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Feb
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Google just pushed an update to its Search app (which, as you know, includes Google Now). Among the new additions are the Google Now widget that we've all been hearing so much about, movie ratings, the ability to pull up movie passes purchased from Fandango, and real estate listings from Zillow when Google thinks you're in the market for a home. Now that's fancy.

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Additionally, the update also adds a music button when a song is playing in voice mode, though that feature is currently limited to the U.S.

13
Feb
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A small change in Android 4.2.2 has left one of the biggest ad-blocking app on Android basically dead in the water. Adblock Plus is one of the web's most popular ad-blocking tools, and has been available for Android since November of last year. So, why has Google effectively killed it? Security issues.

Adblock Plus relies on the internet permission in Android to function, but it relies on a rather specific subset of that permission in order to work: the ability to automatically set a device's proxy server to 'localhost.' As is pointed out on a thread in the Android issues section of Google Code, this is a pretty serious security flaw.

13
Feb
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As if there weren't enough contenders out there for music subscription service, Slacker Radio has updated its business model. You can still get the standard ad-supported radio station features that were always available. However the company has added a Spotify-like buffet option for $10/month. Pony up the dough and you can remove all ads and listen to as many tracks as you want.

The combination is pretty powerful, as one of the biggest complaints over Spotify is its discovery problems.

13
Feb
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International trademark, patent, and copyright law is a bit of a legal minefield, and Apple has proven itself to be among the best in navigating it these last few years. But there is one exception to their otherwise impressive track record: the lucrative South American market of Brazil. While Apple iPhones have been sold in the country for years, Apple has never owned the trademark for the name. A regional phone manufacturer, Gradiente Eletronica, registered the trademark for "iphone" way back in 2000.

13
Feb
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If you're looking for the Android 4.2.2 update for the Nexus 7 3G, good news: we've got the link to download it from Google's servers (download). To get a sense of what's new in Android 4.2.2, check out our post on the new features here. And if you want an even deeper dive into the changes, you can check out the developer changelog here.

So, how do you go about flashing the Android 4.2.2 update to your Nexus 7 3G right now, instead of waiting for it to be pushed to your device over the air?

13
Feb
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Sprint is sending it out a couple of minor over-the-air updates to its Galaxy S III and Note II handsets this morning, and here are the changelogs.

Galaxy S III

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- Voicemail application update

- SMS 3-digit support

- Calendar sync issues

Galaxy Note II

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2/13/2013

-Security updates

If you're the owner of either device, these updates should be making their way to you in the next week or so.

12
Feb
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Last Updated: February 13th, 2013

So this is interesting, Google just updated the product page for every Nexus 7 model on the Play Store, and the change on every one is the same: estimated battery life. Previously, the Nexus 7 was listed as having "Up to 8 hours of active use," but now the figure has been revised to 10 hours - within a day's time of the release of the Android 4.2.2 update (manual update download here).

12
Feb
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Last Updated: February 20th, 2013

Android 4.2.2 is out, and while an OCD-fueled 4.2.2 edition of Getting To Know Android is on the way, we figured it would be a good idea to highlight the big user facing changes that came with this release. We already covered the new ADB Whitelist and posted the raw developer changelog, so this should be the last of the important stuff.

New Download Notifications

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First up is the new notification for in-progress app downloads, which now shows the percentage and an estimated time remaining for your app downloads while they are happening.

12
Feb
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It's hard for a Twitter client to make a name for itself with the market so saturated with competitors, but maybe Neatly has a shot. This Twitter client isn't just delivering your Tweets; it lets you sort, filter, and highlight tweets in your timeline so you see more relevant information. This app has arrived on basically every other platform (even Symbian and BlackBerry 10), but the developers have now offered up a beta Android version for you to try in advance of the actual release.

12
Feb
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There's little doubt that Pokémon is the very best at separating parents from money. Like no franchise ever was. Getting Nintendo to relinquish control of content, though, is a real test. It doesn't generally stream its show for free without good cause. Today, however, it's available across the land. The animated series can now be streamed to Android handsets far and wide.

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Admittedly Pokémon licensing is something I don't understand, but it's pretty powerful that this app has free episodes inside.

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