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Ouya Tweaks 'Free The Games Fund' In The Wake Of Multiple Fiascos

Gamers were uneasy as soon as Ouya announced its Free the Games Fund a few months back. The goal was to encourage the development of Ouya-exclusive games by matching Kickstarter funds over $50,000, and also offering some extra incentives. After some high-profile scandals that brought to light at least one instance of admitted malfeasance, Ouya boss Julie Uhrman has announced some changes.

First and foremost, the cut off for matching funds has been lowered to $10,000.

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Dan Rosenberg's Loki Tool Now Works Around The Locked Bootloader On AT&T And Verizon LG G2 Models

Both AT&T and Verizon have repeatedly and vociferously stated that their policy of locking bootloaders isn't going away any time soon. And in both cases, public-spirited security researcher Dan Rosenberg has managed to fox them on at least some hardware. Like a mischievous trickster deity, the Loki tool has been pressed into service to work around the locked bootloaders of various Samsung and LG devices, and the latest update adds support for the flagship LG G2 on both carriers.

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Motorola Releases DROID MAXX (Verizon-Only) And Moto X (GSM And Verizon) Developer Editions For $649.99

If you've been eyeing up those new Motorola devices, but want a more open experience, now is your moment. Motorola has added listings for the fabled Verizon and GSM Developer Edition Moto X units and a Developer Edition DROID MAXX. All three phones clock in at $649.99.

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The DROID MAXX is Verizon only, but does have an unlockable bootloader and a cool "Developer Edition" badge. The Moto X developer handsets come in either GSM or Verizon flavors, but only the Verizon version is currently in stock.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Note 3 Is Now Available For Pre-Order, Costs $199 Plus $21 Per Month

The Galaxy Note 3 is set to launch on T-Mobile on October 2nd, but if waiting that long causes you too much anxiety, you can now head over to their website and call dibs on one of your own. That's right, Samsung's latest phablet is now available for pre-order on T-Mobile, and while the company may not believe in subsidizing their phones anymore, you're probably going to want to stick with the payment plan when placing that order.

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A Year Late And A Dollar Short: AT&T Will Release The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini On September 27th For $.99

Those of you looking for a cheap, small phone running Android will have one more option on AT&T starting later this month. The company issued a press release this morning finally announcing the release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. That's Samsung's cheaper, smaller version of the GSIII which actually has very little in common with the GSIII in terms of hardware. It will launch on AT&T on September 27th for $.99 on a two-year contract.

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NVIDIA Announces The Evolution Of The Kai Platform: Say Hello To 'Tegra Note'

Last year, NVIDIA announced a then-groundbreaking tablet design called Kai. It was essentially a reference – a blueprint, if you will – for manufacturers to design and build extremely affordable tablets. The plan was clearly laid out, but the platform itself was incredibly flexible so the manufacturing costs and retail pricing could fluctuate as much as the design of the tablets themselves. Google's 2012 Nexus 7 was just one of the tablets that took advantage of Kai.

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Verizon Expects New Nexus 7 To Get Certified For Its LTE Network At Some Point, No Timeframe Just Yet

Earlier today we reported that Verizon is currently denying owners of the Nexus 7 2013 LTE model the ability to access new data lines on the company's network. We reached out to a Verizon representative for comment, and here's what we got back:

This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. We’ll let folks know when its certified.

Since that's a little on the vague side we requested some clarification, and received the following additional response.

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Verizon Won't Activate New LTE SIM Cards For The Nexus 7 LTE: 'Not All LTE Tablets Are Created Equal'

Update: Verizon has responded to our inquiry about the Nexus 7 LTE registration issues. A company representative said that the Nexus 7 LTE would be certified for the Verizon network at some point.

That isn't much to go on, but it's certainly promising - it implies that Verizon is at least aware of the problem and taking steps towards upgrading the company's infrastructure to compensate. Of course, it could take any amount of time for Verizon to certify a new, unlocked device for their network (and Verizon isn't exactly known for speedy response when it comes to devices and software).

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Google Starts Selling Devices On Italian Play Store For The First Time, Starting With All Flavors Of 2013 Nexus 7

Earlier today, Google announced that the new LTE Nexus 7 was now available for purchase from the Play Stores in 9 countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, Korea and U.S. For some reason, the company has neglected to mention Italy, which just got the Devices (Dispositivi) section added to the Play Store for the first time ever.

The only devices available at the moment are all three flavors of the Nexus 7:

The Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 are nowhere to be found, which isn't too surprising considering they're now almost a year old.

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Nexus 7 LTE Goes Live On The Play Store In 10 Countries

After a lonesome stint on the US Play Store (and various random retailers across the world) with only T-Mobile SIMs available, the LTE Nexus 7 is now available on the Play Store in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Here's a URL that should work to get to the product listing.

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The US version is available with AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs, but as some have suspected, Verizon SIMs remain MIA, and may for the foreseeable future.

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