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2014-05-05 10_18_05-XBMC 13.0 Gotham rises _ XBMC

XBMC started life as a hack for the original Xbox game console, but it has since evolved into a much-beloved open source home theater system on a number of platforms. After months of release candidates and betas, XBMC 13.0 (codename Gotham) is ready to download on Android (and other stuff).

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The new version brings a number of improvements, only some of which pertain directly to Android. The most relevant to our interests is the inclusion of hardware media decoding on ARM and x86 Android devices.

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Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one. After pushing out the new Docs and Sheets apps, Google is now updating the main Drive app and actually removing some functionality. You will now be prompted to install Docs or Sheets if you want to edit, but it's not as bad as it sounds at first.

2014-05-03 00.42.18 2014-05-03 01.23.56 2014-05-03 00.42.48 2014-05-03 00.51.44

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Let's get this weekend started right with some apps and games at reasonable prices. Well, your definition of reasonable might differ from ours, but try to be open-minded, okay? Jeez, okay. Fine. Be like that.

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A late entrant to Google's update Wednesday is Play Music. Version 5.5 has started rolling out, but don't expect huge changes. So far all we've seen is a tweak to playlist management. You can still download the APK below, if that's how you roll.

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May
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The New York Times is a brand recognized around the world, and now the Android app is equipped to service readers who reside out of the US. The international edition of the paper is now selectable in the app settings.

02
May
2014-05-02 11_29_34-01_intro.mp4 - VLC media player

Motorola has a lot of apps in the Play Store to enhance its devices over time without a ROM update – even the boot animation. Motorola's newest boot animation is now playing on a Moto X/G near you. Don't have a Moto device? We've got the video for you.

02
May
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Koush has been busy since leaving Cyanogen Inc. to spend more time working on his various projects. A new update for AllCast is set to roll out soon with an interesting new feature. Users with a Fire TV will be able to stream video to the TV, but route the audio through the phone only. Why would you want to do this? It's private listening mode.

01
May
GoogleSearch-Teardown

The latest version of Google Search rolled out yesterday with a couple of pretty great new features. We already know that 3.4 offers a new parking reminder, mall directories, and the start of voice commands for system settings. But there are still a few secrets worth exploring, so let's get to it!

See Your Friend's Photos

The content of Google Now tends to focus heavily on your current or future location, and as a close second, it tries to be helpful with reminders about TV shows and events.

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Let's say there are a few apps that you use frequently. You could get to them by diving into the app drawer, placing shortcuts on the home screen, or hoping they're someplace in the multitasking interface. Slyde makes it easier – you just swipe and pull up your favorite apps.

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May
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HD Widgets is already one of the more pragmatic and attractive sources for Android widgets out there, but now it's about to get even prettier. For the big 4.0 release, the developers are prepared to introduce a new theme that's been designed for Android 4.4. And since you don't need KitKat to run it, that makes this update a nice breath of fresh air for anyone looking for a modern set of widgets displaying everything from the weather and time to battery life and toggles.

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