Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

14
Nov
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If you've got a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (or SGN1012014, as I like to call it) on T-Mobile, you may want to head into Settings > About tablet > Software updates and see if there's something waiting for you. Team Magenta started pushing the 4.4.4 update out today, which also brings Download Booster along with it. Fun times.

New Features

  • Update to Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Download Booster

Improvements

  • IPv6 updates

That's essentially the bulk of it right there.

14
Nov
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I really dig Soundfreaq speakers. In my opinion, they offer some of the best bang-for-your-buck you can get in the portable speaker market. And if you're on the hunt for a good ultra-portable speaker, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better than the Pocket Kick. It's a little-bitty thing that makes not little-bitty sound. In fact, I reviewed it a while back and did a comparison between it and the Jawbone Jambox Mini.

14
Nov
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Last Updated: November 15th, 2014

When Google announced YouTube Music Key, we had a few questions, most of which revolved around how this would affect Google Play Music All Access subscribers. Music Key's inclusion of All Access was part of the announcement, but it wasn't stated whether or not AA subscribers would automatically get access to Music Key, or if they'd have to sign up for the service all over again. Of course, that would be a really stupid way to handle things, so thankfully Google isn't doing that.

14
Nov
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If there's one thing I've learned about Amazon's mobile approach over the last couple of years, it's that they love to give stuff away. Free apps, free coins for downloading said free apps so you can get more free apps...and the like. I'm not the biggest fan of the Amazon Appstore, but I am a pretty big fan of free stuff, and in this situation it just so happens that my like for free stuff outweighs my dislike for the Amazon Appstore.

13
Nov
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Last Updated: November 15th, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase "when it rains, it pours?" Well, at NVIDIA HQ, they like to make it storm. Those guys don't know about a little thing called "subtlety," nor do I think they care. They're like "oh, we want to announce something? Let's just save it up and do it all at once." So that's what they did. I like their style.

Here we go.

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First off - and maybe most importantly - the Lollipop update is coming for SHIELD Tablet.

12
Nov
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Guys, it's happening (....gif). The rumored YouTube music service that we've been hearing about for months is finally a reality. It's called YouTube Music Key, and it looks pretty great.

So here's the gist: it'll cost $7.99 a month (initially, at least - the price will eventually jump to $9.99), and includes full albums, background playback, offline viewing, and no ads. No ads. It's worth eight bucks a month just to get rid of the ads.

11
Nov
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If you're a Chromecast owner - and let's be honest here, you probably are - then you'll be pleased to know Google is moving to make this little streaming stick even more versatile. With everyone getting together for the upcoming holidays, it's not only getting a couple of new movie channels, but also a handful of additional games:

  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Monopoly Dash
  • Scrabble Blitz
  • Connect Four
  • Simon Swipe
  • Just Dance Now
  • Big Web Quiz
  • Emoji Party

Most of these titles make perfect sense for something like Chromecast - they're simple enough to run on its limited hardware and interface, and still fun enough to be entertaining.

11
Nov
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Last Updated: November 12th, 2014

We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity for solid information about Nexus 6 carrier availability, and AT&T just announced that it will offer pre-orders beginning tomorrow, November 12th.

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The pricing breakdown is pretty much what we expected to see:

  • $0 down with AT&T Next: $22.77 per month with AT&T Next 24, $28.46 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $34.15 per month with AT&T Next 12.
  • $249.99 with a two-year agreement
  • $682.99 with no annual commitment

...though I can't possibly fathom why someone would walk into AT&T and pay $682.99 for the device off-contract when it is (kind of) available in the Play Store for $650.

10
Nov
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Guys, it's happening. It's really happening – a real guitar amp simulator is available on Android. IK Multimedia's Amplitube is one of the most popular amp sims on iOS, and the company has been working with Samsung to bring it to Android. But, of course, there's a catch: it's only for the Note 4 and Note Edge for now.

Apparently, Samsung found a way to virtually eliminate the audio-in latency issue that has plagued Android since the dawn of time – an issue that iOS never had.

06
Nov
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Nexus 6 pre-orders have been a bit of a mess here in the U.S., with the majority of users still not able to throw their money at Google in exchange for this massive and elusive device. With everything running so, uh, smoothly (?), it's only logical that Google releases it to a dozen or so other Play Stores, right? Right.

OK, maybe I'm being a little overly-cynical here. It's not actually available anywhere else yet.

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