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Splashtop Thinks You're Going To Spend $25 (Or More!) To Pretend Your Android Tablet Runs Windows 8

Splashtop makes some great remote desktop software. I like Splashtop. So please friends, readers, and developers over at Splashtop, keep in mind my love for the company as a whole when I say the following sentence: Charging users $25 to try out Windows 8 on an Android tablet is an absurd, opportunistic, rip off of an idea. Most disappointingly, it will work for a small minority of users. And their money spends just the same as any other.

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The madness begins when you discover that the $25 entry fee to the Windows 8 tablet show is a steep discount.

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SoundHound Version 5.0 Hits The Play Store, Brings All New Interface, Quicker Music Recognition, And "Song Stream"

Version 5 of the popular music-identifying app SoundHound just hit the Play Store, bringing a handful of enhancements and improvements to the app.

The first thing you'll notice is the new interface, which features a new homescreen with a "carousel of content" where you'll find top songs, most shared songs, and most tweeted songs. Also in the carousel is a new "song stream" feature where you can hear new singles from various artists directly within the SoundHound App.

One of my favorite things about the update is that it brings Spotify integration. Once you've searched a song, there's a new option to "Play Now in Spotify," which is absolutely fantastic.

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[Deal Alert] NewTrent iPulse 10,000 mAh Dual-Port Portable Charger From Daily Steals for $50 (50% Off)

If you need as much juice as you can get while on the go, then this 10,000mAh portable charger should fit the bill perfectly. This massive battery pack features dual USB ports (one 2A, one 1A) so you can charge two devices at one time, enough juice to charge most smartphone at least four times, and compatibility for "tablet PCs."

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While it's going for $90 on Amazon right now, you can score one for $50 from Daily Steals for today only. That's a pretty good deal, especially for a portable charger packing that much on-the-go power. Hit the link below to buy.

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Google+ Events' Secrets Revealed, There Is Some Kind Of (Downloadable?) Themes Feature

If you haven't heard, Google+ is getting an events feature. "Party at Ron's house, 9pm on Friday, who's coming?" - that sort of thing. News of G+ Events leaked, surprisingly, through Google Calendar. Someone discovered G+ Events code in GCal - Apparently there will be some integration. Sounds plausible.

The Android app, of course, is going to need to support the fancy new events feature too. The other day in our AP chat, Eric pointed out a hidden section in the G+ App's navigation list. The list appears to end after "Local" but there's actually a blank button underneath Local, and tapping on the blank spot it will trigger a button highlight.

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ClamBook Is A Lapdock For Your Android Phone That's Better Than (And Is Compatible With) Webtop

Motorola introduces a novel idea with its Atrix phone: a lapdock. The idea was simple. All these Android app can be extremely productive, so why limit them to a single, small screen? Plug your phone into the lapdock, use its frankly-over-powered processor to run a larger screen with a keyboard and trackpad. Well, that's exactly what the ClamBook does. Only it does it way better.

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As you can see in the renders above, when most phones are plugged in, you're presented with a tablet-styled UI. The device doesn't appear to be touchscreen, but Android has had support for mouse functionality since Android 3.1, so you won't be stuck.

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Completely Overhauled HD Widgets Version 3.0 Hits The Play Store, Goes On $0.99 Sale For 48 Hours To Celebrate

Version 3.0 of HD Widgets landed in the Play Store this morning, bringing a completely overhauled interface, all new widgets, and far more customizations that ever before along with it. I've been playing with the release candidate for the last couple of days (though I've been using HD Widgets for quite a while), and I have to say: this is the best version of HD Widgets yet.

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For starters, all of the standard widgets have been updated with more color options, better customization, new backgrounds, and more overall detail. The preview editor has also been completely revamped, and is far more intuitive and easy to use now.

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Foursquare Version 5.0 Hits The Play Store, Gets Rebuilt From The Ground Up

Foursquare's mobile app hit the big five-point-oh today, with a brand new overhaul that's so comprehensive, the What's New section on the Play Store gave up and said "Go check it out for yourself!" The app has gotten a whole new ICS-styled look, which just looks fantastic. In addition, the app has revamped the "Explore" tab that allows you to see what's around you, encouraging more discovery, instead of mindlessly checking in whenever you happen to go to Starbucks.

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Foursquare is clearly looking to engage users more with the update, as the maps section shows. You can now see your friends' locations overlaid on a map that also highlights points of interest in your area.

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[New App] InFoto Generates Beautiful And Informative Infographics From Your Pictures

Odds are that as long as your phone is not brand new, you've taken a fair number of photos with it. Those images are so much more than a moment frozen in time; they contain delicious data ready to be splayed out and consumed. InFoto slurps up the EXIF data attached to your snapshots and builds some very cool-looking infographics from it.

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The app lets you generate a new infographic with a single tap, but you can also pull up the last data set instantly if nothing has changed. It can take a moment for InFoto to pull the data out of your images if you have a lot of them.

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[Editorial] NVIDIA's Kai Platform Could Single-Handedly Revolutionize The Android Tablet Market - Here's Why

The name Kai seemingly popped out of nowhere during NVIDIA's meeting of stockholders last month. Since then, we've heard it many times - but I still don't think it's getting the attention it deserves. Its importance, and what it means for the future of Android tablets, is being greatly understated across the board. I believe that Kai is going to be revolutionary for Android tablets - here's why.

The Budget Powerhouse Is Upon Us

We don't often use the words budget and powerhouse together in the same sentence. Historically, budget smartphone have been small, underpowered, and outdated. In the tablet arena, budget devices offer an even worse experience: most of have shoddy touchscreens, horrible resolutions, and are lacking access to the Play Store.

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[Update: Samsung Responds] Apple Amends Lawsuit Against Samsung To Include Galaxy S III, Requests Preliminary Injunction

Update: It should come as no surprise, but Samsung has responded to Apple's attack on the Galaxy S III, saying it will "demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive."

Apple and Samsung's ongoing litigation in California federal court has become something of a three-ring circus. Back in December, the presiding judge denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against a wide variety of Samsung products. Apple has since filed for more such injunctions on newer products, and the newest is the Galaxy S III.

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Apple claims the devices infringes the same "data tapping" patent it has accused HTC (again today) and Motorola of infringing - which it is now extending to the core Android long-press action dialogue menu for URLs (eg, links in Gmail, browser, etc).

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