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The Google Calendar Android app received an update this afternoon, introducing a brand-new interface for certain steps during event creation, as well as the option to custom color-code days / your entire calendar. The new interfaces for these features are actually quite pretty, focusing on a circle-based design aesthetic that is more reminiscent of the Android 4.2 clock app in some ways.

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These aren't actually huge features in terms of functionality, but they should definitely give you an idea where the Calendar app is headed in future iterations.

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May
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Google has collaborated with the nonprofit Historypin to create an interactive map containing images and videos highlighting the neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The project is entitled Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild and has used over 300 contributions thus far. The map stretches from New York down to North Carolina and includes pictures of areas before, during, and after the hurricane struck.

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While it's not exactly a groundbreaking event when new locations get Street View, today Google also revealed images of the 9/11 Memorial and New York City's Central Park.

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May
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When Google unveiled Google Play Music All Access earlier this month, they introduced the option to supplement our existing music collections with the millions of songs available through their service. What they didn't tell us was that those songs weren't as easy to remove from our libraries as they were to add. Sure, the web interface made doing so simple enough, but that isn't much use when a particularly jarring track makes itself known during the commute to work.

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May
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A new update to the Google Play Store app with version 4.1.10 is rolling out following the big 4.1.6 refresh from two weeks ago, just before I/O. As far as I can tell from a quick teardown and playing around, this is a minor update. All the important changes happened in the previous release, so 4.1.10 is likely a bug fixer. That said, if you see something I missed, please drop a line in the comments.

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May
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Twitter's Android app received its first major update since the v4.0 overhaul last month, with an all-new compose window, rich notifications (for Android 4.1+ devices), and more efficient use of space in the discover, search, and profile timeline areas.

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The new compose area is no longer a popup, but a full-screen window, and rich notifications now show the profile pictures of those people who have interacted with you, as well as a list of interactions if there is more than one.

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May
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Google has finally unveiled a long-awaited overhaul to its Gmail app for Android, in conjunction with an all-new inbox experience that marks the single biggest revamp of the web mail service in years. We predicted this update would be announced today earlier in the week.

The new Gmail inbox is centered around tabs. Yup, tabs. The idea is that you have up to five sub-inboxes (any of them can be disabled) to organize your email, but that Gmail does the hard work of sorting everything out for you.

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May
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Verizon may not be the fastest carrier when it comes to sending out over-the-air updates, but it looks like it's finally getting around to pushing a fairly sizable 129.1MB update to its version of the Galaxy S III. The OTA brings many small improvements, as well as a slew of Samsung-specific customizations along for the ride.

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Generally speaking, once Verizon updates its support page, updates tend to start rolling out within a few days (if they haven't already).

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May
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I've lived in Texas for upwards of a decade now, and there have been numerous occasions when I've vowed to learn Spanish. I haven't actually followed through with that goal (or even attempted to), but thanks to Duolingo and its new Android app, I think I may finally take the time to learn a second language.

In a nutshell, Duolingo's goal is to offer "a college-quality education without the price tag," which actually sounds pretty good to me.

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May
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AT&T's upgraded LTE network has finally expanded enough that it can generally be counted on in most major metropolitan areas, but the lion's share of the coverage area is still rocking ye olde HSPA (AKA "just 4G"). For residents of Dover, Salem, Asheville, Roanoke, and a few other midsized cities and towns, AT&T has flipped the Long Term Evolution switch. Here's the full list of 11 new markets:

Delaware

  • Dover

North Carolina

  • Asheville
  • Goldsboro

Maryland

  • Leonardtown
  • Ocean City

Oregon

  • Salem

Virginia

  • Culpeper
  • Roanoke

Washington

  • Longview
  • Shelton
  • Port Townsend/North Whidbey Island/Camano Island

AT&T is also expanding LTE coverage areas in Casa Grande, Arizona, Albany, New York, Calvert county, Maryland, Linglestown, Pennsylvania, and both Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, Virginia.

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May
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If you're reading this story on a Widows PC (Vista or later), do me a favor. Minimize your browser and any other windows so that just the desktop is showing. Hold down the control button. Then scroll your mouse wheel up about a dozen times. Congratulations, you've just replicated the effect of Giganticon without even installing the app.

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Giganticon has one purpose, and one purpose only: it makes the app icons on your homescreen enormous.

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