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Official Nexus 5 Bumper Case Quick Look: A Distinctive Cover For Your Nexus 5 With Less-Than-Perfect Buttons

Official Nexus accessories are always exciting. Not just because we get to have cool new official toys for our phones, but because Google has such a bad reputation for releasing official accessories (remember that Nexus 10 dock from the holiday video last year?) that when one does become available, it's like a treat.

It is with this in mind that I approached the bright red version of the official Nexus 5 bumper case, and decided to give it a review.

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[New Game] EA Blurs The Lines Between Mobile Game And Companion App With Battlefield 4 Commander

You can't release a AAA console game these days without also releasing a mobile app. For some reason. If you're looking for a way to actually play your big fancy shooter game on your tablet... well, this isn't really it, but it's close. The Battlefield 4 Commander app lets BF4 players coordinate their squad and hand out extra supplies during live Battlefield games.

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Once you reach level 10 on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, or PC version of Battlefield 4, you gain access to the Commander app, which mirrors the Commander mode in the full game.

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New Google Wallet Update Adds Tap & Pay Support To KitKat Devices, Even Those Running Unofficial KitKat Builds (US Only)

The new update to Google Wallet makes a big change to the app's functionality – it now supports Tap & Pay on all KitKat devices with NFC. Previously, only the Wallet app from the Nexus 5 enabled this feature, but now it's rolling out to everyone.

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Devices like the Moto X (only the updated versions) and Nexus 7 now support this functionality with the stock software, but even devices running AOSP-based Android 4.4 ROMs can make use of Tap & Pay.

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[New Game] Injustice: Gods Among Us Launches For Android As A Free-To-Play Collectible Card Game

On the consoles, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a traditional fighting game where DC Comic heroes and villains rip one another to shreds in glorious 2D combat. The Android version isn't quite the same beast. These classic characters still despise each other, but now they're waging war in a 3 on 3 collectible card game.

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Though the core gameplay is different, the visuals should still look familiar for anyone who has played the original title.

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Black And Grey Nexus 5 Bumper Cases Are Now In Stock In The Play Store, Shipping To The US And Canada

 Flaming red and safety vest yellow might accessorize well if you're a firefighter with an insatiable enthusiasm for Nexus hardware, but they'll stand out like a sore thumb for anyone else. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you prefer your Nexus 5 protective case in a more subtle hue, Google just posted both black and grey versions of the bumper case to the Play Store.

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Like the more flamboyant options, the grey and black cases are $34.99 each, and they cover everything except the screen and camera.

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HBO GO App Update Adds Chromecast Support Just In Time For A Boardwalk Binge

You asked. You begged. You pleaded. And your requests have not fallen on deaf ears... but it did take HBO a while, didn't it? The HBO GO app got a small update this morning, adding support for Google's streaming Chromecast dongle. Nothing more, nothing less.

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After today's update to both Google's Chromecast whitelist and the HBO GO app itself, there are still just four third-party streaming apps that are compatible, including Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu Plus.

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The EVGA Tegra Note 7 Is Now Available From Newegg For $199

It's been just over two months since NVIDIA announced its white box platform to promote the Tegra architecture, and now EVGA is demonstrating the value of that particular strategy. Newegg is selling the EVGA Tegra Note 7 for $199.99, and as far as we can tell, it's the only place that you can get one. The Tegra 4-powered tablet is shipping out now after a week delay.

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The obvious star here is NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC, the same screaming fast processor and GPU combo found in the NVIDIA Shield.

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[Bonus Round] Gary Chalk's Gun Dogs, Agent P DoofenDash, Circuit Chaser, And Fight Fight Zombanite!

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a new Tin Man game book, a Disney endless runner, a modern take on Space Harrier, and a zombie game that might actually be worth a look.

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Cyanogen Inc. Teases A New Hardware Partner, But It's A New Company You've Never Heard Of

Cyanogen Inc. is making moves on its next officially-endorsed piece of hardware, but this time it isn't with an OEM we've heard of, at least according to a source who asked not be named with knowledge of the situation. While Cyanogen Inc. did indeed tease such a new hardware partner on Google+, we've got a few extra details on the upcoming device that you might be interested in.

First, we're hearing that the phone will be made by a "new company" - not any existing OEM we're familiar with.

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Apex Launcher 2.2 Beta Enables Fancy Navigation And Notification Transparency On KitKat

KitKat introduces a lot of much-needed features into Android, like better support for low-memory devices, a new storage framework, SMS integration with BLAH BLAH BLAH. We all know what the people want: transparent user interface elements! Following Nova Launcher's update to better visually match the KitKat launcher on the Nexus 5, popular alternative Apex Launcher now has a beta version that does much the same thing.

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The beta version was released to the Apex Launcher Beta Google Group, which you can find here.

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