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Remember that children's book, Harold and the Purple Crayon? This is essentially that book made into a game, minus the toddler, and plus a lot of physics elements. Crayon Physics Deluxe has been making fans on the PC and iOS for years, and yesterday it finally hit the Play Store (after slumming it on the Galaxy Note 10.1 for a few months). The objective is to roll a 2D ball over a star, but that's like saying the point of baseball is to hit a ball with a stick: There's a lot more to it.

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Jun
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A few days ago, Dell dropped the price of both Sprint's and Verizon's variants of the Galaxy S 4 to $119 and $129 respectively. Not to be outdone, Amazon Wireless has now undercut Big D by $10, and is offering Verizon's GS4 for $119 for new contracts ($170 for upgrades). That's a pretty solid deal if you don't want to buy from Dell, though I'd be remiss not to mention the $50 eGift card that Dell is throwing in if you do decide to buy through them.

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Jun
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Verizon, please sit down. We've all come here to talk to you because we care about you. Actually, most of us don't, but we recognize that you've got a problem. You have too many apps. No, don't try to deny it. You've got 11 apps spread across two publishers, and today you've added another one, with a brand new publisher, that duplicates at least some of the functionality of two previous ones.

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Jun
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The official Nexus 7 pogo pin dock, which we reviewed earlier this year, closed up shop on the US Play Store for some reason this afternoon. The $30 accessory was rather long-awaited by many Nexus 7 owners, and went on sale on the Play Store in numerous countries, including the US, in March.

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It's possible this is just a temporary fluke in the Play Store inventory system, but this page hasn't changed in well over an hour, so we're starting to believe this situation might be permanent.

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Jun
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Google has just rolled out some new shipping options on device orders from Google Play, and they could save you a little cash if you don't need your order right this second. The new shipping methods can be selected during checkout, but not all orders are eligible for the cheapest option.

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The old two-day shipping is still alive and well, costing a whopping $13.99 for devices and $11.99 for accessories. The Ground tier is available on all orders and should reach you in 3-5 business days.

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Jun
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The E3 gaming show is usually about showing off the latest and greatest in gaming, but Hyperkin is sticking to the classics. This company has been working on the mother of all classic consoles, and a playable prototype version is on the floor at E3. Whereas most retro game consoles use hardware to imitate the original system, the Hyperkin Retron 5 is doing it with software emulation based on Android.

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It's called the Retron 5 because it has five slots.

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Jun
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The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be hoarding up gamers' attention right now with their E3 promises of mind-blowing graphics, but Gameloft is teasing phenomenal visuals that will fit inside your pocket. Asphalt 8 Airborne is due out this summer, and at only 99 cents, you might not be able to find more polygons for your buck.

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Consumers have dropped $59 for visuals like these for years now, and while the next console leap is ushering in a sizable upgrade, do they compensate for the $58 difference in price?

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Jun
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The WordPress app on Android has had some growing pains, but the new update actually adds some cool stuff. If you're running a WordPress blog, the app will now make it easier to keep up with reader interactions. Assuming you have any.

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WordPress has implemented Google's Cloud-to-device messaging service to push notifications of comments, likes, and other stats right to your device. That's the big improvement, but here's the full changelog:

  • View new comments, followers, likes, and stats highlights in the all new notifications feature!
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Jun
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Floating Notifications earned a place in our roundup of top apps from May even though it wasn't even in the Play Store yet. Well, now it is and it comes with a ton of improvements over the beta version from XDA.

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The basic premise of Floating Notifications is that it displays a subset of your notifications in a floating icon on the screen. It's a little bit like Facebook's Chat Heads feature.

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This weekend the tech world was abuzz with rumors that Google had purchased Israeli mapping and navigation software maker Waze for a sum of over a billion dollars. Today Google has made it official, thanks to a post on the company blog from the VP of Geo, Brian McClendon. While Google declined to mention exactly how much it spent on Waze, it's a safe bet that it was a lot, since both Apple and Facebook had previously expressed interest.

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