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[Bonus Round] Micro Miners, Ski Challenge 14, Crazy Horses: Unstabled, And Sports Car Challenge 2

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 the latest pixelated title from Noodlecake, a game that rides Olympic coattails, a game for insane pony enthusiasts, and a (possible) driving sequel.

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US Unlocked And Developer Edition HTC One To Start Receiving Android 4.4 Today

If you're the owner of an unlocked US HTC One or HTC One Developer Edition, get ready for some KitKat: HTC's US Twitter account just let slip the news that an Android 4.4 OTA update is headed your way starting today.

While the rollout will probably be staggered in groups over the coming days, this is yet another incredibly quick OEM turnaround on Android 4.4.

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SMS Vulnerability In Nexus Phones Can Be Exploited To Force A Reboot Or Kill Cellular Connectivity

Today, at the DefCamp Security Conference in Bucharest, Romania, details were revealed about a potentially serious SMS vulnerability found in all current Nexus phones. The person responsible for the discovery is Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Levi9 and independent security researcher in Romania. When exploited, the attack can force the phone to reboot or destabilize certain services.

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The method of attack simply relies on sending a series of Class 0 "Flash" messages to the target phone.

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[Deal Alert] Costco Selling Three-Packs Of $20 Google Play Gift Cards For $48 ($12 Off) Plus $1.99 Shipping

If you buy a lot of content from Google Play, here's a chance to save a little scratch. Costco is offering a multi-pack of Google Play gift cards with a nice discount. The three cards totaling $60 can be yours for just $48.

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[Deal Alert] NVIDIA SHIELD Is $250 ($50 Off) On Black Friday, Plus Free Stuff From NVIDIA, Gamestop, Or Newegg

Just in case you didn't see this in our enormous Black Friday deal roundup, we thought the discount on NVIDIA's SHIELD gaming device was worth highlighting all on its own. Today you can score the SHIELD for just $250, $50 off its retail price, plus some free goodies that shift based on which retailer you buy from.

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The official NVIDIA SHIELD store has the device for an even $249, plus a free SHIELD T-shirt, a free first-party NVIDIA case ($40 on NVIDIA's store), and free standard shipping.

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[Deal Alert] Big Discounts On Anker External Batteries, Chargers, And More For Black Friday Weekend

There are all sorts of deals floating around today, but Anker has some especially juicy ones. If you need a little more power for your mobile devices, this could be your chance to save some cash.

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Dead Zebra's Android Figurines Series 4 Now On Sale, Android Socks Are Available Too

Get those browsers warmed up, collectors: the fourth series of Dead Zebra's increasingly zany selection of Android figures is now on sale. You can pick up the new toys from the Dead Zebra web store, and hurry, since they tend to run out of initial stock in less than one day. There are 14 new figures, including ninjas, fishermen, a gold-plated Bugdroid, and more.

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Individual blind boxes are $8.50, and cases of 16 cost $132.

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Motorola Goes Frosty: Verizon DROID Ultra And DROID Mini Now Available In White

Maybe the black slabs of glass and Kevlar that are Verizon's 2013 DROID lineup aren't doing it for you. If that's the case (and you haven't already bought a customized Moto X), you can now pick up either the svelte DROID Ultra or the pint-sized DROID Mini in shades of white. The capacious DROID Maxx, surprisingly, is still only offered in black.

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Unlike some of the early leaks of the white Ultra model, this one seems to be white all over, as opposed to white on the glass panel with a black body.

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DuoLingo Android App Updated To 2.0 With An Updated UI And A Slimmed-Down Install Size

The free DuoLingo service already has an army of aspirational bilingual supporters, but that's no reason to rest on your laurels. Today the developers have updated the Android app with a few changes to the user interface. The basics of the app have only been tweaked slightly - a digital spit and polish, if you will - but extra screens added to the end of lessons and progression screens should help users get a feel for where they are in the program.

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PowerUp 3.0 Powered Paper Airplane Passes $150,000 In Kickstarter Funding, Adds Android Control App

Take a gander around the more general tech blogs and you might spot the PowerUp 3.0. It's a recently-funded Kickstarter campaign for a gadget that adds powered flight and remote control to a paper airplane. It's not much more than some gears, a rudder, and a Bluetooth control module, but the simplicity is appealing enough that it reached its $50,000 funding goal in less than eight hours. Now the campaign has passed $150,000, the stretch funding goal for the creation of an Android app in addition to iOS.

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