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.

17
Jul
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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

It's a good time to be in the market for a powerful, deep red phone. The HTC One can be found sporting a glamorous exterior, and it apparently isn't alone. Leaked photos of the DROID Ultra have surfaced, showing Motorola's upcoming device available in a color very appropriate for a phone exclusive to the Big Red. This is no lazy paint job, as the phone's entire Kevlar backside has changed colors.

17
Jul
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The Verizon Stratosphere II is one of those phones. You know, the quirky - I mean, qwerty - kind that packs just enough punch to be functional but not enough to wow the bulk of us. Today Verizon has announced the latest firmware update, version I415VRBMF1, that gives the little handset a little tune-up. The device should now give a more accurate read of data usage and leave behind a few jarring bugs, such as issues where auto-correct inadvertently replaces an entire text message and the SIM pin entry screen displays the incorrect number of remaining attempts.

17
Jul
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Bjork's Biophilia part-album, part-app is an educational experience that teaches kids both about music and the natural sciences. That it helps prevent risky behavior by giving youth a chance to experience an acid trip without doing drugs is an added perk. At some point there appears to be a dis-embodied pelvis making love with the moon, suggesting that some type of abstract sexual education may have slipped in as well. Now all of this is available in the Play Store, two years after Biophilia's iOS debut.

16
Jul
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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

It's time for Verizon to roll out its next wave of exclusive devices, as the company has just sent out invitations to its upcoming press event. Verizon will hold the shindig in New York City on July 23rd, where we expect the carrier to announce the latest generation of its DROID handsets. Likely candidates include the DROID Ultra, the DROID MAXX (an Ultra with a bigger battery), and the DROID Mini (convenient travel sized).

16
Jul
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Zumba is a worldwide phenomenon. There's something about exercising while dancing that almost makes the laborious task of burning calories feel like, well, having fun. The illusion is so convincing that Zumba Fitness games has appeared for the Wii, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 - and they've sold quite well. Now Majesco Entertainment is bringing the experience to Android with Zumba Dance.

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Don't bother looking for virtual controls, as Zumba Dance uses your tablet's camera to track a user's physical movement.

15
Jul
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Facebook's made a series of slip-ups in its transition to mobile. Their previous Facebook app, with its HTML5 underpinnings, was a slow and clunky mess. Facebook Home was launched to minimal interest, and the core app itself continues to stagnate. Through all of this, there has been one minor, but essential, change Facebook could implement to improve the experience for a sizable number of users. As of today, an update to the Facebook beta has finally done away with that unforgivable blemish - the legacy menu button is apparently no more!

15
Jul
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Some people can take some phenomenal pictures using their smartphone cameras, but many mere mortals often find that their pictures look best with a healthy coating of filters and exaggerated graininess to mask the graininess that's already there. Paper Camera has made its way around Android circles due to its uncanny ability to skip the whole editing step and take instant hand-drawn depictions of whatever a camera is facing. Paper Artist is a photo editor from the same developers that gives users a broader set of tools for turning their pre-existing photos into art.

15
Jul
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Uber, the mobile service for hailing a cab directly from your smartphone, rolled out a new feature today that lets friends share the cost of a trip with friends. Users can now simply request a ride, select the Split Fare option, and choose a friend to split the fee with. Assuming the person wants to remain friends afterwards, all they have to do is tap the link that they received in a text message from Uber.

15
Jul
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Last Updated: July 16th, 2013

While an open source remake is already available on Google Play, an official version of Transport Tycoon is coming to Android before the end of 2013. The game's original creator, Chris Sawyer, is designing and directing what is being billed as the definitive version of the simulation classic. Developers at Origin8 Technologies, who are also working on the game, have recreated and restored Sawyer's original code and are revising it for touchscreen devices.

12
Jul
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I don't think much of silent films, but I tend to melt when I come across a game that successfully conveys a plot without the use of speech. Each stage in Tiny Thief feels like a short skit, much like a single clip of Looney Tunes or Tom and Jerry, only with a feeling of continuity as you progress from one to the next. It has the look and feel of a mobile game, and it's immensely easy to pick up and play, but there's a surprising degree of depth here and an undeniable degree of love and care holding it all together.

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