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Commandr expands on Google Now by giving its users the ability to toggle hardware switches and control music with simple voice commands. There isn't a standardized way for third-party developers to do such a thing, but that hasn't stopped this developer from coming up with a product worth watching. The original release was more cool than practical, but version 2.0 goes a long way towards correcting this.

Previously Commandr required users to say "Note to self" before every action, resulting in the very awkward, "OK Google, Note to self, turn off wifi." Now the middle bit is no longer required.

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Jul
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There's always a game on somewhere, and keeping up with all of the action doesn't come cheap. Watching the big event often requires a cable subscription, regardless of whether a fan is trying to watch on their television or a mobile device. 120 Sports offers a bit of a respite from this difficult situation by letting people keep up with the latest goings on in the sports world without having to cough up a cent.

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Jul
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CloudMagic was updated with Android Wear support just as the first watches were going home with I/O attendees. That was still v1, but now we're making the jump to the v5.0 branch, which seems a little dramatic. In fairness, there's a lot of new stuff.

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Jul
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Still looking to pick up a Nexus 5? The US D820 variant of the device (same as you'd get from Google Play) is on sale through eBay daily deals today. The 16GB version is going for $334.99 and the 32GB is $374.99. When you figure in free shipping and no tax, it's a good deal.

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Jul
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Update 7/14/14: The previous deal sold out, but it's now back under another listing.

Google I/O has come and gone without mention of a new Nexus tablet (which was expected), but this means you still have time to pick up a Nexus 7 for cheap and remain current. Numerous deals have passed already, but this time we've come across one going for a price approaching the 50% off mark.

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Jul
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Sometimes the name really does say it all. Calendar for Android Wear is a simplistic calendar that people with Android Wear watches can strap to their wrists. It shows the date, keeps track of events, and comes in one of five colors. The app doesn't do much else, but in this case, that's attractive.

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The app's usefulness is limited out of the box, as users are restricted to a monthly view and must pay a single in-app purchase of roughly $2 to get access to the daily view with details.

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Jul
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Android Wear apps are continuing to flow into the Play Store, but Wear Mini Launcher might be the most interesting one yet. This app places a slide-out app list on your smart watch, saving you from diving into the options to access things by touch. It was a little wonky at first, but already it's shaping up nicely after a few weekend updates.

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Jul
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Running Android on a PC seems like a good idea, until you actually look at the logistics of making the platform work on a non-touch interface. Add to that all the projects out there attempting to do so with limited or completely absent support for Google Play, and you've got a recipe for lame. Console OS was looking for a cool $50k to make Android work on PCs, and the company has succeeded with almost a month left in the campaign.

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Jul
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Google updated its official Camera app with Wear support recently, but that just makes the watch into a shutter button with image review. Wear Camera Remote is a proof-of-concept app that streams the viewfinder to Android wear and works as a shutter.

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It's Monday, and that means it's back to the rat races for a significant portion of the world's population. We can make it a little better by equipping you with some neat apps and games at reasonable prices. They're not going to alleviate the crushing burden of your responsibilities, but at least you can save some money.

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