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How many times have you said to yourself "I'd really love to learn a new language, but I just don't have the time"? Ten? Fourty? Three-hundred-twelve? Well, good news - you can learn the basics of a new language as you have time, all on your mobile, thanks to a series of new apps from Babbel.

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Babbel helps you learn a new language using similar methods to that parents and teachers use to teach children how to speak - by association.

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Mar
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All you Handcent loyalists should love this one - your favorite SMS app just received a pretty major up to version 4.0 in the Play Store. If you've been testing the open beta for the last several weeks, then none of these changes should be surprising to you, but if you haven't been in the beta loop, this version brings several new features:

What's in this version:

  1. Main update of Handcent,include universal messaging with free Handcent talk services and new style user interface
  2. Handcent Talk service,send FREE messages/picture to android & iPhone (Coming soon) users easily,fast,security
  3. Support ICS+SGS2,won't send double messages
  4. Support Group mms with iPhone,useful for US networks
  5. First version of Handcent SMS for jailbreak iPhone released
  6. New Handcent website

The update is live in the Play Store right now, so go ahead and hit the widget to grab it.

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Mar
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The AT&T Galaxy SII (i777) isn't the only Android device getting official CyanogenMod 9 nightly love today, as the first nightlies just went live for the HP TouchPad (codename tenderloin) and the LG Nitro HD (codename p930, also known as LG Optimus LTE on Bell Canada).

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

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Mar
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It has been several years since the first rumors of Google's cloud storage service "Drive" started popping up, but for quite a while we didn't see any of them come to fruition. Just last month, however, we saw a leaked screenshot showing off the Drive logo and its interface, leading us to believe that an official launch wouldn't be too far off.

According to GigaOM's sources, Google plans to launch Drive in the first week of April, offering users 1 GB of storage space for free, with a charge for any more storage; rather paltry compared to Dropbox's free 2 GB of storage.

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Mar
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If you're a fan of Seesmic, then you may have noticed an update hit the Store earlier today that brings a number of new features, including Instagram embedding, the ability to upload images directly to Twitter, and the arrival of ads. While the latter will surely make some users rage, there is actually a good reason for this: the Pro version hit the Store today, as well.

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The Pro version not only gets rid of the ads (so you get the same familiar Seesmic that you're used to), but it also brings the ability to combine your Facebook and Twitter streams into one.

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Mar
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Registration is now open! Gogogogo!

Update 1: Academic tickets (for students) are now sold out.

Update 2: Looks like it's completely sold out now. That's a new record - 25 minutes (ish). Congrats to all who got a ticket!

Update 3: Vic Gundotra hit up G+ to let users who didn't get registered in time know that they won't be missing out on all the fun. We can expect all key sessions and the keynote to be streamed live, available for viewing after 24 hours, and Google I/O Extended viewing parties will be happening all over the world.

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Mar
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We've been hearing about an upcoming LG device for Verizon's LTE network called the Cayman for a few weeks now; that device is now officially official, and it's bearing the moniker Lucid.

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At $80 with a two-year agreement, the Lucid will hit a sweet spot in many users' wallets; just because it's affordable, however, doesn't mean it's lacking in the feature department:

  • 4-inch display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Front facing camera
  • Android 2.3, upgradable to Android 4.0

As you can see, it's packing specs comparable to top-of-the-line phones from just a couple of months ago, but at less than half the introductory price.

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Mar
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About a month and a half ago, we posted about a highly impressive voice control app named "Utter!". Siri competitors are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Utter! is a lot more HAL than Siri:

Want a add a calendar appointment? Tell Utter, and it'll take care of it. Get travel details, find out the weather, and launch applications - all child's play for Utter, and all done using native applications instead of just simple searches.

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Mar
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Some owners of the original AT&T Galaxy S II may have been left feeling unwanted when Ice Cream Sandwich leaked for the GSII Skyrocket a couple of days ago, but now they have their very own version to download and play around with.

This morning, RootzWiki posted a leaked built of Ice Cream Sandwich for the original Galaxy S II, and looking at the build.prop file alongside the screenshots of the build, it seems to be the real deal from Samsung, just like the leak for the Skyrocket.

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Mar
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After countless fakes, the real Temple Run is finally here. That's right - it is legit and available right on schedule, March 27th (looks like it happened Eastern time).

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Even better news - it's free. Presumably, there are in-app purchases or ads, but we'll figure that out once we give it a go.

Update: No ads so far, but you can purchase coins for $0.99 or more (see the last screenshot below).