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Getaround Car Sharing Service Releases Android App For Use In Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, And San Francisco

The American dream of owning a car is on the decline, and depending on which part of the country you live in, there's no shortage of ways to get from point A to point B without reaching for your own set of car keys. Getaround is one company that has carved a niche for itself, allowing drivers to rent vehicles from private owners, who are able to set their own rental price.

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A Customized Version Of SwiftKey Helps Stephen Hawking Communicate More Quickly

Most of you have probably heard of theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, one of the most high-profile scientists in the world. Hawking suffers from a rare condition related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that leaves him with extremely limited movement; for the last few decades he has used a customized mobile computer and a voice synthesizer to speak and write with tiny muscular actions. The latest version of his personal setup was created with the help of Intel and SwiftKey, and the keyboard software developer detailed the process on its company blog.

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[Deal Alert] Get Unlimited Mobile Cloud Backup From IDrive For $10

Normally the IDrive mobile backup service is $5 a year for unlimited data backups. (Not to be confused with the desktop version, which is considerably more expensive.) But today you can get a lifetime of backup service for just ten bucks. StackSocial is running the promotion, which will be available for another six days. If you find Google or Dropbox's backup plans too limiting, this might be worth a look.

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Verizon's Galaxy S4 Gets A Small OTA Update To Fix A Power Cycle Issue

If your Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been randomly rebooting, you might want to check for a system update. No, it's not getting Lollipop, but Verizon says that this update does fix "the intermittent power cycle issue." Translation: before this update the phone crashed. Now it will not crash. We hope. The only other change for software version KOT49H.I545VRUFNK1 (PDF link) is a VPN connectivity fix.

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Verizon's S4 has gotten a few of these small updates, so you should know how it goes by now: any modification to the system or the recovery will cause a flash error, and if you have root before the update it's possible you might lose it afterward.

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Google's Santa Tracker 2.0 Slides Down The Play Store Chimney

'Twas the first of December, when in the Play Store

came an app that we'd all seen just one year before.

A Santa tracker made kids really keen

with a sizeable update for Twenty-Fourteen.

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Firefox Stable Hits v34 With Chromecast Mirroring, Updated Theme, And More

Mozilla has rolled a new version of Firefox out to the Android browser's stable channel, bringing with it screen mirroring and a few other goodies. This isn't the first time some of this has popped up in Firefox, but being the stable channel, it all works now.

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Android Distribution Numbers For December: KitKat Gains, Lollipop Not On The Board Yet

The numbers are in - the Android version distribution numbers, that is. This month's update shows no surprising change in trends, with KitKat adoption growing 3.7% over last month. Jelly Bean continues its net decline, this month losing 2.2% of the pie.

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Ice Cream Sandwich fell 0.7%, as did Gingerbread, and Froyo is down another 0.1%. Lollipop isn't featured in the chart, as it does not yet have the requisite 0.1% to be shown.

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Aralon, Clash Of Puppets, And Slingshot Racing Join Humble Crescent Moon Mobile Bundle—And We Have 10 Codes To Give Away!

The Crescent Moon Mobile Bundle was already an impressive collection of DRM-free Android gaming goodness when it hit the web a week ago, and now it's even better. The ten included games (four of which making their Android debuts) have been joined by three more—Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Clash of Puppets, and Slingshot Racing.

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Like most late Humble Bundle additions, these three titles have made the rounds a few times. Aralon: Sword and Shadow is an epic RPG that brings Elder Scrolls-inspired gameplay to mobile devices.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Fire TV Down To $69 ($30 Off) For Cyber Monday

Amazon is bringing out the big guns this Cyber Monday. The $99 Fire TV streaming box is already a good deal, but now it's on sale for just $69. To save that $30, you have to place your order today.

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Nova Launcher 3.3 With Android Lollipop-Style App Drawer Goes Stable

Nova is a homescreen launcher replacement that doesn't look like one, an option that feels about as close to stock as anything non-stock can—except immediately following the release of a new version of Android. During that time, Nova looks slightly dated, harking back to a distant past known to us as several months ago (or, for the majority of devices out there, the present). But without fail, an update comes that brings Nova users the look and feel of Google's latest homescreen.

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