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.

21
May
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A report out of The Information today claims that as early as this summer, Google will begin selling low-cost, commercial-grade Wi-Fi equipment to small and medium size businesses to greatly improve the level of connectivity they offer their customers, as well as that of the business itself.

The directive is being headed by Google's Access team, the group behind Google Fiber. The team's goals aren't detailed at great length, but here's what I was able to gather.

21
May
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With today's leak of many of the LG G3's specifications in an internal presentation, it seems all but confirmed at this point that the company's new flagship will sport a 5.5" QHD display. That's big. Like, really big. That's only two tenths of an inch smaller than the display on the Note 3, the current phablet of choice.

This, understandably, has some people hesitant: why is LG going so big with the G3?

21
May
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As was the the G2, LG's G3 is one of the most leaked high-end smartphones of the year, and the information just seems to keep on flowing. Today, GSM Arena posted images from an internal presentation on the G3 in Korea, and they basically confirm many of the device's suspected components.

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Perhaps most importantly, the G3 will apparently be the first major smartphone to launch with a QHD (Quad HD) display, something long predicted as inevitable in the race to ever-denser screens.

20
May
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Listen up, Explorers - Glass is receiving a minor OTA update this afternoon that does, well, two relatively minor and not all that exciting things. First, your Glass will now do this when the battery is very low and Glass is unable to power on because of it:

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Why yes, that is a fun GIF. But the point obviously is to make it clearer when Glass needs a charger if you want to use it.

20
May
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Verizon's much-delayed Voice over LTE network finally got a slightly more concrete release date today, with America's largest wireless provider announcing the rollout will commence in a matter of "months." Verizon, unlike AT&T, also plans to make the national rollout of VoLTE simultaneous, rather than scaling up from test markets over time. Given this fact, it's sort of understandable Verizon's efforts have been considerably slower than some of its rivals when it comes to HD voice.

20
May
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According to the Nikkei business wire, Toshiba announced today that the company will be providing the processing guts for Google's upcoming Project Ara modular smartphones. The release itself is pretty bare-bones - Toshiba says it will provide 3 different types of processors for the phone, and that while it will initially be the "preferred" supplier for those components, it will become their sole provider a year after Ara's initial rollout.

19
May
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The Nexus 5 isn't exactly the latest and greatest smartphone anymore, but it seems like the phone won't be getting a follow-up, so perhaps it's not such a bad buy for the time being. If you were holding out for a good deal on the 32GB model and demanded a specific color, today may be the time to pull the trigger. eBay Daily Deals has the 32GB Nexus 5 in all three colors for $384.99 shipped, and there's no sales tax anywhere but the state of New York.

17
May
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Earlier this week, Google rolled out a Play Store update and announced support for billing via PayPal on the Play Store. While the list of initial countries supported is relatively small compared to the overall number of countries with access to paid content on the store, it seems inevitable that this list will grow as time goes on.

In many countries, consumers have limited access to credit cards, and Google Play gift cards are either unavailable or inconvenient as an alternative.

16
May
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Good news, sports fans: ESPN is almost definitely adding Chromecast support some time in the near future, as strongly suggested by the Google I/O 2014 Sandbox page. Here it is, GIFified.

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ESPN is one of the most-watched cable channels in America, so this is doubtless exciting for a great many folks out there, and the description does suggest that live streaming will be available. Chromecast is certainly stacking up to be one of the most competitive video streaming experiences out there, and while competitors like Apple TV and Roku already support ESPN through the WatchESPN service, the fact that the Disney-owned channel is headed to Google's hardware is encouraging nonetheless.

16
May
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Update: It looks like services are being restored now, as of 2:55PM PST.

If you're not able to load up some tunes in Play Music or your Hangouts messages won't go through, don't worry: the NSA hasn't revoked your Google privileges. Google services appear to be experiencing outages for some users at the moment, and the number of services affected appears pretty wide, though primarily it's affecting Android versions of those services, as opposed to web apps.

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