13
Jun
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Update: Google has since shared a list of retailers from which Canadians can pick up the Chromecast and take advantage of the offer. The options include Amazon, Best Buy, Future Shop, and Google Play.

 

Canadians, don't say Google's never done anything for you. The Big G is now tossing in $20 CAD worth of Play Store credit with the purchase of a Chromecast. This deal applies whether you pick one of the affordable media sticks up from Google Play or opt to hit up another authorized retailer such as Amazon instead.

12
Jun
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I hear you, I hear you. What's the point of a remote control for a dryer? You don't know you need to start it back up without physically checking the clothes in the first place, at which point you're right next to the buttons. But hear me out here. Dryers are complicated, and they have lots of knobs. Wouldn't transferring those functions to a touchscreen just make life easier? Here, take a look.

12
Jun
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Developer Halfbrick, the creator of Fruit Ninja, is back with another mobile game to suck away your free time. Band Stars has nothing to do with slicing up perfectly good food. Instead you get some people together to form a band and you rock out. Keep rocking, and eventually you'll get good. After that, you will become a star and travel the world (if only real-life worked that way).

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The game has plenty of band members to unlock, each of whom brings their own skills to the table.

11
Jun
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Ready wants to reinvigorate the part of your phone that, in ye olden days, was all that mattered. That's right, it wants to improve how you make phone calls. Rather than gutting out your home screen and replacing it with something quirky, it tackles your dialer instead.

The Ready developers have tasked themselves with making contacts easier to see and communicate with. The app does so by not only tweaking how contacts are presented, but by creating useful shortcuts as well.

10
Jun
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The latest version of the Play Store hit the scene a little over a week ago and introduced a tweak to the way permissions are displayed at install time, and it left some people feeling a little...uncertain. Gone is the ugly wall of poorly spaced, semi-specific permissions. The replacement is a short set of simplified categories, each with crisp-looking icons and buttons that reveal a brief description when tapped. Google filtered through roughly 145 permissions and narrowed them down to a dozen groups, plus one bucket for anything that remains.

10
Jun
Small&Furious

Here's the thing about physics-based racing games, you're going to crash, and you're going to crash often. Typically doing so comes across as rather painful, but Small&Furious turns it into an educational experience. That's not a fearless biker snapping his neck on an outcropping of rock  - it's just a crash test dummy that didn't land gracefully enough. Tweak it and try again.

04
Jun
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We post about a ton of games around these parts, but those nifty Android devices of yours are good for more than shifting around pixels as quickly as possible. They're also great for reading, and those of you in Norway are now able to purchase digital books from Google Play. Just head over to the virtual marketplace to see Google's recommendations for what reads are hot right now or what the company thinks you may be into.

02
Jun
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Remember the most recent Google Play Android client update? One of the features in that one was a new way of viewing permissions. As of that version there's a link to open the list instead of only being able to see it from the installation dialog. Well, now the web Play Store has pretty much the same thing. It's called consistency.

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02
Jun
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Fun fact: because of the enormous expense of shooting on location, a surprising number of American television series are shot and produced in Canada. Often when you see "Chicago" or "New York" on the small screen, it's really Toronto or Vancouver standing in as a body double for an entire city. Supernatural's Winchester Brothers are almost always running around British Colombia, and the rolling Wild West frontier of Hell On Wheels is really Alberta.

28
May
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It seems that just about every major organization or service is being targeted for a gigantic data breach these days. Spotify was the latest service to be attacked, and yesterday the music streaming company specifically told Android users to upgrade their apps soon to protect themselves. The update is available today, but Spotify isn't taking any chances: it's created an entirely separate entry in the Play Store to make sure users get the point.

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