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

01
Oct
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Spending too much on your phone service? You could maybe cut that bill down a bit, if you're willing to make a few sacrifices. How does free sound? FreedomPop, which previously started offering free mobile and home internet access, is expanding into phone service. For $0 per month, you can get 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of 3G/4G data.

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This is obviously not a plan for heavy data users, but 500 MB might be workable if you're on WiFi most of the day.

30
Sep
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Verizon may have been last out of the gate with the HTC One, but at least it's getting some update love. The One is getting its first OTA update on Big Red with a few notable improvements. You can start mashing the update button, if you like.

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30
Sep
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One of the best things about Android is the degree to which the system can be customized. That extreme level of customization has allowed the community to create some pretty stunning themes that can be applied to almost any device. It's easy – all you need is a new home screen, some backgrounds, some icon packs, a few additional widgets, maybe some skin files, some other odds and ends, and lots of patience.

30
Sep
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Monday mornings can be a drag, but saving cash is always a nice pick-me-up. We care deeply about your happiness, so we keep careful watch over the Android app ecosystem to let you know when the deals pop up. So let's get to it.

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30
Sep
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AT&T has finally nailed down the date for its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch. Ma Bell will be making Samsung's latest phablet available for purchase October 4th through its website and in stores. That'll give you a few days to take all your pants to the tailor to have the pockets let out.

The last time AT&T had anything to say about its Note 3 launch it would only commit to around October 1st.

28
Sep
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Update: We've essentially confirmed the log is the real deal and the dates below are accurate. That makes the colorful KitKat leak from last week almost certainly fake.

With Googlers apparently carrying around updated Nexus phones, the leaks are becoming more frequent in advance of an announcement. This time we have what purports to be a bug report log file and corresponding screenshot from the device. Some of what's revealed jives with previous leaks too.

27
Sep
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The weekend is nearly upon us, and you're probably looking to cut loose. You know, live a little. Well, downloading some apps and games is a kind of living. If that's all you really want out of life, we've got everything you need right here. If your hopes and dreams are more extensive, we still have a small sliver of what you need.

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27
Sep
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HTC takes the Developer Edition HTC One pretty seriously. The company has been good about pushing updates to the device, and now the full Android 4.3 ROM can be downloaded as a ZIP from the HTC Dev website. That's more service than even the Google Play Edition HTC One is getting.

Update: The Android 4.3 RUU has now been posted as well.

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26
Sep
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Kickstarter backers have pushed the Nix Color Sensor past its $35,000 (Canadian) goal in hopes of finally figuring out what color stuff is. Well, it's more complicated than that. Nix tells you more than red or blue – it finds the exact RGB value for any surface you press it to, then sends the data to your phone over Bluetooth. Sound cool? Apparently you are not alone.

The Nix is a small gem-shaped device with its own calibrated light source.

26
Sep
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The LG G2 is available from plenty of carriers in the US right now, but Verizon customers have an opportunity to save some cash on LG's latest and greatest. The G2 is down to $149.99 through Wirefly, and you get an even better deal if you're porting in a number with a free $30 Visa gift card.

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The LG G2 is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a super-thin 1920x1080 LCD screen.

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