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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Tapatalk 4, Redneck Revenge, ezPDF Reader, And More

Though your funds may be running low, the app sales don't stop for anyone. We've got more deals to make you aware of, so start checking the couch for change.

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Braven 850/855s Bluetooth Speaker Review: Big Box, Bigger Sound

The amount of Bluetooth speakers on the market could easily boggle one's mind, with more manufacturers getting in the game every day. And while there are many worthy competitors in this somewhat-crowded market, one of our favorites in the "small and portable" category is easily the Braven 600 –  a small speaker with a lot to offer.

Today, we're taking a look at the 600's big brothers, and Braven's competitors with Jawbone's Big Jambox: the 850 and 855s ($300 each).

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Verizon Signup Page Live For LG G2, Will Have Qi Wireless Charging As Exclusive Feature

It's apparently the season for signup pages at Verizon Wireless. After seeing the Moto X and HTC One pages go up earlier this week, now it's LG's turn in the spotlight. The LG G2 now has its very own place where you can input your email address to probably not receive the "latest information," but you can always hope.

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The LG G2 on Verizon looks a bit different than the international G2 we were shown at the launch event.

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[APK Teardown] Google Glass XE8 - Google Hangouts Chat Is Coming, A Working Lock Screen Lab, And I Think The Glass Team Is Onto Us

Yet another Google Glass update means yet another Google Glass Teardown - we're now up to version "XE8." Despite Glass being a complete nightmare to do diff work on (every file is in every APK), and the highly experimental nature of Glass (stuff gets removed all the time), Glass teardowns have actually had a pretty good hit rate.

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Finally. A feature I've wanted since the first day I opened Google Glass: Google Hangouts support.

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Play Store Team Acknowledges Pervasive Package File Invalid Error When Installing Or Updating Apps, No Fix Yet [Update: Resolved]

Update: The issue (#10230007) has been marked as resolved by the Play Store team. Apps should install and update fine now.

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For the last week or so, a great number of Android users have become increasingly frustrated with frequent "Package file is invalid" errors when updating or installing apps. A variety of supposed fixes have been put forward by the community, but have proven to be merely placebos. Now Google has confirmed there is an issue.

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[New Game] Double Fine's Middle Manager Of Justice Hits Google Play, Saves The World One TPS Report At A Time

Superheroes are good at fighting evil directly and getting the girl, but have you ever thought about the valuable and experienced support staff behind the hero? Of course you haven't, because a good middle manager is invisible – like a ghost loaded down with busy work. In Double Fine's Middle Manager of Justice, you can build and manage a team of superheroes to save the world in a roundabout way.

The game invites you to hire heroes and keep them busy around the office to increase their skills.

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Google Search Update Rolling Out, Brings Voice Search For Flights, Reservations, Shipments, And More

Google Now is quickly becoming an excellent aggregator for all the information that most users need on a regular basis – be it weather, that day's schedule, tracking shipments, and so much more. Aside from its already-useful functionality, though, Google has been working towards making most actions voice-searchable. For example, you can tell Now to set a reminder, play a particular artist in Music, and more. Today's Search update brings more voice actions to existing functions, making it even easier get quick access to important information:

  • Flights: Ask Google “Is my flight on time?” to get info on your upcoming flights and live status on your current flights.
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[Free Money] We Have 5000 $7 Venmo Credits To Give Away In Celebration Of The New Nexus 7

If there are two words that can quickly get people excited, it's "free money." And we just so happened to have some to give away, thanks to Venmo. Haven't heard of Venmo? Here's the skinny: it's a quick, easy, and efficient way to instantly send money to friends. Kind of like Paypal, but without the Paypal-ness of it all – it's all just very simple and straightforward.

The fees are also extremely reasonable: transferring money from your Venmo balance is free, as are payments funded by U.S.

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Sony Xperia Honami Spotted In The Wild, 20.7 Megapixel 4K Camera Seems Legit

The Sony Honami, or possibly the Xperia i1, still doesn't have an official existence. But it's been spotted in leaked renders and system dumps, so it's a pretty safe bet that it's coming to market at some point. The big phone with an even bigger camera sensor was recently spotted hanging out with an iPhone 5 on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, which also compared it to a less bombastic Xperia Z.

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Official NFL Mobile App Pulls A Reverse, Now Allows Rooted Users

Last week the NFL released a shiny new version of its official Android app. There were some nice additions, like a much-improved interface and some team tracking features. Oh, and it unceremoniously kicked rooted users to the bench, not even allowing them to check scores. Considering that at least some of them had paid Verizon or a cable provider for access to live streaming video, they were justifiably upset.

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It looks like the update to version 8.1.1 has quietly removed the root check, allowing power users to access the app without issue.

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