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Samsung Adds New Perks For Galaxy Note 8.0, Tab 3, And Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition Buyers

One of the biggest complaints about Samsung's latter tablet lines (aside from the plastic builds, outdated specifications, lack of storage, and oh yeah the freakin' smartphone buttons) is that they're too expensive when compared to similar Android tablets. Sammy is hoping to alleviate at least a few of these complaints with some pack-in deals for the Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 (all versions), and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition.

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[Bonus Round] Champs: Battlegrounds, Gentlemen, Friendly Fire, And Delta-V Racing

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 multiplayer strategy RPG, a new take on Mario Bros, a tower defense-strategy game that crosses over into the real word, and a 2D Wipeout-style throwback.

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Google Changes Course, Posts 2013 Nexus 7 (Razor) Factory Image And Binaries

It was just the other day when it came out that complications with Qualcomm licensing was keeping Google from posting the binaries and full factory image for the new Nexus 7 tablet. The issue was so irksome that Jean-Baptiste Quéru (JBQ), Google's Android open source manager, decided to leave that post. Well, that must have lit a fire under someone, because Google just posted the image and drivers for the Razor hardware.

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Yelp Update Introduces New Nearby Page, Puts Stronger Emphasis On Local Goings-On, Adds In-App Delivery/Pickup Ordering [Updated]

What do you do when you arrive in a new city and want to know what to do? I'm sure there are plenty of possible answers, but the correct one is to fire up Yelp. In the US, it's just hard to find a competing platform that offers the sheer depth and functionality that the service offers. Yelp displays discounts, allows user to make reservations, has Open Table integration, and - my personal favorite - gives quick access to addresses.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Review: Its Best Feature Is The Brand Name

Samsung is the biggest Android OEM on the planet by a wide margin. The South Korean company even manages to outsell Apple in the smartphone market on occasion, and it has all of us to thank for it. It has also traditionally made some of the best Android-based tablets you can buy. The first Nexus 7 from Asus last year showed us what a small, inexpensive tablet could be, and Samsung released a few competent alternatives to compete with it.

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[Bug Watch] GPS Performance On The New Nexus 7 Suffers From Commitment Issues, Drops Out After A While

Google's latest hot piece of hardware has certainly earned some high praise, but like many products, it's bound to suffer at least a few complications. Several people, myself included, have experienced problems with random reboots, freezing, and assorted Wi-Fi connection issues. Now, complaints are emerging about the GPS from quite a few owners of the tablet. Many people are finding that a good lock is achieved initially and persists for a while, but eventually drops out or gets stuck on a single location and can only be restored after some tinkering in settings or completely rebooting the device.

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PSA: Google Latitude Shuts Down Today

When Google updated Maps earlier this summer, Latitude was no where to be found. It turned out that the days of Google's location tracking and sharing service were over. We suspect that Latitude is another victim of Google+, which introduced the ability to check into locations and share current locations in new posts not long before Google announced that it was retiring Latitude. Today is the last day to export your data from the service, so hop on it if you want to maintain access to this data.

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[Rumor] New Nexus 10 To Be Made By ASUS According To Geek.com, Former WSJ Reporter Conveniently "Clarifies" Samsung Rumor

According to Geek.com's Russell Holly, the successor to the Nexus 10 - which will be called the Nexus 10  - will be manufactured by ASUS, not Samsung. Holly bases his belief on information from "multiple sources" and an internal Best Buy inventory listing, a well-known Nexus retail partner. Here's that inventory listing, which has otherwise generic "placeholder" info (aka don't pay attention to the obviously-wrong release date).

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Now, my first thought was "well, this directly contradicts an earlier report from a reliable source," allegedly Google's own Sundar Pichai, as spoken to by the Wall Street Journal's Amir Efrati, who has since left his post at that publication.

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CheapCast Aims To Turn Any Android Device Into A Chromecast, Early Version Demoed On Video

The Chromecast is already a pretty cheap device, but what if you don't have one handy? Developer Sebastian Mauer is working on an emulator for Android called CheapCast. It would allow you to treat any Android device like a Chromecast, and it looks to be working just fine in his proof of concept video.

The video shows a phone sending video to a tablet, but it could be any device, even an Android HDMI stick.

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[New App] Official PGA Championship 2013 App Chips In To The Play Store, No Tablets Allowed

The NFL pre-season started this week. That doesn't have anything to do with the PGA, but I thought it might liven up this story about a golf app.

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PGA Championship is the official Android app for the eponymous sporting event. It's sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, and by "sponsored," I mean that there appears to be a photo of a car that I can't afford on a lot of the app screens.

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