Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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Feb
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If you have EVGA's Tegra Note 7, it's time to dive into the settings menu and grab the latest – NVIDIA is currently pushing Android 4.4.2 to the device right now.

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This, of course, brings all the goodness of KitKat to the device (and makes it drastically more appealing in my opinion), so you'll want to pull this one ASAP. No word on what else is new just yet, but we'll be sure to update this post with anything that we uncover.

20
Feb
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This is basically just another "big company buys smaller company" story, but if you're a Simple customer (or have been interested in checking out the service), then it's still worth paying attention to.

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Simple, the online-only bank formerly backed by Bankcorp will be changing hands this week, as BBVA has purchased the small company for a reported $117m. According to Simple, however, this change shouldn't affect its users in any way – daily operations will continue to carry on as they have in the past.

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Feb
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Last Updated: February 22nd, 2014

 

A lot of things happened recently: Valentine's Day, NBA All-Star Weekend, and today is Presidents' Day. You can go ahead and pick one of those now as the reason for this giveaway, because we don't actually have one. Maybe your V-Day was crappy, so a free tablet will cheer you up. Maybe you're bummed because [spoiler alert] the West lost, so you need a pick me up. Maybe you're not from America and couldn't care less about Presidents' Day – it's a holiday here, and we'll give you a free tablet because of that.

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Feb
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Last Updated: June 16th, 2014

I've said it dozens of times, but I'll say it again: there aren't enough eight-inch Android tablets. When the iPad Mini was announced, I assumed more manufacturers would jump on the form factor, but nope – there still aren't that many. Needless to say, when HP announced the Slate8 Pro, I was intrigued. It's an 8-inch tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio, which treads directly on the iPad Mini's territory. Of course, we have to be realistic here – it's an HP tablet, and so far there hasn't been anything really remarkable coming from them.

12
Feb
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So this smartwatch thing... it isn't going anywhere anytime soon (except maybe your wrist). It's pretty clear that, even if people don't actually want them, manufacturers want people to have them. We might as well give in now, because it's happening.

But I digress. This isn't about being "forced" to buy new technology. This is about getting said tech for fewer monies than some retailers would have you pay. If you're ready to hop aboard the smartwatch bandwagon, here's your chance to get Sony's newest offering for a mere $140.

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Feb
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We've seen Android thrown onto some usual devices – refrigerators, cars, ovens, some other stuff – and we've also watched as devices with the OS running on them keep getting larger and larger. And larger. Well, Ideum and 3M's latest collaboration may take the cake: it's a damn coffee table.

Yes, a coffee table.

Just look at this big ol' tablet thingy with legs. I guess it's not a coffee table after all...

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Feb
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Back in December, Blu released its first 1080p phone, the Life Pure. It's a drastically different device than other Blu phones, in that the launcher and primary interface are very iOS-like. While most Android users probably scoff at that, it's actually a pretty good option for anyone looking to make the leap from iPhone to Android, as it eases the transition. With that said, the five-inch display may be one thing holding some users back from making the jump to the Life Pure, and with that, Blu released the Pure's little brother, the Life Pure Mini.

11
Feb
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If you spend a lot of time at a computer, then you probably realize how much easier it is to handle text messaging using a browser and keyboard. If you haven't yet explored that option, however, you're missing out. There are many different applications in Google Play that achieve the same end result, but MightyText is easily among the best – it's free, extremely easy to set up, and has both a Chrome extension and tablet app.

10
Feb
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Ever since Google Now became a thing, Search has been the go-to voice command hub for all of Android. There has been one nagging issue, however: when using a Bluetooth headset, a long-press of the action button would bring up the tired old Voice Dialer, which is essentially useless for anything other than making a call. What if I just have to know how tall Joakim Noah is while out cycling.

06
Feb
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If you prefer to get your news hot and steaming from the NBC pipeline, I feel kind of bad for you. Not really because of NBC itself, but because the app was just so ugly. Thankfully NBC woke up and realized the app was basically reminiscent of a child's plaything and had the developer, Zumobi Apps, craft a new one. This one's much prettier. Here's a comparison to prove it:

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