Contest: Win a Nexus 7 tablet, $50 Google Play gift card, or a $25 Google Gift Card courtesy of TalkAndroid and Poweramp [Updated with Winners]

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Our friends at Poweramp are celebrating their upcoming update, and they wanted to give our readers a chance to win some cool stuff. We’ve got a $25 Google Play gift card, a $50 Google Play gift card, and for the grand prize, a Nexus 7. All you have to do is comment below and tell us what new Poweramp feature you desire that would make it perfect. That’s actually a tough one since it’s already the best music app available now. You have until Sunday, September 16th at 11:59PM EST to get your entry in. On Monday, September 17th we will pick the winners at random starting with the $25 gift card, followed by the $50 gift card, and finally the Nexus 7. We will announce the winners here and send an email to the account associated with their username. Good luck!!!

I can’t imagine there are too many of you that haven’t tried Poweramp yet, but just in case, hit one of the download links below to find out what you’ve been missing.

UPDATE

Congratulations to the following winners

$25 Google Play Gift Card

cuezaireekaa

$50 Google Play Gift Card

Spyro Giannikas

Nexus 7

Rob Haltmeier

Thank you all for playing and look for another contest soon!!

 

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Featured Play Store Review: Password Genie Data Protection [Productivity]

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Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.

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Featured Play Store Review: The Tiny Bang Story [Gaming-Casual]

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Herocraft recently released their latest game called The Tiny Bang Story, which is about a steampunk-inspired world sadly devastated by a recent asteroid strike. It was already available for the PC, but this is the first time it’s available on Android. You need to rebuild this world by finding hidden objects as well as solve puzzles and brain teasers.

With Tiny Bang Story you will get five distinct chapters that feature amazing graphics and calming music. You won’t find any text so it’s up to you to find your way around the planet and figure out what puzzles need to be completed.

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LG and Qualcomm will show us how to ‘live without boundaries’ on September 19th

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Looks like next Wednesday is going to be a busy day. HTC already has an event scheduled for that day and now LG and Qualcomm are sending invites to the press for an early morning event on the same day. The presser clearly states, “Live without boundaries.” We can only assume this will be the Optimus G, which will most likely be called the Eclipse 4G LTE here in the U.S. and is destined for Sprint and possibly AT&T. Incidentally, LG has an event in Korea the day before which should result in the unveiling of the international version.

 

Jimmy Kimmel proves that consumers don’t know the difference between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S

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My wife get’s mad at me when I say that the average consumer is clueless when it comes to technology, but it’s true. She thinks I’m saying that people are dumb, but it’s not about that. Technology is so rapid nowadays that the average Joe just doesn’t have the time to read up on things like our readers and myself do. Sometimes I even feel behind the curve. It’s actually one of the reasons why Apple is so successful with the iPhone. It’s a decent product with the simplest of simple UI’s.

As you all know by now, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 yesterday, and Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know what people thought of it. His crew hit the streets to ask, but since the iPhone 5 isn’t available, they actually showed them the iPhone 4S. It’s hilarious listening to the comments that people make as they actually thought it was the new iPhone. I have to be honest though as I am positive you could show people the Galaxy S II and tell them it was the Galaxy S III, and you would get the same exact results. Hit the break to check it out.

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Oppo is readying the Find 5, could be the first smartphone with a 1080p display

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China-based Oppo seems to be ahead of the curve lately. They launched the world’s thinnest smartphone called the Oppo Finder, and now they are looking to launch the first smartphone with a 1080p display called the Find 5. It also looks like this one may classify as the world’s thinnest quad-core smartphone.

It’s still in the prototype stage and it will boast a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display at 441ppi. That blows away everything available now, and probably even the soon to be announced iPhone 5. Other major notables are that it will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2500mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Since it’s in the prototype stage we have no idea on pricing or when this puppy will be released.

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Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 30 million in 2012, Galaxy Note II to hit 20 million by next year

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While speaking to Korean news agency, Yonhap, Samsung’s head of mobile JK Shin said that he expects Galaxy S III sales to hit 30 million by year’s end. That’s a pretty big deal when you consider the Galaxy S II peaked at 20 million. The Galaxy Note II will also show amazing growth as compared to the original. The original moved 10 million units, but the new version will double that by hitting 20 million. JK Shin doesn’t expect that to happen this year though, but it would still be amazing. If you’re doing the math, that’s 50 million units between the two phones.

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Featured Play Store Review: Candy Racer [Arcade & Action]

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I just stumbled upon Candy Racer, which is a very simple game, but also very challenging. From the name, you can tell it’s a racing game, but it’s way more than that. It’s actually part puzzle. Your job is to get your car to the end of the track within a certain amount of time. Along the way you can pick up stars that earn you back some time.

The tracks are candy themed and include loops, jumps, and hills. Right now there are three worlds, Candy Land, Ice Cream Land, and Chocolate Land. Examples of track names include Candy Cane, Mint Magic, Blue Lemon, and Blue Loops.

As far as controls, nothing could be simpler. You either tap down on your display or your don’t. Generally you want to tap down when your racer is going down hill and take your finger off when going up hill. It almost seems too simple, and in a way, I was turned off, but I found out that Candy Racer was way more difficult than I expected.

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Verizon Wireless Galaxy S III gets a ported TouchWiz Jelly Bean ROM

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With the Jelly Bean update launching soon for the international Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s created envy for U.S. users. Thankfully XDA member remf4i posted a ported version for the Verizon version. It’s actually from a T-Mobile build, and it’s called ToUcHmYbEaNs RoM.

Of course with any ported ROM, there are always issues. For now the GPS is not showing directions and when setting the wallpaper by holding the homecreen, it force closes the gallery. However, you can set it by going directly into the gallery. We’ve seen a lot worse.

Just hit the source link below to get started.

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