09
Jul
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If you thought (like me) that Update Wednesday had concluded, you thought wrong. It appears Google's also started pushing an update to Google Play Games, bringing the app up to version 2.0 with Level-up notification controls, XP rankings, and a few UI changes.

Readers may remember Quests and Level-up notifications from one of our exclusives last month. The functionality, along with Snapshots, was confirmed in the official announcement of Google Play Services 5.0.

09
Jul
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition isn't the most affordable tablet, but thanks to this latest deal, you can shave a couple hundred dollars off the price of one. Samsung's slate is currently available on eBay for $339.99, which is the lowest price we've seen it hit yet. Granted, this is a refurbished unit, but it should still look fine and run even better. Considering Amazon wants over $500 to part with a new one, a tablet that may have been lightly used in a past life is well worth considering.

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Jul
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One of the drawbacks of going with a prepaid carrier is that you have to pay full price for your phone at the time of purchase – no subsidies or payment plans. Going with Net 10 might seem like a more viable option today, though, with an extra $100 off the Moto X via Moto Maker.

09
Jul
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Earlier today Google flipped a switch enabling the screen casting feature it unveiled at Google I/O. If you have one of the supported devices, you don't have to do a thing to try it out. Just fire up Quick Settings and hit the screen cast icon. But if this isn't discoverable enough, Google has also updated the Chromecast app to bring more attention to the feature.

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A Cast Screen option is now available in the navigation sidebar.

09
Jul
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Google's Camera app just got a bump up to version 2.3 (rolling out in stages of course), which adds a very welcome feature - remote shutter functionality for Android Wear devices.

We saw hints of this functionality inside the code of a previous version of the Camera app, but now that Wear devices have hit release, it's finally live. Users need only open the Camera app on their phone or tablet, and Wear will automatically insert a card for remote capture.

09
Jul
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The Xperia Z2 Tablet is just about ready to hit the US, and as expected, it's coming as a Verizon exclusive. The carrier will part with the tablet for $599.99, though for a limited time, it's willing to let go of one for $499.99 with a new two-year contract (how nice of them, right?). Pre-orders are going up tomorrow, with the tablet becoming available for purchase in stores and online July 17th.

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Jul
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Google showed off screen casting from Android at Google I/O, and we've been seeing hints of it in KitKat for months, and now it's suddenly real. Google has thrown the switch and enabled casting on a number of Android devices, and it works with sound too.

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09
Jul
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The first Android Wear devices are just starting to show up on doorsteps, but already a second update is heading out to the Samsung Gear Live. The OTA bumps the build to KMV78X from KMV78V. What does it do? Unclear.

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Jul
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Google's recently launched Android Wear platform had a bit of a rough weekend when it ran into an unexpected snag regarding paid apps – it couldn't install them. It turns out that the behavior could be traced to a Play Store security feature that was responsible for encrypting paid apps to make them more difficult to pirate; but in doing so, it had also made it impossible to extract and install any micro-apps contained within the apk. 

08
Jul
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Very few things are as pleasing to a developer than deleting large blocks of code that aren't needed anymore. That's exactly what many developers of apps targeting the Chromecast are going to be doing this week after an update to the Google Cast SDK. The changelog (dated July 8th) is pretty long, but it mostly boils down to a few new classes that add built-in support for closed captioning (subtitles), improvements to the Media Player Library, and a few other bug fixes.

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