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Glass XE17.3 OTA Update Discovered, Enables Experimental "Notification Glance" To Reduce Whiplash Injuries [Update: It's Rolling Out And The Factory Image Has Been Posted]

Ever since the unexpected delay between XE12 and XE16, the Glass team has been in a near rapid-fire mode with the OTAs. There were a staggering 5 updates of XE16 in the month of April (6 if you count the 2-parter with XE 12.1) and 3 official versions of XE17 during the month of May. As it turns out, there may be a fourth, unreleased May update to Google's experimental wearable.

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[Developer Changelog] Comprehensive List Of All 7,454 Changes Between 4.4.2 (KOT49H) Through 4.4.3 (KTU84L)


Unless you blacked out all of the news from yesterday to avoid a deluge of stories about what has been happening in Cupertino, you probably caught wind that there's a brand new update to Android. Whether you're manually installing the latest OTA or going all out with the factory images, you might be interested to know what is actually different. Thanks to Al Sutton, we've got a brand new changelog compiled from the list of code commits submitted to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

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Paranoid Android 4.4 Beta 1 Adds CyanogenMod Theme Engine Compatibility

One of the nicest things about CyanogenMod (from a cosmetic perspective, anyway) is support for hundreds and hundreds of community-baked themes on the Play Store and elsewhere. As opposed to a launcher theme or icon set, these themes are system-wide, and they can completely change the look of your phone or tablet in a few seconds. Custom ROMs often bake in a compatible theme system (see AOKP), and now the popular Paranoid Android family has done so as well.

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[New Game] Wordbase Is A Strategic Game Of Vocabulary Vengeance

In Wordbase, you have to reach the opponents base not by traversing mountains and flanking opposing forces, but with your words. You'll get there one letter at a time, even if you have to fight dirty. It's a licentious linguistic battle, but no one ever said it'd be pretty.

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The game board in Wordbase is essentially a giant word hunt puzzle. However, unlike those games, you can pick out words in any direction and along diagonals – the letters just have to connected to each other in some way.

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Amazon Update Adds Flow Scanning Features To The Shopping App, Among Other Things

Remember Flow, Amazon's augmented reality shopping aid that kinda sorta worked? Well now you don't have to, because the functionality has been rolled into the main Amazon shopping app. Now you can scan barcodes and even full products (at least some of the time) to compare their prices to everyone's favorite online megamart. And incidentally, you don't need a second app to do it.

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The Flow features work best with a barcode, but the camera scanner will try to identify anything.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Buy Me A Pie Pro, AirFighters Pro, Stellarium Mobile Sky Map (Free), And More

It's time again to venture into the Play Store in search of sales, but be very quiet. You don't want to startle the illusive sale... See? Now you've done it. You scared it away and now you have to pay full price. Okay, here are some more, but be more careful this time.

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Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) OTA Rolling Out To The 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7, Here's The Zip Link To Install It Now

Yesterday was a relatively big day for Android, at least compared to our regularly scheduled programming - Google sent us a gift in the form of the 4.4.3 update, available immediately via factory images and in AOSP. The problem with factory images, however, is that they require an unlocked bootloader to flash, so many of you opt in to wait for the respective OTAs.

The first such OTA has just arrived - it's for the 2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi (not for LTE yet), also known as Razor.

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Sony Debuts The Xperia T3, A 5.3" Phone With A Svelte 7mm Frame And Decidedly Mid-Range Specs

The mid-range market continues to expand into larger and larger handsets, and Sony doesn't want to be left behind. To that end, they've announced the Xperia T3, a 5.3-inch Android phone with an awesome industrial design, but internals that will leave hardware buffs wanting more. The star of the show is an all-steel body that's admirably thin at just 7mm. It will be available globally in late July.

Move past the admittedly pretty body (available in white, black, or purple), and you'll see hardware that's shooting for the bottom of the mid-range.

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HTC Shows Off The One E8, A Colorful Alternative To The One M8 With A Single Rear Camera And Dual SIM Slots

Do you want most of the HTC One's features in a device that's not quite as expensive? Then meet the One (E8), HTC's newest smartphone. Between the plastic (oops, sorry, "polycarbonate") body and a separate model with dual SIM card slots, it's clear that this handset is aimed at developing markets. The announcement post for the phone doesn't mention a specific date or price, but my money's on "soon" and "upper mid-range."

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First of all, the E8's screen is 5" and 1080p, the same as the One M8.

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Hands-On With The New Google Dialer v1.1 From Android 4.4.3 (Works On Android 4.4+ Too) [APK Download]

Android 4.4.3 is mostly a bug fix update, but for some reason, Google also opted to include an updated version of the official Google dialer this time. We saw this leak a few times before, and indeed, it's looking pretty much like we expected it to. Let's take a look at how it differs from the old version. Some functions have moved around and it's a lot more blue.

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