David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

20
Aug
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Crowdfunding complex hardware is risky business, and it seems that risk is something backers of the Kreyos Meteor smartwatch are becoming all too familiar with.

The Kreyos smartwatch (red flag #1) began as a flex-funding campaign (red flag #2) on Indiegogo (red flag #3) in July of 2013. After raising $1.5 million - $1.4 million more than their original goal - Kreyos set to work creating its seemingly well-funded, purportedly unique product.

20
Aug
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Update 2: Amir Efrati, author of The Information's report, says Verizon is a lying piece of crap:

Efrati goes on to write that they know for a fact Verizon has been probing carriers, OEMs, and developers about its own Google Play alternative.

19
Aug
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The Google Shopping Express app was updated to v2.0 yesterday, though the changes to the app aren't quite what you'd expect for a leading digit bump. The single greatest change to the app would seem to be the addition of notifications, which now allow you to be notified about delivery information for your orders, a key feature the service had been lacking until now.

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A new quick-add-to-cart button appears on all product cards now, and the filter UI has received a significant overhaul, now allowing you to filter products not just by store, category, and price, but by brand, type (if applicable), and special features like gluten-free, organic, and others.

18
Aug
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Limefuel is one of the most popular makers of portable chargers for smartphones and tablets out there, and today we're teaming up with them to give away a OnePlus One 64GB and a host of their awesome charging products, like the Limefuel Blast range, offering anywhere from 6000 to 24000mAh of portable juice.

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The prizes

We're going to pick four (4) winners at random for this contest which - by the way - is open to everyone around the world.

18
Aug
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If you've been eagerly awaiting the Android 4.4.3 update for your T-Mobile One M8, wait no more: it has arrived. The update brings a slightly newer version of Android, security fixes, wireless optimizations, and updates to several stock HTC applications. If you're not able to pull the update over the air, XDA user sapplegater has uploaded the OTA to Mega.

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As always, if your device is rooted this particular update might be one to skip - the ever-present "security fixes" packed in this OTA often plug up exploits that allow root access, and Android roots are becoming increasingly hard to discover as Google and OEMs refine their software.

18
Aug
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In a world where Facebook has become so ubiquitous that even hating on Facebook has in and of itself become a tired cultural phenomena, talking about Facebook at all anymore is sort of like lamenting the quality of food at McDonalds - it's there whether you like it or not, so it's probably best to just not say anything at all.

Still, Facebook, like McDonalds, is a part of the daily lives of a great many tens of millions of people (McDonalds claims nearly 70 million), and has seemingly become a requisite cog in the increasingly connected machine that is human existence.

17
Aug
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Earlier this morning, US big box electronics retailer Best Buy let the product page for the Moto 360 loose a little early, and with that slipup came some seemingly concrete information. The Moto 360 will cost $250 - a price which likely comes in at or below most estimates we've seen for the device to date.

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There's still no solid ship date, but this number has probably sealed the deal for a lot of you in regard to deciding whether or not to purchase a 360.

15
Aug
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You've probably been hearing a lot about a disease known as ALS in the last few days, and how CEOs of various tech companies are dumping buckets of chilly H2O on themselves in some misguided attempt to cure said ailment.

ALS, by the way, is a condition you're almost definitely already aware of, especially if you're American - it's more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a rebrand by the medical community (and by rebrand, I mean an actual, scientific name), and stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

14
Aug
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The latest IDC numbers for smartphone shipments are out, and once again it looks like Android just keeps on moving up. Year over year, Android has gained around 5% in overall market share by number of phones shipped, jumping to 84.7% of all smartphone shipments for Q2 2014. Total Android phone shipments for Q2 rose 33.3% year over year, at 191.5 million units.

Meanwhile, Apple's iOS slipped further back while maintaining its second place spot at 11.7% of shipments (down from 13.2% last year), while Microsoft's Windows Phone fell to 2.5% compared to 3.7% a year ago.

14
Aug
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If you've received the OnePlus One XNPH30O OTA update, you might have noticed your battery life was severely reduced since installing it. You're not the only one - the CyanogenMod issue tracker for the One has a thread with well over 100 comments on the subject at this point.

CM seems to have nailed down the issue to problems with the power management and the proximity sensor. The former issue has been fixed and will be likely live in nightly builds starting today, and an OTA is being rushed through for those only using stable builds.

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