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Holiday App And Game Sales: Give Yourself The Gift Of Thrift [Continuously Updated]

It's time for a good old fashioned non-denominational holiday celebration here at Android Police HQ. What better way to celebrate the season than with some apps and games – and at reasonable prices. The holidays are expensive enough without paying full price for apps, right?

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PSA: Restricted User Accounts Can Be Used To Prevent Profile Switching In Updated Netflix App

We waited a little longer to get Netflix profiles in the Android app, but it looks like there is a nice little bonus to compensate us for that delay. The updated Netflix app plugs into the profile system on Android tablets running 4.2 or later. This gives you the option to prevent Netflix profile switching on restricted user accounts.

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When you're setting up a restricted account (for example, a kid's account), you have the ability to choose which apps are accessible.

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Koush's AllCast Streaming App Is Now Available In Free and Premium Flavors On The Play Store

We've covered Koushik Dutta's AllCast before: it's an Airplay/DLNA streaming app that lets you stream all the things. Now it's out of beta, and you don't have to jump through any hoops to get it: just head to the Play Store and download that sucker to your cell phone telephone. The free version includes advertising, splash screens, and a 60-second streaming limitation, while the $5 Premium unlock app is unlimited.

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The app is a streamer for any local video or photos on your Android device.

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SwiftKey's Winter-Themed Easter Egg Brings Digital Snow Flurries To Your Device's Screen

SwiftKey is well-known for being one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. What users of other keyboards may not know, however, is that the company also loves to bake little surprises into the app, especially around the holidays (like the "tilt" feature from April Fool's Day).

While the keyboard has already received a festive holiday theme with the most recent update, that's not the only wintery goodness the developers threw into the keyboard – there's a fun little easter egg, too.

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[New Game] No Brakes Valet Jumps From OUYA To The Google Play Store To Enable Your Ferris Bueller Fantasies

The titular valet in No Brakes Valet isn't quite as bad as the famous garage attendant from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He is, in fact, a professional. And he'd be well on his way to the Valet Hall Of Fame... if it weren't for an apparently religious opposition to using the brake pedal. It's the sort of minor personal hang-up that can really sink a career in vehicular services.

No Brakes Valet was originally an OUYA title, though it comes from slightly notable indie developer Captain Games, of Enviro-Bear 2010 and BEEFWAR fame.

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[New App] Thermodo App Finally Arrives In Google Play To Complement Your Kickstarter-Funded Phone Thermometer

The Thermodo was successfully funded on Kickstarter last Spring to the tune of $336,018. The designers were only seeking $35,000 to build the tiny electrical thermometer, but apparently people really want to know what the temperature is in the general vicinity of their headphone jack. The device has reached most backers and now the promised Android app has hit the Play Store.

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[New App] MTV Releases A Full Episode App, But Cable Cord-Cutters Need Not Apply

"I want my MTV" was the promotional slogan that Music Television used to get itself onto just about every American cable company. Twenty years later the network seems to have just about anything except music on its lineup, but if you still want it, the new official app can deliver MTV's programming right to your Android phone. The self-titled MTV app grants access to current shows in an on-demand setup, but only if you already pay for cable or satellite TV.

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Hulu Plus App Updated With Slide-Out Navigation, Better TV Season Management, Persistent Resume Bar, And More

The Hulu Plus app has gone from a poorly supported buggy mess to a solid experience during its run. In the most recent update, Hulu Plus gains some cool new features like Android-y slide-out navigation and a redesigned layout for shows with multiple seasons. The volume of ads, however, remains unchanged.

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Apex Launcher 2.2 Launches In The Play Store With Transparent Notification Bar And Other KitKat Goodies

Now that the developers of the more popular apps in the Play Store have come to grips with the changes in Android 4.4, it's high time to see them take advantage of the new options. Such is the case with popular alternative homescreen Apex Launcher, which exits its KitKat-enhanced beta and lands on the Play Store today. The new version adds a host of visual tweaks to bring the launcher up to date with 4.4.

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[Bonus Round] Violett, Shoggoth Rising, Super Mega Worm Vs Santa Saga, Construction Simulator 2014, And KAMI

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 a mildly creepy adventure game, a Lovecraftian turret shooter, another Super Mega Worm game, and a stylish puzzler.

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