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Mar
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Much of Android is open to tinkerers, but Google has gradually closed off more and more of the default functionality. The most awesome aspects of the KitKat dialer - its ability to search for businesses and contacts from within the app - were not included in the open source version. So what's a ROM developer to do? Why, create their own alternative. The OmniROM folks have previously shown off their work, and now the CyanogenMod team has packed similar functionality, albeit seemingly more powerful, into the latest nightlies.

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Mar
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Tumblr has rolled out a new two-factor authentication option that, once enabled, decreases the likelihood of someone breaking into your Tumblr account. Rather than just a password, you will also need to type in a key generated by your Android device. We've already seen Google, Facebook, and Twitter implement this functionality, so while it's about time, it's also better late than never.

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You can enable the feature through your Tumblr settings page.

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Mar
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You could almost guess Castle Doombad is an Adult Swim title without being told. Adult Swim has a very distinct, delightfully diabolical style to its mobile games, and this one is no exception. Castle Doombad contains devious traps, a kidnapped princess, and an evil super villain. However, you are the super villain who kidnapped the princess and stuck her in the dungeon guarded by traps. How's that for a twist?

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24
Mar
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Getting photos from your phone to your Chromecast hasn't been impossible before now, or particularly difficult, but there has yet been a Google-sanctioned approach to the issue. Now there is. The company has rolled Photowall for Chromecast into the Play Store, where it's immediately available for download.

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Mar
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Spotify users are currently receiving an update to version 0.7.8 that pretties up the app's playlist experience. Now instead of merely display song text, the software will serve up album art. Here we have a before and after image for your convenience.

24
Mar
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Android users have been enjoying Google Now for nearly two years, but Google's algorithmically generated info cards are finally reaching the desktop. After showing up in the developer and beta channels, Google Now is rolling out to Chrome stable beginning today.

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Mar
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The Galaxy S5 is on its way. AT&T, US Cellular, and T-Mobile all have pre-orders available, so people can call dibs without waiting for the device's April 11th launch date to arrive. Now as Samsung prepares the phone for its simultaneous launch in over one hundred countries, the first official firmware has made its way online. This one is for the Chinese variant of the SM-G9009D, and it's available for download over at SamMobile.

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Mar
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Today's the day T-Mobile makes the Galaxy S5 available for pre-order, following closely behind AT&T and US Cellular. Eager customers are now welcome over at the carrier's website, where they can call dibs on a Galaxy S5. No one will be charged until the devices are actually shipped, but the handset will go for $660 upfront or $27.50 a month for twenty-four months.

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T-Mobile's prices closely match those of AT&T, though its full retail price is $10 pricier than the latter.

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Mar
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The weekend has ended and it's back to the daily grind, but you can at least entertain yourself in some small way with reasonably priced apps and games. We've got a line on some good deals, so read on, assuming the boss isn't looking over your shoulder.

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24
Mar
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Samsung really likes expandable storage. Pretty much every single Samsung phone and tablet out there includes support for MicroSD cards, and with today's Amazon Gold Box sale, you can take advantage of them. Amazon's one-day sale portal has heavily discounted Samsung MicroSD cards for sale, with dramatic discounts on both speedy cards and more economical options.

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The "PLUS" MicroSD cards are the ones we'd recommend - they're considerably slower than the more expensive "PRO" models, but for expanded storage in a phone or tablet, you really don't need screaming speeds.

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