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Google Adds 10 New Chromecast Apps Including BeyondPod, Plex, And VEVO

The Chromecast launched last summer with a lot of promise, but very limited app support. We've been limping along these last few months with only the occasional addition like Pandora and HBO Go to keep us going. Well, now the floodgates are beginning to open. Google just announced 10 new apps are launching with Chromecast support, and some of them are super-exciting.

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Dead Zebra's Android Christmas Ornaments On Sale Now For $10, Or $90 For A 10-Piece Tree Pack

Do you wish to display your love of Google-branded operating systems to your friends and loved ones, but find Hallmark's selection of nerdy ornaments unaccountably lacking? Then Dead Zebra has your back. They're selling a modified special edition of the ever-shifting Android figurine that's been modified into a Christmas tree ornament. You can pick up one of these shiny fellows in red or blue for $10.

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There's a limit of two single ornaments for each order, but if you need enough to make your tree positively spangled with tiny toy robots, there's also a "Tree Pack." It includes five red and five blue ornaments for $90, a 10% saving.

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LivingSocial Hits v2.0, Gets A Complete Redesign And Deal Searching

Your deal hunting just got much prettier with the 2.0 update to the LivingSocial app. With this new version, the app has been redesigned from the ground up with a real Android aesthetic. It's got an action bar, cards, tabs – the works.

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Viber 4.1 Update Enables Users To Make Calls To Landlines And Mobile Phones Via 'Viber Out'

Viber is what you get when you take a free VoIP service, create an app for it, and smother it with purple. Any two people with the app installed can communicate with one another via voice or text entirely for free. Now the team is adding in the ability to make low-cost calls to any dedicated phone number.

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Users can buy credits for "Viber Out" via in-app purchases within either the mobile or desktop software.

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The Google Play Store Will Add Expanded Game Categories In February 2014

You don't have to spend much time on the Play Store to see that games are a big part of the service and the platform. Google has already done a lot to highlight gaming with Play Store categories and landing page promotions, but starting in February, developers and end users will have roughly three times as many categories to browse through. The new game categories are as follows:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Arcade
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Simulation
  • Strategy
  • Puzzle
  • Card
  • Casino
  • Casual
  • Board
  • Family
  • Trivia
  • Word
  • Racing
  • Sports

That's seventeen categories, up from the previous six (Arcade & Action, Brain & Puzzle, Cards & Casino, Casual, Racing, and Sports Games).

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Oppo N1 Now Available On Oppo's Web Store For $599, CyanogenMod Edition Is 'Coming Soon'

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been making a few waves in the Android world as of late, and their latest flagship is now available to hungry consumers in the US. The N1 superphone launches today on Oppo's official web store: $599 American greenbacks lands you one with 16GB of storage, while the 32GB version goes for $649. Standard shipping is free, and the package includes both a flip cover and Oppo's O-Click remote shutter.

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Samsung Says The Galaxy Note 3 Has Sold 10,000,000 Units

It's been just over two years since Samsung introduced the capacious Galaxy Note to an intrigued press corps at IFA in Berlin. Who'd have thought that it would turn out to be nothing less than a phenomenon, spawning a new sub-category in smartphones and innumerable flattering attempts at imitation? The original Note sold 10 million units by August 2012, but according to Samsung, the Note 3 has reached the same lofty goal in just two months.

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31 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (11/26/13 - 12/9/13)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Race Illegal: High Speed 3D

Today's roundup is presented by Race Illegal: High Speed 3D from HeroCraft.

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Verizon's Galaxy Note 3 Getting A Bloatware-Bringing, Bug-Fixing OTA (Build N900V)

Verizon recently uploaded a new support document for the Galaxy Note 3 to its support site detailing a new OTA update. While there's nothing major about this one, it does fix quite a few bugs. That's not all that's under the hood, however – it also brings four new pieces of bloatware along for the ride: MyInfoZone Widget, VMware, Verizon Support & Protection v2, and Verizon Cloud. Useful, eh? I didn't think so.

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PushBullet 12.2 Update Brings Mirrored Notification Duration Setting, Shows Upload Progress, Makes Downloads Easy To Cancel, And More

PushBullet version 12.2 has just hit the Play Store, and it brings with it a healthy selection of incremental updates that round out an already pleasant user experience. One new such feature is the ability to set how long mirrored notifications stick around on your computer before fading away.

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The app also now shows upload progress when pushing a file and gives users the ability to tap a download to cancel it.

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