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Google Play Store Website Adds Support For At Least 20 New Languages, Indicates A Large International Rollout

Open the flood gates and let the Play Store news come in this morning! It looks like Google has updated support of its web store at play.google.com for at least 20 new languages. One of our esteemed tipsters pointed out today that the languages list has gotten bigger. Much bigger. We checked it out for ourselves and it's true.

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Left: Old list of languages. Center, Right: So many more languages!

As you can see the list of languages is much, much longer. Including such hits as Filipino, Kiswahili and the very odd and remote dialect of English (United Kingdom).

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Viggle For Android Comes Out Of Beta And Lands In The Play Store – Earn Rewards From Your Couch By Checking In To Popular TV Shows

Viggle, which pairs a great idea with a funny name, is an app we covered last month during its beta period. The TV check-in app, which has already seen great success on iOS, recently landed in the Play Store though, finally out of beta.

For those not familiar with the app, Viggle essentially listens to your TV's audio (at your command), and figures out which show(s) you're watching by comparing the audio it heard to a database, rewarding points depending on the programming (for instance, promoted shows get more points). Those points can then be redeemed for tangible rewards, including everything from Starbucks gift cards to sweepstakes entries or hulu PLUS subscriptions.

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[Deal Alert] HTC EVO 4G LTE Now Just $50 At Amazon Wireless For New And Add-A-Line Customers

If you've been waiting to grab yourself a shiny new EVO 4G LTE, now's the perfect time - Amazon Wireless just lowered the handset's price to a mere $49.99, provided you're a new customer or you're adding a line.

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As you can see, Sprint's LTE warrior will still cost you $149.99 if you're upgrading, just as previously.

Hit up the source to order one if you're interested; if you're not yet sure, have a look at our review of the device first.

Source: Amazon Wireless

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Google Play Store Source Code Reveals The Company May Start Selling TV Shows And Magazines Soon

An enterprising young reddit user has discovered some interesting new bits in the Play Store source code today. New lines of code, as well as some new strings that indicate users will now be able to watch television shows and read magazines on their devices. So far, the Play Store's video offerings have been limited to movies, and Google Currents has specialized in blogs only.

Here are the full strings found in the source code:

 

  • "This magazine issue is now available on your device."

  • "You have subscribed to this magazine. It is now available on your device."

  • "Your TV episode is now ready to watch."

  • "Your TV season is now ready to watch."

It's unclear whether this means users will be able to purchase or merely rent television episodes, however given the availability of "Your TV season", I'm inclined to believe it's the former.

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Sirius XM Radio Coming To Google TV, Bringing Howard Stern With It

Sirius XM subscribers will soon have one more way to consume the content that they pay for - this time through Google TV. It's said that the partnership and application will be announced at Google I/O this week, and the app should be available "this summer," though no specific date has been given.

The service will be available to all Sirius XM subscribers and include all of Sirus' most popular content, like the ramblings of Howard Stern, "Carlin's Corner" (a channel dedicated specifically to George Carlin), ESPN SportsCenter, and a host of other similar content.

Now you have even more of a reason to buy the new $99 Co-Star Google TV from Vizio.

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Heroes Call THD Lands In Play Store, Lets You Loot Dungeons And Fight Monsters For Free

You may remember the name Heroes Call from E3, when NVIDIA touted it as one of the major upcoming games that would sport customizations to take full advantage of their Tegra chip. The Tegra HD (THD) version of the game was released last night at the low, low price of free. Thankfully, this might just be one of those rare cases in which "free" gets you quite a lot.

Free to play Action RPG. Answer the call!

Fight your way through more than 30 lush dungeons, collect gear, learn new skills and uncover the secrets of Brineside.

Featuring incredible graphics and deep RPG levelling and gear, Heroes Call brings dungeon crawling action and adventure to the mobile and tablet as it's never been seen before.

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US Judge Issues Injunction To Stop Sale Of Galaxy Tab 10.1, Apple Parties Like It's Mid-2011

I have bad news, good news, and news that goes both ways. The bad news: one of Apple's 8,000 lawsuits has finally borne fruit, and it's rather substantial. A US judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, meaning that once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond, the Tab 10.1 will have to be yanked from store shelves. (That $2.6 million is in case the injunction is later reversed, so that Apple can compensate Samsung.)

Luckily, there's that other news. The news that goes both ways: the American legal system is @#$%ed (obviously), and not only stifles innovation, it clogs up the system for an ungodly amount of time.

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Google Device Play Store Gets A Subtle Design Tweak Ahead Of I/O, No Longer Wastes Space With Dreadful Reflections

Ever since the current major iteration of the Android Play Store design rolled out, one aspect of it made me want to claw my eyes out and curl up in a fetal position - reflections. And we're not talking about small, harmless reflections. We're talking giant, tall, ugly ones, for the most part filled with gray pixel mud. They waste a ton of valuable space that can be taken up by another app, and in some cases several ones. Here, take a look:

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Every time a reflection appeared in the Play Store, a kitten died somewhere. Considering that the design of Google Play overall wasn't so bad, I was appalled to see that they kept appearing month after month after month.

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Beats Me: Why HTC's "Amazing Sound" On The International One X Isn't Amazing At All - Even By The Numbers

HTC's marketing of Beats Audio on its One Series handsets has rapidly become a joke among critics and internet commentators alike. And that's probably putting it nicely. The fact that the entirety of the Beats "enhancements" found on aforementioned phones has been zipped up and packaged to flash on any Android 2.3+ handset has, at least in the collective minds of the internet, exposed the Beats partnership for what it is: equalization software and a fancy logo.

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I've used all of HTC's One Series products aside from the One V; that is to say, the One X, XL (AT&T One X), and S.

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[Review] Zombies, Run! Is A Fantastic App, As Long As You Like Working Out More Than You Like Zombies

When we first took a look at Zombies, Run! a few days ago, I said that, while the concept is great, I hoped it would be $8 worth of amazing. Not to spoil the ending to this story right away, but the short version is: probably. This app could easily be worth $8 to many users. But not for the reasons you might think. And, before you start reaching for your wallet, you need to answer one very important question: are you willing to commit to a workout routine?

Game Of Moans

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To call Zombies, Run! a "game" is, perhaps, a bit disingenuous.

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