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We've all seen it happen. A great technology, service, or platform comes out, but without a solid base of users and apps, it fails to gain traction. Google wants to see the Fit API work out, and developers have been called upon to help make that happen. If you know how to write an Android app, and you've got a great idea for something that will get people off the couch and into the gym, you're invited to join the Google Fit Developer Challenge.

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All this technology is ruining us, isn't it? I mean, people are wearing watches now because they are too lazy to take their phone out of their pocket. That's insane. Don't you long for simpler times, when sending a message meant sitting at a desk and dipping a quill pen in ink? If you do experience this kind of nostalgia, you might be able to rekindle your relationship with the past thanks to this Kickstarter project.

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If there ever was a reason to use the Amazon Appstore, this is it. Monument Valley, the game that has enchanted and awed (almost) everyone who played it is being offered for free today by Amazon, down from its original price of $3.99.

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Last Updated: November 20th, 2014

While it's been available on iOS for some time, United updated its Android app today in order to add support for a rather cool feature: on-device entertainment. Instead of having to deal with that atrocious LCD on the headrest, now you can watch your in-flight movies and TV on your own phone or tablet.

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This is likely both a blessing and a curse. Who knows what the stream quality is like (anyone with an iPad who's used it want to chime in?), not to mention the reliability.

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Tap-to-wake is one of the niftier features Google's implemented on the Nexus 9, but its telephony-enabled sibling didn't get the same treatment. We know that it almost did, though, thanks to a commit to the device's source code made on September 10th. (We also pointed this out in our review of the Nexus 6).

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Google hasn't commented on this other than to make clear that tap-to-wake is not a feature of the Nexus 6.

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Cyanogen Inc apparently had a sit-down with The Verge recently, detailing in not-very-much-detail its new partnership with Indian smartphone OEM Micromax. CEO Kirt McMaster says the first device will be released as part of a new brand to be called "YU," and it will come preloaded with some apps and services that are "popular" in India. That is quite literally everything that was announced.

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The partnership had been previously rumored, with a phone potentially coming before the end of the year.

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Last Updated: November 20th, 2014

You may not use WhatsApp to send messages, but it's still the most popular messaging platform in the world. As such, it's a big deal when the switch gets flipped and all those messages are suddenly encrypted. That's what the company is doing now thanks to the just-announced integration of the TextSecure protocol from Open Whisper Systems.

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Many Nexus 9 owners appear to be experiencing a bug that causes OK Google Everywhere voice recognition to simply not work, unless you're on the homescreen. Toggling the options or rebooting the tablet doesn't seem to fix it, and not everyone is affected.

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We initially thought this might have been caused by the recent update to LRX21Q (the earliest orders from Google Play shipped with LRX21L), but that's apparently not the case, either.

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LRX21R started going out as an OTA for Nexus 9 users on the LRX21Q build yesterday, but today Google has posted the complete factory image. You can get it here.

Hopefully this new R build will upgrade users currently stuck on LRX21L (the OTA to Q simply fails), though we don't know that for certain, as it's currently only rolling out in OTA form for those on the Q build.

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When you've already created a browser-based interactive experience that lets players explore a 3D recreation of various locales spread throughout Middle-earth, how do you up your game? You add multiplayer. At least, that's what Google's decided to do. The company has updated its "A Journey Through Middle-earth" Chrome experiment with the ability for players to challenge each other to a bout of Hobbit-inspired fun.

Google developers designed the game using web technologies such as WebRTC and WebGL.

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