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Adblock Plus now available for Android devices

A version of the popular browser plug-in, Adblock Plus, is now available for Android devices. The app helps prevent adverts from appearing whilst browsing the internet or playing games. The app, which is available from the Google Play store, is currently free.

Adblock Plus for Android on the Google Play store

The app behaves differently depending on whether your device is rooted or not. If your device is not rooted then it will only block adverts over Wi-Fi, but if you have a rooted device it will block ads over 3G as well! It will work without too much setting up if you have Android 3.1 or above, but users with 3.0 or below will have to do some extra configuration.

It should be noted that using this app will cause an ABP icon to always appear in your notification bar – this is as intended, they are currently trying to find a way to make this optional.

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SwiftKey 3 on sale for Black Friday

As part of the Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales, SwiftKey 3 is on sale for 50% off the normal price. The news was announced on the SwiftKey website, and applies to both phone and tablet versions of the software.

I can highly recommend this app, especially at the discounted price of £1.49 for each app – both apps have saved me many keystrokes – in fact, you get a message when the app has saved you 10,000 keystrokes! I’ve tried many other keyboard replacements but I always come back to SwiftKey in the end. The sale ends on Monday so if you don’t already have it don’t waste any time!

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Google Music finally available in the UK

Google have finally made their Music service available in the UK. Of course, tech savvy users will probably have made use of a proxy server to get access early, but it’s now open to all UK residents regardless of technical knowledge.

So what is it? Well, firstly, you can now buy music directly from the Google Play store:

Google Play store showing MusicThere’s now a Music tab along with Movies, Books and Apps. Users can buy singles from 79p or albums from £5.99.

Of more interest possibly is the addition of acces to the ‘cloud’. Songs purchased will be added to the cloud and can be listened to on any Android device or computer with web access. You can also upload your own songs – up to 20,000! – to be streamed to any Android device or computer. If you have wifi or unlimited data this is great as you no longer have to store all of your music on your phone.

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Angry Birds Star Wars out now!

Following last month’s teaser, the coming together of the Star Wars and Angry Birds universes was released yesterday on the Google Play store.

Angry Birds Star Wars

The story that us geeks know so well has been retold in Angry Bird form – the first levels take place on Tattooine with a young Luke (the red bird) and Obi-Wan (the black bird who has Force powers) taking on sand people and stormtroopers. After a few levels Luke learns to use a lightsabre… complete with sound effects! This alone is enough to get me interested in playing Angry Birds again (yes, I know I’m sad) – the changes in tactics needed reinvigorate the game. It’s free for Android devices, with an HD version available for £1.99. I’d definitely recommend it.

Check out the gameplay video below: