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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Wave LWP, Tangled (Free), MathStudio, And More

The sales continue to roll in as All Hallows' Eve approaches, and you don't even have to dress up and go door-to-door to get these treats. You can still dress up if you want, though. It's fine – we're not here to judge.

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[APK Download] The Redesigned Facebook Messenger Is Currently Only Available To Limited Users, But You Can Get It Now

Yesterday Facebook announced that it was revamping its Messenger app, stripping it of SMS functionality and creating a more attractive, streamlined experience that the company hopes will draw more users to the app. The new version is currently rolling out to a limited number of users, with a wider release planned for the coming weeks. So when it arrives, what should you expect?

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To get started you're going to hand over the keys to everything, including your car, before using the app.

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Glass Explorer Ticketed For Speeding And Driving With Glass

Last night, Glass Explorer Cecilia Abadie shared a post asking fellow Google+ users for some advice. Abadie had been given a traffic ticket "for wearing Google Glass while driving" and wondered if the cop was wrong, or if driving with Glass is already illegal in California.

Accompanying the post, Abadie shared a photo of the ticket itself.

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It’s easy to be angry that the cop would choose to list wearing Google Glass while driving as an infraction, but it’s also important to note that the ticket in question lists a speeding infraction as well.

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Play-I Crowdfunded Robots For Kids Teach The Basics Of Programming And Look Adorable At The Same Time

When I was a kid, "robot" meant something that you had to wind up (or if you were rich, something you plugged into your Nintendo Entertainment System). Startup company Play-I wants to change that with Bo and Yana, a pair of toy robots that use a tablet or smartphone as both a controller and a programming tool. The company's crowdfunding campaign started yesterday and has already hit almost 80% of its quarter-million dollar goal.

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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Is Coming To Android, But Not iOS

Virtual reality didn't die in the 90's, it just needed the right hardware to get going again. The Oculus Rift VR headset has developers and enthusiasts excited, but it's currently tethered to the PC. According to Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe, that's a temporary situation – the team is planning to bring the Oculus Rift to Android.

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The Oculus Rift – for the unaware – is a visor with a 7-inch screen with two lenses (one for each eye) that can produce a realistic 3D experience at 640×800 in each eye.

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Pandora App Updated To Version 5: It Finally (FINALLY) Has A Tablet Interface

It's about damn time. While Pandora has been slowly and steadily updating its Android app for years (the latest big update was a sleep timer), the tablet experience has been sorely lacking ever since Honeycomb. The music streaming service has redeemed itself with version 5.0 of the Android app, which now shifts the interface significantly on Android tablets.

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The main play interface occupies the center of the screen, going back through your play history with album art and displaying contextual track information below it.

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Android 4.3 And Galaxy Gear Update For Sprint's Galaxy S4 Is Ready, Right On Schedule [Update]

Verizon got it first (for once), but now it's time for Samsung Galaxy S4 owners on Sprint to get their Android 4.3 update on. The over-the-air download should be disseminating today, though we've yet to see confirmation from Sprint itself. Assuming that it is indeed going out, the update comes right on schedule, according to a leaked Samsung document.

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In addition to the standard Android 4.3 features, the OTA download (L720VPUAMJA) delivers compatibility with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Samsung's Knox encryption system.

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Woot Tablet Sale: Big Discounts On Refurbished Asus And Samsung Models, Including The Nexus 10, Galaxy Note 8.0, And Transformer Pad

Amazon subsidiary Woot.com has taken the wraps off another one of its big tablet sales. This promotion isn't like their normal "one deal a day" operations - the prices will be good until November 1st at 9AM Central, though the individual listings are still limited by stock. The good deals are on refurbished Samsung and Asus hardware, though some of the dirt-cheap tablets you might see in the discount aisle are also there.

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Google Adds TV Shows To The Play Store In Japan

There's a treat today for our Japanese friends courtesy of Google. TV Shows have been added to the Play Store in the Land of the Rising Sun, and there looks to be a good selection. This is only the third country to get TV through Google Play after the US and United Kingdom.

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Lenovo Announces Curvy Yoga Tablets With Built-in Kickstands: 8-Inch For $249, 10-Inch For $299, Available October 30th

Tablets are in a bit of a rut as far as form factors go. Aside from ASUS' Transformer models and imitators, they're basically all monolithic slates with very little in the way of variation. Lenovo is trying to buck that trend with its new Yoga tablet line, which borrows the name from the company's flexible and well-received convertible laptops. These tablets feature an exaggerated curve on one side of the case (sort of like a more pronounced version of the Notion Ink Adam).

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