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Bugdroid May Be Immortalized In Lego Form: Android Lego Cuusoo Reaches 10,000 Votes

Lego and Android go together like an open-source operating system and an infinitely variable building toy. Lego engineer GLHTurbo agrees, which is why he submitted this 205-piece Bugroid design to the Cuusoo platform, Lego's Kickstarter-like crowdsourced idea farm. Builder submit ideas, participants vote, and the projects that reach enough votes are considered for a retail Lego kit. The Bugdroid model passed the 10,000 vote threshold late Wednesday night.

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The Lego corporation reviews 10,000+ vote submissions four times a year, and according to their Cuusoo video, only selects one project to become a reality.

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Woo Hoo! The Simpsons: Tapped Out Is Now Available In North America

Earlier this week we reported that EA had finally ported the Simpsons-themed Sim City clone Tapped Out to Android. Unfortunately, they decided to hold off on a North American release in favor of a "rest of world" rollout, perhaps to iron out the bugs. Well good news, neighborinos: Tapped Out is now available to North America, and the device access issues seem to have been ironed out.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out starts with Homer predictably destroying Springfield via a manipulative fremium game, so the player has to re-assemble the town with familiar landmarks.

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[Rumor Stomp] This Is Not The Galaxy S IV [Updated]

Update: As we suspected, this really isn't official. In fact, it's a fan render that was published on The Verge's forums two and a half months ago. Mystery solved! (Thanks, c3vzn!)

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The closer spring gets, the more rumors we can expect to see about Samsung's next-Next Big Thing (TM). Today's alleged leak comes to us via Twitter, and let's not beat around the bush - this is almost certainly not the Galaxy S IV.

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RunKeeper Updated To 3.0 With A Completely New Holo UI And Features

RunKeeper is one of the top fitness apps in Google Play, and it just got a huge update to version 3.0. Not only does this version continue RunKeeper's trend toward a more modern Holo-inspired UI, it adds features that will make your experience better.

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Here's what's new in this version of the app:

  • Visual redesign- Complete visual redesign from the ground up
  • In-activity splits- Shows your pace per mile/km or workout interval throughout the activity
  • ‘Me’ tab- Central place in the app to view your goal progress, personal records, and activity tally over time
  • Audio cue improvements- More robust audio cues
  • Workout reminders- The ability to schedule your next workout when you finish the last one

RunKeeper is a solid way to keep track of your workouts, and provides you with gobs of data to dig through.

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Deal Alert: Tiger Direct (Via eBay Daily Deals) Offering Refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 For $169.99

If you're in the market for a Nexus 7, don't want to pay full price, and yesterday's 1SaleADay deal left a bad taste in your mouth, eBay might have what you're looking for.

Through eBay's Daily Deals, seller Tiger Direct is offering up refurbished 16GB models for $169.99 shipped. That's about a $30 discount over the Play Store's price (plus shipping).

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21 Best New Android Games From The Last Week (1/29/13 - 2/6/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

This edition focuses only on new games. The app roundup is coming up soon.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions?

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Dot42 Lets Developers Build Apps In C#, Run And Deploy Them Using Microsoft Visual Studio [Update: New Terms & Pricing]

The majority of Android developers use Java to create their apps. While Java isn't the hardest programming language to learn, it's always best to get as many people developing as possible.... not that Android is hurting in that respect. Even so, a new way to create apps using Microsoft's familiar C# language is now available, by way of TallApplications BV's Dot42 - a tool that aims to accomplish this task without requiring something like mono.

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Carbon For Twitter Update Brings A Laundry List Of Bug Fixes, Adds Quick Mentions And Verified Badges

The long-awaited Carbon for Twitter app landed on the Play Store a few days ago, but some were of the opinion that it wasn't quite finished yet. This happens in software development. Nothing to be worried about. What should cause worry is if problems persist for months or years at a time (*coughGoogleVoicecough*).  On that note, it should be very encouraging that the developers have already rolled out an update that includes a variety of bug fixes.

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Carbon App Backup Updated With Battery Life Improvements, Better Syncing, And More

The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.

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Here's the full list of changes:

  • Notification progress bars
  • External SD Card support
  • Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
  • Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
  • Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
  • Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
  • Create a .nomedia file per backup
  • Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
  • Fixed issues on Asus tablets
  • Detect desktop backup password errors

Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server.

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'The Predicktor' Will Allegedly Predict Penis Size Based On Your Butt Size (And Other Very Personal Info)

A doctor did this. Before I get any deeper into this story, I want to point out that a person with the prefix "Dr." in front of his name—Dr. Christopher Culligan, a Canadian ER physician and instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, to be precise—is responsible for this mobile app that promises to infer a man's size based on a variety of factors. This criteria includes but is not limited to height, shoe size, butt size and whether the man is gay or straight.

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