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Google has been rolling Inbox invites out at a somewhat brisk pace, but if you find yourself still waiting, there's a surefire way to get one today. Just send an email to inbox@google.com between 3 and 4PM PT today and you'll have your invite by 5PM.

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Nov
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This one's for you developer-types. Google has just pushed the Android 5.0 kernel sources for the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Head over to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and poke around at your leisure. For non developers: a thing happened that is good, but it's not something you personally need to worry your pretty little head over.

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Nov
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The popular exercise tracker RunKeepr is getting an update today to work with Google's new fitness platform. The addition of Google Fit is the only change this time around, and it's an unassuming update. In fact, you might never know it was there unless you dig into the settings.

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Nov
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There are a ton of apps available in the Play Store, and while a large number of them are free, some require forking over some cash. This generally means each user has to decide for themselves whether or not a piece of software is worth the money. But for people in Serbia, there's been no such option. At least, until now.

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For years, potential shoppers have waited for Google to bring the option to pay for apps to Serbia.

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Nov
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Update: It does appear Google is still doing very small periodic restocks. Keep trying - I just managed to get a white 32GB to the payment confirmation.

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It's OK, everyone - some people did get orders in.

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Nov
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If you want to wear something that can provide a rough estimate of how active you are each day, there are no shortage of options. Now Jawbone is giving consumers two more. The company has announced a couple of activity trackers that it hopes will appeal to different types of people, with one of them showing off some rather advanced tech.

For starters, we have the $49.99 UP MOVE, an entry-level alternative to Jawbone's fitness bands.

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Nov
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Even though the Shield Tablet is NVIDIA's new baby, the venerable Shield Portable has not been forgotten. This device is getting update v99 today with a few tweaks and improvements. Hit your update menu to grab it.

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Nov
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Google Maps. Material design. That's pretty much all I need to say, right? Here it is.

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The new version of maps isn't just a visual overhaul, though - a few functional tidbits are packed in as well. Deeper Uber integration will allow you to see the estimated pickup time for an Uber, as well as the estimated fare based on the directions you're currently seeking under the transit or walking direction modes.

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Nov
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Google's developers are notorious for including little jokes and easter eggs throughout all of their products. When your job consists of writing thousands of lines of code and testing obscure bugs, you're going to lose your mind without some kind of outlet. We usually see their sense of humor show up in Google Doodles, easter eggs, and even in the occasional bug report.

This time we're diving straight into the Android SDK to check out a function called isUserAGoat.

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Nov
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There's a surprising lack of options when it comes to Android audiobooks. Sure, there's Audible, but its metered subscription service isn't an ideal solution for a lot of people, and other services tend to be light on content. Audiobook enthusiasts now have another alternative: Barnes & Noble. NOOK (ALL CAPS) Audiobooks is available as a free download on any Android 4.0+ device, though I'm betting that only those in the US can actually buy books.

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