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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Amazon was forced to concede that its much-anticipated Fire Phone was not a big seller when AT&T dropped the price mere weeks after it was released. When the retailer's quarterly results were announced, we learned the scale of the screw up. Now Amazon is washing its hands of the whole mess. It's unloading unsold 32GB Fire Phones unlocked for $199 off-contract. The off-contract price at launch was $650 and AT&T charged $199 with a 2-year agreement.

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Nov
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The Skype app has had its fair share of problems over the years, and today's update fixes one particularly annoying quirk. It's not all about fixing mistakes, though. The update adds some useful new stuff too.

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Nov
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The Time Warner Cable app has been updated with a few bug fixes and whatnot. One notable change is that it actually works on Android 5.0 now. See, before it just didn't run on Lollipop, but the changelog calls it a simple crash fix. Oh, you guys.

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Nov
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Being on the bleeding edge is great and all, but there are drawbacks. For example, many users of Android 5.0 devices are reporting that apps seem to be restarting an awful lot in the background. There are also performance issues that seem to crop up more the longer a device runs without being restarted.

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Nov
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Don't rely on the tiny speakers in your phone or those crummy bundled earbuds—Motorola is selling some nice audio accessories for half price until Tuesday at 11:59 PM. Just head over to the Motorola accessories shop and pick up a Bluetooth speaker, headphones, or the Motorola Stream.

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Monument Valley is without a doubt one of the coolest and most innovative games to ever grace an Android device, and now there's an expansion with eight more levels to delight and entertain. The Forgotten Shores update is available in the Play Store after originally debuting in the Amazon Appstore on Friday. It's a $1.99 in-app purchase, but that seems perfectly reasonable.

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Nov
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As we all know at this point, Google was originally going to include double tap to wake on the Nexus 6 just like it did on the Nexus 9. Then for whatever reason, it was disabled a few months ago. The N6 supports this feature, but it's not turned on by default. If you're willing to root the phone, you can get it back super-easily.

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Nov
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The longer Android 5.0 is in the wild, the more we come across annoying little bugs. It sounds like Google might have broken something in the wireless framework in 5.0 because a sizeable number of users are reporting issues with connecting to their corporate networks after the 5.0 update.

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It's getting to be the time of year that retailers pull out all the stops and try to make some cash. Amazon in particular needs to make up some ground after that Fire Phone fiasco. Well, you can reap the rewards now with some solid deals on phones from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. These are on-contract sales, but you can't get too upset about a $1 phone.

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The Nexus 6 is a confounding beast. This big phone doesn't have tap to wake functionality, but it does have ambient screen mode. This way of displaying notifications as they come in might be the reason there's no LED notification functionality built in. There is, however, a physical LED.

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