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Location Settings Are Getting Revamped In Android 4.4 And Finally - A History Of Recent Location Requests

Several days ago, I started a series of rumor posts on my personal Google+ account discussing some Android rumors I felt were interesting enough to share, but didn't feel confident enough yet to do so here on the site. The posts were heavily prefixed with disclaimers that none of them may turn out to be true but that I had a certain level of confidence to talk about them in public unofficially.

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Leaked Sprint Galaxy S4 Mini Press Images Pop Up, Release Probably Won't Be Too Far Off Now

Okay, okay, there are many reasons not to be interested in this story, and I'm going to acknowledge these right off the bat. The Galaxy S4 Mini is not exactly a new device anymore, and it wasn't nearly as powerful as the flagship device it's based on even when it was. Likewise, people aren't likely to turn to Sprint in search of a speedy network connection. In a way, the device and the carrier are a match made in heaven.

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[New Game] Hero Academy Calls On You And Your Friends To Face Off In Addictive Turn-Based Combat

Hero Academy is a charming and addictive turn-based strategy game made by people who know a thing or two about strategy games. It may not look like it, but some of the folks behind Hero Academy have worked on the likes of Age of Empires and Halo Wars. This game has brought in such accolades as a 2013 Mobile Game of the Year D.I.C.E award and a near perfect rating on the Apple App Store.

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Outlook Android App Gets Updated With Server-Side Search, Alias Support, New Themes, And More

An update for the Outlook Android app landed today that introduces a handful of substantial features, the most notable of which is server-side search. This new functionality allows you to search through all of your email, even messages that aren't on your phone. But Microsoft must have doubts about the app's reliability, because they've included a link to search for more messages at outlook.com if things don't work out.

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If you still rather have a copy stored on your phone, the option to download all mail is now in place as well.

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A Tablet Version Of Twitter For Android Is Coming By The End Of The Year - Still Only On The 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 For Now

Today Twitter has officially introduced the long-awaited tablet version of their Android app, and it should look pretty familiar. This UI was first leaked during the Samsung Unpacked event last month in Germany, but Twitter kept their lips sealed regarding the issue. Now the company is ready to show off their new Android tablet UI to the world, only you will still need a 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 in order to use it.

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Push Fitness Band Claims To Measure Strength Unlike Any Other Consumer Device, Currently Seeking Cash On Indiegogo

There have been products like the Fitbit and Nike Fuelband for a number of years, but these devices are mainly interested in how far you're walking, running, or biking. Strength training is harder to track, but the new Push band on Indiegogo promises to deliver the same quality stats direct to your phone that professional athletes get with high price laboratory equipment.

The Push contains an accelerometer and orientation sensor that follow the motion of your body with a high degree of accuracy.

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Smart IR Remote Updated To Support Rooted Phones With Custom ROMs, Even Those That Don't Have IR Drivers Built-In

What timing. Just over a week ago I transitioned my HTC One over from Sense 5 to CyanogenMod, accepting the fact that I was sacrificing IR functionality in the process (and yes, that was something I used somewhat regularly). Now an update for Smart IR Remote has landed that adds IR functionality back to HTC Ones and Samsung Galaxy devices with custom ROMs installed, even if the ROM lacks IR drivers.

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ZENDURE Crush-Proof External Battery Gets Funded On Kickstarter, Now Available For Pre-Order

It seems like external batteries are a dime-a-dozen these days, but ZENDURE is one like we haven't seen before. It's crush-proof, sleek, can retain 95% of its charge after 6-months without use, and a lot more. It's badass.

As you can see, ZENDURE started its road to market on Kickstarter. The campaign ended yesterday, with a whopping $216,230 in funding – about $185k more than the original $30k goal. I guess a lot of people like the idea of being able to run their portable battery over with a car.

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[New Game] Headless Is An Endless Runner Starring A Decapitated Chicken With An Unexpected Will To Survive

This game asks a simple, yet gory question: how long can a headless chicken survive? The answer is up to you as you guide said headless bird through a crazy world of spinning saw blades and dangling meat hooks. Yeah, PETA will probably be condemning this any moment now.

Tapping on the screen makes the chicken flap its wings and fly upward. The more you tap, the higher it flies. This is how you'll avoid most of the obstacles in the game, but the speed component is essential as well.

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Fitbit Force Fitness Bracelet Is A Personal Trainer On Your Wrist That Can Double As A Smartwatch, Available Now For $129.95

Earlier this year, Fitbit released Flex, a bracelet that pairs with a smartphone to help you monitor your activity and encourage yourself to get on your feet. Now the company has already released an updated version called Force that, thanks to its new features and OLED screen, functions somewhat like a smartwatch.

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It would do the Fitbit Force a disservice to think of it solely as a pedometer with a clock.

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