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

06
Feb
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RunKeeper is one of the top fitness apps in Google Play, and it just got a huge update to version 3.0. Not only does this version continue RunKeeper's trend toward a more modern Holo-inspired UI, it adds features that will make your experience better.

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Here's what's new in this version of the app:

  • Visual redesign- Complete visual redesign from the ground up
  • In-activity splits- Shows your pace per mile/km or workout interval throughout the activity
  • ‘Me’ tab- Central place in the app to view your goal progress, personal records, and activity tally over time
  • Audio cue improvements- More robust audio cues
  • Workout reminders- The ability to schedule your next workout when you finish the last one

RunKeeper is a solid way to keep track of your workouts, and provides you with gobs of data to dig through.

06
Feb
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The new app backup offering from ClockworkMod is one of the most impressive apps we've seen recently. It makes saving your app data a breeze, and it doesn't even require root. The initial release was good, but Koush has pushed an update that adds a few features and cleans up some errant bugs.

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Here's the full list of changes:

  • Notification progress bars
  • External SD Card support
  • Fix battery drain bug in carbon server
  • Android sync works over wifi now, and allows APK sync
  • Temple Run (and others) Fix: Restores now support external files directory
  • Scheduled backups now notifies about any lock screen issues and no longer unnecessarily start the Carbon server
  • Create a .nomedia file per backup
  • Backup and restore confirm is now more reliable
  • Fixed issues on Asus tablets
  • Detect desktop backup password errors

Of particular interest here is the fix for battery drain while running the Carbon server.

05
Feb
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Carbon has had a long and tumultuous journey on its way to the Google Play Store. It was a headlining app on the now-defunct webOS. After that it enjoyed a brief stint on Windows Phone before the developers rage-quit the Microsoft ecosystem. So here we are many months later and Carbon is finally tweeting from an Android phone near you. Was it worth the wait? Can it unseat the reigning champions of Twitter?

04
Feb
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If you're going to be getting a phone upgrade in 2013, Best Buy has your number. Or rather, it wants your number. Last year's Phone Freedom promotion is back, and that means you can get a $50 gift card with a new phone purchase just for registering with your email address and phone number before February 9th at 11:59PM.

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So here's the deal: hit the Best Buy promo page and sign up with your email and phone number.

02
Feb
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We've been hearing for the past few days that users have been unable to get new AT&T-compatible SIM cards from Straight Talk and Net10 websites. The only option seems to be the T-Mobile SIM. This was causing quite a bit of consternation as the Nexus 4 is finally starting to ship again. The complete absence of AT&T SIMs from both sites led many to wonder if AT&T service was no longer being sold by these Tracfon-owned entities.

01
Feb

You're probably familiar with the Android vinyl figurines from Andrew Bell and Dead Zebra. They're nifty little collectibles that pay homage to the platform we all love. Some folks, however, take things more seriously. Rather than display the same collectables as everyone else, they employ their skills to modify and embellish the basic Android figures. One of these artists, Hitoshi Mitani, has been so kind as to post all of his amazing work online for us to see.

30
Jan
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There was a day when app developers who chose to work on the Android platform were looked down upon by their more lucrative iOS brethren. Well, those days are drawing to a close. The newest App Annie index of mobile application sales is out, and it's overflowing with interesting data. The takeaway message is that Google Play revenue doubled between the third and fourth quarter of 2012.

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This is, in many ways, the same trope we've seen in other metrics in the past.

30
Jan
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You know how it is. You're just trying to do your thing, and you keep getting attacked by cubes. So annoying, right? In the world of Cubes vs. Spheres you can show those dumb 3D squares who's boss by flinging powerful spherical projectiles at them. The game comes packed with 6 spheres, 40 levels, 37 achievements, and thousands upon thousands of cubes.

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Cubes vs. Spheres has controls for the accelerometer or touchscreen – whichever you prefer.

28
Jan
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Just when you thought it couldn't go any lower, Amazon Wireless makes the Droid RAZR HD even more affordable. As long as you're willing to sign on for two years of Verizon service, that is. Amazon reduced the RAZR HD to $49 last week, but Wirefly leapfrogged Amazon to make the device free for upgrades (still $49 for new accounts). Not to be outdone, Amazon has dropped the price all the way to $19.99 on new accounts, and just $0.01 for upgrades.

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Jan
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Ever since Google launched the web-based Play Store, it has been iterating rapidly to improve the experience. Now that there are more apps in the store than you can shake a phone at, you're more likely to run into one with a description written in a language other than your own. With that in mind, it's pretty cool that Google has chosen to quietly deploy Google Translate in the Play Store.

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