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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May
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Minuum shrinks all the letters of a keyboard down into a single row of text. This is potentially convenient for smartphones, but the learning curve alone is enough to push some users back to alternative options. Yet for smaller devices where a full-size keyboard is downright unwieldy, Minuum is uniquely situated to step in and scratch that itch. The app has now come to Google Glass, but unfortunately, this looks like one of those itches you don't want to scratch in public.

13
May
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The Sonos Android app has been long overdue for an update, previously sporting a UI that looked out of date four flavors of Android ago. When version 5 hit beta, it brought about a much needed refresh, introducing a UI that looks just fine on KitKat devices. Now the app has exited beta and is ready for anyone with a Sonos sound system to download and fire up.

13
May
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Carriers are pretty overt about making consumers pay for their devices using long-term contracts or high amounts of cold, hard cash. They're not so open about the subsequent payment in tears - thick, heavy tears dropped waiting for Android updates that feel destined never to come. Well, Verizon Galaxy Note 3 owners, you've officially paid enough. It's time to wipe away those tears, for the Galaxy Note 3 KitKat OTA update is finally rolling out to devices.

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May
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With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, now's a good time to capitalize on that excitement by releasing a soccer game. Building a franchise from scratch could do the trick, but if you have a popular title out in the wild, why not kick out a sequel? Sriker Soccer 2 has just hit the Play Store with more of the friendly gameplay that helped push the original to success.

13
May
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Point-of-sale systems are about as dull as computers can get. With the ability to figure out sums and print out receipts, they're little more than the digivolved versions of calculators (and not the cool, graphing kind either). This drab sector of the tech industry could benefit from something interesting, so Casio is doing its part by announcing upgraded versions of its Android-powered cash register.

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The new V-R7000 and V-R7100 terminals improve on the old where it matters.

12
May
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The web version of Hangouts, tucked away in the bottom of left-hand corner of Gmail or the right-hand side of Google+, has just received an update that hearkens back to simpler times. Now when a contact is currently available, a green dot is displayed atop their avatar (instead of the green line the web version used to display). It's not exactly the same green dot that many of us grew accustomed to in the days of Google Talk, but it gets the point across.

12
May
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The impressive Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has gradually dropped in price in the time since its launch, but the 16GB option is still going for $479 new on Amazon. Today you can get a refurbished one off eBay for $339. That's nearly $150 less, enough to beg the question: How much is new really worth, anyway?

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We've seen refurbished versions of the tablet dip below $400 before, but this is a new low.

12
May
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The HTC One M8 hasn't been out for all that long, but it's already feeling the blues. This isn't just a slight case of them, either. According to a leaked press shot from @evleaks, the phone's suffering them from its heads down to its toes. Just take a look at this press image and see for yourself.

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It's amazing how a phone with a body to die for could still find itself so depressed.

12
May
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For some reason, plenty of us just hate carrying credit cards around, and we cannot wait for the day when we're free from this burden. I can see our ancestors now, wondering what the fuss is all about. Not too long ago, you balanced your checkbook and you liked it. Before that, there wasn't a way to avoid walking around with a wallet stuffed with cash and a pocket loaded with coins.

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May
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The LG Volt, as a low cost phone destined to be sold with no contract, is shocking more in the static electricity way than, say, a bolt of lighting. But in the moment immediately following touching a doorknob after dragging your feet around too much on the carpet, who really cares? At $179.99, the Volt should hit a number of users with enough juice to keep them going starting today on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

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