David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

07
Mar
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Update 2: The blog post is back, and the update should be rolling out today!

Update: It sounds like the blog post announcing the update was published erroneously, and has since been pulled down. While that's definitely a bit of a disappointment, it does mean that the update should be headed out very soon. Just not today. Bummer.

AT&T just announced that its version of the HTC One X will be receiving an update to Android 4.1 starting today.

06
Mar
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Update 3/6/13: Chrome Beta was just updated once again with fixes to short flings that used to decelerate too quickly, password sync, and last but not least - broken Nexus 7 compatibility:

Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 26.0.1410.28. This release contains a few new fixes including:

  • 180205 - Short flings decelerate too quickly
  • 180396 - Allow Nexus 7 to update to Chrome 26
  • 180403 - Fix password sync for users upgrading from Chrome 25 (This fix will roll out over the next few days)

If you're using the beta channel of Chrome for Android, you're in for a treat today: Chrome for Android now supports password sync and autofill, two awesome features that should make your mobile browsing life a lot easier.

06
Mar
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You've been waiting for it - and now it's finally here. The official Nexus 7 Pogo pin dock is on the Play Store, shipping in 1-2 weeks, for the low, low price of $30 (25GBP in the UK, 30 Euros elsewhere).

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The dock has a 3.5mm audio-out jack, is powered via microUSB, and charges using the Nexus 7's Pogo pins. This price is $10 lower than 3rd party retailers have been selling it for, so pick it up while it's still in stock!

06
Mar
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We love a good portable charger deal, and when we stumbled on this SlickDeals post with a rebate code for the TekNmotion Powermotion 12000mAh charger, it was too good not to share. To take advantage of the deal, just enter the rebate code 'MLCY06RN' at checkout to take an additional $20 off, and you'll have yourself a 12000mAh portable charger for just $54.99 shipped (plus tax, if applicable).

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So, why should you get this charger specifically?

06
Mar
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Update: Twitter has removed the new detailed conversation view from the list of changes. We're not sure if that's because it's not there, or some other reason.

Twitter for Android was updated this afternoon with a few tweaks, bringing the app to version 3.8. Among the most notable changes is an enhanced conversation view, which now shows all replies (and related interactions) to a Tweet, whether going forward or backward in time.

06
Mar
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Get excited: HTC just dropped the kernel source for three handsets (admittedly, very late). Specifically, the HTC Butterfly, Desire SV, and One VX.

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You can head over to HTC's developer website to pick up the files now. For the Butterfly and One SV, there are multiple packages for available for various regions.

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05
Mar
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The Play Store sale we spotted kicking off in Australia earlier today has started hitting the US this evening, marking the 1-year anniversary of the Play Store. The deals so far are mostly songs and various in-app purchase / offer discounts, but the splash page for the promotion indicates there will be even more deals as the week goes on.

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Here are the deals so far.

Yeah, it isn't our favorite Play Store promo, either - a lot of these are rehashes, and some of them barely qualify as 'deals' (who can't find the pilot episode of Breaking Bad for free?).

05
Mar
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The original Worms landed on the Play Store way back in early 2011 (when it was still the Android Market), but the launch was far from perfect. Device compatibility was lacking, and force closes all too common. A while back, the game was actually removed from the Play Store.

In fact, it was the Worms franchise's new owner that requested it be taken down. According to Team 17 Digital, EA was "not supporting OS updates," and the company asked for the game to be removed because it "didn't want to damage the brand." Yikes.

05
Mar
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Update: The sale is now live in the US (link).

It's been [almost] a year since Google rebranded the Android Market as the Google Play Store, and to celebrate, the big G is planning on kicking off a bunch of content sales all over the world. And in some parts of the world, where today is tomorrow (eg, March 6th), the sale has already begun. Our Australian readers will be happy to know that the Play Store's big 1-year bash is well on its way - various movies, books, apps, and games are all on sale at low, low prices.

05
Mar
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Everyone's favorite way to get a pile of indie games at a good price has returned - Humble Bundle with Android #5 is a go. You can support developers, charity, and the Humble organization with your purchase, in the amount and proportion of your choosing.

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Four games are included no matter how much you give - three of them brand-spanking-new to Android. Dynamite Jack, Solar 2, and NightSky HD are all making their Android debuts with this Humble Bundle, and the retina-searing Beat Hazard Ultra is also included.

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