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.

22
Jan
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Verizon, out of all four of America's major carriers, is notorious for keeping the subsidized price points of its devices high long after release. Even 3rd party retailers seem affected by this trend, and, as such, we've not seen Verizon's Note II dip into real "deal" territory since its debut late last year.

In all likelihood, that's simply because of demand. Verizon's coverage and network sell handsets, and Big Red remains (if only marginally) the largest mobile network in the US.

21
Jan
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While I've never been much of a live wallpaper guy myself, there's little denying that DualBoot Games (I'm guessing the name is a holdover) makes some of the best and prettiest ones out there. At least, that seems to be the general consensus, judging by the number of downloads their seven wallpaper designs have managed to achieve.

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You may say "only seven? how hard can making a live wallpaper be?" Well, DualBoot Games' live wallpapers take it to the next level - the amount of customization and control you can take over one of their creations is mindblowing.

21
Jan
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At this point, we can be fairly sure an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet is a thing that's happening. It has shown up in numerous benchmarks (as the GT-N5100), and supposedly packs a 1280x800 LCD display, which we can all but guarantee will be of the Wacom variety.

Now, Samsung's head of mobile JK Shin has allegedly confirmed the device's existence to Korean news outlet iNews24. The announcement was made at an invitation-only dinner with some of Samsung's newly-promoted high-level officers.

20
Jan
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Buying a smartphone is a lot like telling a joke - timing is everything. Purchasing a Galaxy S III a few months ago was probably fine and dandy, but today, everybody sort of knows we're closing in on the next round of product announcements for 2013.

When do I buy? Which announcement do I wait for? Do I buy as soon as my contract expires, or sit on my upgrade until something new comes along?

18
Jan
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Looking for a cheap (read: free) way to get your digital magazine fix? Zinio has extended its $50 digital 'zine credit promo until the end of this month, and you can cash in on this offer right here (you have to make a new Zinio account). Zinio also has an Android app (Play Store link below), so you can read said digital magazines on pretty much any modern Android device.

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As I said, this offer only lasts until the end of the month, so get it while the getting is good.

18
Jan
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Take everything you know about mobile browsers today and throw it out the window - that's the premise of Opera's new 'Ice' browser, set to debut publicly at MWC next month. Before I even get into what it is that makes Ice so cool, watch this video of the brief demo at Opera HQ:

The premise of Ice is simplicity. No unneeded menus, no unneeded buttons, and no wasted space.

18
Jan
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For those of us using the Latin alphabet (or something at least slightly similar), handwriting our search queries probably seems a little tedious. However, if you're in the CJK group (Chinese, Japanese, Korean), things get a little harder on a software keyboard when your written language relies on myriad intricate characters. So, a while back, Google introduced handwriting recognition to mobile search, though the focus wasn't really on those languages specifically at the time.

18
Jan
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Tired of living in TouchWiz's Crayola nightmare on your AT&T LTE GSM Galaxy Note II? CyanogenMod to the rescue yet again - official nightly builds have landed, based on CyanogenMod 10.1. This build will work with the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy Note II's in the US, and international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 LTE that are compatible with GSM carriers. Specifically, models GT-N7105, SGH-I317, and SGH-T889. This build will not work with the international Note II 3G (GT-N7100).

17
Jan
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Since day one of availability, everyone's question about the Nexus 4 launch has been - in essence - what went wrong? Well, a lot of things. But number one on that list has been the very limited supply of phones available for purchase.

Recently, LG's head of mobile in France Cathy Robin was interviewed by French publication Challenges, shedding some light on the availability issue. Now, you could read a Google translation, but we all know how that goes - things get lost.

17
Jan
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Do you take your retro gaming seriously? Like, 1990 isn't actually retro seriously? Then you're in for a welcome bit of news: the 1983 classic Lode Runner has been ported to Android (yes, it's legit / authorized).

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The classic puzzle platformer has been on iOS for some time, but is just now landing on our OS of choice. Unfortunately, I can't vouch for just how committed the port is - the developer couldn't even be bothered to generate Android-specific screenshots, and that's rarely a good omen.

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