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Bjork's 'Biophilia' Mixed Album-App Experience Brings Quirky Educational Content To The Play Store, Feels Like An Acid Trip

Bjork's Biophilia part-album, part-app is an educational experience that teaches kids both about music and the natural sciences. That it helps prevent risky behavior by giving youth a chance to experience an acid trip without doing drugs is an added perk. At some point there appears to be a dis-embodied pelvis making love with the moon, suggesting that some type of abstract sexual education may have slipped in as well. Now all of this is available in the Play Store, two years after Biophilia's iOS debut.

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These first impressions may be misleading, as the experience has already spread throughout cities across the world via the Biophilia Educational Program.

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Sprint's HTC One Getting A Small OTA Update (1.31.651.2) With HD Voice Enhancements And Ringtone Tweak

Prepare to temper your expectations, HTC One owners on Sprint. In the coming days you will see the update notification pop up, but it's not Android 4.2. It's not even a very substantial update. But hey, it's still an update, and that's more than a lot of phones get.

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Toshiba Excite Pro And Excite Write Sneak Onto Best Buy Online And Amazon With Tegra 4 Chips, T3-Based Excite Pure Comes Along For The Ride

With little fanfare, the first available devices running Nvidia's Tegra 4 ARM chip have popped up at Best Buy and Amazon. The Toshiba Excite Write and Pro tablets are 10.1-inch slates based on Tegra 4, whereas the Pure is another Tegra 3 device. All three new slates appear to be available for purchase right now.

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The Tegra 3-based Pure tablet is a midrange affair with a 1280x800 resolution 10.1-inch screen. It comes with 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. The specs are okay when you considering the asking price of $299.99 ($266.42 at Amazon). The real headliners of Toshiba's surprise tablets are the Pro and Write.

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WigWag, An "If This Then That" For Connected Devices, Gets Funded On Kickstarter With 30 Days To Go

For the desktop/web power user, the If This, Then That (IFFT) service is invaluable - it powers more than a few behind-the-scenes processes here at Android Police, for example. So it's easy to see why taking that idea into the physical world has got a lot of people excited. They've responded by funding the WigWag Kickstarter project, a combination device/service that talks to and controls some of the more common home automation gadgets through a central hardware hub. The project's $50,000 goal has been smashed in less than half its two-month run time - it's currently sitting at over $130,000.

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US Cellular Axes Belief Project Benefits: No More Contract-Free Upgrades For Existing Customers

At a time when T-Mobile is trying to redefine the less-than-stellar reputation of wireless carriers, it looks like regional player US Cellular has taken a big step backwards. The company is no longer allowing customers to access the upgrade reward in the Belief Project, which allowed those who had completed an eighteen month contract to buy a new phone at the subsidized price without signing another contract. After July 27th, US Cellular customers will have the same old contractual ball and chain if they buy a new device at the advertised price.

The news comes from Engadget, which confirmed the change with US Cellular after being tipped by an anonymous source.

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Tip: Chrome 29 Beta Now Has A Flag For 'Draggable Menu' – Lets You Access Menu Options With One Motion

Google sometimes likes to throw fun little changes into beta builds of Chrome, with the most experimental of features being tucked away safely in the chrome://flags/ menu. Today's build – which just started rolling out a little while ago – brings one such feature to the table: the ability to access menu functions in one motion. It's called draggable menu, and it's easy to enable and even easier to use. Here's a look at it in action:

Note: This only works on devices with virtual menu buttons. If you have a physical menu button (for example, if you're using one of the popular Samsung Galaxy phones), you won't be able to utilize this trick as Chrome hides the on-screen menu button.

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26 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (7/4/13 - 7/16/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the AppBrain widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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DigiCal Calendar & Widgets

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites. DigiCal is a complete calendar solution that integrates with Google Calendar, matching it feature-for-feature and then some.

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Verizon Holding Press Event On July 23rd: Everyone Try To Act Surprised When It's New Motorola DROIDs

It's time for Verizon to roll out its next wave of exclusive devices, as the company has just sent out invitations to its upcoming press event. Verizon will hold the shindig in New York City on July 23rd, where we expect the carrier to announce the latest generation of its DROID handsets. Likely candidates include the DROID Ultra, the DROID MAXX (an Ultra with a bigger battery), and the DROID Mini (convenient travel sized). These devices were recently leaked by Evleaks and are expected to replace the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR Maxx HD, and the DROID RAZR M, which were introduced at a similar event last year in - you guessed it - New York City.

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Chrome Beta For Android Updated To v29 With WebRTC, Faster Page Loads, And More

A new version of Chrome has hit the beta channel, and that means it's on Android in the Chrome beta app. Most updates these days are staged rollouts, but I'm already seeing version 29 on all my devices. No promises, though.

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Version 29 of Chrome adds support for WebRTC, a real-time communication API based on JavaScript. This will enable web-based voice calling, video chat, and file sharing without installing any additional software. It's already supported in desktop Firefox and Chrome. As for the rest of the changes, here's what Google is reporting:

  • Support for WebRTC, a web platform feature to enable real-time voice and video communications
  • Faster page loads
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

Keep in mind this is still beta software.

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Hands-On With MODO, The Modular Desktop Organizer Built With Mobile In Mind

Back in January, we told you about MODO, an incredibly versatile desktop organization system. At the time, it was just a Kickstarter project hoping to find its way into the world of retail; thankfully, enough "Kickstarters" saw the value in it and helped more than double its original $17,000 goal. It's been about four months since project was funded, and MODO is just about ready for prime time. Artem and I have been playing with a couple of production units for the last several weeks, and almost immediately it's difficult to deny the incredibly amount of utility packed into such a simple package.

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