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.

18
Dec
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Picture yourself on a couch. Now, across the room is a television. It's just a 48" 720p flatscreen, hooked up to a digital cable box Time Warner sent you like 8 years ago that is slow as molasses and has no remaining DVR space, and beside that is the old Xbox 360 you haven't touched in many a fortnight and is presumably home to a small but happy civilization of dust-eating molds and fungi who are probably as old as the component video cable you have attached to it.

16
Dec
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Update: The wide rollout appears to be a go. Hearthstone is live for us here in the US, and we're hearing from readers in other countries that it's now available as well.

Blizzard's notoriously addictive and enjoyable ETCG Hearthstone is now available for Android tablets - if you live in the right region. Blizzard has started a geo-restricted rollout of the immensely popular title in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

14
Dec
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This weekend's poll is another throwback, but this one's just a couple months out of its one-year anniversary, having been asked back in October of 2013. This year's poll options will be a little different, as the number of new crowdfunded smartwatches seems to be slowing a bit (especially in terms of media coverage), and smartwatches themselves are much more widely available than they were a year ago.

Last year, we saw just over 20% of you answer that you owned a smartwatch.

07
Dec
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When a new version of Android lands, there's often a sizeable lag period before it's running on a significant number of devices out in the wild. We generally know why that is, too: manufacturers take varying lengths to update their products, and while they do receive early access to new versions of Android, nothing can be fully completed until Google releases the relevant source code for the platform. Add in things like carrier certification for phones, OEM software modifications, chipset-level support, and other factors, and you have a big stew of contingencies that can add months to the wait for the newest version of Android.

05
Dec
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The RHA T10i are the latest headphone from the Scottish firm, and their most ambitious (and expensive) yet. The T10i (and controller-less T10) are seeking to win over customers on a value basis, even though they cost what some might call a rather staggering $200. The reality, though, is that the market for in-ear headphones in the $200-500+ range is actually a very large one, and that's not even counting wireless systems.

02
Dec
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Google has just updated the language of the support page where software update policies for Nexus and GPE devices are summarized, and the new text is not exactly encouraging on first read. The following clause, regarding carriers, was added:

Based on your carrier, it may take longer than two weeks after release to get an update.

We do not know if this is merely a safety net to avoid the ire of customers in the case of things like the Nexus 7 2013 LTE and the whole Verizon debacle, or if this is actually a forward-looking change in policy that could affect new devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE.

02
Dec
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Last Updated: December 5th, 2014

Update: Here's Samsung's changelog.

Update summary

On December 2, 2014, AT&T and Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This software update bring HD Voice capabilities, as well as additional application preloads, and improvements. The size of the update file is 184MB, and is available for download via Wi-Fi only.

This software update includes

  • HD Voice capability*
  • Service additions:
    • Amazon Shopping App
    • Evernote App
    • Softcard App
  • Miscellaneous improvements

AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note 4 is receiving a substantial over-the-air update to a new build (AUCU1BNK3) today, though we don't know much about what the 233.7MB package does.

01
Dec
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The numbers are in - the Android version distribution numbers, that is. This month's update shows no surprising change in trends, with KitKat adoption growing 3.7% over last month. Jelly Bean continues its net decline, this month losing 2.2% of the pie.

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Ice Cream Sandwich fell 0.7%, as did Gingerbread, and Froyo is down another 0.1%. Lollipop isn't featured in the chart, as it does not yet have the requisite 0.1% to be shown.

30
Nov
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Gift cards for digital storefronts have been around some time, but Google first unveiled them for the Play Store back in 2012, just a little over two years ago. Since then, they've been rolled out to a fair number of countries across the world, and we're curious: have you ever actually bought one?

I, myself, have not. In the US, there's less need for them because credit and debit cards are very common, but in other locales, this may not be the case.

28
Nov
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As had been previously reported, the European Parliament has now taken a vote on and passed a non-binding resolution that, if it should become a regulatory act of the European Commission, would seek to have Google's Search product broken up into a separate company. The motivation behind the resolution, according to the European Parliament's statement, is in "ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market."

What's a digital single market? It is essentially the EU's attempt to regulate how businesses and governments alike should behave on the web, particularly in regards to competition, net neutrality, and privacy.

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