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Play Store 5.4 Makes The Notification Bar Transparent On App Pages [APK Download]

The Play Store is where you go to watch your other apps get updated, but occasionally it's nice to sit back and watch as the store gets its own renovation. Sometimes the changes are stark. Other times, there are just a few new lights here or there.

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In version 5.4, it's not about what's been added, but what's been taken away. The notification bar has lost its color. Now Play Store pages appear with banner images that reach towards the top of the screen.

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This New Smart Car Swaps The Infotainment System For A Center-Mounted Phone Dock And A Bluetooth Connection

Have you ever looked at your low-tech car audio system and wished your head unit could just be as smart as the phone in your pocket? Or maybe you have one of those fancy infotainment systems whose software tends to make the HTC G1 look futuristic by comparison. Well, an automaker finally decided to acknowledge that it's easier to use the hardware that the customer already has than build something newer and more expensive that won't do any better. Which manufacturer decided to do it? It's the same people who brought you this:

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Yep, smart, of smart car fame and subsidiary of Daimler AG, the group behind Mercedes-Benz.

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[Update: Changelog Added] Google Wallet 9.0 Adds Search To The Transactions Screen, Drops Orders Screen Entirely [APK Download]

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Evernote 7 Arrives For Android Tablets

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Android Studio 1.2 Reaches Beta, Adds Built-In Decompiler, Inline Debugger Variables, Smarter Formatting, And So Much More

When Android Studio v1.1 entered the Stable channel, about 6 weeks ago, the Dev Tools team gave word that v1.2 was already well underway and that it would be based on the newly released IntelliJ 14. A couple of weeks later, the first preview build turned up, and it had already been upgraded to include IntelliJ 14.1, as well. Developers on the Canary channel have been testing and playing with the new features since early March, and now it's time to bring the goods to a larger audience. Android Studio v1.2 has just been released to the Beta channel with a mindboggling list of improvements.

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Sling TV Introduces Sling International, Provides Nearly 200 Channels Across 18 Languages To Houses In The US

The base Sling TV package already provides a pretty decent value. For $20, subscribers get access to more than 20 channels over the Internet. More are available through add-on packages.

Now the company is diversifying its portfolio, so to speak. The number of channels available in the US is jumping to nearly 200, spread across 18 languages. They're available as part of Sling International.

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Okay, Sling International is really just a new name for DishWorld, the IPTV service Dish Network (which owns Sling TV) started offering in 2012. This laid the foundation for Sling TV in the first place, and now Dish is just getting its branding in order.

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Kodi (Formerly XBMC) Is Now Officially Available On The Play Store In Beta And Alpha Forms

Once upon a time, Kodi was known as XBMC, and it was developed for hacked Xboxes. This open source media hub went on to run on PCs and mobile devices, but it hasn't been deployed in the Play Store until now. There are some not-so-secret Google+ communities for beta and alpha versions of Kodi, and you can join them right now.

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Sony Acquires OnLive Game Streaming Tech, Service Will Shut Down On April 30th

After almost going offline in 2012 in the midst of a complete restructuring, OnLive has confirmed the sale of most of its assets to Sony. The deal does not include any continuation of the service, so after five years of streaming, OnLive's gaming service will shut down on April 30th. It's okay, though. You probably weren't using it, thus the reason for the sale.

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OnLive was one of the first companies to try commercializing game streaming. It started with support for PCs, then expanded to phones, tablets, streaming boxes, and some TVs. OnLive's website has been updated with a notice of the shutdown.

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Major League Baseball Returns Next Week, MLB.com At Bat Updated In Preparation

The smell of fresh cut grass is carried by a cool spring breeze. The sounds of birds chirping is punctuated by the crack of a bat and the ground trembles as a crowd comes to its feet with a roar. I smell it. I hear it. I feel it. Baseball is coming.

In two days time, the first pitch of the 2015 Major League Baseball season will be thrown in Chicago and the season will begin. Some people may find America’s favorite pastime to be a boring or slow paced sport. Those people can go read something else. This article is for the fans.

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LG Announces A New 5.5-Inch 1440p LCD Destined For The G4

LG continued the resolution war last spring when it announced the LG G3 with a 2560x1440 LCD. The display had good sharpness, but the brightness and colors were not great. LG says it has a new and improved 5.5-inch LCD ready to go, and it's going to be used in its "forthcoming flagship smartphone," meaning the G4.

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The new panel has the same 1440p resolution for a whopping 538 pixels per inch. LG says the new LCD will have much more vibrant colors with a 120% sRGB color gamut. Contrast will be 50% higher than the G3's panel, and crucially, the brightness has been improved by 30% without an increase in power consumption.

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