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Update: According to our readers, quite a few more movies are free at the moment. Sherlock Holmes is free in the UK and Italy, while Pacific Rim is gratis in Australia. Clash of the Titans is available in Germany, and Canadians can get their hands on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Folks in France can snag The Polar Express. As for the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, it's also free in India.

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Last Updated: December 17th, 2014

Business owners already keep up with Yelp, as reviews can make or break sales. But at the end of the day, the mobile app remains a consumer-facing piece of software, encouraging users to check out which establishments are hot and leave their own feedback.

While Yelp isn't changing its main app, it has released a separate one that acknowledges how much attention the people running restaurants and stores pay to the service.

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Dec
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Jules Vernes' novel Around the World in Eighty Days is an old book, and like most old books, it reads like one. You can pick it up and work through its pages if you're committed, but inkle, the creator of the Sorcery series, has made a modern-day adaptation that is much easier on the eyes. In this choose-your-own-adventure adaptation, you try to make the right decisions to successfully circumnavigate the globe as quickly as possible (but preferably in 80 days).

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Dec
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STC, the largest telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia (with well over 100 million subscribers across various Arab states), has launched support for Play Store carrier billing. Now people in the region can pay for goods by adding the fee to their next bill, rather than keeping a credit card on file. Customers can find the feature highlighted directly on the carrier's site.

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You can access carrier billing by going to purchase an app and, when the payment window pops up, changing the method.

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Dec
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Developer Jundroo, LLC builds games that, in turn, let players build other things. While we haven't yet reached buildception (the point where those virtual things go on to build more things of their own), the number of things we're able to build continues to grow.

SimplePhysics let players create structures, just like BridgeBasher before it. SimpleRockets followed with the ability to send custom spaceships to fictional versions of our solar system's planets.

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Dec
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Ever since the Play Store's latest design revamp, several listing details got buried in the expandable description under "Read More." Many of these have been resurfacing back to the main app page or have had their visibility improved over several Play Store and server-side updates (like the download badges), and it looks like Content Rating — or Maturity, Parental — is the next detail to get a prominent upgrade.

Some users have started seeing a change in the way the Play Store displays Content Rating on apps and games — it doesn't seem to affect movies, music, or other sections of Play yet.

10
Dec
LiveTV

While it's possible to create a TV platform that doesn't deal with live channels, smart TVs and game consoles alike generally try to integrate the content as best they can. Google intends to as well. The company made an effort with Google TV, and these days it's trying again with Android TV.

Today Google has released an app for accessing live channels into the Play Store. The "Live Channels for Android TV" app is unsurprisingly incompatible with phones and tablets, and while it shows up as already installed on one of our Nexus Players, it doesn't appear anywhere on the device.

10
Dec
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For years, Google Maps has been a compelling reason to own an Android device, but it's not the only mobile navigation service out there worth your time. Nokia's HERE service has built a name for itself, attracting users thanks to its presence on competing platforms and a number of strengths, such as the ability to store maps for offline viewing/navigation and the presence of data in countries Google essentially considers the middle of nowhere.

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Dec
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Update: Here are better screenshots a reader has sent us.

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Indosat, update: one of the largest mobile carriers in Indonesia, appears to have added support for Play Store billing. This means that subscribers throughout the world's fourth most populated country should be able to pay for Google Play content by adding the fees to their monthly bills.

Indonesia has not yet appeared on Google's list of supported carriers, but the carrier has provided information on its own website.

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Last Updated: December 10th, 2014

Among tech-savvy media fans, Video LAN Client (VLC for short) is easily one of the most popular video and audio players in the world. It's available for every major desktop platform, and for almost two years, it's been in beta for Android. Today the app has officially graduated to a 1.0 build, marking its formal exit from beta and a day of celebration for fans of flexible media playback on mobile devices.

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