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Napster, A Subsidiary Of Best Buy, Launches Official Android App

Do you guys remember Napster, the music sharing service that started it all, made huge headlines, was sued into oblivion, went legit as a radio with a monthly subscription fee, and later got picked up by Best Buy? Of course you do, and I'm willing to bet most of you downloaded at least one song using Napster back in the day.

The app, quietly launched over the weekend, offers access to over 11 million songs using your Napster account, which costs $10 a month.

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New On The Menu: GrubHub's Android App

GrubHub, an online food delivery and ordering company, just dropped an Android application into the Market. The app lets you find out which restaurants in your area deliver and place an order online or over the phone. Here are the areas with current GrubHub coverage:

  • New York
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington DC
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • Denver
  • Boulder

According to the application description, this translates into support for over 13,000 menus.

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Last Week's Best New Android Apps And Games (9/27/10 - 10/3/10)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications and games that went live in the Market in the previous week or so.

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Best New Android Apps

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imgur for Android allows you to upload images to imgur from your android device, directly from the app or from the share menu.

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ShareKeyboard Lets You Type On Your Android Phone Using Your Computer's Keyboard

SwiftKey Keyboard, which was already one of Android's best third-party keyboards, recently shed beta status, and BlindType is starting to look interesting now that Google's bought the company, but the fact remains that for diehard typists, nothing beats a full computer keyboard.

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DoMobile, the developers of ShareKeyboard, must share that mentality, for the app they've produced allows users to pair the keyboard they usually type with when using their computers with their phones.

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Gameloft's New Android 3D Game Avatar Now Selling For $4.99, But Not From The Market [+VIDEO]

Games based on box office hits are usually released shortly after the blockbusters themselves, but it appears that James Cameron's Avatar begs to differ, at least when it comes to an Android version of the game.

About ten months after Avatar was released, Gameloft finally had the decency to turn its attention away from the iPhone and towards the other major player in the mobile industry, which is, of course, Google's world-conquering Android.

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Google Unleashes Car Home Into The Android Market (Kind Of), Download It Here

With yesterday's release of the popular Car Home app directly into the Market, Google continued carrying on its mission to decouple Android applications previously integrated into the core of the Android OS. If you remember, the company did the same to Gmail last week, and Maps, Navigation, and Street View before that.

Have you been waiting to have one touch access to Pandora while driving or perhaps change that boring stock black background?

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LauncherPro Updated To 0.8.0.0, Adds Swipe-up Dock Notifications For LP Plus Users

If you're not using the launcher that came with your phone's version of Android, chances are you're either using ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro. Launcher Pro may not be open-source like ADW is, but it includes some enviable features. This is not the total re-write that dev Federico Carnales blogged about a few days ago, but it is still an upgrade worthy of a new decimal increase.

Besides bugfixes, this latest update brings another cool trick to the table, specifically swipe-up pop-ups in your launcher's dock which show details of relevant notifications.

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Google Acquires BlindType

Have you been wondering what happened to BlindType, the creator of the keyboard that showed us all what a real onscreen keyboard should be like? Well, it turns out that they have been in top secret negotiations with the big dog himself, Google, because today BlindType announced that they have been acquired by our favorite friends in Mountainview - you know, the ones whose name rhymes with 'boogle'.

We are excited to announce that BlindType has been acquired by Google!

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[Android How-To] Make Your Own Ringtones, Notifications, And Alarms From Media Files

Have you ever wanted to make custom ringtones, alarms, or notification sounds in Android but had no clue how to do it, even if you already put a media file onto your device? I can't blame you - Android is absolutely terrible about letting you do anything but pick one of the existing system sounds and offers no way of adding your own.

Enter Ringdroid. Ringdroid's sole purpose is to let you take an existing music file, crop it exactly how you want it, and then save it as either a ringtone, an alarm, or a notification.

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PC World Conducts "Battle Of The Android Browsers", Finds Stock Browser Isn't Best

Well, the title says most of it, and what it doesn't is pretty easily expressed in a chart: the stock browser - even in Froyo - isn't the best option available. In fact, it's not even close, especially for sites that haven't been saved alread:Skyfire 2.0 is faster by 3.3 seconds. The gap for saved sites is less significant, with Opera Mini faster by 1.4 seconds.

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Surprisingly, Mozilla's Fennec comes in last in both categories; then again, Fennec is still considered alpha, and it's a fairly safe bet that times will drop as development progresses.

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