Turn Yourself Into A Flesh-Hungry Walker With AMC's New 'The Walking Dead Dead Yourself' App For Android [Update: More Countries]

Update 3/15/13: As of version 1.0.7, the application is now available in these additional locations: UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Of all the shows that have ever been on TV in the history of time, I'm not afraid to admit that AMC's The Walking Dead is my absolute favorite. For those who may not be familiar with the show, it's the story of a group of survivors living in a post-apocalyptic zombie-infested world. As you can imagine, life is rough on the group of protagonists, as they have to find food, shelter, and other necessities in order to survive, all while fighting off the undead, which sometimes show up in droves.

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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) OTA Approved For Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 And 10.1

Even though Verizon is not known for having a speedy update approval process, owners of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 are finally about to win the Jelly Bean lottery. The OTAs will bring each device up to Android 4.1.2.

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[Updated] Friday App Deals: Modern Combat 4 For $0.99, Hunters: Episode One For $0.99, GTA III For $1.99, And More

It's Friday, which means the weekend – and thus, downtime (for many people, anyway) – is only a few hours away. What better way to kick off the next couple of non-work days than with some great games for a fraction of the price? I submit that such a thing does not exist.

We've stumbled across several good deals this morning, including a couple of really fantastic titles for merely a buck. Let's get to it!

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour

Normally $6.99, you can get your hands on Gameloft's newest first-person shooter for a measly $0.99 for a limited time.

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WhatsApp Messenger With New Holo-Style UI Out Of Beta, Now On The Play Store

The most popular standalone chat platform on Android, WhatsApp, has been updated with a whole new look - and it's holo-y. About a month ago, WhatsApp previewed its redesigned aesthetic in a beta release, and now those changes have made their way into the release client. While the changelog is pretty sparse on details ('update user interface to the latest android look and feel'), compared to the old version of the app, the visual differences should be fairly obvious.

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There's also mention of three and five-year subscription discount options, should you plan your proprietary chat platform usage that far out, and support for Vietnamese.

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[Deal Alert] Get A Refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 For $152.99 Shipped From Buydig If You Check Out With V.me By Visa

This may be the best price we've yet seen on a refurbished Nexus 7, and if you're in the market for one of these devices on the cheap, read on. Buydig has its refurbished model at a list price of $172.99, a halfway-decent deal to start with, but they're willing to slash another $20 off that price if you check out with V.me by Visa after entering the promo code 'VMESAVESU20'.


The catch, as you might have guessed, is that you have to register with V.me by Visa (which takes all four major credit cards), and then add a card to your V.me account.

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Google Fiber App Hits The Play Store, Lets Kansas City Residents Use More Than The N7 To Control Their TV

Two things for Kansas City residents who have Google Fiber: one, I still hate you. Two, Google just released its Fiber app for more devices that the lone Nexus 7 you received as part of the Fiber package. You know, just in case you're tired of reaching for one of the best Android tablets on the market just to change your TV channels. It's a hard-knock life.

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According to the Play Store listing, the app should work on any 4.1+ device, but Fiber's Google+ post tells a different story, stating that it requires 4.2. Hard to say, really – you'll just have to install it on a 4.1 device and see if it works.

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Verizon Announces First Software Update For Pantech Marauder (Version S910LVWD211F.D1)

Verizon has just announced a software update for the QWERTY-sliding Pantech Marauder, a phone we reviewed last August. The software update includes the now-standard Verizon Remote Diagnostics support utility, and a substantial list of software changes. The stock email app now supports a combined inbox mode and conversation view, Google Chrome has been added, and the Pantech 'Simple Mode' UI has been enhanced. The phone apparently doesn't reboot after a modem crash anymore, either, which is probably good.


There's no Android version upgrade included, unfortunately. The new update will likely be headed out some time in the next week or two.

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Introducing 'Google Play News' - A Newspaper Section Is On Its Way To The Play Store

This should be fun! Here's a really early peak at Google's latest content push: it's called "Google Play News," and these bits of News come in "Issues" and "Subscriptions," so we're guessing Google's getting into the newspaper business. "Play News" will be a new, "colored" Play Store section to go along with Apps, Music, Books, Magazines, Movies, and Devices.

Our smoking gun in this case was this piece of JavaScript, (mirror) from the web version of the Play Store. It's a little hard to read, but you should be able to control+f your way to interesting bits of text like this:

To read Google Play News, you must have a supported Android phone or tablet

Please sign in to get this News edition.

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Editorial: No, The Galaxy S4 Does Not Foretell A Samsung Overthrow Of Google Or An Imminent Android Fork

A little over two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published a juicy story about a technology love triangle gone sour, between Samsung, Google, and Motorola. That story, as most things published at the Journal about Android or Apple do, immediately caught fire. Is Samsung plotting to break away from a Google-approved Android? Is Google actually scared of Samsung's ginormous market share? It's the sort of backstabby drama that everyone in the tech news industry would love to see unfold. Count me among them - that would be something, wouldn't it? Samsung forking Android and eschewing Google's services and content once and for all.

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Verizon Approves Update 9.16.6 For The RAZR HD And MAXX HD, Lots Of Bug Fixes And Improvements Coming Your Way

While Big Red may have just started pushing Jelly Bean to the OG RAZR/MAXX twins, the more modern HD variants of the devices are set to get a decent bug-fix-update as well. The details of the OTA just hit Verizon's support site, which generally means the update is ready to go and should begin rolling out within a few days.


Looks like it's going to bring fixes-a-plenty, covering everything from security to data roaming and Wi-Fi connectivity. Here's a slightly easier-to-read list:

  • Google Security Patches have been added for additional security
  • Data roaming fix has been implemented
  • Connection/disconnection detection has been improved when using USB
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Wallpaper options are shown when home screen icons are selected
  • Camera improvements have been made to touch-to-focus, notifications and low light performance
  • In-call audio routes to earpiece when connected to headset has been improved
  • Improvements to video streaming pixilation have been made
  • Media sync stability has been improved

We'll let you know as soon as it starts hitting devices.

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