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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Feb
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Google was previously just testing Chromecasting from embedded YouTube videos (as opposed to those on YouTube.com), but it looks like the feature has now been rolled out to virtually all videos. Google's support page has been updated to say that "most embedded YouTube videos" are now supported for casting.

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Feb
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One of CyanogenMod's most popular features is an expanded version of the now defunct App Ops UI that debuted in Android last summer. The most recent nightly builds of CM have implement a new ability in App Ops. Users can now stop apps from starting up with a simple toggle.

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If you're not quite brave enough for nightly builds, but aren't content to wait around for stable ones, CyanogenMod's M builds might be just right. Today you can grab the latest M3 build of CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) straight from the source. It isn't available on every device quite yet, but it's only a matter of time.

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The M builds are "snapshots" of the ROM that are released about every month. There are fewer bugs than nightlies, but the polish from a release candidate or stable build might not be there.

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Feb
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The Battery Guru app from Qualcomm promises to learn how you use your phone and make small tweaks to improve battery life. Glance, a new app from Qualcomm, uses that same usage data to build an intelligent lock screen. Battery Guru is required, so that means this is a Snapdragon-only experience.

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Glance integrates a lot of supposedly intelligent features that tailor themselves to your usage. It lists upcoming appointments, apps you might want to use, frequent contacts, and the weather (because everything has to show the weather).

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Feb
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Minigore 2 arrived on Android a little over a week ago, but it was gone just days later after its ad practices were called into question. The game was basically requiring players to tap on ads to bypass mandatory wait times. It was a minor inconvenience, but a big fat violation of Google's ad policies. After a quick tweak, the game is back in Google Play under a new listing.

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Feb
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Apps go on sale all the time, and we want to make sure you know about it. Why? Because we care. You'll definitely want to know about the sales we've spotted today – it's a big haul this time.

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Feb
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The Motorola direct price on the Moto G is great, but some carriers have opted to sell the phone even cheaper in an attempt to lure customers. US Cellular is following Verizon's lead today in offering the Moto G for just $99.99 off-contract. It's live on the US Cellular website right now and will be in stores February 10th.

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The Moto G is $179 from Motorola as an unlocked GSM device, so you're saving a fair amount if you don't mind sticking with USC.

06
Feb
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The new Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 might be really expensive, but you know what isn't? The kernel source. That's available for download on Samsung's open source site right this minute.

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Thursday is traditionally a work day, but don't let us get in your way with all these cheap apps and games. No, you go ahead and keep doing you job while all these deals sit here waiting to be taken advantage of. They're just right down there... if you change your mind.

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Feb
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As a technology obsessed individual (hey, you're the one reading an Android blog), you probably take things like external batteries and travel routers on trips. Well, there's a product that can take the place of multiple devices, and it's on sale. The HooToo TripMate Wireless N Router has a built-in battery to keep your devices juiced up and offers wireless access to USB storage. This thing is kind of like a mobile Swiss Army knife...

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