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[Update: Winners] Apps World North America Is Happening On February 7-8 In San Francisco, And We Have Two Two-Day Passes To Give Away ($1220 Each)

It's that time again, folks – time for devs to get together at Apps World's North American event and learn some stuff. Just like in the past, we've teamed up with Apps World to offer a free way in. And just like last year's European event, we have two passes to give away for the North American conference. These are the full deal, too – both days, every event, all zones, every workshop, all presentations...

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Motorola Photon Q Receiving Minor OTA Update (Software Version ASA-14)

If you have a Motorola Photon Q, time to start the ritualistic checking for updates: a new OTA is headed out this morning. Software version 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-14, the first update since the ASA-10 maintenance release in October, will get your Q running the latest and greatest. And no, it's not Jelly Bean (though the Q will be getting Jelly Bean... at some point). The changelog isn't much of a log, either:

- Various fixes to improve overall device stability

But hey, bug fixes are bug fixes, and that's probably going to make someone somewhere happy.

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This Awesome Homescreen Uses Photos Of Real Objects As App Icons, Is Beautiful

Forget skeuomorphism. Why do we need things that look like objects if we can just use actual objects? That's what reddit user and notable George Bruns ballad davy_crockett thought. Using a combination of Apex launcher's ability to resize the icon grid and MultiPicture Live Wallpaper to use multiple photos for different homescreens, he created a layout that's made up entirely of real-world things. Want to play music? Tap the headphones.

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[Roundup] The Very Best Games From 2012

To round out our coverage of the Play Store's very best offerings from 2012, we're back with our top picks for best new game. In the interest of saving readers time, energy, and money in their search for awesome new games, we've compiled a short list of only the most notable games from the past year.

Our picks are arranged in no particular order, and since there are far more than four new games worth talking about, so we've got plenty of runners up.

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Koush's Latest App Is Carbon (Not That Carbon) - A Free App Backup Solution For Google Drive And More

If you've even dabbled in the Android mod scene, you know Koushik "Koush" Dutta. He's the chap who made ClockworkMod recovery and several other handy tools for advanced users. His latest app is Carbon, which may or may not be sarcastically named after the famously postponed Twitter app. (The app icon is a trollface - we'll leave the interpretation up to you.) The function is simple: back up both your local APKs and their associated app data.

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Tapatalk HD Leaves Beta, Is On One-Day Only Sale For $0.99 In The Play Store

Back in late December, Tapatalk HD beta left the forum-only download arrangement and made its way into the Play Store as a free download. Now, the beta period has ended, the aforementioned freebie is no more, and the first stable client is available.

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For those who may not be familiar with Tapatalk, it's essentially a way to natively interact with many forums from your Android device. This prevents you from having to deal with the cumbersome (and not-touch-friendly) interface of most message boards.

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Samsung: The Galaxy S Line Has Sold More Than 100 Million Units Globally

One hundred million – that's a pretty massive number. And it's one that Samsung can now tout as a sales figure for the Galaxy S line as a whole. That's a combined number for the entire series: the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S III; no other Galaxy phones, like the Note, are included.

The original Galaxy S made its debut in June of 2010, with the Galaxy S II arriving just 10 months later – in April of 2011.

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[Roundup] The Very Best Apps From 2012

As promised, we've got another set of roundups for you this month. This time, though, we're not just looking at last month's best apps and games – we've got a short list of the very best apps and games from all of 2012.

To be sure, poring over all the apps we've covered in the past year was an arduous task. We've picked three entries for each category (in no particular order), but there were certainly more than four new apps worth talking about.

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ZX Spectrum/Commodore 64 Classic 'Lords Of Midnight' Comes To Android – 'The War Of The Solstice Has Begun'

Breathing new energy into Mike Singleton's 1984 classic the Lords of Midnight, Chris Wild has brought the game to Android. The game, for those unaware, is an epic adventure game – first enjoyed on the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 – that takes players (along with three other characters) on an adventure to destroy the Ice Crown and defeat Doomdark, with the option to recruit lords and troops to defeat Doomdark's minions.

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ASUS Aims For 'Emerging Markets' In January With The $149 Seven-Inch MeMO Pad, US Launch Set For April

ASUS, in a bid to sell to "several emerging markets," has just announced the MeMO Pad – a seven-inch tablet sporting ASUS' nearly-stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience, a 1GHz VIA CPU (with Mali-400 GPU), a 1024x600 display, 1GB RAM, and up to 16GB internal storage with a refreshing microSD slot available for expansion.

Just like the Nexus 7, the MeMO pad just offers a front-facing camera, though it's a 1MP shooter with a back-illuminated sensor.

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