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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Jan
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In 2014, the US was shocked to see a flock of sea hawks fly in from the northwest and, despite normally preying on fish, completely devour a team of broncos from the Rockies. This year the birds are still on the offensive, but a group of patriots from New England have banded together to stop them. On Sunday, we will get to see the two sides do battle in a giant bowl.

26
Jan
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Update: Here's a screenshot, courtesy of an Android Police reader.

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As it turns out, the Android 4.4.4 update for the AT&T HTC One M8 that we covered over a week ago never actually rolled out to devices. The company pulled its page down, which suggests that it went up sooner than anticipated. HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi took to Twitter over the weekend to announce that the OTA was actually due out this week, and that it would include both VoLTE support and the HTC Eye Experience software enhancements.

23
Jan
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MakerBot has brought its mobile app to Google Play, empowering users to control their MakerBot printers from an Android-powered device. The app accesses 3D models saved in your cloud library, which you can now print, monitor, and cancel from your phone or tablet.

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This is MakerBot's second Android app to enter the Play Store. Its first, Thingiverse, came to Android roughly a year ago. Following the latest update (version 1.3), the two pieces of software can work together, enabling you to print 3D models straight from Thingiverse.

23
Jan
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Sprint, in a move that shows its increasing concern about the competition, has announced that it will give any T-Mobile customer a minimum of $200 towards a new device when they trade in a working device and port over their number.

This offer will be available until April 9th, and customers can combine it with Sprint's existing contract buyout deal, where T-Mobile customers get $350 per line in the form of a Visa prepaid card to cover their first bill or early termination fees.

23
Jan
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The US and EU have put in effect sanctions against the Crimea area of Ukraine following Russia's annexation of the peninsula, and now various tech companies are complying. Google has already started to block AdSense and AdWords in the region, reports TechCrunch, and it plans to cut off Google Play services starting on February 1st.

Google's actions follow the likes of Apple, PayPal, and Valve (which has opted to turn off Steam in Crimea altogether). 

23
Jan
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Those of you with an Amazon Prime account also have a stockpile of music open to you through the company's half-a-year-old streaming service, and with version 4.3 of the Android app, the retailer is making those tracks easier to access.

Instead of browsing through the company's virtual store shelves and adding albums to your library as though you were buying them, you can just browse through a separate Prime Music section.

22
Jan
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Music streaming service Rdio is continuing its expansion efforts, and now it's available in 24 new markets spread across the Caribbean, Central America, and the Asia Pacific. This makes it available throughout virtually all of the Western Hemisphere.

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Starting today, Rdio is available in the following places:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • St Kitts & Nevis
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22
Jan
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Boost Mobile is one of the many ways you can get on the Sprint network without paying Sprint prices. The prepaid brand offers smartphone plans with unlimited talk and text going from $35 (1GB of data) to $55 (10GB). Starting on February 3rd, it will offer any customer that enrolls in Auto Re-Boost 2.5GB for the price of 1.

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For comparison, T-Mobile provides 2GB of data for $45 with its Simple Starter Plan.

22
Jan
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It's good to save money, but when it comes to audio, there's a pretty clear difference between a quality product and something cheap. Fortunately you can always wait for the good stuff to go on sale. Today we've come across the Jabra Solemate portable Bluetooth speaker on Woot, where it's currently available for $64.99.

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That's down from an MSRP of $199.99 and significantly less than the $149.99 Amazon currently wants for the same product (which has 4.5 stars there, by the way).

22
Jan
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A few images of Lollipop running on an Xperia phone have hit the web, and the most noticeable takeaway is what Sony has done to the navigation buttons.

The full-size screenshots can be found over in the original XperiaBlog post. All we care about is what's visible at the bottom of each. To put things simply, Sony has changed the icons, and not necessarily for the better.

Here are the on-screen navigation buttons on a Nexus device.

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