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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Android L is on its way, but people still want KitKat. It's true. If I were sitting around with a device still running, say, Android 4.1, I'd want an update to something newer, and I'm sure you would (or do) too. Well, Asus Padfone Infinity and Fonepad Note 6 owners now have their chance to take a bite out of a sweeter, more recent version of Android. Asus has announced the immediate availability of fresh firmware for both devices.

12
Aug
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Strategy games are generally more thought-provoking affairs than your average platformer or shooter, but they're still usually packed with plenty of on-screen action to hold players' interest. King of Dragon Pass, which is now newly available for Android, is no such game. This title is more of an interactive novel, and while gamers will still encounter warfare here, it's presented in a much different form.

King of Dragon Pass began as a PC game in 1999 and followed the trials of a barbarian clan as it expanded into untamed lands.

12
Aug
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There's a reason major device updates tend to roll out in stages. Some of the earlier recipients of the OnePlus One's big July OTA were hit with a bug where the PIN unlock screen did not display properly. OnePlus hasn't wasted any time hopping on this issue, and they're now pushing out a hotfix to the limited people who received the first OTA already and those who have flashed manually.

11
Aug
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The Poweradd family-sized USB wall charger power adapter is capable of pumping juice into five devices at once. It's a compact way to get as much use out of a single power outlet as you can, and today it's available on Amazon for just $12.99 after a coupon code that shaves an additional $3 off its current $15.99 sale price. To get the discount, enter 5N4O4IUS at checkout.

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Of the power adapter's five USB ports, two provide an output of 2.1A, one offers 1.3A, and the remaining two pump 1A each.

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Aug
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CD slot mounts are a great way to breathe life into what is, for many of us, a neglected part of our car. Depending on your vehicle's layout, these accessories stick smartphones where they're easy to see and very accessible, both for the driver and a passenger. Today two of Mountek's CD slot mounts are available as Gold Box deals. The nGroove Universal grip CD slot mount is going for $15.99, while the nGroove Snap 2 magnetic car mount goes for $18.99.

11
Aug
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The latest Dropbox update should give early adopters of the Android L preview something to smile about. This release addresses the showstopping compatibility issue that has thus far plagued the app, so users should now be able to use the cloud storage app on their pre-release mobile operating system of choice without experiencing an instant crash.

11
Aug
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The fashionably late July over-the-air update for the OnePlus One that bumps the handset up to Android 4.4.4 is beginning to roll out as of now and will continue through the end of the week (it's staged, with 10% rolling out first). In addition to new versions of Google apps, the update contains a cooler calibration for its screen and fixes that stop the phone from activating off-screen gestures while in your pocket.

11
Aug
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The Sony Xperia Z2 is a water-resistant phone, and it may just be more humble than it puts on. One reportedly managed to survive for six weeks on a sea bed more than 10 meters deep. It didn't come out of the deal without a fair bit of damage, but the phone was still able to boot up and make calls.

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Swedish reports speak of a man from Gothenburg who, while water-skiing with a friend on vacation, lost his mobile phone in the water.

11
Aug
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The Sense TV app comes pre-installed exclusively on a number of HTC handsets, such as the One M7 and, more recently, the M8. It serves as an image-heavy, contextual remote that tries to take the hassle out of keeping up with what's playing on which channels. There's also a sports component that places emphasis on athletic shows and current scores. Today's update takes that last element and mixes it with good ol' American football and a shot of rugby.

08
Aug
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When a large tech company starts to fail, there's a real downside regardless of how we feel about its product. People lose their jobs. Often, thousands do. Many of these people then find themselves having to move to another state or country to continue working in their chosen field.

But there's an upside as well. A large layoff means there are plenty of qualified workers who are looking for work, and what better way is there for a company to acquire hot talent than to move to where the people are?

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