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[Bonus Round] Dumb Ways To Die, Brave Bit, And Yeti On Furry

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 game version of a popular and hilarious music video, an interesting take on the vertical platformer, and a reversal of the old Donkey Kong standard.

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Verizon Expects New Nexus 7 To Get Certified For Its LTE Network At Some Point, No Timeframe Just Yet

Earlier today we reported that Verizon is currently denying owners of the Nexus 7 2013 LTE model the ability to access new data lines on the company's network. We reached out to a Verizon representative for comment, and here's what we got back:

This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. We’ll let folks know when its certified.

Since that's a little on the vague side we requested some clarification, and received the following additional response.

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[Hands-On] Are Dynamic Keyboard's Big Keys A Big Deal?

Last week the video demo of Dynamic Keyboard got quite a lot of attention. It shows a keyboard with bouncy keys that actually changed size in anticipation of the next letter in the word. So many keyboards strive to offer better suggestions in the bar above the keyboard, but this is an app which wants to do more with the data. Messing with the fundamentals of the keyboard is risky, though.

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Verizon Won't Activate New LTE SIM Cards For The Nexus 7 LTE: 'Not All LTE Tablets Are Created Equal'

Update: Verizon has responded to our inquiry about the Nexus 7 LTE registration issues. A company representative said that the Nexus 7 LTE would be certified for the Verizon network at some point.

That isn't much to go on, but it's certainly promising - it implies that Verizon is at least aware of the problem and taking steps towards upgrading the company's infrastructure to compensate. Of course, it could take any amount of time for Verizon to certify a new, unlocked device for their network (and Verizon isn't exactly known for speedy response when it comes to devices and software).

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doubleTwist Teases Tablet UI For An Upcoming Version Of Its Popular Android Music Player

doubleTwist is one of the most popular music players available for Android, and it's a rather attractive one to boot. It has large, finger-friendly icons, the standard grid-interface for browsing albums, and an overall dark theme that's easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, this look starts to fall apart when you fire up the app on a tablet, as it suffers from stretched-out-phone-UI syndrome. It's a disease that can afflict even the best Android apps, but doubleTwist has teased a new version of the app that has been completely cured.

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Google Starts Selling Devices On Italian Play Store For The First Time, Starting With All Flavors Of 2013 Nexus 7

Earlier today, Google announced that the new LTE Nexus 7 was now available for purchase from the Play Stores in 9 countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, Korea and U.S. For some reason, the company has neglected to mention Italy, which just got the Devices (Dispositivi) section added to the Play Store for the first time ever.

The only devices available at the moment are all three flavors of the Nexus 7:

The Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 are nowhere to be found, which isn't too surprising considering they're now almost a year old.

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The National Advertising Division Slams T-Mobile For Bandwidth And Call Quality Claims Against AT&T [Update]

Update: T-Mobile's official response to the National Advertising Division is as below. 

NAD’s findings are a validation of our marketing approach.  In fact, today's NAD findings won't result in any substantial changes to our marketing claims.  We will continue to spread the word about our coast to coast 4G coverage, superfast 4G network, and superior call clarity, along with our message of simple, no annual service contract plans, unlimited data and the best upgrade program, JUMP!

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Nexus 7 LTE Goes Live On The Play Store In 10 Countries

After a lonesome stint on the US Play Store (and various random retailers across the world) with only T-Mobile SIMs available, the LTE Nexus 7 is now available on the Play Store in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Here's a URL that should work to get to the product listing.

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The US version is available with AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs, but as some have suspected, Verizon SIMs remain MIA, and may for the foreseeable future.

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Second Mobile Pwn2Own Competition Announced With Plenty Of Android Targets To Crack And $300,000 In Prizes

The second annual Mobile Pwn2Own competition, run by HP TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative, is fast approaching. This year's event will take place at the PacSec Applied Security Conference in Tokyo from November 13-14, and over $300,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. The Pwn2Own contest challenges security researchers to find and exploit vulnerabilities on mobile devices and rewards them by giving them the device they were able to compromise.

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[Update: Winners!] International Giveaway: Win One Of Two 32GB 2013 Nexus 7s From TabletRocket And Android Police

 

It's pretty safe to assume that most people either have, or want, a tablet. For those who are in the market though, trying to find the perfect slate can be a daunting task. With all of the options, even the savviest consumers can easily get overwhelmed. Not to mention how much research is involved in making an educated purchase decision – I will personally sometimes spend weeks researching and comparing products before making a major purchase.

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