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WidgetLocker Gets A Play Store Beta Program Via Google+ Community

More and more developers are taking advantage of the nifty new ability to start a semi-closed beta on the Google Play Store via Google+. The latest is TeslaCoil Software, makers of the customization tool WidgetLocker (among other things). If you want to try out the latest and possibly greatest version of WidgetLocker, just head for this Google+ Community and join in.

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Joining the beta is quite simple. Once you join the community, click the Play Store link that's displayed on the page, go through the standard warnings and whatnot, and you'll be directed to a seemingly normal Play Store entry for the app.

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Transit App HopStop Pulled From Play Store Following Apple Acquisition, Users Weep Softly Into Their Paper Bus Schedules

When Apple buys a company, you have to expect any associated Android apps are going to bite the dust. Indeed, that appears to be the situation with the popular public transit app HopStop, which was bought by Apple a few months ago. The Windows Phone app (yes, it had a Windows Phone version) disappeared first, and now it's Google Play's turn to feel the sting of an Apple acquisition.

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Logitech Z600 Bluetooth Speakers Review: Excellent Design, Good Sound

Most of the Bluetooth speakers that we review here at AP fall into the portable category (with the exception of this one). Since portability isn't a requisite on everyone's "I need this in a Bluetooth speaker" list and some users may just want a standard set of wireless speakers for the desk, we decided to venture out and take a look at Logitech's sexy new Z600 desktop Bluetooth speakers ($150, Logitech).

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[Deal Alert] 2013 Nexus 7 (16GB) On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals For $199 With Free Shipping [Update: Sold Out]

Update: And it's gone. 650 were sold in about 30 minutes. Hope you got yours.

Let's cut to the chase. You know what this tablet is, and you know this is $30 off the official price. The last time this deal came up, it was gone almost before we could tell you about it. So go. Go now.

2013-09-13 14_40_15-Asus Google Nexus 7 16GB Version 2 FHD 7_ Tablet Asus 2B16 886227534906 _ eBay

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The Verizon G2 Is Configured To Show Root Status In The About Phone Menu, Make It Easier To Void Your Warranty

Buying a Verizon G2? You might want to think twice about rooting it, because Big Red has specifically configured its version of the device to show whether or not the phone is rooted in the "status" sub-menu of the About Phone area. Why? Almost certainly for the express purpose of voiding warranties or returns for people who screw up their phones (or, allegedly screw up) after rooting them.

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I have confirmed the rooting status flag is also present on my Verizon G2 review unit, but not the AT&T or international unlocked variants.

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DROID DNA Sense 5 And Android 4.2 Update Details Land On Verizon's Site, Highlight BlinkFeed, Quick Settings, And More

Verizon hasn't explicitly announced an Android 4.2 update for the DROID DNA, but in a way, they have. The company has updated the support page for the nearly one-year-old handset with an in-depth look at what new goodies to expect. It's quite the ugly page, so we'll save you the effort of perusing it for yourself by providing the gist right here. After this update, DROID DNA owners will have an HTC Sense 5 experience that approaches that of the HTC One.

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Straight Talk Prepaid Service Now Compatible With AT&T LTE [Update: New SIM Required]

There was a time not long ago that you couldn't even get AT&T-compatible Straight Talk SIMs due to a mysterious shortage. Well, things have certainly turned around. Straight Talk has just started listing 4G LTE service for AT&T devices. You can break free from the traditional carriers, save some money, and still keep your LTE data. That's a deal.

2013-09-13 11_52_59-Choose Your SIM card

Straight Talk offers monthly plans starting at $45 with "unlimited" data.

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Friday App And Game Sales: EPOCH, Light Meter Tools, Bag It, And More

As the work week draws to a close, you're probably making plans for the weekend – friends, family, and all that. Cancel them. We've got a raft of sales that'll keep you busy for the next few days. The inviting glow of a touchscreen is all you really need to feel whole anyway.

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[Deal Alert] Buy Rosetta Stone 5-Level Set For $299.99 And Get A Free Refurbished 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD On Amazon

So here's the thing, if you need to learn a new language and wouldn't mind getting your hands on a nice tablet, Amazon's willing to help scratch both itches at once. For a limited time, you can save 40% off the price of a Rosetta Stone 5-Level set and get a free refurbished Kindle Fire HD with your purchase. If you combine the cost of the Kindle with the Rosetta Stone discount, you're looking at a total savings of $369.99.

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Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Joins The JWR66Y Club With MH5 Over-The-Air Update

Now that the HTC One Google Play Edition is dancing in the club that exclusively admits devices running the latest bleeding-edge version of Android, it's time for Samsung's Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition to do the same. For some reason Samsung seems a lot less coy about the update - while only a few users on the XDA forums are reporting that they've received the latest software (labeled MH5), both the kernel source code and the official over-the-air update have been posted to the usual spots.

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