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Facebook Updated To v1.9.7, Brings Bug Fixes But Requires Froyo And Up

Another update to Facebook for Android has rolled around, and even though it doesn't bring the complete overhaul so many people desire, it does bring some helpful changes. In addition to the usual bug fixes, version 1.9.7 speeds up the login process as well as navigating through the app, and front-facing camera support has been added.

Unfortunately for some, the update requires your device to be on Android 2.2 or above, meaning that the < 6% of users on Android 2.1 and below are stuck on the current version.

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Slice, The Amazing Package Tracking App, Gets Updated To 2.0, Supports Outgoing Package Tracking, New Email Services, And More

When we first discovered Slice, the app that scans your email for packages that you're waiting to be delivered, has updated to version 2.0 and brought a host of new features with it. For starters, if you use Hotmail, AOL, or iCloud as your primary email, you can now join in the fun. You can track outgoing packages by scanning tracking barcodes as well or entering the number manually, and filtering options have been improved.

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BBC Joins NBC, Releases An Olympic Coverage App With Live Stream (But This One's For The UK Only)

Earlier today, NBC released a pair of apps covering the 2012 Olympic games in London. But both of those are U.S. only. Fortunately, the BBC just released its own app so everyone across the pond can keep with the all the Olympic happenings while on the go.

The app features:

  • Top stories
  • Daily live text commentaries from BBC journalists
  • Up to 24 live video streams
  • Video highlights of the action, features and interviews with athletes
  • Detailed schedule and results for every event
  • Medals table
  • A page for every Olympic sport
  • A page for every competing country
  • A page for every Olympic athlete taking part
  • Read the homepage top stories offline
  • Share stories, videos and results by email and on social networks

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The app is completely free, but you must have flash installed if you want to watch live video and highlight clips.

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Futurama Head-in-a-Jar Creator Lets You Create Heads In Jars, What Else Would It Do?

Ok, maybe an app that lets you stream all available episodes of Futurama would be cooler, but this app allows you to fulfill your third-greatest fantasy: creating a cartoon likeness of your head in a pickle jar on your phone. The app also has a selection of alien and robot heads and features to let you experiment with your creativity.

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The app does things right by not just keeping the images saved in the app, but also allows you to use the jar heads (not to be confused with Jarhead) as background images or set them as contact photos for the people you're modeling them after.

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IMDb App Gets An Update, Adds Message Boards, Recommendations, Metacritic Scores, And More

IMDb is already one of the most awesome movie apps on the market. With the world's largest and most popular catalog of who's-in-what and which-came-out-when, IMDb has single-handedly solved that whole "I recognize his face, but what was he in?" problem. Today, it's getting even better by adding support for the oft-forgotten IMDb message boards, providing recommendations based on your movie tastes and, perhaps best of all, Metacritic scores.

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The Metacritic scores are perhaps the most exciting, as the site is one of the better opinion aggregators out there.

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NBC Olympics And Olympics Live Extra Apps Hit The Play Store, Promise All The Olympic Content You Can Handle

With the 2012 Olympics rapidly approaching, television networks across the world are gearing up to cover every live event. NBC has gone one step further and released not one, but two Android apps to help you keep with everything that's going on across the pond.

At this point, both apps are lacking in the content department, which actually makes sense as the games don't actually start until the end of this month.

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Turntable.fm App Updated, Fixes The Annoying 'System Volume Mute' Bug And Lets You Login With Your Turntable Account

If you've used the official turntable.fm app, then you've probably noticed a couple of different things: firstly, it's awesome. Kicking it in a room and spinning tracks with your homies from your mobile is just rad, and the experience is very similar to that of its desktop counterpart.

Secondly, you've probably also noticed that, upon disconnection of headphones or Bluetooth audio devices, the volume was suddenly muted, even when the turntable app isn't running.

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[Download] Want The New Predictive Keyboard From Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? Get It Now On Any 4.0+ Device

So, you heard about Google's new predictive text engine in the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean keyboard, right? Now you can download that keyboard courtesy of Beansoft (developer of Thumb Keyboard), from the Play Store, free of charge. It's ported straight from AOSP, though it's currently in "alpha" state. The only catch is that you need to be running Android 4.0.3 or higher (Ice Cream Sandwich).

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I've noticed the Android 4.1 keyboard also seems to have improved accuracy and speed (it looks ever so slightly different, too), so this is definitely worth a try.

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[New App] Live Nation Releases Its App To The Play Store, Lets You Score Tickets On The Go

As predicted by Nostradamus, the "buy concert/event tickets from your mobile device" revolution has been underway for sometime now. But how can I buy tickets without a Live Nation app?! Has been the question on the minds of event-going revolutionaries for many months; it seems time of prophecy is upon us - the Live Nation app is now available in the Play Store.

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Props to Live Nation for featuring Rush in their Store listing.

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MyScript Calculator Lets You Write Math Expressions On Your Screen Instead Of Typing Them Out, Is Amazing

When you were in school, you were told you need to learn how to do math the hard way because "you won't always have a calculator on you". Well, while we now know that your math teacher was about as good at forward-thinking as the dude who said no one would ever need more than 640k of RAM, there has still always been the problem of more complex expressions, including using constants, fractions, exponents and whatnot.

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