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Star Apps: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' cast

Fictional folk singer Llewyn Davis is having a really bad patch. He got his good friend's wife knocked up (pre-Roe v. Wade), he got knocked out by a stranger in a back alley, his manager dropped him, and he lost his home and his friend's cat -- all in the same week. When all else fails for him in 1961 Greenwich Village, the troubled troubadour of the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," convincingly played by Oscar Isaac ("Drive"), piggybacks on a road trip to Chicago to audition for a music mogul.

Co-starring Carey Mulligan, … Read more

Star Apps: Chris Garneau

Don't let the title fool you. Singer/songwriter Chris Garneau's third full-length, "Winter Games" ( iTunes, Amazon), is far from child's play in terms of subject matter and musicianship. But if you've heard 2006's "Music for Tourists" or 2009's "El Radio," then you expect no less.

The classically trained pianist and singer's music has been featured on hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" and in Pedro Almodovar's 2011 film "The Skin I Live In." The new album, released … Read more

CyanogenMod version of Android exceeds 10M installations

CyanogenMod, a version of Android popular among those unhappy with the operating system that came with their phones, has now been installed more than 10 million times.

That's according to the CyanogenMod statistics site, which tracks installations. CyanogenMod got its start as an enthusiast project built from Google's Android Open Source Project -- the public releases of Android's source code, updated each time Google releases a new version of the OS.

Now, though, Cyanogen is a company with venture capital, and it's getting more attention with Oppo N1 phone support and employee hiring.

As of 6:… Read more

LG's Google edition G Pad 8.3 tops the original

If you're an Android purist, you're going to love this Google Play edition of the LG G Pad 8.3. Nearly identical to the original in hardware, the major difference you'll find between the two versions comes down to the operating system and skin that you interact with.

While LG's first version runs the company's Optimus 3.0 user interface, this G Pad runs the unadorned stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat. You do lose a lot of LG's built-in software features in the transition, which is a shame for the more useful … Read more

Google gives thumbs-up to first Cyanogen phone

Come Christmas Eve, CyanogenMod will be the first third-party version of Android to ship on a phone out of the box.

Noted CyanogenMod and Android developer Koushik Datta revealed that Google has approved of a CyanogenMod version of the Oppo N1 to ship on December 24. No other details were revealed in the post, although the currently available version of the N1 costs $599 and is carrier-independent. Cyanogen has produced a commercial for the phone, embedded below, in which the phone is called the Oppo N1 CM Edition. It will run the Google Apps suite out of the box, as … Read more

CyanogenMod raises $23 million

Cyanogen and its customized version of the Android operating system just might be onto something, if Silicon Valley investment is your preferred benchmark.

The company announced Thursday that it has closed its Series B funding with Andreessen Horowitz and Tencent, to the tune of $23 million.

The funds will be used to expand the current team of 25 to hire more engineers for nearly all aspects of CyanogenMod development: the core software, user interface and design, and product development. The board of directors will be joined by A16Z's Peter Levine as well.

Cyanogen didn't immediately respond to a … Read more

Verizon serves Android 4.4 to Droid Ultra, Maxx, Mini

Verizon on Thursday announced that the Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini are receiving Android 4.4 updates. The trio of smartphones are among the first carrier-branded smartphones to pick up the most recent version of Android.

As expected, the update adds features such as full-screen mode, color emoji support, enhanced security, and an improved camera. Also included is support for the Fitbit tracker and Motorola's DroidZap 2.0 software.

Verizon took the update as an opportunity to upgrade apps and services like Verizon Tones and Verizon Mobile Security. Rounding things out, the Droids see Google Photo … Read more

Why Android won't be getting App Ops anytime soon

An outcry of disappointment greeted Google when people found out that the hidden App Ops feature was yanked from Android KitKat last week, and it's going to be a long time before you see it again.

Google said at the time that it removed the feature because its experimental nature could break apps, a statement that was greeted with skepticism.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Peter Eckersley wrote, "The fact that [Android users] can not turn off app permissions is a Stygian hole in the Android security model, and a billion people's data is being sucked through.&… Read more

Upload PDF and EPUB files to Google Books on Android

Originally, Google Books was only good at doing one thing: reading content from the Google Play Store. This meant you could read free books, or the ones you purchased -- and that was it. When the update allowing your personal files to be uploaded to Google Books came along, the app made a giant leap forward. Now Android devices could be even more competitive with traditional e-readers that allow side-loading.

Unfortunately, the upload feature was limited to your Web browser. This meant navigating to the Play Books Web site on a computer, or within the mobile browser, to upload your … Read more

Download's merriest music apps

Your in-laws are criticizing your carving skills, Grandma Edith's guzzling the port, and the tree's catching fire. Yes, Christmas can feel so predictable. Take a break from the melodrama with Download's favorite festive music apps.

Bjork: Solstice ( iOS)

Bjork is far out, and that's why we love her. Based on the track "Solstice" from the Icelandic singer's "Biophilia" album, this free app allows you to pull rays out of a sun to create harp strings that are then plucked by orbiting planets. With a tilting motion, your creation morphs into a … Read more