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.

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.

16
May
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According to tipsters, the Dell community forums, and XDA, the Dell Venue 7 and 8 Android tablets are receiving an update to Android 4.4.2 today. Also, according to XDA, the update does break root on the devices, so watch out for that.

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The devices' update to Android 4.3 also came simultaneously, so it's a good bet that it's available for both the 7 and 8 models right now if you go and check for it.

16
May
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Update: Both Google and Word Lens declined to comment on the details of the future of the app or acquisition, other than to confirm an acquisition had occurred.

Makers of the exceptionally popular AR translation app Word Lens, Quest Visual, have been acquired by Google, according to the company's website. Quest's tech will be merged into Google's Translate products.

The statement from the company is as follows:

With Word Lens, we've seen the beginnings of what's possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to "see the world in your language."

By joining Google, we can incorporate Quest Visual's technology into Google Translate's broad language coverage and translation capabilities in the future.

16
May
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Well, it is! The 2-day schedule for Google's I/O developer conference is up and running now, so you can check out all the awesome sessions that are going on this year, including those that will be streamed live via video. We're pretty excited, too.

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The "What's New in Android" session pretty much confirms what we're all expecting: a new version of Android to be unveiled at the conference, something Google did not do at last year's I/O.

15
May
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After numerous reports that the Swype app was making OCD-level location requests on some users' devices, the company updated the popular 3rd party keyboard to, well, not do that. At least one user claimed the app requested his location nearly 4000 times in a single day, which obviously has some rather unfortunate implications for battery life.

While some users have tried to turn this into a privacy issue (come on guys, it's a keyboard app), more than anything it just seems like a potentially battery-killing bug that needed squashing.

15
May
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With today's three new Google Glass apps, you can plan a trip, book a table, and check in all along the way: Foursquare, TripIt, and OpenTable have all released official Glassware.

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Foursquare, of course, allows you to check in on Google Glass, handy for a social service that really is all about doing one, simple task. TripIt will provide you travel alerts for your plans, and OpenTable allows you to make a reservation using voice commands.

15
May
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Bike locks are a pretty mundane tool: you use one because you have to. It's not about what kind of fancy toys it has or how it looks, it's strictly about function. How tough is it, how easy is it to open, and how versatile is it in terms of locking location. Those are the questions we traditionally ask ourselves when shopping for a lock, right?

Skylock aims to change the conversation, and radically - this Bluetooth-enabled lock is probably one of the most innovative things that could happen to the bike lock industry since, well, ever.

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