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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SwipePad is a gesture-based app switcher that lets users open a selection of apps without exiting the one they're in beforehand. The latest update isn't a large one, but it's bound to make using the launcher slightly less annoying. Now users have the option to select apps that should disable SwipePad's functionality while they are running. The recently updated version of Carbon, with its new slide-out view, is an example of one such app that could benefit from this option.

26
Dec
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With all of those Christmas gifts and family gatherings come loads of trash that need to be tossed out the day after. The same can be said for email. We've received quite a few messages since our last installment of the Android Police Files, and while many of them were helpful tips and other notices, some were not so useful. We trashed as much of it as we could, but some items we felt were better off dragged out onto the sidewalk for the public to see.

26
Dec
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Samsung has a large and growing selection of accessories for its many Android devices, ranging from spare battery chargers to Bluetooth headsets and replacement parts. It's also crammed with various covers and cases, some of which even provide an extra degree of functionality. That is especially the case (giggle) with the Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Covers that are now finally available from Samsung's online shop.

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This product combines the official wireless charging cover and the S-View Flip Cover into one, making the Galaxy Note 3 the first to receive this combo.

26
Dec
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Yesterday Amazon gave away $40 in paid apps as a Christmas gift to Android users willing to install its mobile app store. That deal ran for just one day, but now the company is following up with another set of free apps. None of yesterday's apps are still available, but the new selections include the superb Osmos HD, the point-and-click adventure The Lost City, the adorable Chimpact, and even a few non-games.

26
Dec
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Sure, you have your Pebbles and your Galaxy Gears, not to mention your various Kickstarter-funded competitors that promise even more functionality. But how much work do you really intend to do from your wrist? If all you want is a fitness tracker that plays back music and can also tell the time, then Motorola's MOTOACTV smartwatch might be all you need, and today it's available from Woot for just $129.99, over half off its usual price.

24
Dec
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Last Updated: December 26th, 2013

It's one thing to release an app for Android, but if a developer doesn't keep it up with the times, its usefulness is limited. So Diigo has now updated its Android app to version 2.0, bringing in a desperately needed makeover. The social bookmarking app can now handle notes, pictures, messages, and bookmarks in an interface that won't make anyone whose two-year contract hasn't expired cringe.

24
Dec
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Humble Bundle: PC and Android 8 has been out for a week now, so it's time for more games to be added to liven the deal. Three new titles are now available: Bad Hotel, The Bard's Tale, and Solar 2. These should appear automatically in the libraries of anyone who has already paid over the average, and they will likewise be available to anyone who passes that bar going forward.

24
Dec
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Update: The price has since dropped. This refurbished Galaxy Gear can now be yours for just $199.95.

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The Galaxy Gear may not be the best smartwatch out there, but if you have a compatible Samsung device, it may just be worth checking out. This would normally set you back $299.99, but today only, you can get the Gear for $239.95 from eBay, a 20% savings. To sweeten the deal even further, the watch also comes with free shipping.

20
Dec
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If you've never heard of Hisense, or you didn't know they made tablets, I wouldn't blame you. And for our part, we've done little to draw attention to its products. That doesn't mean they aren't desirable. People are buying its budget-friendly Sero 7 tablets, and some are even demanding that the source files get released. A quick visit to the company's Facebook page reveals more than a few comments on the matter.

20
Dec
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Only a couple of days after coming to the Galaxy S III, Samsung's Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to Verizon customers wielding Galaxy Note IIs. This is the update that has been going around the block for a while now, having already made its way to Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the handset. It comes with the same goodies, including Galaxy Gear support.

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Along with Galaxy Gear compatibility, this OTA brings in the nuggets you expect with Android 4.3, Samsung KNOX integration, and updates to many of Samsung's pre-installed apps.

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