Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

22
May
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If you have been keeping up with Amazon's Free App Of The Day, you've probably amassed a really big collection of pretty bad apps. In fact, since the launch of the Appstore in March 2011, only a couple dozen winners have graced the front page with a $0 price tag. Today we're lucky enough to see another one of those rare gems, 10000000 ("ten million"), for everybody to enjoy at no cost.

15
May
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There’s no denying that the switch to Broadcom’s Bluetooth stack in Android 4.2 has created some stressful situations for frequent users of the short range networking technology. The added attention also raised awareness for some features that are woefully lacking in the OS, something that other OEMs have been working to resolve independently. To a round of applause during the Best Practices for Bluetooth Development session, Sara Sinclair Brody announced Google will finally address two of the most popular requests.

08
May
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Holy cow! If you write Android apps, you need to look over here right now. You've probably heard of AIDE, a complete development environment that runs on and builds for Android. While it was pretty impressive before, you won't believe what the appfour GmbH team has in store now. Just today, version 2.0 of the Android IDE was pushed to the Play Store with support for building native apps with C/C++, quick previews of XML layouts, and a cleaner and even more Holo-themed interface, along with major enhancements to Git.

08
May
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If you're in the modding and theming community, your work is about to get a bit faster, because Smali v2.0 is now in beta and firing on all cylinders. The new version brings multithreaded processing and a few tweaks to the language that should result in cleaner-looking code.

Smali and baksmali are tools for assembling and disassembling the dex format used in Android apks. It's true that tools like this can be used for less than honorable endeavors, but they are also incredibly important to activities like deodexing apps for custom themes, tweaking functionality (like forcing portrait or landscape mode), and even digging around to learn more about various apps.

08
May
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Get ready to start downloading, as the CyanogenMod team has started pushing out its first release candidate for 10.1. The CM team only uses the RC moniker to describe software that is believed to be stable and reliable enough for regular daily use. If you are looking for a rock solid version of Android 4.2 for your phone, this is probably the one to get.

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The timing is no coincidence, as this lands exactly one week before a new version of Android is expected to be announced at Google I/O 2013 (probably v4.3).

07
May
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Let's be honest, most of us will never get to live in a crazy futuristic home like the Jetsons, but that doesn't mean we can't strive for a few of the simple luxuries. To that end, Doug Gregory is on track to make his living room smarter than the bridge of the USS Enterprise, all with a few electronic controllers and extensive use of Tasker. There's no way around it, you really need to see the video for this one.

06
May
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A couple of weeks ago, we tipped you off to a pretty great deal on a 32GB Transformer Pad Infinity from Woot. The first sale must have been a success because Tech.Woot is back with the 64GB model for just $440 + $5 shipping. Amazon's price has never dipped below $480 for this exact model, and it currently resides at $530.

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Specs:

  • 10.1" Super IPS+ Display @ 1920x1200
  • nVidia Tegra 3
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 64 GB Flash storage + MicroSD slot
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Approx 9.5 hours battery life (25 Wh)
  • 1.3 lbs
  • Android 4.2.1

Like before, these are brand new units without the keyboard dock, which can be found for $126 here.

06
May
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How would you like to score a pretty sweet deal on a Galaxy S4? For today only, DailySteals is offering the international variant of Samsung's flagship phone for just $679. The same model appeared on eBay Daily Deals a couple of weeks ago for $700, but only stocked 200 units and sold out before most people could get their orders in. Amazon's current lowest price is $710 + $5 shipping.

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Specs:

  • 5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
  • 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor 
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 16GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • IR Blaster
  • MHL 2.0
  • Temperature and humidity sensors
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2,600mAH battery
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
  • Available in 2 colors: Black Mist, White Frost

This is the factory unlocked international version, which means it isn't tied to any specific carrier.

30
Apr
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Does anybody remember when Verizon started deploying batches of new LTE markets by the week? Well, it seems that AT&T wants to be in on some of that action. Earlier this month, the second largest carrier launched a string of new sites with the promise of several more to come this summer. As of today, new or expanded coverage came to 20 more locations.

  • Alabama
    • Huntsville
  • Arizona
    • Phoenix (East Mesa and Sun City)
    • Tucson (Oro Valley)
  • Arkansas
    • Monticello
    • Mountain Home
  • Florida
    • Lake City
    • Ocala
  • Louisiana
    • Shreveport / Bossier City
  • Michigan
    • Lansing
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport / Biloxi
  • New Hampshire
    • Manchester (Nashua)
  • North Carolina
    • Henderson
  • Pennsylvania
    • Mechanicsburg
  • Tennessee
    • Chattanooga
  • Texas
    • Athens
    • Corsicana
    • Huntsville
    • Nacogdoches / Lufkin
    • Paris
  • Washington
    • Centralia

This comes in addition to a 12 other sites that went live over the last couple of weeks.

30
Apr
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HTCdev just finalized a fairly timely release of kernel sources for several carrier-specific and unbranded variants of the HTC One. The list of newly covered models includes:

  • U.S.: Sprint and T-Mobile
  • Asia: Taiwan and Hong Kong (CHT)
  • Europe: unbranded European version, Italy (TIM), France (Bouygues), and Germany (O2).

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Of course, the Canadian and Developer Edition had their own releases earlier this month.

Among US carriers, only AT&T and Cincinnati Bell are still unaccounted for, but likely to make their own appearances shortly.

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