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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Last Updated: May 12th, 2013

In the movie 3:10 to Yuma, Ben Wade (played by Russell Crowe) said "even bad men love their mamas" right after laying trash-talking Pinkerton Byron McElroy to rest (for saying bad things about Wade's mother, of course). I think this paints a pretty true picture: everyone loves their mother; rightfully so – none of us would even be here without our mamas, after all.

And if you want to show your mom how much she means to you this Mothers' Day, there's no better way to do it than with a massive and powerful smartphone.

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It's a sad day for TweetDeck lovers, boys and gals. As of now, the Android, iOS, and Air versions of the app are no more.

Upsetting as it may be, this shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone – Twitter announced it would be retiring these now-defunct options back at the beginning of March. Mobile users are, of course, encouraged to switch to the official Twitter app, while desktop users have the option of either TweetDeck's standalone application or its browser-based tool.

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May
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It's a pretty big day for Viber, the popular VoIP application that brings "free messages and calls" to your mobile. Seems that the guys behind the app (appropriately named Viber Media) have been hard at work preparing not only major updates to the Android and iOS applications, but also on an all-new desktop client for Windows and Mac.

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The update to the Android version of the app brings many new features, including a new Holo'd-out look.

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Facebook phone. Those two words in that order have been repeated over and over again for the last couple of years, simply as rumors for the longest time. Then the HTC Status hit the scene with an integrated Facebook button – still, Zuckerberg himself claimed that it wasn't Facebook's phone.

Many months later, the rumor mill started whirring once again about an alleged phone designed just for Facebook. This time, for some reason, the rumors held more water.

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About three weeks ago, Paradox Interactive released what could possibly be one of the best game trailers we've ever seen. It was for its then-upcoming game Leviathan Warships, and was chock-full of more ship puns than you can shake a stick at.

In fact, it was so good they decided to release a second trailer, with even more puns.

If you've had enough puns (I'm kidding – there's no such things as too many puns) and are ready to actually play the game, it's now available in the Play Store.

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May
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If you've longed for the abstract and ambient world of strategy game Auralux, but don't have a Tegra-powered device, good news is afoot: the most recent update adds support for non-Tegra devices. Exciting, no?

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That's not all, either – it also brings a new level pack "where you invade enemy territory," one new free level, full gamepad and Shield support, and an "important stability [fix] on Nexus 7 devices." 

All in all, this is a pretty good update, especially for those who haven't yet gotten the opportunity to play the game in the first place.

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Two days ago, Barnes & Noble dropped a bomb by announcing full Google Play integration for its Nook HD and HD+ tablets. Now, it's looking to move even more units than before by offering a killer Mothers' Day deal for the next week: the Nook HD will be $150, and the HD+ $180 for the base storage options. That's a killer deal.

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For those who may not be familiar with the Nook HD lineup, here's a quick look at what each has to offer:

Nook HD
  • 7-inch 1440x900 display (243 PPI)
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage (16GB version available), microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • microUSB, microHDMI
  • Based on Android 4.0
Nook HD+
  • 9-inch 1920x1080 display (256 PPI)
  • 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4470 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage (32GB version available), microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • microUSB, microHDMI
  • Based on Android 4.0

This deal is good from now until Mothers' Day (May 12th), so if you're looking for a tablet that won't break the bank (for you or mom!), this one's hard to pass up.

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Paranoid Android made headlines last week when it announced a new take on mutitasking called Halo. While the feature wasn't available for user testing at the time, the team has now pushed out early alpha builds for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 3G, GSM Galaxy Nexus, and Oppo Find 5.

This is still a "very early build" of the ROM, so expect bugs, crashes, and other odd side-effects that come along with using alpha software; in other words, don't expect to use this as a daily driver.

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If you jumped on the I-would-like-a-seven-inch-phone-please bandwagon with the ASUS Fonepad, an update should on its way to your device. According to the changelog (below), this one is mostly about optimization and a few bug fixes – but hey, that's a good start on any device.

Improvements:

  • Bug fixes for game execution, e.g. NBA2k13, Space Hunter, and LINE Homerun Battle Burst.
  • APN modification for carriers.
  • Optimized power consumption for music playing.

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Who's ready to kick the weekend off?! If you're looking for a good way to get a relaxing start to your two-days-off, kicking back with a game is a good way to do it. Or maybe you plan on getting out and about but can't put your phone down long enough to actually go somewhere – no worries, there's an app that'll let you walk and text to your heart's content without fear of bumping things or falling into a fountain.

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