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Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Christmas HD Live Wallpaper - Possibly The Most Well Thought-Out LWP Yet

The creators of such marvels as My Beach and Celtic Garden, DualBoot Games, have outdone themselves this holiday season with Christmas HD - what I believe to be the most intricate live wallpaper I've seen on Android in a long time (ever?).

Customizable lights, gifts, tree topper, snowflakes, garlands, and a Christmas countdown are just the tip of the iceberg. Wait till you see your own photo above the fireplace, your family's names embroiled on the stockings, and a note to Santa signed by the same guy or gal who's looking back at you in the mirror every morning.

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[New App] Any.DO From The Creators Of Taskos Is The Cleanest Task List App For Android Yet, With Emphasis On Sharing And Simplicity

How many task managers that keep track of To-Do items can we need on Android? The creators of Taskos, which in itself is a task list manager, thought we were in such dire need for one more that they had to one-up even themselves and create Any.DO.

Any.DO has a completely new interface that is so slick that you will find yourself wondering whether you're running an Android app at all.

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Ancestry.com Releases Official Beta App, Allows Subscribers To See (But Not Modify) Their Family Tree

Ancestry.com subscribers now have another way to access their family tree, as the company has released the first beta version of their official Android app. At the moment, it's read only, meaning you can't modify information via the app, and the team has yet to implement many other necessary features such as searching for specific people in your tree.

The official description:

First beta release of the Ancestry app. Please submit feedback to [email protected].

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Google+ App Updated To 2.1.1. - G+ Home Screen Widget Makes Its Return

Android's Google+ app just got updated to version 2.1.1., bringing back the popular posting widget, which allows users to post updates and photos on the fly right from their home screen.

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Besides that, the new update brings fixes for download and installation issues, and various bug fixes. If you've been missing the Google+ posting widget, your wish has just been granted. Head to the market and grab the update!

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Google Offers App Lands In The Android Market, Grab Deals And Coupons Straight From Your Phone

If Google's Groupon competitor Offers is available in your area, then you you'll be happy to know that the companion app to the service has just been released to the Android Market. The app allows you to find and buy the best deals in your area on-the-go, as well as notify you about deals that match your interests and allow you to purchase and redeem them instantly.

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Nice interface.

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Tip: Is Your Android Market App Loading Slowly, Especially On Wi-Fi? Give This Fix A Try

The intrepid folks over at XDA are always tinkering away to try and make using your Android device a better experience. And a few weeks ago, one of them (namely, temasek) found that the Android Market has some issues trying to resolve DNS servers when your device is connected over Wi-Fi. This can cause the Market to load slowly, and it's definitely something I've experienced on my own phone.

The solution?

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Google+ App Updated To 2.1 With Ice Cream Sandwich Styling, Major Enhancements And Bug Fixes

Update: It appears the widget for Google+ has disappeared in this update, and images now appear somewhat compressed and pixelated. It's unclear if this is intentional (It seems one of the app's developers has said the widget will return soon, over on Google+.)

The Google+ app team just dropped a surprisingly massive update onto the Market, and it brings changes galore. In fact, there's so many changes that they've called it a "completely new app." Take a look:

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The UI has taken a turn towards the styling we've seen in Ice Cream Sandwich, and menus have been reworked to resemble the next version of Android as well.

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Titanium Backup [Pro] Can Now Restore Apps From ClockworkMod 5 Backups

Well, this didn't take long. A little while ago, a new app called AppExtractor that can restore individual apps from ClockworkMod backups appeared in the Market seemingly out of nowhere. The app was welcomed by many of us who do custom ROM flashing here and there, sometimes wishing we could only restore a few little things from our Nandroid backups rather than having to restore whole ROMs.

As of today, Titanium Backup, sort of a de facto app in the app backup/restore business on Android, can now do the same thing.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Book Giveaway #11: Win One Of Six Books Courtesy Of Packt Publishing And The 2011 Open Source Awards

While most of you have heard of Open Source software at this point (I hope you have, anyway), you probably aren't aware that each year Packt Publishing puts on a contest to highlight the best and brightest Open Source projects across all platforms. The contest is currently in its voting stage, ends on October 31, 2011.

The contest features applications in six different categories, including Mobile Toolkits and Libraries, CMS, Most Promising Open Source Project, Business Applications, JavaScript Libraries, and Multimedia Software; with five contenders in each category.

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[Updated: Permissions Explained] Deal Of The Day: OfficeSuite Pro 5 Is Free At The Amazon Appstore Today (Normally $15)

I don't usually post Amazon Appstore apps outside of our social media accounts, but today I felt compelled. There are a few options when it comes to office replacement apps that can read and write all your docs, presentations, and spreadsheets - most of them costing over $10. I've been eyeing OfficeSuite for a while, but never really bothered to try it out.

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Well, I just did because OfficeSuite Pro 5 is free at the Amazon Appstore today, and after playing with it, I have to say it's the best office app for Android I've tried so far (at least based on my first impressions).

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