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Smart IR Remote For Galaxy S4 And HTC One Is A TV Junkie's Wet Dream, But It Comes At A Premium Price

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One both come with IR receivers that allow them to replace your television remote. It's convenient, but that isn't necessarily true about the default apps they ship with. The HTC One's TV app tries to streamline channel surfing by placing favorite shows front and center, but it only adds clutter for someone like me who doesn't have cable television for the app to pull from.

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Note-Taking Service Catch.com And Associated Android App To Be Killed On August 30th

Catch.com, a well-known multi-platform note-taking service, is shutting its doors on August 30th. The company began giving notice of the decision to users on its site today, providing an option to export any notes before the service is taken offline. The associated Android app, Catch Notes, will presumably become non-functional on the 30th as well.

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Catch had millions of users, and the Android app had amassed 5,000,000-10,000,000 installs in its tenure on the Play Store.

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Attention Canada: The New Nexus 7 (16GB) Is Available In Limited Supply At Retail Outlets

The updated Nexus 7 has already started shipping early in the US, but our kindly neighbors to the north haven't seen a mass influx of Nexus tablets yet. There is at least a trickle today as Staples, Best Buy, and Future Shop are beginning to show availability.

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Staples is still selling orders online with 1-day shipping. Most stores are also showing it as in stock. Best Buy is sold out online, but a few stores still have units available for pickup.

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Showtime Anytime Updated To v2.0 With Live TV Streaming

Anyone paying $20 per month for a premium cable channel should probably be doing everything possible to take advantage of it. With that in mind, the new update to Showtime Anywhere has added live streaming of Showtime to the app, but it's only available if you're a paying subscriber.

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All the archived episodes of Showtime series are included, but now you can see what's airing on the Showtime East and Showtime West feeds.

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[Another One Bites The Dust] Google Is Ending Support For The Catalogs Android App On August 15th

Another day, another cancelled Google product. Try to sound surprised as I report that the Google Catalogs Android app will go the way of the dodo on August 15th. Too difficult? I understand. I couldn't muster up any shock either. Catalogs scratches a very niche itch, one Google was willing to address on tablets but never bothered with on smartphones. While it's true that some people have installed the app, the vast majority of Googlers probably never knew it existed.

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The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-Enabled Door Lock Is Available For Pre-Order Today, Unlocks In September

The key is a beautiful creation. It's small, portable, cheap, and effective. What's the problem? They're annoying. No one likes fumbling for them before opening the door, scratching up the area around a lock at night, or leaving them on the coffee table at work. This is why you probably want the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled door lock, which can turn your smartphone into your house key. Security without the hassle.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Quell Memento, Silence Scheduler, Ninja Warrior, And More

The time has come again to see what kind of deals exist in the wide world of Android apps. After all, only suckers pay full price. Whether you need a new game, or some kind of app that solves a problem you didn't know you had, we should be able to find something on sale.

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[Update: Winners] International Book Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Copies Of Android Native Development Kit Cookbook From Packt Publishing And Android Police

Are you an Android developer who's curious about getting started with the NDK? Or maybe you'd just like to see what C/C++ can do as opposed to Java. Or maybe... there's another reason. I dunno. What I do know, however, is that Packt Publishing's Android Native Development Kit Cookbook ($25/$50) probably has the answer you're looking for. 

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The final results are listed below. If you've won, you will be contacted in the near future.

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[New App] BBQScreen Android Client Beta Launches Alongside A Major Update To BBQScreen Remote Control

Screen mirroring on Android is still a bit of a hit-and-miss prospect. Plenty of issues can arise from environmental factors like network congestion, to the type of device being used (*ahem*, Tegra). A few months ago, we covered a recent entrant in this market, BBQScreen by XpLodWilD and nebkat. The app was able to deliver a pretty consistent 25 fps from several types of devices over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Unfortunately, several bugs and incompatibilities plagued some users, but the developers have been working hard to remedy many of those issues.

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[New App] Popular iOS 'Transit' App Finds Its Way Into The Play Store, Makes Comparing Routes A Breeze

One of Android's strengths is that its built-in navigation software is top notch, but that doesn't mean we have to use it. There are alternatives that make it easier to discover new places and come up with ways to get between them more quickly. Transit isn't a replacement for Google Maps, but it's a nice tool to have in your belt when trying to get from point A to point B.

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