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.

31
Jul
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Google's single biggest source of revenue is advertisements. The AdSense platform is a big part of that, allowing web content owners to manage their Google ads, revenue, and monitor performance. It's safe to say that, for Google, AdSense is a hugely important product. A hugely important product that didn't have an Android app until today, which is kind of weird!

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The AdSense app will allow you to access information about revenue, top custom and URL channels, your ad units, various reports, and payment alerts.

30
Jul
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Call it too ambitious, ahead of its time, or just plain not a very good idea - it doesn't really matter at this point: former Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu-powered smartphone crowdfunding campaign has all but fizzled at this point.

While the campaign achieved over 10% of its total funding goal in the first 24 hours of the campaign - a whopping $3.4 million, setting an Indiegogo record - progress slowed quickly as the week went on.

30
Jul
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I think photo spheres are pretty awesome, and they just got a big quality overhaul in Android 4.3, to boot. So when Google announces a new way to share this immersive images, that's always a good thing, and today, that's what happened. Views is a new community built into the new Google Maps for desktop web client, and it allows you to upload and view photo spheres inside Maps. You sign in with your Google+ profile, and from there, you can add photo spheres that have been synced to your Google+ Photos, or directly from your Android device by selecting "Maps" from the share dialog in the gallery.

30
Jul
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Catch.com, a well-known multi-platform note-taking service, is shutting its doors on August 30th. The company began giving notice of the decision to users on its site today, providing an option to export any notes before the service is taken offline. The associated Android app, Catch Notes, will presumably become non-functional on the 30th as well.

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Catch had millions of users, and the Android app had amassed 5,000,000-10,000,000 installs in its tenure on the Play Store.

29
Jul
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Update: Zagat claims the number of cities available will be expanded to 50 over "the coming months," and that old restaurant reviews will be made available on the web page "soon." Woohoo, a whole 50, guys!

Ever have your parents pull the old 'bait and switch' on you when you were a kid? "Hey Jimmy, here's a brand-new bike. And by the way, your mom and I are getting divorced!" Well, Google pretty much just tried doing basically that to Zagat fans.

29
Jul
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So, you want to know about everything that's new in Android 4.3. Every single change that's occurred since 4.2.2. Well, if you don't mind scrolling through a barely-human-readable, mile-long developer changelog, now you can satisfy that urge.

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Al Sutton has posted a wonderfully-formatted AOSP commit changelog covering the changes from Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to Android 4.3_r2.1 (JSS15J). The JSS15J build is the most recent release of 4.3, and is the one currently shipping on the new Nexus 7.

28
Jul
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The new Nexus 7 does not support Google Wallet - officially. Why? It lacks the hardware component necessary to securely store your payment credentials for NFC transactions, aka the "secure element." The AT&T and Google Play Edition HTC Ones don't have this element, either.

The latter, to me, is something I can understand finding a bit annoying. The former, though - that being the new Nexus 7 - really isn't.

26
Jul
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Update: The 32GB white version is on sale at Sam's Club for just $99 with free shipping, arguably an even better deal, right here. Thanks, Amy!

Far be it from me to tell you whether or not you should buy an $89 tablet, but it is my job to tell you there is such a thing - thanks to a hefty price cut from Amazon on the gray version of the ASUS MeMO Pad 7.

26
Jul
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Update 2: Both models are now out of stock on Staples.com - bummer!

Update: The 16GB version is now out of stock on Staples.com, but the 32GB model is still going strong.

Looking to pick up that brand-new Nexus 7 on the cheap? I guess cheap is a relative term, but this Staples deal will certainly make acquiring Google's newest slate cheaper, slashing $30 off your total before taxes.

25
Jul
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Google Maps product manager Evan Rapoport revealed another Android 4.3 change on Google+ this morning - better photo spheres. Photo spheres were introduced in Android 4.2, and I truly believe they're one of the biggest things to happen to personal photography in years. They're limited to Nexus devices for the time being - and viewing outside of Maps / Google+ is still hard - but it's encouraging to see that Google is still going strong developing the feature.

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