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[Update: Live] Dead Zebra For Science Collection Offers Bugdroid Figures Of Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, And Nikola Tesla On April 20th

Dead Zebra's long-running line of themed Android figures is expanding by three next week. The latest figures use the now-iconic shape of the Android mascot, but bear cartoon likenesses of three of the biggest names in scientific history: Sir Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, and Nikola Tesla.

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Sony Says Upcoming Android Wear 5.1 Update Will Also Include Adjustable Font Size And 'Pop-Up Notifications'

Google announced a new update for Android Wear earlier today, but it conveniently failed to tell us the version number. While I'm sure we all assumed it would be 5.1, Sony has confirmed that and added a few more things Google apparently forgot to tell us.

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US Cellular's LG G3 Android Lollipop Update Is Now Going Out To Devices

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24 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (4/8/15 - 4/20/15)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Expense IQ - Expense Manager

This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps.

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Republic Wireless Will Offer 'Maestro' Data Refunds And Other Reforms Later This Year, Testing Starting May 18th

Republic Wireless, the Sprint MVNO that burdens as much cellular load as it can onto Wi-Fi networks and seamlessly switches between the two, is changing the way it handles plans. Starting later this year, the company will charge you based on how much you use rather than the speed of your data connection. It will also offer refunds if you don't use up all the data you pay for each month. The carrier is calling this project Maestro.

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Twitter Rolling Out New Direct Messaging Features Including In-App Option To Receive DMs From Anyone, New DM Button, And More

Twitter is a public service by default, but when you need to take things private, there's always direct messages. They have traditionally been very limited, though. Twitter is rolling a change out to all devices starting today that makes them a little more useful. It's not clear if you'll need an app update or if this is all server side.

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New Humble Tin Man Mobile Bundle Includes Up To 10 Gamebook Adventue Titles

There's a new Humble Mobile Bundle already up and running today, and it's another developer tie in like the previous Sega and Crescent Moon deals. This time it's Tin man Games, which is the developer of all those neat gamebook adventures. You can get as many as 10 of these game right now with more on the way.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab A For The US, Disappointing Specs In A Metal Chassis Starting At $230 May 1st

With the Galaxy Tab A, Samsung is giving its budget tablet line-up a touch of class. This is no dinky Tab 4. This 4:3 slate has a metal chassis! And now it's coming to the US. On May 1st, Americans will be able to buy the device from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, and HH Gregg.

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Unfortunately, the specs remain pretty underwhelming. Sure, we can make do with a 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

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Sony Announces Google Cast-Enabled Speakers And A/V Receivers

LG isn't the only consumer electronics company looking to sell you very expensive sound equipment with Google Cast built-in. Sony has just announced a line of sound bars and A/V receivers that will support Google Cast. As with LG, these will not be cheap devices.

Sony Electronics - HT-ST9

Sony's new sound bar collection includes four different sound bars including (in ascending cost) the HT-CT380, HT-CT780, HT-NT3, and the HT-ST9. The cheapest one is $349.99 MSRP and the most expensive goes for $1499.99.

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LG G Flex 2 Coming To AT&T Online And In Stores April 24th For $709 Or $300 With A Two-Year Contract

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