Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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Dec
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Nest was already smarter than your average thermostat, coming with an app that serves as your mobile command and control center. But now that the hardware is integrated with Google Now, it's even easier to communicate with the device. Wish it were a little bit warmer? Just say the word.

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We knew this functionality was coming, it was just a matter of waiting for Google to flip the switch. Now that everything's working, Nest will respond to any number of voice commands following the words OK Google, including change the temperature to, turn the thermostat to, set Nest at, alter the temp, and seemingly everything in between.

15
Dec
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Update: Here is the link to the OTA file, direct from Google's servers.

We get excited about bugfix releases around these parts, even if they don't bring the kind of glossy user-facing changes that the big updates do. Android 5.0.1 hit AOSP early this month, and now it looks like the over-the-air update will be on its way to Nexus 5 owners before the end of today. Sprint and T-Mobile have both shared the news themselves.

15
Dec
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This fall HTC surrounded the launch of the Desire EYE with a series of camera-centric features that also trickled out to some of the manufacturer's other devices. The company made a big deal of these innovations, releasing no shortage of trailers showing off gimmicks enhancements ranging from face tracking and capturing video using both cameras at once to fusing faces together and instantly applying makeup.

Now HTC has released an app into the Play Store that it can use to update the video chat-related features among the list.

12
Dec
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Version 2.6 makes BBM ready for Android 5.0, but don't get too excited. There's no big redesign here. The app still looks as Gingerbread as ever, it just now explicitly supports devices running the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

That's not to say that the update is without visual changes. If you turn your phone sideways, the interface will now rotate to landscape mode in order to accommodate you.

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Dec
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Last Updated: December 18th, 2014

Update: Here's the recently published trailer.

Amazon Game Studios has released a free preview of The Unmaking, an impressive looking game where the hordes of enemies you see on-screen are powered by Amazon servers. Your job is to defend your castle by blasting and burning wave after wave of bloodthirsty foes using siege weapons and magic spells alike. The catch is that you need to have a Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, or Fire HDX 8.9 to enter the battle.

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Dec
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Android Lollipop has started rolling out to people in the months since version 3.3 of Fleksy hit the Play Store, and the third-party keyboard's developers aren't just settling for giving the next release a material theme. The beta contains a new interface, plenty of new themes, and keyboard extensions. This last category is the one we're most excited to see.

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The Material keyboard themes look less like Google's and more like simple recolored versions of Fleksy, and while they're not particularly exciting, at least they're not indicative of the effort the developers have taken to make the app look at home on Android 5.0.

12
Dec
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The LTE version of the Nexus 9 is now ready for your hard-earned money. T-Mobile has made the 8.9-inch tablet available on its website, where it's charging $24.99 a month for two years or $599.76 outright.

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This makes T-Mobile the first place where you can buy the LTE-equipped version of the Nexus 9 in the US, with the carrier roughly hitting its promised early December commitment. Customers can add the device to their Simple Choice plan for an additional $10 a month, at which point the Un-carrier will match the amount of data allocated to the phone and provide the same amount exclusively for the tablet.

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Dec
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Microsoft Lync is instant messaging for people wearing suits and ties. The service, which you generally won't see outside of corporate environments, supports typing, talking, or staring at each other's faces through an Android device. Now Microsoft has rolled out an update that adds new features and brings more feature parity with the Windows Phone and iOS versions of the software.

For starters, the Lync Android app can now handle Anonymous Join, which lets users join a Lync meeting without an account.

11
Dec
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Before Chromebooks and Android, Google blew peoples' minds with its web services alone. Translate was one of them. Here was a website that took in whatever you typed and spat out something that at least kind of resembled the same words in a different language. Even now, translations aren't spot on, but it usually gets close enough to convey the message.

Google is still expanding the service, and now the company is ready to introduce support for ten additional languages.

11
Dec
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Using Hulu on an Android device usually requires a Hulu Plus account, but in the spirit of the season, the company has apparently decided to offer people the ability to stream shows to their devices for free. The exclusive deal was announced on the Android Google+ page in a post that welcomed folks to come watch the latest episodes of their favorite shows.

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