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Duolingo launches Android app

The popular language education website Duolingo has just launched an Android app. The app is completely free and allows users to learn French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portugese or English in bite sized chunks. The app makes use of gamification to allow users to take bite-sized modules and earn points and achievements for completion.

DuolingoI’m a sucker for anything with points and achievements, so I’ll definitely be trying this out. Anyone interested in learning a language and who owns an Android device should head over the Google Play store right now and install this!

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Apple surprise no-one with more patent-infringing nonsense

It’s been a while since Apple accused Samsung of infringing patents, so to make up for it here is a new claim. As written by FOSS Patents, apparently Google Now infringes on some Siri patents regarding unified search. Why they have chosen to go after Samsung rather than Google is an interesting question.

Apple are also going after the Samsung Galaxy S4, claiming that it infringes the same patents as the previous Galaxy devices.

Just imagine if Apple could come up with some new and innovative technology instead of coming out with minor iterations of the same device each year – they might not be losing market share quite so rapidly? Perhaps if they concentrated on R&D instead of litigation, who knows what could happen?

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Samsung to release Google Edition version of Galaxy S4

The recently released Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to get a different release in the next couple of months – as announced yesterday during Google I/O, the handset will be available running vanilla Android. This is similar to the Nexus line of handsets, although this handset was not given that name yesterday.

The handset will be unlocked and available for $649 from the Google Play store. A UK price has not yet been announced but presumably it will be around the £450 mark. This will no doubt be much in demand from the type of user who usually flashes CyanogenMod onto their handset. It’s not as cheap as a Nexus 4 but may be worth the extra outlay for the removable battery and microSD card slot.

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Bejeweled Blitz now available for Android devices

PopCap’s popular Bejeweled Blitz game is now available for Android devices. The app is available from Google Play for free, with optional in-app purchases available (at the usual ridiculous prices).

Bejeweled BlitzThe game allows you to play against your friends (either via Facebook or using email addresses) and challenges you to get as high a score as you can in 60 seconds. The game is as addictive as ever and as it’s free, you don’t really have anything to lose – new users will also get 100,000 free coins for downloading the app right now!

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LG rumoured to be working on another Nexus device

An article from the Korea Times has suggested that LG are working with Google on another Nexus device. LG of course were the company behind the Nexus 4 mobile phone, whilst Asus created the Nexus 7 and Samsung created the Nexus 10.

The article suggests the next Nexus device will also be a smartphone, whilst LG are also looking at expanding the partnership to include TVs and Google Glass. Google will be holding their annual I/O conference in a couple of weeks, so we could see some more concrete news regarding the next generation of Nexus devices at that time.