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AT&T Makes It Official – Will Buy DirecTV For $48.5 billion

The rumors surfaced last week, and AT&T made it official yesterday evening. The telecom company has agreed to pay nearly $50 billion in cash and stock for satellite TV provider DirecTV. If approved by regulators, the new AT&T would have control of about 26 million TV subscribers.

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[New App] AllCast Receiver Hits Google Play, Lets You Stream Media To Any Android Device Using AllCast

Koush has certainly been busy since his departure from Cyanogen Inc. After getting AllCast working on the Fire TV with a receiver app, the AllCast Receiver is now in Google Play for use on any Android device. This essentially makes your device a streaming target in AllCast, letting you send media from one device to another.

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Xposed Framework Version 2.6 Adds New Logo And Card User Interface, New Downloader Options, And More

Xposed has fast become the go-to modification tool for Android power users who are comfortable with root, but who won't (or can't) move to a completely custom ROM. The latest update to the non-Play Store app adds a few creature comforts in the form of user interface tweaks, plus the usual bug fixes under the hood.

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The first thing you'll notice is a spiffy new logo for your launcher and shortcuts.

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A Pair Of Alleged 'Galaxy S5 Prime' Leaks Raise Lots Of Questions And Give Few Answers

Rumors have been circling of an upgraded version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship for a few months now, including the idea that it will feature the metal body that's been desired by at least some Samsung fans for quite a while. A pair of leaks for the supposed device have surfaced this weekend, one on video and one in a set of photos. And they can't both be right.

The video above shows off what's alleged to be a pre-production phone smuggled out of Samsung.

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Today Calendar Adds An Auto-Updating Date To Its App Icon - Why Doesn't Google Calendar Do This?

Update: The developer contacted us to let us know that the update he showed off hasn't been applied yet, but will be released very soon.

At Android Police, we're Android evangelists. It's pretty rare that you'll get us to admit that Apple does something better than Google. But in terms of almost obsessive attention to visual design, Apple has the upper hand. Case in point: the iCal app icon on the iPhone and iPad updates every day, putting the correct day of the month on the icon.

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gReader Hits Version 3.7, Brings New Themes, Custom Notifications, And More

Even though Google Reader has long been dead, many of the tools that remained in its wake are still going strong, and the way that most users utilized the tool has gone largely unchanged. The conversion to Feedly was a rather smooth one in my opinion, and integration with some of my favorite apps, like gReader, has been flawless.

Today, gReader received a rather significant update to version 3.7, which brings about many new changes and improvements, including a pair of new themes, custom notifications, better shortcut management, and several others.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition On eBay Daily Deals For $349.99

If you were tempted to pick up a refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 during the deal we posted earlier this week, but the 16GB internal storage left you wanting, an even more enticing offer just appeared on eBay. For just $11 more, you can score a model with 32GB built-in!

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Specs:

  • 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 Super LCD display (~299 ppi)
  • Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage + MicroSD expandable storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • 8MP rear camera / 2MP front camera
  • S-Pen Stylus

These are manufacturer refurbished units and should operate as if they are fresh off the factory floor, but they may have "light signs of use." This is a pretty remarkable deal for a 2014 model (released Oct 2013), especially since $415 is the lowest price available for a matching refurbished unit on Amazon.

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Official Nexus 5 Snap Case Quick Look: Not Bad, But Not Significantly Better Than The Competition

A few days ago, Google added a line of official snap cases to the Play Store for the Nexus 5. Some readers may be yearning for a closer inspection of Google's late-entry accessory, which - at first glance - looks a lot like the myriad cheaper options available online, so we're going to give it a quick look.

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To tell the truth, the selection of snap cases online isn't separated from the official case by much.

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[Weekend Poll] Will / Would You Use PayPal On The Google Play Store Over Wallet Or Gift Cards?

Earlier this week, Google rolled out a Play Store update and announced support for billing via PayPal on the Play Store. While the list of initial countries supported is relatively small compared to the overall number of countries with access to paid content on the store, it seems inevitable that this list will grow as time goes on.

In many countries, consumers have limited access to credit cards, and Google Play gift cards are either unavailable or inconvenient as an alternative.

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Italy Investigates Google, Apple, Amazon, and Gameloft For Misleading 'Free To Play' Games

You can't talk about mobile gaming without mentioning the elephant in the room: the free-to-play model. The bane of many a purist gamer and unwitting parent, an over-reliance on free downloads and hooks for in-app purchases has made mobile gaming a minefield of games based on upsell and addiction. Italy's had enough, and its antitrust authority is investigating app store owners Google, Apple, and Amazon, and game publisher Gameloft, for unfair commercial practices.

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