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[Bug Watch] Flac Audio Files Are Popping And Stuttering On Android 4.4, A Fix Is Coming

If you're an audio perfectionist, you've surely stumbled onto flac, an audio compression format designed to deliver lossless recordings. The file sizes are considerably larger than your average MP3, but the sound quality is unparalleled by lossy compression algorithms. It's not hard to see why audiophiles drift towards flac as their preferred storage medium. Now imagine the latest version of Android is causing stuttering, cracks, pops, and static in the otherwise perfect playback of flac.

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[Deal Alert] OfficeMax Offering 20% Off Tablets And Other Products, 32GB Nexus 7 Only $215.99 After Coupon

OfficeMax may not be the first store you hit up when looking for new electronics, but the retailer is currently offering 20% off the price of a wide range of Android tablets and other items, including printers, ink, and other substantially less exciting necessities. To take advantage of the offer, you just have to pick out your product of choice and enter SAVE20 at checkout. The code is valid from now until January 11th.

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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Flight Control, USB Scanner, Reball (free), And More

As CES continues to chug along, there are still things going on in Google Play that deserve your attention. We've got things to tell you about that are cheaper than they usually are – "sales" in the parlance of our time.

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[CES 2014] Fuhu Makes The DreamTab Official, Shows Off Its New UI, And Announces Several Nabi-Related Updates

When it comes to big things happening at CES, Fuhu isn't really the first name that comes to mind. Understandably so, as it's a small, niche company. But don't sell it short, either – these guys have been hard at work and have some great-looking products set for release in 2014.

We spent some time in the Fuhu suite yesterday here at CES in Las Vegas, where company representatives walked us through some of the upcoming products and accessories that we can expect to see later this year.

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New Leaked Images Show Nokia's Vision For Android On The Normandy, Courtesy Of @evleaks

Nokia's rumored Android phone, the Normandy, has popped up a few times in leaked pics, but we've never seen the UI until now. In the newest images, the Android interface designed by Nokia is on display for all to see.

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[CES 2014] Hisense Blurs The Line Between Phone And Tablet With The Massive 6.8-Inch X1

Update: According to this post on Engadget, the Hisense X1 is slated to come to the United States in the second quarter of this year. The company will sell the X1 under the "Sliver" brand as an unlocked handset, and they are reportedly pursuing carrier partnerships as well.

The likes of HTC and Samsung have been pushing phones to larger and larger dimensions for years, but humble Chinese manufacturer Hisense is about to shoot for the moon.

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[CES 2014] Sony Demonstrates PlayStation Now Streaming Game Service, Coming To Phones And Tablets Eventually

Sony is a huge electronics and media company, so of course they aren't limiting their CES presence to phones. But there's one item that should be of interest to Android gamers: PlayStation Now. This newly-announced service will stream PlayStation games over the Internet to compatible hardware, and includes more than just PlayStation consoles. Sony explicitly announced support for the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and certain Bravia televisions at CES, but the presentation and press materials say that support for phones and tablets will come eventually.

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[Bonus Round] Fractal Combat X, Devils, Galactic Phantasy Prelude, Wordspionage, Race Stunt Fighter 3, And Hack Ex

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 casual flight simulator, a hellish puzzle game, an ambitious space fighter, a sneaky Scrabble variant, a motorcycle trick game, and a virtual hacking title.

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Sprint Announces Six New Spark LTE Markets And Support For Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go On Spark

Ever since the shutdown of Nextel, Sprint has been preparing to make use of the newly vacated spectrum for its tri-band LTE known as Spark. The carrier has announced today that Spark is launching in six more markets, bringing to total to 11. Virgin Mobile broadband customers can also get a taste of the speed starting today.

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Sprint Mashes Up Friends And Family, Announces New "Framily" Plans With Data Caps And Device Financing

What do you get when you combine friends and family? You get a new Sprint marketing slogan known as "Framily." The Now Network is launching the new Framily Plans on January 10th and encouraging people – related or not – to get together on a single account. The mechanics of the Framily Plans are more than a little different than traditional family plans, though.

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The cost of each line changes based on how many people are on the account.

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