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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Sep
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Kingdom Rush made a splash when it arrived on Android a few months ago, but there was still a sequel waiting in the wings. At long last, Kingdom Rush Frontiers has set up shop in Google Play. This game has more towers, monsters, and heroes than the original, along with hours of gameplay.

26
Sep
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The previous apps from Vision Objects have been a little magical – they had better handwriting recognition than a lot of expensive desktop software suites. MyScript Stylus brings that handwriting recognition to all apps by replacing the keyboard on your phone or tablet.

MyScript Stylus gives you a small writing space where the keyboard usually is. Whatever you scribble in there will be turned into text and dropped into any field on the device in real time.

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Sep
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The world of Shadowrun was created 25 years ago as a tabletop RPG setting, and it certainly had its fans. When Jordan Weisman, one of the original creators of Shadowrun wanted to make it into a proper video game, the internet was more than happy to get involved. The Kickstarter campaign pulled in $1.8 million and now the end result is finally available on an Android tablet near you.

Shadowrun Returns is a traditional turn-based RPG with touch-optimized controls.

25
Sep
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It's time again to crack open your wallet and give to some worthy charities. Unlike the regular kind of charity, you get more than a warm fuzzy feeling from giving to the Humble Bundle. The new Humble Mobile Bundle 2 offers up to six great Android titles, including two debuts.

The Humble Bundle (in case you don't know) is a pay-what-you-want, DRM-free game pack that benefits charities like the EFF and Child's Play.

25
Sep
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The T-Mobile Moto X got it's surprise update the other day with a couple nice fixes and enhancements, and now it's Sprint's turn to get the update. It's rolling out in stages, so mashing the update button won't do any good. Not that anyone's stopping you from trying.

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The software, with the easy to remember version number 13.9.0Q2.X-116-MX-17-57-1, appears to have the same changelog we got with the T-mobile update, but here it is again anyway:

  • Camera – Improved Photo Quality: Improved capture of natural light (auto-white balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes.

25
Sep
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One of Kickstarter's greatest success stories is coming to AT&T in just a few days. AT&T has announced it will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Pebble smart watch, which should provide a nice budget-friendly alternative to the upcoming Galaxy Gear.

This won't be an exclusive version of the Pebble for AT&T. It's the same device you can get from Best Buy, but AT&T is offering you the opportunity to get one when you pick up a phone.

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Sep
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You're probably used to TV streaming apps requiring logins and sometimes cable subscription checks. Not the case with the new NBC app. It will allow anyone in the US to browse currently running programs and watch a few episodes from the device. And would you believe it isn't a nightmare to use?

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There are about 20 shows available in the app, each with the last 4-5 episodes. It would be nice to have more streaming content, but it is free.

25
Sep
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The Galaxy Note 3 just launched today and already you can have one for your very own, as long as you don't mind paying out the nose for an unlocked unit. The 32GB Galaxy Note 3 (GT-N9000) is up for sale at $749, which is the cheapest you can get right now.

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The US carrier versions of the Note 3 will be going on sale in the coming days, but this one can be used on most GSM networks.

24
Sep
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Today is the big day – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear should be available in most corners of the globe. However, this is just the initial rollout. You can expect to see the Note 3 and Gear popping up for sale online and in shops, but carriers won't be selling them in the US for a few more days.

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If you've had your eye on the big stylus-packing smartphone, be prepared to pay a pretty penny.

24
Sep
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Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablets certainly have some top-of-the-line hardware, but what good is the hardware without software to make use of it? Amazon is again forking Android to create Fire OS 3.0, codenamed Mojito. This software will be recognizable to users of previous Fire tablets, but it's been cleaned up a bit and looks more modern. There are also a few interesting new features exclusive to Amazon's tablets.

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The underlying version of Android this time around is 4.2.2, but none of the Google services are included.

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