to prepare. For maximum enjoyment Android Police suggests getting an assortment of new apps and games ready to go. So, we've got some sales lined up for you. Isn't that nice?

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished Braven 600 Bluetooth Speaker On Woot For $34.99 With $5 Shipping ($67 New)

Bluetooth speakers come in at a variety of price points and corresponding quality levels. Some have more features, and others emphasize sound. But sometimes you see such a good deal that it almost doesn't matter what the speaker does. Woot has the Braven 600 Bluetooth speaker on sale today for just $34.99. It's a refurb, but you'll save a lot on a pretty good speaker.

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We reviewed it last year and were happy with the device.

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PSA: Keyboard Shortcuts For Screenshots Are Back In The Web Version Of The Google Play Store

The new Play Store is certainly snazzy, but a lot of the functionality of the older site has been missing ever since it got a fresh coat of digital paint. One of the most bemoaned omissions was contextual keyboard shortcuts, especially handy for touch typists whose fingers never leave the keys. (ThinkPad users, I'm looking at you.) Good news, everyone: as of late yesterday, they're back.

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On any single app listing, press the left or right arrow keys to navigate between the posted screenshots.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Internet Player With Google TV (NSZ-GS7) Is $100 On Woot (Half Off)

If you've been meaning to get into the Google TV game and want to do it on the cheap, consider this your chance. The Sony Internet Player is Woot.com's deal of the day, selling for just $99.99, half off of its original retail price. As always, Woot primary sales are valid for one day or until the stock runs out. Standard shipping is just five bucks.

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Sony has released three different stand-alone Google TV units, and this one is the second: the NSZ-GS7, first sold in 2012.

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[Bonus Round] BattleFriends In Tanks, Telekinesis Kyle, Geometry Dash, And Fractal: Make Blooms Not War

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 mash-up of Scorched Earth and Words With Friends, an interesting 2.5D platformer, a rhythm-based endless runner, and yet another zen game.

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Meet The Motorola Skip: An NFC Clip That Unlocks Your Moto X And Has No Business Costing $20

Update: Motorola posted more concrete details on the Skip in an official blog post. It's made out of fabric, not metal, which implies that the clasp uses a couple of magnets. On the plus side, the Skip includes three "dots" - NFC stickers that can be paired in the same manner and bypass a lock screen or PIN. The Skip will be included free with Moto Maker purchases.

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Near-field communication has some pretty cool applications.

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Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch Gets Official CyanogenMod Support, First 10.1 Nightly Available Now

Talk about a blast from the past: the Sprint Galaxy S II, released way back in 2011, now has official CyanogenMod support. Most of the other international and regional versions of the GSII are already supported to some degree, but I'm sure there are more than a few Sprint customers who are happy to see the most popular custom ROM family come to their devices. There's one nightly of CM10.1 (Android 4.2) available at the time of writing.

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[The Android Police Files #2] Maybe People Would Be Less Confused If We Changed Our Name

Here it is, the second installment of Android Police Files. We're still getting a steady stream of email, and while we can't post them all, we've hand-picked eight more to share with our darling readers. As you're about to see, many people can't seem to grasp what it is we do. We're not crime fighters, nor are we IT ninjas. We blog. Still, that doesn't mean we don't try our best to help out.

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[APK Teardown/Download] Google Maps 7.1 - Google Is Testing Textured 3D Buildings, Offline Cache Access For The Maps API, And Possibly Some Bug Fixes

Maps 7.1 is slowly rolling out into the world. Google is making this teardown particularly difficult, because they haven't even gotten around to releasing a change log yet - it's up to me to come up with something. First though, we need to cover the good stuff that most definitely won't be in the change log, because this has me excited:

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Remember when I found a "3D" button allll the way back in version 6.12?

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Pay What You Want For McPixel In This Week's Humble Weekly Sale, Get Four Other Non-Android Games As A Bonus

Just like last week's Humble Weekly Sale, there is only one Android game available in today's new bundle. This time it's McPixel, but considering the game usually costs $2.99 on Google Play, it's still worth your while to jump in on this pay-what-you-want deal. That said, this game is so, well, odd that it still might be worth trying out the free version before ponying up however much (or little) you want to contribute to this bundle.

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