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Amazon Inks Deal To Acquire ComiXology

Amazon already owns the most popular brand for ebooks, having debuted the Kindle ages ago and attracted consumers and publishers alike before other big players managed to establish a foothold in the industry. Now the company's going after comics. It could continue to expand its library of Kindle editions, but the speedier approach would be the buy the best competitor out there. So that's what Amazon is doing. The company has just announced plans to acquire comiXology, the makers of a popular digital comics platform, not to mention a couple of great Android comic book reading apps.

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Yahoo Mail 3.1 Update Does The Opposite Of What Gmail Recently Did - Now Blocks Image Loading By Default

Late last year, Gmail started showing images by default in a way that Google says doesn't compromise general security. Now Yahoo has released an update for its Android mail app that does precisely the opposite. Now those pesky images are blocked by default (or is the story here... that they weren't already?).

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The option to toggle this is tucked away in the app settings, so there's nothing stopping users from going back to living wild and free.

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HTC Puts Its Play Store Listings To Good Use, Updates BlinkFeed And Gallery

It's becoming more common for manufacturers to put their proprietary applications in the Play Store for easy updating, a trend essentially started by Motorola. HTC recently followed suit by adding several of its apps – including Sense TV, Gallery, and BlinkFeed – to the Store.

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Take Up Your Sword (And Key) – Wind-Up Knight 2 Is Now Available To All

Wind-up Knight 2 first appeared in the Play Store last month, but it was geo-restricted to Canada to get the kinks worked out. Now it's ready for everyone else to take a look at. Just like the previous title, Wind-up Knight 2 is an action-platformer with style to spare. It offers in-app purchases, but does so in a pretty reasonable way.

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[New Game] Family Guy The Quest for Stuff Hits Android, Includes Chicken Fights And In-App Purchases

Have you ever played The Simpsons: Tapped Out? Imagine that concept, but with Family Guy in place of The Simpsons. If that interests you, the new Family Guy The Quest for Stuff game is a thing you should download and play.

 

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Lyft Android App Updated To Version 1.4.3 With New Support For Entering Destinations

The Lyft community consists of people in need of rides and people ready to provide them, with all of this interaction going through a mobile app. Okay, not all of it. Before now, users have not been able to enter their desired destinations while requesting a ride, but the latest update addresses this by tucking the functionality in. This lets users tell the driver where they want to go before they arrive, getting the ride started faster and saving everyone time.

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Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Drops Into The Play Store This May

The response to the first Warhammer 40k game on Android wasn't stellar, but that's mainly because it didn't look much like the epic gameplay we'd expect from the franchise. Well, perhaps the newly announced Warhammer 40,000: Carnage will get closer to the mark.

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Sonos Adds Support For Google Play Music, Including Casting From Play Music Android App

Sonos released a beta app a few weeks back that is much less... unattractive. The company isn't stopping with the looks, though. Sonos is getting official support for Google Play Music today, allowing you to stream tunes directly to your Sonos speakers from Google's cloud.

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[Bonus Round] War Agent, Impossible Road, And Starship Traveller

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an arms trade simulator, an interestingly Spartan racer, and a new take on space opera from Tin Man Games.

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SoundCloud Version 2.8 Introduces Minor Visual Tweaks, Hashtags In Searches, Swipe-To-Refresh, And More

SoundCloud has made the jump to version 2.8, bringing along a few new enhancements in the process. Many of them are visual, though the changes are small. Tabs are white now. The explore section introduced in version 2.7 has had the position of artist names and song titles moved around, as have the search results. Speaking of searching, the app has new support for hashtags and recommends a page filled with them when clicking on the search icon.

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