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Google Begins Rejecting 'Flappy' Games From The Play Store As Clones Continue To March In

When Flappy Bird left the Play Store and Apple's App Store, it left a vacuum. And since it was pulled, that vacuum has been pulling in all kinds of lint, in the form of knockoffs, clones, or games that simply want to use Flappy Bird's success as promotion for their own games.

It would seem, though, that Google (along with Apple) has begun taking steps to prevent the store from becoming overrun with such entries.

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[Deal Alert] Refurbished 32GB Nexus 7 (2012 Model) Is $100 After Mail-In Rebate At Newegg

The holiday season saw a ton of tablets dip below the coveted $100 mark, but there weren't many of them that were actually worth even that low price. But today you can pick up the 32GB version of the original Tegra-powered Nexus 7 from Newegg for a cool c-note... assuming you're OK with both a refurbished model and a rebate in the form of a $50 prepaid Visa card.

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That's still a pretty good deal if you're willing to jump through the hoops.

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Google Acquires SlickLogin, A Sound-Based Password System That Uses Your Phone For Authentication

An international mega-corp like Google buys companies like the rest of us buy coffee. Google's latest latte is SlickLogin, a startup that aims to make authentication simpler and safer by using sonic login codes on phones. The details of the purchase aren't public just yet, but SlickLogin's site confirms that "the [team] is joining Google."

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SlickLogin's system is unique: it uses a cell phone as an authentication key with the help of nearly-silent audio codes sent via computer speakers.

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New HTC M8 (Or Possibly M8 Mini) Leak Reiterates Dual Rear Cameras And Virtual Navigation Buttons

It's not exactly news that HTC will be updating its flagship phone for 2014, but more and more leaks seem to indicate that we can expect a phone that looks a lot like the current HTC One. Yet another leaked photo, this time from M Helal on Google+, shows what looks like a One with the dual cameras and a dual flash module that we've seen on a previous leak.

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Nexus 7 LTE Verizon Update (KVT49L) Factory Image And Binaries Are Now Available

You know how this goes - new software is sent out for a Nexus device, so posts on the Google factory image and binary repositories aren't far behind. The Nexus 7 LTE is the only Google device that's had an OTA update for a while, so today's additions are small: a single file on the Factory Images page and three binary files for the various hardware components.

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Google was kind enough to label them "Verizon," in addition to the standard KVT49L label for Android 4.4.2.

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Leaked Photos Show A Verizon Wireless Variant Of The LG G Pad 8.3

LG's flagship tablet (and currently the company's only one) is certainly making headlines today. Just this morning we saw an impressive $100 off deal for the WiFi version, and now it looks like there's a carrier variant in the works. The reliable Evleaks posted photos of a G Pad 8.3 with Verizon's telltale branding, indicating that the tablet will be coming to Big Red sometime in the future.

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HTC Announces Commitment To Support All New "North American Flagship Devices" With Android Updates For 2 Years Going Forward

As part of a Reddit AMA earlier this afternoon, HTC announced that it would support all "flagship" devices with Android OS updates 2 years from their release date - though the promise was specifically conditioned as being to North America only. The bit about North America was added after the original statement was made, so it looks like HTC might have initially overpromised just a bit. Here's the whole quote:

Given the immense resource requirements for updates we can’t solve all our past issues, but today we are making a commitment to support all new North America flagship devices going forward with all major Android updates for 2 years after their release date.

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HP Slate8 Pro Review: So Close, Yet So Far

I've said it dozens of times, but I'll say it again: there aren't enough eight-inch Android tablets. When the iPad Mini was announced, I assumed more manufacturers would jump on the form factor, but nope – there still aren't that many. Needless to say, when HP announced the Slate8 Pro, I was intrigued. It's an 8-inch tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which treads directly on the iPad Mini's territory. Of course, we have to be realistic here – it's an HP tablet, and so far there hasn't been anything really remarkable coming from them.

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Motorola Extends Its 'Sweet Deal' On The Moto X, Off-Contract Phone Now $70 Off Through February 22nd

Motorola's Valentine's Day deal on the Moto X was supposed to be up today, but the company is now extending the offer through February 22nd. You can still save $70 on the off-contract pricing on all Moto X models – that includes the standard Moto Maker devices, and the Developer Edition phones.

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White 16GB Nexus 7 2013 Briefly Showed Up At Best Buy Before Being Taken Down - Did Someone Pull The Trigger Early?

The white Nexus 7 has been available since December, and it's a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, only a 32GB version is currently offered. Sure, that's the bare minimum amount of space I'd want in a tablet these days, but that also means a price point of $269.99. A 16GB option would allow people to pick up a Nexus 7 in white without having to withdraw as much money from the bank.

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