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Verizon Builds A Working Smartphone In Minecraft That Makes Video Calls And Has A Web Browser

There's no limit to what you can build in Minecraft. From a one-to-one scale model of the Starship Enterprise to a working CPU, the block-based video game has seen practically everything. Fans of the game like to spend time on large-scale constructions, and the engineers at Verizon seem to be some of the biggest fans around. Staying true to what the company is known for, they've taken it upon themselves to extend the network's wireless coverage into the virtual world and build a working smartphone in Minecraft. The result is admittedly very cool.

The phone may not have all the conveniences of a modern smartphone: the roughly 2000-inch display has a screen resolution of about 40 by 30 pixels, which gives it a rather lowish pixel density of around 0.0254 ppi.

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The Executive Is A New Game About Managing A Business And Doing Tedious Paperwork—Just Kidding, It's About An Executive Who Fights Werewolves

It was just another day at the office, then bam. It's suddenly werewolf central up in here. What's a well-dressed executive to do? Kick some werewolf ass, that's what. The latest game from publisher Noodlecake has a boring name (The Executive), but the gameplay is anything but.

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Ubisoft's Limbless Wonder Returns In Rayman Adventures, With More Conventional Platformer Gameplay And A Ton Of IAP

The last two Rayman games to grace Android, Rayman Jungle Run and Rayman Fiesta Run, are some of the best examples of the genre on the Play Store. Now the developers are branching out by bringing Rayman back to his platforming roots. The third game in the series, Rayman Adventures, allows for more direct control of the 2D characters as they run around the screen. That makes stages bigger and less linear, encouraging players to explore every nook and cranny. You know, like an adventure.

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Free Ad-Supported Google Play Music Radio Streaming Option Makes The Journey North To Canada

Canada and the US may be neighbors, but that northern border is quite a ways away from most of the contiguous 48 states. It takes a bit of time to drive up from a place like California, and as we know, all Google services must make the trip from San Francisco. Well after nearly half a year of driving, the ad-supported version of Google Play Music has finished the trip to Canada.

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Google Is Shutting Down Songza On January 31st, 2016

Google acquired the streaming music service Songza more than a year ago, and it has operated in parallel with Google Play Music all this time. But no more. Songza is being shuttered on January 31st, so existing users have about two months to migrate over to Play Music. The good news, most of Songza's features are already in Play Music.

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30 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 9/15/15—12/2/15

Remember when we had watches that didn't run apps? What dark days those were. Of course, now we have the problem of finding good apps for our watches. Google doesn't really make it easy to find everything with Android Wear support, but that's what these little (big) roundups are all about. Here are all the best Android Wear apps and watch faces we've come across recently.

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The Ruggedized Galaxy S6 Active Makes A Pretty Decent Hockey Puck On Unbox Therapy

A hockey puck is made of about six ounces of hardened rubber. It's hard to put a dent in one, and it has to be, because after a few games anything weaker would look like the "after" images at the NHTSA testing facility. A smartphone is made of plastic, metal, glass, and various bits of circuit board and other electronics, none of which is designed to be smacked repeatedly by sticks and ice. Unless you have a "ruggedized" model like Samsung's various Active phones, of course.

As part of YouTube's "Awesome Stuff Week," the Unbox Therapy channel decided to see if a Galaxy S6 Active could stand up to the punishing job of being a hockey puck stand-in.

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Google's Santa Tracker Is Back For Another Year With A New Game And More Android Wear Goodies

Sometimes I wonder if Google has an official Department of Whimsy where things like the never-ending doodles, Android mascots, and Santa Tracker are studiously maintained (and the inbox still overflows from bitter Google Reader fans). If so, then the DoW's biggest yearly project has just begun with the timely update to the Google Santa Tracker app. The latest version is now available for Android phones, tablets, and Android TV devices, complete with all kinds of kid-friendly goodies.

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The Squarespace Commerce App Is Now Open For Business On Android

You may think of Squarespace as what you use to create your own personal website. Maybe it's just that name you hear advertised during podcasts. Either way, you may not know that the company also reaches out to small business.

Squarespace Commerce, which has been around since 2013, is a way to manage and sell products online. Businesses can use it to sell both digital and physical goods. Those that do now have the option to use Android devices.

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[You Crazy Kids!] OnePlus, Those Rapscallions, Are Making An iPhone 6 Case, Because That's, Like, SO Them

Guys, did you know OnePlus is totally making an iPhone 6 case? Whaaaat. Like, that's just crazy or whatever, they'd have to be insane to make a case for a competitor's device! There's no way any phone company would ever do that, because that's, like, completely the opposite of what you're supposed to do. Nobody's ever done it, so you know it probably shouldn't be done - unless they're all just too scared. Well, OnePlus just did it, haters.

Let me just break this down for you. It's totally genius - your mind is going to be blown. Alright, ready?

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