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[New App] Volkswagen's SmileDrive Turns Every Trip To The Store Into A Game With Awards And Stickers

Driving is okay, but it's a little mundane, don't you think? If you need more fun during your road trips, Volkswagen is all over that with its new SmileDrive app. This app follows your trips and turns them into interactive online adventures. It doesn't even require a Volkswagen – just a car with Bluetooth.

The app uses Google+ logins to connect the people in the car, then creates a map for each trip.

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[New Game] Shoot-Em-Up Sleeper Hit Sine Mora Touches Down In The Play Store After Brief Amazon Exclusivity

Sine Mora got its start on the Xbox Live Arcade last summer and has slowly but surely been spreading to every platform under the sun. The 2.5D space shooter might not be the "legendary cult classic" that its description alludes to, but it's certainly been well-received by shmup fans, and it's now available on Google Play after a brief spell on the Amazon Appstore. It's a bit on the pricy side at $5.99.

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[Bonus Round] Apoc Wars, QbQbQb, And Gurk III

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 mobilized, social-savvy real-time strategy game, yet another minimal puzzler, and an unapologetically old-school RPG.

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WhatsApp Shakes Things Up: Free Push-To-Talk Voice Messages Now Available To All 300 Million Users

Speak softly and carry a big user base. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but that might as well be the unofficial motto of WhatsApp. The cross-platform messaging service has been quietly spreading over the last couple of years, coming to every major mobile platform and gaining over 300 million active monthly users, according to AllThingsD. What's next for the quiet revolution? Voice communication.

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Well, sort of - it's more like a short voicemail message, not a live two-way conversation.

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Let The Fun Begin... Some More: NVIDIA Releases Open Source Files And Recovery Image For SHIELD

With SHIELD, NVIDIA made the decision to support the open source/root/Android modding community and embrace the hack-centric nature of the platform by making the device unlockable and easily modifiable. Now, it has made the necessary files available to really open it up for devs: the open source binary drivers and stock recovery image. Together, these files will not only allow developers to start tinkering with the device, but also flash everything back to its stock state should something go awry.

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LG G2 Press Image Leaked Ahead Of Official Unveiling Tomorrow [Update: Second Image]

That noted leaker of phones, @evleaks has just posted what appears to be the LG G2 in all its glory. We've seen the device show up a number of times before, but this press shot is the first time the final product has been so clearly visible.

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The device matches previous leaks quite well with the strange up and down arrows on the rear of the device, and a very minimal front bezel.

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AT&T Confirms It Will Offer One-Time Replacement For A Water-Damaged Galaxy S4 Active

When a phone is advertised as "water-resistant" you have to wonder just how resistant it actually is. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T, the answer is apparently "not very." Despite AT&T heavily advertising the device as “whatever-proof” and great for taking underwater videos, some owners have been complaining of damage to the device after an encounter with water.

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The Active is supposedly IP67 certified, which means it should hold up to water at a depth of one meter for 30 minutes.

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Tuesday App And Game Sales: Yesterday, Bike Repair, Scrabble, And More

There are always deal to be had in the wide world of Android apps, and it's our pleasure to bring you the best of them. Read on for some solid apps at bargain prices.

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Google Will Soon Highlight In-Depth Articles In Search Results

Google (and perhaps other search engines, but who uses those?) has made finding information easier than ever. Unfortunately, this phrase comes with a wide range of caveats. Finding information that isn't current can be quite a challenge, and the first pages are often flooded with results from sites like Yahoo! Answers, which rank a few rungs higher than Wikipedia on the list of websites not to use as sources on college papers.

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Official Twitter Android App Updated With Login Verification, New Gallery View For Search Result Photos

Today's Twitter update has a keen focus on security. Back in May, the company introduced an SMS-based two-factor authentication system for signing into the service. Now login requests can be be verified using just the mobile app. Users can sign into Twitter and enjoy the extra security of two-factor authentication without having to provide a phone number or worry about cell reception. The app also generates backup codes just in case your phone isn't available when you want to sign in later on.

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