Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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Nov
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Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 is not an budget-oriented device – the 32GB version of this stylus-packing tablet is retailing for $600 before tax. A deal currently running on eBay knocks $30 off the price and includes free shipping and no tax (unless you live in Maryland). That makes it a bit more reasonable, depending on where you live.

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This is a new tablet, not an open box or refurb model.

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Nov
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There are many thousands of worthy apps in Google Play, but not all of them are on sale. If you're going to spend money, you might as well do it when there's a sale on, right? Better jump on these before they're gone.

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Nov
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Whenever there is a new version of Android, everyone starts wondering when (and if) their phones will be updated. Sony is getting out in front of the questions by clarifying its plans for a number of phones and tablets. The updates will start flowing soon, but not for all devices.

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Nov
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Remember the kinder, gentler YouTube comments powered by Google+? Well, they're finally rolling out across the internet, and the Android app is no exception. Like it or not, Google+ is all up in your YouTube.

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Nov
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Physics puzzlers aren't just about flinging birds across the screen – sometimes you need to build something. In fact, sometimes you need to build something really complicated and awesome. That's the trail blazed by Apparatus, and Principia is following its path. This game invites you to design bridges, towers, cars, rocket ships and more using over 150 different objects.

The trailer has some amazing stuff in it, but it also makes me feel slightly intimidated.

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Nov
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You might have missed it in the tidal wave of news when the Nexus 5 was released, but Google also posted two new colors of the Nexus 7 zip case in the storefront. They were both listed as 'coming soon,' but now they're live.

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The official zip case can now be had in gray, yellow, or black. Note that the gray case is listed as gray/white because the interior is white.

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Nov
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The Chameleon Launcher turned some heads when it more than doubled its goal on Kickstarter last year. The final product wasn't quite as amazing as we hoped it would be, but Teknision did at least deliver the app to Google Play. It appears that Teknision is moving on now – it has been acquired by a company called Synacor. Never heard of it? Don't feel bad – you are not alone.

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Nov
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AT&T is continuing to push its LTE network into more places as it races to catch Verizon, which got a head start in the LTE era. Today Ma Bell has announced 14 new markets with 4G LTE access. Is your town among them? Only one way to find out.

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Here are the new markets direct from AT&T:

  • Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, AK
  • Galesburg, IL
  • Macomb, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Madisonville, KY
  • Maysville, KY
  • Cumberland, MD
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Nov
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The Android lockscreen has been slowly evolving over the years, and it's got a respectable feature set these days. But sometimes rethinking a feature can provide a better overall experience. Cover is a new beta lockscreen alternative that tries to learn where you are and what you're most likely to need access to, then put it right there on the lockscreen. It's a compelling approach, but how is it?

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Nov
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Google has been fiddling with the way lockscreen media controls should work since Ice Cream Sandwich, and they've gotten yet another makeover in KitKat. When a supported app like Google Play Music, Netflix, or Play Movies is running in the background (Chromecast-only in the last two instances) you get a full screen display of the artwork associated with the content on the lockscreen. It offers some new functionality too.

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You can still navigate around to other lockscreen widgets and the album art will still be there – it essentially takes the place of your background.

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