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[Hands-on] ASAP Launcher is a familiar launcher with no homescreens, no widgets, no folders, and several cool features

Over the past couple of days, I've been trying a new Android launcher called ASAP. Although I am not sure the name fits the launcher well, or is appropriate enough for my use — after all, I have perfected Nova's folders to my habits — I do appreciate several of ASAP's features and think it could be a great fit for many users.

What you need to know about ASAP though is that while it looks like most Android launchers, it doesn't work like them at all. There are no widgets, no multiple homescreens in the traditional sense, no app folders, and not even icons on the homescreen itself. ASAP does away with all of that and focuses on quick access to the app drawer, an expandable dock, and several cards to complement the main homescreen. It might sound horrid to some of you who are accustomed to many of the missing features, but it does work in its own quirky way.

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[Update: US and Canada now] Deal Alert: Beautiful puzzler Zenge is down to 10 cents in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and 20 cents in Australia

It's monday already and even though the week has barely started, the stress of work and life might already be taking a toll on you. If you're looking for a way to unwind, there's a sweet and beautiful zen puzzler waiting for you in the Play Store and at a super cheap price too. After all, I wouldn't dare stress you further by making you pay a lot of money.

Zenge, which is only a couple of months old, tells the story of a lonely journeyman Eon through different puzzles that you have to put together piece by piece and in the correct order.

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BBC begins global rollout of iPlayer Radio app

The BBC has offered the iPlayer Radio app since 2012 as a handy way to access its radio programming on mobile devices. However, it has always been limited to the UK. Starting today, iRadio is going global. Well, global-ish. It's only expanded to Ireland today, but the rollout should continue to the rest of the globe in short order.

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Lawsuit reveals Silent Circle's Blackphone business is a complete and utter mess

Court documents sifted through by Forbes writer Thomas Fox-Brewster have revealed that Silent Circle, the company behind the secure Blackphone and Blackphone 2 Android-based smartphones, is in huge trouble. The company is facing a $5 million lawsuit from the former owners of Geeksphone over unpaid debts, but that's just the outer layer of skin on this particularly pungent drama onion.

Letters in those documents allege, admittedly without direct evidence, that Silent Circle's Blackphone unit is essentially a menagerie of poor business decisions, over-optimism, and mismanagement. After partnering with Geeksphone on the original Blackphone, Silent Circle eventually bought out the Spanish smartphone maker's stake in their joint venture for $30 million.

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The revamped My Verizon app is live in the Play Store

There are plenty of annoying things about carriers in general and Verizon in particular. The craptastic mobile app is one of them, but it's somewhat less terrible today. The revamped My Verizon app announced alongside the new plans yesterday is now available for download.

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Lyft Premier launches in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City as an alternative to UberLUX

Pulling out your phone to request a Lyft will get you from point A to point B, but it won't be snazzy about it. You're looking for basic transportation, not a limosine.

But sometimes you want to make an impression. Or maybe you just want to rest your cheeks on more comfortable seats. Either way, Lyft now has an option: Lyft Premier.

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OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5 receive TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) support

Some folks prefer to run a custom ROM on their phone than stick with the stock software. I'm one of them. But you need a good custom recovery in order to get the job done. That's why it's good news whenever we see more devices gain support from the TeamWin Recovery Project.

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Wileyfox Storm gets Cyanogen OS 13 update with Android Marshmallow

Wileyfox and Cyanogen formed a partnership last summer to deliver smartphones running Cyanogen OS to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The Wileyfox Swift was the second phone to get version 13 of the operating system. Now the Wileyfox Storm is getting that same update.

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[Deal alert] Free album by Michael Bublé available today on Google Play (probably only USA)

Let’s play a little game, shall we?

I’m going to ask you a series of questions, if your answer is yes – or maybe – continue to the next question. If your answer is no, you can stop reading and move on to the next article on AP. Got it? Let’s begin.

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Google Maps v9.32 Beta prepares for "Wi-Fi Only" offline maps and new traffic notifications, allows users to clean up places they've never been to, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

A new version of Google Maps hit the beta channel late last night, bring the version number up to v9.32.0. It looks mostly unchanged, but there is a brand new menu option in the Contribute screen that allows users to clean out locations they've never visited before. The bigger news comes from a teardown. A handful of notable new features are on the horizon, including a true cellular-free mode for navigation, real-time traffic notifications, and more. Since this is a beta release and the Google Maps team has been incredibly ambitious with new features, I expect some of the things listed in the teardown are actually live, but for many different reasons they may not appear for everyone or at all times.

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