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Play Books v3.7.67 Adds Quick-Links To The Store, Updates Night Light Intro Card, And Shows Progress On The Family Library [APK Teardown + Download]

Now that app updates are back to business as usual (more or less), Play Books is showing some activity again with a couple of small-ish changes that add a bit of polish. There are now shortcuts with links to different sections of the Play Store and an updated welcome card for the so-called Night Light feature. But the more interesting change is actually buried where it can't be seen in the live interface: some real signs that the Family Library is moving forward in Play Books. If you're looking for the APK, we have the link at the bottom.

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Microsoft Is Reportedly Acquiring Swiftkey For $250 Million [Updated]

Microsoft has been releasing its own apps on Android lately, but it's apparently looking to buy one now. Financial Times reports Microsoft is swooping in to snap up keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million. SwiftKey is running on millions of Android devices, plus the ones from OEMs that license and re-skin SwiftKey. Now Microsoft could extend its reach to all those devices very soon.

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Google Engineer Benson Leung Finds A USB Type C Cable That Isn't Just Dangerous On Paper — It Allegedly Fried His Hardware

Not all USB Type C cables are created equal. Some charge better than others. A number ignore USB spec so much that they run the risk of actually damaging your hardware. This could happen gradually, or in the worst-case scenario, it could be instant.

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Unannounced Alcatel Idol 4 And 4S Leak In [Lots Of] Detail On Support Site Ahead Of Launch

It looks like Alcatel's MWC launch plans have been spoiled a bit, based on a couple of leaked support pages on the company's website just tipped to us. The Idol 4 and 4S follow up the rather nice Alcatel Idol 3 with beefed-up specifications all around. Though we don't have much in the way of visuals, we do have a lot of information.

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The Idol 4 and 4S will have 5.2 and 5.5" screens, respectively, with the 4S clearly being the up-market device of the two. It has a brand-new Snapdragon 652 octacore processor, Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 3000mAh battery, and 16MP camera with dual-tone flash and something called an "8MP slow motion sub-camera" - whatever that means (maybe it's referring to front-facing).

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February Platform Distribution Numbers Updated Showing Gains For Lollipop And Marshmallow, And Froyo Finally Drops To 0.1%

Google has released new platform distribution numbers, and if you're anything like me, you immediately want to know if Froyo is dead yet. Well, it's not dead, but usage has ticked downward for the first time in ages. Lollipop and Marshmallow saw some nice upward movement too, while everything else was down.

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Greenify v2.8 Is Official After Long Beta, Includes Non-Root Aggressive Doze Mode

The v2.8 update to Greenify has been in testing for a few months, but the final version is rolling out at long last. This app began life as a root utility to forcibly hibernate apps, but it has slowly gained more non-root features. In v2.8, it can supposedly accelerate Marshmallow's Doze mode so it kicks on in just a few minutes. That's just the start; there's plenty more, especially if you're rooted.

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Amazon Now Local Shopping Deliveries For Bangalore, India Gets A Dedicated Android App

Amazon has been rolling out Amazon Prime Now, its local service for delivering goods from nearby retailers in hours instead of days, in a few cities in the US. In India there is no Amazon Prime, so the same service is simply referred to as Amazon Now. (Not to be confused with Google Now, which doesn't have anything to do with shopping.) There was already a dedicated app for the American version, but now the Indian model gets one too.

Unfortunately Amazon Now suffers from the same drawback as all local delivery services: a limited services area. It's currently only available in Bangalore, and even there, only in specific PIN codes (the Indian equivalent of zip codes).

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Sportscaster Bill Simmons May Have Just Leaked Play Music Podcast Launch For Later This Month [Update: Tweet Deleted]

Google announced podcasts were coming to Play Music back in October, but you've probably noticed they still aren't here. That brings us to popular Sportscaster Bill Simmons, who just tweeted that his "BS Podcast" will be on Play Music Podcasts... when it launches later this month.

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NVIDIA Has Halted The Android 6.0 Update For The SHIELD Tablet Because It Might Break Your WiFi

NVIDIA started rolling the Android 6.0 update out to its original SHIELD Tablet yesterday after getting the K1 variant on Marshmallow a few weeks ago. Things haven't been going awesomely for early upgraders, though. NVIDIA has pulled the SHIELD update while it investigates an issue that can break WiFi connectivity on the tablet.

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T-Mobile Releases 30-Second Super Bowl Ad About How Other Carriers Would Butcher Drake's Hotline Bling

Headline says it all. Here's the ad.

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