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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Aug
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Some of you may have already noticed that your Hangouts video looked significantly clearer the last time you fired it up. That's because Google has transitioned from the H.264 video codec to VP8, and with it, the company has introduced HD streaming. Google started rolling out the change to users in the last few weeks, but it will still be a while before this rolls out to everyone.

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Google introduced VP8 back in 2010 as an open and royalty-free format allowing users to watch video in browsers without the need for any additional plugins.

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Aug
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We were all greeted with a pleasant surprise yesterday when Google dropped the price of the Nexus 4 down to $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16GB alternative. Well, not everyone was pleased. There's always those of you who purchased a Nexus 4 at its previous price just days, perhaps even hours, before the price drop. And for you, here's the good news. Anyone who purchased either model of the Nexus 4 on or after August 12th is eligible for a $100 refund.

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Aug
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Last Updated: September 6th, 2013

The Canadian Moto X on Rogers is the latest addition to Motorola's Bootloader Unlock program, a growing list that already includes the RAZR HD in Canada and American devices such as the Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint and the developer edition of the Droid RAZR M on Verizon, among others. No American versions of the Moto X have made the list yet, but Motorola says that support is coming for devices on US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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Aug
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So you have a Google TV, but you want to use it for something other than watching TV. We understand - we are an Android blog dedicated to telling you how to do just about anything but place a call using your smartphone, after all. So I present to you the Enblink, a Chromecast-sized dongle that also plugs into your TV, giving it wireless control over your home's lighting and other existing devices.

27
Aug
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My first two smartphones, the Milano and the Rise, were both made by Kyocera, so I have a soft spot for the brand. The company's handsets generally may not be high-end, or even midrange, but they're good for average folks who don't live and die by the number of pixels their phone is able to push or flip tables if there's a momentary stutter when switching between home screens. Kyocera's latest offering, the Hydro ELITE, will launch online at Verizon Wireless this Thursday, August 29th, and it's quite an improvement over the company's usual offerings.

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Aug
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Snapchat is now the latest prominent app to start using the Play Store beta testing mechanism to get new features in front of users sooner, something we've also seen from Facebook. If you haven't already heard of Snapchat, think of it as a service that could have saved Anthony Weiner a great deal of headache. Users use it to send photos, videos, and text messages that automatically delete from the recipient's device and the server after a set amount of time.

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Aug
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Relying on crowd funding is inherently risky. Regardless of whether a project's on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, some never get a fraction of the funding they aim for. Others fall slightly short or, if they're lucky, barely manage to crawl over the finish line. Still, a select few completely blow the doors off. The Canary, pitched as the first smart home security device for everyone, has now successfully acquired just shy of two million dollars in funding, far exceeding its goal of $100,000.

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Aug
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Utter! isn't the quiet kid in the back of class who only answers a question when asked, pointing out the answer in a textbook like Google Now, nor is it the class clown who dishes out snarky answers whenever he or she doesn't like the way a teacher asks a question, like Siri. Utter! is the student that sits in the front seat and always raises their hand first, the one that has the answer for every question, no matter how it's phrased or what it's about.

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Aug
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In a way, Angry Birds and Star Wars are a match made in heaven. Both properties are immensely popular, and neither is a stranger to merchandising. You're as likely to stumble across either of them on a lunch box or in a bin of stuffed animals as you are to see them in their native formats. That's why the concept of Angry Birds Star Wars is neither surprising nor difficult to grasp.

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Aug
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Feedly doesn't want to go the way of Google Reader, so it is now rolling out a monthly subscription model to everyone in hopes of keeping the lights on. We've known about this for a while now, as the company offered 5,000 lifetime subscriptions for $99 earlier this month. They promptly sold out, providing them with $500,000 of cash to help get things off the ground. Early backers, and those who choose to subscribe now, get access to the first batch of pro features, such as the ability to search through articles and quick one-click integration with both Evernote and Pocket.

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