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    We've told you about Google Wallet in the past, and even showed you how you could install it on your Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, the installation procedure to put it on the Galaxy Nexus was a bit more complicated than simply installing an app. And rightly so! Google Wallet is more than just a simple app. It has to tie (securely) into the NFC subsystem on the phone, and must be installed as a system application. After quite a bit of work by the tireless developers over at XDA, there is now a Google Wallet .APK which you can install on your Galaxy Nexus -- no root required! ...

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    Some have referred to the new Alfred app as "Pandora for the real world". With a recommendation like that, we couldn't help but take a look! Just in case you've been living under a rock (or don't have access to it in your corner of the world), Pandora is a streaming music service that asks you what kind of music you like, then comes up with related songs that you'll probably like using complex algorithms. When you run Alfred for the first time, he asks you a short series of questions. He uses your answers to make immediate suggestions about other places and has you rate them. This teaching ...

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    One of the things we like most about Android is the ability to replace your launcher with a custom app. Doing so can let you personalize and customize your smartphone in ways that aren't possible with your stock launcher. These customizations can include speed and performance improvements, animation options, and changes to the layout of your apps and widgets -- not to mention giving it an entirely new look and feel. Many of the existing launcher apps are based on the stock launcher's code, with modifications to enable highly coveted features. Such is the case with Nova Launcher for Ice ...

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    Plants vs. Zombies is arguably one of the best apps to help your kids prepare for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Unlike zombie apps for grown-ups which teach defensive techniques using various weapons, Plants vs. Zombies teaches about barriers and strategy for avoiding direct confrontations with the undead. Unfortunately, Plants vs. Zombies hasn't been available through the Android Market, only through the Amazon Appstore (which has a significantly smaller reach). According to a post on their blog, Popcap had the following to say: "... we agree with you: It's about time already! Sheesh! ...

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    Yesterday we told you about a promo Google was running in the Android Market: 10-cent Featured Apps. What's Google celebrating? Ten Billion apps have been downloaded from the Market. Impressive! The promotion will reportedly run for a total of ten days, each day ten new apps will be offered for 10-cents. To see what apps you can get for 10-cents check out Google's 10 Billion Downloads timed promotions page. At the time of this writing that link is showing yesterday's deals. Today's deals a hidden in the Editor's Choice apps in the app version of the Market. Here are today's ten apps: 1. ...

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    We all talk to our smartphones, but we're usually talking to someone else using our smartphones -- not to the phones themselves. Android has let you input text and even send emails and texts, and dial phone calls using your voice for quite some time. Answering questions posed using natural language has been something no one has done particularly well -- not until Apple's Siri came out. Since then, everyone's been playing catch-up. Such is the case with Cluzee for Android, a new app that attempts to bring Siri-like functionality to Android. Similar to Siri, Cluzee let's you ask your phone ...

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    Google usually does a good job with their apps, but Google Catalogs leaves us scratching our heads a little. Available today for Android-powered tablets and the iPad, Google Catalogs brings paper catalogs from Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Nike, and Sephora (plus 125 or so others) to your lap. What's interesting is the app brings not only magazine-style browsing, but YouTube videos and in-app purchasing as well. That's where we're confused. While we dig the idea of a richer shopping experience than many mobile websites currently don't offer, Google almost had the perfect e-Magazine reader ...

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    Google Wallet, like its name implies, attempts to replace your wallet -- well, the credit cards in it at least. On first glance, paying for purchases with your phone just sounds cool, though some could consider it to be more a gimmick than a ground-breaking, game changing app. Imagine being able to either hook up your existing credit card, or sign up for a pre-paid credit card through your online Google Wallet account (which recently replaced Google Checkout). The killer-app functionality comes from being able to show you your real-time account balance -- taking into account the ...

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    If your smartphone is running Android 2.2 Froyo or above and you'd like to get a taste of what the keyboard that will be coming in Ice Cream Sandwich is like, you're in luck! Using this app, anyone can try they keyboard out -- no root or custom ROM is required. Simply download and install the app, enable the keyboard in Language and keyboard settings, then select it as your Input Method. When I tried it out, I noticed that it's smaller than the multi-touch keyboard on the Droid RAZR but was every bit as usable. It even seemed a little faster. If you'd like to try it out, you can download a ...

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    Since the beginning, the biggest drawback to Google's Android OS was the lack of a full-featured music app. The old player would play music, but that was just about it. The iPhone's music player evolved from the iPod -- the industry leader in portable music players -- so it's no surprise that the music experience on iOS was better than that on Android. iOS also has iTunes, a complete experience for obtaining, organizing, and synchronizing your music library with your phone. Android didn't have anything remotely similar. Google's new music app was a huge improvement, but still lacked the ...

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    Earlier today we learned about Google Music and all the cool new features it will be bringing to not only listeners, but artists as well. Equally as interesting was the fact that T-Mobile is one of their launch partners -- again. As you may recall, back in 2008 T-Mobile was Google's partner with the G1, the first Android-powered smartphone. Now they're teaming up to allow purchases of tracks and albums billed directly to your T-Mobile bill. According to one sharp-eyed pocketnow reader, the demo was performed on a Galaxy Nexus. Disappointingly, no mention was made by T-Mobile's Andrew ...

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    When I was a kid, the coolest gaming console around was the Nintendo Entertainment System. One of its cooler accessories was the "Light Gun" -- a pistol-shaped controller that would detect squares of light on the screen to register "hits" or misses. There were two especially sweet games that you could play with your Light Gun: Hogan's Alley and Duck Hunt. Now that I've grown up and moved on to Android, one of those games from my childhood has come to my smartphone! Duck Hunt is an unofficial port of Nintendo's game, complete with sound effects, music, and all the game play that I remember ...

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    The Centers for Desease Control and Prevention says that one out of three adults in the USA is fat. I have to admit, I've got more than a few pounds I wouldn't miss. Since I'm a geek, how can I use my Android-powered smartphone to help me shed those pounds -- and keep them off? There are really three factors to why a person weighs what they do: caloric intake, calories burned, and genetics. You may not know it, but a "calorie" is a unit of energy, specifically it's an amount of heat equal to 4.1840 joules. Given that context, the number of calories that you intake (eat) must equal the ...

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    If you've rooted your Android-powered phone and installed a nightly build of the CyanogenMod custom ROM, you probably have run into problems with the Netflix app at some point in time. The problem had to do with Netflix' paranoia around securing their digitally delivered content, and only allowing playback on certain "approved" devices. Whenever Netflix pushed an update to their app it would usually stop working properly on phones running CyanogenMod ROMs. CyanogenMod developers, being the skilled people they are, would come up with an update within a few days and Netflix would work again ...

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    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Over here in the States, we dress our children up in costumes, then send them around the neighborhood, knocking on doors to receive candy. At the same time we, as parents, usually stay home to hand out candy to others as they come knocking at our door. As the night grows on and the kids haven't made their way home, it might cause some anxiety to build up, not knowing where the kids are. If you kid has an Android-powered smartphone and this new app, you might be able to get by with a little less anxiety this Halloween. According to the developer, ...

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