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VLC For Android Gets Unofficial Hourly Alpha Builds, Courtesy Of A Generous Developer

VLC is one of those tools that's in every geek's toolbox. The video player that supports every video format known to man still doesn't have an official, finished Android version, though. In the meantime, however, developer cvpcs, has done us all the courtesy of setting up an hourly build server for the alpha of VLC for Android.

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The builds come in both NEON and non-NEON flavors. So, folks with older phones, or devices with the Tegra 2, for example, should probably download the non-NEON version. Newer devices packing the likes of the T3, S4, and modern Exynos SoCs can enjoy the NEON version.

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[New App] Hojoki Combines Your Favorite Cloud Productivity Services Into One Handy News Feed

The world of the future has some pretty great products to keep productive. Things like Google Calendar, Dropbox, Evernote, and a myriad of other services all aim to make our lives easier and more cloud-centric. Trouble is that these services are all separate. When a group you're working with adds a new event to a Google Calendar, adds some relevant files to Dropbox, and scribbles some notes in Evernote, that's three different sites you need to track. Hojoki aims to alleviate this problem by creating a news feed of all your cloud-based services.

The app supports a wide variety of cloud services.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 10: My Unit Has Horrible Light Bleed

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast, where you can get the full Android Police experience (read: puns) delivered straight to your ears. On this week's episode, we're talking Nexus device rumors, EVO 4G LTE, and more. It's exciting.

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THE OUTLINE

Carrier 411

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Total Commander For Android Graduates From Release Candidates To Final v1.0, Will No Longer Expire When You Need It Most

While discussing Total Commander with its founder Christian Ghisler back in the day, I asked him whether we'd ever see an Android Market (now Play Store) release.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked International GSM Galaxy Note Available On eBay Daily Deals For $459

It's only been a few months since the Galaxy Note started making waves, but we're seeing prices steadily drop on unlocked models. Not that long ago, we spotted the device for $519. Now we've spotted it even lower, available on eBay Daily Deals or $459 off-contract. This device is the international variant, so sorry AT&T T-Mobile users, you'll have to sit this one out if you want 3G.

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As the price drops lower and lower, it reaches downright affordable territory. With the Galaxy Nexus available on the Play Store for a mere $400, and the Note here for $459 off-contract just a few months after its initial launch, one can almost start to feel something resembling hope for cheap, contract free phones.

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[Lightning Review] Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard For Android 3.0+ Devices

Earlier this week, I took a look at the new Bluetooth keyboard for mobile devices from ZAGG, the ZAGGkeys Flex. Since one can never have enough gadgets for their gadgets, today we're going to look at Logitech's offering to the Android tablet realm. While this keyboard isn't brand-spanking new (it has been out for a year or so), it's still just as relevant as it was on release day; given the increase in popularity of Android tablets, perhaps even more so.

Before we get into the the good and bad aspects of this keyboard, though, let's first take a look at the details.

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[Update: Verizon Clarifies] Verizon Will End Unlimited Data Grandfathering If You Buy A 4G Phone From This Summer Onward

Update: In response to the rather vocal outcries of many of its subscribers on the web, Verizon has clarified what will happen to 3G/4G data plans explicitly. The takeaway is this: anyone purchasing a smartphone from this summer forward on subsidy pricing will be pushed into tiered/shared data. If you choose not to buy a smartphone on subsidy, you can keep your unlimited plan if you choose to.

This means if you renew your 2-year agreement, from this summer forward, on any line by buying a "discounted" phone, you lose unlimited.

Here are the exact statements:

  • Customers will not be automatically moved to new shared data plans.
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4 Best Android 3.0+ Apps For Tablets From The Last Month (4/19/12 - 5/17/12)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new tablet apps or ones that added tablet support. Regular apps and games are coming soon.

Unfortunately, I could only find 4 tablet apps in almost a month, which makes me really sad. Sure, a lot of apps are automatically compatible with tablets, but we always appreciate the extra effort that goes into making a dedicated tablet UI.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.
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[Update] Galaxy S III Pre-Orders Pop Up On Amazon, Blue And White Models Available For $799 And Up, For Release On June 1st

Standing opposite HTC's One X, the Galaxy S III is one of this year's most hotly anticipated devices. If you're overly eager to get in on the pre-order action, Amazon has pre-orders available from several retailers. It's worth noting that the "Featured Merchants" among them include names like TechnoTradingHouse.com or BLUTEKUSA. Relatively unknowns, but they've all popped up in very close succession.

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It's worth noting that Amazon has a policy of not collecting payments on pre-orders until the item has shipped. So, if you just can't wait to get your name on the list, but you're hesitant to trust the unfamiliar names on the list, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that Amazon is providing a small bit of consumer protection.

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Roland-Garros® 2012 Is The Official App Of The French Open, Tennis Fans Rejoice

If tennis isn't your thing, then I'll see you later! Now, for the rest of you, get ready to download one of the most important tennis-related apps of the year. The French Open has its own app in the Play Store right now. The app allows tennis fans to keep track of the schedule of the two-week event, get alerts before and during the event, and integrates relevant Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as real-time stats.

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The event starts on May 27th and lasts for two weeks. The app will start warming up on May 22nd, though, so sports fans can get started scratching that itch early.

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