Amazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service

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Following up on the news yesterday that Amazon was about ready to launch a new subscription service, today Amazon has officially released Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month. The service functions in a manner similar to Netflix. Once customers pay the monthly subscription fee, they have unlimited access to the library of titles included in the service. The comes to over 600,000 ebooks and thousands of audiobooks. » Read the rest

[APK Download] Google Maps now has richer biking navigation and voice input

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A Google Maps update is rolling out now (to version 8.2). Firstly, it brings a much better experience to bikers that use Maps. When designing a route for biking, Maps will now show much information such as altitude. This will be very helpful for bikers that are serious bikers. the other part of this update is in the form of new voice input while navigating. Just hit the microphone on the display and voice input is ready to go with whatever you throw at it.

The update is unsurprisingly moving at a slow pace, but we have the APK file ready for you.Hit the break for download links.

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Google will release a custom watch face API for Android Wear soon, current watch faces may not work with it

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When Google released the Android Wear SDK at Google I/O a few weeks ago, we were told that custom watch faces weren’t supported. I was very disappointed, but very excited to actually see custom watch faces in the Play Store a week later. How was this possible? Well I am no developer, but there is some sort of workaround that is working pretty well.

Google’s Wayne Piekarski recently posted about this and mentioned that a custom watch API is in the works.  He also notes…

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DirecTV opens NFL Sunday Ticket to users without satellite service, but there is a catch

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Big news from DirecTV today, but is it? Starting with the 2014 NFL Season, you don’t need a DirecTV subscription to enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV is opening the coveted service to anyone that wants to subscribe to the package, allowing them to stream it to their mobile devices or other media streamers. No satellite required.

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Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video might finally come to Android devices

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Even though Amazon has their own Kindle line of tablets powered by a forked version of Android, they have made the majority of their apps available to other Android devices except for one. That one app is Amazon Prime Instant Video, and as this point in the game, we just assumed they would never release it. However, it looks like the tide might be changing.

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ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

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Hockey, basketball and the World Cup are over — you know what that means.

That’s right, football season is fast approaching, and fantasy football sites everywhere are opening their doors for faithful fans to register for this year’s game.

In preparation for this season, ESPN has completely overhauled its fantasy football app.

In addition to an all new design, you’ll also now get push notifications when a trade is proposed, injuries take place and points are scored. You can also now manage your league’s draft right from the app — a useful tool if you’re away from home during the draft.

Hit the break for screenshots as well as the link to the app in the Play Store.

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Google partners with Udacity to teach about Android app development

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We all want to create an application. While there are simplified tools out there allowing users to drag and drop blocks to build something of their own, it does not go very much further. And learning to develop apps is a time-consuming task that not many people have the patience for. It can be rather difficult. Google, though, wants to promote the education of developing Android apps and is doing so by partnering with Udacity. » Read the rest

Minuum shows off early beta of Android Wear keyboard

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Minuum has released a video showing their extremely minimalist keyboard working on an Android Wear smartwatch. We knew they were planning on tackling the problem of typing on a small screen, but this is the first real look we’re getting at the approach.

Like their standard keyboard counterpart, Minuum for Android Wear relies heavily on autocorrection and word predictions. On a smaller screen, it’s not exactly a perfect solution, but considering Android Wear doesn’t offer any type of built in solution, anything is better than nothing. » Read the rest

120 Sports takes its online network to Android with new app

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Sports fans cannot get enough sports. On television, there are more networks than ever before popping up and so many are turning to mobile devices to deliver content. There is a new online-only sports network called 120 Sports that takes this approach. And today the Android app was launched in the Play Store. The app is free and so is the actual service. There is no cable authentication or subscription necessary to view 120 Sports.

120 Sports delivers ten hours of live programming each day covering various sports. Notably, though, 120 Sports does not have rights to highlights involving the NFL; however, they are in discussions with the league to work out a deal. Every other major sport and league is covered by 120 Sports. Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim is actually one of the faces for 120 Sports, so they are not going in blind with this network. When not covering sports with live programming, the app continues to serve news and highlights to keep fans connected.

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