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.

27
Sep
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Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.

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The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps.

27
Sep
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When eBay updated its Android app to v2.0 about two weeks ago, many users were experiencing serious issues with the new version. eBay quickly pulled the update, and went back to the drawing board. Now the new version has returned. And yes, they kept the absolutely terrible asphalt background in the eBay Motors section.

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Here's the changelog, which contains all of the improvements of the original 2.0 update:

  • Find cars, trucks, motorcycles as well as compatible parts and accessories with the mobile-optimized eBay Motors experience (US only, more countries coming soon)
  • Improved My eBay list access
  • Simplified navigation throughout the app
  • View bidding history on an item
  • Add up to 12 photos when listing an item with the app
  • Users in Italy and Spain can now list items with the app
  • Payment support for Malaysia and Singapore

The app seems to be working fine now, as well, so go ahead and update away.

27
Sep
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We already know the Galaxy Note II is headed to all of America's "big four" carriers with Exynos and LTE (well, LTE on 3 out of 4) in tow. What we don't know is when. Samsung promised "before the holidays," but that's a pretty large window. It seems likely that window is about to close - next month.

Samsung has announced an event to be held on October 24th in NYC, and the invitation makes it quite obvious what the topic of discussion will be.

27
Sep
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It's that time again - rumor time. This one's from our favorite "industry sources" rumor-monger, the venerable Digitimes. They're saying that, according to industry sources, Google is making two new models of the Nexus 7 that are expected to be thinner. Sounds credible.

They're also saying these two new tablets will be priced at $199 and $99, respectively, and will hit the market by the end of 2012.

Listen, we know Digitimes is incredibly hit and miss about this kind of stuff.

27
Sep
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Are you a developer? No? Then why are you reading this? This is developer stuff. Heck, I really don't know why I'm writing it, I'm not a developer. I don't even have a beard.

But anyway, if you are an Android app developer, Chainfire has come up with a tool that should make your life slightly easier. Ever notice that even when making a minor change to your app in Eclipse that it takes forfreakingever to build the updated apk file?

26
Sep
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Have you ever rented a car to get around a city you're visiting, or borrows a friend's, only to find that you've paid a bunch of money for the convenience of travelling four or five miles back and forth a couple times? Even Zipcar can feel a little wasteful at times, especially if you're the only one it's carrying.

The video shows and only discusses the iPhone mount, but Android mounts are available, too.

26
Sep
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Shadowgun Deadzone, the much-anticipated multiplayer add-on to the highly popular 3rd person shooter Shadowgun, has been teased by Madfinger Games on the company's Facebook page today. Take a look:

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Tons of new character models (and weapons) are already the standout feature here. We actually heard about Deadzone back in January at CES, when Madfinger slated the game for a Q1 release. They initially discussed the idea of multiplayer in Shadowgun in October of 2011.

26
Sep
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If you're the owner of an Xperia Ion, you've probably been absolutely foaming at the mouth for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, AT&T announced that the update is available for everyone, just hit up Sony's website and download the Sony companion app for Windows or OS X. It does not appear this will roll out as a standard OTA update, so you'll have to download the app to get it.

26
Sep
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You thought today's Google Play promotion was just about apps and games? You thought wrong. Google is going all-out, offering 25 music albums, 25 movies, 25 magazines, and 25 books you can all buy at deeply discounted prices right now (TV shows are not part of the promotion at this time).

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The selection is actually pretty decent.

26
Sep
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Update: Here's the link to the full promotion list. Expect new apps every day.

With Google's 25 billion downloads promotion now under way, you're probably wondering just which are getting price cuts. We have a list that we believe covers most of the major apps that are part the first day of the promotion (September 26th), below. Check 'em out - they're all just $0.25.

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