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[Bonus Round] Toy Defense 3: Fantasy, Morphopolis, Atomic Fusion, Suits And Swords, And Croco's Escape

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 a revamped tower defense game, a gorgeous point-and-click adventure, an atom-powered casual game, a card fighter from Sony, and a kid-friendly puzzler.

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Google And Samsung Reach Cross-Licensing Deal For Current Patents And Those Filed Over The Next Ten Years

Through its official global blog, Samsung today announced a new patent licensing deal reached with Google, whereby both companies will have access to each other's existing patents and those filed over the next ten years, covering "a broad range of technologies and business areas."

The cross-licensing agreement is described by Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents, Allen Lo, as one that will help the two giants "reduce the potential for litigation, and focus instead on innovation." Indeed that has been a popular refrain as both Google and Samsung have historically faced (and continue to face) patent challenges from various other companies on various grounds.

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[New App] Car Performance Tracker Dash Is The Poor Man's Digital Dashboard

I drive a 2003 Ford Ranger. It's reliable, sturdy, and I'll keep it till the wheels fall off, but it is not what you'd call "advanced." The digital displays and integrated electronics of today's cars and trucks put mine to shame, even with a decent aftermarket stereo. Dash, the first app from the eponymous developer and startup, aims to change that. This free app connects to an onboard diagnostics tool (OBD, compatible with most cars from the 90s onward) via Bluetooth to report statistics and other information in real time.

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US Department Of Justice Charges Four Alleged Android App Pirates With Criminal Copyright Infringement

Software piracy sucks. Ask any developer: app piracy is a major problem on Android, and more so on Android than on other mobile platforms, thanks to the relative ease of installing applications outside of the Google Play Store. But the United States Department of Justice is not turning a blind eye to mobile piracy. The Department charged four men with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement earlier this week in Georgia's northern federal district court.

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Google Apologizes For Sporadic Outages In Gmail And Other Services, And Explains What Went Wrong

If you were unable to access Gmail, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and other online services from The Big G earlier today, you were not alone. A widespread outage was reported in the late morning/early afternoon US time. Google seems to have cleared up the issue, but just to let everyone know what's up, Google's Vice President of Engineering Ben Treynor took to the company blog for both an explanation and an apology.

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CyanogenMod Hires Continue: Clark Scheff (AKA 0xD34D) Of ChameleonOS Joins The Team

It looks like Cyanogen Inc., the company formed to further develop and promote the CyanogenMod custom Android ROM, is on a bit of a hiring spree. Just this morning we heard that the creator of the popular AOKP ROM has joined the company. Now Clark Cheff, better known online as 0xD34D, has also joined forces with Steve & Co. as a software engineer. Scheff is known for founding the ChameleonOS ROM, among other various projects. 

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[Deal Alert] Moto X Dropping To $299 ($100 Off) On January 27th 3-4PM ET, $329 Through Valentine's Day

Motorola really wants you to buy a Moto X – like, a lot. After a series of $150 off holiday sales and TV promotions, the company permanently dropped the price of the device by $100. Now another sale is coming up and you can snag this killer phone for the lowest price yet, a mere $299 for the 16GB model.

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PSA: Do Not Blame Your ISP This Time - Gmail, Google+, And Other Google Services Are Down Or Very Slow [Update: Back Up]

If you tried reaching one of Google's popular services, such as Gmail, Google+, or Play Music in the last 30 minutes and failed because they're either unavailable, very slow, or have broken in some other way, don't go blaming your ISP - it's one of those rare occasions when Google itself is having some major hiccups.

The company finally updated the Apps Status Dashboard after a surprisingly long delay of over 20 minutes showing all green and is now looking into the issues:

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We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail.

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Oppo N1 CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Toting Android 4.4 Are Now Up For Download [Update: Find 5, Too]

Update: The Oppo N1 isn't alone. CyanogenMod 11 nightlies are available for the Find 5 as well.

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You can get your hands on an Oppo N1 with CyanogenMod pre-installed. Really, it's the first phone to have this as an option, and there's a good chance that's the only reason you even know which phone I'm referring to. Yet as cool as that is, for Android tinkerers, there's just one problem  - it's too outdated.

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Blu Announces The Vivo 4.8 HD, A Mid-Range Device With A Super AMOLED Display [Hands-On]

It's been nearly two years since Blu announced a new member to the Vivo line, but the company is gearing up to release the Vivo 4.3's successor, the Vivo 4.8. Stylistically, it has a similar look to the 4.3, albeit on a slightly larger scale due to its 4.8 inch display. Also like the 4.3, the 4.8 has a Super AMOLED panel with Blu's Nex Lens and Infinite View technologies. This is in contrast to other Blu devices of late, which all use IPS panels along with Nex Lens and Infinite View.

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