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XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi For Release 14, For Practical And Legal Reasons

Writing about the XBMC media center software almost always takes a little explanation. The open-source XBMC was formerly known as the "Xbox Media Center," because its first release way back in 2003 was based on the "Xbox Media Player" and intended to run on modified Xbox game consoles. Because the software no longer officially runs on the Xbox, and has never run on newer consoles like the Xbox 360, and in fact runs on a heck of a lot of hardware that bears no X at all, the creators have renamed the software "Kodi."

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In addition to general confusion around the name and nomenclature for the project, the XBMC Foundation had a hard time with trademark and quality control.

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[Weekend Poll] The Google Now Launcher Is Now Available For Most Devices - Are You Using It?

To the excitement of many, Google has finally made the Google Now Launcher available for all Android devices running Android 4.1 or later.

The GNL is what Google thinks your Android device should look like, in a basic sense. A dedicated Google Now homescreen pane, a permanent Google Search shortcut at the top of every screen, and a very bare-bones app drawer. It's simple, fast, and Google-y. What's interesting is that, despite some degree of love for the GNL in the wider Android community, it's really not an enthusiast's launcher at all.

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Vine App Update Adds A 'Huge Video Recording Quality Boost' And New Notification Options

Vine isn't a platform known for outstanding videography, on account of being limited to mobile cameras (not to mention the time limit). But starting today, users on Android should notice a definite improvement in the quality of uploaded videos, at least according to the latest app update. Of course, the quality will still be limited by your phone or tablet's camera and the shooting conditions in any particular location. Exactly how video quality is being improved (bitrate bump?

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Google Photos May Soon Break Up With Google+, As The Post-Vic Era Fallout Continues

Google+, for all the criticism it has garnered from the "hip" tech crowd, has been an incredibly important product for the search giant since its unveiling back in 2011. Remember when you had to get an invite to join Google+? How far we've come.

But Google+ quickly became more than just Google+. The Hangouts messaging platform and, later, Google+ Photos were key leaps forward for Google in two areas where the company was arguably becoming stagnant.

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Google Now Launcher Updated In Play Store, Now Available On All Devices Running Android 4.1 Or Later

It's been a number of months since the Google Now Launcher debuted in the Play Store as an exclusive for Nexus and Google Play Experience devices, but today that changes. The newest update has opened up official access to all devices running Android 4.1 or higher.

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[New App] Nutrisystem's NuMi Is Out For Android With Fitbit/Jawbone Integration And A Surprisingly Good UI

Nutrisystem's NuMi is an online program that caters itself to a person's lifestyle in order to help them lose weight. The site logs a person's meals, water consumption, activities, and other trackable things. It then uses this information to make meal recommendations, providing thousands of recipes. Now Nutrisystem has consolidated this offering into a mobile form with its newly available Android app.

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[New App] Official Amazon Seller App Finds Its Way Into The Play Store For Merchants On The Move

Most of us approach Amazon as consumers. Whether it's a physical product or some digital goodie, we want to buy everything we can get our hands on. The site loves this about us, so it's made itself so compelling to use that the thought of shopping elsewhere is often proceeded by "Meh, I'll check Amazon first." The thing is, Amazon's selection wouldn't be nearly as comprehensive without the many merchants who also use the site to sell their wares.

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28 Best New Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 7/22/14 - 8/1/14

You would think the pace of Wear apps would slow down after the initial rush to be the first to do one thing or another, but no. Big no. The flow of new Wear-enabled apps has yet to abate, so the roundup is back a little early to show you what's cool and new in the Android Wear universe.

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Swipify-Multitasker & Launcher

Android Police coverage: [New App] Swipify Gives Your Android Wear Device A Gesture-Based Recent Apps Menu And A Few Other Tricks

There's no app switcher button on Android Wear, but Swipify sort of adds one as an edge gesture.

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[Deal Alert] Carcassonne And Sorcery Are Free Today On The Amazon Appstore ($5 Each Normally) [Update: Many More Apps Also Free]

Update: As it turns out, there's many more where that came from. Carcassonne is part of Amazon's current "Over $100 in Essential Apps FREE Thursday and Friday Only" deal. It's joined by a slew of free apps and games.

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There's always a free app of the day in the Amazon Appstore, but sometimes consumers are treated to multiple giveaways on the site at the same time. Today's free app, Sorcery, is joined by Carcassonne, which just happens to be going for the glorious price of $0.00 at the same time.

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Google Maps Navigation Now Offered In El Salvador, Libya, Nicaragua, Paraguay, And Tunisia

One issue preventing a bunch of people from viewing Google Maps as the navigation godsend that many others see it as is its limited availability in certain parts of the globe. Well, Google is working to change that. The company has rolled out support for navigation in the countries of El Salvador, Libya, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Tunisia.

Here are screenshots of the feature enabled in Paraguay, where an Android Police reader has noticed it for the first time.

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