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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Awesome Galaxy S II (Skyrocket, AT&T, and International) Cases From SGP And Android Police

Who's ready for another giveaway? Good, because we have some stuff to hand out, courtesy of the good folks at SGP. These guys make solid products -- you may remember the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case review that I did a few weeks back. This contest is going to work a bit differently than those of the past, so keep reading to get the details.

What You Get

SGP just released some new cases for the AT&T Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and the International version of the GSII, and they originally pinged us to check those out.

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Google Music Support Is Rolling Out To The Android Market Now, No Update Necessary

Google Music support was just announced for the Android Market. You can preview and buy music right on your phone! Right now you are probably asking "How can I get it?!"

Well, normally we would have an APK download for you, but this update is totally server side. Anyone running Market 3.3.11 is ready to use the Music Market. Google is it out to accounts right now. If it doesn't work for you, just have to wait.

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[Update: Download Mirrors] Google Music 4.0.9 App Now Live On The Android Market

The Google Music 4.0.9 update (remember the pre-release version 4.0.1 we leaked last month?) is live in the Android Market. The app now integrates with the new Music-enabled Market and has a brand new, much improved ICS-like UI.

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Update: For those outside the U.S., here are some download mirrors:

Note: If you are using the leaked Music v4.0.1, you will need to uninstall it first, as it was signed with a different Google key.

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Google Announces Launch Of Google Music - MP3 Store, Free Cloud Storage, Music Sharing, And Artist Hub

Update: The Music section of the Market is now live! (Link). Access to Music in the Android Market (on-device) will be rolling out over the next few days on the server side (there is no new version of the Market to get the Music section). A new version of the Music app is out as well, check it out here.

Update 2: Here's the full video of the Google Music event held in Los Angeles today (if the embedded timecode doesn't work, skip to 29m30s for the start of the event):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLPFI5YsIks&t=29m30s

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Just minutes ago, Google announced the launch of the long-awaited Google Music storefront.

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Interactive MIUI Mario Lockscreen Can Unlock Your Phone (But Not World 9)

In what is undoubtedly one of the coolest mods I've seen in months, developer picard666 has released an interactive Mario lockscreen for MIUI. So awesome, in fact, that words can't properly describe it. Take a look at the "diagram":

mariolockscreen

The top cloud shows the current time, and the two clouds below show calls and messages (left and right, respectively). To unlock into calls or messages, you take control of Mario and have to make him hit the corresponding coin box - a coin pops out (optionally with the accompanying sound), then your phone launches the appropriate app.

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Still Not Convinced That Face Unlock Is Easily Fooled By A Photo? Here's Another Video Showing Face Programming And Photo Unlocking From Start To End

One of the most interesting features in Ice Cream Sandwich is, without a doubt, the new Face Unlock that lets you unlock the phone using your face and the front-facing camera. Before we go any further, please read the following bullet points, as I'd like to clear a few things up:

  • The question of whether Face Unlock can be duped by a photo was raised by many almost immediately after the feature was announced, to which Google responded with "give us some credit".
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[Mobile Security App Shootout, Part 17] NetQin Security Pro Focuses On Anti-Virus Protection Over Anti-Theft, Still Makes A Capable Solution

Coming in at number seventeen in our shootout, NetQin Security Pro is a security app that offers a lot more than your average anti-theft protection, even if that means skimping a little on features that may help you recover your lost device.

At A Glance

First, I want to comment on NetQin's design. The app's overall appearance is clean, and relatively well thought out. The main screen gives you access to all the app's main features, and the layout makes it virtually impossible to misstep.

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[New App] Sincerely Ink Lets You Create And Send High Quality Holiday Cards Directly From Your Mobile Device

This time of year brings many common traditions, one of which is to send out holiday greeting cards to friends and family. You could: go to the store, pick from what they have to offer, buy the one that sucks the least, take it home, fill each one out... you get the idea.

Or, you could just grab this new app from Sincerely Ink called "Holiday Cards," skip the store, and do it all from your mobile device.

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T-Mobile Doubling HSPA+ Speeds In Eleven Markets, Expanding HSPA+ 21 In Nine Others

Hot on the heels of Verizon's announcement of new LTE markets, T-Mobile just sent out a PR  detailing some network expansion of its own. Effective today, T-Mo has doubled the speed of its HSPA+ 4G network in eleven markets:

  • Bend, Medford, and Corvallis, OR
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, IL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

On top of the that expansion, it will also be turning on HSPA+ 21 in nine additional markets, including:

  • Corvallis, OR
  • Decatur and Peoria, IL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Holland and Kalamazoo, MI
  • Santa Barbara CA
  • State College, PA
  • Yuba City, CA

If you're in one of the aforementioned areas, grab your phone and run a speed test - you may just be walking in a 4G wonderland.

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Verizon Wireless Reminds Us That It Will Light Up 14 New Cities With 4G LTE, Expand In 4 Markets On November 17th

If you've been waiting for Big Red to show spread the LTE love in your area, your time may come tomorrow. VZW announced fourteen new LTE markets last month, along with plans for expansion in four existing markets, and it's all set to flip the switch tomorrow, November 17th.  Here's the list one more time:

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Savannah, GA
  • Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
  • Lexington, KY
  • Starkville, MS
  • Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, MO
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Orange County, NY
  • Greater Providence, RI
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Appleton and Oshkosh, WI

Expansions:

  • Louisville, KY
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Minneapolis/St.
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