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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May
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The Nexus 5 introduced us to the Google Now Launcher, which is now available on a number of other devices. One of the headlining features of Google's launcher is the always-on home screen hotword detection. You can say "Okay Google" at any time to bring up voice search, but OmniROM is about to take it one step further with custom hotwords.

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May
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It's really been raining Nexus 7 deals lately. This time the 16GB N7 is available as a refurbished unit from eBay Daily Deals for a mere $139.99. That's $90 off the Google Play price.

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May
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What the heck does that say? Is it even a language? Inapp Translator might be able to tell you what's up, and you won't even have to hop back and forth between apps. Once activated, Inapp Translator places a floating button on the screen that can pull up instant translations of the text in your clipboard.

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26
May
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The 64GB Moto X is fast becoming the latest unicorn of the Android landscape. After the graphics and code for a 64GB option were uncovered on the Moto Maker website, some leaked Sprint docs have shown up that offer more confirmation this device is going to be a thing. It's not a done deal, though.

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May
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It's a sad day for the 400,000+ active users of note taking service Springpad. After six years of battling the Evernote behemoth, Springpad is calling it quits on June 25th. The website, apps, and sync features will go offline at that time, but the team is working to help you get your data out.

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May
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It's time once again to venture into the wide world of apps in search of deals on cool stuff. We wouldn't want you to overpay. Why? Because we care deeply about each and every one of you. Especially you. Yes, you.

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23
May
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Google's always adding new tidbits to Google Now voice search, like that tweak to reminders we posted earlier today. According to ye olde Google Twitter account, you can also ask Google search about your rental car reservations.

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May
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The Nexus 7 is coming up on a year old at this point, but it's still a capable tablet with a great screen. If you don't mind using last year's hardware, the Nexus 7 can be had at a nice discount on eBay today. You get your choice of the 16GB, 32GB, or 32GB LTE variant for up to $70 off.

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May
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Setting voice reminders in Android is neat, but it's one of those processes that seems arbitrarily hobbled by the need to tap a button on the screen after you're done talking. Well, no more. Google has flipped a switch on the server side that makes the process work entirely by voice.

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May
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Google is expanding support for Play Movies in a few more nations today, according to Google's support page. Get ready to kick back and relax with some streaming video in Belgium, Philippines, Switzerland, and Uganda.

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