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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Last Updated: January 12th, 2015

Nest has much to talk about at this year's CES. The intelligent thermostat that connects to your phone and tries to best adjust the temperature to your needs is now learning how to play along with more than a few other smart appliances spread throughout your home. The resulting possibilities remind us that we're living in the future.

By integrating with Kwikset Kevo, Nest can tell when a family member gets home and automatically set the climate to their liking.

05
Jan
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Dual microUSB/USB OTG sticks may not be brand new anymore, but they're still not nearly as prevalent as more traditional flash drives. Nevertheless, there are plenty of options out there from the big brands and lesser-known folks alike. A year ago, Leef Bridge announced a model with support for USB 3.0. A year later, SanDisk is now doing the same.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is a slightly redesigned version of the previous model, only it now handles faster transfer speeds.

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Jan
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Last Updated: January 12th, 2015

The current era may be captured by smartphones, but the previous one was caught on film by Polaroid. The company's cameras printed out photos just after they were captured, with photographers shaking the results to help them dry (a gesture Polaroid says can actually damage the picture these days).

A poorly-named successor aimed at hip, young smartphone users—the Socialmatic—has been in development to introduce this functionality to a new generation. Polaroid announced the Android-powered camera at last year's CES.

02
Jan
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This year's Consumer Electronics Show will kick off next week, and many tech companies are ready to show off their gadgets. Alcatel OneTouch plans to attract attention on the show floor with its line of affordable phones and watches. But this time the price isn't the biggest draw.

The Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 series of handsets offer screens ranging from 3.5 to 5 inches. The smallest will only support 3G, while the 4", 4.5", and 5" options should handle 4G LTE as well.

02
Jan
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Much of the innovation in Android right now is happening on the budget side of things. At a time when high-end phones are making largely incremental improvements over previous models, low-end handsets have gone from being barely functional iPhone sales pieces to compelling devices that make for great starter phones.

The original ZTE Imperial was certainly not top-of-the-line, but the phone was affordable and its specs weren't particularly embarrassing at the time.

02
Jan
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Udemy is one of the numerous ways you can learn something new from your computer without having to physically get to class. The site has thousands of courses available that cover a wide range of topics, with many focusing on Android development. Currently over 9,000 courses are priced at just $10 each for New Year's. This is a savings of up to several hundred dollars per course.

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You can find courses that help you get started developing apps for the first time, adjust to Lollipop, create multilingual apps, or get your software ready for Android Wear.

02
Jan
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Last Updated: January 19th, 2015

Update: The game appears to have disappeared. Hopefully it comes back soon.

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When gamers first met LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, it was a multi-platform title available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC (along with an isometric 2D version for the Game Boy Advance). It applied the virtual toy block treatment to worlds and events from the three Star Wars prequels, and sprinkled on some of the humor we've since come to expect from LEGO over the years.

02
Jan
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The folks behind QuickPic have released a beta that expands on the stable version's Material-inspired looks with a heaping dose of color, lets you automatically save local folders to the cloud, and adds in a number of other enhancements. We've made the download available at the bottom of this page. But first, here's what has changed.

What's New

Let's start with the themes. In addition to the default black and white look, users can turn the third-party gallery app's action bar anything from blue or green to red, purple, or yellow.

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Dec
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There's little going on in the world of Android at the moment, and the holidays are why. Today many of us are celebrating New Year's Eve, so instead of major software updates, we get themed selfies. People firing up the Facebook Messenger app are seeing the option to celebrate the new year with a photo pop up at the top of their screens. Clicking the banner activates the front-facing camera and applies a festive overlay.

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Dec
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AT&T U-Verse customers can use the Android companion app to watch live channels on a phone or tablet, turn their handset into a TV remote, and manage DVR. The user interface hasn't looked particularly holo over the last several years, but after the latest updates, it now looks kind of ready for KitKat just in time for everything else to go material. Hey, at least it's something.

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If you've used U-Verse on a tablet before, then this interface probably won't look particularly new.

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