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At Long Last, Google Voice Should Be Able To Send And Receive MMS Messages On Most US And Canadian Carriers, Including AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

As cool as Google Voice's free text message service is, it has always been a bit barebones. Big features like MMS have been missing for a lot of users, with some notable exceptions. Multimedia Message Service, usually used to simply attach a photo to a text message, is handled by completely different servers at most carriers, causing some problems with Google's forwarding system. It looks like Google has addressed these issues, at least for most people in the US and Canada, finally enabling the sending and receiving of MMS via Google Voice. 

Google employee Alex Wiesen announced the new feature on his personal Google+ account.

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Comedy Central Releases Official Android App Complete With Full Episode Streaming And A Channel Guide

The folks over at Comedy Central have hit up Google Play with an official Android app, and it's looking pretty good. The company's promising full episodes available the day after they air, stand-up specials, and access to some older content - such as every episode of Chappelle's Show. The app can toss up a TV schedule if you just want to know what's coming up next.

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A TV subscription is required for most of the content, though the Play Store page says a login isn't required to view the latest episodes.

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Sonos 5.1 Update Lets Users Set Things Up Using Their Existing Wi-Fi Networks, No Sonos Bridge Required

With a Sonos sound system, people can pump music through every room of the house using their Android phone or tablet as a master control device. This wireless audio jujitsu previously required users to directly plug a Sonos Bridge into their routers, which would create a dedicated network for the system to do its business on. With version 5.1, the Bridge is no longer required. New customers can set up their Sonos systems using their existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Firefox For Android Gains Chromecast Support, Starting With Nightly Builds

Earlier this summer word got out that Mozilla was working on a media streaming stick of its own that's intended to be a more open option than Google's Chromecast. The device would allow anyone to cast to it, regardless of their platform or the content they're hoping to cast. Yet even with these big plans, the organization has still taken the time to bake Chromecast support into Firefox, starting with the nightly builds.

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[Update: Play With It Now] YouTube For TV Gets Attractive New UI That's Designed To Make Content More Accessible

Google knows using YouTube on a TV could be better, so the company has started to push out an updated version that fits in more with the company's latest sense of style (Android TV, anyone?) and, more importantly, makes content easier to access.

YouTube looks great on a TV, but it's not as easy to browse as other media services such as Netflix and Hulu, where users can just shift through movie titles and the latest shows without having to go through all that much effort.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Fire TV Temporarily Discounted To $84 (A $15 Savings)

Amazon's flaming media streaming and gaming box is currently marked down to $84. This is a savings of $15 on the original price. The difference here isn't enough to get Fire TV detractors to change their tune, but if you were considering picking up Amazon's little black box, this might just help with the decision.

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We've put the Fire TV through its paces in a lengthy review, and to sum things up shortly - it's not a bad box.

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LocalCast Gets Materialized In v3.0 Update, And It's Looking Pretty Good

Android's screen casting feature lets people cast all the things, but it doesn't let them cast to all the things. No, Google will officially send media out to a Chromecast, but for other things, that's where third-party apps come in. One of the better options, LocalCast, has jumped up to a new version that brings the app up-to-date with the next release of Android (since L isn't actually out yet, would that make this before-to-date...up-to-early...ahead-of-date?).

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ODIN Android-Powered Portable Micro Projector Reaches Its $250,000 Kickstarter Goal

If you can put Android into a watch, or a car, or a stove, you can cram it in just about anywhere. And given that last option, placing it into a micro or "pico" projector seems like a pretty good idea. ODIN is a Kickstarter project aiming to do just that, expanding an already flexible gadget by throwing in a little extra electronics and Android for media-focused apps. The Kickstarter campaign passed its $250,000 goal this weekend, and it's got a day and a half left to go.

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[New App] Radical.fm, An Ad-free 'Pay-What-You-Can' Music Service Touting 25 Million Songs, Launches On Android

Just like traditional radio, listening to internet radio without paying money requires putting up with ads. Well, usually. Radical.fm tosses this entire concept out the window by letting users stream music for free. If listeners would like to donate to the company to help out, it would be nice, but such generosity is not required. There's a catch, though. The Android app, despite just launching, already looks like it hasn't received an update in three years.

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VLC For Android Beta Has Ended Its Ridiculously Long Region Lockout That Excluded The US

Update: While both the US and Canada did not have access to VLC for Android on the Play Store at launch, some of our Canadian readers have pointed out that they have since been able to download it from there for quite some time now. As it turns out, the American release was indeed the last hold out.

We in the tech industry have a tendency to throw around the word "finally" perhaps a tad more often than we should.

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