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Sony Xperia Honami Spotted In The Wild, 20.7 Megapixel 4K Camera Seems Legit

The Sony Honami, or possibly the Xperia i1, still doesn't have an official existence. But it's been spotted in leaked renders and system dumps, so it's a pretty safe bet that it's coming to market at some point. The big phone with an even bigger camera sensor was recently spotted hanging out with an iPhone 5 on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, which also compared it to a less bombastic Xperia Z.

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Official NFL Mobile App Pulls A Reverse, Now Allows Rooted Users

Last week the NFL released a shiny new version of its official Android app. There were some nice additions, like a much-improved interface and some team tracking features. Oh, and it unceremoniously kicked rooted users to the bench, not even allowing them to check scores. Considering that at least some of them had paid Verizon or a cable provider for access to live streaming video, they were justifiably upset.

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It looks like the update to version 8.1.1 has quietly removed the root check, allowing power users to access the app without issue.

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[Deal Alert] Dude, Dell's Got The Sprint HTC One For $30 On-Contract, Plus Free Shipping, Free Activation, Free Beats Headphones, And A $50 Gift Card

Dell sells computers. They also sell other stuff. Usually we don't care - after all, Amazon sells even more other stuff, and most of the time it's cheaper. But every once in a while Dell comes up with a jaw-dropping deal. Like today: you can pick up a Sprint HTC One from the Dell Mobility Store for $50 on-contract for new customers. That's a cool $150 off the retail price. But wait, there's more...

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Official 2013 Nexus 7 Sleeve Now In The US And Canadian Play Store For $29.99, And An Obscene $50+ Shipped [Update: Less Insane Shipping]

Update: Okay, Google clearly goofed on this one. The shipping prices have been fixed so now there is a $3.99 saver option (5-10 days), $7.99 ground (3-5 days), and two day shipping for $11.99. This thing is still expensive, but at least shipping isn't bonkers.

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The new Nexus 7 seems like a pretty great device in almost every way. Despite reports of a few bugs, we're quite fond of it around here.

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[Bug Watch] Android 4.3 - Automatic Looping Of Sounds With SoundPool Is Broken, May Cause Some Games And Apps To Be Eerily Quiet

Little things can add a lot of otherwise unnoticed polish to the apps we use and the games we play on a daily basis. Thanks to animations, sound effects, music, and custom graphics, our software tends to feel more responsive and engaging. But sometimes a bug comes along and breaks a part of that experience. Today, we're going to take a look at one of the more user-facing bugs to sneak out with Android 4.3: automatically looping sounds are broken in numerous apps.

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Orbotix Announces Sphero 2.0 – A Faster, More Durable Robotic Ball

The original Sphero was an interesting idea, but it was a bit delicate and underpowered. Sphero 2.0 might be worth some consideration, though. Orbotix has made the new Sphero twice as fast (about 7 ft per second) and packed in a bunch of LEDs to make it three times brighter than Sphero 1.0. The company is also dropping an updated driving app to go with the new ball.

To show off the increased speed and acceleration, Orbotix is including two ramps in the box so you can catch some air with Sphero 2.0.

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Google+ App Updated To Version 4.1: Google Drive Support, Better Account Switching, Pull To Refresh, And Google+ Messenger Is Gone

In a detailed post to Google+ this morning, Googler Virgil Dobjanschi announced new and enhanced features for the Google+ Android app. They'll be arriving in an update to version 4.1, set to go live today. According to Dobjanschi, the changes are focused on additions and revisions suggested by end users, and looking at the list, we're inclined to believe him.

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First of all: no more Google+ Messenger. Ha-lay-freakin-lujah. Since the new Hangouts app has effectively replaced G+ messenger on the web, the mobile version is following suit, meaning you won't ever have to see that extraneous icon in your app drawer again.

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HTC's Full Robert Downey Jr. Ad Leaked: Maybe They Should Have Stuck With Van Der Beek [Update: Full Quality]

Update: Here's The Commercial (in full quality).

You probably saw the teaser ad for HTC's new campaign featuring none other than Robert Downey, Jr., star of the 2003 film adaptation of British TV series The Singing Detective. (Among other things.) Today the full 105-second spot was posted to YouTube. The quality is a little low, but you can still make everything out. Then you'll have to try and forget it.

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Samsung Hennessy Flip Phone Announced: Ten Keys, Four Cores, Two Screens, One Hinge, And Zero Chance Of A US Release

Flip phones are still pretty huge in the Asian market. And I don't mean the standard freebies you can get on contract elsewhere, I'm talking big-screen, full-OS, powerful flip phones that still use the old T9 dialpad layout. Samsung is hoping to get a piece of that pie with the Android-powered Hennessy (SCH-W789), a flip phone with dual 3.3" screens and Android 4.1. It's currently set for a Chinese release, though an exact price or date isn't available.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Has SanDisk's Ultra Series On Sale: 32GB MicroSD For $20 (71% Off), 64GB For $42 (58% Off)

Considering that Amazon owns Woot.com, the go-to place for single-day sales, it's amazing how often incredibly steep deals can be found on the Gold Box portal. Today it's another round of dramatic discounts on SanDisk's line of flash storage cards and drives. For Android users, the MicroSD cards are the most interesting: you can grab a Sandisk Ultra 32GB card for $19.99 (71% off the regular price of $69.99) or the 64GB version for $41.99 (58% off the regular price of $99.99).

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