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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Jan
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With CM10, the CyanogenMod team started pushing out M-Series releases, which are designed to be a more stable alternative to nightly builds. In fact, CM cites these builds as being "mostly stable and ready for everyday use."

We saw two runs of M builds show up for CM10, which were followed by the stable release a few weeks later. Now, the team has released the first M build of CM10.1 for several devices:

  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Nexus S (+4G)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 USA models (D2*)
  • Samsung Galaxy S (galaxysmtd/galaxysbmtd)
  • Google Nexus 7
  • Google Galaxy Nexus (all variants)
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Google Nexus 10
  • ODroid U2
  • Samsung P3100, P3110
  • Samsung P5100, P5110

Of course, this is just a starter list and more devices will be added in the coming days/weeks.

20
Jan
1

Having multiple devices that need to stay juiced up while you're out and about means that a portable charger should be a standard part of your on-the-go gear. If you don't already have one – or are in the market for a new one – Daily Steals has quite the deal going on a massive 9000mAh battery pack that can charge up to four devices at the same time.

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The primary thing that sets this charger apart from comparable units (aside from being able to handle four devices at once) is that it actually has built-in microUSB and iPhone 30-pin connectors, so you don't have to carry extra cables with you.

19
Jan
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When it comes to iconic video game titles, there are few that meet that qualification like Galaga. The top-down alien shoot 'em up has been re-created time and time again, but now the original creator – Namco – has brought this classic title to Android.

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As you might expect, it has been completely revamped for the mobile platform, but it still offers that same classic gameplay that made Galaga a hit back in the early '80s.

19
Jan
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If you're a fan of ESPN's in-your-face extreme X Games event, a new way to keep up with all the action just hit the Play Store: official X Games apps for both smartphones and tablets. The apps let you follow all the happenings at the X Games, starting with this year's winter event beginning on January 24th in Aspen, CO.

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You can catch the best runs, tricks, and crashes with video highlights, keep tabs on the results in real time, check the schedule to see what's happening next, watch the events live on your device, get an in-depth look at each trick with ESPN's "TrickTrack," and learn more about each athlete with player bios.

19
Jan
1

If you're looking for a solid LTE phone on Verizon, you'll be hard-pressed to find one better than the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. Its massive 3300mAh battery is enough to easily get you through a day (and then some), Motorola's SMARTACTIONS help automate your life, and the recent upgrade to Jelly Bean (4.1) puts the icing on the cake. And since this was one of the first phones to come out of the "new" Motorola, it should get better support than, well, all previous Moto phones.

18
Jan
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Last Updated: January 30th, 2013

Signing a contractual agreement to stick with a carrier for two years so you can get a decent phone without breaking the bank is a downright sham. Thus, many users are bypassing that system altogether by choosing carrier-unlocked phones like the Nexus 4. Of course, the N4 is on hiatus at the moment, so that's kind of out of the question. Don't fret, though – your dreams of a contract-free life aren't lost.

18
Jan
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Note II owners on Big Red, an OTA update is coming your way. Don't get too excited, though – it's just a small security patch that fixes the dreaded Exynos bug. Thus, if it's anything like the Exynos patch for the Galaxy S III, you can also expect a new bootloader. That usually means bad news for the root community (especially when it's a Verizon phone we're talking about), and it's likely no different in this case.

18
Jan
1

Update: Well, it looks like the Nexus 7 dock isn't in stock after all. Whether the dock sold out at lightning speed or was never actually available (despite all appearances) is unclear, but B&H appears to have begun sending out a batch of "we regret to inform you" emails regarding the hotly anticipated accessory:

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Original Post: Back in December, the official Nexus 7 dock went up for pre-order over at B&H with a tentative availability date of December 30th.

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Jan
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Last Updated: January 28th, 2013

At this point, most of you are likely familiar with NFC, what it does, and all the neat things you can do with it. And when you start writing your own commands to NFC tags, the possibilities are nearly endless. You could, for example, have a tag that silences your phone, disables GPS, and sets the screen brightness to 'auto' at night. Or have one for the car that enables Bluetooth and GPS, disables Wi-Fi, and then launches your favorite media player or navigation.

18
Jan
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It seems that the Nexus Q, while still not officially re-available in the Play Store, is apparently anything but forgotten. The device – which is codenamed steelhead – just got its first official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly build. Neat-o.

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Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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